Introduction: “My Love and Mercy know no bounds.”
On February 22, 1931, a Polish nun had a vision of Jesus Christ.
He came with a message of trust in God’s mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. It was a time following the horrible human suffering and destruction of World War I. A time marked by major bank collapses, shattered economies, social and civil unrest, political confusion and rising secularism. Earthquakes and other disasters were destroying areas, claiming lives, and adding to the hardships. A short eight years later, Germany would invade Poland to launch World War II. A time of extraordinary suffering for mankind, a time of suffering brought about by the works of human hands. A time of mercy.
The times we live in, more than any other in history, call for a great outpouring of the mercy of God. As a result, the revelations to St. Faustina became known as “The Message of Divine Mercy”, and a renewed devotion to The Sacred Heart flourished, a devotion to Jesus under the title of “The Divine Mercy”.
Following her death, the message of God’s mercy, as revealed to Faustina, began to slowly spread. However, the political situation in Poland during and after the war made it difficult for the Church to authenticate Faustina’s writings. As a result, the Vatican imposed a ban on spreading the message of mercy according to these revelations.
When the writings were eventually scutinized in detail, scholars and theologians were astounded that a simple nun with hardly two winters of normal education was able to write so clearly –– and with such detail and simplicity about the mystical life. Her writings were found to be entirely theologically correct, and are numbered among the greatest works of mystical literature.
“Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned with mercy.” — Diary, 301
Image: “Do not fear, I am with you.”
“Paint an image according to the pattern you see with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory.” — Diary, 47
“The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross.”
— Diary, 299
Chaplet: “I want the whole world to know of My infinite mercy.”
“Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.” — Diary, 687
1) On the Rosary, begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 ‘Our Father’, 1 ‘Hail Mary’ and The Apostles Creed.
2) Then on the ‘Our Father’ beads say the following: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
3) On the 10 ‘Hail Mary’ beads say the following: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all five decades of the Rosary)
4) Conclude with: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Three times)
“Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My infinite mercy. I want the whole world to know my infinite mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My mercy…” — Diary, 1541
“When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just judge, but as the Merciful Savior.” — Diary, 1541
Feast: “Let no soul fear to draw near Me.”
During the course of Jesus’ revelations to St. Faustina He asked that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.
“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
“Tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from the My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. — Diary, 699
FEAST DAY: OCTOBER 5
“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.” — St. Faustina
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska was born in west-central Poland, the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper before joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925.
She worked as a cook, gardener and porter in three of their houses. In addition to carrying out her work faithfully, generously serving the needs of the sisters and the local people, she also had a deep interior life. This included receiving revelations from the Lord Jesus, messages that she recorded in her diary at the request of Christ and of her confessors.
At a time when many Catholics had an image of God as a strict judge –– a time when they might be tempted to despair about the possibility of being forgiven –– Jesus chose to emphasize His mercy and forgiveness for sins acknowledged and confessed.
“I do not want to punish aching mankind,” he once told her, “but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful heart” –Diary, 1588).
Sister Faustina died of tuberculosis in Krakow, Poland, on October 5, 1938. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1993 and canonized her seven years later.
“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.” – Diary, 1107
Excerpts: “I desire trust from my creatures.”
“Write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy.”
Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice.” — Diary, 1146
“I desire trust from My creatures. Encourage souls to place great trust in My fathomless mercy. Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to approach Me, for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all would be drowned in the unmeasurable depths of My mercy.” — Diary, 1059
“Write that I am more generous toward sinners than toward the just. It was for their sake that I came down from heaven; it was for their sake that My Blood was spilled. Let them not fear to approach Me; they are most in need of My mercy.” — Diary, 1275
“My daughter, do you think you have written enough about My mercy? What you have written is but a drop compared to the ocean. I am Love and Mercy itself. There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted –– it increases. The soul which will trust in My mercy is most fortunate, because I myself take care of it..” — Diary, Notebook IV
“O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.” — Diary, 186-187