Born in a small village in Poland, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska came from a poor family on a small farm. She served as a very young nun in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow, Poland. Because her family had no means of supporting her education, she was uneducated. Despite the fact that she completed very simple task assignments for the convent, she received incredible signs, messages and revelations from Jesus.
Saint Maria Faustina recorded all of her revelations in a diary, at the request of her confessors, and it has been published. The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina reveals messages of God’s love, grace and mercy. Her diary also records conversations that she had with Jesus. “I do not want to punish aching mankind,” he once told St. Faustina, “but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful heart” (Diary 1588)
She passed away in 1938. Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina in 2000. The Divine Mercy devotion is currently adhered to by over 100 million Catholics. She is credited with being an apostle of the message of Divine Mercy which assures God’s mercy for each of us individually and for all.