COLUMBUS — St. Louis native Maria Vargo is bringing her St. Faustina act to Columbus.
The star of the live, 90-minute drama, “Faustina: The Messenger of Divine Mercy,” believes God wanted her in this role.
“I prayed for a long time because I needed to know if this is what God wanted for me,” the 35-year-old said. “He continues to show me every day this is where He wants me.”
Vargo admits to feeling God’s mercy in her own life, making her role relatable to St. Faustina.
“I feel like I am by no means as holy as St. Faustina but I can relate to her because she was God’s messenger,” Vargo said. “I feel like I’m a messenger for the messenger to spread God’s word.”
St. Faustina was born as Helena Kowalska into a poor Polish family in 1905. Throughout her life she always longed for God, wanting to do His will. Against her parents’ wishes, she hopped a train to Warsaw to Our Lady of Mercy where she became a nun, taking on the name Sister Maria Faustina.
In 1930, she began seeing visions from God, with one becoming a famous painting in many churches. The painting she created was of Jesus appearing in a white garment with rays of white and red light emanating from his heart with the message “Jesus, I trust in You.”
Throughout the years, Faustina continued to keep a diary of her visions while also being the one responsible for the special prayer “The Divine Mercy Chaplet.” Though she died in 1938 of tuberculosis, she was declared the first saint of the 21st century.
Vargo will make her 48th performance as St. Faustina at 7 p.m. Monday at Columbus High School's Nantkes Performing Arts Center.
She said she will continue doing the show as long as people want to see it.
For her, Vargo said, it’s not a job or script but a prayer for those in the audience and around the world.
“It’s hard work and it’s tiring,” she said, “but when I see the audience and how they respond, it’s all worth it.”
For more information on the freewill offering show, contact Tony Hergott at 402-910-1894 or visit www.divinemercydrama.com.