Jesus, I Trust in You!
Copyright "Come to Me, all of you..."
Story of the Inspirational Card
During the winter of 2007, while volunteering in the gift shop of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe www.maryqueenoftheuniverse.org, Orlando, Florida, one of the guests asked me if I had heard of the new parish, St. Faustina, in Clermont, Florida. I hadn't heard of it, and thanked her for letting me know.
St. Faustina Catholic Church
(Four Corners Gets a New Parish) Diocese of Orlando
Soon after, I visited St. Faustina, a Catholic parish in the Four Corners of central Florida www.stfaustina.org. (Established by Bishop Thomas Wenski – summer of 2006; first Mass: September 30, 2006 at 4 P.M. in the banquet room of the Westgate Inn on 192. Subsequently, Fr. Steve [first pastor of St. Faustina's] found a new place to celebrate Mass. He leased the former Homer’s Bar-B-Q restaurant and converted it into an interim church; Parishioner Kathy Murphy’s Journal.*) I learned that every Wednesday at 3 P.M., parishioners prayed the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. Thereafter, whenever I was in Florida, I would go there to pray the Chaplet.**
On March 10, 2010, while praying the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, I envisioned an outline in the veins of the marble on the wall behind the tabernacle, as one would see an image in a cloud formation. To the left of the tabernacle there seemed to be an outline of the Blessed Mother, hands in prayer, with Jesus overlooking her. To the right of the tabernacle, was a kneeling adorer.
I wished I could have drawn it, but I don’t have that skill. I then thought of a friend in Pittsburgh, Nick Parrendo. I met Nick while working as a receptionist at Little Sisters of the Poor www.littlesistersofthepoorpittsburgh.org. Nick designed the stained glass windows www.huntstainedglass.com in the Gloria Chapel located in the Little Sisters’ home. Nick also designed inspirational cards. I was confident that he would help me. Since I did not have my camera with me that winter (above picture taken during my next visit to Florida), no phone from which to take a picture, nor any paper, only a pen, I picked up one of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy prayer brochures provided by the church, and drew, as best I could, the tabernacle and pedestal which were specific to the interim church at 320 Route 27, Clermont, Florida.
(The current interim church www.stfaustina.org is located at 1714 U.S. Highway 27 (Glenbrook Commons) Clermont, Florida 34714.)
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When I returned to Pittsburgh in April of 2010, I told Nick about my experience and showed him my rough drawing of the tabernacle and pedestal. He agreed to make a sketch. Within a few weeks, Nick had drawn exactly what I described, and added St. Faustina!
Nick agreed to make an inspirational card. Now, I needed to find what to put on the back of the card. I had a thought of what the image meant - Blessed Mother Mary (Church) O Church of God, you are the best mother, you alone can rear a soul and cause it to grow. Oh, how great is my love and respect for the Church, that best of all mothers! (Diary, 197); Jesus (protects). The adorer is me, is you, is anyone wanting to adore and thank Him for His blessings and His mercy. I turned to Divine Mercy in My Soul – Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska www.marian.org, and found the paragraphs for the back of the card:
The Mercy of God,
hidden in the
the voice of the Lord
who speaks to us
from the throne of mercy:
Come to Me, all of you. ...
How dear your soul is to Me! …
I am your strength,
I will help you in the struggle. …
Behold, for you I have established
a throne of mercy on earth
- the tabernacle -
and from this throne
I desire to enter into your heart. ...
You can come to me at any moment,
at any time; I want to speak to you
and desire to grant you grace.
+ … O my Mother, Church of God,
you a true Mother
who understands her children...
God bless you and your family,
Jesus, I Trust in You!
January 31, 2014
Feast day of St. John Bosco