Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy
By: Jennifer Gladen
Did you ever have a bad day? Sometimes are you tempted to ask God why did such a thing have to happen? There is a special saint who had many bad days. Read on to learn about this saint and what she did with her bad days, or sufferings.
Sister Faustina Kowalska loved God. She loved Him so much that at the young age of 19 she decided to become a sister. She is now known as Saint Faustina.
One day while she was kneeling in prayer, Jesus appeared to her and asked her to spread a special message to the world for Him. The message was of his Divine Mercy. He wanted people to know that God is full of kindness and forgiveness. He told her many people don’t turn toward Him and His mercy and become lost.
Jesus said to her, “Secretary of My most profound mystery, know that your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me (Diary 1693).”
With these words Jesus was asking Saint Faustina to write in a diary the messages and sufferings she had in her life. This way she could spread the message of His Mercy to the world.
Saint Faustina did more than that, however. She understood that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was necessary to save us sinners. So she decided to offer up every suffering she went through as a sacrifice for sinners as well. There were many sufferings she went through, yet so many souls were helped.
When Saint Faustina was thirty-three years old, she died of tuberculosis, a disease which attacks the lungs. Although Saint Faustina has passed on to be with Jesus, her work continues to help people. The church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday after Easter, as Jesus requested during an appearance. Her diary, known as Divine Mercy in My Soul, is now sold all over the world and continues to teach us about God’s divine mercy.
So the next time you’re having a bad day, think about this humble saint and remember what she did in imitation of Jesus. You, too, can offer up your sufferings for souls in need. What a way to make a good day for God.