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Saint Faustina (1905-1938)

How did an ordinary, simple girl, who was barely able to read and write, became the author of a book has been translated into more than 30 languages and its name is known in the farthest corners of the world? Nothing special distinguished St. Faustina Kowalska, but God chose her to communicate to the world a message that is a source of hope for millions of people. Her life is an example that the humdrum of everyday life is sometimes full of miracles, and that from ordinariness can arise great work.

Faustinawas sixteen when she left her home village to move to the city, where she worked as a housekeeper. She wanted to enter the convent, but her parents strongly opposed this. It wasn’t until she saw Jesus for the first time that she decided to listen to the voice inside her heart. Upon entering the convent, she received the name Faustina – which means "happy." She spent most of her short life in the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy working as a cook, shop assistant, gardener, and portress. She was radiant, happy, and always smiling, despite the enormous physical and spiritual suffering she endured in order to discover the inherent power in trusting boundlessly in God’s mercy. He gave her a special gift: she could see Him and talk with Him. She spent the last years of her life in Krakow, in the monastery in Łagiewniki. She suffered greatly from tuberculosis.

Evidence of the revelations to the humble nun is her "Diary" – a simple record of the inner experiences of Sister Faustina, today one of the most popular works of mystical literature, translated into more than 30 languages, called "the Gospel of mercy" by St. John Paul II, which allowed people of our time to survive the extremely painful experiences of two totalitarian regimes. The Polish pope beatified Faustina on 18 April 1993, and on 30 April 2000 – she was included among the saints of the Church. "Today my joy is truly great in presenting the life and witness of Sr. Faustina Kowalska to the whole Church as a gift of God for our time. (...) Sr. Faustina's canonization has a particular eloquence:  by this act I intend today to pass this message on to the new millennium. I pass it on to all people, so that they will learn to know ever better the true face of God and the true face of their brethren. " – Pope John Paul II said at the time.

Faustina’s relics are found in the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow-Łagiewniki.They attract millions of pilgrims from around the world who in her seek comfort, hope, and relief from suffering.


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