" "Witness in an age when words which convey truth are judged offensive will make martyrdom more common than we imagined when first we learned that truth." – Father Kevin M. Cusick

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Merciful Love




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I knew several weeks ago when my friend and noted author, Anne Costa, posted the following excerpt on her website, that there would be a perfect time for me to share it directly with my readers.

Today is that time.


What an ideal and complimentary reflection to share on Divine Mercy Sunday:




"We have been trained in the habit of looking at our dark side, our ugliness, and not at the purifying Sun, Light of Light, which He is, Who changes the dust we are into pure gold.

We think about examining ourselves, yet we do not think before the examination, during the examination or after the examination to plunge ourselves, with all our miseries into the consuming and transforming furnace of His Heart, which is open to us through a single humble act of Confidence.

I am not telling you ‘You believe too much in your own wretchedness’. We are much more wretched than we ever realize. But I am telling you ‘You do not believe enough in merciful love’.

We must have confidence, not in spite of our miseries, but because of them, since it is misery which attracts mercy.

Oh, this word, mercy – misericordiamiseris cor dare, a Heart which gives itself to the miserable, a Heart which nourishes itself on miseries by consuming them. Meditate on this word." 

(I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux by  Father Jean C. J. d'Elbee)

 

[Yesterday, Pope Francis issued his Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. You can read it here.]





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