The Icon of Divine Mercy was presented to the Community of St. Dominic’s in Barbados on November 23rd 2008 as a gift from the “Valley Of Mercy in Poland”.
As you enter our Church one cannot help but notice the life size image of Divine Mercy that hangs over the Baptismal font. You stop and gaze at this image as the combination of gentle pastel blue and red blend together with the image of Christ as He whispers in your heart:
“Come and sit with me for a while, let’s chat, share your heart with me and I will share Mine with you. Come and experience the availability and limitless outpouring of my Love and my Mercy.”
As one member of our community writes, “Every time I recite the chaplet or meditate on the sacred image I make a decision to accept his mercy with thanksgiving (even though I feel unworthy), to trust completely in Him (even though I have no idea where what I need is coming from) and to be merciful as He is merciful (even though I’d rather not). I approach Him boldly but humbly, fully cognizant of my weak nature but also of my strong desire to love and serve Him with all that I am and all that I have, trusting in His promises which were revealed to St. Faustina - souls that make an appeal to His mercy delight Him. To such souls He grants even more graces than they ask and no soul that has called upon His mercy has ever been disappointed. Now THAT is indescribable love – truly a love that never fails!!
It is the call for us to abide in and meditate on His love, day and night, so that we can be “…like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither and whatever we do shall prosper.” So we say with confidence and conviction “Jesus, [we] trust in You!!”
Are you ready for a deep ,and very personal encounter with Jesus…….just follow your gaze at this image of Divine Mercy , sit for a while open your heart and listen to Jesus say, do not be afraid, give me your heart ……just trust in me.
St. Dominic's Church was designated a National Shrine of Divine Mercy on September 21, 2016 by the Most Reverend Charles Jason Gordon, Roman Catholic Bishop of Bridgetown, in commemoration of Barbados' 50th Anniversary of Independence.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed at the Shrine every Friday at 6.30 pm.