Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, a simple, uneducated, young Polish nun, Saint Maria Faustina, receives a special call. Jesus tells her, “I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful Heart.” (Diary entry 1588) Jesus also tells her to record every word concerning His message of mercy. “You are the secretary of My Mercy. I have chosen you for that office in this and the next life.” (Diary entry 1605)
This words of Jesus (set in bold type for emphasis) are found in the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, which chronicles Sr. Faustina’s great experience of Divine Mercy in her soul and her mission to share that mercy with the world. Though she died in obscurity in 1938, at the age of 33, Sr. Faustina was hailed by Pope John Paul II as “the great apostle of Divine Mercy in our time.” On April 30, 2000 the Pope canonized her as St. Faustina, saying that the message of Divine Mercy she shared is urgently needed at the dawn of the new millennium. Over 800,000 copies of the Diary have been sold world-wide.
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