Faustina Kowalska was born on the 25th of August 1905 in Poland ( in
Glogowiec) in a poor and devoted family of farmers: she was the third of
childhood she distinguished herself for the devotion, love for prayers,
industriousness, obedience and a great sensitivity for human miseries.
When she was sixteen she had to leave the family home in order to make
her living and help her parents working as a servant.
wished to be part of the religious life, her parents denied her the
permission but she never gave up and on the first of August 1925 she
entered "The Congregation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Nuns" in Warsaw.
the novitiate time in Cracow and she took her first vows before the
bishop S. Rospond; after five years she took her perpetual vows:
chastity, poverty and obedience.
Nothing from outside
could betray her so exceptional rich mystic life.
her duties eagerly, observing all the rules of the religious life with
faithfulness; she lived deep in prayers and silence and, at the same
time, she was spontaneous, peaceful and full of warm and unselfish
charity towards the other human beings.
life’s goal was to achieve a much deeper union with God and she actively
cooperated with Jesus for the souls’salvation. God granted her great
gifts and she tried hard and fought all the time on the way for the
lifestyle together with the long and the difficult fastings weakened her
body so that, as an already postulant, she had to go to Skolimov (near
Varsaw) in order to better her health conditions.
Faustina offered her life for sinners and for this reason she suffered a
lot for souls’salvation.
last few years of her life physical problems and inner sufferings
increased: tuberculosis appeared, invading lungs and the digestive tract.
For this reason, she was hospitalized twice for some months in Pradnik
sanatorium near Cracow.
almost as a saint on the 5th of october 1938 at the age of 33 (13 years
of religious life) completely destroyed in her body but fully mature in
her spirit, mystically linked to God. She was buried in the Congregation
graveyard in Cracow but, during the information trial for the
beatification cause, her mortal remains were transferred in the convent
Jesus gave this simple and not learned ( but
extremely trusting in God) religious woman a great mission: the
message of the Divine Mercy to the whole world.
"Today I send you
told her- to the entire humanity with My Mercy. I do not want punish the
suffering humanity but I wish to heal it and hold it to My Merciful
Heart". (Diary, 1588)
" You are the secretary of
My Mercy: I chose you for this task in this present and in the future
life". (Diary, 1605)
"Let the souls know the
great Mercy I have for them and urge them to be trusting in the abyss of
My Mercy". ( Diary, 1567)
S. Faustina’s mission consists in remembering
a truth of faith: the merciful love of God for men. The Divine Mercy’s
cult consists in being trusting in the endless goodness of God and in
the merciful work towards the other human beings.