Monday, October 5, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/5/2015 - St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

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October 5, 2015
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children, I am here among you to encourage you, to fill you with my love and to call you anew to be witnesses of the love of my Son. Many of my children do not have hope, they do not have peace, they do not have love. They are seeking my Son, but do not know how and where to find Him. My Son is opening wide His arms to them, and you are to help them to come to His embrace. My children, that is why you must pray for love. You must pray very, very much to have all the more love, because love conquers death and makes life last. Apostles of my love, my children, with an honest and simple heart unite in prayer regardless of how far you are from each other. Encourage each other in spiritual growth as I am encouraging you. I am watching over you and am with you whenever you think of me. Pray also for your shepherds, for those who renounced everything for the sake of my Son  and for your sake. Love them and pray for them. The Heavenly Father is listening to your prayers. Thank you." (October 2, 2015)
St. Faustina Kowalska before 1938
St. Faustina Kowalska before 1938 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, the saint of Divine Mercy. She is a saint for our times. She received an incredible message from Jesus. He asked St. Faustina to be the Secretary of His Mercy, and tell the whole world that He was opening wide the gates of His Heart, that all souls could find refuge in His mercy. Jesus wanted every person to know that His mercy would wipe away their sins and draw them into His Kingdom. He wanted all souls to be saved.
Jesus told St. Faustina:
1146 - Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice.....
Our Lady also spoke to St. Faustina. She urged her to follow the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and speak about Jesus' mercy to everyone. Here is one message St. Faustina received from Our Lady:
635 -March 25. In the morning, during meditation, God's presence enveloped me in a special way, as I saw the immeasurable greatness of God and, at the same time, His condescension to His creatures. Then I saw the Mother of God, who said to me, Oh, how pleasing to God is the soul that follows faithfully the inspirations of His grace! I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh, how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy. If you keep silent now, you will be answering for a great number of souls on that terrible day. Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end. I sympathize with you.
Our Lady's words are sobering. It was clear that Divine Mercy was a serious call, a decisive moment of grace for mankind. We know that St. Faustina suffered a great deal in being faithful to the call to declare the time of mercy. She was opposed by some from within her order, and suffered physical illnesses. But she never gave up. She wrote the Diary as a testament to all that Jesus was doing through her. It took many years for the Church to understand and embrace her message, but now we have the Feast of Divine Mercy on the Sunday after Easter!
One of the most beautiful hallmarks of St. Faustina's life was her great love. She loved Jesus with her whole heart. She demonstrates the kind of love that Our Lady speaks of in her October 2 message. Here are some passages from the Diary that show St. Faustina's great love:
46 I often felt the Passion of the Lord Jesus in my body, although this was imperceptible [to others], and I rejoiced in it because Jesus wanted it so. But this lasted for only a short time. These sufferings set my soul afire with love for God and for immortal souls. Love endures everything, love is stronger than death, love fears nothing........
889 Jesus, You have given me to know and understand in what a soul's greatness consists: not in great deeds but in great love. Love has its worth, and it confers greatness on all our deeds. Although our actions are small and ordinary in themselves, because of love they become great and powerful before God.
890 Love is a mystery that transforms everything it touches into things beautiful and pleasing to God. The love of God makes a soul free. She is like a queen; she knows no slavish compulsion; she sets about everything with great freedom of soul, because the love which dwells in her incites her to action. Everything that surrounds her makes her know that only God Himself is worthy of her love. A soul in love with God and immersed in Him approaches her duties with the same dispositions as she does Holy Communion and carries out the simplest tasks with great care, under the loving gaze of God. She is not troubled if, after some time, something turns out to be less successful. She remains calm, because at the time of the action she had done what was in her power. When it happens that the living presence of God, which she enjoys almost constantly, leaves her, she then tries to continue living in lively faith. Her soul understands that there are periods of rest and periods of battle. Through her will, she is always with God. Her soul, like a knight, is well trained in battle; from afar it sees where the foe is hiding and is ready for battle. She knows she is not alone - God is her strength.
May we learn from our sister, St. Faustina, how to love. May we grow in love every day. As Our Lady says: "You must pray very, very much to have all the more love, because love conquers death and makes life last."
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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