On February 22, 1931, Sister Faustina* records in her Diary: “I saw Jesus dressed in a white garment. He held one hand raised in blessing and the other hand was touching his garment at the breast. From under the garment came two rays of light, one red, the other pale.”
Jesus said: “Paint a picture according to the vision you see and with the signature ‘Jesus, I trust in You’. I desire that this picture be venerated first in your chapel and then throughout the whole world.”
Later, Sr Faustina’s Spiritual Director told her to ask Jesus what the rays signified, and Jesus explained to her:
“The rays represent the Blood and Water which gushed forth from the depths of My Mercy when My agonising Heart was pierced on the cross. The pale rays symbolise the water, which cleanses and purifies the soul; the red rays represent the blood, which gives new life to the soul. These rays will shield the soul before the justice of My Father. Fortunate are those who live in this shelter, for the justice of God will not reach them there.”
St Faustina writes in her Diary: “The Lord permitted me to see the immensity and greatness of His Mercy. If souls could only realise how much God loves them! Earthly human understanding is only a pale shadow of the reality.” Jesus pleaded for help in seeking the return, through His Mercy, of all who have lost their faith and offended God.
“Write, the greater the sinner, the greater the Mercy. Summon all those to confidence in the incomprehensible depth of My Mercy, for I desire to save all. The well of Mercy was opened wide with a lance on the cross, for all souls. I do not exclude anyone.”
Again and again, Our Lord visited Sister Faustina and repeated His appeal to sinners, calling them to His open arms. “Know, My daughter, that My Heart is Mercy Itself. From this sea of mercy graces pour out upon the whole world. No souls that come to Me depart without being comforted. All misery vanishes in My Mercy: and every grace, redemptive and sanctifying, stems from this source.”
On another occasion, Jesus complained of our lack of trust in Him: “Distrust tears at My Heart. The lack of confidence in chosen souls hurts Me most. Despite My inexhaustible love, they do not trust Me.
Tell ailing mankind to draw close to My Merciful Heart and I will fill them with peace. Mankind will not find solace until it turns with confidence to My Mercy and love.”
Our Lord instructed St Faustina to paint His Image with the signature “Jesus I trust in You”. Our Lord wished the Image to be venerated and attached a great promise to it:
I promise that the soul that will venerate this Image will not perish. I further promise to that soul victory over enemies here on earth especially at the hour of death. I Myself shall defend that soul as My own glory…”
There is considered opinion that Jesus meant each of us to personally sign this Image: “Jesus I trust in You”.
*ABOUT SAINT FAUSTINA:
Helena Kowalska was born on August 25, 1905, in the village of Glogowiec, in Poland. She was the third of ten children. Her parents were poor but they taught their children the love of God, and respect for other people. Her whole life was characterised by those virtues.
When she was twenty years old, she entered the apostolic congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, where as a humble and hard-working sister, she lived the final thirteen years of her short life. Fervent love of God and all humanity led her to the summit of self-sacrifice and heroism. She distinguished herself by a special devotion to Jesus with great trust in His Divine Mercy, which she endeavoured to instill into everyone who came to know her.
She died in the odour of sanctity on October 5th, 1938, in the convent of her congregation at Lagiewniki in Cracow, Poland, and was buried there in her community’s cemetery. During the informative process of her beatification, her remains were transferred from the cemetery to the convent chapel, where they now lie in a reliquary at the side of the altar. The remains may in time be moved to a final resting place in the new basilica now complete, beside the convent.