St. Faustina Kowalska

I am not alone because Jesus is with me, and with Him, I fear nothing.  – St. Faustina Kowalska

St. Faustina Kowalska was born August 25, 1905 and given the name Helena.

While she was still quite young, Helena heard the call to religious life. Her parents, however, denied her request. But, after a vision of the Suffering Christ, she joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy (August 1, 1925) and took the name Sr. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Outwardly her life as a sister was nothing special. Having been born into a poor family, Sr. Maria Faustina was uniquely sensitive to the needs of the poor. And she lived her life with the Congregation faithfully and fervently. St. Faustina recorded her life into a diary titled Divine Mercy in My Soul, through which she tells us about her encounters with Jesus and his Divine Mercy.

St. Faustina Kowalska made of her life a sacrifice to the will of God in her prayers, her works, and the obedience she observed both before and during religious life.

On October 5, 1938, St. Faustina died at the age of 33 from tuberculosis. She is remembered today as the Apostle of Divine Mercy.

Today, St. Faustina’s strong devotion to Jesus and His Divine Mercy inspires us to grow closer to God in our own way.