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The Catholic observance of the Sunday of Divine Mercy has its origins with Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun born in the early 1900s who reported visions of Jesus and visitations with Him. Saint Faustina said that Jesus asked her to paint the vision of His merciful divinity being poured out from His sacred heart, with the words "Jesus, I trust in you." Jesus also asked her for a feast of Divine Mercy to be established on the first Sunday after Easter.
The image of Divine Mercy – painted by Saint Faustina in 1931 – is considered sacred by Catholics around the world. Many see it as a conduit of grace as part of the Divine Mercy message. The image is a reminder to all Christians of God's mercy in giving of His only son for our salvation. It also underlines Jesus’ instructions that Christians are to spread His mercy in deed, word and prayer.