Day 39 of our 40 Days of Mercy Fast
‘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.’ (2)
St. Faustina possessed a simple trust in Jesus. Its clarity pierces hearts and moves mountains today. She saw in Christ Crucified God’s richest expression of Mercy: Water for cleansing sin, Blood to give us new life. And she trusted wholly in the power of that healing flood to save souls from hell and for heaven.
In light of all her hardships, ‘in spite of everything’ (24), she trusted Jesus. That was her unwavering legacy. It has power today to change our darkness into light.
I have been walking through a hard season; God has reduced me to Himself, to the Cross. That means trusting afresh the Mercy that won me, and the Mercy that will guide me onto surer ground in this rocky season. You can understand why St. Fautina’s ‘Mercy mission’ melded beautifully with my need to trust Mercy afresh!
In confusion, I place my trust in Jesus; in loss, I trust in Jesus; sleepless, I envision Him as St. Faustina did, Crucified yet alive with Water and Blood streaming from His heart for me. Trusting in His Mercy grants me Heavenly peace, and I rest once more.
For the mission of Desert Stream Ministries, we face extraordinary resistance; the majority defend the ‘gay self’ as normal, and thus see no problem with ‘gay marriage.’ And many churches, not wanting to offend, refuse to offer clear expressions of healing for the sexually broken. A scandal-rocked Catholic Church may be primed for some new models for dealing with her broken, but will have to risk getting her hands dirty with broken shepherds and sheep.
Where sin abounds, grace abounds more. Might darkness only be the backdrop for a glorious dawn?
We entrust ourselves to the Mercy of God. ‘Although sin is an abyss of wickedness and ingratitude, the price paid for us can never be equaled. Therefore let every soul trust in the Passion of the Lord and place its hope in His Mercy.’ (72)
“Jesus, full of joy in the Holy Spirit, said: ‘I praise You Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to children. Yes, Father, for this was Your good pleasure.’ “ (Lk. 10:21)
‘Jesus, we trust in Your Mercy. Let Mercy be our clarity in confusion, our gain in loss, our hope amid uncertainty. May we awake each day with a song of praise for Your Mercy.’
Author’s note – Each day’s entry is based a passage from St Faustina’s diary. The passage entry is the number in parentheses at the end of each opening quote or simply a page number in parenthesis. Diary of St Maria Faustina Kowalska – Divine Mercy in My Soul (Association of Marion Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263) is available through the publisher or Amazon.com.