"These rays of mercy will pass through
just as they have passed through this Host,
and they will go out
through all the world" (Diary 441).
sinners that no one shall escape My Hand;
if they run away from My Merciful
they will fall into My Just Hands" (Diary 1728).
Saint sister Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)
THE DIARY OF SAINT SISTER FAUSTINA
The DIARY of sister Faustina, written in the form of a journal, records the last four years of her life. It reveals the depths of her spiritual life and illustrates the picture of the high degree of her soul’s union with God. The Lord endowed sister Faustina with great graces: the gift of contemplation, a deep knowledge of the mystery of the mercy of God, visions, revelations, the hidden stigmata, the gift of prophecy and of reading into human souls, and also the rare gift of mystical espousal (Diary Introduction, p. 10, Polish Edition).
"Secretary of My most profound
mystery, know that yours is an exclusive intimacy with Me. Your task
is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy,
for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted
in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me. I therefore
want you to devote all your free moments to writing" (Diary 1693).
"My Heart overflows with great
mercy for souls (...). If only they could understand that
I am the best of Fathers to them and that it is for them that the Blood
and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy.
For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy. I desire to bestow
My graces upon souls, but they do not want to accept them (...). Oh,
how indifferent are souls to so much goodness, to so many proofs of
love! (...). They have time for everything, but they have no time to
come to Me for graces" (Diary 367).
"Oh, how miserable are those who do not
take advantage of the miracle of Gods mercy! You will call out
in vain, but it will be too late" (Diary 1448).
sinners that no one shall escape My Hand; if they run away from My Merciful
Heart, they will fall into My Just Hands. Tell sinners that I am always
waiting for them, that I listen intently to the beating of their heart...
When will it beat for Me? Write that I am speaking to them through their
remorse of conscience, through their failures and sufferings, through
thunderstorms, through the voice of the Church. And if they bring all
My graces to naught, I begin to be angry with them, leaving them alone
and giving them what they want" (Diary 1728).
never violates our free will. It is up to us whether we want to receive
Gods grace or not. It is up to us whether we will cooperate with
it or waste it" (Diary 1107).
saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of
joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing
and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it.
And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is,
the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so
they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count
them. And I saw the other road, or rather, a path, for it was narrow
and strewn with thorns and rocks; and the people who walked along it
had tears in their eyes, and all kinds of suffering befell them. Some
fell down upon the rocks, but stood up immediately and went on. At the
end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts
of happiness and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant
they forgot all their sufferings" (Diary 153).
fleeting all earthly things are, and everything that appears great disappears
like smoke, and does not give the soul freedom, but weariness. Happy
the soul that understands these things and with only one foot touches
the earth" (Diary 1141).
"...If a soul loves God sincerely and
is intimately united with Him, then, even though such a soul may be
living in the midst of difficult external circumstances, nothing can
disturb its interior life; and in the midst of corruption, it can remain
pure and unsullied; because the great love of God gives it strength
for battle, and God also protects in a special way" (Diary 1094).
Lord gave me much light to know His attributes. The first attribute
that the Lord gave me to know is His holiness. His holiness is so great
that all the Powers and Virtues tremble before Him(...). The holiness
of God is poured out upon the Church of God and upon every living soul
in it, but not in the same degree. There are souls who are completely
penetrated by God, and there are those who are barely alive. The second
kind of knowledge that the Lord granted me concerns His justice. His
justice is so great and penetrating that it reaches deep into the heart
of things, and all things stand before Him in naked truth (...). The third attribute is love and mercy. And I understood that the greatest
attribute is love and mercy. It unites the creature with the Creator.
This immense love and abyss of mercy are made known in the Incarnation
of the Word and in the Redemption [of humanity], and it is here that
I saw this as the greatest of all Gods attributes" (Diary 180).
is great and beautiful is in God (...). O you sages of the world and
you great minds, recognize that true greatness is in loving God!"
have given me to know and understand in what a souls greatness
consists: not in great deeds but in great love. Love has its worth,
and it confers greatness on all our deeds. Although our actions are
small and ordinary in themselves, because of love they become great
and powerful before God" (Diary 889).
"True greatness of the soul is
in loving God and in humility" (Diary 427).
soul continues to immerse itself more deeply into the abyss of its nothingness
and need, God uses His omnipotence to exalt it. If there is a truly
happy soul upon earth, it can only be a truly humble soul. At first,
ones self-love suffers greatly on this account, but after a soul
has struggled courageously, God grants it much light by which it sees
how wretched and full of deception everything is" (Diary 593).
of heaven are open to a humble soul, and a sea of graces flows down
upon it (...). God refuses nothing to such a soul; it is all-powerful
and influences the destiny of the whole world. God raises such a soul
up to very throne, and the more it humbles itself, the more God stoops down to it, pursuing it with
His graces and accompanying it at every moment with His omnipotence"
is Light itself, lives in a pure and humble heart, and all sufferings
and adversities serve but to reveal the souls holiness" (Diary
is nothing but the truth. There is no cringing in the true humility.
Although I consider myself the least (...). I enjoy the honor of being the beloved
of Christ" (Diary 1502).
"O my Jesus,
You know what efforts are needed to live sincerely and unaffectedly
with those from whom our nature flees, or with those who, deliberately
or not, have made us suffer. Humanly speaking, this is impossible. At
such times more than at others, I try to discover the Lord Jesus in
such a person and for this same Jesus, I do everything for such people.
In such acts, love is pure, and such practice of love gives the soul
endurance and strength. I do not expect anything from creatures, and
therefore I am not disappointed..." (Diary 766).
my most perfect model, with my eyes fixed on You, I will go through
life in Your footsteps, adapting nature to grace, according to Your
most holy will and Your light which illumines my soul, trusting completely
in Your help" (Diary 1351).
firm resolution to become a saint is extremely pleasing to Me. I bless
your efforts and will give you opportunities to sanctify yourself. Be
watchful that you lose no opportunity that My providence offers you
for sanctification. If you do not succeed in taking advantage of an
opportunity, do not lose your peace, but humble yourself profoundly
before Me and, with great trust, immerse yourself completely in My mercy.
In this way, you gain more than you have lost, because more favor is
granted to a humble soul than the soul itself asks for..." (Diary 1361).
"I seek and desire souls like yours
but they are few. Your great trust in Me forces Me to continuously grant
you graces" (Diary 718).
three virtues adorn you in a particular way; humility, purity of intention
and love" (Diary 1779).
"I want to hold you in My hand
as a pliant tool, perfectly adapted to the completion of My works"
"I demand of you a perfect and
whole-burnt offering; an offering of the will. No other sacrifice can
compare with this one. I myself am directing your life and arranging
things in such a way that you will be for Me a continual sacrifice and
will always do My will. And for the accomplishment of this offering,
you will unite yourself with Me on the Cross. I
myself will give you many orders directly, but I will delay the possibility
of their being carried out and make it depend on others (...) but know,
My daughter, that this offering will last until your death."
"Outwardly, your sacrifice must
look like this: silent, hidden, permeated with love, imbued with prayer.
I demand, My daughter, that your sacrifice be pure and full of humility,
that I may find pleasure in it (...). You shall accept all sufferings
Do not be afflicted if your heart often experiences repugnance and dislike
for sacrifice. All its power rests in the will, and so these contrary
feelings, far from lowering the value of the sacrifice in My eyes, will
enhance it" (Diary 1767).
"...every conversion of a sinful
soul demands sacrifice" (Diary 961).
"...I need sacrifice lovingly accomplished,
because that alone has meaning for Me. Enormous indeed are the debts
of the world which are due to Me; pure souls can pay them by their sacrifice,
exercising mercy in spirit" (Diary 1316).
"...but write this for the many
souls who are often worried because they do not have the material means
with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which
requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious
and is within the grasp of every soul. If a
soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My
mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if
only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they
would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their
mercy" (Diary 1317).
“O my God, how I pity those people who do not believe in eternal life; how I pray for them that a ray of mercy would envelop them too, and that God would clasp them to His fatherly bosom” (Diary, 780).
"I was led by an Angel to the chasms
of hell (...). I would have died at the very sight of these tortures
if the omnipotence of God had not supported me. Let the sinner know
that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which
he made use of to sin.
I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an
excuse by saying there is no hell, or that nobody has ever been there,
and so no one can say what it is like (...). I noticed that there are
most souls that did not believe hell exists. I could hardly recover
from the fright. How terribly souls suffer there!" (Diary 741).
moment I was in a misty place full of fire in which there was a great
crowd of suffering souls. They were praying fervently, but to no avail
for themselves; only we can come to their aid (...) their greatest torment
was longing for God. I saw Our Lady visiting the souls in Purgatory.
The souls call her "The Star of the Sea". She brings them
refreshment" (Diary 20).
in heaven and I saw its inconceivable beauties and the happiness that
awaits us after death. I saw how all creatures give ceaseless praise
and glory to God. I saw how great is happiness in God, which spreads
to all creatures, making them happy; and than all the glory and praise
which springs from this happiness returns to its source; and they enter
into the depths of God, contemplating the inner life of God (...). This
source of happiness is unchanging in its essence, but it is always new,
gushing forth happiness for all creatures" (Diary 777).
have such visions. But I more often commune with the Lord in a more
profound manner. My senses sleep and, although not in a visible way,
all things become more real and clearer to me than as if I saw them
with my eyes. My intellect learns more in one moment than during long
years of thinking and meditations, both as regards the essence of God
and as regards revealed truths, and also as regards the knowledge of
my own misery" (Diary 882).
in my life, times and moments of spiritual insight; that is, Divine
illuminations, when the soul receives inward instruction about things
it has not read in any book and has not been taught by any person. These
are times of great inner knowledge that God himself imparts to the soul.
These are great mysteries" (Diary 1102).
a soul in a special way known only to himself and to the soul (...).
Love presides in this union, and everything is achieved by love alone.
Jesus gives himself to the soul in a gentle and sweet manner, and in
His depths there is peace. He grants the soul many graces and makes
it capable of sharing His eternal thoughts. And frequently, He reveals
to it His divine plans" (Diary 622).
Lord demands something of a soul, He gives it the means to carry it
out, and through grace He makes it capable of doing this. So, even if
the soul be utterly miserable, at the Lords command it can undertake
things beyond its expectation, because this is the sign by which it
can be known that the Lord is with that soul; if Gods power and
strength, which make the soul courageous and valiant, is manifested
within it" (Diary 1090).
himself to the soul in a loving way and draws it into the infinite depths
of His divinity, but at the same time He leaves it here on earth for
the sole purpose that it might suffer and die of longing for Him. And
this strong love is so pure that God himself finds pleasure in it; and
self-love has no access to its deeds (...) and because of this, the
soul is capable of great deeds for God" (Diary 856).
souls are, in My hand, lights which I cast into the darkness of the
world and with which I illumine it. As stars illumine the night, so
chosen souls illumine the earth. And the more perfect a soul is, the
stronger and the more far-reaching is the light shed by it. It can be
hidden and unknown, even to those closest to it, and yet its holiness
is reflected in souls even to the most
distant extremities of the world" (Diary 1601).
are souls living in the world who love Me dearly. I dwell in their hearts
with delight. But they are few. In convents too, there are souls that
fill My Heart with joy. They bear My features (...). Their number is very small. They are a
defense for the world before the justice of the Heavenly Father and
a means of obtaining mercy for the world. The love and sacrifice of
these souls sustain the world in existence" (Diary 367).
"Low Sunday. (The Feast of
The Divine Mercy) Today, I again offered myself to the Lord as a holocaust
for sinners. My Jesus, if the end of my life is already approaching, I
beg You most humbly, accept my death in union with You as a holocaust
which I offer You today, while I still have full possession of my faculties
and a fully conscious will, and this for a threefold purpose:
Firstly: that the work of Your mercy may
spread throughout the whole world and that the Feast of The Divine Mercy may be solemnly promulgated and celebrated.
Secondly: that sinners, especially dying sinners, may have recourse to
Your mercy and experience the unspeakable effects of this mercy.
Thirdly: that all the work of Your mercy may be realized according to
Your wishes, and for a certain person who is in charge of this work..." (Diary
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