How fitting for the Year of Mercy!
A new documentary has just been released on the history of one of the more famous versions of the Divine Mercy image. Titled “The Original Image of Divine Mercy: the Untold Story of an Unknown Masterpiece,” it features some pretty big names: comedian Jim Gaffigan, actor and musician Harry Connick, Jr., George Weigel, Bishop Robert Barron, and others.
Although there are several Divine Mercy images used around the world, apparently only one was made in the lifetime of St. Faustina, on whose mystical visions the image is based. And it was almost destroyed.
“The violently anti-Catholic Soviet Occupation of Vilnius, Lithuania, forced the painting into hiding,” the documentary’s website explains. “Finally, two humble nuns accepted the ‘mission impossible’ and transported the miraculous painting across the dangerous border between Lithuania and Belarus.”
Only recently did it find a home: “In 2005, after 75 years of wandering, the painting was placed in a permanent home in a beautiful shrine in Vilnius according to the wishes of Saint Faustina and Blessed Fr. Michal Sopocko.”
Wow – who knew?