This article will be published on the April 26 issue of The BC Catholic newspaper.
April 25 was Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus is our merciful Saviour Who came to find the lost sheep. This week we are looking at the 'C' of Divine Mercy: completely trust in Jesus.
Jesus, I trust in You
The image of Divine Mercy is a reminder for us to put our trust in Jesus. St. Faustina saw the image on Feb. 22, 1931.
She wrote, "In the evening, when I was in my cell, I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand [was] raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red, the other pale."
Jesus asked the image to be painted with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus promised great blessings to those who honour the image. He said, "I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory."
In 1934 Jesus explained: "The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls."
Jesus taught St. Faustina a beautiful invocation: "O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You."
He said, "When you say this prayer with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion."
Vessel of grace
Trust is the “soul” of the Devotion to Divine Mercy. One day Our Lord taught St. Faustina the importance of trust. He said, "The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive."
Throughout the diary of St. Faustina there are numerous messages of Jesus encouraging sinners to trust in His mercy:
"The greatest sinners would achieve great sanctity if only they would trust in My mercy."
"The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy."
"He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine."
"There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted it increases."
Faith in the sacraments
Through St. Faustina Jesus urges all of us to approach the sacraments of penance and Holy Eucharist with lively faith and trust.
Jesus complained to St. Faustina about the lack of faith among people. He said, "Know, My daughter, that when I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay any attention to Me; they leave Me to Myself and busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I am that souls do not recognize love! They treat Me as a dead object."
Regarding the sacrament of penance Jesus said, "Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flow down upon your soul and ennoble it.... Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great there is no limit to My generosity."
May we always offer prayers and approach the sacraments with great trust in the grace and mercy of Jesus.
「神聖慈悲」畫像，提醒我們要信賴耶穌。該畫像原屬聖女傅天娜St. Faustina 在一九三一年二月二十二日的神視。她寫道：「黃昏，我在我的房間內，見到我主耶穌身穿雪白長袍，提起右手降福，左手輕觸心窩位置，而從該心窩位置，透出兩道強光，一紅色，一蒼白色。」耶穌囑咐聖女把這神視，以畫像描繪出來，然後套上「耶穌，我信賴祢」的短句。
耶穌對聖女說：「我的女兒，當妳來辦告解時，來到這慈悲的泉源時, 從我心中流出的血和水會傾流到妳的靈魂，使妳變得更尊貴...。此間，靈魂的不幸與天主的慈悲相遇。請告訴人靈: 靈魂只有藉「信賴」的器皿從這慈悲的泉源裡獲得恩寵。如果他們有强大的信賴，我的慷慨會是無限的！」