St. Faustina Diary

Assignment 22: Diary entry 535, 647

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  1. When our Lord referred to obedience, He talked about His parents, His tormentors, & now He obeys the priests. This really threw me, as I had no idea what He was referring to in His comment about, obeying priests. I saw a priest yesterday & asked him to help me with this. He also was surprised to see the reference. We came to the conclusion that this could be referring to 2 different events in Christs life. The first one thought of was during the Consecration, when the priest changes the bread to His body & the wine to His blood. Only priests can do this. The other point was when He said to Peter, “whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven. Whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” Meaning that whatever the priests says in the confessional, Our Lord will honor. In #647.this seems to fit the meaning very much. She reiterates the necessity to pray for our confessors that they might obtain the light of the Holy Spirit. I honestly don’t think I ever thought of doing this before I entered the confessional.
    Another point I noticed was the re-mentioning of praying the novenas. In one of our other studies, a novena was strongly mentioned. I never read why or where the practice of novenas started. If anyone knows, I would appreciate some enlightenment.

  2. Grace to all,

    [535] Obedience:

    “It includes not only external performance, but also the reason, the will
    and judgment”

    When I obey God, the Magisterium, the state or my boss at work, it’s
    sobering to realize that it’s not just the ‘doing’ of some thing that
    constitutes obedience, but my understanding of why I am doing it, my motives
    for doing so and my intellectual and volitional assent.

    Catholic Moral Theology is so encompassing, deep and beautiful – everything
    fits together and complements everything else. It’s disheartening to see so
    many of the ‘controversial’ teachings of the Church ignored, spoken against
    and defied…by Catholics!


    I had not thought of this either – praying that the priest might “obtain the
    light of the Holy Spirit” so that he might better understand my present
    state, my needs and the root causes of the sins I keep confessing. This is
    my desire, to get past the surface sins to the deep, probably hidden causes
    of what makes me, me. To know true healing, deliverance and health of heart
    and mind.

    In Jesus & Mary,

  3. Some thoughts on 535/647. Obedience ~ isn’t the lack of it the crux of many of the world’s problems? I think of children/parent, student/teacher, citizen/government broken relationships, for examples. And one that is a heavy is the breakup of Catholicism over the centuries starting with the East/West Orthodox split around 1065, and the Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s. Today there are more than 30,000! Christian denominations with all of this related to Authority and the lack of Obedience! “That all may be one!”

    And the perfect model for Obedience? “I have come to do My Father’s will. I (The Son of God!) obeyed My parents, I obeyed My tormentors, and now I obey the priests.” “… and now obey the priests!” At the time of Consecration our priests facilitate the arrival of our Obedient Lord to humbly submit to be with us at their “invocating” command in remembrance of His Crucifixion. How mysteriously challenging all of this is. Gene.

    These selections are a bit difficult because I needed to get the context of each so I read page after page with that purpose in mind. That did give me more understanding of what these entries meant to St. Faustina, but what can I take from them for my life. Obedience, confession — just then I saw Bishop Doran’s column in the Observer on Confession. He laments the decline in the practice of frequent confession since Vatican II, and encourages us to see Jesus as the Good Shepherd and ourselves as the sheep who need His care in the confessional as well as at the altar. For me frequent confession keeps me honest — therefore I need it. 647 entreats us to pray for our confessor for light for him. This I plan to adopt. Bonnie.

  4. Peace,

    The jewels in Faustina’s Diary never fail to make me feel I have more to learn; as in, I noticed Christ didn’t say how he obeys – just that He does and He did. I also, feel obliged to be obedient, without discussion to just authority (ouch hard one for me to swallow). Thank all of you for citing the ways we know that He does obey the priests. And, I have had a change of attitude about Confession and I have had a change of frequency concerning Confession, since reading St. Faustina’s Diary; now, I also, see the sense in praying for my confessor.

    I share these insights we get when I find the opportunity.

    God’s Love


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