Friday, March 12, 2010

A gift from a friend

This isn't really my kind of music, but I received it to day as a gift from a Roman Catholic friend who knew that I needed it. It presented me with a badly needed word of Gospel, which, being the Word of God, accomplished that for which God sent it, as His Word always does.

I am grateful both to and for that friend and his gift, as well as for the Gift of the Friend to Whom it points.

From the Diary of St. Faustina

... a fellow scrupulosity sufferer:

Be not afraid of your Savior, O sinful soul. I make the first move to come to you, for I know that by yourself you are unable to lift yourself to Me. Child, do not run away from your Father; be willing to talk openly with your God of mercy who wants to speak words of pardon and lavish his graces on you. How dear your soul is to Me! I have inscribed your name upon my hand; you are engraved as a deep wound in My Heart. ...

My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of My goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart. Your misery has disappeared in the depths of My Mercy. Do not argue with Me about your wretchedness. You will give me pleasure if you hand over to me all your troubles and griefs. I shall heap upon you treasures of My grace.

HT: Oscar