Saint Faustina was born in Poland on August 25, 1905 and died in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow, Poland on October 5, 1938. She was a young religious with only three years of simple education. At the convent she performed the humblest tasks in the kitchen, garden, or as a porter in humble obedience to the will of God.
On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first appeared to Saint Faustina with His message of Mercy for all mankind. She wrote of her many visions in her diary that was later published as the book Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul.
The first Sunday after Easter (this Sunday) is Divine Mercy Sunday. In April 2000, Sister Faustina Kowalska was declared the first saint of the 21 century. The Divine Mercy devotion is prayed by over 100 million Catholics daily and especially on Divine Mercy Sunday.
Saint Faustina was devoted to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. She says, "Jesus concealed in the Host, is everything to me. From the tabernacle I draw strength, power, courage, and light. Here I seek consolation in time of anguish. I would not know how to give glory to God if I did not have the Eucharist in my heart."
What God wants most from us is to turn to Him with trust because He is God. He loves us and cares for us. To have this trust, we must first accept His mercy. One of the prayers Jesus taught Saint Faustina that we can pray is:
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You. (Diary, 84).BACK TO LIST