I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
and I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
and countless riches at her hands.
Canonisation of Sister Faustina was ”best day” of Pope John Paul II’s life
Tuesday 5 October last was the feast of Saint Mary Faustina. Helena Kowalska was born in 1905 in Poland. She was accepted by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, which she entered in 1925, taking her new name, Sister Faustina.
From 1931, Saint Faustina had several apparitions of Christ, through which He revealed His Divine Mercy. With the help of Father Michael Sopoćko the devotion to the Divine Mercy began. The famous image of Divine mercy was painted under the instruction of Saint Faustina and she wrote instructions for a Novena of the Divine Mercy, which was published in the final year of her life. She died on 5 October 1938.
Saint Faustina was beatified on 18 April 1993 and canonized on 30 April 2000 by Saint Pope John Paul II, who also established Divine Mercy Sunday as a feast day for the entire Church. The feast day falls on the Second Sunday of the Easter season. On that day, John Paul II declared, “This is the happiest day of my life.” Saint Pope John Paul II later died on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, 2 April 2005.
In Ireland, Saint Faustina is widely venerated through devotion to the Divine Mercy. Her prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet holds a special place of devotion amongst the faithful, especially when praying for the sick and dying.
As the feast day of Padre Pio happened during the week, we say a prayer to him asking for his continued intercession:-
Prayer for the Intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant,
St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds
of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness
to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son.
Endowed with the gift of discernment,
St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional
for the salvation of souls.
With reverence and intense devotion
in the celebration of Mass,
he invited countless men and women
to a greater union with Jesus Christ
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
I confidently beseech You to grant me
the grace of (here state your petition).
Glory be to the Father… (three times). Amen.