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|1||O Eternal Love, You command Your Sacred Image to be painted|
|And reveal to us the inconceivable fount of mercy,
You bless whoever approaches Your rays,
And a soul all black will turn into snow.
O sweet Jesus, it is here You established the throne of Your mercy
To bring joy and hope to sinful man.
From Your open Heart, as from a pure fount,
Flows comfort to a repentant heart and soul.
May praise and glory for this Image
Never cease to stream from man's soul.
May praise of God's mercy pour from every heart,
Now, and at every hour, and forever and ever.
O My God
|2||When I look into the future, I am frightened,|
|But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.
It is no longer in my power,
To change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so, what the past has embraced I must entrust to God.
O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of your omnipotence.
And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater glory.
[Jesus, Mary, and Joseph]
|3||God and souls|
|King of Mercy, guide my soul.
|Sister M. Faustina
of the Blessed Sacrament
|Vilnius, July 28, 1934|
|4||O my Jesus, because of my trust in You,|
|I weave thousands of garlands, and I know That they will all blossom.
And I know that they will all blossom
When God's sun will shine on them.
+ O great and Divine Sacrament
That veils my God!
Jesus, be with me each moment,
And no fear will enter my heart.
|+||Vilnius, July 28, 1934|
|J.M.J||+ First notebook|
|God and Souls.|
|5||Be adored, O Most Holy Trinity, now and for all time. Be adored in all Your works
and all Your creatures. May the greatness of Your mercy be admired and glorified, O God.
|6||I am to write down the encounters of my soul with You, O God, at the moments of
Your special visitations. I am to write about You, O Incomprehensible in mercy towards my poor
soul. Your holy will is the life of my soul. I have received this order through him who is for me
Your representative here on earth, who interprets Your holy Will to me. Jesus, You see how
difficult it is for me to write, how unable I am to put down clearly what I experience in my soul.
O God, can a pen write down that for which many a time there are no words? But You give the order
to write, O God; that is enough for me.
|Warsaw, August 1, 1925|
|Entrance into the Convent
|7||From the age of seven, I experienced the definite call of God, the grace of a
vocation to the religious life. It was in the seventh year of my life that, for the first time, I
heard God's voice in my soul; that is, an invitation to a more perfect life. But I was not always
obedient to the call of grace. I came across no one who would have explained these things to
|8||The eighteenth year of my life. An earnest appeal to my parents for permission to
enter the convent. My parents’ flat refusal. After this refusal, I turned myself over to the
vain things of life, paying no attention to the call of grace, although my soul found no
satisfaction in any of these things. The incessant call of grace caused me much anguish; I tried,
however, to stifle it with amusements. Interiorly, I shunned God, turning with all my heart to
creatures. However, God's grace won out in my soul.
|9||Once I was at a dance [probably in Lodz] with one of my sisters. While everybody
was having a good time, my soul was experiencing deep torments. As I began to dance. I
suddenly saw Jesus at my side, Jesus racked with pain, stripped of His clothing, all covered with
wounds, who spoke these words to me: How long shall I put up with you and how long will you
keep putting Me off? At that moment the charming music stopped, [and] the company I was with
vanished from my sight; there remained Jesus and I. I took a seat by my dear sister, pretending to
have a headache in order to cover up what took place in my soul. After a while I slipped out
unnoticed, leaving my sister and all my companions behind and made my way to the Cathedral of
Saint Stanislaus Kostka.
It was almost twilight; there were only a few people in the cathedral. Paying no attention to what was happening around me, I fell prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament and begged the Lord to be good enough to give me to understand what I should do next.
|10||Then I heard these words: Go at once to Warsaw; you will enter a convent
there. I rose from prayer, came home, and took care of things that needed to be settled. As
best I could, I confided to my sister what took place within my soul. I told her to say good-by to
our parents, and thus, in my one dress, with no other belongings, I arrived in Warsaw.
|11||When I got off the train and saw that all were going their separate ways, I was
overcome with fear. What am I to do? To whom should I turn, as I know no one? So I said to the
Mother of God, “Mary, lead me, guide me.” Immediately I heard these words within me telling me
to leave the town and to go to a certain nearby village where I would find a safe lodging for the
night. I did so and found in fact that everything was just as the Mother of God told me.
|12||Very early the next day, I rode back into the city and entered the first church I
saw [St. James Church at Grojecka Street in Ochota, a suburb of Warsaw]. There I began to pray to
know further the will of God. Holy Masses were being celebrated one after another. During one of
them I heard the words: Go to that priest [Father James Dabrowski, pastor of St. James’
Parish] and tell him everything; he will tell you what to do next. After the Mass I went to
the sacristy. I told the priest all that had taken place in my soul, and I asked him to advise me
where to take the veil, in which religious order.
|13||The priest was surprised at first, but told me to have strong confidence that God
would provide for my future. “For the time being,” he said, “I shall send you to a pious
lady [Aldona Lipszycowa] with whom you will stay until you enter a convent.” When I called
on this lady, she received me very kindly. During the time I stayed with her, I was looking for a
convent, but at whatever convent door I knocked, I was turned away. Sorrow gripped my heart, and I
said to the Lord Jesus, “Help me; don't leave me alone.” At last I knocked on our door.
|14||When Mother Superior, the present Mother General Michael came out to meet me, she
told me, after a short conversation, to go to the Lord of the house and ask whether He would
accept me. I understood at once that I was to ask this of the Lord Jesus. With great joy, I went
to the chapel and asked Jesus: “Lord of this house, do You accept me? This is how one of these
sisters told me to put the question to You.”
Immediately I heard this voice: I do accept; you are in My Heart. When I returned from the chapel, Mother Superior asked first of all, “Well, has the Lord accepted you?” I answered, “Yes.” “If the Lord has accepted, [she said] then I also will accept.”
|15||This is how I was accepted. However, for many reasons I still had to remain in the
world for more than a year with that pious woman [Aldona Lipszycowa], but I did not go back to my
At that time I had to struggle with many difficulties, but God was lavish with His graces. An ever greater longing for God began to take hold of me. The lady, pious as she was, did not understand the happiness of religious life and, in her kindheartedness began to make other plans for my future life. And yet, I sensed that I had a heart so big that nothing would be capable of filling it. And so I turned with all the longing of my soul to God.
|16||It was during the octave of Corpus Christi [June 25, 1925]. God filled my soul
with the interior light of a deeper knowledge of Him as Supreme Goodness and Supreme Beauty. I
came to know how very much God loves me. Eternal is His love for me. It was at vespers. In simple
words, which flowed from the heart, I made to God a vow of perpetual chastity. From that moment I
felt a greater intimacy with God, my Spouse. From that moment I set up a little cell in my heart
where I always kept company with Jesus.
|17||At last the time came when the door of the convent was opened for me - it was the
first of August , in the evening, the vigil [of a feast] of Our Lady of the Angels. I felt
immensely happy; it seemed to em that I had stepped into the life of Paradise. A single prayer was
bursting forth from my heart, one of thanksgiving.
|18||However, after three weeks I became aware that there is so very little time here
for prayer, and of many other things which spoke to my soul in favor of entering a religious
community of a stricter observance. This thought took a firm hold of my soul, but the will of God
was not in it. Still, the thought, or rather the temptation, was growing stronger and stronger to
the point where I decided one day to announce my departure to Mother Superior and definitely to
leave [the convent]. But God arranged the circumstances in such a way that I could not get to the
Mother Superior [Michael]. I stepped into the little chapel before going to bed, and I asked
Jesus for light in this matter. But I received nothing in my soul except a strange unrest which I
did not understand. But, in spite of everything, I made up my mind to approach Mother Superior the
next morning right after Mass and tell her of my decision.
|19||I came to my cell. The sisters were already in bed - the lights were out. I
entered the cell full of anguish and discontent; I did not know what to do with myself. I threw
myself headlong on the ground and began to pray fervently that I might come to know the will of
God. There is silence everywhere as in the tabernacle. All the sisters are resting like white
hosts enclosed in Jesus’ chalice. It is only from my cell that God can hear the moaning of a
soul. I did not know that one was not allowed to pray in the cell after nine without
After a while a brightness filled my cell, and on the curtain I saw the very sorrowful Face of Jesus. There were open wounds on His Face, and large tears were falling on my bedspread. Not knowing what all this meant, I asked Jesus, “Jesus who has hurt You so?” And Jesus said to me, It is you who will cause Me this pain if you leave this convent. It is to this place that I called you and nowhere else; and I have prepared many graces for you. I begged pardon of Jesus and immediately changed my decision.
The next day was confession day. I related all that had taken place in my soul, and the confessor answered that, from this, God's will is clear that I am to remain in this congregation and that I'm not even to think of another religious order. From that moment on, I have always felt happy and content.
|20||Shortly after this, I fell ill [general exhaustion]. The dear Mother Superior sent
me with two other sisters for a rest to Skolimow, not far from Warsaw. It was at that time that I
asked the Lord who else I should pray for. Jesus said that on the following night He would let me
know for whom I should pray.
[The Next night] I saw my Guardian Angel, who ordered me to follow him. In a moment I was in a misty place full of fire in which there was a great crowd of suffering souls. They were praying fervently, but to no avail, for themselves; only we can come to their aid. The flames which were burning them did not touch me at all. My Guardian Angel did not leave me for an instant. I asked these souls what their greatest suffering was. They answered me in one voice that their greatest torment was longing for God. I saw Our Lady visiting the souls in Purgatory. The souls call her "The Star of the Sea." She brings them refreshment. I wanted to talk with them some more, but my Guardian Angel beckoned me to leave. We went out of that prison of suffering.[I heard and interior voice] which said, My mercy does not want this, but justice demands it. Since that time, I am in closer communion with the suffering souls.
|21||End of postulancy [April 29, 1926] - My superiors [probably Mother Leonard and Mother Jane]
sent me to the novitiate in Cracow. An inconceivable joy reigned in my soul. When we arrived at
the novitiate, Sister [Henry] was dying. A few days later she came to me [in spirit, after her
death] and bid me to go to the Mother Directress of Novices [Sister Margaret] and tell her to ask
her confessor, Father Rospond, to offer one Mass for her and three ejaculatory prayers. At first I
agreed, but the next day I decided I would not go to Mother Directress, because I was not sure
whether this had happened in a dream or in reality. And so I did not go.
The following night the same thing was repeated more clearly; I had no more doubt. Still, in the morning I decided not to tell the Directress about it unless I saw her [Sister Henry] during the day. At once I ran into her in the corridor. She reproached me for not having gone immediately, and a great uneasiness filled my soul. So I went immediately to Mother Directress and told her everything that had happened to me. Mother responded that she would take care of the matter. At once peace reigned in my soul, and on the third day this sister came to me and said, "May God repay you."
|22||The day I took the [religious] habit, God let me understand how much I was to suffer. I
clearly saw to what I was committing myself. I experienced a moment of that suffering. But then
God filled my soul again with great consolations.
|23||Toward the end of the first year of my novitiate, darkness began to cast its shadow over my
soul. I felt no consolation in prayer; I had to make a great effort to meditate; fear began to
sweep over me. Going deeper into myself, I could find nothing but great misery. I could also
clearly see the great holiness of God. I did not dare to raise my eyes to Him, but reduced myself
to dust under His feet and begged for mercy. My soul was in this state for almost six months. Our
beloved Mother Directress [Mary Joseph] encouraged me in these difficult moments. But this
suffering became greater and greater.
The second year of the novitiate was approaching. Whenever I recalled that I was to make my vows, my soul shuddered. I did not understand what I was reading; I could not meditate; it seemed to me that my prayer was displeasing to God. It seemed to me that by approaching the Holy Sacraments I was offending God even more. But despite this, my confessor [Father Theodore] did not let me omit one single Holy Communion. God was working very strangely in my soul. I did not understand anything at all of what my confessor was telling me. The simple truths of the faith became incomprehensible to me. My soul was in anguish, unable to find comfort anywhere.
|24||One day, just as I had awakened, when I was putting myself in the presence of God, I was
suddenly overwhelmed by despair. Complete darkness in the soul. I fought as best I could till
noon. In the afternoon, truly deadly fears began to seize me; my physical strength began to leave
me. I went quickly to my cell, fell on my knees before the Crucifix and began to cry out for
mercy. But Jesus did not hear my cries. I felt my physical strength leave me completely. I fell to
the ground, despair flooding my whole soul. I suffered terrible tortures in no way different from
the torments of hell. I was in this state for three quarters of an hour. I wanted to go and see
the Directress, but was too weak. I wanted to shout but I had no voice. Fortunately, one of the
sisters [another novice, Sister Placida Putyra] came into my cell. Finding me in such a strange
condition, she immediately told the Directress about it. Mother came at once. As soon as she
entered the cell she said, "In the name of holy obedience get up from the ground." Immediately
some force raised me up from the ground and I stood up, close to the dear Mother Directress. With
kindly words she began to explain to me that this was a trial sent to me by God, saying, "Have
great confidence; God is always our Father, even when He sends us trials."
I returned to my duties as if I had come out from the tomb, my senses saturated with what my soul had experienced. During the evening service, my soul began to agonize again in a terrible darkness. I felt that I was in the power of the Just God, and that I was the object of His indignation. During these terrible moments I said to God, "Jesus, who in the Gospel compare Yourself to a most tender mother," I trust in Your words because You are Truth and Life. In spite of everything, Jesus, I trust in You in the face of every interior sentiment which sets itself against hope. Do what You want with me; I will never leave You, because You are the source of my life." Only one who has lived through similar moments can understand how terrible is this torment of the soul.
|25||During the night, the Mother of God visited me, holding the Infant Jesus in Her arms. My soul
was filled with joy, and I said, "Mary, my Mother, do You know how terribly I suffer?" And the
Mother of God answered me, I know how much you suffer, but do not be afraid. I share with you
your suffering, and I shall always do so. She smiled warmly and disappeared. At once, strength
and a great courage sprang up anew in my soul; but that lasted only one day. It seemed as though
hell had conspired against me. A terrible hatred began to break out in my soul, a hatred for all
that is holy and divine. It seemed to me that these spiritual torments would be my lot for the
rest of my life. I turned to the Blessed Sacrament and said to Jesus, "Jesus, my Spouse, do You
not see that my soul is dying because of its longing for You? How can You hide Yourself from a
heart that loves You so sincerely? Forgive me, Jesus; may Your holy will be done in me. I will
suffer silently like a dove, without complaining. I will not allow my heart even one single cry of
|26||26 End of the novitiate. The suffering does not diminish. Physical weakness dispenses me from
all [community] spiritual exercises; that is to say, they are replaced by brief ejaculatory
prayers. Good Friday [April 16, 1928] -Jesus catches up my heart into the very flame of His love.
This was during the evening adoration. All of a sudden, the Divine Presence invaded me, and I
forgot everything else. Jesus gave me to understand how much He had suffered for me. This lasted a
very short time. An intense yearning - a longing to love God.
|27||First vows [First profession of temporary vows, April 30, 1928]. An ardent desire to empty
myself for God by an active love, but a love that would be imperceptible, even to the sisters
closest to me.
However, even after the vows, darkness continued to reign in my soul for almost a half year. Once, when I was praying, Jesus pervaded all my soul, darkness melted away, and I heard these words within me: You are My joy; you are My heart's delight. From that moment I felt the Most Holy Trinity in my heart; that is to say, within myself. I felt that I was inundated with Divine light. Since then, my soul has been in intimate communion with God, like a child with its beloved Father.
|28||Once Jesus told me, Go to Mother Superior [probably Mother Raphael] and ask her to let you
wear a hair shirt for seven days, and once each night you are to get up and come to the
chapel. I said yes, but I found a certain difficulty in actually going to the Superior. In the
evening Jesus asked me, How long will you put it off? I made up my mind to tell Mother
Superior the very next time I would see her.
The next day before noon I saw Mother Superior going to the refectory and, since the kitchen, refectory and Sister Aloysia's little room are all close to each other, I asked Mother Superior to come into Sister Aloysia's room and told her of the wish of the Lord Jesus. At that, Mother answered, "I will not permit you to wear any hair shirt. Absolutely not! If the Lord Jesus were to give you the strength of a colossus, I would then permit those mortifications."
I apologized for taking up Mother's time and left the room. At that very moment I saw Jesus standing at the kitchen door, and I said to Him, "You commanded me to ask for these mortifications, but Mother Superior will not permit them." Jesus said, I was here during your conversation with the Superior and know everything. I don't demand mortification from you, but obedience. By obedience you give great glory to Me and gain merit for yourself.
|29||One of the Mothers [probably Mother Jane], when she learned about my close relationship with
the Lord Jesus, told me that I must be deluding myself. She told me that the Lord Jesus associates
in this way only with the saints and not with sinful souls "like you, Sister!" After that, it was
as if I mistrusted Jesus. In one of my morning talks with Him I said, "Jesus, are You not an
illusion?" Jesus answered me, My love deceives no one.
|30||+On one occasion I was reflecting on the Holy Trinity, on the essence of God. I absolutely
wanted to know and fathom who God is. ... In an instant my spirit was caught up into what seemed
to be the next world. I saw an inaccessible light, and in this light what appeared like three
sources of light which I could not understand. And out of that light came words in the form of
lightning which encircled heaven and earth. Not understanding anything, I was very sad. Suddenly,
from this sea of inaccessible light came our dearly beloved Savior, unutterably beautiful with His
shining Wounds. And from this light came a voice which said, Who God is in His Essence, no one
will fathom, neither the mind of Angels nor of man. Jesus said to me, Get to know God by
contemplating His attributes. A moment later, He traced the sign of the cross with His hand
|31||31 +Once I saw a big crowd of people in our chapel, in front of the chapel and in the street,
because there was no room for them inside. The chapel was decorated for a feast. There were
a lot of clergy near the altar, and then our sisters and those of many other congregations. They
were all waiting for the person who was to take a place on the altar. Suddenly I heard a voice
saying that I was to take the place on the altar. But as soon as I left the corridor to go across
the yard and enter the chapel, following the voice that was calling me, all the people began to
throw at me whatever they had to hand: mud, stones, sand, brooms, to such an extent that I at
first hesitated to go forward. But the voice kept on calling me even more earnestly, so I walked
When I entered the chapel, the superiors, the sisters, the students, and even my parents started to hit me with whatever they could, and so whether I wanted to or not, I quickly took my place on the altar. As soon as I was there, the very same people, the students, the sisters, the superiors and my parents all began to hold their arms out to me asking for graces; and as for me, I did not bear any grudge against them for having thrown all sorts of things at me, and I was surprised that I felt a very special love precisely for those persons who had forced me to go more quickly to my appointed place. At the same time my soul was filled with ineffable happiness, and I heard these words, Do whatever you wish, distribute graces as you will, to whom you will and when you will. Then, instantly, the vision disappeared.
|32||Another time I heard these words, Go to the Superior and ask her to allow you to make a
daily hour of adoration for nine days. During this adoration try to unite yourself in prayer with
My Mother. Pray with all your heart in union with Mary, and try also during this time to make the
Way of the Cross. I received the permission, though not for a full hour, but only for whatever
time was left me after I had carried out my duties.
|33||I was to make this novena for the intention of my Motherland. On the seventh day of the novena
I saw, between heaven and earth, the Mother of God, clothed in a bright robe. She was praying with
Her hands folded on Her bosom, Her eyes fixed on Heaven. From Her Heart issued forth fiery rays,
some of which were turned toward Heaven while the others were covering our country.
|34||When I told this and certain other things to my confessor, he replied that these might really
be coming from God, but that they might also be an illusion. Because of my frequent changes [of
assignments], I did not have a permanent confessor and besides, I had great difficulty in speaking
of these things. I prayed ardently that the Lord would give me that great grace-that is, a
spiritual director. But my prayer was answered only after my perpetual vows, when I went to
Vilnius. The priest was Father Sopocko. God had allowed me to see him in an interior vision even
before I came to Vilnius.
|35||Oh, if only I had had a spiritual director from the beginning, then I would not have wasted so
many of God's graces. A confessor can help a soul a great deal, but he can also cause it a lot of
harm. Oh, how careful confessors should be about the work of God's grace in their penitents'
souls! This is a matter of great importance. By the graces given to a soul, one can recognize the
degree of its intimacy with God.
|36||Once I was summoned to the judgment [seat] of God. I stood alone before the Lord. Jesus
appeared such as we know Him during His Passion. After a moment, His wounds disappeared except for
five, those in His hands, His feet and His side. Suddenly I saw the complete condition of my soul
as God sees it. I could clearly see all that is displeasing to God. I did not know that even the
smallest transgressions will have to be accounted for. What a moment! Who can describe it? To
stand before the Thrice-Holy God! Jesus asked me, Who are you? I answered, "I am Your
servant, Lord." You are guilty of one day of fire in purgatory. I wanted to throw myself
immediately into the flames of purgatory, but Jesus stopped me and said, Which do you prefer,
suffer now for one day in purgatory or for a short while on earth? I replied, "Jesus, I want
to suffer in purgatory, and I want to suffer also the greatest pains on earth, even if it were
until the end of the world." Jesus said, One [of the two] is enough; you will go back to
earth, and there you will suffer much, but not for long; you will accomplish My will and My
desires, and a faithful servant of Mine will help you to do this. Now, rest your head on My bosom,
on My heart, and draw from it strength and power for these sufferings, because you will find
neither relief nor help nor comfort anywhere else. Know that you will have much, much to suffer,
but don't let this frighten you; I am with you.
|37||Soon afterwards I became ill. Physical weakness was for me a school of patience. Only Jesus
knows how many efforts of will I had to make to fulfill my duty.
|38||In order to purify a soul, Jesus uses whatever instruments He likes. My soul underwent a
complete abandonment on the part of creatures; often my best intentions were misinterpreted by the
sisters, a type of suffering which is most painful; but God allows it, and we must accept it
because in this way we become more like Jesus. There was one thing which I could not understand
for a long time: Jesus ordered me to tell everything to my Superiors, but my Superiors did not
believe what I said and treated me with pity as though I were being deluded or were imagining
Because of this, believing myself to be deluded, I resolved to avoid God interiorly for fear of these illusions. But the grace of God pursued me at every step, and God spoke to me when I least expected it.
|39||+ One day Jesus told me that He would cause a chastisement to fall upon the most beautiful
city in our country [probably Warsaw]. This chastisement would be that with which God had punished
Sodom and Gomorrah. I saw the great wrath of God and a shudder pierced my heart. I prayed in
silence. After a moment, Jesus said to me, My child, unite yourself closely to Me during the
Sacrifice and offer My Blood and My Wounds to My Father in expiation for the sins of that city.
Repeat this without interruption throughout the entire Holy Mass. Do this for seven days. On
the seventh day I saw Jesus in a bright cloud and began to beg Him to look upon the city and upon
our whole country. Jesus looked [down] graciously. When I saw the kindness of' Jesus, I began to
beg His blessing. Immediately Jesus said, For your sake I bless the entire country. And He
made a big sign of the cross over our country. Seeing the goodness of God, a great joy filled my
|40||+The year 1929. Once during Holy Mass, I felt in a very special way the closeness of God,
although I tried to turn away and escape from Him. On several occasions I have run away from God
because I did not want to be a victim of the evil spirit; since others have told me, more than
once, that such is the case. And this incertitude lasted for quite some time. During Holy Mass,
before Communion, we had the renewal of vows. When we had left our kneelers and had started to
recite the formula for the vows, Jesus appeared suddenly at my side clad in a white garment with a
golden girdle around His waist, and He said to me, I give you eternal love that your purity may
be untarnished and as a sign that you will never be subject to temptations against purity.
Jesus took off His golden cincture and tied it around my waist.
Since then I have never experienced any attacks against this virtue, either in my heart or in my mind. I later understood that this was one of the greatest graces which the Most Holy Virgin Mary had obtained for me, as for many years I had been asking this grace of Her. Since that time I have experienced an increasing devotion to the Mother of God. She has taught me how to love God interiorly and also how to carry out His holy will in all things. O Mary, You are joy, because through You God descended to earth [and] into my heart.
|41||On one occasion I saw a servant of God in the immediate danger of committing a mortal sin. I
started to beg God to deign to send down upon me all the torments of hell and all the sufferings
He wished if only this priest would be set free and snatched from the occasion of committing a
sin. Jesus heard my prayer and, that very instant, I felt a crown of thorns on my head. The thorns
penetrated my head with great force right into my brain. This lasted for three hours; the servant
of God was set free from this sin, and his soul was strengthened by a special grace of God.
|42||+Once, on Christmas Day [ 1928], I felt the omnipotence and the presence of God surrounding
me. And once more I fled from this interior meeting with the Lord. I asked Mother Superior for
permission to go to Jozefinek to visit the sisters there. The Superior gave us permission,
and we started to get ready right after lunch. The other sisters were already waiting for me at
the door of the convent while I ran to my cell to get my cloak. On my way back, as I was passing
close to the little chapel, I saw Jesus standing in the doorway. He said to me, Go ahead, but I
am taking your heart. Suddenly I felt that I had no heart in my chest. But the sisters were
scolding me for lingering behind, saying that it was already getting late, so I quickly went along
with them. But a sense of uneasiness troubled me, and a strange longing invaded my soul, though no
one knew what was happening except God.
After we had been at Jozefinek for only a few minutes, I said to the sisters, "Let's go back home." The sisters asked for at least a moment's rest, but my spirit could find no peace. I explained that we must return before dark; and in as much as we had quite a distance to go, we immediately returned home. When Mother Superior met us in the hallway she asked me, "Haven't the sisters gone yet, or have they already returned?" I said that we had already returned because I did not want to be returning in the evening. I took off my cloak and immediately went to the little chapel. As soon as I entered Jesus said to me, Go to Mother Superior and tell her that you came back, not in order to reach home before dark, but because I had taken your heart. Even though this was very difficult for me, I went to the Superior, and I told her frankly the real reason why I had come back so soon, and I asked pardon of the Lord for everything that had displeased Him. And then Jesus filled me with great joy. I understood that apart from God there is no contentment anywhere.
|43||On one occasion I saw two sisters who were about to enter hell. A terrible agony tore my soul;
I prayed to God for them, and Jesus said to me, Go to Mother Superior and tell her that those
two sisters are in danger of committing a mortal sin. The next day I told this to the
Superior. One of them had already repented with great fervor and the other was going through a
|44||One day Jesus said to me, I am going to leave this house... because there are things here
which displease Me. And the Host came out of the tabernacle and came lo rest in my hands and
I, with joy, placed it back in the tabernacle. This was repeated a second time, and I did the same
thing. Despite this, it happened a third time, but the Host was transformed into the living Lord
Jesus, who said to me, I will stay here no longer! At this, a powerful love for Jesus rose
up in my soul. I answered, "And I, I will not let You leave this house, Jesus!" And again Jesus
disappeared while the Host remained in my hands. Once again I put it back in the chalice and
closed it up in the tabernacle. And Jesus stayed with us. I undertook to make three days of
adoration by way of reparation.
|45||Once Jesus said to me, Tell Mother General [Michael] that in this house ... such and such a
thing is being committed ... which displeases Me and offends Me greatly. I did not tell this to
Mother right away, but the uneasiness which the Lord made me feel did not permit me to wait a
minute longer, and I wrote immediately to Mother General, and peace returned to my soul.
|46||I often felt the Passion of the Lord Jesus in my body, although this was imperceptible [to
others], and I rejoiced in it because Jesus wanted it so. But this lasted for only a short time.
These sufferings set my soul afire with love for God and for immortal souls. Love endures
everything, love is stronger than death, love fears nothing...
+February 22, 1931
|47||In the evening, when I was in my cell, I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One
hand [was] raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast.
From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays,
one red, the other pale. In silence I kept my gaze fixed on the Lord; my soul was struck with awe,
but also with great joy. After a while, Jesus said to me, Paint an image according to the
pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated,
first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world.
|48||I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise
victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will
defend it as My own glory.
|49||When I told this to my confessor, I received this for a reply: "That refers to your soul." He
told me, "Certainly, paint God's image in your soul." When I came out of the confessional, I again
heard words such as these: My image already is in your soul. I desire that there be a Feast of
Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first
Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy.
|50||+I desire that priests proclaim this great mercy of Mine towards souls of sinners. Let the
sinner not be afraid to approach Me. The flames of mercy are burning Me - clamoring to be spent; I
want to pour them out upon these souls.
Jesus complained to me in these words, Distrust on the part of souls is tearing at My insides. The distrust of a chosen soul causes Me even greater pain; despite My inexhaustible love for them they do not trust Me. Even My death is not enough for them. Woe to the soul that abuses these [gifts].
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Published on Sunday of Pentecost - May 27, 2012
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