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BUNDU TUHAN – The recent Sabah Divine Mercy retreat held at the retreat centre here on Sep 8-9 attracted 130 participants. They were mainly Divine Mercy devotees from the Sacred Heart Cathedral parish while some came from nearby parishes.
The two-day retreat, which was complemented with another half-day talk on Sep 11 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre, was facilitated by Fr Dariusz Drzewlecki MIC.
Fr Drzewlecki is the Superior of the Asian Vicariate of the Marian Fathers of Immaculate Conception based in Davao, Philippines. In 2015, he was chosen as a Missionary of Mercy and sent by Pope Francis during the Jubilee Year of Mercy to preach about mercy and to hear confessions.
The retreatants benefited from his ‘ministry of mercy’ which has deepened their understanding on the Divine Mercy devotion as a way of life.
Drawing mainly from the numerous Divine Mercy messages from the Diary of St Faustina, the retreat master delivered his talks which was useful for the devotees to enrich their devotion, and informative for other parishioners who were keen to know more about Divine Mercy devotion.
Sharing from his own experiences, Fr Drzewlecki dwelt on his involvement in the works of mercy for victims of typhoons that struck Mindanao and the Visayan Islands, particularly the construction of low cost houses for the victims. In the swift response of aid to the victims, Fr Drzewlecki underlined that God’s mercy has been enlightened to the sufferers.
In line with “mercy”, the spiritual and corporal works of mercy were incorporated in his talks. – Henry Liew