Saint Faustina wrote, "As I was walking...I heard these words: 'By your entreaties, you and your companions shall obtain mercy for yourselves and for the world.'" (Diary #435) "This priest...has penetrated the deepest secrets of my soul...The secret is this: God demands that there be a Congregation which will proclaim the mercy of God to the world and, by its prayers obtain it for the world." (Diary #436)
"I saw the Lord Jesus as He is represented in the image, and He said to me, 'I desire that there be such a congregation.'" (Diary #437)
"He said to me that He desired that 'such a Congregation be founded as soon as possible, and you shall live in it together with your companions.'" (Diary #438)
Dear friends of Divine Mercy, when Saint Faustina died at the age of 33 the community that Jesus asked for was not yet founded. Jesus never did say that Saint Faustina would found the community but that she would live in it. She wrote, "Today the Lord gave me to know, in spirit, about the Convent of Divine Mercy. I saw a great spirit in this convent, but everything was poor and very scanty. Oh my Jesus, you are allowing me to live in spirit with these souls, but perhaps I shall never set foot there." (Diary #892)
Over twenty-five years ago I, Sister Mary Veronica Fitch, when reading quotes from the Diary about the Contemplative congregation Saint Faustina was asked to found felt called to be in that community. The problem was that it didn't exist. After a number of adventures in trying to begin it, I entered an existing contemplative community in 2002. In recent years, the call became very insistent and I received permission from my religious superior and from Rome to leave the cloister to try to begin Saint Faustina's Divine Mercy Community. I left the cloister on October 22, 2016 and came to the Diocese of La Crosse. His Excellency Bishop William P. Callahan of the Diocese of La Crosse had said he would welcome me to come to his diocese to try to begin the Community.
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