Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska was a young, uneducated nun who only possessed three years of education. She belonged to the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland during the 1930s. Her task consisted of working in the kitchen and garden. Saint Faustina received extraordinary revelations — or messages — from our Lord Jesus. Jesus asked Sister 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. Jesus said to her:
“Secretary of My most profound mystery know that 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.” (Diary 1693)
Saint Faustina was to spread the truth of mercy in scripture, the truth of mercy in this devotion, and to form an apostolate that would bring this mercy to the world!
The Great Mercy Pope John Paul II is the pope who moved her cause to the center stage of the Catholic world! He canonized Faustina Kowalska in Rome in 2002 declaring the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday.