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Saint Faustina Kowalska, Messenger of Mercy (ESS) Book Guide
Saint Faustina Kowalska, Messenger of Mercy (ESS) Book Guide
Posted by Kim on April 05, 2013 08:31 Article Rating

We all have our prayer rituals.  Some of us pray in the morning.  Some of us pray at night.  We all pray at church.  We may add extra prayers when we need help or are especially grateful for a blessing.  But few of us “pray without ceasing” as St. Paul encourages us to do (1 Th 5:17).  St. Faustina prayed without ceasing.  Even as a child she prayed while she did her chores.  Jesus was always in her heart, every minute of every day.  As many people in her religious community knew, she was very close to Jesus.  To pray without ceasing is a daunting task, so I propose that we start small by  resolving to pray more.  One prayer here, another there, will help us all grow closer to Jesus.

Reflection Questions

  1. Helena woke up early to start chores to help her family go to Mass together.  Have you ever put in a little extra effort to help your family with a problem? 
  2. Helena prayed all the time and always asked Jesus for advice.  Is there a time during your day when you can pray while you do something else?  Who do you  talk to when you need advice?
  3. It was a long time before Helena was able to pursue her vocation as a religious sister.  Have you ever had to be patient about something that you were very excited for?  What did waiting feel like?  What did it feel like when you got what you were waiting for?
  4. How do you think Sr. Faustina felt when people thought that she was faking her illness out of laziness?

Art Connection

Look up the Divine Mercy painting on the internet.  Using whatever medium you prefer, try to make your own Divine Mercy image.

 

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