St Faustina wrote in her diary on 22 February 1931: In the evening, when I was in my cell, I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand [was] raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red, the other pale. In silence I kept my gaze fixed on the Lord; my soul was struck with awe, but also with great joy. After a while, Jesus said to me, “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 [then} throughout the world”’.

St Faustina tried to fulfil the command but was unable to do it by herself. However, the subject remained in her mind. She kept returning to it and sought help from other sisters and from her confessors. Later, she was sent to Vilnius, where her confessor, Fr Michael Sopocko, asked the artist Eugene Kazimierowski to paint the picture according to Sister Faustina’s instructions. The picture was finished in June 1934 and was the only painted image Sr Faustina actually saw.

May St Faustina’s prayers inspire us to place ourselves constantly under the stream of Divine Mercy, and may God bless you this day.