JESUS I TRUST IN YOU
Sister Faustyna who died on October 5, 1938,at the age of 33 was an example of a child Jesus showed in the Gospel. Her childlike trust in God made her so open to the movements of the Holy Spirit that in her life Jesus showed the mystery of Divine Mercy even before the beloved image was completed.
How much trust she must have had, when at the age of 19, without any experience and financial support she left her little town for the big world in order to join a convent. To make it more astonishing she didn’t know which religious order she was to join. Humbly she knocked at many gates just to be sent away all the time. During that time Faustyna worked as a maid to support herself. However in her search for the convent Christ had chosen for her to join she very astutely established the best spiritual environment for discernment: she attended Eucharist every day and she assisted the sick and the poor. The one who was to pass onto the world the message of Divine Mercy became a Good Samaritan to the needy. Her spirituality wasn’t limited to high thoughts about God but her eyes were merciful as she spotted the poor who needed her help. Her feet were merciful as it led her to the places where the abandoned were living in misery. Her hands were merciful as they were extending compassion. Eventually she came to the convent of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy where the superior under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit instead of investigation her suitability for the religious life sent her to the convent chapel to ask the Lord and the Master whether he was to accept her. After some time praying before the Blessed Sacrament Faustyna heard Jesus say: “Yes, I accept you to this convent.” When she repeated that to the superior the saintly nun detected that it was the will of Christ. Probably the nun didn’t know how precious treasure she just admitted to the community.
Even today when one goes to the Shrine of Divine mercy which is located in the place where Sister Faustyna lived and died it stands out straight away that the place still accommodates a home for young women who have got themselves into trouble. Amidst the millions of pilgrims who descend there every year the fellow-sisters of St Faustyna minister to those girls like they did when their famous saint lived with them. Every time I go there I am challenged by this quite but so powerful witness of the nuns that mercy must be expressed in concrete situation and in concrete ways. Mercy is not a concept or a sublime idea but it is reaching to those who need our compassionate love.
Saint Faustyna pray for us.