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By Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC (Aug 2, 2011)
One reader asks: I've heard that St. Faustina was a prophet. What does this mean? Can you share some examples?

Answer: We can consider St. Faustina not only a mystic but a prophet, because of the nature of the extraordinary private revelations she received from our Lord. In fact, at the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy celebrated in Rome in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI called St. Faustina "a prophetic messenger of Divine Mercy."

A prophet is one chosen by God to bring His word to His people. Saint Faustina has done for us what the Old Testament prophets did for the people of their time. As our Lord told her, "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy" (Diary of St. Faustina, 300).

In her Diary, St. Faustina even prophesied the difficulties that would befall promoting the message of Divine Mercy. We see this fulfilled in the ban that was placed on the message and devotion for nearly 20 years and in all that her spiritual director, Blessed Michael Sopocko, suffered in seeking to continue her work (see Diary, 378).

She also prophesied that after the ban was lifted, "God will act with great power, which will give evidence of [the message and devotion's] authenticity. It will be a new splendor for the Church" (Diary, 378). This has been fulfilled in the pontificates of John Paul II and of Benedict XVI. Indeed, Pope John Paul II called St. Faustina "a gift of God to our time" and said she "was chosen by Christ to be a particularly enlightened interpreter of the truth of Divine Mercy."

Saint Faustina's ultimate mission in our day is to prepare the world for the Lord's Second Coming. "Secretary of My mercy," Jesus told her, "write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near!" (Diary, 965).

This is why now is the time to plead for Divine Mercy.

Father Joe Roesch, MIC, is the Marians' vicar general. He lives in Rome, Italy.

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Oscar - Sep 5, 2011

God's mercy is still at work in the world or we would have been dead by now considering the ungodly acts that mankind practices each day. For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Bill Manzano - Aug 11, 2011

Thanks Father Joe for the wonderful explanation. May I also share, we God's creation has the same responsibility like St. Faustina. That is to become the bearer and sharer of good news. We were not created by incident. God has plan on our existence and that is to be for God and His purpose. Each one of us has distinct mission and that mission is defined on our identity and true meaning of our existence. A lawyer might be reading this comment and it is for a lawyer to uphold the law and bring God's justice. A doctor might also be reading this comment and your mission is to bring God's healing. And a teacher and educator might also be reading this comment and your mission might be, to bring God's truth by education. Jesus is within each one of us to make us His prophet of His will... of His purpose.

Jim Amato - Aug 3, 2011

Very clear definition and clarity as to the purpose and mission of St. Faustina, Fr. Joe. Indeed, what St. Faustina started, was justified and further punctuated by the life and actions of Pope John Paul II. Jesus, in His Mercy, provides mankind many beautiful graces and gifts to prepare us for His kingdom - St. Faustina, the Message of Divine Mercy, and everything associated with it are further enhanced with the crowning touch through the gift in the grace of Pope John Paul II. His plan is so clear once we study the history of these two great saints. Praise God for His kindness and love he has shown us.

Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC - Aug 3, 2011

Thanks Deacon Bob. I always love it when you use baseball analogies! ;-)

Deacon Bob - Aug 2, 2011

Fr. Joe you hit another home run, thank you!
Pope John Paul II, the Great Mercy Pope, has told us that we are to be the prophetic bearers of Divine Mercy. You summed it up well by saying Now is the Time to plead for Divine Mercy. God Bless You!