Sunday, 6 October 2019

Fearful of the future? Try this for peace of mind!


#St. Faustina Kowalska

Hello dear friend,
Thanks for stopping by!

The 5th October is the feastday of St Faustina Kowalska, a Polish Catholic nun and mystic who died on this day in 1938, aged 33, and was sainted in the year 2000. Her apparitions of Jesus have inspired great devotion in the Universal church to Christ's Divine Mercy. And the saint bears the title Secretary of Divine Mercy.

To find out more about this saint you can visit, for example, the website dedicated to her by clicking on this link.

I recently found a copy of her book among my late-father's belongings. Dad had a great love of Divine Mercy. Today I began to read Divine Mercy In My Soul, a diary by Sister M. Faustina Kowalski, published by Marian Helpers Press.

Following on from my last blog on poetry I wanted to share one of the saint's poems. I hope that, like me, you are impressed that a saint is but a human being who tries hard to rise above the trials of this life. It it also a good reminder to try to stay in Today instead of galloping headlong and fearful into the unknown tomorrow.

O My God
By St Faustina

When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.

It is no longer in my power,
To change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so, what the past has embraced I must trust to God.

O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of your omnipotence.

And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater glory. []

Wishing you a blessed day!

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PPS Currently reading, as well as the above Diary (I always have more than one book on the go), #If I Stay, a compelling novel by Gayle Forman - Living is all about making choices. Dying is no different... Enjoy!

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