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TO A SINFUL SOUL

Have no fear to approach Me.

Sinful Soul

“I desire trust from My creatures. Encourage souls to place great trust in My fathomless mercy. Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to approach Me, for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all would be drowned in the unmeasurable depths of My mercy“.                                                                               Diary 1059

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun, St. Faustina, bringing a wonderful message of Mercy:

sinful soul

  1. GOD’S LOVE: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love”. 1 John 4:8. No one can know what love really means unless he first knows God through the experience of faith.
  2. God loves us as we are. The deadliest of all delusions about God is the notion that He can be angry. God who is unchangeable remains forever loving. So God continues to love, no matter what our choices are.
  3. Man’s response to God is to love our fellow man. The ability to love one another is God’s gift to us. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.”                                                                                               Matthew 25:40
  4. God is our destiny. There is an interesting story of Florence Chadwick who almost swam the English Channel. When a fog rolled in, she said that she could have made it, but she couldn’t see the shore.
  5. God’s Providence rules the lives of man. It is the belief that we are put in contact with God each moment in order to follow His divine plan for us.

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AWAKENING CHARISMS

CHARISMS & THE LAITY
Awaken the Laity

To integrate or awakening of the role of the laity into the whole life of the Church will need Power of the Holy Spirit and all His charisms. All the baptized by the very fact of their baptism, can minister in Christ’s Name to the whole world. They can have a desire to lead committed lives but they can also call to be actively involved in the liturgy. They can sometimes be involved with the development of some area of lay ministry or specialty in ministry.

To be Church means to live as community in the world for the service of the world. The Church is a community before it is a hierarchical institution. Unless we exist as a family, we do not exist as a Church. The image of the Church as family as a model can be easily understood: a Spirit inspired community whose members are one corporate body or family.. We are all social beings and we cannot live nor develop fully without interpersonal relationships

The “sacred traditions” of the Church claim exclusive hierarchical rights to teach, preach or govern. The total absence of the laity from leadership roles is an unhealthy dimension of the Church – even inefficient and spiritually damaging.

In His own time, Jesus condemned leaders”who make their authority felt” or “who lord it over others,” and He insisted “it is not to be so with you” Luke 22:24-27

There has been greater spiritual renewal in prayer and faith sharing outside the parish life in spontaneous small support groups and spiritual movements. This spiritual renewal has not been sacramental; these groups  use healing gifts .

Each of us has a proper and indispensable role in the mission of the Church. Lay persons identify with the world and through the grace of baptism and aided by charisms they strive to make the world a better place.

Shared responsibility would require that each baptized Christian be guaranteed not only freedom in responsible involvement in ministry but also freedom of speech regarding what him or her judges to be best for the Church. This new direction will only be realized if the non-clergy are willing to move up and the clergy are willing to move over, which is all based on the philosophy of genuine love – not on authority.

O humility, the most precious of virtues, how few souls possess you! I see only a semblance of this virtue everywhere, but not the virtue itself.                                                                                    Diary 1436 of St. Faustina

As John the Baptist the first preacher of Jesus Christ, reminds us that, “I must decrease so that He may increase.”                 John 3:30

Awaken the Laity

CHARISMS

Charisms are not just “natural abilities” but gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit to each person as He wills.

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WHY THE KING OF MERCY?

KING OF MERCYKING OF MERCY

Spiritual Insight

There are, in my life, times and moments of spiritual insight; that is, divine illuminations, when the soul receives inward instruction about things it has not read in any book and has not been taught by any person. These are times of great inner knowledge which God himself imparts to the soul. These are great mysteries. Diary 1102

Holiness, Justice, Goodness

In the beginning, God lets himself be known as Holiness, Justice, Goodness that is to say, Mercy. The soul does not come to know this all at once, but piecemeal, in flashes; that is to say, when God draws near. And this does not last for long, because the soul could not bear such light. This light which has touched the soul is alive within it, and nothing can either quench or diminish it. This flash of the knowledge of God draws the soul and enkindles its love for Him.                                                                                                                                     Diary 95 

“Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy”.                                                                                                         Diary 1146

The great theme of the messages which Faustina relates in her diary is one of the Mercy of God. In 1931, Sister Faustina said that Jesus appeared with His right hand raised in blessing, and with two rays, one red and one white, emanating from His heart. Jesus asked her to have this image painted and to have the words, “Jesus, I trust in You,” placed under the image. HE IS THE KING OF MERCY!

WHY THE KING OF MERCY?

“The rays,” Jesus explained, “represent the Blood and Water that gushed forth from the depths of My mercy when My agonizing heart was pieced on the cross. The pale rays symbolize the water, which cleanses and purifies the soul. These rays will shield the soul before the justice of My Father. Fortunate are those who live in this shelter, for the justice of God will not reach them there.”

Not having any resources, Sister Faustina had to trust that God would see to the image’s being painted and disseminated.

THE THIRD HOUR

I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul“.                                                  Diary 1572

        JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU

King of mercy

 I am Merciful and Always Ready to Forgive.

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THE MAGIC OF THE EUCHARIST

The Eucharist in the Life of St. Faustina

There was a very special place for the Holy Eucharist in the life of Saint Maria Faustina.  Holy Communion was the strength and support of St. Faustina in her every day struggle of life. The Lord told her: “In the Host is the power; it will defend you always.        Diary 616

EUCHARIST Faustina

 It was only Saint Faustina to whom Jesus gave explicit instructions to write His words regarding the new devotion that He wished to establish in the world. This diary is an actual record of Jesus’ words to St. Faustina.

A  regular experience for  St. Faustina was the vision of the Lord during Holy Mass. Over sixty such visions are recorded in her diary, mostly of the infant Jesus, a few occasions with the Blessed Mother, and at other times, Jesus during His passion and some of His majesty.

Some dozen times she records seeing the rays of mercy as in the image of the Merciful Savior coming from the Holy Eucharist, at times covering the world         Diary of St. Faustina  420, 441, 1046

Again and again, Jesus told St. Faustina that He had chosen her period in history to pour out His mercy upon mankind, in preparation for His Second Coming. Thus, she saw that her state of “living host” was a pure, unmerited gift of Divine Mercy.

She had a special relationship to the Holy Eucharist, because Jesus gave her a clear understanding of this mystery. She describes it “as the wonderful gift of His presence on earth”. During Mass, “I thanked the Lord Jesus for having redeemed us and for having given us the greatest of all gifts, the Holy Eucharist”. “You wanted to stay with us, and so you left us yourself in the Sacrament of the Altar, and you opened wide your mercy to us. You opened an inexhaustible spring of mercy for us, giving us your dearest possession, the Blood and Water, that gushed forth from Your Heart”                                                   Diary 1747

“On leaving the earth, O Lord, You wanted to stay with us, and so You left us Yourself in the Sacrament of the Altar, and You opened wide Your mercy to us.”                                                                        Diary 1747

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”                                                            John 6: 51

Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”                         John 6: 57,58

Effect on an Indifferent Person

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