I had a pleasant Good Friday surprise by way of this church— the Archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy in Bgy. Pagkilatan, Batangas.

Anyway this chapel is only two years old. The reredos were pattered after after shrines to the Holy Child in Prague and Toronto, I’m told. What’s even more striking is just how far Pagkilatan is from civilization: it is a coastal town that required passing through several different towns first before actually arriving there, and in fact, the shrine was so remote that they did not even bother covering the reredos with a purple veil (the parish was some distance away). Goats, cows, and horses simply outnumbered cars. An incredibly beautiful place, nontheless.

My daughter…why do you not tell me about everything that concerns you, even the smallest details? Tell Me about everything, and know that this will give Me great joy. I answered, But You know about everything, Lord.” And Jesus replied to me, “Yes I do know; but you should not excuse yourself with the fact that I know, but with childlike simplicity talk to Me about everything, for my ears and heart are inclined towards you, and your words are dear to Me.(2; 921)
—  St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul

Divine Mercy

"You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us."

"O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!"

June 13, 1929 - vision of Sister Lucy:  Suddenly, the whole chapel lit up with a supernatural light and on the altar appeared a cross of light which reached the ceiling. In a clearer light, on the upper part of the cross, could be seen the face of a man with His body to the waist, on His chest a dove, equally luminous; and nailed to the cross, the body of another man. A little below the waist (of Christ on the cross), suspended in the air, could be seen a Chalice and a large Host, onto which some drops of blood were falling, which flowed from the face of the Crucified One and from the wound in His breast. Running down over the Host, these drops fell into the Chalice.

Under the right arm of the cross was Our Lady with Her Immaculate Heart in Her hand … (She appeared as Our Lady of Fatima, with Her Immaculate Heart in Her left hand, without sword or roses, but with a crown of thorns and flames). Under the left arm [of the cross], in large letters, like crystalline water which flowed over the altar, these words were formed: “Grace and Mercy”. I understood that the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity was shown to me, and I received lights about this mystery which I am not permitted to reveal.