LINCOLN (SNR) – “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy,” a live one-woman drama will be presented at Pius X High School in Lincoln Sunday, March 30.
The theatrical production, performed by actress Maria Vargo and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, will take place in the L/PAC theater at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be a free-will offering, and the presentation is suitable for ages 12 and up. The event is sponsored by the Office for Evangelization of the Diocese of Lincoln.
The 90-minute drama portrays the spirit and life of Polish mystic St. Faustina, whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired a world-wide devotion to Christ’s Divine Mercy. A parallel modern story within the drama offers audiences a personal connection to current moral issues.
St. Faustina, who was born Helena Kowalska in 1905, into a large peasant family in Poland, and who joined the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw despite the protests of her parents spent most of her life doing menial work as a cook and as a gardener.
In 1930, Jesus appeared to St. Faustina in a white garment, with rays of white and red light emanating from near His heart. He asked her to paint His image, with the message, “Jesus, I trust in You” across the bottom. That was the beginning of a very special mission that took years to develop into a powerful devotion for the Church – the Divine Mercy.
Jesus continued to speak to Sister Faustina, and He gave her a special prayer, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which spread throughout the world. Faustina continued to keep a diary of her visions, until she died of tuberculosis in 1938.
Pope John Paul II who declared the Sunday after Easter as Mercy Sunday, and in April 2000, Faustina Kowalska was declared the first saint of the 21st Century.