St. Faustina Diary
Trying to figure out His will is sooo hard!! Thomas Merton wrote a beautiful prayer I read a few years ago humbling searching for a way to do His will. I just remember part of it where he doesn’t know if he is doing what is God’s will but he will keep on trying. However he felt that the fact that he so wanted to do His will was pleasing to God. We just have to keep on trying.
What a wonderful reminder to renounce our self will. Its difficult because I try looking for ways to please Him and I find myself sometimes overwhelming people with my need to help…..my way. When my offer gets turned down it is confusing but so humbling. Now I can look at those experiences in more of a learning sense and not so puzzeled or frustrated. God is so good & so wise!
#369 This one reminded me of the movie, “The Passion of Christ,” the Mel Gibson movie. When I saw it, I literally hid my eyes so I couldn’t see the intense pain that was inflicted on Christ. I also realized that all the other versions of His passion that I saw, were more “watered down” versions of what He must have gone through. How much God loves us to “allow” His Son to go through so much pain for our salvation. It reminded me also of how I must continually pray for His will in my life, knowing that my pain is barely a fraction of what He went through for us. His will is always to love & that is our joy & our cross.
Anita, I love the quote from Thomas Merton. Thank you for sharing that with us.
Jesus told Saint Faustina that one hour of mediating on His Passion was more profitable than mortifications that draw blood. I never do either! I can’t mediate on anything for more than 2 minutes without my mind wandering. I can start out ok, but before I know it I find I’m meditating on all the laundry that needs to be done or the appointments I have that week or a book I want to read or something like that. And the good Lord knows I don’t mortify myself physically or otherwise! I don’t like suffering. I run from it and avoid it. This passage is really reminding me that I have to, at the very least, embrace the sufferings that God sends my way instead of running from them or drowning them out in chocolate like I usually do. And then maybe someday I can work on voluntary mortifications–probably not the physical kind! And learn how to meditate on something for more than 2 minutes at a time!
And why did Jesus say He was “surprised” that she hadn’t completely renounced her self will? How can anything surprise Him, He’s God? All knowing and omniscient and all that? I didn’t understand that.
Cocoa, I totally agree with you about the Passion movie–what a powerful movie that was! I had a priest tell me one time that he thought they overdid the violence, that Jesus probably didn’t suffer that much, and He didn’t have to either. I thought just the opposite, I thought that He did suffer that much and maybe even more, to show us the ugliness of our sins and how much He loves us, He was willing to go through all of that so we could be in Heaven with Him someday!
Could it be as simple as – God places more on our remembrance of what His Son did for us than we can ever imagine. I’m with you Jane – pain is not what I look for each day. I watched the Passion movie, (again) a few months ago, and yes it is violent and yes it helps me meditate on Christ’s love for us. (I own the DVD if anyone wants to borrow it)
I like your remarks about the Passion. I do have a little more info on this subject. I read something, many years ago, referring to the Dead Sea Scrolls, where the Essene’s wrote, they were this Jewish sect , Qumran, [not sure of their spelling,] where they reported seeing, what we believed was Christ crucifixion, “that this poor man, was beaten beyond recognition.” That to me would go together with what “The Passion” described. Also, our late Pope, John Paul 11, remarked when he saw the film, “The Passion,” to Mel Gibson, “that it is what it was.” Not sure about the exact words but close enough. I just think it was a kind of suffering that we could never fully appreciate. AC
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