Newsletter 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!
Dear Sisters and Brothers! Apostles of Divine Mercy!
The season of Advent, which we are just beginning, is the perfect moment to ask once again who is most important in my life? Who or what do I place my highest hope in? Whose closeness do I most desire, who do I really want? Ultimately, for us, Apostles of Divine Mercy, the question is: Who do I trust? If the answer is “I trust in Jesus”, how do I best prepare for His birth? The same questions were asked by St. Faustina. She received specific tips that can be of great help to us today:
“The Mother of God has taught me how to prepare for the Feast of Christmas. I saw Her today, without the Infant Jesus. She said to me: My daughter, strive after silence and humility, so that Jesus, who dwells in your heart continuously, may be able to rest. Adore Him in your heart; do not go out from your inmost being. My daughter, I shall obtain for you the grace of an interior life which will be such that, without ever leaving that interior life, you will be able to carry out all your external duties with even greater care. Dwell with Him continuously in your own heart. He will be your strength” (Diary, 785).
Therefore, this Advent, this time of waiting, we are invited to greater silence. In silence, in prayer, in the rhythm of the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s heartbeat and the Sacred Heart of Jesus’ heartbeat, her beloved Son, whom She carries in her Womb, we will hear the voice of God ever more clearly. It is not by chance that every day in the chapel of our Apostolate, from Monday to Friday, just after the Eucharist at 2:30 pm, during the celebration of the Hour of Mercy, we stand before Jesus Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament. At this time, we would like to pray for the intentions that you send, and like Mary, to listen to what God has to say to us. His Word always gives us new Life, new Light, for those matters that humanly speaking seem to be unsolvable.
We carry with us many such matters and difficulties in our lives, therefore, being in spiritual communion, I invite you to send all your intentions to us on the attached form. We are happy to entrust to the Good God the matters that are important to you, especially during the Novena to the Infant Jesus from 16th to 24th December, inclusive. Christmas is a time of joy, a time of making wishes, giving gifts, and smiling! We invite you to buy things for your loved ones that share the true meaning of Christmas. Please consider ordering the beautifully published Divine Mercy 2023 Calendar and Divine Mercy Apostolate Christmas cards, some of the many books that we stock or taking part in the Christmas lottery. All proceeds support our apostolic work and help us to continue proclaiming the Message of Divine Mercy!
Let us remember that the story of Bethlehem is not over, it continues today. Jesus continues to knock on the door of our homes, on the door of our hearts. The Saviour wants to visit us, find a place with us, because He loves us. He wants to be with us, He wants to give us His Presence, His Word and saving Grace. Are the doors of our homes open to Jesus? Will we accept him into our families and follow him on the path he wants to lead us on? These are the questions that should be answered during Advent, in silent, humble prayer, to which we always invite you in the chapel of our Apostolate.
In this joyful time of preparation, to accept such a great Gift – the Presence of God Himself in our midst – I encourage you, Dear Apostles of Divine Mercy, to pray in silence, which will allow us not to sleep through the moment of God’s birth among us!
I also encourage you to help others in these preparations, so that the fever of shopping or other activities does not obscure what is most important. Thus, on behalf of Fr. Jacek Rygielski, MIC, all our employees, and volunteers of our Apostolate, I would like to express my best wishes to you.
Let the Newborn God consume you with his love every day. May His love envelope you so strongly that you will never, even in the most difficult trials of life, doubt that there is someone who truly loves you and never forgets you!
May Mary, the Mother of God’s Son, hold you in Her tender arms throughout 2023, asking for Her intercession for all necessary graces!
With prayer at the manger of God’s Son.
Yours Fr. Łukasz Mazurek, MIC