In her ‘Diary’ Sister Faustina depicted the canonization ceremony many years before the event took place. Although she did not know the invention of the television or the telebridge – communication through a satellite – on the 23rd March, 1937, she had a vision during which she saw that the ceremony would take place in Rome and in Cracow simultaneously. Thanks to technological inventions, the participants in the canonization ceremony, which took place on the 30th April, 2000, were able to experience it at the same time whether they were in Rome or in Cracow. Therefore, her prophetic vision of the canonization ceremony in Rome and Cracow, as well as the prophecy that the Feast of Mercy would be instituted for the whole Church, were fulfilled. This is how Sister Faustina described the ceremony herself:
“Suddenly, the Divine presence inundated me and I saw myself in Rome, in the Holy Father’s chapel, while at the same time I was in our own chapel, and the ceremony celebrated by the Holy Father and the entire Church was closely connected with our chapel and, in a special way, with our Congregation; I was participating at the same time in the service held in Rome and in our chapel. Since our ceremony was so closely linked with Rome, I don’t exactly know how to distinguish [between the two ceremonies], but that’s what I saw and that’s what I’m writing. I saw Jesus exposed in a monstrance on the great altar in our chapel. The chapel was decorated for a feast day, and on this day it was open to everyone, anyone who wanted [to attend]. The crowds were so huge that I couldn’t see an end to them. They were all taking part in the ceremony with great joy, and many received what they had asked for. The same ceremony was being held in Rome in a beautiful church, and the Holy Father and all the clergy were celebrating it; and suddenly I saw St. Peter standing between the altar and the Holy Father. I couldn’t hear what St. Peter said, but I realised that the Holy Father understood him… (…)
Suddenly, I saw the two rays that are in the painting come out of the Sacred Host and go round the whole world. It happened in a flash but seemed to last a whole day, and on that day our chapel was overcrowded, and the entire day was full of joy.
And suddenly, I saw Jesus alive on our altar, the way He is in the painting. But I felt that none of the sisters nor the people could see Jesus as I see Him. Jesus looked with such graciousness and joy at the Holy Father, certain priests, and all the clergy, all the people, and our Congregation.
Suddenly, I was snatched up close to Jesus, and I stood on the altar next to Him. My spirit was filled with such great bliss that I can neither comprehend nor describe it in writing. A profound peace and serenity inundated my soul. Jesus turned to me and said graciously, “What do you wish for, My daughter?” And I replied, “I want Your mercy praised and glorified.” “I am already being praised through the institution and celebration of this Feast, is there anything else that you want?” I looked at the huge crowds praising Divine mercy and said to the Lord, “Jesus, bless all the people who have gathered to give praise to You, to Your infinite mercy.” Jesus made a sign of the cross with His hand to bless them; the blessing was reflected as a light shining on their souls. My spirit was immersed in His love; I felt as if I had melted and disappeared in God. When I came round, there was a profound peace flooding my soul, and my mind was granted an extraordinary understanding of many things that had been incomprehensible to me before” (Diary, 1044-1048).