Sunday, July 8, 2012

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina, a book review

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul a compilation of notebooks written by then Sister Maria Faustina, secretary to Our Lord, published by Marian Press. St. Faustina's diary is made up of Sister Maria Faustina's notebooks that were written between the years 1934 and 1938. Sister Maria Faustina was a young Polish nun with the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. St. Maria Faustina's diary is filled with beautiful passages detailing her longing for Jesus, her struggles with her health, and her strive for sacrifice. Jesus told Sister Maria Faustina to keep a diary and and to record all the things He told her. All of the words that Jesus spoke to Sister Maria Faustina are typed in bold print in all versions of The Diary, which is printed in several languages, and availible in paperback and leather bond forms. I have also seen The Diary in cassette and CD. Many people I know read this as more a devotional type of book, and keep it close by at all times. The Diary comes with an index in the back, there is a concordance that is also available along with a prayer companion booklet. Pope Blessed John Paul II was a huge motivator in the publishing and spreading of the message of Divine Mercy, which was the reason behind Jesus asking Sister Maria Faustina to record what He said to her in her note books. And in His asking her to have a picture painted with the phrase "Jesus I Trust in You", and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The Diary is full of Jesus' need to have us turn to Him in trust and seek His mercy, this is a message that needs to be shared with everyone we meet, Catholic or not. I highly recommended the paperback of this book to have on hand to give to people you know.
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Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi