Soul You Are Not Yet Lost

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Damnation is for the soul who wants to be damned; but for the one who desires salvation, there is the inexhaustible ocean of the Lord’s mercy to draw from. (Diary of Saint Faustina 631)

Conversation of the Merciful God with a Sinful Soul

Our Lord Speaks:

“Be not afraid of your Savior, O sinful soul. I make the first move to come to you, for I know that by yourself you are unable to lift yourself to Me. Child, do not run away from your Father; be willing to talk openly with your God of mercy who wants to speak words of pardon and lavish His graces on you. How dear your soul is to Me! I have inscribed your name upon My hands; you are engraved as a deep wound in My heart.” (Diary 1485)

Soul: Lord, I hear your voice calling me to turn back from the path of sin, but I have neither the strength nor the courage to do so.

Our Lord Speaks:

“I am your strength, I will help you in the struggle.”

Soul: Lord, I recognize your holiness, and I fear you.

Our Lord Speaks:

“My child, do you fear the God of mercy? My holiness (80) does not prevent Me from being merciful. Behold, for you I have established a throne of mercy on earth - the tabernacle - and from this throne I desire to enter into your heart. I am not surrounded by a retinue of guards. You can come to Me at any moment, at any time; I want to speak to you and desire to grant you grace.”

Soul: Lord, I doubt that you will pardon My numerous sins; my misery fills me with fright.

Our Lord Speaks:

“My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of My goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed Myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let My sacred heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart. Your misery has disappeared in the depths of My mercy. Do not argue with Me about your wretchedness. You will give Me pleasure if you hand over to Me all your troubles and griefs. I shall heap upon you the treasures of My grace.” (Diary 1485)

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)

A Compassionate, Loving Church is Waiting for You

From March 25, 1995 “The Gospel of Life” eleventh encyclical of Pope John Paul II

I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life.

For all of you who have been affected by abortion, please fight to stop this crime against God and man. Spread God’s love and mercy to a hurting people.

There are many post-abortion healing ministries out there but we recommend: Sisters of Life (718)325-9002 and Rachel’s Vineyard (877)467-3463 if you need a loving hand to talk to. (Life Foundation is a non affiliate of Sisters of Life and Rachel’s Vineyard.)

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