The Answer to This Global Crisis

By Marc Massery
Turn to any page of St. Faustina’s Diary, and you’ll find spiritual gems. Like this one:

Jesus looked at me and said, Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity. Secretary of My mercy, write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near (Diary, 965).

Amidst this global pandemic, life as we know it has turned upside down. But the Lord has already given us the answer to this and to all crises: His bitter Passion. There was no greater crisis — no greater tragedy — than the murder of God Himself. 

But the world didn’t end then. In His mercy, God used that tragedy to reveal His great love for us, rising from the dead and offering us a chance at eternal life. What could prevent God from bringing a greater good out of this crisis, too? As St. Paul said, “All things work for good for those who love God” (Rom 8:28).

God speaks to us through our joys and victories. But He also speaks to us, in a particular way, through pain and tragedy. C.S. Lewis said, “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

For years, our culture has become increasingly deaf to God's Word. We've worshipped at the altar of consumerism, sports, and workaholism, as if the day of God's justice isn't near. In our busyness, many of us have neglected our families and neglected our spiritual life. Now this pandemic has forced many of us to stay home, slowing commerce and suspending schools, social gatherings, and professional sports.

Let's use this time to take account of what's truly important. 

As we near Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, let’s renew our own hope in Christ’s Passion. Let's pray that God will use these difficult times to shape us more into the people He intended us to be and to awaken more souls to the free gift of Christ’s Divine Mercy. 



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Turn to any page of St. Faustina's Diary, and you'll find spiritual gems. 

Turn to any page of St. Faustina’s Diary and you’ll find spiritual gems. Like this one: