First Tuesday of Lent

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Excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina:

My daughter, suffering will be a sign to you that I am with you (Diary – 669).

Meditation:

Dear Jesus, I have always been afraid of suffering. I don’t like pain of any kind, and I fear being abandoned and alone. Teach me to trust that You won’t abandon me in the midst of my suffering, but that my suffering is a sign that You are with me in a special way. My Lord, help me to trust in this truth and to not run away from trials. Help me to realize that You are always very close to me, and never more so than when I am in the midst of some type of suffering.

– Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC

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Jesus’ words to St. Faustina in bold text.
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First Monday of Lent

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Excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina:

Although My greatness is beyond understanding, I commune only with those who are little. I demand of you a childlike spirit (Diary – 332).

Diary of Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy In My Soul 1987 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Meditation:

My Savior, I remember how I depended on my parents for everything when I was young. I took all that they did for me for granted. I now realize how deep their love has always been for me. Teach me how to depend on You with a childlike trust. I know it will take all eternity for me to begin to comprehend your greatness. But I can begin today. Little by little, I can grow in my appreciation of You and in my love for You!

– Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC

God Bless

First Sunday of Lent

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Excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina:

Tell sinners that no one shall escape My Hand; if they run away from My Merciful Heart, they will fall into My Just Hands. Tell sinners that I am always waiting for them, that I listen intently to the beating of their heart … when will it beat for Me? (Diary – 1728).

Diary of Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy In My Soul 1987 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Meditation:

Dear Jesus, it is hard to trust in Your words. They seem too good to be true! I know that I am a sinner and that I don’t deserve Your mercy. I have ignored You for so long, how can You be so good as to wait for me to come around and to turn back to You? I want to be good, and I want to believe in Your goodness. Help me, O Lord, to trust. Help me to change my ways so that I am no longer afraid of You and can just love You!

– Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC

God Bless

First Saturday of Lent

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Excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina:

Although it seems to me that You do not hear me, I put my trust in the ocean of Your mercy, and I know that my hope will not be deceived (Diary – 69).

Diary of Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy In My Soul 1987 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Meditation:

My Jesus, when I repeatedly ask You for something and I get no reply and nothing seems to change in my life, I fear that You are not there. I grow discouraged and I feel alone. Help me to trust in You in the midst of the darkness. Teach me how to walk by faith and not by sight. I place my hope in You, and I believe that Your love and mercy are as deep as the ocean. There is nothing that is beyond Your power. Strengthen my faith, O Lord!

– Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC

God Bless

First Friday of Lent

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Excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina:

I desire that you know more profoundly the love that burns in My Heart for souls, and you will understand this when you meditate on My Passion (Diary – 186).

Meditation:

Lord, it is true that I don’t realize the depth of Your burning love for souls. I know that the great saints would often meditate on Your Cross, but I have been afraid to do so. I have thought that it would be too depressing or overwhelming. I will ask Our Lady to help me not to run away from Your Cross as I have done in the past. I will remain with You and meditate on Your Passion, which You underwent for my sake. Set my heart on fire with a burning love like Yours, O Jesus!

– Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC

 

God Bless

First Thursday of Lent

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Excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina:

O my Jesus, I will console You for all the ingratitude, the blasphemies, the coldness, the hatred of the wicked, the sacrileges (Diary – 80).

Meditation:

My Lord, I really do love You! Though I know I am not always very good at demonstrating this through my actions. I want to remain close to you in reparation for those who oppose You and who break Your Heart in this way. As You said from the Cross, they do not know what they are doing. I will love You for them, to make up for the lack of love in their hearts. In this way, I hope to also win graces for their conversion. For if they truly knew You, how could they not love You?

– Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC

 God Bless.

Ash Wednesday Reflections

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I thought I would share some meditations that I am receiving via my email, to help you on your Lenten journey. I hope to do these daily, because I find that it helps me to read what I have been sent and it can’t hurt for others to read as well. If you want to receive them yourself, you can sign up here and Flocknote will send them to your email daily. Hope you enjoy the reflection time and come closer to God as well. God bless.

Excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina:

In order to hear the voice of God, one has to have silence in one’s soul and to keep silence; not a gloomy silence, but an interior silence; that is to say, recollection in God. One can speak a great deal without breaking silence and, on the contrary, one can speak little and be constantly breaking silence. … God does not give Himself to a chattering soul which, like a drone in a beehive, buzzes around but gathers no honey. A talkative soul is empty inside (Diary – 118).

Meditation:

Dear Jesus, sometimes I am afraid of silence. I fill my day with distractions, with music, with background noise, and with other things because I fear the void. Maybe I am afraid of what You will ask of me. Help me to not be afraid of silence. Help me to realize that, in Your gentleness, You will never force Your will on me. Teach me how to open my heart to You, so I can receive what it is that You want to give me. Help me to find You in the silence.

– Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC