Monday, October 5, 2009

Feast Day: St. Faustina Kowalska

Today (October 5) is the Feast of St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), the young Polish religious sister who personally spoke to Jesus.  Her Diary is an amazing combination of life in Poland in the first half of the 20th century interspersed with dialogue with Jesus.  It's fascinating to read of Jesus' mercy for all those who follow Him. 

String Bean has a special devotion to this young saint.  Back in the Spring of 2007, when she was just 7, she did a Catholic History Fair projecton the lovely saint (and still has the doll that she made to go with the diorama).  We've read the biography by Claire Jordan Mohan, The Young Life of Sister Faustina, and today we read quotes from her Diary

Back in February 2003, I was fortunate to be able to join a FUS trip to Poland.  A bus trip that I took with than-3-month-old BamBam; what an experience!  One of the places we saw on that long-weekend jaunt was St. Faustina's convent and shrine in Cracow.

The original church where St. Faustina prayed and attended Mass with the other sisters.

The new church -- pretty wild looking but all very symbolic and beautiful (and I don't tend to like modern churches!).

The original painting from St. Faustina's description enshrined in the side altar of the old church.  She cried when she saw this painting as Jesus was so much more beautiful than the portrait showed.  I wrote an article for the NCRegister after that trip. 
What an amazing woman St. Faustina is!  Her life is very interesting -- did you know she heard Voices as early as 7 years old!  What a fascinating Catholic woman ... and she's POLISH!

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