If there’s one word that summarizes St. Faustina, it’s “trust.” Keep in mind that private revelations are mostly a “take it or leave it” case, and that not many saints receive visions. Many of Faustina’s sisters doubted her visions, or belittled her as not being worthy of having them.
Many skeptics would probably see her visions as hallucinations or delusions of grandeur. Faustina had to trust that these visions were really and truly coming from God Himself. Thankfully, she had a good support system. But as today’s verse stated
“The righteous will see and they will fear; but they will laugh at him.” (Psalm 52:8)
There are times that we don’t trust that God will help us out of a bad situation, or trust that He truly forgives us of our sins. “I have opened my Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust. Sinners will attain justification, and the just will be confirmed in good. Whoever places his trust in My mercy will be filled with My divine peace at the hour of death.” (Diary, 1520)
Our lack of trust can stem from a number of things. We’re afraid of getting hurt again. We don’t trust what we don’t know for certain. And there’s always a part of us that fears that we aren’t good enough. But if you ask me, I don’t think we’re afraid of being inadequate. I think our fear is more like this well-known quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Let God’s mercy be the light that shines through you.
Let’s keep praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and offer our prayers to those who live in fear, especially those who struggle with anxiety disorders.