On October 5, 1938, a young religious by the name Sister Faustina (Helen Kowalska) died in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow, Poland. She came from a very poor family that had struggled hard on their little farm during the terrible years of WWI. Sister had had only three years of very simple education. Hers were the humblest of tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or the vegetable garden, or as a porter.
On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun, bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind. Saint Faustina tells us in her diary under this date:
“In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me, “paint an image according to the pattern you see, with inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.”
“Diary of St. Faustina,” entry #47
This year, I was blessed to record a CD in honor of The Divine Mercy. This project includes a beautiful stringed version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The spoken version is led by Fr. Leszek Czelusinak, M.I.C.
To read more about St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy message visit the website of the Marians of The Immaculate Conception based in Stockbridge, MA.