I’ve been reading “Divine Mercy in My Soul,” the diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and have shared some thoughts from her writings. I’ll continue to do so. Here is the latest sharing. This is the account of her image of Jesus, the Divine Mercy she received on February 22, 1931:
“In the evening, when I was in my cell, I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand [was] raised in the gesture of a blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red, the other pale. In silence I kept my gaze fixed on the Lord; my soul was struck with awe, but also with great joy. After a while, Jesus said to me, Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world.
“I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory.
“When I told this to my confessor, I received this for a reply: ‘That refers to your soul.’ He told me, ‘Certainly, paint God’s image in your soul.’ When I came out of the confessional, I again heard words such as these: My image already is in your soul. I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy.“
On April 30, 2000, during his homily at the canonization Mass of St. Faustina, Pope St. John Paul the Great announced that the Second Sunday of Easter would now be called Divine Mercy Sunday.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.