On March 23, 1937 Saint Faustina wrote in her diary:
Suddenly, God's presence took
hold of me, and at once I saw myself in Rome, in Holy Father's chapel and at
the same time I was in our chapel.1
And the celebration of the Holy Father and the entire Church was closely
connected with our chapel and, in a very special way, with our Congregation.
And I took part in the solemn
celebration simultaneously here and in Rome, for the celebration was so
closely connected with Rome that, even as I write, I cannot distinguish the
two but I am writing it down as I saw it. I saw the Lord Jesus in our chapel,
exposed in the monstrance on the high altar. The chapel was adorned as for a
feast, and on that day anyone who wanted was allowed in 2.
The crowd was so enormous that the eye could not take it all in.
Everyone was participating in
the celebrations with great joy, and many of them obtained what they desired.
The same celebration was held
in Rome, in a beautiful church, and the Holy Father, with all the clergy, was
celebrating this Feast, and then suddenly I saw Saint Peter, who stood between
the altar and the Holy Father. I could not hear what Saint Peter said but I
saw that the Holy Father understood his words...
Then suddenly, I saw how the
two rays, as painted in the picture, issued from the Host and spread over the
whole world. This lasted only a moment, but it seemed as though it had lasted
all day, and our chapel was overcrowded all day long, and the whole day
abounded in joy.
Then suddenly I saw on our
altar the living Lord Jesus, just as He is depicted in the image. Yet I felt
that the sisters and all the people did not see the Lord Jesus as I saw Him.
Jesus looked with great
kindness and joy at the Holy Father, at certain priests, at the entire clergy,
at the people and at our Congregation.
Then, in an instant, I was
caught up to stand near Jesus, and I stood on the altar next to the Lord
Jesus, and my spirit was filled with a happiness so great that I am unable to
comprehend it or write about it.
A profound peace as well as
repose filed my soul. Jesus bent toward me and said with great kindness:
What is it you desire, My
And I anwered: I desire worship
and glory be given to Your mercy.
I already am receiving
worship by the institution and celebration of this Feast? what else do you
I then looked at the immense
crowd worshiping The Divine Mercy and I said to the Lord:
bless all those who are gathered to give glory to You and to venerate Your
Jesus made a sign of the cross
with His hand, and this blessing was reflected in the souls like a flash of
light. My spirit was engulfed in His love. I felt as if I had dissolved and
disappeared completely in God.
When I came to myself, a
profound peace was flooding my soul, and an extraordinary understanding of
many things was communicated to my intellect, an understanding that had not
been granted me previously.
I am immensly happy,
altough I am the last of all; and I would not change anything of what God has
(1044 - 1049)
Cracow - Lagiewniki.
chapel of the Congregation was open only to the sisters and wards
at the time. It
was only during the German occupation that it was opened to the
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