“Divine Mercy in Action”
Once, a pain pierced my soul, and I began to pray:
“Most merciful Jesus, I beseech You through the intercession of Your Saints, and especially the intercession of Your dearest Mother who nurtured You from childhood, I beg You, Jesus, look not on our sins, but on the tears of little children, on the hunger and cold they suffer. Jesus, for the sake of these innocent ones, grant me the grace that I ask of You now.” At that moment, I saw the Lord Jesus, His eyes filled with tears, and He said to me, You see, My daughter, what great compassion I have for them. Know that it is they who uphold the whole world. (Extract from the diary of Saint Faustina 286)
The name of Our Divine Mercy “Charity” “Help Us Dry The Tears” or HUDT for short, was taken from the above quotation in the Diary of Saint Faustina. The charity was founded by Val Conlon who felt moved to act, when he read this sentence in the Diary.
“Divine Mercy In Action” became the charity’s working name, to make it more identifiable with the message from Jesus.
To Val the overall message that Jesus brought to humanity in these revelations was: You must live Mercy in this life, if you hope to obtain in the next. In the revelations of Divine Mercy Jesus asked that His mercy be spread in deed, word and prayer, later He qualified this by saying "first in deed". But it is important to be active in all three ways.
"I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for me. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it" (Diary of Saint Faustina 742)
The mission that our charity undertook, was to help the destitute elderly and homeless children, after the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, especially those abandoned children that lived in the shadows, a cruel world that exploited them in every way. When asked in an interview by a Romanian national newspaper, why was he bringing a religious message to Romania? Val answered, "Jesus gave this message to mankind in Eastern Europe first, and we believed this is where He intended it to be used most. “We chose Romania because the needs in your country were well publicised. We knew after the collapse of the Communist Regime people here needed every kind of assistance, bodily sustenance to feed their hunger and keep them alive, but also spiritual sustenance to keep their belief in the future alive and give them hope. So we tried to bring both, inspired by our belief in the revelations to Saint Faustina on God's Divine Mercy.
Everyone in our Divine Mercy Apostolate found it a great opportunity to answer God's call to spread His mercy in Deed, Word and Prayer, and sow a seed for renewal of the faith in Eastern Europe, so being a religious charity and different from other charities, our religious belief in the message of Divine Mercy meant the spiritual was as important as the corporal. The spiritual part of our work was important in a void where people's spiritual nature was so vulnerable and susceptible to other evil influences and cults. “Divine Mercy in Action” took it on itself to be part of Christian faith renewal through the work we carry out. As our humanitarian work connects us with a lot of people, we take the opportunity to make it clear that our works of Mercy are inspired by our belief in the revelations in the Christian message of Divine Mercy.
And as our projects are seen to be saving many lives, they cannot be easily objected to by any authority, even those who are still influenced by socialist or communist ideals. So space once occupied by a communist socialist ideal which looked after the poor, is now being occupied by our charity “Divine Mercy in Action”, who now look after the poor. To people who have lived an oppressive life bereft of any hope, we try to give them hope by helping them believe in a future, through the message of Divine Mercy. We try to achieve this by making the message available in their own language. In Romania we paid for the translation of the Diary of the Saint into Romanian.
As this message was given by our Lord in Eastern Europe at a time when first Nazism and then Communism was taking over peoples minds, the message is crucial for Eastern Europe after such a lengthy indoctrination to Socialism. So what was once a space occupied by a Socialist inspired doctrine, we have now filled with a Catholic inspired doctrine, Divine Mercy. It also seemed providential that God chose an Eastern European Pope, (Pope, John Paul II) at this time in history. He was so deeply involved with the Message of Divine Mercy, and was probably the one person most responsible for the defeat of communism in the world. We in our humble wisdom could see the connection with Saint John Paul II, the Divine Mercy message, and the void left behind in Communist Europe. A void that someone opened, to fill with Divine Mercy. So as well as helping save lives with food, medicine, education we also gave them the message of Divine Mercy. Because this is what we felt Jesus asked of us through Saint Faustina, to be active with His message of mercy, in deed, word and prayer. To be active in these three, is the final hope, for salvation in this world.