"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Divine Mercy

Jesus, I trust in you.

Usually I try to post something on the novena to Divine Mercy, but this year I was distracted ...

I did not forget to begin the novena on Good Friday however.  If you forgot, it is never too late to join in.  It ends on Sunday, the Feast of Divine Mercy.  Keep in mind that praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy is the essential prayer of the novena - our intentions may be the same as St. Faustina's, or we may make our own.

The devotion also requires us to show mercy to one another.  Our Lord told Faustina:
I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for me.  You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere.  You must not shrink from this or try to excuse yourself from it. [Diary, 742]
Blessed Alberto Marvelli always prayed, "for the grace to be merciful to others."
Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbors souls and come to their rescue. - St. Faustina


  1. Forgiving others comes easily to me. Hospitality to the uninvited (and sometimes unwelcome) is a whole other story. It is so contrary to my nature. Pray for me.

  2. Forgiving others comes easy to me, too...the next day. When I wake up in the morning it's like I've been reset to "Happy New Year!"

    It's not a virtue; it's the result of being at once forgetful, self-centered, and hopelessly shallow. The truth, alas, is that I don't care enough about other people to stay mad at anyone for longer than a day.

  3. James - wish my friends were like you. They usually stay mad at me for life.

  4. I don't blame them; I'm never posting here again.

    See you tomorrow!


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