- Birth: August 25, 1905
- Location: Głogowiec, Poland
- Death: October 5, 1938
- Beatification: April 18, 1993 by Pope John Paul II
- Canonized: April 30, 2000 by Pope John Paul II
- Feast Day: October 5
- Patron Saint of: mercy
St. Faustina was born in Poland in 1905. She came from a poor family and had little education. At the age of 7, she felt drawn to religious life, but her parents did not allow her to enter a convent.
After many years, she heard God call her to Himself in a vision of the suffering Christ, and she immediately left home for the city of Warsaw. There, she joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1926.
As a religious sister, St. Faustina was assigned the most simple tasks, but she received extraordinary visions of Jesus. During one of her visions, Jesus instructed her to paint what she saw, which is now known as the image of Divine Mercy.
Jesus asked her to keep a record of all of these mystical revelations, and her writings inspired the Apostolic Movement of the Divine Mercy, which proclaims God’s merciful love throughout the world.
Saint Faustina’s legacy is a message of hope and trust in God. She taught that God’s mercy is infinite and that He is always willing to forgive us, no matter how great our sins may be.
She also showed us that we should allow Him to work in our lives. Her message of Divine Mercy is a message of hope and love that is needed now more than ever.
St. Faustina Kowalska Prayers
For an increase of faith in God’s divine mercy like Saint Faustina’s, here is a prayer you can say:
“O Jesus, You inspired Saint Faustina with profound veneration for Your boundless Mercy. Grant me through her intercession, if it be Your holy will, the grace …for which I fervently pray. My sins render me unworthy of Your Mercy, but be mindful of Saint Faustina’s spirit of sacrifice and self-denial, and reward her virtue by granting the petition which, with childlike confidence, I present to You through her intercession.”
St. Faustina Kowalska, pray for us!
St. Faustina Kowalska Quotes
- “’Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned with mercy.’”
- “I realize more and more how much every soul needs God’s mercy throughout life and particularly at the hour of death. This chaplet (of Divine Mercy) mitigates God’s anger, as He Himself told me.”
- “Suffering is the greatest treasure on earth; it purifies the soul. In suffering, we learn who our true friend is.”
- “The past does not belong to me; the future is not mine; with all my soul I try to make use of the present moment.”
- The National Shrine of Divine Mercy – Stockbridge, Mass.
- Saint Faustina Parish – Warren, Mich.
- Divine Mercy Catholic Parish – Kenner, La.
- Saint Faustina Catholic Church – Fulshear, Texas
- The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
- Saint Teresa of Calcutta
- Saint Oscar Romero
- Saint Cecilia
- Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
- Saint Hildegard of Bingen