Franciscan Footprints

The Original Image of the Divine Mercy

Did you ever wonder what happened to Blessed Father Sopocko and how he continued to spread the message of God’s mercy?  Whether you have read The Diary of St Faustina Kowalska or not, perhaps in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, you have heard about the Image of Divine Mercy?

The Original Image of the Divine Mercy Documentary

This past Saturday evening, several of the Sisters and I attended a showing of the Director’s Cut of the documentary “The Original Image of Divine Mercy,” at a local parish.  There were over a hundred people in attendance, including Sisters from other religious communities in Peoria, a few local priests and many, many Peoria Catholics.  The film follows the original painting of Divine Mercy that St Faustina worked with the artist, Eugene Kazimirowski, to have painted.  It continues on what happened to the painting in the 75 years after her death, during WWII and the Cold War.  Amazing story.  With drama, humor, and commentary from many well-known Catholics.

Saturday’s showing was a special presentation by director Daniel diSilva about the Original Image of Divine Mercy, including behind-the-scenes tales, and a display of one of the few remaining small images of the Merciful Jesus, printed in 1935, that many Lithuanian Catholics carried with them during Nazi and Communist rule. Furthermore, a stunning, full-size replica of the Original Image was on also on exhibit to venerate.   The Dominican Sisters also brought a 1st class relic of Blessed Sopocko for us to venerate! 

Wow.  What a night!  Go see the movie if you can!  It was definitely worth the subtitles!  Go to http://www.divinemercyfilm.com/ to look for a screening near you.

For more information on the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, visit the Vatican’s website: http://www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va/content/gdm/en.html

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