Anniversary of the canonization of St. Faustina 2024

On April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II welcomed Sr. Faustina, our patron, to the company of saints. On that day, he also established the Feast of Mercy for the whole Church. In St. Peter’s Square in Rome he said: 

“Sr Faustina’s canonization has a particular eloquence:  by this act I intend today to pass this message on to the new millennium. I pass it on to all people, so that they will learn to know ever better the true face of God and the true face of their brethren.

In fact, love of God and love of one’s brothers and sisters are inseparable, as the First Letter of John has reminded us:  “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments” (5: 2). Here the Apostle reminds us of the truth of love, showing us its measure and criterion in the observance of the commandments.

It is not easy to love with a deep love, which lies in the authentic gift of self. This love can only be learned by penetrating the mystery of God’s love. Looking at him, being one with his fatherly heart, we are able to look with new eyes at our brothers and sisters, with an attitude of unselfishness and solidarity, of generosity and forgiveness. All this is mercy!”

Let these words of the late Pontiff create in us a new desire to open our hearts to the experience of Divine Mercy and to show it to those among whom we live our everyday life.