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What Was St. Faustina's Big, Mysterious Secret?

Robert Stackpole Answers Your Divine Mercy Questions

By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Nov 16, 2011)
There are indeed some mysterious passages in St. Faustina's Diary. One of the most intriguing ones is entry number 824, where St. Faustina writes:

In seclusion, Jesus Himself is my Master. He himself educates me and instructs me. I feel certain that I am the object of His special action. For His inscrutable purposes and unfathomable decrees, He unites me to Himself in a special way and allows me to penetrate His incomprehensible mysteries. There is one mystery which unites me with the Lord, of which no one — not even the angels — may know. And even if I wanted to tell of it, I would not know how to express it. And yet I live by it, and will live by it forever. This mystery distinguishes me from every other soul here on earth and in eternity.



One of the readers of this column, a woman named Carol, reminded me of this passage. She wrote:

I tried to understand entry 824 in the Divine Mercy Diary, but couldn't. ... Saint Faustina said Jesus unites me to Himself, a mystery of which no one, not even the angels, may know. And she says even if she wanted to tell of it she would not know how to express it. Can you help me understand this?



Well, Carol, I will certainly try. But the biggest problem in answering it is that, in a sense, it is unanswerable. Saint Faustina seems to be saying there is a particular mystery of the faith that unites her in a special way to Jesus — the secret of her soul, so to speak, and she would find it impossible to express this in words. Hence, precisely because this was the special "love-secret" between her and our Lord, there is really no way to know for sure what it was.

But that shouldn't stop us from guessing! Let's do a little detective work and see if we can get to the bottom of this mystery.

In entry 1489, St. Faustina talks about "secrets" in her heart that she cannot ever fully reveal, even to her confessor (so, it is evidently not a secret sin that she is talking about, and the "mystery" that specially unites her to Jesus, therefore, cannot be a special act of pardon for sin that she experienced). She writes:

O my merciful Lord, there are secrets in my heart which no one knows or ever will know except You because, even if I wanted to reveal them, no one would understand me. Your minister knows some because I confess to him, but he knows only a bit of these mysteries that I am capable of revealing: the rest remains between us for eternity, O my Lord!



In entry 278, St. Faustina writes about being drawn into the depths of the "secret love" of the "Heart" of the Savior:

At the feet of the Lord. Hidden Jesus, Eternal love, our Source of Life, Divine Madman, in that You forget yourself and see only us. Before creating heaven and earth, You carried us in the depths of Your Heart. O Love. ... Love is heaven given us already here on earth. Oh, why do You hide in faith? Love tears away the veil. There is no veil before the eye of my soul, for You yourself have drawn me into the bosom of secret love forever.



So, now we know that this mystery has something to do with the union of her heart with the "Heart" of Jesus.

She seemed to experience this special mystery above all in the union of her heart with the Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist. In entry 1721, therefore, she writes:

After Holy Communion, when I welcomed Jesus into my heart, I said to Him, "My love, reign in the most secret recesses of my heart, there where my most secret thoughts are conceived, where You alone have free access, in this deepest sanctuary where human thought cannot penetrate. May You alone dwell there, and may everything I do exteriorly take its origin in You. I ardently desire, and am striving with all the strength of my soul, to make You, Lord, feel at home in this sanctuary.



That is where the trail of evidence runs out — except for one more passage, which just might be the clue to it all. In Diary, entry 1242, Sr. Faustina exclaims with great emotion:

O My Jesus, each of your saints reflects one of Your virtues; I desire to reflect your compassionate Heart, full of mercy; I want to glorify it. Let Your Mercy, O Jesus, be impressed upon my heart and soul like a seal, and this will be my badge in this and the future life.



Could it be that the "mystery" she spoke about in entry 824 that unites her with Jesus in a "special" way — and that "distinguishes" her from every other soul — is Christ's answer to her perpetual prayer (reflected in 824) that He would impress upon her heart the merciful, compassionate love in His own "Heart"? Moreover, she said in 824 that this special mystery would be what she would "live by" her whole life long. "Let your Mercy, O Jesus, be impressed upon my heart like a seal," she prayed in entry 824. And suppose that is precisely what He did, over and over, especially in the Holy Eucharist! Among all the saints, she was to be distinguished as the one who would have that "Mercy" most deeply impressed on the heart, so that it became her distinguishing "badge" in this life and the life to come.

Saint Faustina offered up, again and again, prayers like this one (Diary, entry 163): "I want to be completely transformed into your mercy, and to be Your living reflection, O Lord."

Suppose our Lord's answer to her prayers was simply, "Yes"?

Robert Stackpole, STD, is director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. His latest book is Divine Mercy: A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI (Marian Press). Got a question? E-mail him at questions@thedivinemercy.org.

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Bea — Nov 17, 2011 - 16:02 EST

Beautiful and helpful.

Brian — Nov 18, 2011 - 8:00 EST

Robert - spot on. Perfect answer. You really know the Diary and St Faustina wery well. Keep up this good work! Thank you.

Mary — Nov 18, 2011 - 20:21 EST

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him, who brings good news, good news?! Announcing peace, proclaiming news of happiness, our God reigns, our God reigns ! Our God reigns, our God reigns, our God reigns, our God reigns ! Our God reigns.

tom houston,tx — Nov 23, 2011 - 9:59 EST

What a great article, I believe she saint Faustina, is showing here, feelings expressed as Mysterious Secrets? These Secrets, I would like to suggest, they might be a better insight on her trying to express her attempts to be transformated into His likeness. Review these diary entry and see how they match up with Jesus request that He want us to transformed in to His likeness.

Look what the Pope John Paul ll, says, From the inside cover of the Devotion booklet, Pope John Paul says, β€œMan attains the merciful love of God, His mercy, to the extent that he himself is interiorly transformed in the spirit of that love toward his neighbor,” ( John Paul Rich in Mercy, 14)

Now look at these:

Diary: 137
Suddenly, when I had consented to the sacrifice with all my heart and all my will, God's presence pervaded me. My soul became immersed in God and was inundated with such happiness that I cannot put in writing even the smallest part of it. I felt that His Majesty was enveloping me. I was extraordinarily fed with God. I saw that God was well pleased with me and, reciprocally, my spirit drowned itself in Him. Aware of this union with God, I felt I was especially loved and, in turn, I loved with all my soul. A great mystery took place during that adoration, a mystery between the Lord and myself. It seemed to me that
I would die of love (at the sight of) His glance. I spoke much with the Lord without uttering a single word. And the Lord said to me, "You are the delight of My Heart; from today on, everyone of your acts, even the very smallest, will be a delight to My eyes, whatever you do". At that moment I felt transconsecrated. My earthly body was the same, but my soul was different; God was now living in it with totality of His delight. This is not a feeling, but a conscious reality that nothing can obscure.

Dairy: 483:
O God, how I desire that souls come to know You and to see that You have created them because of Your unfathomable love. O my Creator and Lord, I feel that I am going to remove the veil of heaven so that earth will not doubt Your goodness.
Make of me, Jesus, a pure and agreeable offering before the Face of Your Father. Jesus, transform me, miserable and sinful as I am, into Your own self (for You can do all things), and give me to Your Eternal Father. I want to become a sacrificial host before You, but an ordinary wafer to people. I want the fragrance of my sacrifice to be known to You alone. O Eternal God an unquenchable fire of supplication for Your mercy burns within me. I know and understand that this is my task, here and in eternity. You yourself have told me to speak about this great mercy and about Your goodness

Dairy: 1242
My Jesus, penetrate me through and through so that I might be able to reflect You in my whole life. Divinize me so that my deeds may have supernatural value. Grant that I may have love, compassion and mercy for every soul without exception. O my Jesus, each of Your saints reflects one of Your virtues; I desire to reflect Your compassionate Heart, full of mercy, I want to glorify it. Let Your mercy, O Jesus, be impressed upon my heart and soul like a seal, and this will be my badge in this and the future life. Glorifying Your Mercy is the exclusive task of my life.

Also Look at Diary 1692:

YES. Saint Faustina offered up, again and again, prayers like this one (Diary, entry 163): "I want to be completely transformed into your mercy, and to be Your living reflection, O Lord."

Jesus I Trust in YOU!

Tom Houston — Jan 12, 2012 - 14:42 EST

Let's look into this issue.

One of the most intriguing ones is entry number 824, where St. Faustina writes:

In seclusion, Jesus Himself is my Master. He himself educates me and instructs me. (during Holy Mass , I saw the Lord Jesus nailed upon the cross amidst great torment, a soft moan issued from His Heart after some time he saiD," I thrist. I thrist for the salvation of souls, help Me, help Me, My daughter to save souls.." 1032


I feel certain that I am the object of His special action. For His inscrutable purposes and unfathomable decrees, He unites me to Himself in a special way and allows me to penetrate His incomprehensible mysteries.

There is one mystery ( this mystery why me?) which unites me with the Lord, of which no one β€” not even the angels β€” may know.


And even if I wanted to tell of it, I would not know how to express it. And yet I live by it,

(in diary 218 she says." I feel certain my mission will not come to an end upon my death but will begin(

and will live by it forever.

This mystery (being united with the Father throught His belived Son) distinguishes me from every other soul here on earth and in eternity.

Tom Houston — Jan 13, 2012 - 23:46 EST

Article says, --seemed to experience this special mystery above all in the union of her heart with the Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist. In entry 1721, therefore, she writes:

(Let us perhapes think of this in the light of what Jesus mortal needs are.)

After Holy Communion, when I welcomed Jesus into my heart, I said to Him, "My love, reign in the most secret recesses of my heart, there where my most secret thoughts are conceived, where You alone have free access, in this deepest sanctuary where human thought cannot penetrate. May You alone dwell there, and may everything I do exteriorly take its origin in You. I ardently desire, and am striving with all the strength of my soul, to make You, Lord, feel at home in this sanctuary.

(St. Faustina heart is her special secret place where she hold her love for Jesus, so when Jesus tells her in diary 1397, His personal feeling she want to shelter Him like He shelters souls. why does he need shelter? Well, Jesus says, " The loss of each soul plunges me into mortal sadness. You always console me when you pray for sinners the prayer most pleasing to me is prayers for the conversion of sinners." By offer Him her heart, her sanctuary , she can give Him joy in this earthly Abode while He handles His mortal sadness,and while she prays for sinners. Showing Him her great love. Her prayers will comfort Him during His sadness while He lives in her sanctuary.

Terry Fenwick — Jan 13, 2013 - 18:32 EST

Several times I have heard that Jesus told St. Faustina that not one person dies who does not see HIM before they die at the end. He is the last person they see. Where is that quote?


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