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April 3, 2016

DIVINE MERCY & ST. FAUSTINA

In the year 2000, the Second Sunday of Easter occurred on April 30th. On that day, the Holy Father, St. John Paul II, canonized Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska. St. Faustina was only 33 years old when she died in 1938. She spent most of her life in convents in Poland. Yet her life has made an impact upon the world.

It all began when she was a little girl at Eucharistic Adoration. She felt drawn to the Lord and was determined to give her life to Him. She asked her parents if she could enter a convent when she was 16, but they told her that she had to work to support the family. In 1924 at age 19 she attended a dance in a park with her sister, Natalia. While at the dance she had a vision of Jesus suffering. She rushed off to the first Church she could find where she was told by the Lord to go to a convent in Warsaw. She left the next morning. When she arrived in Warsaw she again went to the first Church she could find and spoke to a priest there who recommended a local lady where she could stay until she found a convent that would take her. Convent after convent turned her down until she was finally accepted at the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In 1931 she had a vision of Jesus as the King of Divine Mercy, wearing a white gown and having white and red rays flowing from His side. She was told to paint this picture and under it put the words, "Jesus, I trust in you.” She was to become an apostle of the Mercy of God, letting the world know about the compassion of the Lord.

The two rays coming from Jesus’ heart represent blood and water. Blood refers to the sacrifice of the cross, and the gift of the Eucharist. Water refers to the gifts of baptism and the Holy Spirit. Jesus told her, "My daughter, tell people that I am love and mercy personified.” Blessed John Paul II said that this was a needed message for the people who had witnessed the sufferings of millions during the last century.

Jesus Christ is the source of our peace. He is love. He is mercy. We go before Him in the face of the horrible attacks of evil upon the world and say to Him, "I trust in you.” We go before Him recognizing our own sinfulness and say to Him, "I trust in you.” There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions still suffering the attacks of others. We recognize their pain and we call upon Jesus who is Love and Mercy and say, "I trust in you.” There are many who have committed the most unspeakable sins, particularly sins against life who need to bring their sinfulness before the Lord and say, "Jesus, I trust in you.” We need to bring our own sins and miserable life before the Lord and say, "Jesus, I trust in you.”