Get to Know Saint Maria Faustina: The Apostle of Divine Mercy

Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, also known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy, is a beloved saint in the Catholic Church. She was born in Poland in 1905 and died in 1938. Her life was filled with visions and revelations from Jesus that she wrote down in her diary, which became the basis for the devotion to Divine Mercy. Here is a closer look at this remarkable saint and her impact on the Church.

Early Life and Vocation

Maria Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in 1905 to a poor family in Poland. From an early age, she felt called to religious life and entered the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at age 20. She was known for her deep prayer life and humility.

Visions of Jesus

During her time as a nun, Maria Faustina had many visions from Jesus that she recorded in her diary. In one vision, Jesus asked her to spread devotion to His mercy throughout the world. He also gave her a special prayer, now known as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which is said by millions of Catholics around the world.

Impact on the Church

In 2000, Pope John Paul II declared Saint Maria Faustina a saint and declared that every year on April 30th would be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. Her diary has been translated into many languages and has become an important source of inspiration for many Catholics around the world.

Saint Maria Faustina’s legacy lives on today through her writings and devotion to Divine Mercy. She is an example of how God can use even the most humble among us to do great things for His glory.

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