COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The “Largest Online Retailer of the Catholic world” Aquinas and More today announced that the “Divine Mercy” saint, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, is the top-selling saint and what Catholics are spending their money on online. They report that since 2005, St. Faustina has been a top-selling saint and the average purchase of Divine Mercy items in 2012 is $46.
They also report that the top selling items in the Advent and Christmas season are:
- Christmas Prayer holy cards
- Adoration of the Magi tri-fold Christmas Card
- Oplatki (Christmas wafer bread from Poland)
- “Kissing the Face of God” Christmas card
- Nativity Christmas Card
- St. Nicholas holy card
- Advent candles
- “He wrapped His Arms Around Him” Ornament
- Christmas gift wrap
Aquinas reports that sales for Divine Mercy prayer cards increased 30 percent over prior year and more than 19,000 Divine Mercy items have been shipped in 2012, a 14 percent increase since 2011. St. Faustina devotions also lead in overall purchases among Aquinas religious items.
It was Blessed John Paul II’s declaration of the saving power of God’s “merciful love” to confront the ongoing evil and injustice of the world that led to the establishment of the Universal Feast of Divine Mercy in the year 2000, the beginning of a new millennium. In 2002, he proclaimed the Act of Entrustment of the world to Divine Mercy, and three years later died on a first Saturday and on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday.
Awareness and devotion to Divine Mercy and St. Faustina has further grown among Catholics through the writings of Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, in his acclaimed books Consoling the Heart of Jesus and 33 Days to Morning Glory. Fr. Gaitley, director of the Association of Marian Helpers, offers Catholics prayerful “do-it-yourself” 30-day retreats whereby participants encounter the Diary of St. Faustina and prepare for Marian Consecration, respectively. In Consoling the Heart of Jesus, Fr. Gaitley cites Venerable Fr. Pio Bruno Lanteri (1759-1826) who claimed that someone could have everything he needs to become a “great saint” through Divine Mercy.
“An increased devotion to Divine Mercy and St. Faustina is understandable in times such as these. The world in which we live is crying out for Christ’s mercy,” said Ian Rutherford, founder and owner of Aquinas and More. “Daily we hear, see and read about the brokenness of humanity. St. Faustina and Divine Mercy give us comfort and hope of God’s merciful grace.”
About Aquinas and More
Aquinas and More Catholic Goods is centrally located in Colorado Springs, CO. They carry thousands of products ranging from books and videos to chalices and church furnishings. The store was started by Ian Rutherford in 2002 and is owned and operated by his family and friends. The store name comes from two famous Catholic saints, Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More. The ox head in the logo is a symbol of St. Thomas Aquinas who was called “The Dumb Ox” because he was a very quiet student, and rather large.