Her plan – to cover the country with images of Jesus, the Divine Mercy
By Heather Faucheaux
If you’ve driven down River Road from Hahnville to Waggaman lately, or by St. Anthony’s church in Luling, you may have been struck by a particular image; a brilliant, 10-foot high sign of Jesus as the Divine Mercy.
At the bottom of the sign are the words, “Jesus, I trust in You!”
These are the words that have been fueling the fire of Cecilia Nguyen’s ministry. Cecilia is a petite missionary of Christ from Houston, with a huge love for Jesus in her heart. She has been spreading this message of the Lord’s mercy and love for the last several years throughout the South.
Seven years ago, she had a profound encounter with Jesus, and felt moved to bring Him to others in this particular way.
A number of churches and citizens in Louisiana have asked her to erect the Divine Mercy sign on their property. With the aid of her friend, Angel Ruiz, she has put as many as seven signs up in a weekend.
Each weather-proof sign takes from one to two hours to erect, and is permanently cemented into the ground. There’s no charge to any church that requests a sign. Instead, Cecilia gives her testimony at each parish where the image has been raised, and has Divine Mercy devotional items for sale after mass to help her continue her mission.
Cecilia said, “I don’t know why, but Jesus keeps bringing me back to Louisiana. The people here really love Him.” The missionary’s goal is to cover the country with the image of Divine Mercy, asking God to bless America is this simple, yet powerful way.
The Divine Mercy devotion, which is approved by the Catholic Church, began in the 1930’s, when Jesus appeared in this form to a Polish nun, Sr. Faustina Kowalska, now canonized.
According to Sister Faustina, Jesus asked her to propagate His image and His message of Divine Mercy for the whole world. Abundant graces and blessings were promised to those who would accept and share this message of trust in His Divine Mercy.
He also promised that the souls who venerated this image would not perish, would have victory over their enemies, especially at the hour of death, and that He would defend those souls with His own glory.
Pope John Paul II described Divine Mercy as the answer to the world’s problems and the message of the third millennium. The Pope chose the Sunday after Easter to be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday, when the floodgates will be opened to rain down abundant Divine Mercy upon the whole world.
Special masses will be celebrated throughout the archdiocese this Sunday at 3 p.m., the hour that Jesus died for our salvation, the hour of great mercy.
As Cecilia herself put it, “We have an Awesome God! He loves us! We can never do enough for Him!”
To request a sign, please call Cecilia Nguyen at 1-888-946-5977 or contact her at Pray4HolySpirit.org.