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A witness to Merciful Love....

Saturday, January 21, 2006
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Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!
I remember the very first time just a few months ago at the first meeting of this little Divine Mercy group that I felt Our Lord wanted me to have. Besides Our Merciful God - I was the only other one there. I was frustrated. Kind of got my feelings bent a bit I have to confess. I felt like- "Ok Lord You told me to do this and I am alone with you". Maybe not the proper attitude I know but that was what was going on within. However, I stayed- I prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for all those who I know, for my parish, for my priests and every priest I could think of, for my Archbishop, for the entire Church and for the Holy Father. I felt pretty alone but I knew that God wanted me to do it so I remained. The next week and the next went by still no one but I was growing used to that. The thought came to me -"Well I am just going to give up on this". Then quickly I knew I had to remain faithful just as God is faithful. People came the following week. Then more and more. Today it was a good group. Next week at 3pm I know it will be better. Not because of anything that I can do. It is because once souls experience the profound Mercy of God they are inflamed by His Mercy and Love. God is so faithful and so very good.
I wish with all my heart that I could somehow help people (like you) to see just how much the God of Mercy, Love and Truth wants to pour His Graces into our hearts. Yet so few in the larger secular world believe or want to trust in a God who is that Merciful. It is sad. Though in a way it gives Christ working within me and so many others such a great opportunity to proclaim and to see the fruits of our labors for Him.
I have seen it in this blog through the past year especially. I remember writing the challenge to people feeling that it was what Our Lord wanted me to do and thinking my words are so feeble. How can I through this blog and in the little world around me draw people to the Divine Mercy. Yet, I still went ahead and did as I felt I was called to and issued the challenge for people to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3pm everyday. Through the months many have contacted me and told me how the Divine Mercy has transformed their lives. It was not me. That was God's Mercy in action. I remember reading in the Diary of St. Faustina that Our Lord said that no matter how (my words) feeble the words be they in a homily by a priest or in personal interactions (like this and my daily life) that He would work through it. I know my abilities and they are few but yet if I place my trust- abandon myself- to the Divine Mercy He will bring souls to Him. Actually there is very little I need to do other than be faithful and do my best to bear witness to His Truth and Mercy. He takes over.
What is lacking in me- He will more than make up for and bless if I do my part. In fact I am slowly starting to really understand that it is truly in my weakness that Christ is the strongest. So I rejoice in my weakness. I rejoice that I do not have all the abilities that others may for Christ can really show His greatest miracles then. I rejoice in the fact that despite my lack of serious theological education that some times I hit the nail on the head in my feeble way. I rejoice then because I know it is not me but The One who is Truth and Love. Does this mean I do not pursue what Our Lord desires of me and to not seriously study the teachings of the Church- absolutely not. Does it mean that I can stop checking and rechecking myself against the Teaching and Traditions of the Church to avoid deception- absolutely not. I think a big part of the spiritual life regardless of our state in life or vocation is discernment and obedience. Today though I rejoice for the Lord God of Hosts has allowed me to be His very unworthy instrument and witness. Today I am thankful to God and I know more than ever of my love for the God of Love and Truth and Mercy. Tomorrow new battles and new opportunities will occur- today I am thankful for His Merciful Love.
Thank you Lord Jesus! I love You! Thank You for allowing me to be Your witness. Give me courage always to bear witness for You.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
Ed




"Again, "I say unto you, That ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." What a precept is this? why is this voluntary degradation? what good can come to it? is it not an extravagance? Not to resist evil is going far; but to court it, to turn the left cheek to the aggressor and to offer to be insulted! What a wonderful command! What? Must we take pleasure in indignities? Surely we must; however difficult it be to understand it, however arduous and trying to practice it. Hear St. Paul's words, which are a comment on Christ's: "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecuting, in distresses for Christ's sake." He adds the reason; "for when I am weak, then am I strong." As health and exercise and regular diet are necessary to strength of the body, so an enfeebling and afflicting of the natural man, a chastising and afflicting of soul and body, are necessary to the exaltation of the soul." + Ven. John Cardinal Henry Newman, Sermon 22, The Weapons of the Saints
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