The image of the
Divine Mercy originates from a vision that Sister Faustina had in Plock on February 22,
1931. In that vision Christ expressed His desire to have such an image painted and that
the words in the signature beneath it be:
Jesus, I trust in You.
The Image represents the risen Christ, whose hands and feet bear the
marks of the Crucifixion. From His pierced Heart, not visible in the image, two rays issue
forth: red and pale. When asked
about their meaning, Jesus explained, 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 very depths of My tender mercy when my
agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. In other words, these two rays signify
the Sacraments, and also the Holy Church born of the pierced side of Christ, as well as
the gifts of the Holy Spirit, of which water is a symbol in Scripture.
Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter for the just hand of God
shall not lay hold of him....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 ~ By means of this image,
I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to
it. I promise that the soul that shall 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.
the world about My mercy; let all
mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times;
after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them
have recourse to the fount of My mercy; let them profit from the Blood and
Water which gushed forth for them. Before I come as a just judge, I first
open wide the doors of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the doors of
My mercy must pass through the doors of My justice.