My daughter, . . . I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open.
St. Agnes, a young virgin martyred in Rome at the tender age of twelve or thirteen, is a unique and unrepeatable saint whose principled conviction, fidelity and dedication to Christ leaves men of the world, then as now, fascinated yet perplexed.
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.