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Divine Mercy Saint
Mary Faustina Kowalska

Sister Mary Faustina entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the age of 20. Through her the Lord Jesus communicated to the world the great message of God’s mercy and revealed the pattern of Christian perfection based on trust in God and on the attitude of mercy towards one’s neighbor.

On February 22, 1931, she had a vision of Jesus while she was in Plock Poland. Jesus appeared to her and said, “paint an image according to the pattern you seen with the signature: JESUS I TRUST IN YOU. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over its enemies already there on earth especially at the hour of death."

She was honored by becoming the first saint of this millennium, thus giving great emphasis to the Divine Mercy Devotion.




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Canon Ignacy Rozycri, Doctor of Dogmatic Theology appointed by Pope John Paul II to examine the revelations to Blessed Faustina, came to the conclusion that the extraordinary grace promised by Jesus on the Feast of Mercy is a gift of grace equalled only by the grace of Holy Baptism. This means that on this day your soul can be renewed as on the day of baptism, so that if you died immediately after receiving this grace you would go straight to heaven with no purgatory to serve at all. (In other words, so far as that matter is concerned He raised it (the Holy Communion on the Feast of Mercy) to the rank of a "second Baptism". "The soul that will go to confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment" (II.138).

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:

"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy."

In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:

"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."

For more information about the Feast of Divine Mercy , please click on the following link:

The Importance of the Feast of Mercy

Preparation for Feast of Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy Novena
The Three O’clock Prayer
The Hour of Mercy



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Divine Mercy
Prayer

God of mercy,
You wash away our sins in water, You give us new birth in the Spirit, and redeem us in the blood of Christ.

As we celebrate Christ's resurrection
increase our awareness of these blessings, and renew Your gift of life within us.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

+Amen.


Bible Quote on
Divine Mercy

"I shall sing forever the Lord's mercy."
(Psalm 89:88)

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"
(Matthew 5:7).

Quotable Quote on
Divine Mercy

I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always
and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse yourself from it
(Sister Faustina’s Diary, 742).


Like the gospel command, "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful," this demand that we show mercy to our
neighbors "always and everywhere" seems impossible to fulfill. But the Lord assures us that it is possible. "When a soul approaches Me with trust," He explains, "I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls"
(Sister Faustina’s Diary, 1074).


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