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By Bryan Thatcher, MD (Sep 21, 2015)
These last few years have been difficult for many of us, if not all of us. It seems everyone I talk to is going through some sort of trial. It may be financial difficulties with accompanying economic uncertainties, divorce, poor health, death in the family, disappointments with teenagers, loneliness, relapse of addictions, and more. The list is endless, and the trial can be overwhelming.

It is so easy to trust in God when all is well; it is a serious challenge when the world around us seems to be caving in. Some of our problems are self-induced, but many are not and are out of our control.

How do we handle all 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 it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the Heart of Jesus and say only one word 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 Saint Maria Faustina Kowlaska, 1033).

If you don't already, now is the time to reflect on where we have been and where we want to go, and on how much our Lord loves us. It is a time to ponder our weaknesses and rededicate our lives to God. The old saying, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there," rings so loud and true. But if you are focused, does that mean the difficulties will go away? Of course not. It means we are not alone, and that Jesus and Our Lady are walking with us.


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

Saint Faustina knew where to seek consolation; 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 will diminish, then will I 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. Run the good race and fight the good fight, as St. Paul encouraged us to do. And 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 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.


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Najette - Mar 7, 2010

Thank you...wise words for all of us who are journeying with St Faustina. I can always find something new whenever I come to the EADM website.
The Diary is always near by whenever a specific need or word of consolation is required. Jesus always speaks to us through St Faustina's words....journeying with her continues to be a great experience.
God bless!

ANN - Mar 8, 2010

Thanks, my main problem has always been tha of silent.i try to trustfor a s short time and then find myself complaining.i will try olso to lcck myself in open wound of Jesus and keep quiet.thanks and GOD BLESS.

Julie K. - Mar 8, 2010

Beautiful and uplifting words of God's love and mercy. I give thanks to God for my dear friend, Lisa, who shared this with me. She is a devout and beautiful disciple of Divine Mercy. God is so good!!! Praise the Lord!!!

Peter Lepre,Envoy for Mercy - Mar 9, 2010

I was at an Expectant Mother Care's fundraiser last night(212)-685-1360. I listened to the earth shattering testimony of 7 women and 1 man who where saved from abortion. They would later find out God had interviened in their lives. Their Love of Our Lord was so beautifull I had to write and share it. I was able to share Saint Faustina's coversation with Our Lord about the pains she suffered because of abortions. Some of the women will be speaking at the U.N. today Dr. Thatcher please call nme at 914-715-5013 cell, Always in Christ's Love, Peter Lepre

Angela - Mar 9, 2010

My mom received some information in the Mail and I wanted to verify it for her. Experiencing some difficult times right now, I was truly directed to this site so that I could read the words of St. Faustina. They are exactly what I needed to remind me of God's mercy and protection. Thank you.

CONNIE - Apr 2, 2010

THANK YOU FOR THIS INSPIRATIONAL PRAYERS.LIKE US (AND THE WHOLE FAMILY) ARE GOING THROUGH TRIALS,I BELEIVE AND I ENTRUST ALL THAT TRIALS TO THE DEVINE MERCY OF JESUS AND WITH THE INTERCESSION OF OUR MOTHER MARY AND ST.FAUSTINA WILL BRING FORTH THE RESOLUTION OF GOD HIS MERCY AND PROTECTION FOR WHAT WE ARE ENTRUSTING HIM.THAT HE WILL TAKE OVER AND BEING BACK THE TRUTH AND CHANGE THIER HEART TO HAVE MERCY AND TRUTH.YOUR WILL BE DONE OH LORD.AND I PRAY THIS IN JESUS NAME.AMEN

A LADY - Sep 29, 2015

DEAR ST. FAUSTINA, YOU HAVE GIVEN THESE GIFT OF DIVINE MERCY PRAYERS TO EVERYONE IN THIS WORLD TO PRAY EVERYDAY AT 3 OCLOCK, I WAS GIVE A SMALL BOOKLET FROM MY AUNTY, THAT DAY ONWARDS I STARTED PRAYING THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET AND EVERYTHING STARTED CHANGING IN MY LIFE, PROBLEMS ARE ALSO THERE BUT WE ALL MANAGE TO GO THROUGH THE DIFFCULTIES BY YOUR GRACE, ST FAUSTINA FULLFILL AL MY DESIRES OF MY MARRIAGES, I MAY GET MY LOVE BACK WHICH GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR ME, HE IS VERY FAR FROM ME, MAY HE BE SAFELY IN YOUR HANDS EVERY DAY EVERY MINS, EVERY SECOND OF LIFE, GUARD HIM PROTECT HIM ALWAYS. ST FAUSTINA GUARD AND BLESS MY FAMILY( MOM & DAD, BROTHER, SISTER & BRO IN LAW)IN EVERY STEP THEY TAKE IN LIFE, BLESS THEM ALWAY. PROTECT THEM KEEP AWAY FROM ALL EVIL , LASTLY I PRAY FOR ALL MY FRIENDS, RELATIVES, SICK PEOPLE, ORPHANGE( OLD & CHILDREN), PRIEST & NUNS, DOCTORS, ETC,

AMEN