20160229 Faustina in Vilnius

From May 1933 to March 1936 St. Faustina stayed in Vilnius. It was there that Blessed Michael Sopocko became her spiritual director and confessor. God told her, “This is My faithful servant; he will help you to fulfill My will here on earth.”
Father Sopocko told Faustina to ask the Lord Jesus the meaning of the two rays in the Divine Mercy image. The Lord said, “The two rays denote Blood and Water.”
“These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.”
On March 29, 1934, St. Faustina, in an act of oblation, offered herself for the conversion of sinners, especially souls who have lost hope in God’s mercy.
Later that year, Our Lady visited her. She said to her, “You are going to experience certain sufferings because of an illness and the doctors; you will also suffer much because of the image, but do not be afraid of anything.”
St. Faustina had a special gift of praying for the dying. On July 13, 1934, when she was in the convent garden, she heard her guardian angel telling her to pray for the dying. After praying the rosary and other prayers with the gardeners, St. Faustina heard the voice of a sister in Warsaw saying, “Pray for me until I tell you to stop. I am dying.”
Faustina kept praying from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. At 5 p.m. she heard the words, “Thank you!” The next day news reached Vilnius that Sister Filomena Andrejko had died the day before at 4:45 p.m.
On May 12, 1935, St. Faustina saw the Child Jesus, Who told her that true greatness consists in loving God and in humility.
She also saw a dying soul. He was full of the world’s applause and honours, but his end was emptiness and sin. She saw souls giving testimonies against the dying person.
She wrote, “Although it seems to me that this soul is not damned, nevertheless its torments are in no way different from the torments of hell; there is only this difference: that they will someday come to an end.”
The next day, St. Faustina told Father Sopocko that she had seen Marshal Pilsudski dying. He actually died on May 12, 1935. Faustina said that he had avoided damnation because of the intercession of the Mother of Mercy. Pilsudski was not a religious person, but he had devotion to Our Lady of Ostra Brama.
Ostra Brama, with its miraculous image of the Mother of Mercy, was the main pilgrimage centre in the Vilnius region. Father Sopocko had had the Divine Mercy image displayed that year on the Sunday after Easter over the famous Ostra Brama gate, and he had preached the message of mercy in the nearby church.
St. Faustina foretold to Father Sopocko that very hard times would shortly come upon Poland and that the Poles would be taken away to the east and to the west. She also predicted that one of Poland’s most beautiful cities would be destroyed for the sin of killing unborn children.
After World War II, Father Sopocko understood the city was Warsaw, which had been reduced to ruins during the Warsaw Uprising.
One time, after time spent in adoration of the Eucharist for Poland, a pain pierced the soul of St. Faustina, and she prayed to Jesus not to look at the sin of her country, but on the tears, hunger and cold of little children.
Our Lord appeared with tears and said to her, “You see, My daughter, what great compassion I have for them. Know that it is they who uphold the world.”

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