Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5: Saint Faustina

St. Faustina image at a
church in Warsaw, Poland
Photo by Mateusz Opasinski

History

Saint Faustina led a very simple, quiet life while she kept a very big secret. For years, Sister Faustina saw visions of Jesus and heard a message about mercy that He wanted her to spread through the whole world. Sister Faustina told her spiritual director about this and her superiors at the convent, but nobody else. She wrote about God’s mercy in her diary, and commissioned a painting of the Divine Mercy Image. She also wrote the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a devotion that is prayed using Rosary beads. In time, people all around the world knew and followed this devotion. When she died, hardly any of her sisters at the convent knew that humble, cheerful Saint Faustina was the Apostle of Divine Mercy.

Activity

Today, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with your rosary. If you can do so, it’s especially good to pray this devotion during what is called “the hour of Mercy” between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., which is the hour of Jesus’ death on the cross. How will you make the Chaplet of Divine Mercy a regular part of your Christian life?

Saint Faustina, pray for us!


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