St. Faustina Diary
5Mar/153

Reading Assignment #30: Diary entry 663, and 666

“663 July 22. O my Jesus, I know that a person’s greatness is evidenced by his deeds and not by his words or feelings. It is the works that have come from us that will speak about us. My Jesus, do not allow me to daydream, but give me the courage and strength to fulfill Your holy will.

Jesus, if You wish to leave me in uncertainty, even to the end of my life, may Your Holy Name be blessed.”

Excerpt From: Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. “Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul.” iBooks.

“666 I understood that all striving for perfection and all sanctity consist in doing God’s will. Perfect fulfillment of God’s will is maturity in sanctity; there is no room for doubt here. To receive God’s light and recognize what God wants of us and yet not do it is a great offense against the majesty of God. Such a soul deserves to be completely forsaken by God. It resembles Lucifer, who had great light, but did not do God’s will. An extraordinary peace entered my soul when I reflected on the fact that, despite great difficulties, I had always faithfully followed God’s will (117) as I knew it. O Jesus, grant me the grace to put Your will into practice as I have come to know it, O God.”

Excerpt From: Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. “Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul.” iBooks.

Comments (3)
  1. 663 & 666
    These thoughts of St. Faustina are particularly probing to my soul as we attended 3 funerals in 6 days last week. Two were very special friends in our lives, one the Godfather of our youngest son. (This son through no fault of his Godfather, Jim, has written off faith in the God we know.) The other, a spiritual brother, led a prayer group devoted to the Blessed Mother and the Medjagore messages. Both had lingering and very difficult illnesses. The second kept in-touch by email with many from whom he had requested prayers. He approached his death with great faith and abandonment to God’s will. At his funeral the priest’s homily was simply to read from Dave’s emails. (The first time I ever knew anyone to preach his own funeral homily!)

    To follow the will of God. What an awesome mandate! When I sin I am purposefully ignoring God’s will. When misfortune happens in my life, God’s will is to accept the circumstances as if coming from Him (without the kicking and the screaming!) Oh God, heal my resistance before I must meet you face-to-face.
    Bonnie.

    At times St. Faustina in 663 must have struggled with understanding God’s will, and what “deeds” or works she thought was His will: “… give me the courage and strength to fulfill Your holy will. Jesus, if You wish to leave me in uncertainty, even to the end of my life, may Your holy name be blessed.” But then in 666 “an extraordinary peace entered my soul… I had always faithfully followed God’s will as I knew it.” My prayer at 77 as I continue to struggle with understanding what is God’s will for me is St. Faustina’s prayer: “O, Jesus, grant me the grace to put your will into practice as I have come to know it.”
    Gene.

  2. How many time have I heard that prayer along with deeds are needed to be a whole Christian. Faustina reminds us of this through her diary and I need to remind myself frequently that I cannot just pray but I must pursue the will of God by action.

    666
    Here, Faustina, to me is driving home the message (very strongly with the example of Lucifer) of how important it is to do God’s will and then she gives us another prayer to help accomplish this task, as you stated so well, Gene.

  3. 663 reminds me so much of what I heard in school about faith and good works or deeds were necessary to enter the kingdom of heaven. I was told at that time that the Lutheran faith upheld that faith alone will save you. I so believe we will be held accountable for our actions, both good and bad.

    666 in numerology the 3 6’s refer to the devil, and 3 3’s refer to God. It seems fitting then she would talk about Lucifer. St. Faustina was so centered on doing God’s will as she knew it. Sometimes I think we get so worried that we are not in tune with His will that we forget all we have to do is TRUST IN HIM.


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