PopeWatch: Saint Faustina Kowalska

“If the angels were capable of envy, they would envy us for two things: one is the receiving of Holy Communion, and the other is suffering.”
Saint Faustina Kowalska

“His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation” (Lk 1: 50). What the Virgin Mary sang in the Magnificat, contemplating the salvific work of God in favour of every human generation, found an echo in the spiritual encounters of Saint Faustina Kowalska who, through a heavenly gift, saw in the Lord Jesus Christ the merciful face of the Father and became its herald.

Born in the village of Głogowiec, near Łódź, in Poland in 1905, and dying in Krakow in 1938, Saint Faustina spent her short life amongst the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, generously conforming herself to the vocation she received from God and developing an intense spiritual life, rich in spiritual gifts and in faithful harmony with them. In the Diary of her soul, the sanctuary of her encounter with the Lord Jesus, she herself recounts what the Lord worked in her for the benefit of all: listening to Him who is Love and Mercy she understood that no human wretchedness could measure itself against the mercy which ceaselessly pours from the heart of Christ. Thus she became the inspiration for a movement dedicated to proclaiming and imploring Divine Mercy throughout the whole world. Canonized in the year 2000 by Saint John Paul II, the name of Faustina quickly became known around the world, thereby promoting in all the parts of the People of God, Pastors and lay faithful alike, the invocation of Divine Mercy and its credible witness in the conduct of the lives of believers.

Therefore the Supreme Pontiff Francis, accepting the petitions and wishes of Pastors, religious women and men, as well as associations of the faithful and having considered the influence exercised by the spirituality of Saint Faustina in different parts of the world, has decreed that the name of Saint Maria Faustina (Helena) Kowalska, virgin, be inscribed in the General Roman Calendar and that her optional memorial be celebrated by all on 5 October.

This new memorial shall be inserted into all the Calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours, adopting the liturgical texts attached to this decree which must be translated, approved and, after confirmation by this Dicastery, published by the Episcopal Conferences.

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 18 May 2020.

Robert Card. Sarah


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  1. @JFK: No one as far as I can tell, either from the Novus Ordo or pre-Vatican II saint calendars. But I am confused by this move because my iMissal app already shows Faustina as having a feast day on Oct 5. Perhaps this is simply formalization of some sort.

  2. God’s justice or God’s mercy, take your pick.

    I believe in the former while trusting in the latter.

  3. I looked at the website. Another bunch of permanently aggrieved radtrads who hate JPII because he excommunicated +Lefebvre and not the Cardinal Mahonys of the world.
    Well, too bad. Radtrads aren’t happy unless they aren’t happy. Radtrads seem to have their problems with Poles anyway. The crackpot VaticanCatholic said John Paul II was an antipope. VaticanCatholic is a radtrad crackpot who has Internet courage but would he have had the guts to become a priest under Nazi suppression? Doubt it.
    Poland is the one Catholic nation that has NOT backed down to Islam, Nazism, Communism or the filth that has been promulgated by the post Christian West.
    Sr. Faustina Maria Kowalska was a poor and uneducated woman who was not capable of pulling off a sophisticated fraud.


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