20160502 Faustina prepares for death

When St. Faustina stopped writing her diary in June 1938, she anticipated that the diary would be published after her death for the comfort of souls.
She left a note saying, “No one is permitted to read these notebooks and the notes contained in them. Father Andrasz must first review them, or Father Sopocko, considering that they contain the secrets of a conscience.
“It is God’s will that all of this be given to souls for comfort. The notebooks themselves are not to be given to the sisters to read, the superiors excepted, until they are printed.”
St. Faustina’s health further deteriorated, and her superior came to see her on June 24. The next day a confessor came to administer the last rites. A religious sister asked Faustina whether she wished to be taken home so that she could die in the company of her congregation.
St. Faustina smiled and then said, “I am not going to die yet, so please leave me here for now, Sister, because my presence in the convent would be too much of a bother, since one of the sisters would always have to be near me.”
A moment later she added, “But please do whatever you see fit and what the superiors wish.”
In July a superior visited her in the hospital. Towards the end of the visit, St. Faustina joyfully said, “Oh, dear Mother, what beautiful things the Lord Jesus tells me,” and pointing to where the notes of her diary lay, she added, “Dear Mother, you will read all of this.”
In August St. Faustina wrote a farewell letter to Mother General. She expressed gratitude for all the goodness she had received and begged pardon for all the faults of her whole life.
She concluded the letter with the words, “Goodbye, dearest Mother. We will see each other in heaven at the foot of God’s throne. And now, may God’s mercy be praised in us and through us.”
St. Faustina was feeling significantly worse by Aug. 24. A superior came and spent the night beside her, and the next day the chaplain gave her the last rites. She received the sacraments piously, but she said to one of the sisters, “I knew that, anyway, I was not going to die.”
Blessed Michael Sopocko visited Faustina a number of times in late August and early September. They talked about the new congregation to honour the Divine Mercy that had been in the mind of St. Faustina in the past few years. Faustina promised to talk to Jesus about it.
The next day, as Father Sopocko was celebrating Mass for St. Faustina, a thought came to him: “Just as she had been unable to paint that image, but only gave instructions, so she would be unable to establish the new congregation, but would only give general directives.”
At their next meeting, on Sept. 2, Father Sopocko asked Faustina what she had to say about the new congregation. She replied that she did not have to say anything because Jesus had already enlightened him with an answer during Mass.
Father Sopocko recalled, “This answer shook my spirit, because Sister Faustina could not have known the thoughts I had had during the Mass I had celebrated.”
On Sept. 17 St. Faustina was brought to the convent in Lagiewniki so that she could die at home. The infirmarian, Sister Alfreda Pokora, recalled: “Sister Faustina’s final weeks were very edifying. She always showed great kindness and patience, requesting nothing for herself.
“When asked if she was suffering greatly, she would answer, ‘Yes, very much, but I’m fine with it.'”
On Sept. 22 St. Faustina asked pardon of the entire congregation for her unintentional failings. A few days later Father Sopocko met her for the last time. St. Faustina seemed like an “unearthly being,” and predicted to Father Sopocko that she would die in nine days.

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