Notes for the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska (Notes 116-123) for par. 561-570

Second Notebook – Notes 116-123 (for paragraphs 561-570)

116. Pinafore, or apron, could mean several things. For children it was a substitute for a shirt, and Sister Faustina had this in mind.

117. Sister Faustina probably saw the house of the Congregation of the Most Merciful Redeemer at Mysliborz.

118. Probably Father Ladislaus Wantuchowski, S.J., who looked after the Congregation of the Most Merciful Redeemer for ten years while Father Sopocko was in hiding.

119. A lash, whip, or similar instrument for the infliction of pain, used by religious as a means of doing penance.

120. Probably the fasts on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

121. The church in Poland accepted the practice that in each quarter of the year, three days – Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, called “Ember days” – were set aside for fasting and penitence, and special prayers were said for priests and for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

122. At that time fasting was obligatory on the eve of the following feasts: Pentecost, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and All Saints.

123. Some communities, including the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, by solemn act elected the Mother of God as their Superior General, and entrusted to her all matters of this and future life. The act took place on August 5, 1937, at the General House in Warsaw, with all the superiors participating. Then the act was repeated in all the houses on August 15, 1937, with the participation of all the sisters of the Congregation.