Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saint Faustina of Divine Mercy

Saint Faustina brought to the world a Divine Message of Epic proportion, one cannot underestimate the impact this one woman has had upon the twentieth century.

She was born into a poor Polish family and given the name Helena Kowalska. Noone could have then predicted how God would work in this womans soul, her family were very devout Catholics and they loved Helena as their favourite daughter, so it was with trepidation that they at first refused Helena her dearest wish to become a religious and devote her life in the service of God. So in an effort to please her parents and to try and ignore the 'inner calling' Helena through herself into her work as a nanny for a more wealthier family and also in society pursuits, dancing and socializing, etc.

But Gods call was much stronger and more insistant, and it was during a social event when their was a dance that Jesus appeared to her and said to her "How long will I put up with you, and how long will you keep putting me off?" Helena knew she could no longer resist this calling nor could she refuse her Lord who she loved above all others, and upon hearing our Lord say to her, "Go immediately to Warsaw; you will enter a convent there." Helena then made sure her affairs were in order and once this was done she confided to her sister her plans to enter the Convent, and with a last goodbye to her sister she embarked on a course that would not only change her life, but would impact and change the world.

Though Sister Faustina had a great love for her Religious Sisters in many cases it was not reciprocated, if anything the opposite was true as many ridiculed her because of her fragile health. Even though this pained her deeply she never lost focus on what was essential, Sister Faustina kept her eyes on our Lord and kept her note book in which she wrote down this most astounding and also most important message for the world.

Eventually Sister Faustina's health deteriorated but even when she was under so much pressure and intense suffering Sister Faustina trusted in her Lord and Savior and kept working on the note book which would become 'Divine Mercy in My Soul.' Sister Faustina died on October 5, 1938 a most Holy and devoted soul.

The task of spreading her message then fell to Father Sopocko, who worked tirelessly on this most Divine Message of Mercy to the World.

For those who have not yet read this book I hope you will do so as it carries a message that the world needs to hear today, before it is too late.