St. Faustina Kowalska is such an amazing saint!
In her diary, she wrote a vast number of accounts regarding her visions and spiritual encounters.
The book is more than 600 pages, but there are so many wonderful prayers, spiritual experiences and interesting stories that make it difficult to put down!
It’s a long book, but I highly recommend it. Try reading a couple of pages at a time!
St. Faustina had a fascinating spiritual encounter with her Guardian angel in a garden in 1934. A nun she knew was dying, but there was no way for her to know it at time.
With the help of St. Faustina’s guardian angel, the nun spoke to Faustina while she died, and they weren’t even in the same city!
Here’s the incredible story of St. Faustina’s account:
“When I went to the garden one afternoon, my Guardian Angel said to me, ‘Pray for the dying.’
“And so I began at once to pray the rosary with the gardeners for the dying. After the rosary, we said various prayers for the dying. After the prayers, the wards began to chat gayly among themselves.
“In spite of the noise they were making, I heard these words in my soul, ‘Pray for me!’
“But as I could not understand these words very well, I moved a few steps away from the wards, trying to think who it could be who was asking me to pray.
“Then I heard the words: ‘I am Sister …’
“This sister was in Warsaw while I was, at the time, in Vilnius.
“‘Pray for me until I tell you to stop. I am dying.’
“Immediately, I began to pray fervently for her, [addressing myself] to the expiring Heart of Jesus. She gave me no respite, and I kept praying from three [o’clock] until five.
“At five, I heard the words, ‘Thank you!’ and I understood that she had died. But during Holy Mass on the following day, I continued to pray fervently for her soul.
“In the afternoon, a postcard came saying that Sister … had died at such and such a time. I understood that it was at the same hour when she had said to me, ‘Pray for me.'”
The Hour of Mercy
While we are not completely sure which sister she referred to, the footnotes of her diary say that it was “probably Sister Philomena Andrejko, who died in Warsaw on July 13, 1934, at 4:45 pm.”
Although this happened before Jesus revealed the Divine Mercy Chaplet to St. Faustina, it seemed to foreshadow what was to come.
Her guardian angel approached her at 3:00 pm to pray for a dying soul, and she continued praying for two hours.
While the Hour of Mercy is from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, this still reiterates the importance of this hour, specifically because Jesus died during this time.
Jesus said this about the three o’clock hour:
“At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony.
“This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion. (Diary of St. Faustina, 1320)
The graces granted to a dying soul:
Faustina heard, “At the hour of their death, I defend as my own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the pardon is the same.
“When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son.” (Diary of St. Faustina, 811)