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Chaplet Div. Mercy

St. Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Most Blessed Sacrament was born in Glogowiec, Poland, on August 25, 1905. She is usually referred to simply as Saint Faustina. She was the third of ten children in a poor family. Saint Faustina had little formal education. After applying to a number of convents in Warsaw, she was accepted by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on August 1, 1925.

Beginning on February 22, 1931, and until her death in 1938, Saint Faustina received revelations and visits from Christ. In 1934, she began recording these in a diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul.

On Good Friday 1937, Christ appeared to Saint Faustina and dictated to her the prayers that He wished her to pray in a novena for nine consecutive days, beginning on Good Friday and ending on the Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday). This novena has become very popular, in today’s world. It is often combined with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which can also be prayed throughout the year. (Saint Faustina recommended that the chaplet be prayed on Fridays at 3:00 P.M., in remembrance of the Death of Christ on the Cross.)

Saint Faustina died on October 5, 1938, in Krakow, Poland, of tuberculosis. How deep, her devotion to Christ and to His Divine Mercy was, became known only after her death. At that time, her diary was revealed by her spiritual director, Father Michał Sopoćko. Father Sopoćko was an advocate of the devotion to the Divine Mercy, but the devotion and the publication of the diary was temporarily suppressed by the Vatican.
As archbishop of Krakow, Karol Wojtyla (later to be Pope John Paul II) became devoted to Saint Faustina. Through his efforts, her works were allowed to be published, the Divine Mercy devotion became quite popular, and the cause of her sainthood was opened in 1965.
A miracle was attributed to Saint Faustina in March 1981, when Maureen Digan of Roslindale, Massachusetts, was cured of lymphedema, an incurable disease, after praying at Saint Faustina’s tomb. The certification of the miracle led to Saint Faustina’s beatification on April 18, 1993. A priest who had heart damage was cured on October 5, 1995, and this led to Saint Faustina’s canonization on April 30, 2000—Divine Mercy Sunday that year.

This Thursday (Holy Thursday/April 1st) thesteppingstones will begin the presentation of the Divine Mercy Novena. The nine day novena will be posted one day at a time. The first day for the observance of the novena will actually begin on Good Friday. Each subsequent day,  the next day of the novena will be presented. This way you will have the day’s readings ready from the night before. Divine Mercy Sunday is truly a powerful and wonderful gift given to us by Christ.

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