. Between 1930 and 1938 Christ appeared to Sister Faustina, a Sister of Mercy in Poland who initiated the Divine Mercy devotion. She was canonized on April 30, 2000, the Sunday after Easter, the Feast of Divine Mercy. On Good Friday, 1937, Jesus requested that St. Faustina make a special novena before the Feast of Mercy, from Good Friday through the following Saturday. Jesus also asked that a picture be painted according to the vision of Himself as the fountain of mercy. He gave her a chaplet to be recited and said that it was appropriate to pray the chaplet at three o’clock each afternoon (the Hour of Great Mercy).
Saint Faustina is of interest to me because my husband’s family is from Poland. His grandmother was a nun in the early 1900’s and his grandfather was a priest. We only learned of this a few years ago when DS, the younger interviewed GMA for a history of origin project. She had not known for very long, only the younger daughter was told apparently. She, aunt Mary, became a nun as a young woman. They fled to the USA just before the beginning of WWI he before her as she was pregnant with their second child. I can’t imagine how terrifying it must have been.I plan to expand on this entry.