Polish Sister St. Faustina Kowalska is depicted with an image of Jesus Christ the Divine Mercy. Sauk Centre, Minn., is celebrating 31 years of being dedicated to the Divine Mercy, which came about through the efforts of four Catholic men who live in the community.
Catholic News Service
Many people come to Sauk Centre to visit the birthplace of famed novelist Sinclair Lewis, but the small community offers something much more -- the gift of the Divine Mercy.
Thirty-one years ago, a retired insurance agent, a restaurant night cook, a motel owner and a woodcarver-repairman established a shrine in their hometown that would become the first U.S. community dedicated to the devotion.
Years before Blessed John Paul instituted Divine Mercy Sunday, observed the Sunday after Easter, the four men established a Divine Mercy shrine at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre and have been guardians of it ever since.
The shrine was dedicated in 1982, but its beginnings date to 1979, when three of the men were inspired by an article about Jesus Christ as the Divine Mercy that they read. They were captivated by the message: “Ask for God’s mercy.” “Be merciful. “Completely trust in Jesus. ... The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.”
St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, began the Divine Mercy devotion in the late 1930s based on a vision she had of Jesus in which he said he would show mercy to those who pray for it and who share that mercy with others.
The presence of the Divine Mercy statue has brought many conversions, healings of family relationships and miracles.