Divine Mercy Essay

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Banda Emmanuel {R. 1102} Dr. Keith Esenther English Writing II 10 February 2012 The Story of Sr. Faustina Kowalska, the Apostle of Mercy The origin and spreading of the Divine Mercy message and devotion throughout the world makes for great reading: extraordinary visions and revelations, miraculous answers to prayer, a dramatic escape from war-torn Poland, a temporary ban by the Church and strong support from Pope John Paul II. Through the writings of St Faustina, an uneducated Polish nun from the Sisters of Mercy in Poland, one gets to understand the source of the message and devotion of the Divine Mercy intertwined with her own life. Born on August 25, 1905, in Glogowiec, Poland, Helen Kowalska came from a poor (yet religious) family. She came third of the ten children in her family and got baptized in the parish church of Swince Warckie. From a very tender age, many people knew and commended her for her love of prayer, diligence and obedience together with her concern for the poor. In the elapse of time, she felt called to the religious life during a vision of the suffering Christ. Then, on August 1, 1025, she entered the congregation of the Sisters of our Lady of Mercy and took the name Sr. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament. She lived as a member of the congregation for 13 years, residing in Cracow, Plock and Vilnius, where she worked as a cook, gardener and porter. Externally, nothing revealed her rich, mystical interior life. She zealously performed her tasks and faithfully observed the rule of religious life. Though very recollected, she remained natural, serene and full of kindness with disinterested love for her neighbour. While her life mirrored insignificance and monotony, she hid within herself an extraordinary union with God. The mystery of God’s mercy, which she contemplated in the word of God as well as in her every day

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