‘Divine Mercy In My Soul’
extracts from the Diary of Saint Faustina
“When you go to confession, to the Fountain of My Mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself entirely in My Mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this – that I, Myself, am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the Priest but I Myself act in your soul. Here, the misery of the soul meets the God of Mercy.”
(Diary, entry no.1602)
God the Eternal Father is not simply ‘merciful’ and He is not just ‘loving’. Rather, He is these attributes in their fullness and their entirety – Our God is mercy, our God is love.
Let us recognise our human frailty and our sinfulness; and then let us immediately approach the Lord with great confidence, knowing that He is waiting to dispense His mercy to us to it’s very fullness.
What an honour to be ordained a Priest. And yet, consider what this really means; Christ came to suffer and die on the Cross for the redemption of all. As it was for the Master, so must it be for the servant.
As we contemplate this holy Feast in our prayers today, let us as the Merciful Lord for the grace to be faithful to what is given to us in Baptism, and what it asks of us in every moment of our life.
So many of the Saints were in awe at every Mass, the culmination of their spiritual life; and yet how often do we sit there and give little thought to what is taking place before us?
At least the Wise men were wise. But how do we find the same Christ Child? Where do we find Him? And – most crucially of all – are we even interested in looking for Him?
The gemstones for me over this past year are my little visits to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at my parish Church, where the doors are always open during the day.
The Holy Family of Nazareth – Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph – is the model of the Christian family; it is a school of deep sanctity, as all of the recent Popes have reminded us.
Merciful Jesus, You come to us as a little Child, the long awaited Christ of Whom the Prophets spoke. I think about Your coming, O Lord, as I gaze upon the Manger of Bethlehem.
We have a necessarily limited vision – sometimes, seeing no more than what is directly in front of us, and then only when it is very well lit. The Lord takes a broader view of things.
Joy and suffering are not mutually exclusive. The secret is to give our sufferings meaning. If you don’t believe this, then you need only look upon a Crucifix.
Let us look into our hearts and ask if our relationship with the Lord is one of fear or one of love, and ask Him to grant us His grace in finding the proper balance between the two.
We should not fail to remember our families in our daily prayers, asking God’s blessing and grace upon them if they are still in this world, or His mercy for them if they have already died.
For you who read these words of Saint Faustina, apply them to your own situation and needs; what the Lord says to Faustina about Father Sopocko, He says of you, too. TRUST in Him.
When next we are called to bear some kind of suffering, let us unite ourselves to Christ in His Passion and then bear that suffering patiently and silently, knowing that it amasses for souls treasure in Heaven.
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