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Canvassing the Faithful: Image, Agency and the Lived Religiosity of Devotion to the Divine Mercy

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This chapter explores the controversial history and contemporary practice of an immensely popular devotion, sketching the charismatic role of its originator, Saint Faustina, and the various artistic representations of the Divine Mercy that have been created and circulated. It interrogates a highly influential contemporary form of Catholic spirituality as a socio-cultural as well as subjective, material and experiential form of belief and practice. Focused on an image arising out of a visionary experience by a simple girl, the framing narratives make explicit the association between this simplicity and the spirit of trust which lies at the heart of the devotion. The Divine Mercy images and prayers have achieved a striking global resonance through their scope for personal individuation and agency, whether clerical or lay. This very vitality has proved challenging and ultimately uncontainable.

Keywords: Catholic spirituality; devotion; Divine Mercy images; Saint Faustina



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