Faustina lived in the early 1900’s in Poland. She entered the Convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Kracow, Poland.
The Lord Jesus appeared to her in the Convent and called her “Apostle & Secretary of Divine Mercy.” He had chosen her to write his message of mercy for the world; so all would know of the mercy of God. He also instructed her to have an image painted, in her own words:
“In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me, ‘paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.'”
Among many messages of the Lord to Sr. Faustina, He asked that the Sunday after Easter Sunday be dedicated to His Divine Mercy. Here are the words of our Lord concerning the Feast of Divine Mercy to St. Faustina:
“Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” (Diary 300)
“This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of my tender mercies.” (Diary 420)
St. Faustina was obedient to the Lord; thus the image was painted, the Feast of Divine Mercy was instituted into the Liturgical Calendar of the Church (thanks to Pope John Paul II), and today her Diary is translated into many languages for people throughout the world.
God loves you and waits to bestow His mercy on you. An excellent way to start is by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for a new beginning.
Feast Day: October 15