Hmm...saints come in many different forms
And today is St. Luke...an educated Greek, a doctor, which means he had scientific training (Hippocrates attributes disease to natural causes, even epilepsy and hysteria/mental illesses). As a doc, he is more aware of and sympathetic to women (who of course make up a lot of doctor's patients)...and wrote down Mary's stories, either directly from Mary of from those who heard her tell the stories over and over again.
Luke is the patron of doctors, but also a humanist, in that human welfare is important to him...no flights of fancy like John, no theology like Paul. Just the facts, and he checked out the stories to make sure.
But the day before was the feast of Margaret Mary. She was either schizoid or simple schizophrenic...heaven help her superior for having to put up with her. Yet her visions of the Sacred Heart (a devotion that goes back to the scripture and then revived by the visions of St. Gertrude) came at a time when the pure Jansenists were threatening the church with purification...
How could one oppose such pure lives? well, for one thing, they were proud and self righteous and made God a boogey man who demanded you follow strict rules...sounds good to a church that was full of sin, but they overdid it...and so the Jesuits used the devotion that was revived by Margaret Mary's visions to remind people of Christ's love and mercy.
Of course, by the 1950's, this had often degenerated to sentimental pictures of Jesus with his heart...so the sophisticated folks that decided to remake the church using Vatican II as an excuse threw out Jesus with his heart hanging out along with statues of Mary and the crucifix and the rosary.
But then, a funny thing happened.
Back in the 1930's, a semi literate Polish cook named Sister Faustina had visions of Christ, showing rays of mercy coming from his heart, (but no heart) and was told to make a picture of it and spread the message that his love and mercy for sinners was great.
Now, Faustina got punctuation wrong and when the Italians read the translation of her diary, it sounded like she was doing a lot of things that actually in the original was Jesus' telling her these thing. The Vatican, not realizing the problem, stopped the devotion in the 1950's....end of story...except it wasn't.
Years later, the bishop, who came from her town and knew the story, arranged a new translation that was sensitive to the fact that Faustina's grammar and punctuation was not perfect. And this time, the Vatican approved the devotion...and it spread all over, especially when that same bishop became Pope.
There is a large painting of Jesus the Divine Mercy in the back of our church...well, this is the Philippines, so we still have statues...of the Sacred Heart, of the Divina Pastora, of Lorenzo Ruiz in his Barong shirt, etc...and the large painting of the Divine Mercy.
Those writing the story of the 20th and 21st century may very well not know all the politicians who talk and talk, or of the latest Hollywood star or singer, but they will probably know the story of John Paul II and the fall of Communism, and the story of how a little nun reminded a merciless world that God's love was great for everyone, even sinners.