Overcome with great longing for You!

“O my God, I am overcome with great longing for You today.  Oh, nothing else any longer occupies my heart.  There no longer contains anything for me.  O Jesus, how strongly I feel this exile, how very prolonged it is for me.  O death, messenger of God, when will you announce to me that longed-for moment, through which I will be united to my God forever?”

St. Faustina’s Diary (1573)

Today is the Feastday of my gal-pal-hero, St. Faustina Kowalska!

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Picture taken at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

I love this day.

I love the opportunity to be especially mindful of giving thanks for a Saint who has touched my heart, strenghtened my spiritual walk and lovingly taught me: “Jesus, I trust in You.”  I long to sit alone at some point today, with my God, and feel the smooth pages of St. Faustina’s Diary between my fingers; as my eyes rest in the words she left for us to comprehend God’s Mercy.

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My copy of St. Faustian’s Diary

This past August I visited the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  First class relics of both St. Faustina & Pope John Paul II are there.

The peace & joy I felt while praying before them is still with me.

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Saint Maria Faustina Kowalski (1950-1938) was a young member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland.  Born into a poor farming family, she had only two-and-a-half years of basic education, and so was assigned the humblest tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or garden.  However, she received extraordinary revelations from the Lord Jesus, proclaiming God’s loving message of Divine Mercy, which he instructed her to record.

To celebrate her feast day, may we all reflect on these beautiful quotes from her diary:

“I have found that the greatest power is hidden patience. I see that patience always leads to victory, although not immediately; but that victory will become manifest after many years.”

“O inconceivable goodness of God, which shields us at every step, may Your mercy be praised without cease.  That You became a brother to humans, not to angels, is a miracle of the unfathomable mystery of Your mercy.  All our trust is in You…”

“O Lamb of God, I do not know what to admire in You first:  Your gentleness, Your hidden life, the emptying of Yourself for the sake of man, or the constant miracle of Your mercy, which transforms souls and raises them up to eternal life.”

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The Divine Mercy Shrine Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Saint Maria Faustina, you told us that your mission would continue after your death and that you would not forget us. (Diary, 281,1582.)

Our Lord also granted you a great privilege, telling you to “distribute graces as you will, to whom you will, and when you will.” (Diary, 31.)

Relying on this, I ask your intercession for the graces I need, especially…

(here mention your special intentions)

Help me, above all, to trust in Jesus as you did and thus to glorify His mercy every moment of my life.  Amen.

hugs n’ blessings to all those with great longing in their hearts!

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Helen Kowalska, the best golden-retriever in the universe, would like to wish everyone a blessed & holy feastday of her namesake St. Faustina, (aka Helena Kowalska!)

(To read more about Divine Mercy and my gal-pal-hero or Helen Kowalska the golden-retriever, please click above on my toolbar.)

 

6 thoughts on “Overcome with great longing for You!

  1. Thank you . I relate well to the longing expressed here and I too understand the passion. Beautiful post. (as a non-Catholic but with a Catholic heart) the writings and the longings of the Saints resonate deeply with me as well.

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    1. It matters not the method of how a heart for God worships Him, but I am so verily glad you find the richness of our Catholic Saints worthy of your affections. I admire this heart of yours! Hugs and blessings my sister-in-Christ!

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  2. The prayer I say most often throughout my day is “O Blood & Water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you.”

    Thanks Dawn Marie for sharing about one of my most favorite Saints! Saint Faustina, pray for us.

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    1. And thank YOU very kindly for strolling by to visit and the time to read my post about this special gal-pal of mine! Saint Faustina has been near and dear to my heart for so very long I can’t remember a day not praying with her anymore. I am tickled we share this mutual admiration of her, especially during this year of Mercy!! Hugs & Blessings to you!!

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    1. Tis I who is blessed to have been given the grace to walk with Him. And to have found others, such as yourself, who share in the Joy of inviting Him into our daily lives and welcoming Him into our hearts! Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit, and for your kind encouragements. I pinch myself daily to have such wonderful cyber-space friends!! Hugs & Blessings!!

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