St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
APOSTLE AND SECRETARY OF MERCY
August 25, 1905 - Helen Kowalska was born in Glogowiec, Poland. From a young age, she was known for her love of prayer, diligence, obedience, and concern for the poor. She was called to the religious life during a vision of the suffering Christ.
August 1, 1925 - She entered the Congregation of the sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and took the name Sr. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament; lived as member of the Congregation for 13 years residing in Cracow, Plock and Vilnius, where she worked as a cook, gardener, and porter.
Her life in the convent was filled with extraordinary gifts, such as revelations, visions, hidden stigmata, participation in the Passion of the Lord, bilocation, reading of human souls, prophecy, and the rare gift of mystical insights. The Lord chose St. Faustina as the Apostle and Secretary of Mercy, so she would share the urgent message of the Divine Mercy with our troubled modern world.
In the 1930s - St. Faustina wrote a diary of some 600 pages recording the revelations she was receiving about God's mercy. She maintained this diary at the specific request of her spiritual director and confessor, Fr. Michael Sopocko, and later at the command of the Lord Jesus Himself. In it she faithfully wrote down all of the Lord's wishes and described the encounters between her soul and HIM.
October 5, 1938 - At the age of 33, she died in Cracow after long suffering borne with great patience.
April 30, 2000 - Blessed John Paul II canonized Sr. Faustina as the first saint of the great Jubilee Year, on Mercy Sunday; declared the First Sunday of Easter, as Divine Mercy Sunday throughout the universal Church. Now, our mission is to spread the message of the Divine Mercy in the third millennium.
"God and Souls" - Motto of St. Faustina (Make it your motto too)