Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? The basic premise of the movie is that a reporter named Phil relives the same day over and over again, stuck in a time loop until he finally learns to improve himself as a person. Once he finally does that, he is able to literally move onto the next day. As humorous as the idea is that a person could be stuck living the same day over and over again, any of us wish we could do just that, whether to keep living in a beautiful moment forever or have every day start anew as if the past never happened.
What if I told you that we already have that wonderful gift of a fresh start in our lives? One wonderful thing about God is that He is beyond time. “With the Lord, one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” (2 Peter 3:8) When it comes to God, time and eternity are not the same. Despite all of our flaws, God sustains everything and gives everything in His creation a chance to reach its perfection. How exactly does this happen? Through grace. “The Lord’s acts of mercy…are renewed each morning—great is your faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3: 22-23)
There’s this wonderful song by Matt Maher called “Your Grace is Enough” that starts with “Great is Your faithfulness, O God.” The first verse goes on to say “You wrestle with the sinner’s restless heart/You lead us by still waters and to mercy…” God is the Author of our lives and He is free to start new chapters and scenes with every second, every moment that passes and He uses that grace to help us start over.
St. Faustina says, “The Lord God grants His graces in two ways: by inspiration and by enlightenment. If we ask God for a grace, He will give it to us; but let us be willing to accept it. And in order to accept it, self denial is needed. Love does not consist in words or feelings, but in deeds. It is an act of the will; it is a gift; that is to say, a giving.” (Diary 392)
Let’s all continue to pray the Chaplet during this study and gain a devotion to Jesus and His Divine Mercy.