Faustina Kowalska was born in Poland on August 25, 1905. Faustina was a remarkable child who knew from an early age that she was called to have a religious life. At the young age of 20, she made the decision to join a convent in Warsaw. As she continued to grow and develop in her own faith and spirituality, she was blessed with inspiration to develop the Divine Mercy image. This unique image depicted Jesus and his holy and forgiving heart. The Divine Mercy image was meant to act as a reminder that Jesus will always forgive your sins when you come to him with your troubles, and he will always be there for you and with you. Due to the special connection that St. Faustina had with Jesus, Catholics often bring their special intercessions through her with a St. Faustina prayer request.
We will print and place your prayer request on the Stone of Anointing; the place where Christ’ body was laid down after being removed from the crucifix and prepared for burial.
What is Saint Faustina the Patron Saint For?
One of the questions that Catholics usually ask is “What is Saint Faustina the patron saint for?”. The answer is that St. Faustina has a unique position in the church in light of the fact that she is categorized as being an apostle of divine mercy.
The reason that St. Faustina is known as being the apostle of divine mercy is due to the fact that Jesus appeared to her and specifically tasked her with developing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy which also revolved around a very special and unique image. It goes without saying that St. Faustina was a truly holy woman and one that all Catholics should look up to and aspire to be like.
Prayer Request to St. Faustina
One of the wonderful things about a prayer request to St. Faustina is the fact that these prayers are something that you can say in the peace of your own heart and be of your own origination or you can opt to follow the model that several people before you have laid down. One of the examples of a popular prayer request to St. Faustina is as follows:
My sins render me unworthy of Your Mercy, but be mindful of Saint Faustina’s spirit of sacrifice and self-denial, and reward her virtue by granting the petition which, with childlike confidence, I present to You through her intercession. Saint Faustina, pray for us.
Prayers by St. Faustina
The prayers that St. Faustina put together during her lifetime are seemingly endless. Here are a few examples of prayers by St. Faustina that you can incorporate into your prayer life:
O Jesus, I want to live in the present moment, to live as if this were the last day of my life. I want to use every moment scrupulously for the greater glory of God, to use every circumstance for the benefit of my soul. I want to look upon everything from the point of view that nothing happens without the will of God. God of unfathomable mercy, embrace the whole world and pour Yourself out upon us through the merciful Heart of Jesus.
O Jesus, stretched out upon the cross, I implore You, give me the grace of following faithfully the most holy will of Your Father in all things, always and everywhere. And when this will of God seems to me very harsh and difficult to fulfill, it is then I beg You, Jesus, may power and strength flow upon me from Your wounds, and may my lips keep repeating – Your will be done, O Lord (…) O most compassionate Jesus, grant me the grace to forget myself that I may live totally for souls, helping You in the work of salvation, according to the most holy will of Your Father…
What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy For?
As a result of developing the Divine Mercy image, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayer request was created. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy consists of three prayers that are commonly known to any Catholic which are as follows:
- Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.
- Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
- The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
- The Eternal Father
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
Prayer for the Intercession of St. Faustina
Although there are many different types of St. Faustina prayer request, one of the most powerful prayer request options is the prayer for intercession which goes as follows:
O Jesus, You inspired Saint Faustina with profound veneration for Your boundless Mercy. Grant me through her intercession, if it be Your holy will, the grace …for which I fervently pray. My sins render me unworthy of Your Mercy, but be mindful of Saint Faustina’s spirit of sacrifice and self-denial, and reward her virtue by granting the petition which, with childlike confidence, I present to You through her intercession.
Prayer to Saint Faustina by St. Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II was an incredibly holy man who would go on to become a saint in his own right. Although today there are many people that offer a prayer to St. John Paul II, during his lifetime Pope John Paul II put together his own special St. Faustina prayer request.
And you, Faustina, a gift of God to our time, a gift from the land of Poland to the whole Church, obtain for us an awareness of the depth of Divine Mercy; help us to have a living experience of it and to bear witness to it among our brothers and sisters. May your message of light and hope spread throughout the world, spurring sinners to conversion, calming rivalries and hatred, and opening individuals and nations to the practice of brotherhood. Today, fixing our gaze with you on the Face of the Risen Christ, let us make our own prayer of trusting abandonment and say with firm hope:”Jesus, I trust in You!”.