UPDATE: Due to demand, there will be a second theatrical screening taking place on Monday, December 2, 2019 (7pm), in select U.S. locations. Please check this link to see if the movie is available near you: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/faustina-love-and-mercy
Movie Review (No Spoilers!) for “Love and Mercy: Faustina” – Second U.S. Theater Showing – Monday, December 2, 2019
Trailer – Love and Mercy: Faustina (2:01 minutes)
In the 1930s, our Lord revealed to an unknown religious sister a message for our times. To an age marked by conflict, despair, lack of respect for human life and dignity, and in need of His forgiveness and merciful love, He said, “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy” (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 300).
Now this incredible true story of St. Faustina and the message of Divine Mercy will be told one night only in more than 700 movie theaters across the United States on Oct. 28, in the new film “Love and Mercy: Faustina.” The docudrama follows the incredible call of St. Faustina to religious life and the healing effects of this message on countless people around the world.
The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception served as consultants for this 120-minute docudrama that was written and directed by Michal Kondrat.
For a complete list of theater locations and to order tickets, visit: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/faustina-love-and-mercy
If you cannot attend a theatrical screening on Oct. 28, we invite you to sign up to receive a DVD of the film once we make it available. Sign up: https://www.thedivinemercy.org/loveandmercy
“The idea to create ‘Love and Mercy’ first came to me two years ago after reading the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska,” said Mr. Kondrat, who filmed in his native Poland as well as at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and locations in Lithuania, and Italy.
“Divine Mercy is changing millions of lives, but most Christians are still unaware of the power of the message that Jesus gave to humanity through Sr. Faustina, a simple Polish nun who is now a saint,” said Mr. Kondrat, whose previous films include “Two Crowns,” dedicated to the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe.
Filmed in English, “Love and Mercy: Faustina” dramatizes key moments in St. Faustina’s life and the difficulties and triumphs that accompanied the spread of the message following her death in 1938.
One day this poor, faithful Polish farm girl with little formal education has her life irreversibly upturned when Jesus appears to her in a vision. Jesus commissions her to proclaim the truth of His mercy in order to prepare the world for His final coming.
Featured scenes include her call from Jesus to enter the convent; her relationship with Fr. Michael Sopocko, the priest sent by Christ to help her carry out her mission; the often frustrating process of creating the Divine Mercy Image, as Jesus requested; her and Fr. Sopocko’s trust in Christ amidst the many spiritual trials; and the handing off of key Divine Mercy documents to a Marian priest, Fr. Joseph Jarzebowski, MIC, who escaped to America to fulfill his promise to promote Divine Mercy.
Interviews with present-day scholars and promoters of her message are interspersed among the dramatic portrayals.
The film breaks new ground with discoveries of original writings from now-Blessed Sopocko.
The film also delves into the scientific research that shows the identical features of Christ in the Divine Mercy Image to the facial features and figure immortalized on the Shroud of Turin.