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Posts Tagged ‘St. Faustina’
 

 
Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Faustina (11)

During the last week of her life, Sr. Amelia took care of St. Faustina, and said, “I would like to go to Heaven a year from now just like you.” St. Faustina replied, “If I get the opportunity to, I will ask Jesus on your behalf.” Indeed, one year after St. Faustina’s death, Sr. Amelia passed away. At 10:45pm on October 5, 1938, after suffering greatly and offering up her sufferings to God, St. Faustina passed away. And when her body was displayed in an open casket, others noted that her face was so peaceful that she seemed more beautiful than in life. Her funeral occurred on October 7, but her family did not attend because, according to St. Faustina’s wishes, they were not notified in order to prevent them from spending precious money on the journey. But before the news of her death reached her family, her sister Natalia had already known – she had a vision in her room of a thin St. Faustina with a face as radiant white as the Eucharist, saying, “I am going to Heaven now, and have come to say goodbye. You must stay with God and mustn’t cry.” Natalia was speechless, and when St. Faustina left the room, she began to cry into her pillow, so St. Faustina returned and said, “I told you not to cry. Stop crying!” On April 30, 2000, the happiest day of his life, Pope St. John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and declared every Second Sunday of Easter from then on as Divine Mercy Sunday.
Publish date: 2018 - 5 - 5


 
Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Faustina (10)

St. Faustina was able to live out the Divine Mercy message as a doorkeeper in Krakow, and she had contact with more people. Even when she had no food to give to the poor, she gave them comfort through words. As her health worsened, she was unable to attend Mass, and she thirsted for the Eucharist and Heaven. Once, she experienced a miracle and she received the Eucharist from the hand of an angel on her bed. Previously, she had spoken to her spiritual director, Blessed Michael Sopocko, about her mission to establish an order dedicated to the Divine Mercy. While celebrating Mass one day, Fr. Sopocko had an idea – if St. Faustina was unable to draw the Divine Mercy image and commissioned an artist to do it instead, then why couldn’t she commission another person to establish the order for her? Afterwards, he asked St. Faustina if she had anything further to reveal about the order, and she replied, “No, Jesus has already answered you at Mass.” Afterwards, Jesus revealed to St. Faustina the regulations of the new order, and someone else founded the order after her death based on her writings. St. Faustina was close to death, and Fr. Sopocko began to prepare her soul to meet God.
Publish date: 2018 - 4 - 28


 
Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Faustina (8)

St. Faustina spread the news of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and told others that God’s mercy was especially offered for humanity on Divine Mercy Sunday. She would also physically experience the pains of Jesus in her hands, feet, and side whenever God wanted her to pray for sinners, especially when she encountered anyone mired in sin. Once, an angel brought her to Hell, and she learned that those souls there had not believed in Hell. Jesus taught her three ways to show God’s mercy to her neighbours: by word, action, and prayer. Like St. Faustina, let us work for the conversion of sinners, so they might avoid Hell and ascend to Heaven.
Publish date: 2018 - 4 - 14


 
Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Faustina (7)

In 1936, St. Faustina was transferred to live in two rural convents. Before departing Vilnius, she was asked by an elderly nun to ask Jesus whether He had truly forgiven her sins after Confession all these years. That night at Mass, during the Consecration, she heard Jesus saying, “Her lack of faith injures my Heart far more than her sins.” On April 3, Jesus showed her how many souls she had converted over Lent by revealing a ciborium holding the many Eucharists they had received. On May 11, St. Faustina transferred to Krakow and served as the gardener and porter. Jesus revealed that all who prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet would receive special graces from the inexhaustible Mercy of God. He also instituted Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday after Easter, which would be a refuge of sinners, when a fountain of mercy would be opened as an ocean of grace for sinners. On this Divine Mercy Sunday, let us ask for God’s mercy by praying the Chaplet.
Publish date: 2018 - 4 - 7


 
Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Faustina (6)

On September 13, 1935, St. Faustina received a vision of an angel destroying a city. But she begged God to have mercy on the city, praying with some divinely-inspired words. After praying those words, the angel was made powerless to destroy the city. Later, God revealed to St. Faustina that she had prayed the first Divine Mercy Chaplet and was to spread it to others. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed on the same beads as the Rosary, but begins with the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, the Apostles’ Creed; followed by five decades of one “Eternal Father” prayer and ten “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion” prayers; and concluded by three “Holy God” prayers. Jesus lamented that many of the elect, instead of entering into intimate conversation with Him in the interior life, were looking for distractions in the external world. When we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, let us meditate on the interior presence of God.
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 31


 
Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Faustina (5)

From 1933 to 1936, St. Faustina lived in Vilnius, present-day Lithuania. She found a spiritual director in Fr. Michael Sopocko, who asked her to ask Jesus about the meaning of the red and white rays in the Divine Mercy Image. Jesus responded that they represented the blood and water that flowed from his Sacred Heart after it was pierced, and that those souls who took refuge in it were blessed. In 1934, St. Faustina was told by Mary that she would suffer much for her mission to the Divine Mercy devotion and was told to pray for the souls of the dying. At 3pm one day, she heard a sister’s voice from Warsaw, “Please pray for me until I tell you to stop. I am nearing death.” St. Faustina prayed without ceasing until, at 5pm, she heard the voice again: “Thank you.” The next day, she received news that Sister Philomena had passed away in Warsaw the previous day at 4:45pm. In 1935, a marshal was on his death bed, and he was admired for his achievements but was far from the Church, and his sins caused him to suffer a hell on earth. Nonetheless, he had a strong devotion to the Virgin Mary, and through the intercessory prayers of St. Faustina, he entered Purgatory instead of Hell. St. Faustina also had a gift of prophecy and she told Fr. Sopocko that a beautiful Polish city would be destroyed because of the sin of abortion. After World War II, he realized that she had prophesized the destruction of Warsaw by the Nazis after the Warsaw Uprising.
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 24


 
Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Faustina (3)

In the five years between her first and perpetual vows, St. Faustina was transferred constantly, because she took her vow of obedience very seriously, and her superiors knew she would never complain. Once, she experienced standing before God, who revealed that even the smallest sin required repentance. Jesus said, “Would you like to suffer for a day in Purgatory or on earth?” “I want both,” said St. Faustina. Jesus replied, “One is enough. You will suffer greatly on earth.” Another time, God revealed to St. Faustina that he was angry at a city in Poland, and wanted her to offer up Jesus’ Precious Blood and Sacred Wounds to the Father in reparation for its sins for seven days each year. When she renewed her vows, God tied a golden cincture around her waist, promising her that she would never be tempted to be unchaste.
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 10


 
Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. Faustina (2)

From 1926 to 1928, Sr. Faustina was a novice sister. Her novitiate teacher taught her to be humble and trust in God like a child, and she did not hold grudges against others, only praying to God about them. At the end of her first year of the novitiate, she experienced her 18-month Dark Night of the Soul. She felt abandoned and despaired, prayer and meditation were difficult, and temptations great. She was supported by her teacher, who told her that God had favoured her. Once, she received a vision of St. Thérèse de Lisieux after praying a Novena to her, and was told, “I suffered like you, but if you trust in Jesus, you will be a saint too.” In 1928, she took her first vows and left the novitiate. After the ceremony, she told her parents, “The one I took my vows to, is the son-in-law you have betrothed me to, Jesus Christ.”
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 3


 
Spiritual Talk – Year A 2nd Sunday of Easter

On the 2nd Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, Fr. Anthony Ho shares with us on the resurrected Jesus who showed himself to the disciples after coming back to life. He established the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and encouraged us to follow Him with hope and faith in the light of St. Thomas's doubt. Fr. Anthony also talks about Sr. Faustina and the origins of the devotion of Divine Mercy, as well as the lives of John XXIII and John Paul II, who are about to be canonized.
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 26