Hello, dear readers! I just want to remind you to say the Novena of the Divine Mercy Chaplet this year. It starts on Good Friday and includes saying a prayer intention for a different group on each day: All the World especially poor sinners, Priests and Religious, Pagans, Heretics and Schismatics, Faithful Christians, Meek and Humble souls, those who glorify God’s mercy by meditating on the Sacred Passion, the Souls in Purgatory, and those who have become lukewarm. We are all in need of God’s mercy, and praying for others both increases our charity and obtains mercy for ourselves.
I was thinking to myself how God’s mercy, love, and our faith are so important. Unless we show mercy, mercy shall not be shown to us. Unless we love others, we cannot love God. Unless we live in both love and mercy, we cannot have faith. For, faith is trusting that God loves us to death and that His mercy is without limit. But, if we ourselves don’t show mercy or love others as unconditionally as possible, if we’re selective in who we love or who we’ll forgive, then we may begun to think that God is selective or that limitations are placed on His love. But, this is false. God is unconditional love, constantly looking for the least excuse to bring each and every one of us into His kingdom.
Ultimately, love is unitive: one wishes to be united to all, to suffer when they suffer, to rejoice when they rejoice, to know everything they know, and even to be punished when they are punished. One would not go wrong if they loved the very worst people imaginable, felt themselves guilty of the sins committed by these people, and did penance for them. That is the highest state of the Christian vocation. Love, forgive all offenses, strive to remain pure, honestly admit one’s failings, don’t fear to love, and show mercy to everyone you meet. Try to imitate the Heart of the Master, and contemplate on the lengths he went to redeem you so that you may take some of His Love with you in order to share it with others. Then, God will take you up into Heaven and place your head upon the very Heart you strove to imitate.
Lest the obstacles which are sure to sprout up thwart you, have recourse to prayer. Don’t overdo it, but be sure to pray enough for your needs. In this way, you may feel fatigued, but not discouraged. Plagued by sins and defects, but not despairing. Perhaps the greatest prayer for this goal is to meditate on the Passion of Christ while praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Just pray the Sorrow Mysteries as if doing the rosary or concentrate on one mystery, on certain wounds, on the Stations of the Cross, or on Our Lord’s Sacred Heart. You might just find your favorite devotion and will certainly please the Divine Master.