75 years ago…

The desi­re of Lord Jesus, which Saint Fau­sti­na wro­te in her Dia­ry, was ful­fil­led: 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. (Dia­ry, 47). And so it came to pass. On April 16, 1944, on the Second Easter Sun­day, the con­fes­sor of the Apo­stle of Divi­ne Mer­cy, a Jesu­it priest, Father Józef Andrasz, bles­sed the Ima­ge of Mer­ci­ful Jesus, which is still today display­ed in the Sanc­tu­ary of Divi­ne Mer­cy in Cra­cow, in the district of Łagiew­ni­ki. In a very short time, the Ima­ge of Divi­ne Mer­cy has beco­me renow­ned for nume­ro­us gra­ces. Its copies and repro­duc­tions were spre­ading all over the world. The faith­ful were gathe­ring in the mona­ste­ry cha­pel to ask for God’s Mer­cy. And Jesus ful­fil­led and con­ti­nu­es to ful­fill tho­se pro­mi­ses that He asso­cia­ted with the vene­ra­tion of the Ima­ge: the gift of eter­nal salva­tion, a gre­at pro­gress on the path to holi­ness, the gra­ce of a hap­py death and many more, accor­ding to His own words: By means of this Ima­ge I shall be gran­ting many gra­ces, so let eve­ry soul have access to it (Dia­ry, 570). Let us, then, con­ti­nu­ously appro­ach this Foun­ta­in of Mer­cy with a living faith. Let us come with a ves­sel of trust to draw gra­ces which mer­ci­ful God has pre­pa­red for tho­se who vene­ra­te this Ima­ge.