Saint Maria Faustina was born Helena Kowalska and was the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the congregation of the sisters of our Lady of Mercy in 1925. She had a deep interior life. This included receiving revelations from the Lord Jesus. At a time when some Catholics had an image of God as such a strict judge that they might be tempted to despair about the possibility of being forgiven, Jesus chose to emphasize His mercy and forgiveness for sins acknowledged and confessed. “I do not want to punish aching mankind,” he once told Saint Faustina, “but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful heart.” The two rays emanating from Christ’s heart, she said, represent the blood and water poured out after Jesus’ death. Through revelations given to Saint Faustina Christ gave to us the Divine Mercy image, Feast of Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and novena. Many people throughout the world have a devotion to Divine Mercy. Sister Maria Faustina died of tuberculosis on October 5, 1938. Pope John Paul ll beatified her in 1993 and canonized her seven years later. You can read her diary called, “Divine mercy in my Soul,” here: Diary of St. Faustina.
“ I will not allow myself to be so absorbed in the whirlwind of work as to forget about God. I will spend all my free moments at the feet of the Master hidden in the Blessed Sacrament.” – St. Faustina