Meditations - Thoughts on Divine Mercy

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Works of Mercy

St. Teresa of Jesus says, “We cannot be sure if we are loving God, although we may have good reason to believe that we are, but we can know quite well if we are loving our neighbor. And be certain that, the farther advanced you find you are in this, the greater the love you will have for God.”

Our Lord Speaks:

“I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it.

“I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first - by deed, the second - by word, the third - by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays a reverence to My mercy.” (Diary of Saint Faustina, #742)

Sometimes we can fool ourselves in thinking we are loving God for we experience spiritual Highs. We feel we can take on long fasts for Him, do much penance for Him, take long pilgrimages for Him and never miss our daily devotions for Him, even though these things are good in themselves, but there is much more to our Christian faith. St. Teresa of Avila warns us of these pitfalls. “No, sister, no; what the Lord desires is works. If you see a sick sister to whom you can give some help, never be affected if she is in pain, you should feel pain too; if necessary, fast so that she may have your food, not so much for her sake as because you know it to be your Lordís will.”