Heaven smiles on Fr. Longenecker ...
“Tell My priests that hardened sinners will repent
on hearing their words when they speak about My unfathomable mercy,
about the compassion I have for them in My Heart.
To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy,
I will give wondrous power;
I will anoint their words and touch the hearts
of those to whom they will speak.” (Diary, 1521)
The Divine Mercy miracle.
The Divine Mercy 'miracle' took place on a clear day in Greenville, South Carolina.
On Divine Mercy Sunday our parish organized a walking pilgrimage across town to our local Holy Door. It was a beautiful, clear, sunny afternoon as the cars began arriving. Groups from all the local parishes were there with a range of ages and ethnic backgrounds. Nearly 500 people turned up, and this was in Greenville, South Carolina — the heart of America’s Bible Belt.
After the pilgrimage walk we gathered for prayer and then went into church where the Divine Mercy chaplet was chanted, and we heard an inspiring talk on St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy. It was a great afternoon of fellowship, prayer and public witness to our Catholic faith.
That afternoon a couple of our parishioners began circulating the photos they had taken of the event. Only then did we notice something remarkable. In one set of pictures taken outside the Holy Door there is a ray of light beaming down from the sky right onto the heart of Jesus. Then on Monday morning another photograph came in with a strong beam of light radiating out of the totally blue sky onto the Divine Mercy image as it was being carried in procession. - Aletetia
This took place within the same time frame of Fr. Longenecker's "Remnant" controversy. Fr. L was certainly suffering as a result of being misquoted and then threatened with a lawsuit. He continues to take heat for his support of the Pope and now, his defense of Amoris Laetitia. Perhaps this 'sign' from Our Lord is a sign of favor, meant to edify and encourage - not only the parishioners, but Fr. Longenecker as well?
God works in mysterious ways.
I might be feeling guilty because I had included Fr. L's run-in with The Remnant in a sort of belated April Fools post. I soon felt sorry for him considering the vindictive reaction from the Remnant crowd. I regretted my post and before too long, I removed the post which could only have resulted in more scorn for Fr. L.
For me, the Divine Mercy image is a powerful sign in itself - and now, this mystery of light seen in the Divine Mercy procession is another indication of the efficacy of the message and meaning of the devotion.
My prayers for Fr. Longenecker, and my sincere apologies for being disrespectful.
Worth reading: Fr. L's post, Cardinal Burke Knocks the critics of the Holy Father and the exhortation.