Divine Mercy Sunday

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, a time to remember in a special way the message of our Lord to St. Faustina Kowalska, a simple nun from Krakow in early part of the 20th century.

When I was studying in Europe as part of a semester-abroad program in 1992, I had a chance to visit Krakow and visit the convent where Sister Faustina lived. I remember leaving from Steubenville’s Austrian campus early that day — which meant skipping out of the end of a talk given by Cardinal Schönborn, who was reading to us from the latest draft of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Just one more thing to lay before God’s mercy…

When we arrived in Krakow, it was hard to find Sr. Faustina’s convent — although the fact that none of my classmates spoke Polish might have had something to do with it… We just pulled out our holy cards with the image of the Divine Mercy on it, and first were directed to the wrong church! But we eventually got there, and the sisters were kind enough to show us around… we saw the sisters’ cemetery, the chapel that contains the image, and the tomb of St. Faustina. Here are a few photos…

The sister’s cemetery

Praying at the tomb of St. Faustina

The Divine Mercy image in the chapel

A Polish holy card

2 thoughts on “Divine Mercy Sunday

  1. Thanks for promoting Divine Mercy Sunday through this post, Clayton!

    When I visited Krakow in summer, 1993, my friends and I didn’t know about St. Faustina (who wasn’t yet a saint then, actually), but we did get to watch the world premiere of “Schindler’s List” there and then visit Auschwitz and Birkenau the following day. I think I would have preferred seeing Sr. Faustina’s tomb!

    I was really hoping to see pics of a 20 year-old Clayton Emmer in among your shots, but alas, I didn’t see you there. 😉

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