Image of the Divine Mercy
I am offering people a vessel – said Lord Jesus to Sister Faustina – 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).
The convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Płock is a place where the Merciful Lord Jesus first revealed Himself to St. Sister Faustina Kowalska. It was then that Faustina received the instruction to paint the image according to the revealed vision. The event took place on 22nd February 1931. Lord Jesus addressed the following words to her:
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). 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).
There is Jesus's gesture of blessing and two specific rays in the painting. Jesus called them the rays of mercy. One of them – the red – symbolizes blood, while the other – the pale – water that flowed from Jesus' s Heart pierced by the spear on the cross. The words written below the image call to complete trust in God's goodness.
The image is an instrument that serves Jesus to distribute graces and a vessel that people use to draw the graces from the source of Mercy. This is also a sign that reminds about the call to practice mercy through deeds, words and prayer.
Jesus asks for the public devotion to the image in the churches all over the world, especially on the Feast of Divine Mercy. The devotion lies mainly in the attitude of trust in God's mercy and active love towards the others.