You probably noticed in the front of the church a new picture of Divine Mercy by the chapel entrance. Jesus asked St. Faustina to have this image made telling her: “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: ‘Jesus, I trust in you.’ I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world.” With the help of her spiritual director they commissioned an artist in Vilnius, Lithuania to fulfill our Lord’s request. St. Faustina was not pleased with the end result and was constantly asking the artist to make adjustments to our Lord’s face. Eventually in prayer she asked the Lord who will paint You as beautiful as You are? Then she heard these words: “Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in my grace”.
The history of this image and how it miraculously survived occupation of Lithuania and Poland by the Germans in WWII and then by the communists of Russia following the war is quite remarkable. One can only see the hand of God watching over and protecting this image. What also is unbelievable is that the superimposition of the face of this image with the negative image of the shroud of Turin correspond to one another identically.
A kind benefactor donated this image to the church so that those who have lost loved ones can be comforted by entrusting their souls to the mercy of God through this image. It also can be a great source of consolation to those who pray for family and friends who are presently in need of God’s mercy. Jesus told St. Faustina that His mercy is inexhaustible. Let us trust in His mercy and the power of His grace.
Sincerely yours in Christ, Fr. Cannon