St. Faustina Diary
How wonderful it was for St. Faustina to know what her mission was. Her message of uniting our prayers with Jesus to the Father, is, what she remids us to strive to do. She brings home to me how much God the father loves His Son & when we combine our prayers with Christ they become powerful. I really need to remember to do that.
“Pure intention,” I don’t think I have been consciously aware of the purity of my intentions. There are so many things that I think we can take for granted & assume, all is well. From now on I will attempt to become more vigilant where that is concerned.
It would be nice to think that the older one gets, the more evil takes flight from that person. As she pointed out, that just isn’t the case. I like what the older sister said, ” Old age does not dispense one from combat.” Sometimes I think it increases. Until we breathe our last, we will not beable to let our guard down. It is such a sobering thought to dwell on, but a necessary awareness.
St. Faustina has the the answer to all of our sufferings:”My suffering is nothing in itself, but when I join it to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, it becomes all powerful and has the power to appease Divine wrath.” And when our sufferings “… bear (this) stamp of a pure intention” our Lord in His infinite love allows these sufferings mysteriously to be a part of His Sacrifice “for the price of others’ souls (13th Station).”
As our daughter-in-law, who is the epitome of Pro-Life, said yesterday we all must offer up in the above frame of mind our agony of what our federal government is doing regarding laws that will federally fund abortions with Pro-Life tax dollars! And after so many years one is tempted to give up the fight, but then the dying sister’s words to St. Faustina, “Old age does not dispense one from the combat!” Ah shucks!! Gene.
And Bonnie writes:
484 — pure intention — trying to better understand this. “In Him there is no guile.” I don’t know and can’t find out where that comes from, but is “no guile” the same as pure intention? Definition of “guile” = slyness and cunning in dealing with others. Lord, deliver me from hypocrisy in my actions.
517 — “Old age does not dispense one from the combat.” I can identify as the evil one does not want to see us progress in the spiritual life, and though on some fronts I know the battle is calmer, I’m still in the trenches schlagging in the mud sometimes.
482 — It must become my vocation “to plead mercy for the world.”
Still learning about the uniquely Catholic emphasis on union with Christ in His redemptive work. It all makes sense and rings true but I have much more to understand about real life application.
This I understand more, I think – I am very aware of how few of my intentions are pure, how most of my actions are in some way hypocritical, duplicitous or selfish – done out of fear of what others might think or trying to earn someone’s favor or love. The Protestant Reformed doctrine I most agreed with was Calvin’s teaching on ‘The Total Depravity of Man’. It has been difficult at times for me to ‘see’ the Catholic teaching – that man is good but disordered, wounded, not totally corrupt. I also think that we relate to and understand theological constructs like human sin and guilt partly based on how we were raised and loved (or not loved) early in life and what our family was like.
How I pray for final perseverance! We can never reach a point where we just coast. I enjoy a certain paraphrase of the Bible called ‘The Message’ – sometimes it really helps me ‘get’ a passage I have read so many times before. Like these words of St Paul to the Church in Corinth (first letter, chapter 9)
24-25 “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.
26-27 I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.
1 Corinthians 10
1-5 Remember our history, friends, and be warned. All our ancestors were led by the providential Cloud and taken miraculously through the Sea. They went through the waters, in a baptism like ours, as Moses led them from enslaving death to salvation life. They all ate and drank identical food and drink, meals provided daily by God. They drank from the Rock, God’s fountain for them that stayed with them wherever they were. And the Rock was Christ. But just experiencing God’s wonder and grace didn’t seem to mean much—most of them were defeated by temptation during the hard times in the desert, and God was not pleased.
6-10 The same thing could happen to us. We must be on guard so that we never get caught up in wanting our own way as they did. And we must not turn our religion into a circus as they did — “First the people partied, then they threw a dance.” We must not be sexually promiscuous—they paid for that, remember, with 23,000 deaths in one day! We must never try to get Christ to serve us instead of us serving him; they tried it, and God launched an epidemic of poisonous snakes. We must be careful not to stir up discontent; discontent destroyed them.
11-12 These are all warning markers — danger! — in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel — they at the beginning, we at the end — and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.”
482 I’m trying to get my arms around – How much God Loves His Son – and I think the simple approach is the best for me. I just accept it and I know that I am allowed to use His Love for His Son to bring about the seemingly impossible.
484 I touched on this before and I now frequently examine my motives for my actions. Asking to do His Will makes me feel more at ease with my decisions but totally Trusting in His Mercy is not as easy for me. As I believe it should be, I have a long way to go.
517 Gene I agree “Ah shucks!” Those of us Blessed to make it past our seemingly youthful years, are now charged with bringing our (and other) precious souls Home in the state of Grace. I thank God for the Sacraments and our Catholic faith! I wish I could be more successful in sharing this gift.
I don’t really have much new to say that wasn’t said better already. I guess I keep feeling awed at how powerful the Passion and suffering of Jesus is, all throughout the diary we see that, even in the chaplet we ask God to have mercy “for the sake of His sorrowful Passion”. And when we unite our sufferings to His suffering, they become meaningful too. I heard someone say one time that the worst thing in the world is wasted suffering. I need to be better about embracing my sufferings, not only the suffering that is given to me but I need to remember to look for opportunities to mortify myself voluntarily and offer those up as well.
Pure intentions……how well we have to know ourselves in order to know if our intentions are pure or not! I think this is when a daily examination of conscience would help, in addition to reviewing my day to see where I needed to improve, I could look at why I did what I did that day….not sure if I’ll like what I see!
“I have been preparing myself all my life long for this last hour”. I think I read somewhere that the last hour of one’s life is when satan really steps up the temptations, he wants to do whatever he can to get us to turn away from God at that last moment. That sister had been preparing for that moment for her entire life! I shouldn’t assume that when my time comes I’ll be ready, and that it will be easy (if I even have time to think before I die), I need to remember that my time can come at any moment, and I need to be ready always, and receive the sacraments as regularly as I can to help me to be ready!
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