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Mercy Endures Forever

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By Marc Massery (May 8, 2019)
View the previous Discovering the Diary.

Turn to any page of the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and you find spiritual gems. Like this one:

When I met the Lord I humbled myself and said, "Jesus, it seems that You do not associate intimately with such wretched people as I." [Jesus said,] "Be at peace, My daughter, it is precisely through such misery that I want to show the power of My mercy" (133).

Few saints have written more about the goodness and mercy of God than St. Faustina. But in the same Diary in which she testified to the unfathomable depths of God's mercy, St. Faustina also wrote much about how miserable she constantly felt.

Receiving frequent visits from Jesus Christ Himself did not diminish this knowledge of her misery. In fact, just the opposite seems true. The more St. Faustina came to know the Lord and His mercy, the more she seemed to realize her own misery.

This may seem counter intuitive. But in this passage, Jesus reveals that being at peace and being aware of one's own misery are not mutually exclusive. No matter what trial we're going through, no matter how wretched we might feel, Jesus always offers us a chance at receiving His peace if we but rely on His mercy.

Mercy through Misery
So, when we feel miserable, unloving, and unloved, we don't have to worry. We can put our mind at ease, knowing that how we feel at any given moment doesn't change God's plans for us. Jesus allows us to experience our own misery — not because He's vindictive; not because He's aloof. But because He can reveal His mercy in the most powerful way through our misery.

The Lord doesn't ask us to understand why He allows us to feel so rotten at times. He just asks us to trust in Him. After all, even He wasn't spared from the torments and humiliations of the world. He experienced more misery during His passion than we can possibly imagine.

In the end, we can place our hope in the fact that our faith doesn't end with the Cross. The Cross is just the first step toward experiencing the joy of the Resurrection, when misery ends and mercy endures forever.

The Holy Spirit says to us: Never let your misery overwhelm you. Trust in my mercy and be at peace. My mercy is far greater than your misery.

My prayer: Jesus, when I am suffering, please remind me that Your strength and mercy is all I need. Help me to persevere through any trial You allow me to undergo, knowing that in the end, only Your mercy endures.

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