Welcome to the Divine Mercy of Jesus Shrine at La Vega Estate
In 2003, a shrine dedicated to the Divine Mercy of Jesus was built at La Vega Estate.
The shrine is open to all faiths and everyone is invited to use it for prayer or devotion.
The Humble Instrument
St. Faustina was born Helen Kowalska on August 25, 1905, in the village of Glogowiec near Lodz, Poland. She was the third of ten children. From her childhood she was distinguished by a love of prayer, diligence at work, obedience and a sensitivity for the poor.
At the age of twenty she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in which she spent thirteen years of her life as a quiet, humble and hard-working sister. Her life as a religious was marked with the stigma of suffering, but also with extraordinary mystical graces, especially that of frequently conversing with Our Lord about His Mercy.
Worn out and weakened by tuberculosis and the sufferings she bore in sacrifice for sinners, Saint Faustina died in the odour of sancity in Cracow on October 5, 1983 at the age of 33.
Pope John Paul II declared her blessed on April 18, 1993. On April 30, 2000 she was canonized as the first saint of the new millenium.
On February 22, 1931, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun, bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind. Sister Faustina tells us in her diary under this date:
"In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening in the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red, and the other white. In silence I gazed intently a the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me: 'Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.'"
Some time later, Our Lord spoke to her: "The white rays stand for the Water which makes souls righteous; the red rays stand for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at the time when My agonising Heart was opened by a lance on the cross...Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him."
The Chalpet of the Divine Mercy
Begin with: one Our Father..., one Hail Mary..., The Apostle's Creed.
On the large bead say: "Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world."
On ten small beads say: "For the sake of His sowrrowful Passion have mercy on us and the whole world."
Conclude three times with: "Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world."