In 1935, when she was just 25 years old, a young Polish nun by the name of Helen Kowalska (later canonized, Saint Faustina) saw an apparition of Jesus clothed in white. According to her diary, He wanted a painting done of His image with the words “Jesus, I trust in you” inscribed below with the red and pale blue rays emanating from His heart. He came bringing a message of mercy for all mankind.
The Catholic Church has come to celebrate this devotion particularly on Divine Mercy Sunday, today, and even has a set of special set of prayers that can be said using the rosary beads called the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
It’s comforting to know that when we surrender fully to Him, we can feel the warmth of those rays and His tender mercy reigning down on us.
Tonight, after dinner, we will celebrate with Divine Mercy Sundaes… just some vanilla ice cream with blueberries and chopped strawberries and we’ll talk about how we’re thankful for Jesus’s mercy in our lives.
For today’s children’s book recommendation… Sitting Like a Saint: Catholic Mindfulness for Kids. There’s a page on sweet St. Faustina. This book offers children exercises and reflections on how to practice mindfulness, accept our feelings while learning to control our expression of them, let go of fear and frustration, and learn to trust God – all while learning about some of the great saints of our faith.
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Jesus, I trust in you.