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In Faustina, Saint for Our Times, Fr. George Kosicki, CSB, gives us an insightful look into St. Maria Faustina Kowalska's life, spirituality, and mission.

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Trust Even When All Is Not Well

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These last few years have been difficult for many. It seems everyone I talk to is going through some sort of trial. Many feel they've come to the end of their rope. It may be financial difficulties, divorce, poor health, a death in the family, disappointment with teenagers, loneliness, relapse of addictions, and more.

The list keeps going, and the trials can be overwhelming. It's so easy to trust in God when all is well. When the world caves in around us, however, it represents a serious challenge.

How do we trust in such times? How do we handle the trials?

In the midst of her own difficulties, St. Faustina wrote:

When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze or probe into it, but I run like a child to the Heart of Jesus and say only one [thing] to Him: "You can do all things." And then I keep silent, because I know that Jesus Himself will intervene in the matter, and, as for me, instead of tormenting myself, I use that time to love Him (Diary of St. Faustina, 1033).

Our lives as Christians require time for reflection on where we have been and where we want to go with our lives. We need to be mindful of how much our Lord loves us. We should also ponder our weaknesses, admit our faults, and rededicate our lives to God. The old saying, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there," rings so loud and true. Being focused on your goal does not mean your difficulties will go away. It means that we are not alone in facing them. It means that Jesus and Our Lady are walking on the path with us.

Have you ever felt you couldn't "take it" anymore, that you wanted your trials to end? Have you been at the end of your rope and discouraged because you felt you were not strong enough to endure anymore?

Saint Faustina knew where to seek consolation in such moments. She knew where to find the strength to persevere and continue the difficult trek. She wrote, "When great sufferings will cause my nature to tremble and my spiritual and physical strength [to] diminish, then I will hide myself deep in the open wound of the Heart of Jesus, silent as a dove, without complaint" (Diary, 957).

If you are in the midst of trial and turmoil, don't give up. Rather, "run the good race and fight the good fight," as St. Paul encourages us to do. Also, reflect on the words of St. Faustina: "O Wound of Mercy, Heart of Jesus, hide me in Your depths as a drop of your own blood, and do not let me out forever! Lock me in Your depths, and do You Yourself teach me to love You! Eternal Love, do You Yourself form my soul so that it may be made capable of returning Your love" (Diary, 1631).

Dr. Bryan Thatcher is the founder of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

Learn how to start a Divine Mercy cenacle in your area.

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Lori - Aug 4, 2010

yes very difficult time ..we are about to lose our house ,my husband owns his own contruction framing company with a buis.partner and not really much work to pay the house pmt..and i have had a relapse to drinking the booze and lonliness spiritually..But I had brain surgery 4 years ago and i am completly healed Praise God!!no more SZ MEDS!! Praise God in everything that is happening because everything is a GRACE and thankyou soooo much for this artcle Dr Bryan.Thatcher..I needed this today...

Lynne-Marie - Aug 4, 2010

Hang in there, Lori - dear Jesus loves you and your beautiful humility more than you know. As dear St. Therese said, and you know, everything is grace. May God love you and sustain you always in His Most Sacred Heart.

Lori - Aug 4, 2010

Thankyou Lynne-Marie...I Love You..You are a Beautiful woman of God..God Bless you abundtly for your kindess and Love

MARIA C. - Aug 4, 2010

Hi Lori,
Hang in there. I will keep you in my personal prayers and as well as with my 2 cenacle grp (St. Pius X small faith-sharing group and Divine Mercy Apostles of Brantford Cenacle group). I myself had experienced something that felt I am at the end of the rope but has to rely on God's goodness and mercy ... everything resulted in abundance of GRACE AND LOVE that up to this time I can not imagine that I was able to pull through all those struggles and sufferings and look at them now in a distance realizing that those were BLESSINGS and not really sufferings. It only strengthens my FAITH AND LOVE to the our LORD and creator and most especially to our MAMA MARY who never left my side all those time. KEEP PRAYING AND IT WILL DEFINITELY BEAR A GOOD FRUIT.....LOTS OF GRACES WILL COME FROM IT......maria

tom Houston - Aug 5, 2010

This is a good read for today for all who are suffering in our world today!

We are called to persevere in our trust in the Lord, especially when we suffer or face setbacks in life. Whether the anguish was physical or spiritual, Faustina continued to trust and embrace suffering in the spirit of Jesus. The Lord told her:
Both the sinner and the righteous person have need of My mercy. Conversion, as well as perseverance, is a grace of My mercy (Diary, 1577).

Our perseverance is based on our trust in the Lord and His provision for us.

After all, everything that the merciful God has arranged for us to experience at every moment is the best and holiest thing possible. Therefore, we should rejoice and give thanks, with an active abandonment to God's will, not just a passive submission.
In that spirit, we then do the best we can in each and every vicissitude. As we do this, we can entrust all our concerns to the merciful Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Mercy.

The above commentyscame from an excerpt from:
How Are We to Respond to God's Mercy?

came from new book Faustina, Saint For Our Times: A Personal Look at Her Life, Spirituality, and Legacy (Marian Press), by the Rev. George W. Kosicki, CSB, and with David C. Came.


Lori - Aug 5, 2010

Thankyou you ALL for your words encourgement and your prayers...its nice to know people genuinely care and understand even without knowing me and my family. thank you again. Hugs and prayers to you All..God Bless <3 JMJ ><>

MM - Aug 6, 2010

I couldn't have read this at a better time in my life. I was in the middle of loosing my faith after I went through a bitter break up with my girlfriend, that and everyone I was close to has recently moved out and across the country, leaving me to feel intense lonliness and that nobody cared about me- and that God was no exception to that, if he even existed. Reading this has really encouraged me to keep fighting!

Lori - Aug 6, 2010

to MM.. I will be praying for you ..God Bless..........Lori <3..JMJ

Wilhelmina - Aug 7, 2010

I was at the end of my rope tonight. So lonely after my husband's death 4 years ago and today is the anniversary of his funeral. I wanted to cry and then I came across your website. I thank God for the words of St.Faustina when you are suffering immerse yourself in the Sacred HEART OF JESUS. Thanks to all of you and I pray for you too, Lori.

E - Aug 7, 2010

I am at the end of my rope...When a child is suffering, a mother and father feel their pain like no other. My daughter's husband divorced her 4 yrs ago, when their first child was born.He left them for another woman.
The whole process was tormenting....and now her son will be spending some weekends with his father and this other woman. The thought of this is torturous. It seems everyone thinks this is normal today....move on...move on to what?
My daughter does foster a relationship with her son and her father. She never complains about him to her son. But this is not normal....you take a vow before God and then destroy it .... and I am not happy to say this, but you do destroy the life of the person you left. My daughter believed in her vows and we had loved her husband...we were happy.
It seems to me that she has been thrust into a very sordid world.
And I can't shake the feeling that we are all being punished .....the things we really cared about and were so proud of were taken away...we didnt care about material things...but our most precious gifts were taken away.

And the tension on our family has left us estranged from two of our three sons.
It seems that we focused on my daughter and our grandson too much during the first year of this nightmare. My two sons did not understand the process of grieving that occurrs when there is a divorce especially with a child....the anger, disbelief, bargaining, with God, etc.

So we do not even have the comfort of our two sons and our daughter has lost so much.
We all try to be strong and she is an excellent mother...but loneliness, despair, and betrayal abound.
I even feel guilty that I have had a wonderful marriage of thirty five years.
We all try to enjoy our lives, but it is so difficult to face the unending battles that we encounter.
Please pray that she gets through the next chapter of her nightmare. She has tremendous courage.
Pray that God may grant her love and peace in her life. Pray that God inspires our sons to return to our family.
I pray every minute of every day.

Lori - Aug 7, 2010

Dear Wilhelmina and E..I am praying for both of you and your intentions...and to all who post comments on this web site..Mat God Give us all Comfort and Peace in these endof the rope times we are All going thru..Dear Jesus pray for us All at the Foot of The Father with Our Blessed Mom.. AMEN

JD - Aug 8, 2010

My daughter left her husband of 15 mos(newlyweeds)
she cheated on him. He's devastated.she is 23 end hes 25 yrs old.a very catholic,spiritual,loyal,loving,caring husband.She destroyed our lives and it seems that she doesnt have any remorse.Please pray for my soninlaw end her to find the Lord.

Lena - Aug 9, 2010

I'm at the end of my rope now. It's true it's hard to profess our faith at this time of our lives, at the most difficult times of our lives when everything seems to be endless. When it seems you'll loose all you've worked hard for, your family, your ability to sustain your children's education. Fear and anxiety overwhelm me. But at the end of the day, it's still God's Divine Mercy I hold on to. Deep in my heart I know that HE and Mama Mary is with me in this journey. I believe and trust that all these sufferings and trials are a blessing because these keeps me very close to the LORD and Mama Mary. It is when I'm weak that I'm strong. MAY GOD BLESS US ALL. LET'S PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER. TO GOD BE PRAISE!

Jim - Aug 10, 2010

Typically, in today's society, we want the answers to our problems "yesterday."
Indeed, there is much suffering we must endure. Turning to the Divine Mercy of Jesus and recognition that Jesus is fully capable to resolve all of our issues and problems, no matter how difficult they may seem to us, are certainly not insurmountable for Jesus. We have a tendency when confronted with trials, be they health, financial or family issues, to see them as beyond even the resolution of God. That's because we see them through our eyes and not the eyes of Divine Providence. What we do in such time is feed off of the testomony of others to strengthen ourselves. What I have found is trusting in Jesus, trusting in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, provides us the capability to endure, to rest our hearts, minds, bodies and souls in the Divinity of Jesus and His Mercy. Entrusting all to the Immaculate Heart of our Blessed mother is a complement to the very mercy of God as well. These are the one - two punches of our faith. Rely upon these and the intercession of St. Faustina and Blessed John Paul for assistance will surely enable us to obtain all the help we need.

Anne - Sep 4, 2010

I have never felt so much physical and emotional stress in my entire life as I do now. Such a horrible and overwhelming time that I see how people can lose hope. I know better than to lose hope because than I lose Jesus and he is precisely who I need in my life. Tried twice to sell our home for next to nothing and no bites. Have 5 small children and have to get out because the neighborhood is horrible. It is all we can do to keep it together right now. I always find calm and relief on my knees in front of the most blessed sacrament at adoration.