Finding peace through mercy.
In the 1930’s a Polish nun called Sr. Faustina (now St. Faustina) experienced a series of visions of Jesus. Amongst her visions Jesus asked her to paint this very special image – an image of the Divine Mercy of God flowing from his Sacred Heart.
Her visions were centred around Jesus bringing her to a place where she could see the mercy of God at work in the world around her.
She wrote of her pain at her neighbours being badly treated, about their sufferings and how it physically hurt her. She prayed that their sufferings would fall on her, that she may in some way lessen their suffering in order to help them find a path to grace and peace.
It is far from easy to love with a love so deep that it causes you physical pain when you see that person hurting.
Some of us are lucky enough to have experienced a tiny portion of this love – the love we have for our sons, daughters, fathers, mothers – our husbands and wives.
But what St. Faustina showed us is that Jesus wants us to love everyone with that much love.
It is that love which must inspire us to try harder. To try harder to defend the weak, to feed the poor, to cloth the naked, to visit the prisoner, to lift up the wretched and say, ‘I love you!’ and to really mean it.
St. Faustina gave us a gift, a gift to see the power and depth of Jesus love for all of us. What do we do with that gift?
Evening Prayer is now at 6pm each day to help those who want to attend when they finish work.
+Jonathan will be with us next week for the Confirmations and to admit people to Holy Communion. If Fr. Matthew has not spoken to you yet and you’re expecting to be Confirmed – please call him!
There is church cleaning and decorating this Saturday (17th) to get things ready for the Bishops visit.
The PCC meeting has been postponed to the 25th April.
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