By Christina Hermoso
The Roman Catholic Church marks Saturday, October 5, the life and works of Saint Faustina, the revered Apostle of the Divine Mercy.
Holy masses in her honor will be offered at 6 a.m., 12 noon, and at 6 p.m. at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Mandaluyong City. Feast masses will also be celebrated at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Marilao, Bulacan, where the world’s tallest Divine Mercy statue at 100 feet is located.
Rites will also be observed in all Divine Mercy Shrines all over the world, particularly at her major shrine in Krakow, Poland.
St. Faustina, a nun at the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland, had visions of Jesus Christ in 1931. According to accounts, the Lord appeared to her with a message of mercy for mankind and asked her to help spread devotional prayers like the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Three O’clock Habit.
Today, the Three O’clock Habit has become a daily devotional prayer for many Catholics for the conversion of sinners, forgiveness of sins, and the salvation of mankind.
St. Faustina had the Divine Mercy image painted with the inscription, “Jesus, I trust in You.”