Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul

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Saint Faustyna Kowalska

Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul is a book by Faustyna Kowalska, now a Roman Catholic saint. [1] The book is based on the contents of her diary from 1934 until her death, in 1938. [2]


The handwritten pages of Kowalska's diary turned into about 700 printed pages and were published as the book Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul. [2] The book reflects her thoughts, prayers and her reported visions and conversations with Jesus on Divine Mercy. [2] Kowalska's Vatican biography quotes some of her reported conversations with Jesus from her diary. [3]

Jesus Central figure of Christianity

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Divine Mercy Catholic devotion

The Divine Mercy is a devotion to Jesus Christ associated with the apparitions of Jesus to Saint Faustina Kowalska. The venerated image under this Christological title refers to what Kowalska's diary describes as "God's loving mercy" towards all people, especially for sinners. Kowalska was granted the title "Secretary of Mercy" by the Holy See in the Jubilee Year of 2000. Kowalska reported a number of apparitions during religious ecstasy which she wrote in her diary, later published as the book Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul. The two main themes of the devotion are to trust in Christ's endless goodness, and to show mercy to others acting as a conduit for God's love towards them.

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The Image of the Divine Mercy or more correctly the Image of Merciful Jesus is a depiction of Jesus based on the devotion initiated by Saint Faustina Kowalska.

Divine Mercy Sunday holiday celebrated on the Sunday after Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave Day of Easter. The feast day is observed by Roman Catholic as well as some Anglicans. It is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus, and is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Church

<i>The Story of a Soul</i> book by Thérèse of Lisieux

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  1. Saints of the Jubilee by Tim Drake 2002 ISBN   978-1-4033-1009-5 pp. 85-95
  2. 1 2 3 A Divine Mercy Resource by Richard Torretto 2010 ISBN   1-4502-3236-1 pp. 84-85
  3. Vatican biography of Faustina Kowalska

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