Recalling the horror of Auschwitz, I found myself confronting Divine Mercy in its most radical implications.
Anti-Catholic sentiment remained quite virulent in America at the time; therefore Elizabeth knew the decision to become Catholic was sure to cause alienation from friends and family—a very serious consequence, since as a widow with children she was in dire need of financial support.
St. Jude Thaddeus, patron of the desperate, was an apostle of Jesus, who preached the Gospel in the East where he was martyred. Even today people still invoke him as a comforter, a friend, and a beacon of hope.
Saint Charles Borromeo was a true reformer of the Church. Growing up during the time of the Protestant Revolution in the 16th century, he was present at the Council of Trent and tirelessly labored to promote moral formation and religious education in his diocese.
The saints are models of human excellence, perfected by the life of Christ and the communication of his Spirit. They demonstrate by their lives how to really live and how to really die. They consistently point to the horizon of love which leads to the fulfillment of all human desire: eternal communion with the Holy Trinity.