With the excess amount of time we all have on our hands, I thought I’d take advantage of our Parishes free FORMED account. I have previously watched a few things prior but usually just for research or class. There was a series on Divine Mercy that caught my eye for two reasons. One, it had a picture of Saint John Paul II so how could I not click on it, and I recently started reciting my daily chaplet after my daily rosary. Can’t go out so why not spend more time praying.
Divine Mercy with Fr. Michael Gaitley in the second greatest story ever told is the title. It’s a 10-part series inspired by Fr. Michael’s book “The Second Greatest story ever told.” Fr. Michael is the director of evangelization for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception but most famous for his book “33 Days to Morning Glory.” The series is produced by Augustine Institute’s Film Studio and I’m a sucker for breathtaking cinematography and documentary style videos so I had to give it a try.
Each part of the 10-part series focuses on a specific person and timeline in the history of the Catholic Church that reaffirms this is the time of mercy and how we go here. You learn about pivotal players like St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Faustina, St. John Paul II, St. Lucia, and more. People you wouldn’t imagine had anything to do with the story of Divine Mercy.
What I love best about this series is it opened my eyes to just how large the story and movement of Divine Mercy is and how it played an impactful role in real world events. World War I&II were blood baths for all of Europe and it could have been wildly avoided with faith in Mary and listening to her wishes.
There were more martyrs in the 20th century than any other century. This series reminds us of the importance of mercy now more than ever. Pray for the souls of those who lost their lives. I would recommend this series to anyone, Catholic or not.