‘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)
One of the great things about the Image of Mercy is that it is a very visual reminder of the meaning of mercy – and also of the requirements it places upon us.
These words do not sound like that kind and gentle Jesus we know from the Gospels, loving and compassionate to all who approach Him – what can they mean?
The Church encourages to to look forward to the joy of Christmas and beyond, to the dawning of a new age. In the Gospel of Luke, the Lord tells us what to do – ‘stay awake, praying at all times’.
If we are blessed to enter Heaven, our joy will be unending. If damned, our misery will also be eternal. But for many souls, there will be a third possibility – that of entry to Heaven only after purgation.
Perhaps one of the most difficult lessons to learn in the spiritual life is that to be truly holy, we must let go of our self will. We are not alone – like us, the Saints often struggled to let go of self.
It would be wonderful for the faithful to continue this salutary practice long after this month is over; it is always good to ask the help and protection of the Mother of God.
As Catholics, one of the greatest joys we have is the ability to have our sins forgiven in Confession, where the Merciful Lord awaits us. How beautiful and wondrous a sacrament!
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, recently called for all of us to make a point of praying for the Church; all of us are aware that the Church is presently in need of renewal and conversion.
At first glance, the story may seem simple and straight-forward. But there is something deeper going on here. This request made by the Mother and answered by the Son cost Her dearly.
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“Mary is so closely united to Jesus because she received from Him the knowledge of the heart, the knowledge of faith, nourished by Her experience as a mother and by Her close relationship with Her Son.” – Pope Francis
“By means of this Image,
I shall be granting many graces to souls;
so, let every soul have access to it.”
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