‘Divine Mercy In My Soul’
extracts from the Diary of Saint Faustina
“I began Holy Lent in the way that Jesus wanted me to, making myself wholly dependent upon His holy will and accepting with love everything that He sends me.. The Lord said to me – ‘I am taking you into My school for the whole of Lent’.”
(Diary, entry no.1625, 1626)
As Christians, we are called to be light in the midst of the darkness. Saint John reminds us that – “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it”.
May the Lord grant each of us grace to make this Lent a holy and fruitful season; may He inspire us to pray and to do good works, giving of ourselves and of our talents, according to His divine will.
Pope Francis says we must not be blind to the action of Satan behind the crisis affecting the Church. If he is right, how should we respond? Here are some simple suggestions.
Revealing His Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary in 1673, the Lord complained that He was forgotten by so many; today, things might not be so very different to then.
Our Shepherd, our Holy Father, has asked that we pray to the Holy Spirit, and to the Blessed Virgin, She who is the Mother of the Church. As Catholics, let us respond generously to his call.
In His great providence, the Lord gives us exactly what we need, at precisely the time we need it most. The devotion to Jesus as Divine Mercy is the perfect example of this truth.
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.
To be saintly, our love must be truly heroic – it is this which leads to true sanctity. We must try to achieve this, and be certain that we have loved as much as we are capable of loving.
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.
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