Meditations - Thoughts on Divine Mercy

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St. Paul and the Triumph of Mercy over Sin

In the Acts of the Apostles Saint Paul was breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord. (Acts 8: 1) Every time the term “murder” is used in the New Testament, it refers to abominable vice and evil (Mt 15: 19; Mk 7: 21; 15:17; Lk 23: 19,25). As Saint Paul testified in Acts (26: 11), “I was so enraged against [the Christians] that I pursued them even to foreign cities.” This rage of Saint Paul is a madness in which you would loose control over oneself. Before Saint Paulís great conversion on the road to Damascus, he traveled through sin and darkness. Paul accounted himself “the foremost of sinners,” for that reason he was mercifully treated. (1 Tm 1:16)

When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he met the God of Mercy, the one he was looking for his whole life. Paul accounted himself “the foremost of sinners.” “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. For these I am the foremost” (Tm 1:15). Who loves more, the one who is forgiven little sins or the one who is forgiven great sins? The one, who is forgiven great sins, becomes a great lover of Christ. And Paul words can contest to this: “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20).

I imagine that Paul many times wondered how our Lord could love him, the one who attacked His church, who persecuted Him, who attacked the members of His mystical body and put them in chains and even worse, put them to death.

Two thousand years later our Lord reveals His mercy for the whole world through the writings and revelations given to Saint Faustina in her Diary.

Our Lord Speaks:

“Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners, I desire their salvation (Diary #186) . . . I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy (Diary #687) . . . Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity (Diary #699) . . . Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned with mercy (Diary #301) . . . My daughter, know that My heart is mercy itself. From this sea of mercy, graces flow out upon the whole world.”(Diary #1777)

Our Lord Speaks:

“Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace.” (Diary #1075)