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December 9, 2012
Today, on Divine Mercy Sunday, I would like to pay tribute to Bro. Stanley Villavicencio.
Bro. Stanley went to be with the Lord Jesus of the Divine Mercy on July 11, 2013. He had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in late 2012. He said he may have possibly gotten cancer from visiting the area most affected from the 2011 Earthquake in Japan.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Bro. Stanley and having him stay at our home. Bro. Stanley shared his testimony and the Divine Mercy messages to over 7,000 times in different places He shared his testimony and the Divine Mercy message worldwide. What was most amazing was that, no matter where he traveled and what language he gave his testimony, the people were able to understand his message. It was a very humbling experience to be able to spend time with a great missionary like him; listening to his many inspiring stories and experiences he had in his mission.
For me, Bro. Stanley was a man with great trust in God. He had proven his complete trust in Jesus in numerous occasions. Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) wanted to do an interview with him; his first international trip was one of his many trials that he surpassed just by allowing our good Lord Jesus take control over the circumstances. He was denied his first US Visa to come to the United States. Senator Richard Lugar heard about the denial of his visa, Sen. Lugar called Bro. Stanley and told him to go back to the embassy in Manila, Philippines and went through another visa interview, and indeed Our Lord Jesus of the Divine Mercy used Sen. Lugar to be His instrument of Great Mercy and that was the beginning of his missionary works all over the world.
Like St. Faustina, Bro. Stanley always had great faith even if what Jesus asked him to do seemed impossible, but nothing was impossible as he completely trusted HIM. He was a man like any of us but had a special mission and relationship with Jesus. Please pray for Bro. Stanley’s family in the Philippines. j Read More…
November 4, 2012
By Felix Carroll (Feb 4, 2009)
A banker on a business trip in New York City, Fred Berretta had just checked into his hotel room. He had about 20 minutes down time before he had to meet his colleagues. For some reason he decided to clean out his briefcase, something he hadn’t done in a long time. As he emptied it out, he came across a booklet he had stuffed into a pocket years ago on praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. He recalls having prayed it a few times years ago. But by Jan. 15, 2009, it was a good intention mislaid — among spreadsheets and quarterly reports and matters that seemed far more pressing.
Only two weeks prior, Fred had made a New Year’s resolution to try to get into better spiritual shape. Here in this hotel room was an opportunity to fulfill it. So he followed along in the booklet and prayed the chaplet, a prayer our Lord gave to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s during a series of revelations that have sparked the modern Divine Mercy movement. The time happened to be 3 o’clock, known as the Hour of Great Mercy, when Jesus died on the cross. Fred would consider that detail the following day — as he was preparing to die.
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October 13, 2012
It was Divine Mercy Sunday in 1996 and I will forever be grateful to Our Lord.
I had been away from the Church and regular Sunday mass attendance for about 25 years when in 1993, after having been shown my sins and the destruction I had left in my life during an encounter with Jesus that lasted about 2 hours, I was led to purchase the diary of St. Faustina for future reading.
When I finally picked up the diary, after about 3 years, and cracked it open, and realized that Jesus had truly appeared to St. Faustina, I couldn’t put it down. At this point, in my re-version, I had no idea that Jesus had ever appeared to saints or to Faustina herself.
When I read about Jesus requesting that a Feast of Mercy be established in the Church and the promise for the total forgiveness of all sins and punishment, I just had to take advantage of it.
If you can imagine, I had been back to the Church for about 3 years, had become an Extra-ordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the homebound, but I had not yet been to Confession since I had originally fallen-away from the Church, about 28 years before.
I guess that I thought, like many people do nowadays, that I didn’t have to confess my sins. I guess that it was the overwhelmingly convincing truth of Jesus’ words in the diary that motivated me to prepare for the celebration of the Feast of Mercy.
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I recently received a little testimony from a friend of mine who is devoted to the Divine Mercy. She read my post “Save a Soul Today!” and responded with a beautiful example from her own experience in this regard. If you’ve already forgotten about it, go back and read it again, and start praying the chaplet for the dying—the Lord will save them! This is a great contribution we can make to the salvation of souls, and it’s not difficult, either. Here’s the story:
“When I first learned the chaplet, a woman at St. Benedict’s after the 5:30pm Mass one day asked me to go pray for her next-door neighbor, who was in a coma, dying in the hospital, and had never even been baptized. She said he was a good man, but didn’t believe in God, and she was worried for his soul. I told her I felt kind of funny going to the hospital room of someone I didn’t know—what if the nurse thought I was doing something weird, or the family was there and didn’t like it? She just said to think about it, and if I wanted to go, it was such and such a hospital and room number.
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