“Jesus, I trust in You.”- St. Faustina
Join us as we devote October to honor St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, by praying a novena together as a community from September 26th – October 4th. St. Faustina’s feast day is on October 5th. This novena provides a unique opportunity for believers to deepen their connection to Divine Mercy.
Helena Kowalska, born on August 25, 1905, in Głogowiec, Poland, entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the age of 20, taking the name Sister Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament. Her life story is a testament to faith, devotion, and the profound impact of God’s mercy on the human soul.
Throughout her life, Sister Faustina reported numerous mystical experiences and visions, the most significant of which was her encounter with Jesus Christ. She received a message from Jesus to spread the devotion to Divine Mercy, which emphasized His infinite love, compassion, and forgiveness for all humanity. Jesus appeared to her with rays of red and pale light emanating from His heart, symbolizing the blood and water that flowed from His side during His crucifixion. These rays represented the graces and forgiveness available to all who turned to God with contrite hearts.
On April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II declared her a saint during the canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Pope John Paul II, who had a deep devotion to Divine Mercy, recognized the importance of her message for the modern world.
St. Faustina faced skepticism and opposition from some within her own religious community and Church authorities. Her writings and mystical experiences were scrutinized, and she was even temporarily banned from promoting the Divine Mercy devotion. However, she persevered in her faith, trusting in God’s plan.
Sign up now to receive the St. Faustina Novena in your inbox from September 26th – October 4th. Over these nine days, may we strive to be vessels of Divine Mercy, just as St. Faustina was. May her intercession inspire us to be beacons of compassion in a world that often needs it most.
Novena to St. Faustina
O Jesus, who filled Saint Faustina with profound veneration for Your boundless Mercy, deign, if it be Your holy will, to grant me, through her intercession, the grace for which I fervently pray…
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My sins render me unworthy of Your Mercy, but be mindful of Saint Faustina spirit of sacrifice and self-denial, and reward her virtue by granting the petition which, with childlike trust, I present to You through her intercession.
Saint Faustina, pray for us.
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