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'God's Love is the flower — Mercy the fruit.'

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By Melanie Williams (Jun 1, 2019)
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). Let's consider this poem line by line that we might become more trusting of Jesus, the Divine Mercy.

Divine Mercy, from which wells forth all life and happiness, I trust in You.

True and lasting happiness is found in God alone. His grace — His Divine Mercy — is the wellspring from which we receive all that is necessary to live a life of virtue and holiness. When we sin, we may experience a brief moment of what feels like happiness, but it does not come without an experience of the weight of guilt and shame that Satan wraps around us. When we come to Jesus in Confession, He unties those bonds that Satan has us held in and grants us new life and the experience of true happiness.

Divine Mercy, better than the heavens, I trust in You.

For millennia, people have dreamt what "the heavens" are. The ancient Greeks filled the heavens with gods and mythical creatures. The Romans then had their own. Throughout Christian history, people have speculated what Heaven will truly be like. The truth is that Heaven is greater than we could ever imagine, and it is precisely because of Divine Mercy. God's mercy is so great and beyond our comprehension that it drove Lucifer to choose eternal damnation. We can trust in Him that His mercy is greater than our sins. This does not give us license to sin and do whatever we want, but rather it gives us license to love and believe that His Divine Mercy is better than our greatest imaginations.

Divine Mercy, source of miracles and wonders, I trust in You.

The most hardened of sinners can experience healing and conversion through Divine Mercy. Hundreds and thousands of miracles and wonders throughout history have testified to the power of God's Divine Mercy. We can bring our prayers and petitions to Him. If our faith is great and our trust is great, He can truly work miracles and wonders in our lives. These graces may not be what we had originally hoped for, but we can trust that He will work exactly what we need in our lives for our salvation.

Divine Mercy, encompassing the whole universe, I trust in You.

Nothing is outside the reach of God. He is eternal and holds the depths of the world in His hands (see Ps 95:4). Even the most hopeless of cases and circumstances are not outside of God's capability to save. The most distressing things we hear on the news and in our personal lives — entrust them to Divine Mercy and allow the Lord to take care of them. Let us pray that God "have mercy on us and on the whole world" (Diary, 476).

Divine Mercy, descending to earth in the Person of the Incarnate Word, I trust in You.

Saint Faustina wrote in her Diary, "The Word becomes flesh; God dwells among us, the Word of God, Mercy Incarnate. By Your descent, You have lifted us up to Your divinity. Such is the excess of Your love, the abyss of Your mercy" (1745). God humbled Himself and took on human flesh so that we might become like Him. He restores our likeness in Christ that had been marred by the sin of Adam and Eve. God dwelt among us. He walked upon this earth. He experienced in His very own flesh human suffering and pain — even death. We can trust in Him because He chose to come near to us when He didn't have to. He did this because He loves us — to excess, as St. Faustina writes. One who loves to that point is worthy of our trust.

We will continue this series next month.

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Meshach - Jun 3, 2019

Divine Mercy I am so privileged to have encountered You. Now I have life.