Did you know that Jesus and Mary appeared to Saint Faustina? | National Catholic Register
Our Lord was not the only visitor from Sister Faustina’s Heaven – Our Lady also came with messages about Divine Mercy.
Anyone who has heard of the Divine Mercy devotion knows that Jesus appeared to Saint Faustina many times. But how many realize that our Blessed Mother also appeared to her many times? Let’s look at some of them.
“I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy and your Mother.” In a vision Faustina saw while praying a novena of “Hail Holy Queens”, she heard the Blessed Virgin Mary say these words to her confessor. Faustina wrote that she saw “the Mother of God with the Child Jesus in her arms, and…my confessor kneeling at her feet and conversing with her. I did not understand what he was saying to her, because I was busy talking with the Child Jesus, who came down from the arms of his Mother and approached me. I couldn’t help but marvel at her beauty. Then she heard Our Lady speak these important words.
We know that in the traditional Loreto litany, one of the invocations to Our Lady is “Mother of Mercy”. So, if Jesus is Divine Mercy, his mother (and ours) is also the Mother of Mercy.
“Mother of Mercy: Our Lady of Mercy, or Mother of Divine Mercy”, writes Saint John Paul II in his encyclical Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy) in a description of Mary. He also reminded us that “Mary proclaimed on the threshold of her relative’s house: ‘His mercy is…from generation to generation.’ Our Lady was already proclaiming the mercy of God and of her Son.
Another time Faustina saw our Blessed Mother was on August 5, 1935, which then happened to be the feast of Our Lady of Mercy. During the Mass, she saw the Blessed Virgin Mary who was “of indescribable beauty. She came down from the altar to my kneeling,” writes Faustina in the Diaryhugged me to her and said to me: I am Mother for all of you, thanks to the unfathomable mercy of God. What pleases Me most is that soul which faithfully accomplishes the will of God.”
“She made me realize that I had faithfully done the will of God and that I had thus found favor in his eyes. Be brave. Do not fear apparent obstacles, but fix your gaze on the Passion of My Son, and thus you will be victorious.
Jesus identified with Saint Faustina as “Divine Mercy”, and he gave us what he called his “signature” under his image – “Jesus, I trust in You”.
Jesus also underlined: “The graces of my mercy are drawn by means of a single vessel, and that is trust”.
Our Blessed Mother also brought this message to Faustina. On August 15, 1936, at Mass just before the elevation of the Host, Faustina said: “The presence of God invaded my soul, which was drawn towards the altar. Then I saw the Mother of God with the Child Jesus. The Child Jesus held the hands of Our Lady. A moment later, the Child Jesus ran with joy to the center of the altar, and the Mother of God said to me: See with what assurance I place Jesus in his hands. In the same way, you must entrust your soul to him and be like a child. After these words, my soul was filled with an unusual confidence.
Some time earlier, Marie came to visit Faustina. She seemed hesitant to speak to the nun at first, but after Faustina’s pleas to tell her what was on her mind, Marie looked at her “with a warm smile and said: You are going to experience some suffering because of illness and doctors; you will also suffer a lot because of the image, but do not be afraid of anything.”
The next day she fell ill and suffered greatly. Faustine was already learning to trust. “During those terrible times, I said to God: ‘Jesus, who in the Gospel compares you to a very tender mother, I trust your words because you are the truth and the life. Despite everything, Jesus, I trust in You in the face of any inner feeling that opposes hope. Do what you want with me; I will never leave you, because you are the source of my life.
On March 22, 1936, Faustina arrived in Warsaw. On March 25, feast of the Annunciation, Our Lady appears to him. Faustina wrote:
I saw the Mother of God who said to me: “Oh! how pleasing to God is the soul which faithfully follows the inspirations of his grace! I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you must speak to the world of his great mercy and prepare the world for the second coming of him who is to come, not as a merciful Saviour, but as a just judge. Oh, how terrible it is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before her. Speak to souls of this great mercy while there is still time to [granting] pity. If you are silent now, you will answer for a large number of souls on this terrible day. Afraid of nothing. Be faithful to the end. I sympathize with you.’
A year earlier, on the Feast of the Assumption, Our Blessed Mother had told her while Faustina was praying in her cell:
My daughter, what I ask of you is prayer, prayer and more prayer, for the world and above all for your country. For nine days, receive Holy Communion in expiation and unite yourselves closely to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. During these nine days you will stand before God as an offering; always and everywhere, anytime and anywhere, day or night, whenever you wake up, pray in spirit.
Another time, Faustina heard our Blessed Mother say to her:
The true greatness of the soul is to love God and to humble oneself in his presence, to forget oneself completely and to believe oneself to be nothing, because the Lord is great, but he only pleases the humble, he always opposes the proud.
It certainly has to do with trust. Do the proud really trust anyone other than themselves?
In another apparition later, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady gave Faustina another lesson on this similar path. She said told him:
I desire, my beloved daughter, that you practice the three virtues which are dearest to me — and most pleasing to God. The first is humility, humility and more humility; the second virtue, purity; the third virtue, the love of God. As My daughter, you must above all radiate these virtues.
We can look at another lesson our Blessed Mother taught in another apparition on another Feast of the Assumption. She says to Faustine:
It is impossible to please God without obeying his holy will. My daughter, I strongly recommend that you faithfully fulfill all of God’s desires, for this is very pleasing in His holy eyes. I ardently desire that you distinguish yourselves in this fidelity to accomplishing the will of God. Put the will of God before all sacrifices and burnt offerings.
We can see that these lessons include, simply, prayer (which would include the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Rosary), humility, obedience to God’s will, and trust.
This warning was followed by an extension of repentance and a time of change for mankind. And it took the intervention of the Blessed Mother. Faustine recorded this succinctly on September 1, 1937:
I saw the Lord Jesus, like a king in great majesty, looking at our land with great severity; but because of the intercession of his Mother, he prolonged the time of his mercy.
Let us turn to the Mother of Mercy to lead us on the path of trust and acceptance of her Son as Divine Mercy.