St. Faustina Kowalska (25 August 1905 – 5 October 1938), was a Polish nun who became a revered figure in the Catholic Church known for her devotion to the Divine Mercy. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at a young age and later experienced mystical encounters with Jesus Christ. During these encounters, Jesus instructed St. Faustina to promote the message of Divine Mercy, emphasizing God’s love, forgiveness, and the need for repentance. He asked her to have an image of Divine Mercy painted, which is now known as the Divine Mercy image, depicting Jesus with rays of red and white light symbolizing his mercy and blood and water flowing from his heart. St. Faustina’s diary, titled “Divine Mercy in My Soul,” contains her accounts of these experiences and became a source of inspiration for countless Christians worldwide. She tirelessly promoted devotion to the Divine Mercy, which includes the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a special Feast of Mercy celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. St. Faustina was canonized as a saint by Pope John Paul II in the year 2000, and her feast day is celebrated on October 5th. She is remembered for her deep spirituality, dedication to spreading God’s mercy, and her role in popularizing the Divine Mercy devotion in the modern Catholic Church.
St. Faustina Kowalska
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