Part 6: God’s Love is the Flower, Mercy the Fruit

This is part six of the series. View part five.

In her Diary, on Feb. 12, 1937, St. Faustina wrote a beautiful poem entitled “God’s Love is the flower — Mercy the fruit.” Saint Faustina wrote, “Let the doubting soul read these considerations on Divine Mercy and become trusting” (949). This month, we continue our series looking at this poem line by line so that we might become more trusting of Jesus, the Divine Mercy.

By Melanie Williams

Divine Mercy, source of our happiness and joy, I trust in You.
So many creatures and creations on this earth may bring us happiness, but such happiness can be fleeting. God alone is our eternal happiness and joy. In His mercy, He forgives our sins when we are repentant, and He washes us clean so that we might be found “without spot or blemish before him, at peace” (2 Pt 3:14). He does this so that we might be with Him forever. He is the Source of our true and lasting happiness and joy! In fact, with all that the world offers, the psalmist still wrote, “Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere” (Ps 84:10).

Divine Mercy, in calling us forth from nothingness to existence, I trust in You.
As Divine Mercy expert Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, notes, the very fact that we are created is the very first act of God’s mercy. God created everything, including us, ex nihilo (out of nothing). The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

If God had drawn the world from pre-existent matter, what would be so extraordinary in that? A human artisan makes from a given material whatever he wants, while God shows his power by starting from nothing to make all he wants (296). 

God is truly all powerful, the Creator of Heaven and earth. He called you forth from nothingness into existence; He knit you in your mother’s womb (see Ps 139:13). You are precious and sacred in His sight.

Divine Mercy, embracing all the works of His hands, I trust in You.
“He’s got the whole world in His hands,” the classic spiritual goes. So true! Everything God has created, He never abandons. At every moment He embraces all of creation and holds it in existence. If He ever didn’t think of you, you would cease to exist! While He allows many events and suffering to happen through His permissive will, He never ceases to embrace you in the midst of trials. He is with you.

Divine Mercy, crown of all of God’s handiwork, I trust in You.
Before the Fall of Adam and Eve, “God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good” (Gen 1:31). After the Fall, mankind was in need of redemption. God said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; They will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel” (Gen 3:16). This is the protoevangelium, the first prophecy of the Gospel, that God, in His Divine Mercy, would send His Only Begotten Son through the Virgin Mary to save us from sin and death. Divine Mercy crowns all of creation as it restores us to right relationship with God.

Divine Mercy, in which we are all immersed, I trust in You.
In Baptism, we are all immersed in God’s Divine Mercy. The Catechism states that, “to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to ‘plunge’ or ‘immerse’; the ‘plunge’ into the water symbolizes the catechumen’s burial into Christ’s death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as ‘a new creature’” (1214). In Christ, we become new creations. His Divine Mercy washes us from all of our sins. This is why Divine Mercy Sunday is sometimes referred to as a new Baptism. Not that we are baptized again, but rather through God’s Divine Mercy we are washed in the Blood and Water of Jesus and made clean so that we can present our baptismal garment spotless and without blemish before the Lord in Heaven. 

We will continue this series next month.


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