Living Care Free

By Marc Massery

Turn to any page of the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and you find spiritual gems. Like these words from St. Faustina:

"O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence.

And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater glory" (2).

We can't know the future, and we can't change the past. The drama of life centers around how we deal with this limitation.

Through years of prayer and suffering, St. Faustina grew to understand the limits of our humanity - how frail and little we really are. She came to see how much we need the mercy of God, which keeps us in existence.

God knows our limits. He knows how little we can do on our own and how much we need His constant care, protection, and guidance. He pleads with us to rely entirely upon Him as a child would rely on a parent. He begs us not to worry about the future or to let the traumas and trials of the past steal our peace in this moment. But many of us don't listen. Instead of letting God's mercy guide us every step of the way, we live our lives either out of a sense of contempt for the past or fear of the future. God limits us, though, to just one moment at a time, wanting us to rely on Him to redeem our past and take care of our future.

Worrying about the future or trying to change the past only frustrates us and makes us unhappy. When we worry and wallow in our misfortune, we tell God that His infinite love and goodness is not enough for us, that we don't believe He can heal and provide.

But He can and He does. The peace we have in this life depends on how much we're willing to believe it. The more we believe that God can take care of all our needs, the more we become like children.

Little children have such trust in their parents' ability to provide for all their needs that they have more peace and joy than any of us. The simplest things bring them happiness. And though the littlest things can make them sad, they know that it's their parents' job to comfort them and remedy the situation.

Children live care free. And though we have to work, pay the bills, do our chores, make dinner, etc., we don't have to live with the typical mentality of most adults in our modern world. Through the grace of God, in our hearts and minds, we can experience the world like little children. After all, we really do have the most loving Father, more loving than we could possibly imagine, looking out for our every need, guiding our every step, and wanting to comfort us in every sorrow.

God the Father says to us today: Imagine the love the best father in the world has for his child. My love for you is infinitely greater. This moment, I want you to be filled with joy and peace. Seek Me every day with all your heart. Rely entirely upon Me each day to receive all the grace I want to give.

My prayer: Jesus, I am so weak. I can't change the past, and I can't control the future. But I can do one thing. I can trust. I can follow You as best I can, believing in Your goodness. Please give me the grace that I need to place my whole life in your hands.

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