Veneration of The Divine Mercy Image

The Image of The Divine Mercy - A Gift from Heaven

The Apparition of Jesus, The Divine Mercy to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
Artwork by Tommy Canning, Used with Permission

Jesus Wants the Veneration of His Image as
The Divine Mercy

On February 22, 1931 Jesus appeared to St. Faustina with rays radiating from His heart and said,

“Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: JESUS I TRUST IN YOU. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and throughout the world.” (Diary 47)

“The two rays denote Blood and Water. the pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.” (Diary 299)

“By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.” (Diary 742)

“I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over its enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I myself will defend it as My own glory.” (Diary 48)

“I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: "Jesus, I Trust in You." (Diary 327)

A Little-known Promise of Protection

Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, former vice-postulator for the cause of St. Faustina in North America, shared these comments in a talk given in Florida on Oct. 13, 2003 (taken from Divine Mercy Images) .

In one of the first booklets that St. Faustina’s confessor, Father Sopocko, published, he mentioned a promise made by Jesus regarding the veneration of the Image of Himself that He told Faustina to paint, that we cannot find neither in the diary nor in her letters. Before St. Faustina was told by her spiritual director to keep a diary of her spiritual experiences, she used to record those, about which she thought she ought to inform him, on pieces of paper and give them to him. The Sister who was the vice-postulator for Poland knew that there was a collection of these which ultimately must have been given to the investigatory tribunal that was to inspect her writings, and it’s possible that this promise was mentioned among those papers. Anyway, Father Sopocko knew about it and I’m sure that if it wasn’t true, he would not have included it in that booklet. It was a promise that Jesus made:

“I will save those cities and houses in which this Image will be found.”

He also said:

“I will likewise protect the persons who will honor and trust in My Mercy.”

There were many reports of incidents sent to us by people who said they believed this promise, and enthroned an Image of The Divine Mercy in their homes and summer camps, and on numerous occasions their places were miraculously preserved from damage.”

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