CC4M: St. Faustina, Apostle of Mercy - Lessons from her Life for Moms

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Copyright 2016 Catholic Conference 4 Moms. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2016 Catholic Conference 4 Moms. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Presentation on “Divine Mercy for Moms” by Michele Faehnles and Emily Jaminet

I enjoyed this talk very much. Many years ago I read Saint Faustina’s diary and enjoyed it immensely. Her mystical experiences coupled with simple and practical application including the painting of the iconic image) made devotion to the Divine Mercy very attractive. Having lapsed in my devotion over the years, this presentation inspired me to redouble my efforts and to immerse myself in the idea of God’s mercy through his son Jesus Christ.

A simple biography of the former Helen Kowalska was followed by how St. Faustina came to know of the Divine Mercy. Michele and Emily made the devotion seem easy and accessible, even for busy moms. It’s something that you can very easily do with children–as described by one of the presenters with her two-year-old, which was absolutely adorable. There is nothing like the sound of a small child’s voice in prayer to God.

Michele and Emily tied motherhood with Divine Mercy, laying out simple and meaningful strategies for living out the devotion. Using the image “Jesus, I Trust in You” as inspiration, the Divine Mercy Chaplet is the perfect prayer to teach to children and to pray daily as a family.

Michele and Emily have co-authored a book titled Divine Mercy for Moms. You can find it and more at their website, divinemercyformoms.com.

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Copyright 2016 Susan Bailey

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Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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