Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Two Outstanding and Excellent Catholic Classics

Today, I will be talking about 2 Catholic Classics - One of which is very close to my heart.

A) Diary - Divine Mercy in my Soul , Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. Published by Marian Fathers and Marian Press, Stockbridge, Mass U.S.A :

I feel blessed to have a hard copy Jubilee 2000 Edition of the Divine Mercy Diary. It was given to my family by a Polish Catholic Businessman visiting my family in India in 2000/2001.

This happens to be my favourite Catholic Classic. It is an excellent book in more ways than one. A little about it now.

"The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska is the record of her life experience with the Merciful Jesus Christ primarily in her convent in Plock, Poland, in Vilnius now in Lithuania and finally in Krakow where she lived the last years of her life.

It is the journey of her precious soul. She was graced by a special communion with God and the Diary expresses her conviction that this communion ought to be the centre of our lives".

The Diary reveals the temperament, mind, and spirituality of Saint Faustina. The Diary of Saint Faustina is a Book of "Catholic Mysticism" of exceptional worth not only for the Church in Eastern Europe or Western Europe or the Americas but also for the Universal Church.

The Diary consists of 6 Notebooks, which were originally written in Polish and which were translated into English by the Marian Fathers of the Province of the Blessed Virgin Mary at least 50 years ago.

Saint Faustina is now known all over the world as the "Apostle and Secretary of Divine Mercy". Saint Faustina Kowalska is numbered by theologians among the outstanding mystics of the Church of the 20th Century. At the heart of the Divine Mercy Message is the essence of "Trust" in the person of the Merciful Jesus Christ. Hence, the inscription at the bottom of the Divine Mercy Image - Jesus, I trust in you.

This Book is a must buy for all devotees of the Divine Mercy specially for those who recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet and those just getting into it.

B) The Life and Revelations of Saint Gertrude the Great:

This is an Outstanding Catholic Classic. This Catholic Classic reveals the depth of love Saint Gertrude had for the "Sacred Heart of Jesus" and vice versa. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus appeared many times to Saint Gertrude - a German Cloistered Benedictine Nun who lived in the 12th Century in Germany. The encounters that Saint Gertrude had with the Sacred Heart of  Jesus are explained vividly in this book. Saint Gertrude ranks among the foremost of all Catholic Mystics. 


Tuesday, 5 November 2013


Greetings from Mumbai, India. 

I am an Indian Catholic Christian of Portuguese Descent from the Former Portuguese Colony of Goa on the west coast of India. I was born and raised in Mumbai, India and I continue to live in Mumbai, India.

I am 42 years old.

I love the Catholic Church 24-7-365 and I specially love "The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion". My Family and I have promoted the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion in Mumbai, India for the last 25 years.

We have even spread the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion to Cities in Central India and in North India. It all started in 1994 and in 1995 when we got in touch with Divine Mercy Information Centre in Hong Kong which was run by a Chinese Catholic Evangelist by the name of Mr. John Bosco Wong.

He sent my family 100 Kgs of Divine Mercy Literature in 1996 and in 1997 meant for propagation in India. We used to take literature with us to various Catholic Churches in Bandra West and distribute it to Catholics explaining to them the significance of the Image of the Merciful Jesus Christ, the 3.00 prayer, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Feast of "Divine Mercy Sunday".

We did this throughout 1996 and 1997 when the Catholic Church had not yet given its seal of approval to "Divine Mercy Sunday" as a Church Feast.

My Father who is a Physician and Medical Microbiologist took with him several kilos of Divine Mercy literature to cities such as Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh State, and Patna in Bihar State when he had to attend "Medical Conferences" in those cities.

My Father would make it a point to meet either the local Catholic Bishop, or local Catholic Priests, or Lay Catholics and give them Divine Mercy literature for their perusal. This happened in the late 1990's.

Our Objective in promoting this beautiful devotion was to make known the all encompassing love of Merciful Jesus Christ for suffering and sinful humanity.

Now, in 2013 we as a family are extremely happy to know that the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion is spreading like wildfire all across Peninsular India and all across the world.

My Objective in starting this Blog is to create awareness among Catholics about the "Beauty of the Catholic Faith" as contained in Catholic Classics. Once in 2 weeks, I will be posting links to Catholic Classics in PDF Format or in HTML Format. 

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