In response to the “Fire of Mercy” ignited by God’s Servant John Paul II, in memory of the One Hundred Anniversary of Saint Faustina’s Birthday, in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Encyclical Letter “Dives in Misericordia” and the Death Anniversary of John Paul II – Southern Californians were the first to respond to the call of the “New Creativity of Mercy”, through the initiative of the Lay Institute of Divine Mercy and One Hearth One Mind in Christ Community, the First Southern California Congress of Divine Mercy took place hosted by Christ the King Roman Catholic Parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
We the delegates to the first Southern California Congress of the Divine Mercy, held on April 28-30, 2006 at Christ the King Church in Los Angeles under the auspices of Reverend Father Antonio Cacciapuotti and Reverend Father George J. Bobowski with the presence of His Excellency Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Archbishop of Moscow, share the results of our discussions on the present conditions of the propagation of the Divine Mercy Devotion in the United States and stated:
♦ That, there is a growing need to respond to the invitation of God’s Servant John Paul II, the Great Mercy Pope: “To entrust the world to Divine Mercy…the message of God’s Merciful love proclaimed through Saint Faustina, may be made known to all the people of the earth…May the binding promise of the Lord Jesus be fulfilled: from here must go forth, the spark which will prepare the world for His final coming “ (Homily of Pope John Paul II, Krakow, 2002);
♦ That, the spread of the devotion to Divine Mercy should always be guided by the loving care of the Leaders of the Church in the light of the Holy Magisterium;
♦ That the spread of the Devotion should be flowing from the promoters’ deep spiritual life as Divine Mercy Spirituality is one of the ways of Christian maturity and personal union with Christ, especially through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist;
♦ That there is the need to form a Center of Divine Mercy Spirituality at the level of Parishes and Dioceses, coordinating all activities under the closest guidance and supervision of their respective Bishops;
♦ That the cooperation of such Center will lead to regular consultation and annual conventions of Divine Mercy Promoters at the level of Dioceses, National and Continents.
We, therefore, conclude by recalling the words of Pope John Paul II: “The World need to understand and welcome Divine Mercy”. We humbly ask for the intercession of our beloved Mother of Mercy to help us to be enlightened to fulfill this mission.