with a brief reflection on the Divine Mercy of God,
which comes directly to you from a recent reflection by…
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, one of whose foundresses was Saint Sr. Faustina Kowalska herself!
The word trust in the school of St. Faustina’s spirituality signifies the attitude of man towards God. In the signature of the image, which Jesus ordered her to paint, are the words: Jesus, I trust in You!
Trust is the first response of man to knowing and experiencing the attentive merciful love of God. This word has unusually rich contents because it signifies not only faith in the existence of God, in His omnipotence, in the truths revealed through Him, but it also denotes an all-embracing attitude of man towards God, which expresses the fulfillment of God’s will contained in the commandments, in the duties of our state of life, as well as in the recognised inspirations of the Holy Spirit.
In the writings of Sister Faustina, trust is identical with the biblical conception of faith and so it means entrustment of our own life to God as the best Father who does not desire anything other than man’s temporal and eternal happiness.
God’s will – as Sister Faustina often used to say – is for us mercy itself. It is the fulfillment of God’s will that is a concrete measure of trust towards God. The Lord Jesus said to Sister Faustina, The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is my desire to give much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow their hearts (Diary 1578).
I’m under the one year mark now of joining the half-a-century young club!
I’ve watched as several of my
(all dearly loved)
have found their membership sooner than I.
(And) I have loved celebrating with them!
(And) watching as they, themselves, have transitioned into this phase of their life.
(And) how they have each handled their new membership in a unique and individual way.
One constant I’ve watched is how reflective they all have been.
How each have taken “stock” of the first-half-century of their life.
Reliving memories, grateful for the blessings they’ve been gifted, and making
informed choices on what they desire to carry with them
into the completion of this century they have more than half-way begun.
What has this taught me?
But most especially that through each person’s life (as with my own) what speaks MOST to everyone is
This is what we all cherish.
This is what has helped us to stretch and to grow
into who we have become
through joy and with sorrow;
and who will help us to evolve into what we’ve yet to
I call these relationships,
these people I cherish, who challenge me to be the person God has built me to be, my
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
This is my community.
Who keep me in check.
Who cheer me on along the way.
So that one day, (when all is said and done)
He will smile when I meet Him
My Ironmen come in various shapes and sizes and many recite the same Creed I do each Sunday (but not all and that’s okay too!) I love them all and wouldn’t trade one out for the other, no matter the age or the shoe-size! I’m immeasurably grateful for the ones who have remained with me the longest, (but more about them another day.)
Recently, I met a few of my friends out for a Special Rendevous of Fine-Dining! These friends and I had just completed working a Retreat together several weeks earlier and we missed the comaraderie we shared being together. When we first met, without their even knowing (but much to my delight,) they began to claim our Retreat-Working-Group as “The Ironmen!” That’s when I knew instantly They were destined to be imprinted into my heart for always.
Through them God showed me that I will continue to collect Relationships! The one’s I’ve already made will always, through His grace, remain strong; but He will continue to bless me with New Ironmen (for always) along the way!
And oh, how very much that makes me giddy-with-excitement to jump into the next half-century of my living!
(because every Ironman loves a good hot-dog)
these hot-diggity hugs n’ blessings go out to you!
What Do We Believe?
“Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything.” -the CCC, no. 198