Letters to the Marian Helpers
Father Jan, because this is how the director of the Apostolate of Divine Mercy is called each time (because of the founder of the Apostolate, Rev. Jan Przybysz, MIC), who is Rev. Dr Lukasz Mazurek, MIC, writes letters to all members of the Apostolate several times throughout the year.
You can read the content of the latest letter here. If you want to belong to the Apostolate of Divine Mercy through the Association of Marian Helpers, write or call us. We are waiting for YOU with joy!
Letter for February 2022
Dear Marian Helpers! Apostles of Divine Mercy!
Each of us, as sensitive, intelligent people, who spend time reflecting on our lives, usually reach a point when we ask ourselves about the purpose, meaning and the value of our lives especially when we suffer, and an illness affects our body and soul.
The very first paragraph in the Catechism of the Catholic Church promulgated by St. John Paul II in 1992 states that “God, infinitely perfect and happy, by the plan of pure goodness, in a completely free manner created man to make him a participant in his happy life” (CCC 1). First, we are invited to share in the happiness of God himself, a happiness that is founded in the knowledge that we are each chosen and specifically called by Him. What an extraordinary and overwhelming invitation, which not only changes our self-perspective, but also causes us to look at every other person in a different light. Their presence in our lives no longer has to be seen as an obstacle, but as an inestimable blessing. Secondly, it can be said that we are called to fully participate in the life of God, since He not only created us as unique individuals, but also gives us, as the crown of His creation, a huge range of gifts and talents which we can use to proclaim the message of His Mercy.
The problem, however, appears at the very beginning of our awareness of this call to participate in the life of God himself. On the one hand, by taking up a real spiritual life and drawing strength from prayer and sacramental life, we have the will to respond to God and His Word. On the other hand, living in this world in the reality of our daily struggles for survival and increasing the quality of life at all costs, we tend to forget about the perspective of eternity beyond the present time. We tend not to look at the very beginning of our lives and not comprehend that it is precisely at the beginning of one’s life that God has chosen us. It is He who is in love with us and in love with our life and therefore generates new life, never making mistakes in His decisions. Hence, the mystery of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, especially important to us, Marian Fathers, becomes, an important point of reference for every believer.
Mary, as the Immaculate Conception, points to God’s initiative, who is extremely generous in giving man great gifts, even if He has already proved many times that in a relationship with Him, man is the weakest link that constantly violates the original harmony of the relationship. In this paradox of human infidelity, the Love of God and its unique character are revealed. It is a love that is disinterested, it does not require any extraordinary conditions, nor does it require perfection on our part.
Intriguingly, God’s great concern for man is revealed in our suffering and illness. This can be seen especially in the Church approved apparitions such as at Lourdes, France. So, the Marian Fathers would like to invite you to participate in the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes, especially for all those who are sick or suffering 2nd – 10th February 2022, as well as for all who care for them. Please send us the names of your suffering relatives and friends, whom we will recommend to Our Merciful God through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes. You can use the attached form to include the names of your loved ones in this great novena, which you are all invited to join.
Please be reminded that every day from Monday to Friday you are welcome to join our afternoon devotions at the Divine Mercy Apostolate, 1 Courtfield Gardens, London W13 0EY or via social media. We celebrate Holy Mass at 2:30 pm followed by the Hour of Mercy and Evening Prayer of the Church. More information can be found on our website: divinemercyapostolate.co.uk
We realise that sickness and suffering often prevents us from living and functioning normally, and prevents some who might be bedridden, from coming to our Divine Mercy chapel or even their own Church. Therefore, for all our Dear sick Apostles of Divine Mercy, we have prepared a special leaflet – The Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Sick and the Dying, which will help you to participate in the mission of the Church. Copies for your sick family, friends and neighbours can be ordered from our Apostolate on the enclosed Form.
Dear Apostles of Divine Mercy, we thank you for your generosity and for all the help that you give to so many today, especially to the sick and suffering who need our support. Let your closeness to them be a sign of closeness of the Merciful Christ himself, who never forgets anyone! As the Holy Father Francis reminds us:
“Such closeness is a precious balm that provides support and consolation to the sick in their suffering. As Christians, we experience that closeness as a sign of the love of Jesus Christ, the Good Samaritan, who draws near with compassion to every man and woman wounded by sin. United to Christ by the working of the Holy Spirit, we are called to be merciful like the Father and to love in particular our frail, infirm and suffering brothers and sisters (Jn 13:34-35).”
In union with you in the service of mercy towards the sick and suffering,
Gratefully in Christ
Fr. Łukasz Mazurek, MIC