Friday, August 22, 2014

Come to Me

Kristen M. Soley

Many of us seek peace. We desire to feel truly loved and long for authentic inner joy. Jesus is the source of peace, love and joy. He can make us holy, provide comfort in hardships, strength in weakness, peace in doubt, and companionship in abandonment 1. He is the author of life and desires only that we have life in abundance. Furthermore, He gave His life on the cross that we may enjoy these treasures, eternally. Unfortunately, he can only accomplish this if we come to Him. He cannot do any of the above without our consent and cooperation.

Jesus is most happy when He is able to lavish His gifts upon us, but we must ask Him to do so. A good friend told me that God is a gentleman and will not force Himself upon us. We must invite Him into our lives. We need to come to Him in prayer and welcome Him in; we must open the door, outside of which He has been patiently knocking and waiting.

As Christians, we believe the Bible is the source of truth and our handbook for living a Christian life. It teaches us to know, love and serve our Lord, that we may be happy with Him in heaven, eternally. Scripture is laden in one simple request from Jesus, “Come to me.”

  • Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28 NASB)
  • Enter into the joy of your Master.” (Mt 25:21 NASB)
  • “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)
  • Come, and you will see.” (Jn: 1:39 NASB)
  • “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isaiah 55:1 NASB)
  • “…You will have treasure in Heaven; and come follow me.” (Mk 10:21 NASB)
  • “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” (Jn 7:37 NASB)
  • Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” (Mt 14:28-29 NASB)

The joy Jesus receives when we come to Him, is commensurate to the suffering He endures from our rejection. We hurt Jesus when we continually reject His love and graces. His Passion, in part, is comprised of our rejection of both His love (which leads to sin) and His grace. He loves us so dearly and longs for us to be with Him eternally. As my spiritual director explained, “Jesus is relentlessly pursuing us, all of the time.”

In The Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by Louisa Piccaretta, she writes of Jesus’ Passion and suffering for us,

My child, after I had given everything, I wanted this lance to open in my Heart a refuge for all souls. Once opened, my Heart will cry out continuously to everyone, “Come to Me if you wish to be saved. In this Heart you will find sanctity. It will make you holy and you will find comfort in hardships, strength in weakness, peace in doubts, and companionship in abandonment

Then your voice becomes stronger, saying: “O souls who love Me, if you really wish to love Me, come to dwell always in this Heart. Here you will find true Love with which to love Me. Here you will find ardent flames to burn and consume you completely in my Love."1


In Isaiah 55, we read, “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.” Jesus is the fount of life, we cannot drink of this grace, His grace, unless we approach the fountain. He so desires to satiate our thirst for love, for peace, for joy. Mary, our Mother, is our guide to this water, she is praying for us, constantly, all of heaven is!

One of the beautiful sisters from the Poor Claire Monastery in Sauk Rapids wrote to me in a letter, “For those who may be slow to believe, Jesus then, many times, also invites us to come to Him for life, for love, for joy.” She concluded her letter with, “Let us believe and rejoice in the love God has for us.”

When we do finally come to Him, we are assured that nothing can separate us, St. Paul teaches us in Romans Chapter 8, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The one constant we have in our lives is that Jesus loves us. Regardless of how we feel and behave. He is our peace and our life, He assures us that if we remain in Him we will find peace. 2 In order to remain in Him and receive the gifts He so desires to lavish on us, we must first come to Him. The joy we receive in His grace, is indescribable.

The best way to come to Jesus is to invite Him into your life. If you have never done this, here is a simple prayer that allows you to personally invite Him, thus enabling you to come to Him. 

 
Dear Lord Jesus,
Please come into my heart, and be the Lord of MY LIFE.
Be my God and my Savior.
Please send me your Holy Spirit to make me your disciple.
Thank you for giving up your life for me.
Now I give my life to you.
 
The Miracle Prayer is also a great invitation.

 

Sources:
1. Hours of the Passion – Louisa Piccaretta
2. Imitation of Christ - Thomas a. Kempis

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

God's Plan is Better


Kristen M. Soley

God’s Providence
One of life’s most valuable lessons is that God’s plan is better than ours; always. 
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NASB)

God’s plan, His Divine Will, is better; whether we like it or not.
Have you planned a vacation that simply did not work out?  Having left no cushion in your schedule, have you found yourself delayed by a train or a school bus?  Likely, uttering the words, “I did not allocate time for this!”  Have you ever lost a substantial sum of money through investment or theft?  Have you lost a loved one as a result of illness?  If you have, believe it or not, you are blessed enough to say that God loves you enough to show Himself to you in His Providence.   

Providence stems from the Latin word providentia, meaning "foresight, precaution, foreknowledge.” 1 According to Miriam Webster, Providence is “Divine guidance or care”, or “God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny”.   God’s providence can be enjoyed through peace and prosperity.  It can also be endured through suffering and loss.
God’s plan, even when it does not reconcile with ours, is what He deems best for our soul.  Perhaps God shielded you from a sickness by cancelling your vacation.  Consider that God protected you from a fatal car accident that would have occurred had you not been delayed by the train or school bus.  Perhaps if you had too much money, you would no longer rely on God’s grace to sustain you, thinking that money is enough.   It is likely through the suffering of a deceased loved one, he or she was drawn closer to God throughout their trials, or perhaps their love of Lord was powerful enough to draw souls to God, through their brave suffering. 
In the book, Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, St. Claude De La Colombeire teaches:
“It is then a truth of our faith that God is responsible for all the happenings we complain of in the world and, furthermore, we cannot doubt that all the misfortunes God sends us have a very useful purpose… It is usually the case that other people can see better than we can ourselves what is good for us. It would be foolish to think that we can see better than God Himself who is not subject to any of the passions that blind us, knows the future and can foresee all events and the consequences for every action… In our ignorance of what the future holds, how can we be so bold as to question what comes about by God’s permission? "

We cannot go it alone
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30 NASB)
We all like to plan; it a necessity in maintaining a level of order in our lives; particularly if we are managing a family.  Unfortunately, our planning can cause us to lose our reliance on God, and to rely solely on ourselves.  This is a mistake, which can oftentimes have painful consequences.   God can send a host of reminders that we need Him, sickness, loss of money, etc.   Jesus teaches in Matthew 11:30, “My yoke is easy and my burden light. “ A yoke holds two animals together to do the work, not one.  We cannot do it alone, we need Jesus, and in turn, Jesus cannot do it without us; He needs our consent and cooperation. 
The Three S’s in God’s Plan (His Will)
How do we learn to accept and find peace in God’s Plan, His Divine Will?  There are three S’s that can help us slowly change our way of thinking which will transform our relationship with God and bring a level of peace to our lives, no matter the circumstances we are handed.
Surrender - There is great opportunity in opening ourselves up to God’s plan.  When we lovingly accept His Divine Will over ours, we allow Him to sanctify us, to make us holy; more like Him.  He cannot do this unless we surrender our will to Him.   Fight as we may, and sometimes it can be kicking and screaming, God asks us to trust in Him, His plan, completely.  
Again, the book Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence articulates this well:

God is faithful, says the Apostle…, since through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God in the steps of the redeemer, who said of Himself,’ Did not the Christ have to suffer all these things before entering into His Glory.’ If you refused to accept these tribulations you would be acting against your best interest. You are like a block of marble in the hands of the sculptor. The sculptor musts chip, hew and smooth it to make it into a statue that is a work of art. God wishes to make us the living image of Himself. All we need to think of is to keep still in His hands while He works on us, and we can rest assured that the chisel will never strike the slightest blow that is not needed for His purposes and our sanctification; for, as St. Paul says, the will of God is your sanctification.”

 

 
Simplicity - When we surrender ourselves to God’s plan, His Divine Will, we will grow in holiness and enjoy simplicity.   We will be able look at a change in plans, a sickness, even a death, and trust that this would not have happened if it were not ordained by God and intended for our sanctification.  When we look at these changes through the lens of a loving Father who wants nothing more than to be with us for all eternity, it becomes easier to surrender.  
In Volume I by Anne the Lay Apostle, Jesus asks us to trust Him, “…Trust me in small things…  Little by little you will develop a habit of trusting Me in all things.  You will then be free to cast your mind into your day.”
Invariably, our lives will become less complex when we trust that God’s plan is better than ours.  Sudden changes will no longer throw us off track.  We will simply accept the change and follow the new path placed before us.
As St. Therese, the Little Flower illustrates:

“Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts; neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity… Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be - and becoming that person."


Spoiled – Finally, with this surrender and simplicity, God is able to spoil us, and He will spoil us rotten.  He is able to do great things within our soul, when He is given sovereignty.  His graces will flow like water in and through us and everything we do will have a deeper and more meaningful purpose, as it is ordained by Him and all for His glory.
In Summary
God’s plan is better!  His Divine Will should reign within us.  Remember, He is God, we are not.   He knows what is best for us.  He has a plan for us and it is perfect. 
In lieu of becoming anxious or upset about God’s alterations to our plans, we need only first find Him in the change.  Next we need to surrender our will to His, trusting that He is God, understanding that His plan is better and borne of love, and then simply move forward, with Him, in peace.  Finally, when we have surrendered our will, we enable Him to simplify our lives, and in turn, spoil us rotten!
A great morning prayer to help us in accepting God’s plan over ours is as follows:
Dear Lord, I do not know what will happen to me today.
I only know that nothing will happen that was not foreseen by You,
And directed to my greater good from all eternity.
I adore Your holy and unfathomable plans
And submit to them with all my heart for love of You,
The Pope, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Amen.

A bit of wisdom from Woody Allen, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him about your plans.” 
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Monday, May 5, 2014

Chivalry is NOT Dead! Top 10 Characteristics of a Knight & Dame (and How to Raise Them)

Kristen M. Soley

Classic literature, such as King Arthur and His Knights of the Roundtable (Howard Pyle) and Little Women and Little Men (Louisa May Alcott), clearly defines the characteristics of a true knight and dame.  These classic works elicit in its reader a desire to reach for the lofty manner of living manifest in these admirable characters. 
The Knights of Pyle’s design are steadfast, faithful, obedient, self-controlled, chivalrous, humble, virtuous, they have a strong moral character and they aspire to make the world a better place, just for having been in it. 

According to Pyle, “Whilst they [knights] would perform signal service for mankind, yet they were not pleased to receive thanks or reward for the same, but took the utmost satisfaction, not in what they gained by their acts, but in doing of knightly deeds, for they found all their reward in their deeds, because of that thereby they made the world in which they lived better.”  Pyle 

The dames, or women, of Alcott’s design are “One of those happily created beings who please without effort, make friends everywhere, and take life so gracefully and easily that less fortunate souls are tempted to believe that such are born under a lucky star.” Alcott 2 

As a parent, these classic works prompted me to conjecture the formation required to foster these characteristics (knightly and fair) in my own children.  

Here are the top 10 Characteristics of a true Knight and Dame and by what means we can foster them in our children:
1.       Steadfast
Teach your children to know, love and serve God.  Teach them to pray.  Pray with them and let them see you praying.  Pray for them daily; pray for faith, hope, love, purity, virtue, and strong moral character.  This is their spiritual armor.
 “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” (Eph 6:11 NASB). 
2.       Faithful
Read the bible to your children.   It is nice to start the day with the Gospels at the breakfast table, otherwise before bedtime.   Ask the children to truly listen to what God is saying to them when you read aloud.  You will be surprised to hear that God speaks differently to each of us, based on where we are in our faith journey.  The bible is a living book through which the Holy Spirit breathes upon us the wisdom to guide us.
Participate in bible studies and then encourage your children, as they get older to do the same.  Daily life is laden in trials; there is no trial we will undergo more challenging than that which Jesus accomplished for us in His Passion.   The pages of scripture are laden in wisdom, consolation, and love.  In its pages are the answers to all of life’s questions.  
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NASB)
 “You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:18 – 19 NASB)
3.       Obedient
For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother.” (Matthew 15:4 NASB).
Communicate AND enforce a standard of behavior in your home.  Children are called by God to obey their father and mother; this is their vocation.  Their obedience to their vocation is a powerful form of prayer and a great glory to God.  When they obey your rules and standards, they ultimately obey and glorify God. 
As Jesus told St. Faustina “My daughter, know that you give Me greater glory by a single act of obedience than by long prayers and mortifications.” 
Similarly, as parents, performing the duties of our vocation is the means by which we glorify God.  Parent and child alike, when we obey God, through our vocation, we glorify God.
God will most assuredly provide grace sufficient for parents to lead, with great success.  “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 NASB)
Obedience begets peace and peace begets joy.  As F.B. Meyer says, “Joy is peace dancing and joy is peace at rest.” 

4.       Virtuous with Strong Character
Encourage virtue and strong moral character and set your standards high.  Children will reach as high as we set the bar. 
A great way to set the standard in your home is by reading the lives of saints to your children.  A great confessor once told me, “Don’t lower your standards, just your expectations, one day they will just start doing all the things you have been encouraging.”
Additionally, read the classics with your children.  Virtue and character can be learned through many channels.  The classics are classic for a reason, they are laden in wisdom.  Each of these treasures edifies its reader in some lesson that will leave an indelible mark on their heart; be it coming of age, conversion of heart, faith, overcoming faults, courage, purity, friendship, love, tragedy or perseverance.  These books are steeped in wisdom and will aid in the formation of virtuous children with strong moral character.   
For every time you reprove your child’s displeasing behavior, try to compliment and encourage their demonstration of good behavior.

If possible, work with your children individually on the fault with which they struggle most, and they will invariably grow in the virtue diametrically opposed to this fault.  This leads us to temperance, or self control, #5.
5.       Self-Controlled
Demonstrate and teach self mastery. 
In the classics, Little Women and Little Men, author Louisa May Alcott writes of teaching children to overcome their faults and temptations:
“My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning, and may be many; but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother…  Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.”  Alcott 2
Pray think speak.  Pray think do.  If you can learn to control your temper and temptations, you are teaching your children the same.  They are going to parrot your behavior anyway; it is best they parrot good behavior.
6.       Chivalrous (Knight)
Let your husband be your knight.  Let him open the door for you, help pry that jar open and do the heavy lifting.   Women are the heart of the home, men are the head.  Men are called by God to lead; with your love, support, encouragement, and with God’s grace they will rise to the occasion.    
Alcott writes in Little Women, “Gentlemen, be courteous to the old maids, no matter how poor and plain and prim, for the only chivalry worth having is that which is the readiest to pay deference to the old, protect the feeble, and serve womankind, regardless of rank, age, or color.” Alcott 2
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her. “ (Eph 5:25 NASB)
When your boys observe their father’s knightly conduct, they too will rise to the occasion.  Your girls will look for this quality in a future spouse, if that is the vocation to which God calls them.
7.       Fair (Dame)
Be a fair maid.  Dress and behave with modesty, gentleness and femininity. 
Alcott, in Little Women writes, “You laugh at me when I say I want to be a lady, but I mean a true gentlewoman in mind and manners, and I try to do it as far as I know how. I can't explain exactly, but I want to be above the little meannesses and follies and faults that spoil so many women."  2
 May your husbands, “even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.” (1 Peter 3:1-2 NASB)
God made you a woman, and He made you in His image and likeness.  He is truth, goodness and beauty, wrapped up in love.  Be a lady and be beautiful!  Your daughters will follow your lead.
8.       Humble
Teach and demonstrate humility - When you make a mistake or fall in virtue in front of your children, ask forgiveness and let them know that you are human too.  We are all human; we all fall short at some point. 
By demonstrating your humility and need for God’s grace, through forgiveness, you show true humility and in the process form a contrite and humble heart in your children.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12 NASB)

A great prayer to teach your children is, "Lord, let them see You, not me, and may You shine!"
9.       Love
We teach love by giving love.  Love begets love and as Mother Teresa says, “Give until it hurts!” 
What is love?  Love is patient and kind. Love is humble and grateful.  Love honors others and is generous.  Love is temperate and forgiving.  Love avoids evil and rejoices in truth, goodness and beauty.   It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. (1 Cor: 13 NASB)
Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive.” Alcott, Little Men 2
We can encourage our children to make little acts of love all day long.  An act of love can be as simple as praying for a sibling, obeying mom and dad right away, or helping clean a spill at the dinner table.  These acts of love are beautiful and as Mother Teresa says, “Do something beautiful for God.”   

10.   They make the world a better place
Leave a heavenly fragrance wherever you endeavor to go and encourage your children to do the same.  As Mother Teresa said, “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
Leave every encounter better for you having been a part of it. 
The immortal words of Howard Pyle serve as a great inspiration and conclusion to this synopsis on inspiring our children to reach for the lofty but worthy traits of these knights and dames. 

 “And I do hope that you may have found pleasure in considering their lives and their works as I have done. For as I wrote of their behavior and pondered upon it, meseemed they offered a very high example that anyone might follow to his betterment who lives in this world where so much that is ill needs to be amended.” Pyle

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Sources:

        2.    Good Reads.com - http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1315.Louisa_May_Alcott

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mercy Me! An Introduction to Divine Mercy

 
Divine Mercy Apostolate
 
By Kristen M. Soley
 
Many faithful Christians have never heard the name of St. Faustina Kowalska nor have they heard the message of Divine Mercy.   The goal is that after reading this, the reader will have a better understanding of Divine Mercy and the role St. Faustina played in its devotion.

Who is St. Faustina

Born in Poland in 1905, Helena Kowalska was called to consecrated life and joined The Sisters of Our Lady in Warsaw, where she took the name Sister Faustina Kowalska in 1925.  Jesus chose Sister Faustina to be the secretary of His message of Divine Mercy.   
Jesus revealed to Sister Faustina, “You are a witness to My Mercy.  You shall stand before My throne forever as a living witness to My mercy” (Diary 417). Jesus communicated His desire for the Feast of Divine Mercy to be celebrated the first Sunday after Easter; now called Divine Mercy Sunday.

As documented in Sister Faustina’s diary, Jesus told her, “You are not living for yourself but for souls, and other souls will profit from your sufferings.  Your prolonged suffering will give them the light and strength to accept my will.” 1
In 1932, Jesus gave Sister Faustina the following prayer, “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.” (Diary 186-87)  Jesus said, “I desire that you know more profoundly the love that burns in My Heart for souls, and you will understand this when you meditate upon My Passion.  Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation.  When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. “ (Diary 186 – 187)

What is Divine Mercy? 
In Summary, Divine Mercy can be broken down into the following points:
  • We are called to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect. (MT 5:48 NASB)
  • Though called to perfection, we are human; we fall, and thus fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23 NASB)
  • Jesus’ mercy is greater than our sins and those of the entire world. (Diary 1485)
  • Jesus’ mercy “unites the creature with the Creator” (Diary 181)
The message of Divine Mercy holds such promise; it provides hope and can sustain us on our journey back to Him in an eternal family. 

Yes, we are called to be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect (MT 5:48 NASB), but on our journey to Him, in our humanity, we will fall; “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 NASB)   
Fortunately, we need not lose hope; Jesus is “love and mercy itself (Diary 1074) and the promise of Divine Mercy epitomizes love itself.  Jesus teaches us, through St. Faustina, “Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy… before I come as a just judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy…” (1146).

With the hope in the message of Divine Mercy, we need not fall into despair; we have nothing to fear.   Jesus knows our nature, He gave us free will.  It is true that our sin displeases and hurts Him.  Fortunately, He is not only just, He is merciful.  He assures us, “My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world” (Diary 1485).  I have opened my Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it.  Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust. Sinners will attain justification, and the just will be confirmed in good. (Diary 1520)
Conversely, trust in Jesus’ mercy does not give us license to be flaccid in our spiritual life.  We are constantly, with God’s grace, to work to overcome sin, evaluate our faults and cooperate with God’s grace to overcome them.  However, even when cooperating with God’s grace, we can expect to fall.   We have free will, and the human condition is prone to sin. 

If we ask, He will forgive us if we run to him for forgiveness.   Jesus assures us, when we go to Him for forgiveness (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 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. (Diary 1602)

Thus far, we have seen that we can trust in Jesus’ mercy.  In our humanity; we can run to Him and find refuge in His merciful embrace.   That is not where the story ends.  St. Faustina assures us,
"The greatest attribute of God is love and mercy.  It unites the creature with the Creator.” (Diary 181) Yes, Jesus is love and mercy, but for Love of God, we can be united with our Creator; we can cooperate with His mercy, by sharing it with others. 
Living the Divine Mercy Daily

Divine Mercy is not for Mercy Sunday only.  We are called to share in His Mercy and be channels of it as well.

Mercy is the central nucleus of the Gospel message; it is the very name of God, the Face with which he revealed himself in the Old Covenant and fully in Jesus Christ, the incarnation of creative and redemptive Love. May this merciful love also shine on the face of the Church and show itself through the sacraments, in particular that of Reconciliation, and in works of charity, both communitarian and individual. May all that the Church says and does manifest the mercy God feels for man.        ~Pope Benedict XVI, Regina Caeli address, March 30, 2008

Jesus demands of us deeds of mercy which arise out of love for Him.  There are three ways of sharing His mercy with others: first by- by deed, second – by word, third – by prayer. “In these three is contained the fullness of mercy.” (Diary 742) 1

We are called to cooperate daily in acts of mercy.  We can accomplish this in deed - by performing deeds or acts of mercy, in word -  by spreading the message of Divine Mercy and in prayer -  by praying over the Mercy Hour the chaplet of Divine Mercy. 3  
We have been given a gift, the gift of Divine Mercy.  Not only are we recipients of this vast treasure, we are sharers in it.  Freely we received, freely give. (MT 10:8 NASB)

Please note, this is NOT the complete story!  Divine Mercy and its history is far too robust to cover in a short blog post.  Hopefully this is enough to encourage further reading. 


Jesus I trust in You.

For more information on Divine Mercy check out these great resources:

 Sources
  1. The Life of Faustina Kowalska, Sister Sophia Michalenko, Servant Books, 1987
  2. The Diary of St. Faustina (all references above)
  3. Divinemercy.org
  4. I also found a great article that was the inspiration for this post from simplecatholicliving.comhttp://www.simplecatholicliving.com/ – 10 quotes about God’s Mercy

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