The Apostle of Divine Mercy
August, 1905 in Poland, Helena Kowalska came from a large
but poor peasant family of ten children. Called during a vision
of the suffering Christ on 1st August, 1925, she entered the
Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and took
the name Sr Maria Faustina where she lived for 13 years and
worked humbly as a cook, gardener and doorkeeper. She made
an ordinary life extraordinary, yet she was very natural,
serene and full of kindness.
she spent in the convent were filled with extraordinary gifts,
such as revelations, visions, hidden stigmata, participation
in the Passion of the Lord, bilocation, the reading of human
souls and prophecy.
relationship with God, Our Lady, the angels, the saints and
the souls in purgatory was as real for her as the world she
perceived with the senses.
Jesus said to Saint Faustina, "You
will prepare the world for My final coming."
(Diary 429) Jesus also said to her, "In
the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to
my people. Today I am sending you with my mercy to the people
of the whole world." (Diary 1588)
Faustina, consumed by tuberculosis and innumerable sufferings,
which she accepted as a voluntary sacrifice for sinners, died
in Craców at the age of 33 on 5th October, 1938. Pope
John Paul II canonised her on 30th April, 2000 (Divine Mercy
Sunday) as the first saint of the new millennium. Her feast
day is 5th October.