The Divine Mercy

March 17, 2023

Maria Faustyna Kowalska, OLM (born Helena Kowalska; 25 August 1905 5 October 1938), also know as Maria Faustyna Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament, was a Polish Catholic religious sister and mystic.  Faustyna, popularly spelled “ Faustina “ ”, had apparitions of Jesus Christ which inspired the Roman Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy and earned her the title of Secretary of Divine Mercy ”.

Throughout her life, Kowalska reported having visions of Jesus and conversations with him, which she noted in her diary, later published as The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska : Divine Mercy in My Soul.

Kowalska commissioned an artist to paint the first Divine Mercy image, based on her vision of Jesus.

The Catholic Church canonized Kowalska as a saint on 30 April, 2000.

St. Faustina is the great Mercy Saint of our time, Mara Faustina Kowalska.  Her witness to Mercy sheds more light on the works of mercy.