Sunday, April 15, 2012

let the countdown begin.


Or continue...I have been counting down my days of teaching for a few months now, so although we are finally in single digits, it is not particularly novel to be anticipating my last days here. That said, it certainly does not make anything any easier. Goodbyes are goodbyes no matter what circumstances they are under!

I will be at home, in America, in three weeks. And I only teach three more days. Three is the magic number right now, apparently. A lot is going to happen in the next three weeks, including more good-byes than I will be able to handle. BUT it just means that another adventure is starting!

evreux in september--over 7 months ago!!!

On another note, today is Divine Mercy Sunday! In 2000, when JPII canonized St. Faustina, he also sanctioned the first Sunday after Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday, in honor of St. Faustina's visions of Christ and His Mercy. She was a Polish nun who felt the call to become a nun when she was just 7 years old, in Adoration. She was finally allowed to enter her order (the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy) after she ran away to Warsaw at just 19. Like St. Thérèse, St. Faustina became very ill at a young age. Shortly after she contracted what was thought to be tuberculosis, she began having visions of Jesus. He transmitted His message of Divine Mercy to her. He also wanted her to have a specific picture painted of Him wearing white, with white and red rays emanating from Him. This picture is known as the Divine Mercy image, and is commonly seen in churches accompanied with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a prayer that Christ asked her to pray.

The first time I went to Rome (three years ago), I went to the church where St. Faustina's heart is preserved. It's the Church of the Holy Spirit, and it's right next to St. Peter's. It's quite incredible to pray in front of her heart--a heart that knew Jesus so intimately. She is a model of modern holiness! St. Faustina, pray for us!

st. faustina

pax christi.

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