Escarchas from St. Anthony - Oahu, Hawaii *Part 5... [Part 1], [Part 2], [Part 3], [Part 4], and [Part 6].
Hope in Divine Mercy.
June 21, 2013 From [Guadalupehousehi.blogspot.com]. Yesterday, after attending the noon Mass in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, I wandered into the nearby Pauline Bookstore to do some browsing. I always end up in the statues section of the little shop, admiring the many inspiring images of Jesus, Mary, and the Saints. I noticed the good Sisters had displayed a new line of 4" religious figurines on the shelves and my attention fell upon one in particular - it was a beautiful statuette of Jesus, as Divine Mercy.
It had been a few weeks since I last witnessed the mystical appearance of Escarchas and I was taken aback when more of the green flakes (like tiny, bright emeralds!) began randomly materializing on the image while I held it. That was all the prompting I needed to bring the statuette up to the cash register so I could pay for it. I remember being so excited, I declined the gift box the figurine came in and the paper package, too... just so I could hurry back to my workplace with my newly acquired treasure.
I knew I didn't need another statue, no matter how attractive or reasonably priced it was, and I debated with myself about buying it... but when I picked up the figurine to take a closer look at it, a small green sparkle beneath its heart suddenly caught my eye; I immediately knew it was an [Escarcha].
In Divine Mercy, there is Hope.
"My secretary, write that I am more generous toward sinners than toward the just. It was for their sake that I came down from Heaven; it was for their sake that my Blood was spilled. Let them not fear to approach me; they are most in need of my mercy." Words of our Lord to St. Faustina Kowalska, the "Apostle of Divine Mercy"