The spread of the Message of and Devotion to the Divine Mercy goes hand in hand with St. Faustina’s name.
In 1930’s, in obedience to her Confessor and Spiritual Director, Fr. Michael Sopocko, Sr. Faustina wrote a diary of some 600 pages recording the revelations she was receiving about God’s Mercy.
On August 1, 1925, at the age of 20, she was accepted by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and she received the name Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament. She was called to the religious life during a vision of the suffering Christ.
Our Lord chose Sr. Faustina Kowalska to be His Apostle and Secretary of His Mercy, so she would share the urgent message of Divine Mercy with our troubled modern world. Her mission consisted of three main tasks:
In October 5, 1938, at the age of 33, St. Faustina died due to tuberculosis.
Even before St. Faustina’s death in 1938, the devotion to Divine Mercy as revealed in her diary had begun to spread. During the tragic war years of 1939-1945, this devotion grew in strength as people throughout Poland and Lithuania turned to the merciful Savior for comfort and hope.
Divine Mercy is the heart of the Gospel. Mercy is essential to understanding His message of love and salvation. Mercy reveals the Divine Mercy’s identity for The Lord of Divine Mercy is the Mercy and Love itself.
The message of mercy is that God loves us – all of us, no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. It is a message we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC.
Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon the whole world.
Be Merciful to Others. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
Completely Trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
The Image – 3 Versions of the Image
Jesus said to St. Faustina, “These 2 rays issued forth from the very depths of my tender mercy when my agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of my Father.” (Diary, 299)
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed on the beads of the Rosary. When prayed for nine days before the Divine Mercy Sunday with a specific intension for each day, the chaplets turn into a Novena.
The Chaplet–Novena is an extraordinary powerful prayer for the dying, the conversion of hardened sinners, for averting natural calamities and as the last hope of salvation.
At 3’oclock, our Lord Jesus was crucified and died. At this hour, we immerse ourselves completely in His Mercy, adore, and glorify Him. We invoke His omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners. At this moment, Mercy is opened wide for every soul.
Compiled by Sis. Maiette Zee Se Ki, Coordinator of PLDM’s Divine Mercy Apostolate from: Divine Mercy Message and Devotion Booklet, The New Evangelization For Family Devotion on Mercy, Guidelines for Divine Mercy Evangelizers, and I Thirst booklet.