20160509 Faustina enters eternity

When St. Faustina was dying, Sister Amelia Socha spent many hours at her bedside.
A week before her death, Sister Amelia said to her, “Sister, how good the Lord Jesus is to let you die so young and so consciously. How much I, too, would like to contract pulmonary tuberculosis and die one year after you.”
Sister Amelia suffered from tuberculosis of the bones, and she feared that she would become an invalid and a burden to the congregation.
St. Faustina understood Sister Amelia’s motives. She said, “Sister, if I shall have any graces with the Lord Jesus, I will ask that one year after me, He will take you.” Sister Amelia died of pulmonary tuberculosis just over a year later, Nov. 4, 1939.
During her last night, Oct. 4-5, 1938, St. Faustina suffered intensely from thirst and pain. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Sister Amelia had morning duty at her bedside. St. Faustina sang quietly, “Neither the eye has seen, nor the ear heard, nor has it entered the thought of man, what awaits a virgin in heaven.”
At 4 p.m. Father Joseph Andrasz came and gave her the last rites. She was suffering immensely and asked for an anesthetic injection, but a moment later, she changed her mind and did not receive the injection. She decided to offer up the pain to God. Her final agony began in the evening, and she said, “Today Jesus is going to take me with Him.”
The bell rang during dinner, and everyone knew she was dying. The chaplain and the sisters prayed the prayers for the dying. At around 10:45 p.m., after long suffering borne with great patience, Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska died. She was 33.
On Oct. 6 the sisters moved the body to the crypt. The casket was open until the funeral. Father Andrasz said, “In the casket, Faustina regained her freshness and loveliness; she was far more beautiful than during her life.”
Mother Irena Krzyzanowska said, “None of the sisters feared the deceased, as usually happens in such cases. Sister Faustina’s face radiated peace.”
The funeral of St. Faustina took place on the first Friday of the month, Oct. 7, the feast of the Holy Rosary. None of her family members attended the funeral. She had not wanted her relatives to be notified of the funeral because of the high cost of travel. However her sister, Natalia Grzelak, knew of her death before the news arrived.
Natalia saw Faustina in her room. Natalia recalled: “She was as white as a Communion wafer, so thin, with folded hands. She said to me, ‘I have come to say goodbye to you, because I’m leaving. Remain with God. Do not cry, you mustn’t cry!’
“She kissed me on the cheek, and I couldn’t say a word. I just pressed my face into the pillow. When she left, I started to cry…. Then the door opened again, and my sister stood there, so white, and said, ‘I have asked you not to cry, and you are crying. There’s no need to cry, and I beg you: do not cry!”
The following entry was put into the convent’s register of the deceased: “Sister Faustina, of blessed memory, arrived at a complete union with God in her relationship with Him, through loving and seeking the will of God in every event and in every order given by her superiors.”
A few years before her death, St. Faustina had written, “I feel certain that my mission will not come to an end upon my death, but will begin.”

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