Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Saint Faustina's Convent - Poland Pilgrimage 1b

Helenka Kowalska known as both Maria Faustina Kowalska and later as Saint Faustina was born in 1905 near Lodz, Poland and died 1938 in Krakow, Poland. She was a Polish nun who is described as a mystic and visionary. She is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church and is known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy. Throughout her life she recorded numerous visions and conversations with Jesus. Eventually she was accepted into the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.  It was during this time that the visions which had begun at an early age as a child developed. Today millions actively participate in the Divine Mercy devotion because of her efforts to promote it.
On our visit we were given the opportunity to reverence her relic and attend Holy Mass. Although in Polish - which I understand only a bit - my wife and Deacon Jerry were able to recite the prayers in Polish which made this experience more meaningful for Deacon Jerry's wife and myself. No matter where Holy Mass is celebrated - Jesus is always the same!

Deacon Dale