Daily Meditation| Daily Quote by S. Padre Pio| Divine Mercy Reflection
Gift of Faith:
We have the gift of faith, the supernatural ability to believe what God has revealed, to trust Him for everything, and to expect Him to intervene in our lives.
Quote by S. Padre Pio:
How delightful this great truth to the one who believes! Who is to be feared, then, by the devout soul who is trying to love Jesus, when accompanied by such an illustrious warrior?
Divine Mercy Reflection
Reflections on Notebook Four: 237-262
We continue to the fourth notebook that Saint Faustina filled with reflections and revelations from Jesus. As we enter into this notebook, allow yourself to seek God in the silence. This chapter begins with Saint Faustina revealing that she was experiencing a “dark night” (Diary #1235). She lacked the sensory feelings of closeness to God. By analogy, it would be as if you were in a dark room filled with treasures and someone told you that all the treasures of this room were yours. You could not see them but you trusted the person who spoke about all that was around you. Knowledge of these treasures filled your mind even though the darkness hid them from your eyes.
So it is with God. Saint Faustina loved our Lord with all her heart and with every beat of her heart. She knew His closeness and love. But it appears that she could not sense this through her human senses. This gift of darkness allowed her to enter into a relationship with God on a spiritual level far deeper.
Seek this depth of relationship with God as you read through this chapter. Move beyond a desire to feel close to God and allow yourself to become close to God. He wants to enter your heart on a much deeper level than you ever knew possible. Be open to the newness of a relationship shrouded in darkness and allow the Lord to communicate His Mercy to you on this new level of love.
Reflection 249: The Fruit of Suffering
Only after someone has suffered greatly do they begin to understand the good fruits that can come forth from such suffering. In and of itself, suffering is the result of our fallen human condition. But because Jesus entered our human condition, embracing all suffering and redeeming it, suffering now has great power when freely embraced by us and united to the sufferings of Jesus. One good fruit that can come from suffering is spiritual knowledge. When suffering is embraced in Christ and offered to Him as a sacrifice in union with His own Sacrifice, we will find that our suffering clarifies life, puts it in perspective and may even give us the spiritual gift of insight into the souls of others we encounter. This gift of knowledge of other souls will enable us to see their needs and offer the Mercy of God to them in the particular way they need it. Do not be afraid to allow your sufferings to transform you and bestow this gift of knowledge upon you along with the many other gifts God wishes to bestow (See Diary #1277).
Reflect upon how you deal with your own sufferings. Whether it is a small discomfort you feel or an intense interior pain, everything we experience in life can be redeemed and transformed so as to transform us. If you believe this then try to consciously embrace every discomfort and every suffering you endure as a sacrifice to God. Offer it to Him and then allow the purifying effects of this free embrace to produce an abundance of good fruit in your life.
Lord, so often I run from my suffering and deny the redeeming effects that the free embrace of my sufferings can have upon me. Give me courage to say “Yes” to the crosses I am given and to be open to the spiritual fruits that they can produce in my life. I give all to You, dear Lord. Jesus, I trust in You.