Blessed Faustina Kowalska

 The message given to Blessed Faustina calls for us to turn to the Lord's mercy with trust, to receive mercy with thanksgiving, and to be merciful to others. It calls us to a life of humility, as the proud person believes accomplishments are of his own accord and not gifts from God. "Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another for God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (I Peter 5:5) Trust involves turning back to God, a real conversion of our lives to God, and repenting of our sins and forgiving others of offenses against us. If we truly trust in God, how can we be anxious, fearful, and despairing? "Therefore, do not be anxious, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek all these things, and our heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well." (Matthew 6:31-33) Our Lord told Blessed Faustina, "the graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and this is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive." (* Diary of Sister Faustina, p, 1578)

          Jesus calls us to carry our cross as He uses our trials to draw us closer to Him. He told Faustina, "There is but one price at which souls are bought, and that is suffering united to My suffering on the cross. Pure love understands these words, carnal love will never understand them." (* Diary, p. 324) It is growth through trials that we realize how fleeting life is, our dependence on God, and that real peace is peace that only He can give. "I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

          Because of God's great love He gives us the Sacraments of Mercy, the Eucharist and Reconciliation, which give us grace and spiritual food on our walk. Thus, living the fullness of the message calls us to lead a sacramental life. He asks us to humble ourselves and come to His representative and confess our sins and try to sin no more. In the Eucharist, we receive the Bread of Life, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. "For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." (John 6:55-56)

          While the devotional aspect of what the Lord told Blessed Faustina is important, the encompassing message of mercy calls for a turning over of control of our lives to God and trusting in His mercy. We are to be vessels of mercy; always radiating love and mercy to others. The message of mercy is nothing new, just a reminder of what the Church has always taught - that God is merciful and forgiving and we too must do the same in our interaction with others. "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7)

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Read more about Blessed Faustina from her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, available at # above.

Last Updated 12/17/1997