Brothers and Friends,

Today on Divine Mercy Sunday, we are presented with a great opportunity to renew our strength by saying “Jesus, I trust in You!” As St. Pope John Paul II said at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow, Poland, on June 7, 1997:

“Those who sincerely say ‘Jesus, I trust in You’ will find comfort in all their anxieties and fears… There is nothing more man needs than Divine Mercy – that love which is benevolent, which is compassionate, which raises man above his weakness to the infinite heights to the holiness of God.”

As Catholic men we are called to stand together in defense of the Church and our Families, and you all are the strong frontlines of that defense!


is a good start for us, and as we go forward I would encourage a devotion to Divine Mercy as a great next step in building up our spiritual armor. I would encourage us all throughout the year.

Orders like the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, and programs like Into the Breach continue to thrive throughout the world because of the Knights of Columbus, and I personally invite all of you to join us in our efforts. You can join us online at

or by joining your local council. Together we will continue to build up the lines and continue to fill this breach.

New Mexico is the ancient heart of Catholicism in the New World, and you are the strong foundation of the Church. Thank you for all that you do.

Happy Easter to you and your families. Keep me and my family in your prayers, and we will keep all of you in ours as well.

Patrick T. Mason
State Deputy
New Mexico State Council – Knights of Columbus

Sister Gaudia Skass of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy displays an image of the Divine Mercy. She is a member of the same religious community as St. Faustina Kowalska — the visionary who received the message of Divine Mercy — and was featured in the Knights of Columbus’ mercy video series.