Two families of St. Mark Parish donated the Divine Mercy framed image. Theresa Phan, a longtime parishioner who donated the reproduction of the image, did so in the memory of the Unborn Children of the World. The family who donated the frame, Tony and Evelyn Pana, did so with the hope that having this painting hang at St. Mark’s Main Altar will help spread the message of God’s loving mercy. The Pana’s hope that St. Mark’s parishioners and visitors will live out the messages of Mercy in their daily lives through praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, praying the Divine Mercy Novena, and doing works of mercy. Jesus wants His and His Father’s Divine Mercy known to all. Jesus, we trust in You!
Why the Original Divine Mercy Image of Jesus?
It was on February 22, 1931 when Jesus instructed Saint 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 [then] throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish, I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory.” (Diary, 47-48). “The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance.” (Diary, 299) “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.” (Diary, 300)
Jesus asked St. Faustina to propagate His image and His message of Divine Mercy for the whole world. He promised abundant graces and blessings to those who would accept and share this message of trust in His Divine Mercy. Pope John Paul II was the first Pope to propagate the Divine Mercy devotion. He described Divine Mercy as the answer to the world’s problems. Jesus expressed to St. Faustina in a subsequent vision His desire that the Divine Mercy image be placed at the Main Altar in the Church. We would like to serve Jesus by propagating His Divine Mercy Image and His message of Divine Mercy as Jesus himself requested.
Why Dedicate the Divine Mercy Image to the Unborn Children of the World?
Theresa Phan stated that she prays daily for the end of abortion and euthanasia. The Catholic Church teaches that life starts at the conception and ends at natural death. Only God has the authority to end a life. Over 62.5 million children have been killed through abortion since 1973, which is when abortion became legal in the U.S. The babies can’t speak for themselves. This special concern for the killing of unborn children fits with what St. Faustina wrote about mysterious bodily pains she experienced, which no medicines could relieve, and which she offered up to heaven, “in order to offer reparation to God for the souls murdered in the wombs of mothers” ( Diary, 1276). St. Pope John Paul II referenced to this when he gave his Apostolic Blessing on March 25, 2003, the Feast of the Annunciation, to any of the faithful worldwide who would pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet to end abortion and the whole culture of death, to build a civilization of love and to promote a culture of life with five special intentions: for mothers, that they not abort their offspring; for infants in danger of being put to death in the womb; for a change of heart of providers of abortions and of their collaborators; for human victims of stem cell research, genetic manipulation, cloning, and euthanasia; and for all entrusted with the government of peoples, that they may promote the “Culture of Life” so as to put an end to the “culture of death.”