Friday, October 5, 2007

Saint Faustina

"A soul who praises the goodness of her Lord
Is especially loved by Him.
She is always close to the living fountain
And draws graces from Mercy Divine."
-Saint Faustina

With only three years of school, and nine other siblings, Elena (or Helena) Kowalska (1905-1938) worked as a servant for other families. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, at the age of nineteen, after being rejected by several other orders, taking the name Sister Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament. There at the convent, she worked as a cook, gardener, and porter. The Sacrament, Mary Immaculate, and Reconciliation, were her special devotions. Sister Faustina later began to receive visions and experienced hidden stigmata, and soon recording her mystical experiences in her diary. There was a terrible translation of her diary that reached Rome once, in 1958, and was labelled heretical. But when Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II), ordered for a much better translation, Vatican authorities realized that it was work proclaiming God's love.

Around in the 1930's, Jesus told Sister Faustina to have a picture be painted of Him with the words, "Jesus, I trust in You." He also told her to be an example of mercy to others, and to live her life in imatation of Christ's as a sacrifice.

She was then venerated on the 7th of March, 1992, by Pope John Paul II,
beatified on the 18th of April, 1993, by Pope John Paul II,
and canonized on the 30th of April, 2000, by Pope John Paul II

Prayer by St. Faustina
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek and humble souls, and upon the souls of little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages.


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Charity Therese said...

You are welcome Priscilla. Thank you for visiting this blog.