From her early years, Helena Kowalska demonstrated her love of prayer. In 1925 she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, took the name Sr. Mary Faustina and worked as cook, gardener and porter. She held secret her truly extraordinary union with God.
As she wrote, Jesus brought to this simple nun his message of mercy for mankind. She became aware of Jesus clothed in white; at his breast came forth two rays, one red and the other pale. He instructed her to paint this image, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You. The pale ray is the water which makes souls righteous and the red ray is the blood which is the life of souls. He further instructed her that these two rays issued from the depths of his mercy on the cross, and that fortunate are those who dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of them.
Although Sr. Mary Faustina died young, her reputation of holiness grew and her devotion to the Divine Mercy today inspires millions of the faithful. St. Faustina was canonized on April 30, 2000, and her remains rest at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Poland.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque and photo.)
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