And Mercy Overflows

” There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted-it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I  myself take care of it.” (Diary of St. Faustina) 

Our Lord’s mercy is something greater than we can understand. Nothing can compare to it’s greatness. It has no measure, no limits. This has always been something that has fascinated me. Who are we to deserve His mercy? I mean, He is the Son of God! He created us! But it is precisely there were it all began. He created us out of love, and even when we fall out, He does everything possible to reel us back to Him. This love did not go away with original sin and neither will it go away with our sins. He is there waiting to give us His mercy. Waiting to conquer over our sins and wash them away. All we have to do is open ourselves to this mercy; given to us most perfectly through the sacrament of confession. As I mentioned, the topic of Divine Mercy has always fascinated me. And this fascination reached it’s peak this past Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday. As I stood in the midst of hundreds of other pilgrims at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, I could not help but be incredibly taken back by our Lord’s message to St. Faustina. This message is like no other; and I would dare to say that it is at the heart of all of Our Lord’s revelations to the saints. As my thoughts were reaching the pinnacle of fascination concerning Christ’s message of mercy, I realized how it is such a prominent characteristic shown by God.  I realized that God has to be all merciful, since He is love. Allow me to welcome you to the world of my train of thought:

“Well, we know that God is love” -> “that means that God is everything that St. Paul writes about in 1 Corinthians 13” -> “AH didn’t that mention something about forgiveness?!” -> “YES! It say that love keeps no record of wrongs!” -> “Ah this is awesome! Of course our Lord is merciful! He is love itself!”

As the day continued, I became even more fascinated by one particular fact: God does so much to show us and give us His love. He called on Saint Faustina to share His message of mercy in a very powerful way. She was a young, humble, polish sister who went on to become Christ’s  “secretary of mercy”. Jesus came and appeared to her several times and gave her a mission saying: “I am sending you with my mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful heart.” Saint Faustina wrote of all of this in her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, which has spread our Lord’s message throughout the entire world.

While reflecting on some of the things Christ spoke to this saintly sister, I clearly saw how God’s  greatest action that display this message was to die for us on the cross. He endured all the pain and suffering to redeem us and rescue us from sin. What poured forth from the cross was His  mercy. It was a victorious mercy! And after He rose again and returned to the Father He left with us the seven sacraments. Each of these was instituted by Christ so that He may be with us until the end of time. We see Divine Mercy at work most powerfully through confession.

Christ said to St. Faustina: “Daughter, when you go to confession, to this 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 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. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity. The torrents of grace inundate humble souls. The proud remain always in poverty and misery, because My grace turns away from them to humble souls.”

God’s mercy is a just and fair mercy. He is there, waiting for us. Longing to, as he told this great saint, heal us in His mercy. It is all which He desires to do. We must only trust in this message, knowing all the truth which is within it. Christ is always reaching out to us, trying to get us back to Him. But it is our free choice to run to Him. To respond to His call, a call that He beautifully showed through St. Faustina. The amount of things which could be written about this message is endless, so we are sure to return to this beauty.

Let us pray for the grace to know His mercy more and more. To always have the grace of a good confession so that we may live with Christ. To follow the mission that He is calling us to, whatever it may be. Let us pray to open our heats to His love shown to us through this message and the cross.

St. Maria Faustina, Pray for us!

“O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You!”  (Diary, 309) 

” How very much I desire the salvation of souls! My dearest secratary, write that I want to pur out My divine life into human souls and and sanctify them, if only they would accept My grace. The greatest sinners would achieve the greates sanctity, if only they would trust in my mercy. The very inner depths of My being are filled to overflowing with mercy, and it is being poured out upon all I have created. My delight is to act in a human soul and fill it with Mey mercy and to justify it. My kingdom on earth is My life in the human soul. Write, My secretary that I Myself am the spiritual guide of souls -and I guide them each to sanctity by a road known to Me alone. ” (Diary, 1784)

God bless you!

Maria

 

 

 

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