For those times when you say to yourself, “I did it again!” From St. Faustina’s Diary:
It so happened that I fell again into a certain error, in spite of a sincere resolution not to do so even though the lapse was a minor imperfection and rather involuntary and at this I felt such acute pain in my soul that I interrupted my work and went to the chapel for a while. Falling at the feet of Jesus, with love and a great deal of pain, I apologized to the Lord, all the more ashamed because of the fact that in my conversation with Him after Holy Communion this very morning I had promised to be faithful to Him. Then I heard these words: If it hadn’t been for this small imperfection, you wouldn’t have come to Me (Diary, 1293).
Hot weather and I are not a good mix. I am thankful that it benefits some–one of the Sisters in our house regularly proclaims: “It’s great tomato weather!” And I will be thankful when the tomatoes come–although honestly I could wait a few weeks if it meant cooler weather!
All that really has nothing to do with my post today, other than to say I find it hard to think when it’s this hot, so I’m just going to post a quote from St. Faustina about the merciful love of God, trusting in it for myself in the midst of my weakness during hot days. 😉
Be not afraid of your Savior, O sinful soul. I make the first move to come to you, for I know that by yourself you are unable to lift yourself to me. Child, do not run away from your Father; be willing to talk openly with your God of mercy who wants to speak words of pardon and lavish his graces on you. How dear your soul is to Me! I have inscribed your name upon My hand; you are engraved as a deep wound in My Heart . . .
My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of My goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed Myself to be nailed to the Cross; for you I let My Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart. Your misery has disappeared in the depths of My mercy. Do not argue with Me about your wretchedness. You will give Me pleasure if you hand over to Me all your troubles and griefs. I shall heap upon you the treasures of My grace. (Diary, 1485)
Humility is the gateway to the mercy of God.
Pondering today how hard we try so often to live lives without sin, but usually because we just don’t want to humble ourselves before others and especially before God. We don’t want to take the risk. We don’t want to admit that we are imperfect human beings. But humility is the gateway, the door to His mercy. We don’t really trust His love and mercy. We should be running to Him with our faults, our sins, asking Him to “punish us with a kiss.”
Let us never assume that if we live good lives we will be without sin; our lives should be praised only when we continue to beg for pardon. (St. Augustine)
[Let] the greatest sinners [place] their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in My bottomless mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy toward tormented souls. 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. Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My Justice . . . . (St. Faustina, Diary 1146)