October 5, St Faustina (Faustyna) Kowalska

October 5
(In the Diocese of Włocławek: October 6)
Obligatory memorial

Sister Faustina (Helena Kowalska) was born on 25 August 1905 in Głogowiec near Łódź in a large family of peasants. After a few years of serving rich families she joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the convent she zealously fulfilled the duties of a cook, gardener and gatekeeper. Her spiritual life was extremely rich and full of mystical gifts. Her mission consisted in reminding the world of the truth of merciful love of God, as well as establishing new forms of the cult of the Divine Mercy, initialising the religious renewal of this devotion. She died on 5 October 1938 in Kraków. The diary of her soul is said to be one of the most influential works of mystical literature. Pope John Paul II beatified her in Rome in 1993, and canonised her in 2000.

Common of Virgins.

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From The Dairy of Saint Faustina
(No 482-483)
The Mission of Proclaiming and Begging Divine Mercy for the World

O my God, I am conscious of my mission in the Holy Church. It is my constant endeavor to plead for mercy for the world. I unite myself closely with Jesus and stand before Him as an atoning sacrifice on behalf of the world. God will refuse me nothing when I entreat Him with the voice of his son. My sacrifice is nothing in itself, but when I join it to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, it becomes all-powerful and has the power to appease divine wrath. God loves us in His Son; the painful Passion of the Son of God constantly turns aside the wrath of God.

O God, how I desire that souls come to know You and to see that You have created them because of Your unfathomable love. O my Creator and Lord, I feel that I am going to remove the veil of heaven so that earth will not doubt Your goodness.

Make of me, Jesus, a pure and agreeable offering before the Face of Your Father. Jesus, transform me, miserable and sinful as I am, into Your own self (for You can do all things), and give me to Your Eternal Father. I want to become a sacrificial host before You, but an ordinary wafer to people. I want the fragrance of my sacrifice to be known to You alone. O Eternal God, an unquenchable fire of supplication for Your mercy burns within me. I know and understand that this is my task, here and in eternity. You Yourself have told me to speak about this great mercy and about Your goodness.[1]

RESPONSORY 2 Chronicles 6:21; 39

Listen to the petitions of your servant and of your people.
And when you have heard, pardon.

Forgive your people who have sinned against you.
And when you have heard, pardon.


O Almighty, eternal God,
you chose Saint Faustina to proclaim the endless riches of your mercy,
grant that we, following her example, may fully trust your mercy and diligently practise works of Christian charity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Probatum seu confirmatum, die 25 septembris 1995, Prot. 1810/95/L.

[1] Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Marian Press, 2005.



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