Meditations - Thoughts on Divine Mercy

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Divine Mercy

Conversation of the Merciful God with a Despairing Soul

Our Lord Speaks:

“O soul steeped in darkness, do not despair. All is not yet lost. Come and confide in your God, who is love and mercy.” (Diary 1486)

But the soul, deaf even to this appeal, wraps itself in, Jesus calls out again:

My child, listen to the voice of your merciful Father.

In the soul arises this reply: “For me there is no mercy,” and it falls into greater darkness, a despair which is a foretaste of hell and makes it unable to draw near to God.

Jesus calls to the soul a third time, but the soul remains deaf and blind, hardened and despairing. Then the mercy of God begins to exert itself, and, without any cooperation from the soul, God grants it final grace. If this too is spurned, God will leave the soul in this self-chosen disposition for eternity.

Our Lord Speaks:

“What joy fills My heart when you return to Me. Because you are weak, I take you in My arms and carry you to the home of My Father.”

Soul: (as if awakening, asks fearfully): Is it possible that there yet is mercy for me?

Our Lord Speaks:

“There is, My child. You have a special claim on My mercy. Let it act in your poor soul; let the rays of grace enter your soul; then bring with them light, warmth, and life.”

Soul: But fear fills me at the thought of my sins, and this terrible fear moves me to doubt your goodness.

Our Lord Speaks:

“My child, all your sins have not wounded My heart as painfully as your present lack of trust does -that after so many efforts of My love and mercy, you should still doubt My goodness.” (Diary 1486)

Soul: O Lord, save me yourself, for I perish. Be my Savior, O Lord. I am unable to say anything more; my pitiful heart is torn asunder; but You, O Lord...

Jesus does not let the soul finish but, raising it from the ground, from the depths of its misery; He leads it into the recesses of His heart where all its sins disappear instantly, consumed by the flames of love.

Our Lord Speaks:

“Here, soul, are the treasures of My heart. Take everything you need from it.” (Diary 1486)

“Tell Me all, My child, hide nothing from Me because My loving heart, the heart of your best friend, is listening to you... Do not be absorbed in your misery you are still too weak to speak of it but, rather, gaze on My heart filled with goodness, and be imbued with My sentiments. Strive for meekness and humility; be merciful to others, as I am to you; and, when you feel your strength failing, if you come to the fountain of mercy to fortify your soul, you will not grow weary on your journey.” (Diary 1486)