Teaching mothers the lessons of St. Faustina and Divine Mercy
This past weekend did you find yourself once again wishing you could find the time to dive deep into Divine Mercy Sunday? Want to get to know the devotion and make it a way of life, but the kids don’t stop long enough for you to get a shower, never mind a crash course on St. Faustina and her 730-or-so-page journal? That’s where Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jamient from Ave Maria Press comes in. The Ohio mothers, who run www.divinemercyformoms.com and are responsible for the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference, talk about the book, the devotion and the life.
Kathryn Jean Lopez: Is Divine Mercy for mothers radically different from Divine Mercy for anyone else?
Michele Faehnle: God has called everyone into his ocean of great mercy, but we as moms have a special calling, or as Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, writes in the forward, we are “special ops” in the great mission of transforming the world through divine mercy one motherly task at a time.
How/why has this Polish Divine Mercy devotion gone Church universal? We already have the Bible. Many pray the rosary. Do we need this?
Faehnle: We need mercy! Pope Francis can’t say it enough. This devotion reinforces that the central message of the Gospel is mercy. His mercy is a great gift from God that so many refuse. This devotion is simple and transforming but very doable for the busy family. Our kids love it!
Why would you have your children draw their own Divine Mercy image?
Jaminet: We can learn so much from our children. Their sweet and innocent hearts show us so much about God. By inviting them to share how they see this beautiful picture of Jesus in their minds can make a lasting effect on both children and parents. Often times we show our children Christ crucified, but we also want to show them this image of the risen Christ, stepping towards them and embracing them for who they are. Our prayer is that they always see Christ in this way and know they can always return to his merciful heart.
How can Sr. Faustina get a mom through a day? She was a nun, not a mom.
Faehnle: St. Faustina was in an order that placed the sisters in two choirs, one for the educated sisters and the other for those who were not educated. St. Faustina, in the second choir, spent her life caring for the other sisters in her order and all the women they ministered to. She did jobs like cooking, cleaning, gardening, and answering the door to those asking for continual needs. She also was a domestic helper before entering the convent and a fantastic nanny. She did many of the jobs we as moms do and did them with joy! We know she tapped us on the shoulder to write this book and she wants to help all moms trust in Jesus and be living images of Divine Mercy.