The greatness of God’s mercy was the focus of St. Faustina’s religious works. She was born in Poland in 1905 and went on to become a nun, joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
In 1931, she had a vision of Jesus. He appeared before her as the “King of Divine Mercy”, wearing a white garment and with two rays of light shining from his heart. Jesus told St. Faustina to paint an image of him as he appeared before her, with these words below: “Jesus, I trust in you.”
Jesus then asked her to have the painting blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and to celebrate that day as the Feast of Mercy. He also asked St. Faustina to serve as an example of God’s mercy for all of mankind.
God’s mercy is truly one of his greatest gifts. As humans, it is a certainty that we will make mistakes in our lives. Though we carry the best intentions, we sometimes hurt each other. We act selfishly and against our values. But God is always there to forgive us and show us mercy. In fact, we just celebrated one of his greatest acts of mercy: the sacrifice of his only son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins.