01 Oct 30 Day Challenge Day 28
Day 28 is St. Faustina Kowalska, 12×12 oil on wood panel. Jesus apeared many times to this holy nun in the 1930’s and taught her about his Divine Mercy. He asked her to have a painting made of His image, and now this is one of the biggest devotions in the church. He told her to write down all her notes in a diary where Jesus closely told her the details of His mercy on souls. Pope John Paul II declared the first Sunday after Easter “Divine Mercy Sunday” and by saying the chaplet of Divine Mercy and going to Mass on that day, Jesus promised to poor out his Mercy on mankind. We so despirately need the mercy of God in our world today and this is the answer.
A short bio taken from the Marians iof the Immaculate Conception:
The Humble Instrument
Sister Faustina was a young, uneducated nun in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland during the 1930s. She came from a poor family that struggled during the years of World War I. She had only three years of simple education, so hers were the humblest tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or garden. However, she received extraordinary revelations — or messages — from our Lord Jesus. Jesus asked Sr. Faustina to record these experiences, which she compiled into notebooks. These notebooks are known today as the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, and the words contained within are God’s loving message of Divine Mercy.
Though the Divine Mercy message is not new to the teachings of the Church, Sr. Faustina’s Diary sparked a great movement, and a strong and significant focus on the mercy of Christ. Saint John Paul II canonized Sr. Faustina in 2000 making her the “first saint of the new millennium.” Speaking of Sr. Faustina and the importance of the message contained in her Diary, the Pope call her “the great apostle of Divine Mercy in our time.”