Wednesday 27 October 2021

Faustina Kowalska Messenger of Mercy - Susan Helen Wallace and Joan Waites - Encounter the Saints Series Book 23

Faustina Kowalska
Messenger of Mercy
Encounter the Saints Series Book 23
Susan Helen Wallace 
Joan Waites (Illustrator)
Pauline Books and Media
ISBN 9780819871015
eISBN 9781306806787

We have read over 30 books in this series so far. I started reading them, then started reading them with my three youngest children. My children and I love this series. We have read many of the books more than once. I have ready several books about Divine Mercy, and kept putting this one off. This one far exceeded my expectations. I read this one on my own on a quiet rainy Saturday afternoon. Over a couple large mugs of coffee. I read it on my own but my youngest two children notices I was read as I finished and have added it to their ‘to be read list’. 

This is an awesome series is! Between my three children and I we have now read nearly all of the books in this series. I read them either by myself, or with one or more child. My youngest 2 children ages 13, 10, still both love these books. And they have read or reread them to us. My son wants to have the complete set in his room, so he keeps asking to buy his own set, because he loves these books so much. We have picked up several volumes to donate to the school library. I would love to have the whole set in the school library as a resource when the students are picking confirmation saints. Every time we read a book in  the series we appreciate this series more. We also hope there will be more books released in the series in the future. I would love to see their handling of Saint Josemaria Escriva, Blessed Carlo Actus, … and many more. We would also like to  eventually see eBooks of all of the volumes in the series. With my dyslexia and my son’s eye tracking issues we both prefer eBooks where we can change page color, font size and font spacing. Now back to this specific book on Saint Andre Bessette. 

The description of this volume is:

“Growing up in war-torn Poland, Faustina felt the calling to give her life to God as a religious sister. As Jesus' "secretary," she carried out the important mission of teaching the world to trust in the limitless mercy of God. Jesus revealed the devotion to Divine Mercy through her, and with prayers and faith, she brought this message to the whole world! Blessed with many extraordinary gifts, including visions, prophecy, and invisible stigmata, few people knew the real depths of her spirituality.”

There are several different editions of this book, paperbacks and eBooks of various formats they were published between 2007 and 2012. It does not matter which edition you lay your hands on I am certain you will be blessed by reading of the book. 

The chapters in this volume are:

1. A Girl Named Helena
2. Tell Us a Story
3. A Secret of the Heart
4. Jesus Was Waiting
5. Drifting
6. Convent Life
7. A New Name
8. Challenges
9. Help from Heaven
10. Back to Glogowiec
11. Jesus’ Special Request
12. Toward the Goal
13. The Stranger
14. You Are a Saint
15. The Long Road Home
The Devotion to Divine Mercy

The prayer in this volume is:

“Saint Faustina, you have so much to teach us with your life. Jesus chose you to remind us that our Savior loves and accepts us as we are. You used all your energy to carry out God’s plan for you. Your day-to-day life wasn’t always easy. You were poor, and at times misunderstood by those who failed to recognize the love of Jesus in your heart. Jesus called the kingdom of heaven a treasure and a pearl of great price. You found that kingdom and that pearl in the Lord himself.

You preached Jesus’ mercy with your life, with the Diary you wrote, and with the painting you had made. You never imagined all the good that Jesus would do through you. Saint Faustina, please teach me to love and trust in our most merciful Jesus. Amen.”

The prayer in this volume is the very similar to the one as in the companion volume, The Saints Pray for Us, which has prays for the first 30 saints and blessed covered in the series. This book is a wonderful read. Learning about Saint Faustina Kowalska was a blessing. Learning about her early years which were a focus in this volume more so than some of the others I have read. For example:

“When Helena’s first Communion day arrived, she kissed each of her parents’ hands. “Papa, Mama, I’m so sorry for whatever I have done wrong. Please forgive me.” Her parents took turns hugging her, and Helena felt really ready to go to church and receive Jesus in Holy Communion.”

And also:

“The Kowalska girls owned only one dress that was good enough to wear to Sunday Mass. They would never wear their faded, shabby work clothes to worship God. Because the girls were close enough in size, they took turns wearing their only dress, handmade by Mama, to Sunday Mass.

On the Sundays when it wasn’t Helena’s turn to go to Mass, she prayed alone in her favorite quiet corner at home. She prayed for as long as she thought the Mass was going on at her parish church. Sometimes Mama would call Helena to perform a chore. If Helena didn’t respond right away, Mama realized the Mass must still be going on. As soon as prayer time was over, Helena would hurry to her mother and kiss her hand. “Don’t be angry, Mama,” she would say. “I was praying just as if I were there at church for Mass.””

This book was a fascinating read from beginning to end. It was hard to put down. It is one of my favourites in the series. I loved this book, and all three children and I love this series! We have now read over 30 of the books in the Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media. And everyone has been worth the read. An outstanding read in a wonderful series!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media:
Blessed James Alberione Media Apostle
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Journey to the Summit
Journeys with Mary Apparitions of Our Lady
Saint André Bessette Miracles in Montreal
Saint Anthony of Padua Fire and Light
Saint Bakhita of Sudan Forever Free
Saint Bernadette Soubirous And Our Lady of Lourdes
Saint Catherine Labouré And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Saint Clare of Assisi A Light for the World
Saint Damien of Molokai Hero of Hawaii
Saint Edith Stein Blessed by the Cross

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Daughter of America
Saint Faustina Kowalska Messenger of Mercy
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Cecchina's Dream
Saint Francis of Assisi Gentle Revolutionary
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla The Gift of Life
Saint Ignatius of Loyola For the Greater Glory of God
Saint Isaac Jogues With Burning Heart
Saint Joan of Arc God's Soldier
Saint John Bosco Champion for the Young
Saint John Neumann Missionary to Immigrants
Saint John Paul II Be Not Afraid
Saint John Vianney A Priest for All People
Saint Juan Diego And Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith
Saint Katharine Drexel The Total Gift
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque And the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Saint Martin de Porres Humble Healer
Saint Maximilian Kolbe Mary's Knight
Saint Paul The Thirteenth Apostle
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Rich in Love
Saint Teresa of Avila Joyful in the Lord
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Missionary of Charity
Saint Teresa of Kalkota Missionary of Charity

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