‘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)
83 years ago today, on 13th September 1935, the Merciful Jesus gave Saint Faustina the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The Chaplet is one of the core elements of the Divine Mercy devotion.
It is good to have the Bishops and the people come together to pray and celebrate the Sacraments, and this is what happened this afternoon at Carfin Grotto, our national Shrine to the Mother of God.
It would be a mistake to perceive the present crisis in the Church as purely temporal. It is very much a spiritual battle above all else, so our response needs to be spiritual as well as temporal.
“Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.”
Every single one of us must play our part in making reparation at the communal level. The Church is the Mystical Body and anything that damage a part of it, damages all of it. Prayer and sacrifice are required.
Today, let us learn to trust in the Lord a little more than we already do, to be content to leave all things in His hands, knowing that He is with us always and supporting us with His divine grace.
The words of the Merciful Jesus in the quotation above from the Diary of Saint Faustina, give us a very real and concrete example of the extent of this goodness and compassion of the Lord.
These words of Saint Faustina lay out a clear blueprint which all of us can follow, so that we, too, might contribute merit and grace into the treasury of the Church, of which every single one of us is a part.
Today, may we have confidence that our prayers carry weight before the Lord who listens and responds; let us lift up our hearts to Him in prayer that they might arise before His throne like incense.
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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
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