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On the Calendar: The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Artist Unknown, Sic Deus Dilexit Mundum (For God So Loved the World)

Artist Unknown, For God So Loved the World

“O Wound of Mercy, Heart of Jesus,
Hide me in Your depths as a drop of Your own blood, and do not let me out forever!
Lock me in Your depths, and do You Yourself teach me to love You!
Eternal Love, do You Yourself form my soul, that it be made capable of returning Your love.
O living Love, enable me to love You forever. I yearn to eternally reciprocate Your love.
O Christ, a single glance from You is dearer to me than a thousand worlds, than all heaven itself.”

– St. Faustina Kowalska, Diary #1631


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“For Your love to me has been great…”

JPII election photo

Pope John Paul II greets the faithful after he is elected pope in 1978.

What a glorious day! What a JOY and a grace to celebrate both the Feast of God’s Mercy – my second-favorite day of the year (after Easter Sunday) – and the beatification of Pope John Paul II, one of my dearest friends in Heaven. My first thought this morning was of these words that we pray so often at Compline:

I will praise You, Lord my God, with all my heart
and glorify Your name forever;
for Your love to me has been great:
You have saved me from the depths of the grave.

(Psalm 86:12-13)

Last year, I started reading St. Faustina’s Diary on Divine Mercy Sunday. That book is so spiritually rich and so profound that it took me an entire year to finish it – and what a journey it’s been. I don’t think any other book (except maybe Story of a Soul) has done so much to deepen my faith and to transform the way I pray.

Perhaps the most important and most beautiful thing I’ve learned from the Diary is this: devotion to the Divine Mercy isn’t just about the mercy and forgiveness we receive from God – it’s about His mercy remaining in us and flowing through us. When we truly accept God’s mercy, it grows in us, transforms us from within and teaches us to believe, to hope, to love. We see this in the optional prayer (taken from the Diary) that can be said at the end of the Divine Mercy Chaplet:

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us

Pope John Paul II echoed this sentiment in the homily he gave at St. Faustina’s canonization:

It is not easy to love with a deep love, which lies in the authentic gift of self. This love can only be learned by penetrating the mystery of God’s love. Looking at him, being one with His fatherly heart, we are able to look with new eyes at our brothers and sisters, with an attitude of unselfishness and solidarity, of generosity and forgiveness. All this is mercy!

All this is mercy! (So much like Thérèse’s “All is grace!”) Sometimes, I am just astounded by God’s goodness, particularly by the gift of His saints and the light they are to the Church. JPII did a great deal during his papacy to spread the message of the Divine Mercy – he wrote his second encyclical letter, Dives in misericordia, about God’s Mercy, canonized St. Faustina, and instituted the Feast that we celebrate today – but more importantly, he lived this message of mercy and unshakeable faith in God’s goodness.

Immediately following his death, Pope John Paul II became, together with St. Thérèse and Mother Teresa, one of my “big 3” intercessors in Heaven. I can’t really explain it, but I just know that I owe those three an incredible debt of gratitude for the graces I’ve experienced in my discernment. I have no doubt that they’ve been with me, praying for me every step of the way. Their friendship has been a truly precious gift, straight from the merciful Heart of the Father!

What a glorious day! What a joy and a grace to have so much to celebrate!

Blessed John Paul II, pray for us! St. Faustina, pray for us!

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Quotable: On detachment

Once when St. Faustina was near death, Jesus appeared to her and asked her:

“My daughter, do you need anything?”

To which she replied:

“O my Love, when I have You, I have everything.”

(From her Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul, #1682)

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St. Faustina’s Prayer for the Present Moment

Faustina photograph

St. Faustina, pray for us!

When you are discerning your vocation, it is very tempting to become fearful about the future. The saints, however, teach us that it is of utmost importance to remain in the present moment, listening for the voice of God. Only when we learn to live in the present will we know what He is asking of us and find the grace to respond to His call.

Today is the memorial of St. Faustina Kowalska, and it seemed like the perfect time to share this beautiful prayer she wrote with all of you:

O My God,
When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.

It is no longer in my power to change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so what the past has embraced I must entrust to God.

O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence.

And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater Glory.

— From her Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul, Notebook 1 (1)


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