‘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 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.
There is no getting away from the fact that if we are devoted to the message of Divine Mercy, then we are called to be not only witnesses of mercy, but also to be vessels of mercy.
In our prayers today, may the Lord grant us the grace to be kind toward others, not counting the cost and seeking nothing back in return. And in this way, may we better reflect His own love.
The task of the Blessed Virgin is to bring us ever closer to Her Son; so let us ask the Lord for the special grace to love His Mother as She deserves to be loved.
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.
How do we respond to trial and tribulation? As something to be borne amidst much complaining and disdain? Or as an opportunity for sanctification and for God’s glory?
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