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By Fr. George Kosicki, CSB (Jul 14, 2011)
I've noticed how impatient I can get with God.

I desire to have His love at work within me, transforming me. But I don't know how to go about it and I quickly get frustrated. The problem is, when I let my impatience get in the way, I forget that God is God and His ways are not my ways. He is beyond our questions of how, when, and where. God is beyond our limitations of space and time, matter and gravity.

You and I need to consider how God's love really does work in us, so we can better understand His ways and grow in patience.

First, and most simply, we need to realize, "God is Love!" (1 Jn 4:8). So, we need to let Him be God and love us. In fact, God is always loving us. It's His nature. And He takes the initiative: "Love consists in this; not that we have loved God, but that He has loved us" (1 Jn 4:10).

Second, this God who is Love is always present. The love of God is present in us by the gift of the Holy Spirit who has been poured into our hearts at Baptism. So we can be present in silent, loving adoration to the One who is always present to us.

Third, God's love is always at work. Whether we feel it or not, His love is at work in the deep, dark caverns of our hearts, cleaning up and reaming out all the obstacles to His presence. He is making space for the gift of Himself. We need to ask Him, then, to continue His work of love in us as He makes more space for Himself.

Fourth — and perhaps most importantly for us — God waits for us to open our hearts ever wider to Him. What the Lord asks of us is a bit of good will and permission for Him to work in our hearts. He says to you and me, "Here I stand, knocking at the door. If anyone hears Me calling and opens the door, I will enter his house and have supper with him, and he with Me" (Rev 3:20).

Saint Faustina allowed the Lord's love to work in her heart as she grew in greater trust and a deeper desire for Him. So, too, we can invite Jesus ever more fully into our hearts, asking Him to remove any obstacles to His love.

"O my Jesus, how easy it is to become holy; all that is needed is a bit of good will," writes St. Faustina. "If Jesus sees this little bit of good will in the soul, He hurries to give Himself to the soul, and nothing can stop Him, neither shortcomings or falls — absolutely nothing" (Diary, 291).

If we muster only a "flicker of good will, the mercy of God will accomplish the rest" (see Diary, 1486). We can make a simple offering of ourselves or a gesture expressing our good will. Then, the Lord will take us deeper and further into His love.

Even St. Faustina had to probe her soul more deeply when the Lord told her that there was something she still had not offered Him. Finally, she cried out, "Jesus, tell me what it is, and I will give it to You at once with a generous heart."

Jesus replied with kindness, "Daughter, give Me your misery, because it is your exclusive property."

"At that moment, a ray of light illumined my soul," writes St. Faustina, "and I saw the whole abyss of my misery. In that same moment, I nestled close to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with so much trust that even if I had the sins of all the damned weighing on my conscience, I would not have doubted God's mercy" (Diary, 1318).

So, what can I do?

The Lord is waiting for me to give Him everything — my impatience, my frustration, all of my misery.

I can say with all of my being, "Come into my heart, Lord Jesus! Do your work of love. Root out all of my misery."

"Make my heart like Yours. Make it ever true."

Father George Kosicki, CSB, is one of the best-known authors and speakers on Divine Mercy. He lives in solitude in upper Michigan with the community of Companions of Christ the Lamb.

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maryS - Jun 24, 2009

Beautiful Father,when I read this it sink down to my whole being and ashamed of myself.How cruel I am,that there are times I ignored Jesus to come to my heart,there is still pride in me,that lingers in my mind,Jesus does not need those precious material thing,He only needs is very deep and simple"LOVE" but hard to give,sorry for my failures,impatience,frustration,thank you Jesus for your unconditional love for us.

Isa - Jun 25, 2009

Thank you Father, this is beautiful. He reminds me of God's Love for me and his Mercy. Forgive my unbelief at times. I Love you Jesus.

A servant of Jesus and Mary - Jun 25, 2009

All Praise be Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Thank you very much for this reminder. Mary, bring more souls to recognize God's love for them. Help us to not be afraid to let him in, amen.

Dessa - Jun 25, 2009

Thank you Father, as I read this I know you are with me I do want you in every part of my life. I surrender my all to you. Forgive all my impatience and wrongs I have done. I will wait for you in your time not mine. Thank you Jesus. Amen

EFI, Vandergrift, PA - Jun 25, 2009

Great Message: Father, you give us your Love, we give you our Misery. Not quite a fair exchange, but who are we to question our Father, whose ways are not our ways? I feel Good-and-Plenty Reassured!

sima - Jun 27, 2009

Thanks for this message which remaind me of how Jesus always want to take away my misery. O Jesus I Trust in You

mary - Jun 29, 2009

fr your story is very good zbogiem

mary - Jun 29, 2009

fr.kosicki your stories you write are very good to read i always look forward to reading them praise god

seven3 - Jul 4, 2009

Hi Father,
I was feeling really sad today, missing someone from my past tremendously. I keep dreaming about her and denying how much I still love her and mad at the fact I am so mad at what happened between us. Your meditation really helped me out and I will do my best to give Jesus my misery so he can enter my heart and heal me. Thank you.

Maria P. (Canada) - Jul 8, 2009

Thank you Fr. Kosicki for this reminder. I needed to read this, especially at this time in my life. It reminded me of St. Faustina's diary entry #1354: "When I hesitate on how to act in some situations, I always ask Love. It advises best." Because God is Love and is always present, you're right, we need to ask the Holy Spirit's advice within us at every moment which gives us His peace. I want to thank you again for bringing the message of Divine Mercy to St. Mary's (Ottawa) in 1996. You introduced Divine Mercy to me, that to this day, it has become my strongest devotion. Thank You Jesus. God bless you and thank you for your priesthood.

Dessa - Aug 7, 2009

I come to you today father to honor and obey you in Jesus name. Amen

Michele - Jul 21, 2011

I certainly can attest to being impatient, frustrated, weak, small, and feeling all alone. But Jesus, his blessed mother, and His Divine Mercy, have comforted me. My husband and I are going through a crisis, and the ONLY ONE we can trust is Jesus. Today, we received some answers to our prayers and the misery we are feeling. I continue to pray to our Lord to fill my heart with patience and love, and I must fall down on my knees to thank Him for hearing our cries. Thank you God for helping us. And thanks to all at the Shrine for all the help you give to us through the Shrine, your programs and this website. Viewing the website and reading these articles on Jesus'Divine Mercy has given me comfort through my trying times. Thank you.