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.