Monthly Archives: March 2016

20160314 Faustina prays for sinners

From March 25 to May 11 in 1936, St. Faustina stayed at two country houses of her Congregation in Walendow and Derdy.
Before she left Vilnius for Walendow, an elderly sister revealed to Faustina that she had been suffering interiorly for many years. After confessions, she always worried and doubting whether the Lord Jesus had forgiven her. She entreated Faustina with tears to ask Jesus if He had forgiven her. In the evening, during Benediction, Faustina heard the Lord said, “Tell her that her disbelief wounds My heart more than the sins she committed.” When Faustina told her this, the elderly sister wept like a child and joy entered her soul.
On First Friday April 3, before Communion, Faustina saw a large ciborium filled with sacred hosts. A voice said to her, “These are the hosts which have been received by the souls for whom you have obtained the grace of true conversion during this Lent”.
On May 11, Faustina moved to Cracow. In the convent of Cracow, she was first assigned to work in the garden and then as gatekeeper. On July 16, Jesus said to her, “My daughter, suffering will be a sign to you that I am with you.”
On September, 1936, the Lord said, ” Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.” Also in the same month, Faustina heard these words: “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.”
St. Faustina had some very extraordinary spiritual experiences which moved her to pray for sinners. She would suffered great pain in her hands, feet and side. She experienced these pains especially when she met with a person who was not in the state of grace. She would then prayed fervently for that person.
One time, Faustina was led by an angel to the chasms of hell. She learnt that a sinner would be tortured throughout all eternity in those senses which he made use of to sin. She also learnt that most of the souls in hell were those who disbelieved that there is a hell. As a result of her experience of hell, Faustina prayed more fervently for the conversion of sinners.
Our Lord told Faustina, “I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first by deed, the second – by word, the third – by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me”.
From December 1936 to March 1937, Faustina stayed at the hospital in Pradnik. She saw the Lord Jesus in the hospital room. He said, “Be at peace, My child. See, you are not alone. My Heart watches over you.” Faustina wrote, “I do not desire a return to health more than death. I entrust myself completely to His infinite mercy and, as a little child, I am living in the greatest peace”.

20160307 Faustina learns the chaplet

In the evening of Sept. 13, 1935, St. Faustina saw an angel coming to punish the earth.
She found herself pleading with God for the world with words heard interiorly: “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us.”
When Faustina was praying in those words, the angel could not carry out the just punishment for sins.
The next morning, when Faustina entered the chapel, she heard these words: “Every time you enter the chapel, immediately recite the prayer I taught you yesterday.”
After reciting the prayers, Our Lord taught her to recite the prayer on the rosary beads: “First of all, you will say one ‘Our Father’ and ‘Hail Mary’ and the ‘I Believe in God.’
“Then on the ‘Our Father’ beads you will say the following words: ‘Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.’
“On the ‘Hail Mary’ beads you will say the following words: ‘For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.’ In conclusion, three times you will recite these words: ‘Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.'”
Today the prayer is known as the “Chaplet of Divine Mercy.”
One day Jesus told St. Faustina that He was more deeply wounded by the small imperfections of chosen souls than by the sins of those living in the world. He complained about the ingratitude, lukewarmness, and distrust of chosen souls.
Jesus lamented that there were chosen souls who distrusted in His goodness and had no desire to experience that sweet intimacy in their own hearts, but went in search of Him, off in the distance, and did not find Him.
Our Lord told Faustina: “I will tell you most when you converse with Me in the depths of your heart. Here, no one can disturb My actions. Here, I rest as in a garden enclosed.”
Another time Jesus said, “When you reflect upon what I tell you in the depths of your heart, you profit more than if you had read many books. Oh, if souls would only want to listen to My voice when I am speaking in the depths of their hearts, they would reach the peak of holiness in a short time.”
One day in January 1936, Blessed Michael Sopocko asked Sister Faustina to pray for him. She promised to pray and she asked God to bestow on her all the sufferings and afflictions that Father Sopocko would have had to suffer during that day.
She experienced so much suffering that she ended up weeping in the chapel. The Lord said to her, “My daughter, why are you weeping? After all, you yourself offered to undertake these sufferings. Know that what you have taken upon yourself for that soul is only a small portion. He is suffering much more.”
Faustina asked the Lord, “Why are You treating him like that?”
The Lord answered her that it was for the triple crown meant for Father Sopocko: virginity, the priesthood, and martyrdom.
At the sight of the great glory that would be his in heaven, Faustina was filled with joy and she recited the “Te Deum,” a hymn of thanksgiving.