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Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Musings - A Greater Degree of Love

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There are times we do not ask God what He wants of us for fear that He will suggest something we are unwilling to do. On other occasions, we hear God's promptings very clearly but choose to ignore them.  

The next time we are tempted to do either of these things, we would be wise to recall this warning: :

"…sometimes He [God] demands of a particular soul a greater degree of love. Such a soul understands this call, because God makes this known to it interiorly, but the soul may either follow this call or not. It depends on the soul itself whether it is faithful to these touches of the Holy Spirit, or whether it resists them. I have learned that there is a place in purgatory where souls will pay their debt to God for such transgressions; this kind of torment is the most difficult of all. The soul which is specially marked by God will be distinguished everywhere, whether in heaven or in purgatory or in hell. In heaven, it will be distinguished from other souls by greater glory and radiance and deeper knowledge of God. In purgatory, by greater pain, because it knows God more profoundly and desire Him more vehemently. In hell, it will suffer more profoundly than other souls, because it knows more fully whom it has lost."

(From Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, 1556)


  1. Very sobering. This is why the lure of the world must be resisted vehemently. When we deliberately choose distractions from God's will for us, we place ourselves in grave danger. Worse than that, we deprive, in some measure, the family of God of the gifts God has given us which He has meant for us to use on His behalf for the good of others.

  2. Thank you for commenting Barb. It is so sad that so many of us fail to share the gifts God intended we use to benefit other souls.