“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

– Matthew 7:7-8

New Year is traditionally seen as a particular moment for new beginnings. We often begin a new year by making resolutions of one sort or another – to do things differently, or to do things better, than we have done before. By implication, this acknowledges that we have a need to do things better or differently, that what has already gone has, in some way, been lacking or imperfect.

New Year’s Day is also the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. She is our heavenly intercessor, constantly pleading for us before the throne of mercy of Her Son and placing our intentions before Him. She knows that although our intentions may have been good, we have often failed in one way or another; Her prayers will always assist us to do a little better than before.

In the message of Divine Mercy, we are constantly reminded of two facts – firstly, that we are constantly in need of mercy; and secondly, that this mercy is always available to us, ready to be liberally poured out like balm upon a troubled soul.

All we need do is recognise our need for that mercy, and then ask for it.

All the elements of the message of Divine Mercy – the Image, the Chaplet, the Feast – are designed to point towards these dual ends; recognition of our need of mercy, and begging that mercy.

The Diary of Saint Faustina reminds us over and over of these two facts and is designed to give us the confidence to ask. In this sense, it can be seen as an expansion of the many times Our Lord, in the Gospels, tells us to confidently ask the Father for what we need – “ask and you shall receive”. This Merciful Lord always keeps His word.

As this year begins, let us be confident in approaching the Lord, no matter how poorly we might think we have done; all the Lord needs is a humble heart – then His grace, so generously given, can work miracles.

As this New Year of 2020 begins, I wish all who read these words every grace and blessing from the Merciful Heart of Jesus.