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FAUSTYNA (Saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska)  'Live Life mercifully'

Sister Faustyna was a young, uneducated nun in a convent of the Congregation of Ssiters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland during the 1930s.  She came from a poor family that struffled durng the years of World War I.  She had only three years of simple education, so hers were the humblest tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or garden.  However, she received extraordinary revelations - or messages - from Jesus.  Jesus asked Sister Faustyna to record these experiences, which she compiled into notebooks.    These notebooks are known today as the Diary of Saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska,  and the words contained within are God's loving message of Divine Mercy.  Though the Divine Mercy message is not new to the teachings of the Church, Sister Faustyna's Diary sparked a great movement, and a strong and significant focus on mercy.

Saint John Paul II canonized her in 2000  making her the "first saint of the new millennium".  Catholics today continue to rely on St. Faustyna as a constant reminder of the message to trust in Jesus' endless merc and to live life mercifuly towards others.