Second Thursday of Lent

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Excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina:

I was reflecting on how much God had suffered and on how great was the love He had shown for us, and on the fact that we still do not believe that God loves us so much. O Jesus, who can understand this? What suffering it is for our Savior! How can He convince us of His love if even His death cannot convince us? (Diary – 319).

 

Meditation:

My Savior, it is so easy for me to fall into the trap of the Evil One and to believe that You don’t love me. When the trials come, the thought that You don’t care about me always comes into my head. How quickly I forget all that You endured for me. I am sorry, Jesus! I want to keep the image of Your Cross near me always so that I will never forget Your love for me. Give me the grace to believe in Your great love for me, even in the midst of my trials.

– Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC

 

God Bless

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First Wednesday of Lent

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Excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina:

When we pray, we ought not force the Lord God to give us what we want, but we should rather submit to His holy will (Diary – 1525).

[In case you missed it in the last note :), all of Jesus’ words will be bolded in these quotes]

 

Meditation:

Dear Jesus, I know that St. Faustina once wrote the words “My will” on a page in her Diary and then she crossed them out because she only wanted to do Your will. I am afraid to let go of my will, Lord. I am afraid that I will not be happy if I am not able to do my own will. I am sorry that I try to force You to do my will, Lord. Teach me how to surrender. Take away my fear and help me to be more like St. Faustina.

– Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC

 

God Bless

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

Things To Note: Fine Print 🙂

Jesus’ words to St. Faustina in bold text.
God Bless

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