Saint Faustina

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Who is this Saint Faustina that Our Lord asks to spread His mercy?

Sister Faustina Kowalska is known today as the Apostle of the Divine Mercy.

She was the third of ten children born into a poor pious family in Glogowiec, Poland. When she was only seven, she already sensed in her soul the call to embrace the religious life. Sister Faustina tried hard to ignore this Divine call; however, by a vision of the suffering Christ and by the words of His approach, "How long shall I put up with you and how long will you keep putting me off?" Sister Faustina joined the cloister in the convent of the Sister of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw.

Her entire life was spent striving for an even fuller union with God and on self sacrificing in cooperation with Jesus in the work of saving souls.

This simple uneducated but courageous woman, was consigned the great mission by Our Lord Jesus to proclaim His message of mercy, to the whole world. His message was recorded in a diary kept by Saint Faustina.

Our Lord Speaks:

“I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful heart.” (Diary 1588) “You are secretary of My mercy; I have chosen you for office in this and the next life.” (Diary 1605)... “To make known to souls the great mercy that I have for them, and to exhort them to trust in the bottomless depth of My mercy.” (Diary 1567)

Our Lord Speaks:

“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls; especially for poor sinners.” (Diary 699) “I am giving them the last hope of salvation. That is, recourse to My mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity.” (Diary 965)

Saint Faustinaís Vision of Hell

Sister Faustina recorded in the diary a vision of Hell:

“I, Sister Faustina Kowalska, by the order of God, have visited the abysses of Hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence... The devils were full of hatred for me, but they had to obey me at the command of God. What I have written is but a pale shadow of the things I saw. But, I noticed one thing, that most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a Hell.”

“Today I was led by an angel to the chasms of Hell. It is a place of great tortures; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kind of tortures I saw: the first torture that constitutes Hell is the loss of God; the second is perpetual remorse of conscience; the third is that oneís condition will never change; the fourth is the fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it - a terrible suffering since it is a purely spiritual fire, lit by Godís anger; the fifth torture is a continual darkness and a terrible suffocation smell, and despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own; the sixth torture is horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies; indescribable sufferings. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable suffering related to the manner in which it has sinned.”

“No one can say there is no Hell. Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity on those senses which he made use of to sin.” (Diary 741)

The Diary of Sister Faustina

The Diary of Sister Faustina is the record of her life experience - the journey of her soul. She was graced by a special communion with God, and the diary expresses her conviction that this communion ought to be the center of our lives. Our deepest hope is that this diary may truly be a vehicle of grace for all who read it. For in reading it, we can see that the mercy of God lives forever. Above all, we hope that all people will be struck by the truth that mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to Godís mercy.

Saint Faustina died on October 5, 1938, barely 33 years old, having been a religious leader for 13 years.

Sister Faustina was ordered by Our Lord to keep a diary the last four years of her life.

Private revelations do not offer new doctrine or belief. But, they do provide extraordinary guidance for the church, emphasizing specific and urgent ways of putting faith into action. They present us with Godís evaluation of what is most needed at particular times.

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