When my own designs in life are frustrated and I feel like a failure, I might stop and consider the will of God. When my own strategies and ideas come to naught and I feel like a fool, I might begin to seek the wisdom of God. When my own strength fails me and I feel all alone in this world, it’s time to discover the grace of God and the power of trust in Him.
Today 2nd April 2015 is exactly ten years since John Paul II passed away.
St John Paul II, clothed in Jesus Christ you walked through so many dangers and troubles in this world and you rose to victory even in this life, taking countless souls with you, and inspiring the whole world to believe in God’s goodness and mercy. Pray for us that we may keep our eyes on the Truth, always be filled with hope, and learn to overcome in Christ, to the glory of God and for our eternal welfare. Amen.
O breathe in me Your spirit of Life, Lord Jesus, and grant me to breathe all my weakness in You. O breathe in me Your spirit of Wisdom, Lord Jesus, and grant me to breathe all my thoughts in You. O breathe in me Your spirit of Love, Lord Jesus, and grant me to breathe all my desires in You.
St Gertrude the Great was born on this day, 6th January, the Feast of the Epiphany.
The following prayer was made by St Gertrude when she noticed that, relying on her own strength, she was inclined to waste the graces of God, particularly the grace of God’s presence with which The Lord had favoured her:
“And that it may please You [Lord] to preserve this precious grace in me, I offer You that excellent prayer which You uttered with such amazing fervour when sweating blood in agony, and which the burning love of Your Divinity and Your pure devotion rendered so efficacious; beseeching You, by virtue of this most perfect prayer, to draw and unite me entirely to Yourself, that I may remain inseparably attached to You.”
“O My God
When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.
It is no longer in my power,
To change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so, what the past has embraced I must entrust to God.
O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of your omnipotence.
And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater glory.”
Saint Faustina’s Diary, paragraph 2
Prayer moves the Heart of God and opens one’s own heart to God’s presence. Prayer averts dangers, obtains blessings, and sows the seeds of sanctity. In prayer God loves and communes with the soul in secret and leads the soul to ever greater degrees of intimacy and union with God, ever greater degrees of love.
‘I do not pray for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word; that they may all be one; just as you Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them; so that they may be one even as we are one; I in them, and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.’
St John 17:20-23
“Everything that exists is enclosed in the bowels of My mercy, more deeply than an infant in its mother’s womb.” (Diary, 1076). “Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace.” (1074). –Words of Jesus to Saint Faustina.
Lord Jesus, in virtue of Your unfathomable mercy, fill me with the deepest confidence in You. Amen.
Mother Mary, in virtue of the indescribable love which gushed forth from your heart and in virtue of your adoring gaze that shone on the baby Jesus in your arms, grant me to love Him through your Immaculate Heart, to know all the depths of His love and mercy, and to obtain all that I ask of Jesus through your intercession. Amen.
Jesus said to Saint Faustina (Diary):
“Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy (699). The flames of mercy are burning me. I desire to pour them out upon human souls (1074). The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy (723).”
Lord Jesus, grant me to know the depths of your tender mercy and to confide my heart to you. Amen.