'Jesus, I Trust in You'

The following is an excerpt from the Marian Press book 52 Weeks with St. Faustina by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle:

“The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is — trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.” — Diary, 1578

The message and devotion of Divine Mercy entrusted to Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalska was indeed a fascinating, holy journey. However, it is still very much alive and continues to help save countless souls. In this week’s spiritual exercise, we delve into St. Faustina’s mission after her death and how we can help to spread the Divine Mercy message and devotion.

WEEK 52

Jesus shared with St. Faustina on a number of occasions that lack of trust deeply pains Him. Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos once wrote, “None of the damned was ever lost because his sin was too great, but because his trust was too small!” Why is an act of trust in God so significant in the spiritual life? Jesus told St. Faustina, “The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is — trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive” (Diary, 1578). One time, when St. Faustina was feeling crushed under trials and sufferings, she made an Act of Trust to Jesus. Earnestly, she prayed, “Do what You will with me. O Jesus; I will adore You in everything. May Your will be done in me, O my Lord and my God, and I will praise Your infinite mercy.” Saint Faustina wrote, “Through this act of submission, these terrible torments left me. Suddenly I saw Jesus, who said to me, ‘I am always in your heart.’ An inconceivable joy entered my soul, and a great love of God set my heart aflame.” She explained, “I see that God never tries us beyond what we are able to suffer.” She realized, “If God sends such great suffering to a soul. He upholds it with even greater grace, although we are not aware of it.” She wrote, “One act of trust at such moments gives greater glory to God than whole hours passed in prayer filled with consolations. Now I see that if God wants to keep a soul in darkness, no book, no confessor can bring it light” (Diary, 78). She knew that God was in control, and that she must trust Him with all of her heart and soul. This she did right from the beginning. Immediately after Jesus appeared to the young Helen at the dance, asking when she would follow Him, she fled to the church and lay prostrate on the floor in prayer. She threw herself into Jesus’ arms and trusted her Lord and Savior all the way to the end.

Her Mission After Her Death

Before departing her earthly exile, the young saint wrote, “Poor earth, I will not forget you. Although I feel that I will be immediately immersed in God as in an ocean of happiness, that will not be an obstacle to my returning to earth to encourage souls and incite them to trust in God’s mercy. Indeed, this immersion in God will give me the possibility of boundless action” (Diary, 1582). As she wrote this entry, the enemy who hates Divine Mercy was causing a ruckus. Sister Faustina didn’t care. She continued to write, “As I write this, I hear Satan grinding his teeth. He cannot stand God’s mercy, and keeps banging things in my cell. But I feel so much of God’s power within me that it does not even bother me that the enemy of our salvation gets angry, and I quietly keep on writing” (Diary, 1583).

It is believed that Sr. Faustina wrote her final Diary entry in mid-June 1938. This young saint in the making had run the race. She had fought the good fight! However, she was not finished. There is more to the story. The humble mystic left an ellipsis after her final entry:

Today, the Majesty of God is surrounding me. There is no way that I can help myself to prepare better. I am thoroughly enwrapped in God. My soul is being inflamed by His love. I only know that I love and am loved. That is enough for me. I am trying my best to be faithful throughout the day to the Holy Spirit and to fulfill His demands. I am trying my best for interior silence in order to be able to hear His voice ... (Diary, 1828).

I have no doubt that St. Faustina is working very hard from her place in Heaven. She promised to return to earth “to encourage souls and incite them to trust in God’s mercy” (Diary, 1582).

Sister Faustina was beatified on April 18, 1993, by the Holy Father John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square, Rome. On April 30, 2000, the Feast of Divine Mercy, before some 250,000 pilgrims and before the world by means of the television cameras, Sr. Faustina was canonized “the great apostle of Divine Mercy” by Pope John Paul II. The Feast of Divine Mercy was established for the entire Church that day. Passing on the prophetic mission of mercy, Pope John Paul II said, “I pass it on to all people so that they will learn to know ever better the true face of God and the true face of their brethren.”

The pontiff also stated in his homily:

Sr. Faustina Kowalska wrote in her Diary: “I feel tremendous pain when I see the sufferings of my neighbours. All my neighbours’ sufferings reverberate in my own heart; I carry their anguish in my heart in such a way that it even physically destroys me. I would like all their sorrows to fall upon me, in order to relieve my neighbor” (Diary, 1039). This is the degree of compassion to which love leads, when it takes the love of God as its measure!

It is this love which must inspire humanity today, if it is to face the crisis of the meaning of life, the challenges of the most diverse needs and, especially, the duty to defend the dignity of every human person. Thus the message of divine mercy is also implicitly a message about the value of every human being. Each person is precious in God’s eyes; Christ gave his life for each one; to everyone the Father gives His Spirit and offers intimacy.

This consoling message is addressed above all to those who, afflicted by a particularly harsh trial or crushed by the weight of the sins they committed, have lost all confidence in life and are tempted to give in to despair. To them the gentle face of Christ is offered; those rays from his heart touch them and shine upon them, warm them, show them the way and fill them with hope. How many souls have been consoled by the prayer “Jesus, I trust in you,” which Providence intimated through Sr. Faustina! This simple act of abandonment to Jesus dispels the thickest clouds and lets a ray of light penetrate every life. Jezu, ufam tobie.

The Divine Mercy movement has made tremendous strides. Today, we see that the Divine Mercy message and devotion has spread throughout all the world. The Divine Mercy Image is displayed in most countries, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed in many languages. Countless churches and shrines dedicated to the Divine Mercy, the Merciful Jesus, or St. Faustina have been founded in Poland and around the world. On August 25, 1995, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy fully embraced Sr. Faustina’s prophetic mission and formally recognized her as their spiritual Foundress. Still, numerous Catholics are unaware of Divine Mercy, and so they merely fear God. We can pray for them and teach them. We can be inspired by Sr. Faustina’s statement, “I feel certain that my mission will not come to an end upon my death, but will begin” (Diary, 281). With that in mind, let us call upon the great mystic St. Faustina, asking for her intercession for our world. We can also strive to do as much as we can to promote the Divine Mercy message to the world.

God’s Mercy for Us Today

On August 17, 2002, two years after Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina, the pontiff made a second pilgrimage to the Lagiewniki Shrine in Poland. He consecrated the basilica church and entrusted the whole world to Divine Mercy. He drew from Jesus’ words to His Secretary of Mercy: “I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming” (Diary, 1732). Pope John Paul II said he wanted the Divine Mercy message to radiate from Lagiewniki to all of Poland and on to the rest of the world so that Jesus’ promise would be fulfilled: The “spark” that would issue from this place would prepare the world for His final coming. He added, “This spark needs to be lighted by the grace of God. This fire needs to be passed on to the world. In the mercy of God, the world will find peace and mankind will find happiness! I entrust this task to you, dear Brothers and Sisters .... May you be witnesses to mercy!”

We know that our ever-changing world is far from God in many respects. The world is in great need of Divine Mercy. Let us heed St. John Paul II’s words and allow the grace of God to light a huge spark in our hearts. Let us pray for all of the graces we need in order to pass on the fire to enlighten our darkened world to God’s unfathomable mercy! Remember, we can call upon St. Faustina for intercession! She said, “I feel certain that my mission will not come to an end upon my death, but will begin” (Diary, 281). With God’s help and St. Faustina’s intercession, may we be tireless witnesses to His mercy!

Something to Ponder

Take time to reflect on St. Faustina’s life and death. She opened her heart fully to accept her mission and did everything necessary to make sure that the Divine Mercy devotion was spread to you and to me. God is counting on all of us to do our part in showing mercy to others and in teaching the devotion of Divine Mercy to others. When St. Faustina struggled under the weight of her sufferings, she made an Act of Trust in Jesus: “Do what You will with me. O Jesus; I will adore You in everything. May Your will be done in me, O my Lord and my God, and I will praise Your infinite mercy.” When we are challenged and weary, we must also trust our dear Lord, who will grant to us every grace we need. Keep praying! Stay very close to Jesus, His Mother Mary, and the saints! Be as selfless as possible in helping all those God has placed in your lives. Smile at the ones who give you trouble! Keep praying and stay attentive.

A Merciful Action

Our world is starving for God’s love and mercy. Be the one who gives it freely to those in need. Ask St. Faustina to guide you and to pray for you. Search your heart and pray to stretch yourself more than you have in the past when carrying out your merciful actions. Ask our dear Lord for His help. Do your very best to teach others about Divine Mercy. You can be an important part of getting Jesus’ Divine Mercy to the world — one person at a time.

A PRAYER OF MERCY FOR THIS WEEK

(To be prayed each day this week.)

Dear Merciful Jesus, help me to pray with greater fervor.

Light a holy spark in me and help me to spread Your Divine Mercy message everywhere, never shirking this duty from embarrassment or laziness.

I want to do my best to carry out this devotion so that others will be enlightened about Your Divine Mercy.

Mother Mary, please protect me from all evil and grant to me the graces that I need.

Saint John Paul II, please pray for me. Saint Faustina, please pray for me. Jesus, I trust in You! Amen.

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