St. Faustina Diary
What a brave & beautiful act of St Faustina to deny her will & only seek Gods. I never connected God’s judgement with doing my will as opposed to His. What a hopeful thing to hear, “for you will not be judged.” !!!
I never broke down the 2 ways God grants graces before, which is through inspiration & enlightenment. It is also interesting to know that in order for us to receive His graces we need to ask & also possess self denial. Love is an act of the will. I think I just do & not give thought to it being done through my will. To pray, we must exercise reason, will & have heart. When I pray, am I fully aware of these things being present? I love the part where she says to RISE from the dead with Jesus we must first LIVE in Him. She then goes on to say that we cannot seperate ourselves from the Cross because only then will the Gospel be revealed in our lives. For me, I must prioratize my life to live only for God’s will & know that all will work out for the best accordingly. The good & the bad will always happen in our lives. If we keep these simple principals clear in our minds & live accordingly, we will know God’s love & His purpose for us. What an amazing reality!!!
God bless, Cocoa
I just had a few thoughts this time around on the readings:
#374–It would be really cool if all I had to do was write down on a piece of paper that I completely renounced my own will and then it would be really gone. I have a feeling though that even if I did that with the best of intentions, my will would still find a way to creep in and take over.
#392–I was so moved by this line I even highlighted it–“Love does not consist in words or feelings, but in deeds. It is an act of the will; it is a gift; that is to say, a giving.” How much heartache could be avoided if everyone in the world were required to read and think about that line. Especially young people! I think people are far too quick to throw around that word “love” without really thinking about what it REALLY means (and I’m thinking more about romantic love here I guess than other kinds of love). Has anyone here read Papa Ben’s encyclical on love? That was really good.
If we write something down, we are more likely to remember and do it. I wrote down exactly what St Faustina wrote and yes I drew an X through; Let us see if I follow my written words to a fraction of what she did. I got goose bumps as I was writing (no, I don’t know what that means)
#394 to me repeats the theme of “deeds” (Jane I agree) . Again, not so much what we say but what we do. (easy to say). I never thought that much about how we receive grace and I think it would be a good thing for me to meditate on. Cocoa good insight.
By going back to entry #372 and reading the detailed instructions for #374 helped me a great deal. When we leave Him in control of our lives by trusting His wisdom we will have the peace of mind we need. Again we have to trust we are doing His will.
In #394 I can’t help but believe if your heart is in the right place and you really want to do some good for someone an it turns out to be a very positive experience, We are acting on His grace in a natural way. I realize of course I am not of the level of St. Faustina. God knows that, so He helps me in a more natural way. The key is to Trust, you are doing His will.
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Assignment 11: Diary Entry 369
Assignment 13: Diary entry 378 (make sure you read footnote 89)