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Jesus Christ Divine Mercy And His Apostle St Faustina Kowalska
“...so many hearts I find, broke like yours and mine
torn by what we’ve done and can’t undo ...
but there were sorrows to be healed and mercy, mercy in this world...”
Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)
from his “Song of Bernadette”
“My Jesus, grant that I may have love, compassion and mercy for every soul without exception. O my Jesus, each of your saints reflects one of your virtues; I desire to reflect your compassionate heart, full of mercy; I want to glorify it. Let your mercy, O Jesus, be impressed upon my heart and soul like a seal, and this will be my badge in this and the future life. Glorifying your mercy is the exclusive task of my soul.” (Diary 1242)
“Jesus, make my heart like unto yours, or rather transform it into your own heart that I may sense the needs of other hearts, especially those who are sad and suffering. May the rays of mercy rest in my heart.” (Diary 514)
In many ways, Faustina’s personality reminds me of Bernadette. Both so humble and open to transmit, without any embellishment, the vision and message they were given. I’d like to end with a quote from one of my favorite scripture scholars. I carried, and read on the subway in Manhattan in 1981, then copied down so many passages from his commentary on Revelation and the Gospel of Luke. This is my favorite quote:
“The only requirement for entrance into the kingdom of God is an emptiness only God can fill.”
From his commentary on the Gospel of Luke by GB Caird (1917-1984)
A most blessed and needed Divine Mercy Sunday !
Fr Bill McNichols 19 April 2020
St Faustina Kowalska Apostle Of Divine Mercy 094 by William Hart McNichols