Meditations - Thoughts on Divine Mercy
The Most Grevious Crime of All
First Friday, in the evening, I saw the Mother of God, with her breast bared and pierced with a sword. She was shedding bitter tears and shielding us against Godís terrible punishment. God wants to inflict terrible punishment on us, but He cannot because the Mother of God is shielding us. Horrible fear seized my soul. I kept praying incessantly for Poland, for my dear Poland, which is so lacking in gratitude for the Mother of God. If it were not for the Mother of God, all our efforts would be of little use. I intensified my prayers and sacrifices for our dear native land, but I see that I am a drop before the wave of evil. How can a drop stop a wave: O yes! A drop is nothing of itself, but with You, Jesus, I shall stand up bravely to the whole wave of evil and even (129) to the whole of hell. Your omnipotence can do all things. (Diary 686)
Once, as I was going down the hall to the kitchen, I heard these words in my soul: Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy. (Diary 687)
Saint Faustina explains to her spiritual advisor about this crime
She wrote in her Diary that Jesus Himself said that He was about to destroy one of the most beautiful cities of our country like Sodom [was destroyed] on account of the crimes perpetrated there. Having read about these things in the Diary, I asked her what does this prophecy mean? She answered confirming what she wrote and replying to a further question of mine, on account of what kind of sins God was to inflict these punishments, she answered especially for the killing of infants not yet born, the most grievous crime of all. (Witness VII, The Reverend Michael Sopocko-The “Summarium,” p.95, 251--)
Pro-LifeóPro Family: It Must Be
A family is clearly Godís design for the human race. We acknowledge God as our Creator and the Creator of the entire universe. Is it not in a family that life begins? There must be families, and if families are to glorify God, then families must be focused on love. It is clear in Godís Word that God is love and He wills all to love like His Divine Son, Jesus Christ, who spent thirty years in a family and only three years in His public life. All should agree how important families are. For families to be the best that they can be, they must be dedicated to great love. This can happen for it is how God always meant it to be. Love is conceived in a family where it is born and grows and is nourished, because in a family there is caring and sharing, there is helping, there is giving. Only in a family can so much love be given to each member by the mother and the Father and brothers and sisters. It is natural for a mother and father to love their children. They have motivation, they have purpose, and they have reason to love. With this basic understanding, it must be deduced that the larger the family, the more opportunities there will be for each to love as is defined above. For with more members, come more needs and more times to give and sacrifice, to love. Thus larger families have more love in them as so defined, that is, more times of giving and caring for each other. With so many opportunities, then all family members are schooled in love, for in giving one learns to give. In helping one learns to help. In caring one learns to care. In meeting anotherís needs, one learns how to meet anotherís needs. With opportunities comes experience, and as all know, experience is always the best teacher.
The opportunities to love abound from the youngest days of the children. This is because with many members there are many needs, for all have to be fed and clothed. The children all have to be taught and have to learn. Each member must be provided for in these and other regards.
Each Family, each ideal family, will have a father and he must provide
All agree upon this, even those who do not believe in or support Christian families. The father cares for his family by providing. He gives up his life, his time and energy, to make sure that his familyís needs are met. It is natural. It is right. It is what all expect. This must be done if a family is to be stable and larger than what the world determines and have time together to love each other.
Regarding the mother, she must be free to love, to care for the little ones and the older ones too. She must be there when they hurt themselves. She must be there to teach them all about God and what is important in life. She cannot be present unless the father provides, so then, much love exists in an ideal family environment because of all the times to love each other by meeting the needs of each member. The older children can and will help out the mother and father. This, in turn, makes great lovers out of them. For is it not true that one cannot be a loving person unless one learns how to love! This is why there must be opportunities to love each day and every day of the year.
A Family must be pro-life
It must want to serve God by nourishing life and this means being open to a larger family than our culture of death dictates to us. It has always been the Catholic way, and this, I feel, is because in larger families there is the most opportunity to love and hence the most love. Since God is love, then it would make sense that Godís presence is deeply present where there is much love and much charity in a family.
What is it that stops young mothers and fathers from giving life?
Well the reasons are many, but in most cases it is the social and economic pressures of this world we live in. This was not the case in the past. But now most have standards that they feel they must meet. These include, for instance, having two nice cars to drive, living in a large house with all the conveniences of the present day, having many outfits and clothes, taking many vacations, and of course, providing insurance for all and at least four years of college education for each child. Of course, this all results in a great emphasis on oneís career and on the ability to earn a high salary, if one is to have more than, say, one or two children. With all the wants and insecurity most elect to have only one child or none at all.
What have we done? Well, it is clear we have let the world around us rule out life, and, therefore, love in families. This has resulted in less love in families than God always intended and many family breakups, for the focus is earning money and spending it, rather on Godís love and procreation for God.
We must turn this all around and live a different life-style, one foreign to the world we live in, if we are going to once again be a pro-life society and Church. We must be truly open and not scared to bring life into the world. And if it is Godís will that we have a large family we must place our trust in Him and not in this culture of death.
So let us commit to a new way. Well, not really a new way, but a return to a pro-life way, a simple way contrary to the world. Let us focus on raising families for love, not raising families for the world. It is our hope, for we have now seen what happens to families if they live the life-style of the world and not the way God has always planned for families to live. Let us live like Jesus and His Mother lived, simply and purely, trusting in God the Fathers divine providence, not in the providence of a materialistic, pagan world.
Our Lord Speaks:
“Through the chaplet, you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.” (Diary 1731)
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