20160404 St. Faustina encounters Christ in daily life

St. Faustina’s assignment was changed from gardener to gatekeeper on Sept. 6, 1937, because her health was deteriorating.
Regarding sickness, St. Faustina wrote, “A soul who suffers with submission to the will of God draws down more blessings on the whole convent than all the working sisters. Poor indeed is a convent where there are no sick sisters.
“God often grants many and great graces out of regard for souls who are suffering, and He withholds many punishments solely because of the suffering souls.”
As gatekeeper, St. Faustina treated the poor with great kindness. One day Our Lord came to the main entrance under the guise of a poor young man. He asked for something to eat. St. Faustina searched around and found some soup.
She heated it and found some bread, and took it to the poor young man. When he had finished, St. Faustina took the bowl from him, and He let her knew that He was the Lord of heaven and earth. Our Lord then vanished from her sight.
When she reflected on what had happened, she heard these words: “My daughter, the blessings of the poor who bless Me as they leave this gate have reached My ears. And your compassion, within the bounds of obedience, has pleased Me, and this is why I came down from My throne: to taste the fruits of your mercy.”
On Oct. 1, 1937, Our Lord said, “Daughter, I need sacrifice lovingly accomplished, because that alone has meaning for Me. Enormous indeed are the debts of the world which are due to Me; pure souls can pay them by their sacrifice, exercising mercy in spirit.”
“Write this for the many souls who are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permission nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul.
“If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy.”
On Oct. 10, in prayer, St. Faustina offered her body, soul, intellect, will, and all the sentiments of her heart to God. However Our Lord said to her, “My daughter, you have not offered Me that which is really yours.”
St. Faustina said, “Jesus, tell me what it is, and I will give it to You at once with a generous heart.”
Our Lord said, “Daughter, give Me your misery, because it is your exclusive property.”
On Nov. 19, after Holy Communion, Our Lord said, “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.”
St. Faustina wanted to make up for the coldness of souls with her love.
The saint has given us a wonderful example of serving Our Lord in the ordinariness of daily life. Offering up one’s sickness, being kind to people, exercising mercy in spirit, offering to God one’s misery, and receiving Holy Communion with devotion are effective means that help us to grow in holiness.

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