Sister Faustina: The Humble Instrument

 

Sister Faustina was a young nun in a convent of the Sisters of Mercy in Poland during the 1930’s. She came from a very poor family that struggled on their little farm during the years of World War I. She had only three years of education, so she performed the humblest tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or garden. However, she received extraordinary revelations from Christ, who asked her to record these experiences, which she compiled in a Diary of God’s Divine Mercy.

Sister Faustina’s Diary sparked a great movement of strong and significant focus on the mercy of Christ. Pope John Paul II canonized her in 2000, and we rely on Saint Faustina as a constant reminder of the message to trust in Jesus’ endless mercy, and to live life mercifully toward others.

Saint Faustina was born in Poland on 1905, and was the third of ten children. She started her religious life when she was almost twenty with the Sisters of Mercy devoted to the care of troubled young women. Her entire life was a sacrifice for others, and by writing about God’s mercy, she encouraged humanity to trust in Him and thus prepare Christ’s Second Coming. She wrote and suffered in secret till her death of tuberculosis in 1938.

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