Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Greatest Miracles

Where do the greatest miracles take place?

Our Lord’s words from the Diary of Saint Faustina:
“In the tribunal of mercy [the Sacrament of Reconciliation]... the greatest miracles take place and are incessantly repeated” (Diary 1448). 

I would have never thought it would be in the confessional, but that’s what Our Lord told Saint Faustina. I would have thought it would be some healing service, or I would have to go to Lourdes, or Fatima, or to one of these apparition sites. But, no, Our Lord says in the Confessional.

Our Lord Speaks:
To avail oneself of this miracle, it is not necessary to go on a great pilgrimage or to carry out some external ceremony; it suffices to come with faith to the feet of My representative and to reveal to him one’s misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy will be demonstrated” (Diary 1448).

He doesn’t say; go to Medjugorje or Lourdes, or Fatima, but to the confessional. How many of you
have been to Medjugorje? What’s the key focus at Medjugorje? “the Sacraments.” The confessionals are packed with people. This is the miracle of Medjugorje. Conversion takes place in the confessional.

Why does Our Lord say, come to Me in the confessional and reveal one’s misery?

We are wounded. We need healing.

Oh, how miserable souls must be who do not take advantage of God’s miracle of mercy. What’s Our Lord say again? We are like a decaying corpse and from a human standpoint, there would be no hope. But not so with God; He wants us next to His Sacred Heart and healed of our misery.

Our Lord told Saint Faustina:
“I am only hidden by the priest, but I, Myself, act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity (Diary 1602)... The proud remain always in poverty and misery, because My grace turns away from them to humble souls” (Diary 1602).

When the priest absolves you of your sin, it is Christ who is forgiving you.

Our Lord Speaks:
“My daughter, just as you prepare in My presence, so also you make your confession before Me. The person of the priest is, for Me, only a screen. Never analyze what sort of a priest it is that I am making use of; open your soul in Confession as you would to Me, and I will fill it with My light.” (Diary 1725) 

The priest veils Christ.
Christ, Himself, is forgiving you through the priest.

To Follow the Lord

“But woe to you who are rich for you have received your consolation.”(Luke: 6, 24)

“And He called to him the Twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts … and they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.” (Mark 6:7, 13)

He instructed them to take nothing for the journey, no food, no sack and no money in their belts, which seems like a very odd command. You would think our Lord would better equip his apostles in their journey. What leader in his right mind would send his troops into the battlefield so poorly prepared? Would it not been better if He would’ve supplied them with plenty of food and plenty money for their journey? Our Lord’s command seems impractical and irresponsible. This is why we should pay close attention to it. Where human wisdom fails, divine wisdom is at work. He commanded them to take nothing for the journey, he commits them to poverty.

The church calls this evangelical poverty. It is poverty because it denounces wealth and goods. It is evangelical because it announces the good news (The Gospel). This is the vow of poverty taken by those in religious orders; they renounce the right to own anything.

Greater care for Gods creation; This deliberate choice to denounce material things of this world helps
those in the religious world to give greater care for the things God gives them. They do not squander
and waste precious things from God. It’s the deliberate choice to be totally dependent on God and not
on their own resources! Our Lords words to his apostles about poverty apply to us as well. Even though we have not taken a vow of poverty His words still apply to us. We are to live a simple life.

Our Lord is not asking us to live the same poverty as like Mother Teresa or St. Francis did. But we are called to live in poverty according to our state of life; not to be attached to material goods of this world. We are to provide for our family and our state of life as good stewards of what God gives us. But we need to pay close the attention to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.

They speak of the nature of what it means to be a follower of our Lord, which is simplicity and trust.

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