The Eucharist in St. Faustina’s Diary

For the list of the word Eucharist in Vatican II a link is provided here. For the list of the word Eucharist in St. Paul VI’s encyclicals a link is provided here.

Sister Faustina’s Diary contains dozen and dozens of references to the Eucharist. The Diary is a testament of how deep and important the Eucharist should be in our own lives. I argue that the Diary in itself may even be described as largely a collection of St. Faustina’s interactions with the great sacrament with some other important events scattered throughout. I will let the reader decide how entwined the Eucharistic theme is with the theme of mercy. I had read the Diary several years ago and was deeply moved by the message. During some re-reading and re-evaluation, now in a different place in my life, the Eucharistic importance in the Diary stood out to me at a deeper level. I hope this post illuminates this part of the Diary.

Listed below are a the major Eucharistic references, although the reader should be aware that topics such as Eucharistic adoration, Mass, Bread of Life and other Eucharistic related topics could also be included to make the list comprehensive. Additionally, words such as host or communion have other meanings than the sacramental ones, a few of which do occur in the diary paragraphs listed below. The paragraph numbers follow the typical numbering provided in St. Faustina’s Dairy published by the Marian Fathers. I have refrained from quoting directly all or the vast majority the instances in the Diary which mention the great sacrament with the same detail and length as in earlier Eucharistic word count posts (linked above) to avoid copyright violations.

The word Eucharist is mentioned in paragraphs: [91] twice, [160],[360],[403],[504],[801],[1037], and [1334].

The word Eucharistic is mentioned in paragraphs: [360],[385],[925], and [1769].

The word Communion is mentioned in paragraphs: [20],[23],[27],[40],[64] twice,[85],[91] twice,[92],[105] three time,[107],[115],[136],[156] three times,[160] twice,[177],[183],[206],[309],[318],[324],[325],[336],[346],[375],[394] twice,[413],[434],[439],[451],[461],[467],[472],[473],[486],[493],[497],[532],[547],[558] four times,[566],[575] twice,[590],[594],[597],[603],[609] twice,[612] six times,[613] twice,[622],[626],[640],[644] twice,[648],[673], twice,[699],[707],[715],[717],[718],[735],[739],[757] twice,[767],[802],[808],[814] twice,[818],[826] three times,[835],[840] twice,[846] twice,[854],[873],[876] three times,[878] four times,[890],[894],[902] twice,[927],[932],[954],[968],[1019],[1034],[1037] four times,[1089],[1109],[1114],[1121],[1153],[1202],[1246],[1251],[1270],[1278],[1280],[1286],[1289],[1292],[1293],[1302] twice,[1310],[1343] twice,[1348],[1355] twice,[1377],[1385] twice,[1386],[1392],[1399],[1407],[1414],[1437],[1442],[1447],[1453],[1459],[1489],[1492],[1497],[1498],[1509] twice,[1519],[1527],[1551],[1560],[1598],[1608],[1611] four times,[1658] twice,[1670],[1676] four times,[1677],[1683],[1690],[1718],[1721],[1781] three times,[1802],[1803] twice,[1804] five times,[1807][1811] twice,[1815] twice,[1817],[1819],[1821] three times,[1824],[1826] four times, and [1827].

The word Communions is mentioned in paragraphs: [309],[878],[1487], and [1623].

The word host is mentioned in paragraphs: [44] three times, [159] three times, [160] nine times,[162],[182],[223],[230],[336],[344] twice,[356] thirty times,[395],[406],[413],[433],[434],[441] twice,[442],[483],[608],[616] three times,[641],[657],[751],[832],[867],[877],[896],[908] twice,[923],[949],[955],[980],[1037],[1046],[1056],[1078],[1136],[1138],[1140],[1233],[1239],[1264],[1302],[1322],[1350],[1407] twice,[1420],[1427],[1462],[1484],[1509],[1564] three times,[1569],[1591],[1622],[1629] eight times,[1658],[1677],[1742], and [1826] seven times.

The word hosts is mentioned in paragraphs:  [19],[288],[640] three times,[683],[709] twice,[1215], and [1658] twice.

The word Jesus-Eucharist is mentioned in paragraph:  [1393] twice.

The word Jesus-Eucharist is mentioned in paragraphs:  [877],[1264], and [1620].

Some of the highlights of these paragraphs include the follow abbreviated quotations.

[91] …”Every morning during meditations, I prepare myself for the whole day’s struggle. Holy Communion assures me that I will win the victory; and so it is. I fear the day when I do not receive Holy Communion. This Bread of the Strong gives me all the strength I need to carry on my mission and the courage to do whatever the Lord asks of me. The courage and strength that are in me are not of me, but of Him who lives in me – it is the Eucharist.

[360] “…In the morning during meditation, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharist Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past…”

[403] “…by evening I was already in Warsaw, Firstly I greeted the Lord of the house [Jesus in the Eucharist], and then I went to greet the whole community.

[640] “On the First Friday of the month, before Communion, I saw a large ciborium filled with sacred hosts. A hand placed the ciborium in front of me, and I took it in my hands. There were a thousand living hosts inside. Then I heard a voice, These are hosts which have been received by the souls for whom you have obtained the grace of true conversion during this Lent…

[877] “O Jesus concealed in the Host, my sweet master and faithful Friend, how happy my soul is to have such a Friend who always keeps me company. I do not feel lonely even though I am in isolation. Jesus-Host, we know each other – that is enough for me.

[878] “Naturally, I was suffering more, and so my temperature had gone up considerably . Consequently, he [the doctor] decided I must not go down for Holy Communion until my temperature dropped to normal. I said, “All right,” although pain seized my heart; but I said I would go only if I had no fever. So he agreed to that… in the evening, I said to the Lord, “Jesus, if my Communions are please to You, I beg You humbly, grant that I have not one degree of fever tomorrow morning…

[1264] “Jesus-Host, whom I have this very moment received into my heart, through this union with You I offer myself to the heavenly Father as a sacrificial host, abandoning myself totally and completely to the most merciful and holy will of my God…

[1393] “…Jesus-Eucharist, Immortal God, Who dwell in my heart without cease, When I posses you, death itself can do me no harm…”

[1487] “…But understand that the strength by which you bear sufferings comes from frequent Communions. So approach this fountain of mercy often, to draw with the vessel of trust whatever you need…” [words of Jesus recorded by St. Faustina’s]

[1620] “Jesus-Host, if You Yourself did not sustain me, I would not be able to persevere on the cross. I would not be able to endure so much suffering. But the power of Your grace maintains me on a higher level and makes my sufferings meritorious… With Your grace one can do all things.”


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