JOHN PAUL II MISSION OF MERCY
In 1938, after Saint Faustina’s death, this devotion spread like wildfire and this endured during the horrors the Polish people faced of World War II. At the front lines of this revelation stood a young Polish priest, Karol Josef Wojtyla.
Opposing forces tried to prevent the spreading of these holy revelations and Holy Mother Church with her prudence regarding unproved and uninvestigated spiritual occurrences. Pope John XXIII and the Vatican, received erroneous, confusing translations of the Diary of Sister Faustina. Consequently, The Holy See silenced it, and this in itself was prophesied by Saint Faustina.
Twenty years later, by the great efforts of then Bishop Wojtyla, Pope Paul VI lifted the Vatican’s ban. Our future Polish Pope dedicated himself to completing an accurate translation of Sister Faustina’s Diary.
It is an understatement to say his persistent influence singularly affected the approval of Christ revelations and this woman of Poland’s Holy Journal.
The devotion to Divine Mercy was brought to America by Father Jarzebowski of the Immaculate Conception. With the forces of the Third Reichs Nazi regiments surrounding Poland and threatening an invasion, this faithful priest entrusted himself to Divine Mercy and safely smuggled Sister Faustina’s writings across enemy lines and through his long journey into America.
Father Jarzebowski vowed to Father Michael Sopoko, Sister Faustina’s spiritual director, that he would reproduce and distribute materials on Divine Mercy in America. With the help of the Saint Stranislaus Kostka province of the Marians, they started to actively proclaim, print and produce material on the Divine Mercy devotion. When the Vatican’s ban was issued on Sister Faustina’s writings, the Marians obediently ceased promoting the Divine Mercy devotion. When Pope Paul VI lifted the ban on the diary, they immediately began promoting the devotion. On April 15, 1978, Cardinal Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II.