A day after attending the Divine Mercy Sunday for the first time at Stockbridge, MA I received an email about the shrine in the Philippines. Dedicated in 2008 and attended by more than 20,000 pilgrims I think there is no other place more befitting than the Southern Philippines. A 75-foot Shrine of the Divine Mercy stands on the hill 500 feet above sea level overlooking Macalajar bay and the villages in the mountains of Lanao. A chapel is situated right in the heart of Jesus where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. The rays emanating from the heart are stairs leading to the chapel. Another chapel is located at the foot of the statue.
““The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous; the red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at that time when My agonizing Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross….Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.” Diary, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul
Photos through the courtesy of the Philippine Military. News Story on the The Divine Mercy website.