(Latin for "All Yours")

"Totus Tuus" was the papal motto of  St. John Paul II.  He said that at the time of his election to the papacy he had it "inscribed in our heart and on our coat of arms." In those two brief words he was consecrating himself, his papacy and the world completely to the Mother of God.

"The Immaculate Heart of Mary--opened with the words "Woman, behold Your son!"--is spiritually united with the Heart of Her Son opened by the soldier's spear....

Consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother means returning beneath the Cross of the Son. It means consecrating this world to the pierced Heart of the Savior, bringing it back to the very source of its Redemption.

Redemption is always greater than man's sin and the 'sin of the world.' 

The power of the Redemption is infinitely superior to the whole range of evil in man and the world."

Excerpt from Pope John Paul's homily
at Fatima, May 13, 1982
On the first anniversary of his attempted assassination

October 21, 2022
Mission of Divine Mercy


On the occasion of his feast day, the Mission of Divine Mercy wishes to gratefully express our debt to the teaching and example of Pope John Paul II. They were a providential inspiration for the founding of our Community.



Pope John Paul and Fr. John Mary at World Youth Day
 Denver Colorado 1993

The 1993 World Youth Day in Denver was the first one held in North America or for an English- speaking nation. Although many American bishops were afraid that it wouldn't draw a large response, WYD was attended by hundreds of thousands ( some estimates said it was a million) of young Catholics from around the globe. Among those attending were three busloads of young people who had traveled from Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, led by Father John Mary and other priests from their congregation.

The young people had worked hard for over a year to raise money for the trip by selling  special prints of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe painted by a local artist.
They were to travel by bus, but due to the massive event, buses were in short supply and they had to take what they could get. And what they got proved to be not too good.  In one bus the air-condition broke and very few windows would open ---and this was August. And then the bathroom developed a problem and the entire bus began to smell like a bathroom.

Each of the buses took turns breaking down, and this meant that all the buses stopped, so that they could remain together. They ate ham and cheese sandwiches while they waited for the repairs.

Their plan had been to arrive two days early in order to have time in the Colorado mountains, as many of the young people had never been out of their towns. The delays cost them one of those days. Because they couldn’t afford much in the way of accommodations, they had made arrangements to stay at what had been a nice lodge…until it had been severely damaged by fire several years earlier.  It had not been in operation since, but the owners, for a reasonable fee, let them come.  They were the first to use it since the fire.  No electricity.  No kitchen.  No staff.  Hoses provided some water.  More ham and cheese sandwiches.

(Father John Mary writes more extensively about this whole experience in the book that he has been working on forever. The following is one brief excerpt from the book.)

Each time I had to announce a delay, or a new sacrifice, I thought I might be lynched.   

On the contrary, I didn’t hear one complaint. Not one.  For the whole trip! Partly, I suppose, because the kids figured it was all part of the adventure. But also, I think, because they were used to difficult situations and sacrifices.  In any event, I was amazed at their good humor throughout.   

And their vitality.  It had been a long, exhausting trip.  And in Denver—as some groups stayed in hotels—we were sleeping on gym floors.  Yet when we finally got to the event, I remember our crowd grabbing a 60-foot-long banner emblazoned in the colors of Mexico, carrying it above their heads, and marching and singing “our song,” which one of them had written and all had enthusiastically embraced.  They seemed like a freight train roaring through the crowds, not obnoxious, just excited to finally be there. And to finally see the Holy Father.  


 To conclude, here is an excerpt from another account  of WYD by George Weigel, who wrote a biography of the Pope:

The helicopter pilot who flew John Paul into the old Mile High Stadium said the noise from the cheering crowd created air turbulence the likes of which he hadn’t experienced since being under fire when flying in Vietnam. The chief of police later noted that there hadn’t been a single felony arrest in the city during the entire time World Youth Day was underway—right after Denver had been experiencing a serious crime wave. Skeptical people who hadn’t seen the inside of a church in years found themselves giving water and candy to young pilgrims as they walked fifteen miles through and out of the city they’d transformed, to the closing Vigil and Mass at Cherry Creek State Park.

And during that Mass, the pope brought it all to a fine, dramatic conclusion with this challenge: “Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places, like the first apostles who preached Christ and the good news of salvation in the squares of cities, towns, and villages. This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. … It is the time to preach it from the rooftops.”



Wednesday, November 2nd

On the Feast of All Souls, Father John Mary will bless all of the new memorials that have been put in place during the last year.
The blessing will take place at 6:30 PM before Mass.

Father will also celebrate an 11:30 AM that day.


Update on Susannah's Son

Jared was moved back to the hospital this week for surgery on the wound to his lower back. The situation is very serious. Please keep Jared and his family in your prayers. 

Jesus, we trust in You.



Some institutions are justly proud of a grand edifice.  Some religious communities take pride in their Gregorian chant, or the fine cheese that they produce. Here at the Mission, we are currently experiencing  great satisfaction in finally having thick green grass in our cemetery. The truckload of sod arrived around noon on Friday. At 3:30 a squad of staff and volunteers gathered to begin laying the squares and they were finished by about 6:00PM.  It was a great example of many backs making the task easier. In some cases the grass may be greener over the septic tank, but at the Mission, it's the cemetery.


The Men's December retreat is full, but we encourage you to make use of our Waiting List.

 Encounter With Jesus Retreats

DEC. 8-11


January 26-29—Men/Spanish
February 9-12 – Women/English

March 9-12 -Women/Spanish

May 4-7 – Men/English


  • Registration will open on our website,  two months prior to each retreat.
  • Each person must register individually, not as a group, so that we have contact information.
  • We cannot reserve spaces in advance of the opening date for reservation.
  • Due to limited space, we will give priority to those who have not made an EWJ
  • Prior retreatants wishing to make another retreat should call 830-302-9707 to be placed on the waiting list. 
  • For more information about the EWJ retreat, please go to our webpage: www.missionofdivinemercy.org



Confession is heard Saturday mornings by appointment,  and on Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:45 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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"This is what MDM is called to be: a growing communion of trust in His Mercy
for our needy world." ~ Fr. John Mary

MDM started encouraging people to pray "Jesus, I trust in You"  ten times a day back in 2011. Recently we felt it was important to remind people to turn to Jesus with this simple, powerful prayer in a world that feels more and more out of control. We are suggesting 20 times, but some people find themselves repeating it hundreds of times. It reminds our troubled souls that GOD IS IN CONTROL. 

Many of you have put your name on our growing list and have also left a prayer intention or testimony:

"I live a life of solitude by choice as I have no family responsibilities. I have been troubled by anxiety and melancholy since childhood. "Jesus I trust in You" rings in my heart constantly. I am strengthened and encouraged. I serve Him alone in all that I do. "Jesus I trust in You" is manna for my soul." ~Anonymous

"Jesus I Trust in You to lead a family to buy our house in TX and guide the renovation process of our house in FL. Also may my mom continue on her path of improving health so she can return home when renovations are complete."~Kathleen

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Fr. John Mary's Sunday Homily 
Oct 16, 2022

Battle and Prayer

The Israelites, on their journey to the Promised Land, have to fight against Amalek.  What is the Lord teaching us about the struggles we have to face?


Yes, You Can Help!

Front Row, L-R: Suzannah, Mother Magdalene, Sr. Amapola.
Back Row, L-R: Br. Mikael, Peter, Fr. John Mary, Raymundo, Br. Daniel.


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