The Good News About Sin

By Marc Massery

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

 … such great trust in God's great mercy was awakened in my soul that, even if I had had the sins of the whole world, as well as the sins of all the condemned souls weighing on my conscience, I would not have doubted God's goodness but, without hesitation, would have thrown myself into the abyss of the divine mercy, which is always open to us ... (Diary, 1552).

Do you ever wonder if your sins are too big for God?

I have good news for you. Even if you spent all your life committing the worst sins as often as you could, your sinfulness would still not compare with God’s mercy. 

Now, it’s not that sin isn’t bad. Sin offends the Lord, because it cuts us off from experiencing the fullness of His grace. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes sin as “an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. …” (1849). Despite the tragedy of sin, there’s only so much we can commit in this life. Sin has its limits. But God’s goodness and mercy are limitless. 

So no matter how poorly we may have conducted ourselves in our lives, we don't have to worry — our actions cannot diminish God’s goodness. Therefore, the Lord calls you and me to let the past be the past — we can’t change it. And since God’s mercy and goodness are limitless, He begs us not to despair. At any moment, all we have to do is turn to God and ask for forgiveness, knowing He longs to embrace us and restore our dignity.  

In the end, it just comes down to whether we are willing to trust in His Divine Mercy. If we choose to trust, He will meet us right where we are and begin (or begin again) to teach us how to love like He does. 

So let’s pray today, through the intercession of St. Faustina, that the Lord will give us the wisdom to see the limits of evil and the limitlessness of God’s mercy. Let’s pray that no matter what we may have done and confessed, the Lord may use all that we consider bad in our lives, even the bad that we consider own fault, and use it for good, to glorify His name. Amen. 


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