- What is Divine Mercy?
It is the gentle mastery of Christ. "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest... For my yolk is easy, and my burden light." Mt 11: 28-30.
Divine Mercy is the greatest attribute of God. God in His humanity came down to earth in Jesus who through His teachings, healing miracles, forgiving of sins, and submitting to the will of His Father by dying on the cross for the salvation of souls. Through the revelations and messages that Jesus gave to St. Faustina based on her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, we discover how the Love of God is the flower and Mercy is the fruit.
- Who is Divine Mercy?
Jesus the Son of God is the Divine Mercy, the King of Mercy. From Creation to Redemption we see His abounding merciful love and faithfulness to His people. In the course of history, people continuously entrusted themselves, both when stricken with misfortune and when they became aware of their sins, to God's ocean of mercy. Recognizing our human weaknesses and sins, Jesus is always ready to pour out His mercy upon us, for He is Love and Mercy itself. All He wants is that we ask for His mercy and to trust Him.
- Why are we building?
The Divine Mercy Apostolate is a worldwide spiritual move-ment transcending faith in action by drawing souls to Jesus, the Divine Mercy. Since the canonization of St. Faustina, the Divine Mercy message and devotion has spread throughout the world. The Western United States is ideally located for a suitable shrine to serve as the gateway to the Pacific Rim, Central and South America.
- How long will it take to build the Shrine?
The project will be completed in phases over a 5-year period; as outlined on the back page of this document. Sufficient capital funding will be necessary to enact Phases I through IV.
- What will be included?
The Divine Mercy Shrine will include serene prayer gardens with grottos dedicated to our Holy Mary Mother of Mercy, St. Faustina the Apostle of Mercy and Blessed John Paul II our Mercy Pope, all suitable for private prayer, meditation and contemplation. There will be pathways for the Stations of the Cross and Mysteries of the Rosary. The centerpiece will be the small chapel for a place of worship, adoration, veneration and silent conversations with God. Family memorials will be available in various locations of the Shrine.
- How much will it cost?
The total cost of the project is estimated to be $7 million including the cost of studies, permits and construction.
- Who will benefit from the shrine and center?
The Divine Mercy Shrine is intended to win souls for Christ. This is an open door to all people who seek His unfathomable Mercy imparted by the graces promised through this Image of the Divine Mercy, especially the 37 million Californians and people of the Western United States within close proximity to the shrine. This will be a pilgrim site open to all people throughout the world who hunger and thirst for the Love and Mercy of Jesus Christ.
- Does the Western Region of the USA need to be involved in the Divine Mercy Shrine Project to be successful?
Yes, the Divine Mercy Apostolate belongs to all of us and everyone is invited to become more involved. We are invited to be apostles of Mercy; messengers of HIS love and mercy. Jesus offers us an image, a vessel, that leads us to say: "Jesus, I trust in You."