Saint Faustina Kowalska, an apostle of the Divine Mercy, belongs today to the group of the most popular and well-known saints of the Church. Through her the Lord Jesus communicates to the world the great message of God’s mercy and reveals the pattern of Christian perfection based on trust in God and on the attitude of mercy toward one’s neighbors.

She was born on August 25, 1905 in Glogowiec in Poland of a poor and religious family of peasants, the third of ten children. She was baptized with the name Helena in the parish Church of Ðwinice Warckie. From a very tender age she stood out because of her love of prayer, work, obedience, and also her sensitivity to the poor. At the age of nine she made her first Holy Communion living this moment very profoundly in her awareness of the presence of the Divine Guest within her soul. She attended school for three years. At the age of sixteen she left home and went to work as a housekeeper in order to find the means of supporting herself and of helping her parents.

At the age of seven she had already felt the first stirrings of a religious vocation. After finishing school, she wanted to enter the convent but her parents would not give her permission. Called during a vision of the Suffering Christ, on August 1, 1925 she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and took the name Sister Mary Faustina. She lived in the Congregation for thirteen years and lived in several religious houses.

Externally, nothing revealed her rich mystical interior life. She zealously performed her tasks and faithfully observed the rule of religious life. She was recollected and at the same time very natural, serene and full of kindness and disinterested love for her neighbor. Although her life was apparently insignificant, monotonous and dull, she hid within herself an extraordinary union with God.

The years she had spent at the convent were filled with extraordinary gifts, such as: revelations, visions, hidden stigmata, participation in the Passion of the Lord, the gift of bi-location, the reading of human souls, the gift of prophecy, or the rare gift of mystical engagement and marriage. The living relationship with God, the Blessed Mother, the Angels, the Saints, the souls in Purgatory — with the entire supernatural world — was as equally real for her as was the world she perceived with her senses.

On February 22, 1931, Jesus appeared to her as King of Divine Mercy, “wearing a white garment. One hand was raised in a sign of blessing; the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment emanated two large rays, one red, the other pale.” Jesus asked St. Faustina to have an image painted of Him as she saw Him, but her superiors hesitated. At last, God sent her a new spiritual director, Father Michael Sopocko, who helped her to promulgate devotion to the Mercy of God. It was Fr. Sopocko also who ordered her to write a diary of the graces she received, even though she had a hard time writing and spelling because of her scanty education.

Father Sopocko, assisted her in having the Divine Mercy image painted. He used his own money to have copies of the image, together with the Chaplet of Mercy, printed on leaflets for wide distribution,

In spite of being so richly endowed with extraordinary graces, Sr. Mary Faustina knew that they do not in fact constitute sanctity. In her Diary she wrote: “Neither graces, nor revelations, nor raptures, nor gifts granted to a soul make it perfect, but rather the intimate union of the soul with God. These gifts are merely ornaments of the soul, but constitute neither its essence nor its perfection. My sanctity and perfection consist in the close union of my will with the will of God” (Diary 1107).

In an extraordinary way, St. Faustina’s work sheds light on the mystery of the Divine Mercy. It delights not only the simple and uneducated people, but also scholars who look upon it as an additional source of theological research. The Diary, titled “Divine Mercy In My Soul” has been translated into many languages, among others, English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Hungarian, Czech and Slovak.

Sister Mary Faustina, consumed by tuberculosis and by innumerable sufferings which she accepted as a voluntary sacrifice for sinners, died in Kraków at the age of just thirty three on October 5, 1938 with a reputation for spiritual maturity and a mystical union with God.

The reputation of the holiness of her life grew as did the cult to the Divine Mercy and the graces she obtained from God through her intercession. In the years 1965-67, the investigative process into her life and heroic virtues was undertaken in Krakow and in the year 1968, the Beatification Process was initiated in Rome. The latter came to an end in December 1992. On April 18, 1993 our Holy Father John Paul II raised Sister Faustina to the glory of the altars. St. Faustina’s remains rest at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Kraków.

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  1. We pray to God through the Intersession of Sister Faustina to enable us detach from the addictions that have come to hold us hostage. Pray for us Sister Faustina of the Divine Mercy.

  2. Comment:I respect faith of others. But faith comes from hearing the word of God. In our Kenyan education allowed her pupils to go to God directly as taught in six classes. In Kenya

  3. Lord King of Glory, hear my prayer and supplication through the intercession of Blessed Mary Mystical Rose and Saint Faustina

  4. Saint Faustina I believe is destined to become of the greatest of all the saints. So many seemingly impossible missions she acknoplished in her short 33 years here on Earth, the same time as her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Sunday after Easte,r Devine Mercy Sunday, judged and shunned as impossible, but now it is a fact. Look at the moves now happening now in the Church, alll towards Mercy and Compassion. Even after death I see her working for once lost souls, lost in fear, come to new life in Christ. Was Saint Faaustina helping me out, interceding for me, perhaps. That is today my passion as well and with Pope Francis at the helm, the Vicar of Christ on Earth today, expect great things to be set in motion. Prise God in all of His Majesty .Amen and Amen.

  5. La misericordia de Dios y el sufrimiento de Santa Faustina nos enseñé y amparen en nuestros corazones y entendimiento por el amor a Dios y sus bendiciones . Gracias por este espacio y lecturas que ofrecen la posibilidad de entregarse uno y unir nuestras propias almas a nuestro amo y servidor , mi padre Dios . Gracias Santa Faustina por tan bonita fe que ilumina mi alma y me ayuda a comprender razón en mi vida y la de mí familia . Mi Dios en ti confío AMÉN .


  7. […] Today the Church honors one of my favorite saints, Saint Faustina Kowalska. Jesus gave her the mission to spread the Divine Mercy devotion throughout the world. He has used her in powerful ways in countless lives. I’m on year 3 of reading her famous diary. Her intimate relationship with Jesus is breathtaking. She is honest and open with him about her doubts and fears as well as her deep love and desire for him. I strongly recommend reading her Diary. It is packed full of beauty and passages to pray with. For more information on Saint Faustina check out: […]

  8. O Jesus, who filled your handmaid Saint Faustina with profound veneration for your boundless Mercy, deign, if it be your Holy Will, to grant me, through her intercession, the grace for which I fervently pray (here make your request).

    My sins render me unworthy of Your Mercy, but be mindful of Saint Faustina’s spirit of sacrifice and self-denial, and reward her virtue by granting the petition, which, with childlike confidence, I present to You through her intercession. Amen.

  9. Oh God…Our heavenly Father..Thank You !! For giving us Jesus,our only beloved Son to die for our sins,for giving us Mother Mary to intercessed our petitions to you,for our beloved Saints.St. Faustina,pray for us..thank you for giving me a chance to see you in Poland. Holy Spirit, please do guide me in the road of righteouness. Our loving and merciful God,please bless and protect my husband,son and myself. Please keep us away from accidents,harm and diseases. Please sustain us in good health,please keep us with our jobs to support each others and our extended families. Please bless and protect my siblings and their children. Please bless my sister -inlaw,Marilou with his upcoming surgery and her donor. My eternal rest be granted to the reposed souls of parents,inllaws,Mama Edith and family members. I do ask these petitions in Jesus name,with Mama Mary intercessions,beloved Saints and angels. Amen.


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