By Sarah Chichester (Feb 21, 2010)
The following is the second in a series of Lenten reflections, 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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"My child, where did you go? Come to your merciful God."
I'd rather not Lord. For a second, I thought that I could follow You and be with You, but I'm a hypocrite! I say that I love You and that I want to follow You, but then I walk away and commit a sin. Very often the same sin, over and over! I say that I love You and then turn around and hurt You. I'm a terrible friend to You.
"Do not get discouraged when you see yourself as you are, when you see yourself as weak and helpless. You can do nothing without Me — of course! But you forget the importance and power of My mercy. As often as you fall, return to Me, and throw yourself upon My mercy. Trust in Me and My love for you. Your sins do not offend Me as much as does your lack of trust in My goodness."
But Lord, don't You ever get tired of my continual (and often repeated!) sins?
"Little one, fallen human love is imperfect and conditional, whereas My love for you is unfathomable. Only in eternity will you understand how much I love you. My love for you stretches from heaven to earth and pierces though your brokenness. Every time you humble yourself and approach Me with all that you are and have — all your brokenness and frailty — and ask for My mercy, My Heart melts and I rush to gather you in My arms."
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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.