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A Simple Moment of Trust
By Jay Hastings (Jun 2, 2008)
My name is Jay Hastings of Bartlett, Tenn. I am the founder of a growing group of Divine Mercy devotees who ensures that the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy is being prayed every hour of the day. The 24-Hour Chaplet of Divine Mercy members now consist of more than 832 people in 19 countries. People are assigned an hour each day in which to pray. They pray for three things: the promotion of the Divine Mercy devotion; the sick and dying in the hour that you pray; and people about to commit mortal sin.
We also continuously pray for those intentions in our Divine Mercy Prayer Journals as we present them to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament each week during the Hour of Mercy.
As I was leaving my office I discovered I had three pens in the pocket of my coat. I was on my way to our Lenten Stations of the Cross and all night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Ann in Bartlett. I took two of the pens out of my pocket and put them on my desk leaving me with one pen to write an article for our upcoming Divine Mercy Healing Mass and our Divine Mercy newsletter. I like being prepared to write when I'm at Adoration because many times I receive light and inspiration.
Jesus once said to St. Faustina, "The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is — trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them" (Diary of St. Faustina, 1578).
At another point, He said, "I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls" (1074).
As Stations of the Cross ended and Adoration began, everything became clear to me what I should write. I put down about two sentences, and then my pen ran out of ink. Now without a pen, but full of inspiration to write, I thought to myself that maybe I'm just suppose to sit there in Adoration and not write. Then I remembered Who I was adoring, and even in the littlest of things (such as a pen) I trusted. I know that God can do anything if He wants it to happen. So I sat still and waited and talked with our Lord and said that if He wants me to sit and not write and do Adoration then I will, and if He wants me to write because I have all this inspiration in me at the moment then I trust that He will send me a pen with which to write.
"Entrust everything to Me," Christ told St. Faustina, "and do nothing on your own, and you will always have great freedom of spirit. No circumstances of events will be able to upset you" (Diary, 1685).
"Tell them that no soul that has called upon My mercy has been disappointed or brought to shame," He said. "I delight particularly in a soul which has placed its trust in My goodness" (1541).
As I sat in the pew, I noticed someone headed my way from across the church. It was one of our suffering souls whom I had spoken with earlier in the week regarding her writing our prayer requests for our upcoming healing Mass. She approached me to tell me that if I was going to be around a little longer she would leave the prayer requests with me.
I noticed she had a pen in her hand. I told her that I thought it was "God's pen" and that she was suppose to loan it to me, which she did. (I was later able to explain to her what I meant by that!) With "God's pen," I was able to write much down from the inspirations. I felt God was with me when I was writing.
I know trusting in Him pleases Him very much, and the little things are just as important as the big things — if done with much love. Obedience and trust on our part can help change the world and human hearts through our God who is Lord of all things. And even the small, seemingly insignificant, events of our lives are important to Him.
Jesus, we trust in your goodness and mercy.
"When a soul praises My goodness," He told St. Faustina, "Satan trembles before it and flees to the very bottom of hell" (Diary, 378).
To join the 24-Hour Chaplet, contact Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone, 901-438-7772..