On December 8, 1937, the Mother of God appeared to St. Faustina (known for the Divine Mercy apparitions) at the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Vilnius, Poland (now located in Lithuania). Here is St. Faustina's description of the apparition:

"The Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Before Holy Communion I saw the Blessed Mother inconceivably beautiful. Smiling at me, She said to me:

"My daughter, at God's command I am to be, in a special and exclusive way your Mother; but I desire that you, too, in a special and exclusive way, be My child.

"I desire, My dearly beloved daughter, that you practice the three virtues that are dearest to Me and most pleasing to God. The first is humility, humility, and once again, humility; the second virtue, purity; the third virtue, love of God. As My daughter, you must especially radiate with these virtues."

"When the conversation ended She pressed me to Her Heart and disappeared. When I regained the use of my senses, my heart became so wonderfully attracted to these virtues; and I practice them faithfully. They are as though engraved in my heart."1

Work Cited

1Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in my Soul: The Diary of Sr. M. Faustina Kowalska, #1414-1415 (Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press, 1987), 502-503.

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