How the Image of Divine Mercy Came to Be (The Drew Mariani Show)

Do you struggle to believe that Jesus loves you and forgives you for your past sins? You might hold on to shame and think that Jesus holds your mistakes against you. Yet, Jesus wants you to know how infinite His mercy is, and that’s why He appeared to St. Faustina many years ago.

From a tender age, St. Faustina was graced with a special relationship with God, leading up to a life-changing vision at 18, where Christ, in His suffering, called her to religious life. Her obedience led her to the Sisters of Mercy, where her spiritual encounters deepened even more, receiving visitations not just from Christ, but also from the Virgin Mary and various saints. These experiences, profound and often hidden from many people, were meticulously documented in what is now known as the Diary of St. Faustina, under the divine instruction of her spiritual director.

St. Faustina’s legacy, all captured in her diary titled “Divine Mercy in My Soul,” spans over six notebooks, revealing insights into Christ’s teachings, prayers, and visions of the afterlife, including heaven, hell, and purgatory. Her writings, with no edits or corrections, offer you a glimpse into the depths of mystical theology, despite her minimal education.

The centerpiece of St. Faustina’s spiritual legacy is the Divine Mercy image, conceived during a vision in her convent cell. Christ appeared to her, asking her for the creation of an image with rays of mercy emanating from His heart, under the inscription “Jesus, I trust in You.” This image, intended for veneration worldwide, carries the promise of Christ’s protection and mercy for those who honor it.

The journey to bring this divine vision to life was filled with tears and heartache. St. Faustina, lacking artistic skill, struggled to find an artist capable of capturing the celestial beauty of the vision. The task eventually fell to Eugeniusz Kazimirowski, who, despite numerous attempts and guidance from St. Faustina, could never fully replicate the vision’s splendor. This was so hard for St. Faustina because she wanted so badly to have the image perfectly reflect what she witnessed firsthand. Yet, in this process, Jesus reminded her of this: the image’s power lies not in its artistic perfection but in the grace it embodies.

God’s boundless love and mercy is for you, no matter how far gone you might think you are. Turn to Jesus in Confession, hold on to the image of Divine Mercy, and share this important message with others. Jesus promises great graces to you if you trust in His mercy.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.