'A MESSAGE OF HOPE & HEALING'
The Divine Mercy & Our Lady of Guadalupe
Through Love and Mercy Mission I, II, III, IV & V Miraculous Relic Icons of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Blessed Replicas of the original Divine Mercy Image (Vilnius) travelled from Mexico City to Australia, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands of Tonga and Samoa in Oceania in April-May & November 2011, in May-June 2012, and in April 2016.
The enthronement of Relic Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe around the world is a Lay Pastoral Ministry from the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, put into action by Fernando Anchustegui, Director of Vida y Misericordia Internacional (Life & Mercy International).
For Love and Mercy Mission I and Love & Mercy Mission II, we sponsored both trips from Mexico of Fernando, who brought the Relic Images to be enthroned in Australia and the Pacific Island of Tonga. During these trips, we facilitated the Enthronements in the Philippines and in the Pacific Island of Samoa.
Do venerate Our Lord's and Our Lady's Holy Images now enthroned in:
Our deepest gratitude to The Most Rev Julian Porteous DD, Archbishop of Hobart and former Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, who 'opened the door' for us, thus getting Love and Mercy Mission off the ground.
A very special thank you to His Eminence Soane Patita Paini Cardinal Mafi, Bishop of Tonga, and The Most Rev Alapati Mataeliga DD, Archbishop of Samoa for personally accepting Our Lord's and Our Lady's Images and celebrating the Enthronement in their respective countries. We truly appreciate their warm hospitality.
We are eternally grateful to Fernando Anchustegui, Mons Diego Monroy Ponce and all the Parish Priests who opened the doors of their Parish Churches to bring Our Lord and Our Lady to their flock, in particular the Parish Priests who said 'YES' without hesitation to the enthronement of the Holy Images in their Parishes. Seeing people from all walks of life and age groups venerating Our Lady of Guadalupe and her Son, Jesus, The Divine Mercy was so uplifting.
Truly wonderful blessings we shall also cherish were the Parish visits to a number of Maronite and Melkite Greek Catholic Churches in Sydney and South Brisbane. With God's grace, the Sacred Images were enthroned in the first Lebanese Catholic Church in Australia - St Clement's in South Brisbane. Thank you so much, Rev Fr Francis Elie, PP for the very warm hospitality extended by you, your family and your parishioners. We were so blessed!
The Enthronements in Melbourne and Perth were made possible by selfless and generous devotees of Our Lord and Our Lady. We take this opportunity to thank them for their wonderful effort, including those who contributed to the Mission's success - great is their reward in Heaven.
The November Mission also included an awe-inspiring trip to The Northern Territory. We also thank a lovely lady, so devoted to Our Lord and Our Lady, too. She organized what turned out to be an Outback Spiritual Adventure as we brought The Divine Mercy Vilnius Replica and Our Lady of Guadalupe's Sacred Relic Image to Parish Communities from Darwin right down the Red Centre of Australia to Santa Teresa and Alice Springs in amazingly cool weather - an absolute miracle. Being in the midst of our Aboriginal brothers and sisters was truly a life-changing experience - one we shall treasure for the rest of our lives.
A second Enthronement of the Sacred Images was celebrated in San Isidro Labrador, Talamban, Cebu, Philippines on 9 April 2016 by Rev Fr Socrates Saldua, PP and Director of Caritas Cebu - thank you Fr Saldua.
Our sincere gratitude to family and friends who prayed for us and donated money, their time and materials to help offset some expenses of the three Missions - only God knows how many souls benefited from your generosity.
Love & Mercy Mission V was an Enthronement in Sacred Heart Parish, Griffith, NSW Australia on the last day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy - 20 November 2016. Our deep gratitude to Fr Andrew Grace, Parish Priest, who organized the Enthronement. Photos & details to follow.
About The Blessed Images:
Our Lord's Divine Mercy Image is a replica of the original, which is the only Image painted under St Faustina's direction on instructions from Our Lord Jesus when He appeared to her on 22 February 1931. Jesus told St Faustina:
"Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I Trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and throughout the whole world." (Diary 47)
"My gaze from this image is like My gaze from the cross...By means of this image, I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it." (Diary 326, 570)
The Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady is one of 220 Images touched to the Sacred Original Tilma during a special ceremony on the 8th of May 2004 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. During this ceremony, the Rector of the Basilica sanctioned these Images destined for enthronement in countries around the world and declared that “Each image will carry the same graces as in 1531 of Evangelization, Conversion, Healing and Truth”.
The Blessed Replicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Jesus, The Divine Mercy travelled from Mexico to be with you and wait for you to visit and venerate them where they are enthroned. It is a wonderful opportunity indeed to receive the same Graces and Blessings as when Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to a humble Mexican Indian, St Juan Diego, from 9-12 December 1531 and miraculously imprinted her image on his tilma, made of cactus fibres. Our Blessed Mother told St Juan Diego:
"Am I not here, your mother? Are you not under my protection?"
" Am I not here, your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Do not let anything concern you...(Our Lady's words, 12 Dec 1531)
MORE ABOUT THE DIVINE MERCY MESSAGE & DEVOTION
"I desire that priests proclaim this great mercy of Mine towards souls of sinners. Let the sinner not be afraid to approach Me. The flames of mercy are burning Me - clamoring to be spent; I want to pour them out upon these souls. Distrust on the part of souls is tearing at My insides. The distrust of a chosen soul causes Me even greater pain: despite My inexhaustible love for them they do not trust Me. Even My death is not enough for them.
Woe to the soul that abuses these [gifts]. (Jesus' words: Diary, 50)
Love & Mercy Mission Enthronements-Picture Gallery