The Divine Mercy is a beautiful message conveyed from our Lord and Savior to a simple, humble, and poorly educated nun named Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the early 20th century. The message was bestowed upon her and recorded in her diary for the benefit of all souls. "Divine Mercy in My Soul" contains a profound and modern message of instruction, warning, hope, and most of all the pure merciful love of God. The diary illustrates the trials and tribulations with ones own self in the pursuit of growing closer and putting our trust in God, who is a merciful savior. It also illustrates the true love and union God desires with each one of us.
Maria Faustina H. Kowalska, was born on August 25, 1905 in the village of Glogowiec, Poland. Without finishing elementary school, she went to work at age 14 to help her family. By the following year she had made the decision that she would enter the convent, and at the age of 20 she began the process of becoming a Catholic nun, a move that her parents did not support. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw, and was sent to the novitiate house in Cracow. In 1933 she took her perpetual vows. Shortly after this she contracted consumption and in the following years also developed asthma and it is thought that she likely suffered from tuberculosis. After years of illness, she would spend most of the last five months of her life in the hospital. She was brought back to the convent in Cracow and died there in 1938 at the age of 33.
In 1965, 27 years after Sr. Faustina's death, the "Informative Process" regarding her life began. This was a preliminary step in commencing beatification, and it is interesting to note that Karol Cardinal Wojtyla oversaw this process, otherwise known as Pope John Paul II. After determining there was cause, the actual beatification proceedings began in 1968. This process was very long and thorough (see link below) and it wasn't until the year 2000 that Sr. Faustina became St. Faustina. It was also very appropriate that Pope John Paul II performed the canonization, and established the "Feast of Mercy". Upon doing so he declared, "This is the happiest day of my life."
Of course the above description of Saint Faustina's life is remiss at best, to fully appreciate her life and struggles I highly recommend you read her diary. The purpose of this site is to spread the messages given to her, which as I stated earlier are profound, and have changed the trajectory of my own life.
The Feast of Mercy
“I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy. Ask of my faithful servant that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great mercy; that whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment. Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy. ….Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned with mercy.” (Diary 299-301)
“Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy, and I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.” (Diary 742)