From: Mary Zimmerman
Yesterday was St. Faustina’s birthday. I put up an 8x10 photo of her in our church (St. Mary’s), right next to the statue of Mary.
Father Jim mentioned her birthday in his homily, and how we need to ask for and accept God’s divine mercy to help us pass through the narrow gate.
I have been talking about St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy devotion now for over 20 years. Just of late I have been really talking directly to her begging for the graces my family needs to be able to one day come into the chambers of heaven, united to God, all the saints and angels and reunited with our loved ones who have gone before us.
Throughout my devotion to the Divine Mercy, I have come to realize “trust” is a big element to answered prayer. Yes, pray and trust. As of late I find my trust wavering at times. Come Lord Jesus, strengthen and renew my trust. Remember, sometimes our problems are too big for us but not for God. He’s just waiting for us to ask for help. God can work miracles. He just wants us to expect them. He hears our every prayer, just put Him in charge then get out of His way. It’s called “let go and let God” - trust. Jesus spoke these words to St. Faustina quoted from the Diary of St. Faustina. “The grace of my mercy is drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.” (1578) “Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothing than would my mercy not embrace a trusting soul” (1777). Our Lord speaks again. “I am love and mercy itself. When a soul approaches me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls.” (1074) We sum this up with “pray and trust.”
St. Padre Pio says pray and don’t worry. The present day world condition is a cause for many people to cave in to worry, which really accomplishes nothing. I know very well from the past where worry leads me - into the deep hole of depression.
With the Divine Mercy devotion Jesus composed and taught St. Faustina these prayers called the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the power of it, as we meditate on Jesus’ Passion we repeat, using rosary beads, the words, “For His sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world” and “Eternal Father I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world.” God says He will answer our requests through the saying of this prayer, if it be His will. Let us join together and help one another to pray and trust.
There is a Divine Mercy Day of Reflection being held at Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester on Saturday, September 14. I know it will be a grace-filled day for everyone present. For more information on the Divine Mercy devotion, images, etc.,write or call me - Mary Zimmerman, 318 Orrin St.,Winona, MN 55987, 507-452-2570.
P.S. Does anyone have Pope Francis’ address? I’d like to give him my phone number just in case he’d like to give me a call. I could ask him if he wants me to send him an apple pie (ha), or one of the books I wrote. I read that’s what worked for one who received a phone call from Pope Francis.