A Reflection on The Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-they comfort me. Psalm 23
"You please me most when you meditate on My Sorrowful Passion."Jesus to St. Faustina (1512)
Most of us can think of a time we have pitied our current situation, dwelling on the miseries this earthly life has bestowed. I've had my share of medical issues, with the comforting thought being "it could be worse." It always could be worse, but it could also be better. At least in my situation, I tend to feel sorry for myself.
Many saints struggle with difficult obstacles in this life. St.Teresa never saw her mother and sister again after leaving as a young adult for religious life. Perhaps she felt sorrow without her biological family, however Jesus was with her for comfort. While dying on the cross, Jesus references the Psalm of David
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me..."
He didn't "feel" God and comfort at that most treacherous moment, but His faith told Him God was still with.
One request I ask of God is to not drop my hand. He can keep throwing every curveball my way, as long as He has my hand. Life is full of sorrow and loss due to original sin, but God promises eternal salvation, as demonstrated by His son, and told to St. Faustina.
As Jesus walked through the darkest of valleys, God taking the sun away and all, His faith and trust in God, His father, did not waiver. Jesus understood that by meditating on His death, we learn that with or without sorrow, eternal life follows.
Do you feel poor in spirit or rich in salvation? How does God communicate His love to you (He does!)
To Jesus through Mary-Michelle Spalla