“God will not deny His mercy to anyone. Heaven and earth may change, but God’s mercy will never be exhausted.”
S. Faustina Kowalska
In Pliszczyn, on May 12-15, 2016, took place the last in this academic year retreat for the John Paul II Foundation’s fellowship recipients. Rev. Dr. Tadeusz Michałek, Sacred Heart Priests from Sosnowiec led the retreat. The leading theme of the retreat was mercy. We listened to very interesting and informative speeches about Divine Mercy, how to notice it in daily life, and how to show it to others. The retreat provided a great opportunity to better examine our conscience and prepare for the confession. During confession, we were able to tangibly feel this infinite and incomprehensible mercy of God, who does not want to condemn man but to accept him/her even with the greatest sins. Besides that, the retreat time was a time of reflection and prayers. There was daily Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayer, which is the prayer that Jesus gave us, revealing it to St. Faustina Kowalska. We listened to a few conferences during which anyone could speak, ask questions, to which the priest eagerly provided answers dispelling all our doubts. During group exercises, we were able to present and discuss our own visions of mercy.
The retreat provided also a break from the daily learning and ability to have some time to talk to others and discuss various topics. We had time to walk around the beautiful area of Pliszczyn and to integrate together during games and free times. Together we watched the movie “October Baby”, which fulfilled the main theme of the retreat to show mercy in situations when this is very difficult.
In the extraordinary Year of Mercy this retreat allowed us to learn about different aspects of mercy. We hope that teachings provided by Rev. Tadeusz will provide abundant crops “thirtyfold, sixtyfold, or maybe even a hundredfold.” On the other hand, we will always remember that in case of any issues, any difficulties in life, we should put our entire hope in God, for He is able, through His mercy, to do miracles – given that we ask for it properly.
“May praise of God’s mercy pour from every heart. Now, and at every hour, and forever and ever.”
S. Faustina Kowalska
By Aleksander Lewkowicz
Photo: K. Nedokus