The Biography of St. Maria Faustina
(August 25, 1905 - October 5, 1938)
An excerpt from Apostle of Divine Mercy, a biography published by the Vatican.
Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, an apostle of 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.
Sister Faustina was born on August 25, 1905 in Glogowiec, Poland of a poor and religious family of peasants, the third of 10 children. She was baptized with the name Helena in the parish church of Swinice 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 seven she had already felt the first stirrings of a religious vocation. Helen made her first Holy Communion at the age of 9, which was a very profound moment in her awareness of the presence of the Divine Guest within her soul. She attended school for three years. After finishing school, she wanted to enter the convent, but her parents would not give her permission. Being of age at 16, Helen left home and went to work as a housekeeper in Aleksandrw, Lodi, and Ostrwek in order to find the means of supporting herself and of helping her parents.
Helen joins Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
Helen never lost her desire for a religious vocation. After being called during a vision of the Suffering Christ, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on August 1, 1925, and took the name Sr. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament. She lived in the Congregation for thirteen years in several religious houses. She spent time at Krakow, Plock and Vilnius, where she worked as a cook, gardener, and porter.
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.
It is the mystery of the Mercy of God which she contemplated in the word of God as well as in the everyday activities of her life that forms the basis of her spirituality. The process of contemplating and getting to know the mystery of God's mercy helped develop within Sr. Maria Faustina the attitude of child-like trust in God as well as mercy toward her neighbors.
Sister Faustina was a faithful daughter of the Church which she loved like a Mother and the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ. Conscious of her role in the Church, she cooperated with God's mercy in the task of saving lost souls. At the specific request of and following the example of the Lord Jesus, she made a sacrifice of her own life for this very goal. In her spiritual life she also distinguished herself with a love of the Eucharist and a deep devotion to the Mother of Mercy.
The Secretary of God's Mercy
The Lord Jesus chose Sr. Maria Faustina as the Apostle and "Secretary" of His Mercy, so that she could tell the world about His great message, which Sr. Faustina recorded in a diary she titled "Divine Mercy in My Soul". In the Old Covenant He said to her:
"I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart." (Diary, 1588)
In an extraordinary way, Sr. Maria 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" has been translated into more than 20 languages, including, English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Castilian, Brazilian, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Ukrainian, Dutch and Japanese.
Sister Maria Faustina, consumed by tuberculosis and by innumerable sufferings which she accepted as a voluntary sacrifice for sinners, died in Krakow at the age of just 33 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 St. Faustina to the glory of the altars. She was canonized on April 30, 2000. St. Maria Faustina's remains rest at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Krakow-Lagiewniki.
The Warning is a manifestation of My Divine Mercy given to Sr. Faustina
Sunday 26th June 2011 18.00 hours
from The Book of Truth, Volume 1
My dearly beloved daughter time is close now. There is very little time to warn and prepare all those poor souls who will be so shocked during The Warning that they will not realize what they are witnessing. They must be told so that they will know what to expect. If they open their heart to this great moment of Divine Mercy they will be given the chance of eternal life.
This great Warning is the manifestation of My Divine Mercy given to Sister Faustina. This great act of My Mercy was foretold and it will be during The Warning that My Great Mercy will envelop the whole world. My blood and water will gush forth so that you will all know the truth at last. Tell those who do not believe in Me, or My Eternal Father, that this event will happen. Then when it does they will be able to withstand the shock of My Mercy which will save millions of souls during The Warning from the grasp of Satan. The truth, when revealed, will save so many from the fires of Hell.
The Holy Spirit thereafter present in My children everywhere will help defeat the works of The Evil One. All of you must spread the word about how mankind needs to prepare their souls in advance. For even believers must understand that they too will find it emotionally disturbing to view their own past sinful behaviour as it appears to Me.
I call on all of you now to seek confession. For those other Christians you must kneel down and pray for redemption. For those who are unsure of this prophecy please keep your hearts open for when you witness this ecological but supernatural event it is important that you understand that this is the greatest miracle you will ever see and that it is My great gift to you all. Consider this. This is how the Final Day of Judgement will unfold only this time you will not be condemned. You will be given a new lease of life when your souls will be saved to enable you to restore it to the level I desire of it.
Believers pray for others with all your hearts now that they will be saved.
Novena to St. Faustina
St. Faustina, you told us that your mission would continue after your death and that you would not forget us. Our Lord also granted you a great privilege telling you to "distribute graces as you will, to whom you will, and when you will." Relying on this, we ask your intercession for the graces we need, especially for …(mention your particular intention here). Help us, above all, to trust in Jesus as you did and thus glorify His mercy every moment of our lives. Amen. Close with the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Litany of the Divine Mercy - from the Diary of Saint Faustina on Feb 12 1937
God's Love is the flower....Mercy, the fruit. Let the doubting soul read these considerations on Divine Mercy and become trusting.
Divine Mercy, gushing forth from the bosom of The Father, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, greatest attribute of God, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, incomprehensible mystery, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, found gushing forth from the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, unfathomed by any intellect human or angelic, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, from which wells forth all life and happiness, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, better than the heavens, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, source of miracles and wonders, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, encompassing the whole universe, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, descending to earth in the person of the Incarnate Word, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, which flowed out from the open wound of the Heart of Jesus, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, enclosed in the Heart of Jesus for us and especially for sinners, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, unfathomed in the institution of the Sacred Host, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in the founding of Holy Church, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in our justification through Jesus Christ, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, accompanying us through our whole life, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, embracing us especially at the hour of death, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, endowing us with immortal life, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, accompanying us every moment of our life, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, shielding us from the fire of Hell, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in the conversion of hardened sinners, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, astonishment for angels, incomprehensible to saints, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, unfathomed in all the mysteries of God, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, lifting us out of every misery, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, source of our happiness and joy, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in calling us forth from nothingness to existence, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, embracing all the works of His Hands, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, Crown of all of God's handiwork, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in which we are all immersed, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, sweet relief for anguished hearts, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, only hope of despairing souls, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, repose of hearts, peace amidst fear, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, the Light and Ecstasy of holy souls, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, inspiring hope against all hope, I trust in You
Eternal God, in whom Mercy is endless and the Treasury of Compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your Mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your Holy Will which is Love and Mercy itself.
Oh incomprehensible and limitless Mercy Divine, to extoll and adore You worthily, who can? Supreme attribute of Almighty God, You are the sweet hope for sinful men. Into one hymn, yourselves unite. Stars, earth and sea and in one accord, thankfully and fervently sing of the incomprehensible Divine Mercy.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.