Catholic Divine Mercy Image

When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina Kowalska in 1931, He was clothed in a white garment, and His hand was raised in blessing. From His heart streamed two large rays, one red and one pale. “The two rays denote Blood and Water,” Jesus revealed to St. Faustina. “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 depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross.”

Jesus also told St. Faustina: “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. 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.”

Different versions of the image were painted, but Faustina was disappointed that none of them depicted Jesus as beautiful as she saw Him. Jesus consoled her, “Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace.” The most famous versions of the Divine Mercy image were rendered by Polish painters Eugene Kazimirowski (1934) and Adolf Hyla (1944).

Originally posted 2019-05-17 17:33:19.