“THE DESIRE TO BECOME A SAINT, ALTHOUGH WE MAY FIND IT HARD TO ACHIEVE, IS AT THE CORE OF A PERFECT LIFE” (Bl. Michael Sopocko).
“(19) 25th FEBRUARY. The funeral of a friend who died suddenly reminds me that I too may leave this world suddenly and without warning; I know there is nothing compared to heaven here on earth so why should anyone want to remain on earth? I know I would like to carry out certain plans I still have and things I have to do and finish but I know whatever age I live to, I would always think I had still got things to do or finish. I believe that our martyrdom lasts until the day we die. Will my death be sudden? I am not sure of that. But I must let God’s will be done.
26th FEBRUARY. I found this week a time of a more effective struggle with the eternal enemy of man. I came back from the funeral with the hope that God will arrange my life perfectly somehow if I do not always thwart His plans.
27th FEBRUARY. Jesus was tempted, because He wanted to be tempted. We are tempted although we do not want to be tempted. Indeed, often we are tempted against our will. In times like this we must have great trust in God. Those who will trust the Merciful Jesus, will not yield to Satan’s temptations. When God allows us to be tempted, He never lets Satan tempt us beyond our powers and every time it happens, He gives us sufficient grace to defend ourselves against him.
GOD NEVER LETS SATAN TEMPT US BEYOND OUR POWERS
(20) 28th FEBRUARY. My ultimate wish is to follow faithfully the path to perfection, which is the path to sanctity. The desire to become a saint, although we may find it hard to achieve, is at the core of a perfect life, and we must always keep trying. The greater and the more fervent this desire is, the more it will lead to our dedication to God.
STARTING OVER AND OVER WITH JESUS’ HELP
I have often repeated ‘I must begin’, but in a way I have never succeeded. Now I must begin again, but it is nearly impossible by any human effort, I must rely not on myself, but on the Most Merciful Jesus to help me. To love without measure is the measure of love.
Because we are human, our powers, desires and feelings scatter easily and sometimes even come to a stop. It is always necessary to put them together again and give them back to God, my only ultimate goal.
During this week I will try to awaken in myself the strength to be perfect. Indeed, I have done it several times, but my resolutions have not been fully realised. Now I am trying again and I will trust in the help of the infinite Divine Mercy to get me there.”
– Published in the “Divine Mercy Newsletter” 2013, Vol. 71. For information, please contact Divine Mercy Publications, Maryville, Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Tel.: (00353) 1 8491458.