Saint Faustina Kowalska
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Saint Faustina Kowalska

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Growing up in war-torn Poland, Faustina felt the calling to give her life to God as a religious sister. As Jesus’ “secretary,” she carried out the important mission of teaching the world to trust in the limitless mercy of God. Jesus revealed the devotion to Divine Mercy through her, and with prayers and faith, she brought this message to the whole world! Blessed with many extraordinary gifts, including visions, prophecy, and invisible stigmata, few people knew the real depths of her spirituality.


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Saint Faustina Kowalska
Saint Faustina Kowalska Messenger of Mecry
Written by
Susan Helen W allace, FSP
Illustrated by
Joan Waites
BOOKS & MEDIA Boston
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Wallace, Susan Helen, 1940– Saint Faustina Kowalska : messenger of mcyer / written by Susan HelenWallace;illustratedbyJoanaiWtes. p. cm. — (Encounter the saints series) ISBN 0-8198-7101-X (pbk.) 1. Faustina, Saint, 1905–1938—Juvenile literature. 2. Christian saintsPolandBiographyJuvenileliterature.I.aWites,JoanC.II. Title. BX4700.F175W35 2007 282.092—dc22 [B] 2007001089 SaintFaustinasprayersarequotedfromD:iary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mecry in My Soul© 1987 Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, M0A1263. www.mari-an.org. Used with permission. The author gratefully acknowledges the kind assistance of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mceyr in verifying details of Saint Faustisnal’ife and spirituality. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or- trans mitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the publ.isher PandPAULINEareregisteredtrademarksoftheDaughtersofSt. Paul. Copyright © 2007, Daughters of St. Paul
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4. Jesus W as W aiting
7. A New Name
2. T ell Us a Story
3. A Secret of the Heart
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6. Convent Life
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1. A Girl Named Helena
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Prayer
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The Devotion to Divine Mceyr
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A
GIRL
“Helena,
1 NAMED
wait
for
HELENA
Papa,”
Stanislaus
Kowalski called. “W ait, I don’t want you to
fall!” The young farmer hurried along the
crooked path lined with weeds and clusters
of r ocks. “Stay with me,” he said, gently
taking hold of four
-year-old Helena’s hand.
Helena’s two older sisters, Josephine and
Genevieve, wer e near the fr
ont door of the
family cottage. Now that their chor
finished, they
es wer e
could play . Their mother ,
Marianna Kowalska, kept an eye on the girls
as she went about
her
housework.
(In
Poland, many family names end in “-ski.”
Polish grammar pr ovides both a masculine
and a feminine ending for these names. This
is why the men of Helena’s family would
spell their names with the ending “-ski”; the
women, instead, would use the feminine
ending of “-ska.”)
Helena was dif ferent fr om her sisters,
though. Although she was still too young to
be of much help, she insisted on staying
with Papa as he led the cows back to the
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their
,
day
o-
about
always
her
Stanislaus,
Saint
mission magazines.
tonight, Papa?” she asked each night.
responded
2
had
to
been
very young age, the little girl loved to hear
Jesus,
answer
Helena
prayers
prayed
trip was a highlight of the child’s day!
listened,
Mary ,
Stanislaus and Marianna had waited and
Every
om a
en, six
couple
e Josephine,
anda.
barn every evening for milking. This little
25,
Glog-o-wick),
(pr
Their thir d child, Helena, had been born
that would be many years
Saint
she would become famous in her own coun
-
nounced
August
saints.
as
at
the
was
baptized
and
entranced,
“Will you r ead us stories of the saints
with
course,
“Of
father r ead wonderful tr ue stories fr om his
the
Helenka,”
(“Helenka”
Two other childr en died as infants.
Mecislaus, Marianna Lucyna, and W
would eventually have eight childr
she
evening
Casimir Chur ch soon after birth. Fr
Papa
worl d — as
enthusiasm.
Baby
1905,
from now.
ar ound
try— and
Genevieve,
One
For the first nine years of their marriage,
Helena,
family
have
a
.
ed.
Poland.
Glogowiec
on
Faustina. But
girls and two boys. They wer
in
Natalia,
The
Finally,
Helena’s
How beautiful those simple wor
up in bed, she prayed in her clear voice:
“My Jesus, I love you. Mother Mary
body
means “little Helen.”) The childr
in
that
every
con-
, I love
joint
his
en didn’t
little
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dian angel is
them over and over
ead.
by the cabinet and watched Papa sear
and thought how wonderful it would be to
was
doorway and gently encouraged her to lie
e
wasn’t
ed, shaking
the
you. Take me to heaven with you some
know
ch for
the childr en,” he told himself. Helena stood
in
en to be
You can say mor
mother
appear
ed
girl
“Oh, no, Mama,” she answer
like.”
learn how to r
murmured to herself, “Jesus, Mary
just the right magazine. She couldn’t wait to
Helena quickly learned the short prayers
ds wer e!
, heaven.”
down again. “It’s time for all childr
you
prayers in the morning, as many prayers as
day.”
Once, when she was six, Helena woke up
her par ents taught her , and she loved saying
sound asleep, Helena.
the
But
in the middle of the night. Sitting straight
est. Stanislaus often sighed
rest for a little while. “But I can’t disappoint
aching for some r
. Sometimes she simply
her head, “what if my guar
vinced.
waking me to pray? I couldn’t disappoint