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Atructed monastic cell recons
Like other sisters of the Congregation, Sister Faustina’s cell was a small section of a large common bedroom. Each cell is separated from others by tall canvas screens. It had a bed, a nightstand, a desk and chair, hangers and daily toiletry items such as: wash bowl, jug with clean, cold water and a bucket for dirty water. The common bedroom had a closet for habits. Tile stoves heated the sleeping area. In the stove was a lockable storage area used to keep drinks for sick sisters.
 


Little Altar” from St. Faustina’s family home
Crucifix and faience* figurines of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These were purchased by Sister Faustina’s father, Stanislaw Kowalski, during a pilgrimage to Czestochowa. Helen was the one assigned to care of the „Little Altar” and she did so until she left home to work in another town. In 1993, Natalie Grzelak, St. Faustina’s blood sister, offered the Crucifix and figurines to The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
 
 

A St. Faustina's Lamp
Lamp that Sister Faustina used when writing her Diary in Vilnius. After World War II and the sisters’ departure from Vilnius, Sr. Justina Gołofit, a friend of Sister Faustina, kept the lamp.




 
Little mug of St. Faustina
Sister Faustina used it in the refectory in the Congregation’s convent in Krakow-Lagiewniki. Sr. Justina Gołofit kept this mug with her.
 





Cape of St. Faustina
Sr. Mauricia Rogala received this cape. She gave it to the Superior General Mother Paulina during the latter’s convent visitation in 1989.




 
 
Photocopy of the manuscript  of the “Diary” of Saint Faustina
The Diary” is a pearl of mystical literature. Sister Faustina wrote it mostly in Vilnius and Cracow in the years 1934-1938 at the express command of Jesus and her confessors. In it she described not only her extremely rich spiritual life but above all the message of Divine Mercy with which Christ is sending her to bring to the whole world. The manuscript of the Diary” is composed of six notebooks of varying thicknesses, its pages densely written on both sides (a total of 477 pages). The manuscript also includes notes entitled My Preparation for Holy Communion”. Pope John Paul II called her Diary” the Gospel of mercy written in the perspective of the twentieth century.
 
Instruments of corporal penance in the time of St. Faustina
  • Sisters may use them only with the superior’s permission.
  • Hairbelt, 
  • Waist Metal Cilice, 
  • Whip (also called the discipline) for flagellation
  • Iron bracelet
  •  Cross-shaped Cilice
 
Rosary
The habit worn by The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in the past included a large rosary which ended in a medallion with an image of the Holy Family on one side, and on the other, an image of St. Ignatius - a patron saint of the Congregation and founder of a school of spirituality that shaped the Congregation’s life. After the Second Vatican Council, when religious habits were simplified, the sisters took off the belt and rosary from the habit.
 
„Grzesznik” (literally means a sinner” – a form of counting beads)
A short thin piece of iron with 10 little metal curves (like a primitive, metal, decade rosary).  Pinned under the cape, it served as an aid for working on oneself, for example to help count daily victories and defeats. With such a counting tool, Sister Faustina, in the years 1935-1937 could make a novena of 1,000 Hail Mary’s daily (outside the time for common prayer) in preparation for the celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 



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