By Sarah Chichester (Apr 1, 2010)
The following is the eighth in a series of reflections from Ash Wednesday to Easter, written as a dialogue between the Lord and the soul. These reflections are inspired by the Diary of St. Faustina and Scripture.
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Lord, tonight you called me Your friend. I am no longer a slave, but Your friend ... Why Lord? Why so much for me?
"Little friend, all human language struggles and fails to express My great love for you. But soon you will see My love for you and for the whole world."
You will leave me tonight, Lord? What am I without You?
"From among you this night I have called in a new way those who will be my representatives after I leave you. They will stand in My stead and bring Me to you. Pray for them always, for as My representatives they will be ground by the world and trampled under foot. But those who are faithful to Me will bear much fruit, and through their love and sacrifice many will believe in Me."
I will pray for them, Lord, and for all those who receive You through them. Now, as we enter the Garden, let me remain by Your side as You pray. Even though I am small, let me console You with my loving presence. Even though my heart may break at the sight of Your profound agony, let me stay so that You may not suffer alone.
"Your love does console My Heart. Come, little one. Follow Me into the Garden."
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Read part 1: The Quiet Call.
Read part 2: Trying God's Patience?
Read part 3: A Trail of Trust.
Read part 4: If You Want Peace ...
Read part 5: In Your Mercy, Preserve My Life
Read part 6: Finding Everyday Masterpieces.
Read part 7: Into Jerusalem
Sarah Chichester works for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, based in Stockbridge, Mass.