Saturday, April 6, 2013

On the Eve of Divine Mercy Sunday

One of my constant struggles is ridding myself of the desire to be favored.  After reading that Jesus told St. Faustina that those who resemble Him closely in His Passion will  resemble Him more in His Glory, I got to thinking:  when we are in Heaven, will it be obvious to everyone else who His favorites are?    Then I thought of how ridiculous this is for one who wishes to place Jesus above all else.  It matters not how much He loves me but rather, how much I love Him.  This is what the saints understood.  They didn't look forward to death so they could end their earthly miseries but rather, loved God so much that all they did, thought and prayed was directed toward earning a place with Him in Heaven.  St. Therese went a step further and offered her Heaven for her continued mission of winning souls for her Divine Spouse.

On another blog on Easter Sunday, the author offered his prayers that God would fill our every spiritual and material need.  The word "need" is what struck me.  He didn't say "want", he said "need."

In my ongoing trial, minor compared to so many others and which may soon end thanks to St. Joseph, there has been worry and anxiety.  But then I heard the inner voice asking: "Did you lack for anything?  Were you able to feed your family?  Were you able to buy the medication your daughter needs?  Were you able to put gas in your car?  Were you able to pay your bills?  Do you still have a roof over your head?  Then you can be assured that I looked after your material needs.  Did you get to Mass when you wanted?  Was the sacrament of confession readily available to you anytime you desired?  Did anyone stop you from spending hours in My Company?  Then you can be assured that I looked after your spiritual needs."

At Vultus Christi, Father Mark has a beautiful meditation on Divine Mercy through the eyes of four women who, though never ordained, had a profound effect on the Church.  You can read it here.

Vultus Christi is the best blog written by a priest.


  1. Vultus Christi is an excellent blog. I'm glad you mentioned it a while back, and I've now got in in my blog list. Unfortuantely he doesn't seem to take comments. I wanted to tell him I highlighted one of his blogs a few weeks ago.

    1. I do think he takes comments but it's not easy to leave them. I've read comments there before but I know I had trouble leaving one myself. I'm glad you like it Manny.

  2. Father Mark's blog is full of treasures.
    (I wish Sister Yvonne-Aimee's writings were available in English, as she was an amazing woman and example of incredible forgiveness.)

  3. He's a spiritually-gifted writer Julie and I loved the series he wrote on the priesthood. I had not heard of Sister Yvonee-Aimee before! I would love to know more about her.


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