THE DIVINE MERCY IMAGE
On February 22, 1931, Sister Faustina went to her room for the night. Suddenly, Jesus stood before her pointing to the wound in his side from which rays were emanating. St. Faustina records the Merciful Lord's words in her diary:
“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 throughout the world.” (Diary, 47).
“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. I myself will defend it as My own glory.” (Diary, 48).
”I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature "Jesus, I trust in You." (Diary, 327).
St. Faustina struggled with this request. One confessor told her that the Lord meant to paint this image in her soul - instructions that the Merciful Lord quickly cleared up. Eventually the saint, with the help of her spiritual director, Fr Michael Sopocko, was able to have an artist paint the image. St Faustina visited and guided the artist, Eugene Kazimierowski, in 1934-1935. Yet, when the painting was finished, St Faustina wept on viewing it and exclaimed, "Who would paint You as beautiful as You are?" Jesus replied, "Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace." (Diary, 313).
According to Jesus' wishes, the painting was venerated first in Vilnius. Today it has spread throughout the world bringing the Merciful Savior face to face with souls and bringing about what Jesus called the time of mercy.
Jesus I Trust In You
If you have seen the Divine Mercy image, you have seen the words at the bottom of the image, "Jesus, I trust in You." Jesus specifically asked for these words. St Faustina records this in the Diary: “In the evening, when I was in my cell I saw he 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 (…) 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” (Diary, 47).
It's interesting that Jesus asked for the words, "Jesus I trust in You" rather than "Jesus, have mercy on me." Trust then, is an integral part of our response to Merciful Love. For St. Faustina, this trust is childlike and humble. The quality of our trust is the quality of our response to Christ’s unfathomable mercy toward us.