St. Faustina Diary
7Feb/12

Assignment 20: Diary Entries 408 & 445

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  1. Hello again,

    #408
    Just when I think I have read the most powerful, meaningful note she could have written, another one comes along. This reading has such depth of sadness that my mind & heart can hardly “comprehend it.” The line, “Who can comprehend Him…comprehend His suffering?”, made me realize that any suffering I have felt or feel is a drop in the lake of suffering in which He endured for all mankind. The last line also touched me, “Where does such malice in men come from? It is caused by sin. Love & sin have met.” How profound!

    #445
    I can only imagine what it was like for St. Faustina to see His agony & feel it! When Jesus mentioned that He suffered even greater pain than this & He was referring to the sins of impurity, I could only think of what is in our world today. We are inundated with impurity in movies, TV, music, books, etc.. How easy it is for any of us to become numb to impurity. The lack of gratitude to such a gift from God, Himself, to our wretched state is something to meditate on, during this coming Lent.

    God bless, love, cocoa43

  2. Peace,

    I prayed for help so I could meditate more deeply on His Passion and these two readings helped me paint a picture in my mind that literally makes me weep. My prayers were answered. cocoa43 I agree, … “How Profound”!

    I thought about #445 and the “impurity” statement. Although, I agree this includes moral impurity but, may I add, purity of intent (the lack of it) – example – a child asks for a drink of water purely because he is thirsty – I on the other hand may have ulterior motive for any thing I ask or do etc…. I thought about this for a couple of days trying to be able to explain my thoughts and then I read Diary entry 484 (not assigned) but look at it and see if you see where I’m coming from.

    God’s Love,
    UB/BB/FB

  3. 408/445: I remember sobbing as a child watching Jesus of Nazarath
    when Jesus went through all that pain & suffering. Reading this
    brings back that pain in my heart-thankfully. Lent is such a
    prayerful/reflective time. We witness malice & cruelty all too
    often-sometimes w/in ourselves, people we are close to, or others
    around us. Its horrifying knowing what we are capable of in our
    humanity. Constantly battling our own original sin.

  4. I don’t think I’ll ever reach a point in my life where I fully appreciate the gravity of my sins. I know intellectually that the things I do are wrong, and I know that they hurt Jesus, but it’s very hard for me to make that knowledge enough to stop me from doing the stupid, sinful things that I do. And I don’t think often enough about the hurt it causes Him when I sin. I think maybe I’m too comfortable with my sins, too used to them. Maybe if I spend more time meditating on His Passion I can be better motivated to change. Or at least to hate my sins more. I think I will make that a goal during this Lenten season!

  5. 408/445. The Scourging at the Pillar and moral purity. Recently while on a week’s retreat in Omaha there was on display a life size statue of Our Lord having just been scourged; His wounds were many, bloody and gaping with flesh having been torn from His body. Add to this the graphic and heart wrenching descriptions of St. Faustina’s 408 & 445 and we get a glimpse of the depths of Our Lord’s redemptive suffering for us individually and for redeeming all of humankind.

    “… He subjected Himself to the scourging: these are the sins of impurity.” And, “Look and see the human race in its present condition.” This was in the 1930s. Our Lord must have had a premonition of what was to come in the next 80 years. That’s about my age. The 30s, 40s, and 50s seemed to be relatively innocent compared to today. This is not to say that there were not sins against purity back then. But, Impurity (Or Lust as one of the 7 Capital Sins the good Sisters taught us about) seems to have started to be magnified with Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Philosophy around 1954; then the televised gyrations of Elvis Presley and subsequent suggestive lyrics and videos like on MTV; the discovery of The Pill in 1958; Univ. of Wisconsin (Racine) textbook in 1962 glorifying the “F” word “that will change the world”; the 60s sexual revolution on university campuses; the rejection of Pope Paul VI’s 1968 Encyclical, “Humanae Vitae”; the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision to legalize abortion with now more than 50,000,000 babies aborted in the U.S. alone; sex education in our public schools with now 5th graders being taught “the pleasures of sex;” no fault divorce; cohabitation; the promulgation of homosexuality to the point of legalizing “gay” marriage; the priests’ sex scandal; the total immersion of our culture in sexual enticements; rampant pornography readily available on the Net; two of our own Durand High School teachers arrested for sexual perversions: Judge Bork wondered about this in his book, “Slouching to Gommorah.” And John Paul II in his “Theology of the Body.”

    Suffice it to say when I meditate on the Scourging at the Pillar in the future I will be thinking about these thoughts.

  6. The descriptions of the sufferings of Christ in 408/445 bring to mind a particular piece of religious art, the name of which I do not know, nor the artist. It is of the head of Christ suffering. Most of the picture is shades of red, the background color too, (I think.) What I most remember is the Lord’s eyes—so blood-shot and weeping. His crown of thorns also weeps blood. His eyes are piercing—To me they are saying, “Why are you doing this to me? Do you not know what you are doing?”

    This painting hangs in the adoration chapel at Holy Cross Church in Batavia, IL diocese of Rockford. They observe Divine Mercy Sunday in a big way. The Church is full with penitents and confessions go on for a couple of hours to a number of priests dispersed throughout the very large Church. This is then followed by Mass, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Apostolic Blessing.

    St. Faustina refers to the sins against purity. They are occasioned everywhere today especially among the young who claim to see no sin in it or in living together without marriage. God have mercy on our grandchildren. Bonnie.

  7. I have been a bit overwhelmed with the extent of my own sin and self deception. This is my first Lent as a Catholic and the blessed Holy Spirit had been answering my prayers for healing and the more He does the more I am faced with what St Faustina calls “my ocean of misery”.

    Suffice it to say that as an on again, off again Protestant Evangelical who honestly believed the ‘once saved, always saved’ heresy, I am now coming to grips with the realization that I spent most of my life destined for Hell. I have plumbed the depths of impurity and to now read about and begin to meditate on His passion and to know that it was me spitting in His face and pounding the reed on His ‘crowned’ head and gripping the end of the scourge as I swung it with all my might…….

    St Faustina was the very first saint I learned about on my journey home to Rome – I have sensed her support and love greatly as I continue to not just learn about but experience the “Communion of Saints”.

    in Jesus and Mary,
    Mike


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26Nov/11

Assignment 19: Diary entries 186 & 187

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  1. Hello!

    I still am embarrassed to say I haven’t prayed the Chaplet yet. I
    don’t know how. Hopefully I will learn soon:)

    187: Jesus’ Passion is incredibly painful-It is so amazing what He
    did for us. How blessed we are that Jesus wants conversion of all
    sinners & does not give up on us! I cry a lot when I think of Jesus’
    Passion-its difficult but necessary to go to that “place”.

  2. #186-

    I don’t think I could ever fully appreciate the love God has for all of us. I really pray that this Lent will be one where I can meditate on a much deeper level what His Passion meant for all of us. I find it so hopeful where He instructs us to call on His Mercy on behalf of sinners. We certainly have people we “worry” & “fret” over, mainly because of the choices they make. The end of the phrase I just wrote, “on behalf of sinners,” I certainly can put myself in that group also. The mentioning of a contrite heart & faith while praying this prayer that He taught her, & He WILL give them the grace of conversion. How powerful is that!!!

    Everyday at daily Mass we say, after Mass, the Chaplet. What I need to memorize & say is the prayer of #187 before we start it. We take turns at Mass saying the Chaplet, I think I will print it out for myself & others, so, we will get in the habit of saying it with all the other prayers in the Chaplet.

  3. I have always struggled with knowing that God loves me, but meditating on the Passion does help–I just seem to forget it as soon as I’m done! But to think that He would have gone through all of His Passion even just for me, if I was the only person on earth, or the only person that needed to be saved, He would have done it all just for me, just so I could be in Heaven with Him someday if I so choose–that’s definitely something to think about! If we ever fully understood how much He loves us, no one would ever be able to function because we would all just be in a swoon all the time thinking about it. I guess that’s what Heaven must be like, huh?

    Ditto to what Aunt Anita said below! My feelings exactly!

    Jane

  4. Peace,

    Here Christ’s promise to …”give him the grace of conversion.”, is one very powerful statement. ( I agree Cocoa!) Grace to a sinful soul. Wow! This Soul of ours must be a very special possession. I pray I can understand the soul, as best as I can.

    I love the prayers in this diary; 950 tells me the Mercy given to me must be shared. Yes, it does say it all (Anita) So, now how do you get your arms around that? ( Yes I am trying to memorize this prayer also)

    Jane & Nicole I love the way of what Christ did for us is unfolding to you two.

    God’s Love,
    UB/BB

    • Indeed ahoentr mystical idea, which is never absent from the mind of St. Paul, is that the individual Christian must live thru, and experience personally, the redemptive life of Christ…from justification to sanctification, the latter is the process begun in Christ..and shows forth the reality of the former. But often they are seen together as a whole, as again Paul states in 1 Cor. 6: 11. Beautiful mystery!


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28Oct/11

Assignment 18: Diary Entry 452

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  1. This reading caused me to look up the 2 words, recollected & dissipation. Dissapation, as I read the meaning, went like this; squandering, scattering, energy frivolous diversion, wasteful, excessive indulgence in pleasure, intemperance. Then I searched for the word, recollected. The keyword is, collect, gather together again. What this meant to me was that it is so important to be focused on God & He would then communicate with us. When we “indulge” in worldly cares we drive out Gods words that are so needed in our lives.
    I read something St. Thomas Aquinas wrote this morning, “If a man does not do good from a super natural motive, neither does God grant him a reward.” It seemed to fit right in with these reading. God bless love.

  2. Every time I see the word “recollected”, I think of my time in prayer, which is anything but recollected most of the time. My thoughts are usually all over the place. I can start out just fine, but eventually (usually by the line “hallowed be thy Name” in the Our Father!) I’m thinking about anything but God. At first when I read this, I thought that was kind of unfair because I can’t really help that my mind wanders so much, and I do try to concentrate, but I just can’t seem to do it. It’s not fair that God will only speak to me if I get my thoughts under control! Then I started thinking that maybe my thoughts wander the way they do because the things that I tend to think about when I should be praying are the things that I have my heart set on more than God, if that makes sense. Maybe if God and doing His will were really most important to me, it would be easier for me to spend time in prayer with Him without my mind wandering in a million different directions. Every time I think I have a handle on things, UB comes up with another diary entry that reminds me how much I don’t have a handle on things!

  3. 452: I took this as God would like us to become more of a community
    under God. I remember when I went to world youth day how powerful it
    was to be at mass w/ thousands of people all there for the same
    reason. Sometimes being selfish can hurt God’s community-I believe he
    always wanted us to lean on each other-even strangers.

    I love you all,

    Nicole

  4. Peace,

    Don’t you just love the beginning line : “If only souls would become recollected…” What does God want us to recall and keep? Could God just want us to remember His Son’s Passion? I personally am hearing that message time and time again. Forgetting Christ’s Passion dilutes my life.

    I really appreciate all you have written; it brought more out of this “short and sweet” reading than I ever expected! Jane- You have (with Christ’s Love) more of a handle on things than you think.

    God’s Love
    BB/UB

  5. I’m looking for the place in St. Faustina’s Diary where she mentions, “It is truly easy to become holy; it just takes a little good will!…The shortest road is faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.”

    This was stated in the book, IN THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Jacques Philippe. And the footnotes refered to Petit journal de Soeur Faustine (Marquain, Belgium, Jules Hovine), p. 142; English ed; St. Faustina Kowalska, Diary; Divine Mercy in my Soul. This quote was not in the Diary on p 142 so it must be a Belgium interpretation of the Diary.

    Can anyone find this quote in her Diary for me?


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25Sep/11

Assignment 17: Diary entry 424 – (if you feel brave, read on to the next two (425, 426) . No need to comment on them but meditate on their meaning.)

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  1. 424: I am a little regretful that I didn’t enter the religious life after reading this. I have alot of work to do to get closer to Him! I believe this analogy will stick w/ me forever. What a humbling & vivid reminder!

  2. In this reading, I picked up on the use of the word “Christian”. “faithful Christian” to be exact. So ALL “faithful Christians” will have a light. God uses words perfectly and I don’t think this reading is an exception. Didn’t Christ say “…no one can come to the Father except through Me”. But that doesn’t mean that other faiths won’t go to Heaven but will they have a light? And if a lay person, like Gianna Molla, can become a Saint, is she considered “Religious”? I am happy that I have the possibility to have a light, albeit a twinkle.

  3. I have such a hard time with passages like this. It’s really hard when we live in a time and place that emphasizes everyone’s total equality to realize that God created some people to shine more brightly than others. I know that He still love me but it would be easier for me if I thought I was one of the “bright” ones and not a dim one. This is a good lesson in humility for me I think.

  4. #424
    What a powerful image the moon & stars are when one reads this note. I thought about it a lot. This is what went through my head as I read this. Religious not only strive to perfect their lives but attempt through prayer & actions to lead others to Christ. Pretty much, this is their entire life. In a much smaller way, we, “faithful Christians,” who are “in” the world, attempt the same things, but because of our many demands, our focus is dimmer than theirs. I love the last line, “True greatness is in loving God & in humility.” What struck me the most was that as a secular Carmelite, we just studied & discussed how much humility & love go together & that leads to detachment. We didn’t come up with that, St. Teresa of Avila did & she went into great detail as to how this happens & how important it is. It takes a strong will to continue to try & achieve this goal & of course, grace from God. I think that everyday I wake up, it feels like a clean slate to try, yet again.


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3Sep/11

Assignment 16: Diary Entry 300

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  1. one of my New Year’s resolutions has been to work on my emotional eating (easier said than done!) and one of the Scripture verses I keep saying to myself to kind of help me along is “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me”. That sounds an awful lot like what He told St. Faustina, “You cannot do anything by yourself but with Me you can do all things.” Now I know that me not eating an entire bag of Reese’s miniatures in one sitting is anything even REMOTELY like St. Faustina preparing the world for His second coming, but I still think He would say the same thing to me, and it is very comforting. The idea of His second coming, however, is not comforting, it’s very scary to me, even though I should be happy about it (don’t we say in Mass “as we wait in JOYFUL HOPE for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ?”). I really need to work on my relationship with Him so I can think of His second coming as something to look forward to, joyfully even, instead of something to be afraid of! So much to work on, just one short lifetime to do it in!

  2. # 429

    Again, how sobering this diary note is!!! St Faustina must have felt that she was on overwhelm from the fact that she was called to be part of His amazing plans for mankind at this time. Out of incredible humility she fights her way of fleeing from such a responsibility & comes back to what He asks of her. To be living right now, knowing, all He told her would happen, is leaving me speachless. His final coming, is beyond my full appreciation for what that means. A priest told us at Mass once that the end times will come for all of us when we die. He then added that we must be prepared for that moment at all times. She gives us quite a blueprint of what we need to do.

    Our Lord’s sentence where He tells her she cannot get away from Him or do anything by herself for He is everywhere is something for me to meditate on. “You cannot do anything by yourself but with Me you can do all things.” They really are words for all of us.

  3. This reminds me of a saying “you can run but you can’t hide” I hope I can become a better listener with God & His will this year & always. What a great reminder he is with us always. Its scary & comforting at the same time. Its good to always feel accountable to someone. I find myself fearful or lazy lots of times when I should do God’s will. Hopefully I will get better as time goes on. When is the final coming!!!!! This is terrifying. Where would I stand today in His eyes?

  4. God’s Peace,

    I imagine – what if, God’s message is being said to us. It may say, not so much as “what is coming”, but for us to “DO” – DO pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy – DO spread the message of Christ’s Mercy – DO pray for our enemies – DO ask for God’s help to carry out His Will, DO… DO… DO… I believe we have a part in this “prepare of the world…” (all be it a very tiny part, I’m sure) and similar to St. Faustina: I really would rather go on with my life as normal than to get involved with something that is WAY OUT of my comfort zone. But, I am trying.


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1Jul/11

Assignment 15: Diary Entry 429

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  1. # 429

    Again, how sobering this diary note is!!! St Faustina must have felt that she was on overwhelm from the fact that she was called to be part of His amazing plans for mankind at this time. Out of incredible humility she fights her way of fleeing from such a responsibility & comes back to what He asks of her. To be living right now, knowing, all He told her would happen, is leaving me speachless. His final coming, is beyond my full appreciation for what that means. A priest told us at Mass once that the end times will come for all of us when we die. He then added that we must be prepared for that moment at all times. She gives us quite a blueprint of what we need to do.

    Our Lord’s sentence where He tells her she cannot get away from Him or do anything by herself for He is everywhere is something for me to meditate on. “You cannot do anything by yourself but with Me you can do all things.” They really are words for all of us.

    God bless, Cocoa, Mom, AC

  2. It’s ironic that UB picked this paragraph for this week–one of my New Year’s resolutions has been to work on my emotional eating (easier said than done!) and one of the Scripture verses I keep saying to myself to kind of help me along is “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me”. That sounds an awful lot like what He told St. Faustina, “You cannot do anything by yourself but with Me you can do all things.” Now I know that me not eating an entire bag of Reese’s miniatures in one sitting is anything even REMOTELY like St. Faustina preparing the world for His second coming, but I still think He would say the same thing to me, and it is very comforting. The idea of His second coming, however, is not comforting, it’s very scary to me, even though I should be happy about it (don’t we say in Mass “as we wait in JOYFUL HOPE for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ?”). I really need to work on my relationship with Him so I can think of His second coming as something to look forward to, joyfully even, instead of something to be afraid of! So much to work on, just one short lifetime to do it in!

    NJ/CJ

  3. The one thing that got my attention about St. Faustina was her humanity! Think of it, Jesus told her what He expected from her and she tried to hide. I can understand that. She knew herself so well. She knew it wasn’t true humility that was directing her thoughts and actions. It is comforting to know Jesus is a very understanding and merciful Lord. It is also extremely evident He does get His way. The Lord’s Prayer says it all!!
    Anita

  4. This reminds me of a saying “you can run but you can’t hide” I hope I can become a better listener with God & His will this year & always. What a great reminder he is with us always. Its scary & comforting at the same time. Its good to always feel accountable to someone. I find myself fearful or lazy lots of times when I should do God’s will. Hopefully I will get better as time goes on. When is the final coming!!!!! This is terrifying. Where would I stand today in His eyes?

    God Bless, Nicole

  5. I imagine – what if, God’s message is being said to us. It may say, not so much as “what is coming”, but for us to “DO” – DO pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy – DO spread the message of Christ’s Mercy – DO pray for our enemies – DO ask for God’s help to carry out His Will, DO… DO… DO… I believe we have a part in this “prepare of the world…” (all be it a very tiny part, I’m sure) and similar to St. Faustina: I really would rather go on with my life as normal than to get involved with something that is WAY OUT of my comfort zone. But, I am trying.

  6. This is test


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21May/11

Assignment 14: Diary Entry 325 & 326

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  1. #325
    The first thing I noticed when I started to read this was that it was the feast of the Assumption. I mention this because I think everything in her notes are significant. When our Blessed Mother appeared to her she told her to pray, pray & pray. She, Blessed Mother, said the word, “demand,” in reference to her praying. What does this say to us? I think of how often I reluctantly go into prayer & always aware of the time limit I put on myself. Our Lady also mentioned praying for the world, especially for St. Faustina’s Poland. All of us know of what happened with World War 11 & the horrors that came from it. I think back on what Mike & I saw in Auschwitz & Birkenau & the unspeakable horrors that went on there.
    Our Lady also mentioned to her about going to Mass & receiving communion for 9 consecutive days, & that she, St. Faustina, would be as an offering at all times, night & day. Isn’t 9 always used in novena’s? Again, I think this is something we are to pay attention to. When Our Lady then tells her that when she awakens she is to pray in the spirit. How does one do that, pray in the spirit? I have an idea but I hope someone comments on how we accomplish that.

    #326
    The gaze that Jesus referred to on the picture as being the same that He had while looking from His cross, makes me want to study it more. How blessed St. Faustina was to actually see this while He appeared to her!!

  2. 325: I didn’t realize Mary came & spoke to her as well. How can I remain in prayer with all my children & life distractions? I wish there was a class. I believe I would be more at peace. This passage is a great reminder to pray more.

    326: I now look at my picture in a different way. What a powerful poster/print. Thank you!

    Lots of love,

    Nicole

  3. Anita Wrote
    Hi Everybody!! The passage that really got me was about also praying in spirit. The one thing that stood out in my mind was the 1st. part of the “Magnificat”. When she said “My soul does magnify the Lord and my spirit does rejoice in God my Saviour. It is almost like the spirit is a product of your soul. For years I have wondered about that proclamation She made. The Rosary is such a powerful prayer! Everyone in this group really cares about doing the right thing and that I feel is part of our spirit Our Mother was referring to.

    The gaze is so compelling. A person can see grief, kindness and concern. He really want us to REALLY trust Him.

  4. Peace,
    #325, Mother Mary does give St Faustina some very clear instructions and I too believe we should take a cue from this with regard to our prayer life. I also was intrigued with the meaning of the last line about praying ” in the spirit”. I asked one of our friends after Church, what “praying in the spirit” might mean. she said that is when you don’t know how to pray, just let the Holy Spirit pray thru you (Praying in the Spirit is known to the Charismatics)

    #326
    After looking at the print closely, I think I have burnt the Christ’s gaze into my mind, so I can see it in my mind’s eye whenever I want. When I meditate on the picture with that knowledge about the gaze, I see the very love He has for all of us.


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15May/11

Assignment 13: Diary entry 378 (make sure you read footnote 89)

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  1. # 378

    This one is another very sobering piece to read. It reminds me that we certainly could be heading for some very serious times. Certainly, a time of great suffering on the horizon. I heard our priest, Fr. Dan, say several times this past year, that this is a time of His mercy. He would encourage us to rely heavily on it as after that would be the time of His judgement. St. Faustina’s lines, “That God is infinetly merciful, no one can deny. He desires everyone to know this before He comes again as Judge.” I pray I will be faithful to whatever He wills in my life & always keep His mercy in my mind & heart.

    I have known 2 people here that had the Divine Mercy chaplet said for them on their death beds this past year. Both died very peacefully & the people around them were deeply affected by saying this chaplet at that time. The man that died had such a deep peace about him that people had to stop themselves from saying he is a saint. What Christ said at the end of this note, certainly leaves me to believe that is exactly what happens.

    The reference to #89, mentions about the image & when it was first honored. It took many years after that before the image spread throughout the world but look at it now!!! I love the last line, “The work of Redemption is bound up with the work of mercy requested by the Lord.” What a miracle to be part of this life & what awaits us all.

  2. Her Spiritual Director had to suffer greatly! He knew St. Faustina so well that the messages she received was so necessary for the whole world to receive. And yet this happened!! You can almost feel his grief and agony. I know God does not make mistakes. , As it is written, “How incomprehensible his judgments, how unsearchable His ways”. Oh Jesus, I Trust in You

  3. For me this passage reminds me how NOT in control I am. God orchestrates everything. He let the message of the Divine Mercy be hidden all those years to help us to understand that it really came from Him. God gives us free will, yet everything still happens according to His plans….that’s a lot to think about!

    And I still need to work on mortifying myself and accepting suffering better. St. Faustina makes it so clear how important suffering is, and the acceptance of it and offering it up to God, and I still never mortify myself and I usually tend to complain and eat large amounts of chocolate when suffering is sent my way. We’re lucky she didn’t do the same when God sent suffering her way (same with Father Sopocko!) St. Faustina reminds me how crucial it is to have a proper understanding of the role of suffering in the spiritual life!

    NJ/CJ

  4. Peace

    #378
    St. Faustina’s gift to see into the future greatly impresses me. I imagine Fr. Sopocko’s suffering with seeing his life’s work being apparently hidden was very intense( diary entry 604 gives you an idea). I love knowing that by design, the Diary and the adoration of Divine Mercy we are reading/practicing today was kept from the world for almost 20 years. I can’t find the passage now, but somewhere in the Diary Christ said to Faustina “…. from Poland shall come my spark…”. so isn’t it interesting that the person responsible for the rescinding of the 1959 Notification was no other than Poland’s Cardinal Karol Wojtyla.

    So for us to proclaim God’s Goodness- sends satan running to the bottom of hell, well, I think I can do that!

    God’s Love,

    UB/BB


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22Apr/11

Assignment 12: Diary Entry 374 & 392

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  1. #374
    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.” !!!

    #392
    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

  2. 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.

  3. Peace

    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.

    God’s Love
    BB/UB

  4. 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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10Apr/11

Assignment 11: Diary Entry 369

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. #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.

  4. 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!

  5. Peace.

    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)

  6. Jane,
    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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