This writing, first published in April of this year, has been strong on my heart this week. I have updated it with some further thoughts…
IT has been a marvelous week (April) so far here in California, preaching along side the man who helped bring the message of Divine Mercy to the world as well as promoted the cause of St. Faustina’s canonization: Fr. Seraphim Michalenko.
At the same time that we are preaching about Divine Mercy, we have not forgotten the context in which Jesus Himself revealed these messages to St. Faustina:
Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy; let them profit from the Blood and Water which gushed forth for them. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 848
That is, the “time of mercy” we are in has an end; it is not indefinite, and depends upon our response to Heaven. And we must readily admit that we have not responded to the warnings and messages of Our Blessed Mother as we should have. We have not listened to nor recognized divine warnings, whether from the popes or the prophets, to bring the world back from the brink. And therefore, like the Prodigal Son, we must begin to reap what we have sown, now that the world is collectively broke—financially and most significantly, spiritually. But like the Prodigal Son, it will be precisely in chastisement that the world’s eyes will be opened, and we will be granted one last opportunity to either return home to the Father… or remain separated from Him for eternity.
…before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy… before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice… —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary, n. 83, 1146
In this context then, we must understand that what God is about to permit on earth is rooted in His love and mercy:
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