Five Life Changing Words

Reflections for contemplative living

Today we celebrate the Divine Mercy, the devotion to the merciful love of God and our desire to let that love and mercy flow our own heart towards those who need it. There is no denying that we are living in challenging times my friends.  Living through the pandemic and all its challenges that have been exposed has been tough.  From job loss, health crisis, identity crisis and watching the social injustice, it is easy to become hopeless and feel like there is nothing one person can do.  But there is.  Each and every one of us can say these five words which will profoundly impact our world:

Jesus, I trust in you.

Saying these five words when I am overwhelmed, anxious, scared, alone, and in doubt saves me from despair.  It strengthens my faith, gives me peace of heart, and helps me focus on all the good things that God provides in my life.  After all, He promises if I align with Him, He will provide what I need. 

This small intentional action softens  my heart and breaks down the walls of self-reliance that built up over the years.  This feeds my worry, despair and scarcity thinking which is not conducive to a peaceful heart.  I know that everything from God’s goodness provides peace.  Evil causes division and despair.  I want to be an instrument of peace.

Jesus, I trust in you.

Let us approach your grace with confidence, Lord, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hope for Mankind

As he dedicated the Shrine of the Divine Mercy, St. Pope John Paul II referred to this when he said: “Apart from the mercy of God there is no other source of hope for mankind”.

There are seven main forms of this devotion:

  • The Divine Mercy image with the specific inscription Jesus, I trust in You;
  • The commemoration of the Feast of the Divine Mercy Sunday
  • The recitation of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
  • The recitation of the Divine Mercy novena
  • The designation of the Hour of Mercy at 3:00 a.m. or p.m.
  • Spreading mercy by word, deed, or prayer
  • The spreading of works of mercy to the whole humanity, in preparation for the return of Jesus Christ to Earth and proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God.

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