ST. FAUSTINA KOWALSKA Apostle of Divine Mercy

Saint Faustina Kowalska was a Polish nun who received a series of astounding revelations from Jesus! These messages are among the most important revelations ever given to the world! Jesus told Saint Faustina that the final age of the world was approaching. The message he was now giving to the world through her was specifically intended to prepare mankind for the end of the world. "Before I come as a just judge, I am coming FIRST as "King of Mercy"! Let all men now approach the throne of my mercy with absolute confidence! Some time before the the last days of final justice arrive, there will be given to mankind a great sign in the heavens of this sort: all the light of the heavens will be totally extinguished. There will be a great darkness over the whole earth. Then a great sign of the cross will appear in the sky. From the openings from where the hands and feet of the savior were nailed will come forth great lights - which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will happen before the very final days. It is the sign for the end of the world. After it will come the days of justice! Let souls have recourse to the fount of my mercy while there is still time! Woe to him who does not recognize the time of my visitation."

Beginning in 1931, Saint Faustina beheld a vision of Jesus with two rays streaming from his heart. The two rays denote the blood and water which poured from the heart of the crucified savior. This is the final act of Christ's physical sacrifice which effected the redemption of mankind. The outpouring of blood and water is the final signature of the covenant of redemption! These rays on the image of Divine Mercy, symbolize the "matter" by which God redeemed mankind. (1 John 5:7). This outpouring of blood and water consummated the the sacrificial offering of Christ, who thus exhausted himself for our salvation! The response "Jesus, I trust in you!" is necessary to effect the salvation of each individual, and all mankind! Thus, this image, is a sacramental representation of the living covenant of salvation. Christ's outpouring of blood and water is not enough! Mankind must respond with trust! These two elements, Christ's oblation, and mankind's response in faith, effects salvation for the human race. So, this image is more than an ordinary sacramental. It contains within itself the whole hidden mystery of salvific theology.

The pale ray symbolizes the water, which is transferred through the water at Baptism. The covenant of salvation is established through spiritual adoption at baptism. "You know that God is righteous, and everyone who's life has been made righteous has been begotten by Him." (I John 2:29) The red ray stands for the outpouring of divine blood which continually atones for our sins. Through it, the continuing forgiveness available through the sacrament of confession is made possible. This blood is not only the source of atonement, but of divine life and grace itself. Jesus gave Faustina a very miraculous prayer, by which He promised to bestow great graces upon whom forever it was said: "Oh Blood and Water which poured forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fountain of Mercy for ( your concern): I TRUST IN YOU!"

Jesus asked Faustina to have this image painted, and to include on it the inscription: "Jesus, I trust in You! He promised that he would "flood graces upon souls devoted to this image, and that he would defend them their whole lives as he would his own honor! He asked souls to come before this image with confidence to ask for graces. He promised that through devotion to this image, as through a vessel, he would continuously pour out incredible graces and favors upon everyone who venerated it with humility.

He asked Faustina to begin writing a diary, so that others -- but most especially, the greatest of sinners -- might learn to trust in His incredible Mercy! He revealed that his Divine Mercy was an unfathomable ocean! Mankind, he said, has no conception of how infinitely merciful God is! In fact, he revealed that the most mysterious attribute of the divine nature was: INFINITE MERCY! More than infinite "goodness." More than infinite "love." The nature of God is so incomprehensibly generous, such love beyond all telling: that "Infinitely Merciful" is the only way to describe it! "Mercy is the most sublime attribute of God." He taught her how to think of God as infinite mercy, and to think of all of God's graces as an outpouring of mercy. "Pour out your mercy into our souls, oh loving and merciful God!" He told her how he longed to receive sinners, and to forgive them as often as they needed! Even if were an infinite number of times, he promised that he would continually forgive every sinner: and renew them, heal them, strengthen them, and again and again restore them completely to grace! He solemnly promised, that if only souls would trust in him, he could fill their lives with unimaginable graces! He wanted people to know without any doubt, that no matter how many times they fell into sin, he would always receive them back joyfully! He expressed to her that God loves men beyond their comprehension, almost to folly, but that by busying themselves in life without prayer, men fall deeper and deeper into forgetfulness and sin. In the visions, Jesus gave many other incredible promises to souls who would observe the special devotions that He was now revealing. This became known as the "Devotion to the Divine Mercy".

The most important aspect of the Devotion of Divine Mercy is the need to trust in God's goodness. "The vessel with which souls receive abundant graces, and special favors, is confidence!" The confident, trusting soul is like a lightening rod for Gods mercy and grace. Jesus could not stress strongly enough, that it was the soul's trust itself, that acted as the perfect channel by which God's grace could pour into a persons life! Trust is like a unitive kiss, by which God is helplessly drawn to the soul, and allowed to freely pour himself into the soul. "Trust itself is the channel!" That is why it is so essential to always practice acts of trust and confidence in God, and to continually repeat these acts of trust! The more often acts of trust are repeated, the more sincere, absolute, and effective they become!

Central to the devotion of Divine Mercy was a plea that souls seriously try to imitate the nature of God by practicing mercy themselves at every opportunity in their lives! Mercy is manifested by trying to help relieve the suffering of others, and in praying for the salvation of sinners. He asked especially that souls try to perform at least one act of mercy every single day! By performing acts of mercy, the soul is drawn ever more deeply into the Divine Union.

Also central to this new Devotion to the Divine Mercy was the revelation of the miraculous "Chaplet of Divine Mercy." "Oh what graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet! The very depths of my tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say it. Speak to the world about my mercy! Let all mankind recognize my unfathomable mercy! Through the recitation of this chaplet I will answer any of their prayers!" There has never been a more amazing source of miraculous graces than the Chaplet of Divine Mercy! "Oh ... if only souls would sanctify themselves by this means!" There are many other devotions and incredible promises associated with the Divine Mercy Devotion revealed by Jesus to Blessed Faustina. Through the various special practices revealed in this Devotion to the Divine Mercy, Christ promised to give people the desires of their hearts, and to transform them into vessels of divine grace.

Saint Faustina died on October 5th, 1939. She was canonized a Saint of the Catholic Church on April 30, 2000 (Mercy Sunday) by Pope John Paul II. The Divine Mercy Devotion gained incredible popularity when it began to be promoted by Pope John Paul II himself in the early 1980's. His second official Encyclical, Dives Misercordiae ("Rich in Mercy") initiated the instrumental role that John Paul II would then play in advancing the Devotion to the Divine Mercy. No devotion in the history of Christianity has spread so quickly, or had more powerful miraculous signs and wonders associated with it. It is unquestionably the Devotion for Christians in the end times. Saint Faustina is extremely powerful as an advocate for anyone who desires to gain confidence in God. She promised that she would rend the vault of heaven if necessary to demonstrate to sinners how great is God's love for them.

"God wants the very best for you at all times: and it is HIS will that orders every outcome."

Feast Day: 5 October

Source: New Jerusalem



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