The following are quotations Jesus made to St. Faustina, taken from her Diary:
“My child you are my delight, you are the comfort of my heart...
As often as you want to make Me happy, speak to the world about My great and unfathomable mercy.”
“ I desire that you know more profoundly the love that burns in My Heart for souls, and you will understand this when you meditate upon My Passion. Call upon My Mercy on behalf of sinners. I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. This is the prayer:
“O Blood and Water which gushes forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.”
“Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My Hands are crowned with Mercy.”
“…encourage the souls with whom you come in contact to trust in My infinite mercy. Oh, how I love those souls who have complete confidence in Me. I will do everything for them.”
“I am giving you a share in the redemption of mankind. You are solace in My dying hour.”
“God has promised a great grace to you and to all those who proclaim My great Mercy. I shall protect them Myself at the hour of death, as My own glory. And even if the sins of souls are as dark as night, when the sinner turns to My mercy, he gives Me the greatest praise and is the glory of My passion. When a soul praises My goodness, Satan trembles before it and flees to the very bottom of hell.”
“With souls that recourse to My mercy and with those that glorify and proclaim My great mercy to others, I will deal accordingly to My infinite mercy at the hour of their death.”
“Souls who spread the honor of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior. At that last hour, a soul has nothing with which to defend itself except My mercy. Happy is the soul that during its lifetime immersed itself in the fountain of Mercy, because justice will have no hold on it."
“Apostle of My mercy, proclaim to the whole world My unfathomable mercy. Do not be discouraged by the difficulties you encounter in proclaiming My mercy. These difficulties that affect you so painfully are needed for your sanctification and as evidence that this work is Mine.”
“From all My wounds, like from streams, mercy flows for souls. But the wound in My Heart is the fountain of unfathomable mercy. From this fountain spring all graces for souls. The flames of compassion burn Me. I desire greatly to pour them out upon souls. Speak to the whole world about My mercy."
“I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it.”
“I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first – by deed, the second – by word, the third – by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy, and I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.”
“…write this for the many souls who are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul. If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy.”
“Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My Grace.”
“My gaze from this image is like My gaze from the cross."
“I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature, “Jesus, I Trust in You.”
“Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My Infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy."
“The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death.”
“My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet …. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. When hardened sinners say it, I will fill their souls with peace, and the hour of their death will be a happy one.”
“At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelopes the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son.”
“…. when they say the chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior."
“My daughter, help Me to save a certain dying sinner. Say the chaplet that I have taught you for him.” When Sister Faustina began to say the chaplet, she saw the man dying in the midst of terrible torment and struggle. His Guardian Angel was defending him, but he was powerless against the enormity of the soul’s misery. A multitude of devils was waiting for the soul. But while she was saying the chaplet, she saw Jesus as He is depicted in the [Divine Mercy] image. The rays which issued from Jesus’ Heart enveloped the sick man and the powers of darkness fled in panic.”
“Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties, obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have the most need of trust, and have it the least. Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer.”
“… as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice.”
“The prayer of a humble and loving soul disarms the anger of My Father and draws down an ocean of blessings.”
“There is more merit to one hour of meditation on My Sorrowful Passion than there is in a whole year of flagellation that draws blood. The contemplation on My painful wounds is of great profit to you, and it brings Me great joy.”
“I give great graces to souls who meditate devoutly on My Passion.”
“Pray for souls that they be not afraid to approach the tribunal of My mercy. Do not grow weary of praying for sinners. You know what a burden their souls are to My Heart. Relieve My deathly sorrow; dispense My mercy.”
“The loss of each soul plunges me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to me is the prayer for the conversion of sinners. [“O Blood and Water which gushes forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.” p. 102] Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.”
“… I am very pleased that you confide your fears to Me, my daughter. Speak to Me about everything in a completely simple and human way; by this you will give Me great joy. I understand you because I am God-Man. This simple language of your heart is more pleasing to Me than the hymns composed in My honor. Know, My daughter, that the simpler your speech is, the more you attract Me to yourself.”
“My daughter…why do you not tell Me about everything that concerns you, even the smallest details. Tell Me about everything, and know that this will give Me great joy.”
“Pure love gives the soul strength at the moment of dying. When I was dying on the cross, I was not thinking about Myself, but about poor sinners, and I prayed for them to My Father. I want your last moments to be completely similar to Mine on the cross. There is but one price at which souls are bought, and that is suffering united to My suffering on the cross. Pure love understands these words; carnal love will never understand them.”
“…There are souls living in the world who love Me dearly. I dwell in their hearts with delight. But they are few…. They are a defense for the world before the justice of the Heavenly Father and a means of obtaining mercy for the world. The love and sacrifice of these souls sustain the world in existence.”
“My daughter, if you knew what great merit and reward is earned by one act of pure love for Me, you would die for joy. I am saying this that you may constantly unite yourself with Me through love, for this is the goal of the life of your soul.”
“A single act of pure love pleases Me more than a thousand imperfect prayers. One of your sighs of love atones for many offenses …. The smallest act of virtue has unlimited value in My eyes because of your great love for Me."
“Know, My daughter, that if your soul is filled with the fire of My pure love, then all difficulties dissipate like fog before the sun’s rays and dare not touch the soul.”
“Although My greatness is beyond understanding, I commune only with those who are little. I demand of you a childlike spirit.”
“….with childlike simplicity talk to Me about everything, for My ears and heart are inclined towards you, and your words are dear to Me.”
“My daughter, be always like a little child towards those who represent Me, otherwise you will not benefit from the graces I bestow on you through them."
“My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity . Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy….Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy."
“….And who knows about this feast? … Even those who knows about this feast…. those who should be proclaiming My mercy and teaching people about it, do not know about it themselves. That is why I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. And I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it.”
“This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of My tender mercies. Every soul believing and trusting in My mercy will obtain it.”
“…. I will strengthen you in peace and in courage so that your strength will not fail in carrying out My designs. Therefore, you will cancel out your will absolutely…. My complete will shall be accomplished in you. Write these words on a clean sheet of paper, “From today on, my own will does not exist…. I do the will of God everywhere, always, and in everything.” Be afraid of nothing; love will give you strength and make the realization of this easy.”
“My daughter, you give Me most glory by patiently submitting to My will, and you win for yourself greater merit than that which any fast or mortification could ever gain for you. Know that if you submit your will to Mine, you draw upon yourself My special delight. This sacrifice is pleasing to Me and full of sweetness. I take great pleasure in it; there is power in it."
“True greatness of the soul is in loving God and in humility.”
“Today, penetrate into the spirit of My poverty and arrange everything in such a way that the most destitute will have no reason to envy you. I find pleasure, not in large buildings and magnificent structures, but in a pure and humble heart.”
“Know that a pure soul is humble.”
“….you always please me with your humility. The greatest misery does not stop Me from uniting Myself to a soul, but where there is pride, I am not there.”
“My daughter, I assure you of a permanent income on which you will live. Your duty will be to trust completely in My goodness, and My duty will be to give you all you need. I am making Myself dependent upon your trust; if your trust is great, then My generosity will be without limit.”
“Do not fear anything. I am with you. These matters are in My hands and I will bring them to fruition according to My mercy, for nothing can oppose My will”
“I desire trust from My creatures. Encourage souls to place great trust in My fathomless mercy. Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to approach Me, for even if it have more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all would be drowned in the un-measurable depths of My mercy.”
“Tell [all people], my daughter, that I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust , I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls.”
“How painfully distrust of My goodness wounds Me! Sins of distrust wound Me most painfully.”
“Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy…..Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy….before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…”
“…[urge] all souls to trust in the unfathomable abyss of My mercy, because I want to save them all. On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls—no one have I excluded!”
“The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is – trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them.”
“My daughter, know that you give Me greater glory by a single act of obedience than by long prayers and mortifications”
Yes, when you are obedient, I take away your weakness and replace it with My strength.”
“Know, My daughter, that I do not grant My graces to proud souls, and I even take away from them the graces I have granted.”
“My daughter, you gave Me greater pleasure by rendering Me that service [assisting a seriously ill person] than if you had prayed for a long time…. Whatever you do for your neighbor, you do for Me.”
“I thirst, thirst for the salvation of souls. Help Me, My daughter, to save souls. Join your sufferings to My Passion and offer them to the heavenly Father for sinners.”
“Know, My daughter, that your silent day-to-day martyrdom in complete submission to My will ushers many souls into heaven. And when it seems to you that your suffering exceeds your strength, contemplate My wounds and you will rise above human scorn and judgment. Meditation on My passion will help you rise above all things.”
“My Secretary, write that I am more generous towards sinners than toward the just. It was for their sake that I came down from heaven; it was for their sake that My blood was spilled. Let them not fear to approach Me; they are most in need of My mercy.”
“Oh, how painful it is to Me that souls so seldom unite themselves to Me in Holy Communion. I wait for souls, and they are indifferent toward Me. I love them tenderly and sincerely, and they distrust Me. I want to lavish my graces upon them, and they do not want to accept them….In order that you may know at least some of My pain, imagine the most tender of mothers who has great love for her children, while those children spurn her love. Consider her pain. No one is in a position to console her. This is but a feeble image and likeness of My love.”
“My daughter, write that it pains Me very much when religious souls receive the Sacrament of Love merely out of habit, as if they did not distinguish this food. I find neither faith nor love in their hearts. I go to such souls with great reluctance. It would be better if they did not receive Me.”
“I desire to unite Myself with human souls; My great delight is to unite Myself with souls. Know, My daughter, that when I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay any attention to Me; they leave Me to Myself and busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I am that souls do not recognize Love! They treat Me as a dead object.”
“…. understand that the strength by which you bear sufferings comes from frequent Communions. So approach this fountain of mercy often, to draw with the vessel of trust whatever you need.”
“But I want to tell you that eternal life must begin already here on earth through Holy Communion. Each Holy Communion makes you more capable of communing with God throughout eternity.”
“Tell souls where they are to look for solace; that is, in the Tribunal of Mercy [the Sacrament of Reconciliation]. There the greatest miracles take place [and] are incessantly repeated. To avail oneself of this miracle, it is not necessary to go on a great pilgrimage or to carry out some external ceremony; it suffices to come with faith to the feet of my representative and to reveal to him one’s misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy will be fully demonstrated. Were a soul like a decaying corpse so that from a human standpoint, there would be no [hope of] restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full.”
“Do not be afraid of your Savior, O sinful soul….do not run away from your Father; be willing to talk openly with your God of mercy who wants to speak words of pardon and lavish His graces on you. How dear your soul is to Me! I have inscribed your name upon My hand; you are engraved as a deep wound in My Heart.”
“…when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flow down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself entirely in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you.”
“… Know that as often as you come to Me, humbling yourself and asking for forgiveness, I pour out a superabundance of graces on your soul, and your imperfection vanishes before My eyes, and I see only your love and humility. You lose nothing but gain much…"
“My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of my goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let My Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain."
“….have great love for those who cause you suffering. Do good to those who hate you…..It is not always within your power to control your feelings. You will recognize that you have love if, after having experienced annoyance and contradiction, you do not lose your peace, but pray for those who have made you suffer and wish them well."
Excerpts from St. Faustina's Diary
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