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Self-reliant or God-reliant

Posted by Divine Mercy Ministries on June 15, 2014 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Last Sunday at Mass our priest made a small comment in passing which really caught my ear.  He said that if we were "self-reliant" we were without God because we are supposed to rely on God, not on ourselves.

The comment took me aback.  I'd never thought of it that way.  In a culture that worships "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" (what does that mean, anyway?) and in a country that makes millions (probably more like billions or even trillions!) on self-help books, guides, workshops, and more, I certainly had never heard it put so directly that we have to rely on God, not on ourselves, in life.

Now, of course I recognize that God has given each of us different talents and that He expects us to put those to good use - not just sit on them and return them to Him without interest.  We don't just sit around and wait for God to take care of all of our problems in life.  But, how often do we try to tackle our problems without consulting Him - without going to God in prayer?  I know I am guilty of doing that more than I would like to admit.  In the end, though, whether God gives us the knowledge and skills to go through life or whether He "parts the seas" for us, we are absolutely dependant on Him.  We rely on Him.  We can't even breath or think without His sustaining power.

Let's take a few moments to consider whether we are relying on God or ourselves in life.  And let's thank God for His ongoing love which sustains us from moment to moment.

Curious George vs. St. Faustina

Posted by Divine Mercy Ministries on June 15, 2014 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A fan shared this blog post with us on Facebook and we thought we'd share it here, too!  The original post can be viewed at http://www.pattimaguirearmstrong.com/2014/05/curious-george-versus-st-faustina.html

Curious George vs St. Faustina

 

“I have a problem with Curious George,” a friend announced to me at a party. “I’m not sure about reading those books to my children.” Christa is the mother of three young boys. Her comment surprised me. My children had loved the popular book series.

The little monkey known as Curious George is the beloved character of the series. His owner, the man with the yellow hat, gives instruction to George in every book. And every time, the monkey’s curiosity gets the better of him causing catastrophes. But by the end, the problem somehow ends up turning out well for a happy ending.

“What don’t you like about Curious George?” I asked Christa.

“He’s such a bad little monkey,” she said. “But when everything turns out, he’s seen as a hero.” She had a good point. Her observation immediately reminded me of a lesson from The Diary of Sister Faustina Kowalska that explained why ill-gotten happy endings have no merit.

 

St. Faustina

On February 22, 1931, Our Lord Jesus Christ began appearing to St. Faustina, a simple nun in Poland, bringing with him a message of mercy for all mankind. During one of the visions with Jesus, St. Faustina brought up a priest who was being obedient to God’s wishes, but his attempts were not accomplishing his goal. “Why are you letting him fail?” she asked.

Jesus explained that failure in man’s eyes is not always failure in God’s eyes. “Write that by day and by night My gaze is fixed upon him, and I permit these adversities in order to increase his merit. I do not reward for good results but for the patience and hardship undergone for My sake.” (86).

In the Curious George books, all’s well that ends well, is the theme. But as revealed by Jesus to St. Faustina, the true lesson is that all is well when it is done well regardless of the ending. Jesus does not ask for a successful ending, but for the desire to do the will of God. The final results of our efforts are up to him.

 

A Street Ministry

This lesson was driven home to me several years ago by, ironically, a nun named Sr. Faustine from the Community of St. John in New Jersey. During a talk she gave, she explained her prison ministry of counseling and supporting inmates. But it left her wanting to do more. Gang members that did business on the streets of her neighborhood were ending up in prison. One night, Sr. Faustine left her convent to walk the streets. Approaching a gathering of young men, she asked, “How can I help you?” They were taken aback by the diminutive nun from France wearing a gray habit.

 

Sisters from Community of St. John

The men looked at one another and than back at her. “What do you mean?” Sr. Faustine explained her prison ministry and expressed dismay that many of them were going to end up in prison. She wanted to know what she could do to help them so that they would not end up there. Sr. Faustine spoke to them of Jesus, his mercy and love, and his desire that they not hurt others or themselves. Then she returned to her convent for the evening. Later that night, one of the young men showed up outside the convent and called to her from a window.

“What do you want?” Sr. Faustine asked, a bit alarmed, wondering what she had started.

“I want to hear more,” he said.

And thus began her friendship with the leader of a dangerous gang. During her talk, Sr. Faustine shared conversations she had with this totally uncatechized man and the slow process of teaching him the values behind God’s laws. Just as a lump of clay does not become a magnificent sculpture overnight, Sr. Faustine explained that a conversion is often a gradual process in which knowledge and grace move a soul closer to Christ. She explained that she had to meet her gang leader friend where he was at in order to lead him closer to Christ.

After the talk, I asked Sr. Faustine if she was ever frustrated trying to get through to people who were so far from the truth. “”No, not at all,” she answered. “I don’t have to convince anyone. My job is just to say, it’s God’s job to do.” Sr. Faustine’s explanation reflected the message Jesus had given to Saint Faustina. She told me that she concerned herself with the task God had given her because the effort is ours and the result is God’s.

Where is Curious George in all of this? If George was a boy instead of a monkey, good endings would not erase bad behavior. The wrongdoing remains regardless of how it turns out in the end. In other words, we own our behavior, be it good or bad.

But let’s forget about George for a minute. What about the man in the yellow hat who hasn’t figured out that you can’t trust a monkey to behave when left alone? There’s a lesson in what happens when you don’t learn from past mistakes. Hmm, maybe “St Thomas Aquinas versus the Man in the Yellow Hat” will be next.


Lord, Let Your Mercy Be On Us, As We Place Our Trust In You

Posted by Divine Mercy Ministries on May 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I was struck by the responsorial psalm in Mass today:  "Lord, let your mercy be on us as we place our trust in you."

What a beautiful, perfectly packaged Divine Mercy message planted so long ago in a beautiful psalm.  That seed continues to produce fruit today - perhaps now more than ever.  

As we look back over the history of mankind, we see a continually merciful God who loves His people and continues to show His love to them - most especially through His mercy.  

Some people call the God of the Old Testament the "angry" God or the "vengeful" God.  But have you ever stopped and read the entire Bible and viewed its events in context?  We continually see God trying to love and correct an increasingly wayward people - only using harsher methods when the gentler ones had failed.  When you read the entire Bible and get a broader perspective, you gain an appreciation for the mercy of God.  You just might say, "God, I can't believe you put up with all of that!  I certainly would have expressed my wrath much sooner had I been in Your shoes!"  

And then you might stop and reflect about just how much God puts up with us...with me and with you.  I know I've failed God countless times and each and every single time - multiple times a day - God responds in kindness and mercy.  It can be easy to look around the world and be dishearted by how prevelent sin is around us and in our own lives.  But we also remember the beautiful promise of Romans 5:20 "...where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more."  Not that we should rejoice in sin, of course, but we have a promise that we can celebrate - a promise of the tremendous mercy of God overflowing right now - for us.


The Pope on Marriage ... and fighting

Posted by Divine Mercy Ministries on April 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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Designs for Your Future

Posted by Divine Mercy Ministries on December 13, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A kind word, a little prayer, and divine inspiration. A mantra that has been absent from our lives for too long only to be realized until we are in trouble. At Divine Mercy Ministries, we try to spread out words of kindness, and ignite your light to make you shine from within. In our efforts to support you in lifting your spirits, we pray for you as well as try to reach out to as many people as we can. This would have been limiting had we chosen to be only a bricks-and-morter ministry.

Instead, you find us on the web, on social media, on our blog etc. Going digital has been a brilliant idea by our founder Karla but made possible by the people at Zilliondesigns.com. They are our digital inspiration for anything digital and design. From logo design to website, blogs, business cards etc. they are specialists in designs. Their logos especially are a treat to the eyes; they are vibrant,creative, outstanding, and if you go here, you will find some really nice designs.

So go on, don’t let the negativity bog you down. Start your journey with some vibrant colors, designs and inspiration. Who knows what you might end up doing when you finally see how beautiful this world that God has given us.

 

Thursday Prayer Mission

Posted by Divine Mercy Ministries on October 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Meg - God to completely intervene and soften his heart to bring him back home and completely restore my relationship.

 

Martha - For my daughter Shelby that she be protected from ungodly influences and that God will touch her heart.

 

Mary - Pls pray for me and many loved ones desperate for healing, thanks and God bless

 

PM - for help with a family member.

 

Imelda - Pray for the in filling of the Holy Spirit in my children, grand children and I. Thank you Lord for your divine providence to my family.

 

Sally - Please continue to pray for Amanda. Her needs were greater than I could give. She is on the streets again and is scheduled for court on Monday. Please pray that she has the courage and strength to do what is needed so that she does not add legal problems to her situation. Jesus I Trust in You.

 

Jesus, we trust in You!

Wednesday Prayer Requests

Posted by Divine Mercy Ministries on October 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Roque - Please pray that I may get the job for the interview I gave on 18/10/2013.and they may offer me good job with good post and good salary.  Please pray for the infilling of the Holy spirit in me.

 

Cindy - For a miracle of miracles that our house will sell or a financial blessing happen that we are able to get caught up on all bills and for healing of body so I may get a second job. Oh Lord for the sake of your sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on all those who have come to you. Amen

 

Meg - Pray that God completely restores and heals my relationship.

 

Mary - healing for tim, paul, and mary, gently and easily.

 

Jesus, we trust in You!

Your prayers are needed!

Posted by Divine Mercy Ministries on October 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Sidney - Sidney May my Lord Jesus Christ Bless me with a good job so I can pay my bills. Bless our family with love ,peace and joy God hear my prayers and increase my faith AMEN.

 

Dolores - Pray for Lauren who is very sick with cancer. She is only in her 20's and very young

 

Valda - Pray for Divine Justice for me the morning October 28th 2013; two police officers have lied under oath instead of admitting they made a mistake; pray for my acquittal, for me to be found NOT GUILTY; I forgive them.

 

Cornelius - healing of hiv, favor in business, strength

 

Joan - Please pray that all my children and grandchildren are guided and protected by the Lord.  Please help me with my ongoing grief of the death of my beloved Mother.  God Bless and Thank you.

 

Jackie - Please, pray that the stronghold this woman has over James will be removed and that he will come home to his family, We were married for 33 years, and we have 4 children, 3 of the children are adopted with special needs. Please, pray for our family to be together again. Thanks

 

Jason - I need prayer for the sell of my condo.

 

Bob - I currently have a problem with my left heal I have had this foot ulcer for more than 2 and a half years. It is caused by poor circulation what is the root of this.

 

Sally - The Lord has placed a homeless woman in our hands. Please pray that we can assist her in whatever manner God is asking of us. She also needs to find work, is waiting on government assistance and hopes to be reunited with her daughter who is currently being cared for by grandparents.

 

Diane - Please pray for my relationship to be restored its killing me.

 

Imelda - Pray for Tony who is sitting for his examinations.

 

Paula - Jesus please guide my daughter back to her family. We love her so much. She is lost and is choosing to be with someone who is taking her away from us Jesus please give her strength to overcome this decision and come back home. Please help her reconsider.

 

Susan - Please pray for a healing for me to end the pain and agony of my life.

 

Vincent - Please pray that my friends Tom, Mark, and Mike are cured of their fight with cancer. 

 

Ruth - Facing eviction Wednesday with a large family of wage-earners in the home who have failed to pay rent. Bless the matriarch of this home who took them all in so that she may have peace.

 

Nancy - Continued prayers for my friend with Wegeners disease as she yet faces more complications. Pray with me that she seek the Love of our Lord. Blessings to all.

Sunday prayer mission

Posted by Divine Mercy Ministries on October 20, 2013 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Tamba - Please pray for our daughter SIA who is graduating from the New York Film school from the 21st to the 26th. of Oct. in LA. Please pray that The favour of the Lord may rest on her in all ways and to maintain a good health in her during the exercises of the graduation In Jesus name..Amen

 

Kori - Increased faith and for financial health.

 

Charles - Please pray that God relieve me of my fear and give me peace in all areas of my life.

 

Tyrone - Please pray God blesses mine and my family's finances.

 

Imelda - Repose Kirsten and my Mom Constance. May they rest in eternal peace

 

Samuel - Need the mercy of God upon every are of my life. I also pray for good health, longlife and prosperity in Jesus name.

 

Sidney - In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ may I get hired on Monday to start working and provide for my family Jesus I trust in You God Bless.

 

Wendells - Please reinstate me at my former place of employment

 

Sheila - I wish everyone could know and feel the mercy of God in every aspect of their lives. Please pray for me I love my job and want to keep it.

 

Tyrone - Please Jesus will draw my wife to HIM and save and satisfy her. Deliver her and destroy ALL ungodly soulties. deliver her from depression and taking other people depression medication. I know there is nothing too hard for God and ALL things are possible if thou can believe.. Lord I believe; please help thou my unbelief

 

J - Prayer for a injured friend. Major depressed, making bad choices, pushing others away.

 

Patti - We need prayers for our daughter Pam and Mike. That The Lord will guide them in this difficult time and help the job situations. Their son is in remission due to all prayers. Praise you Jesus.

 

Rexy - help us find the buyer for our house. Sell it quickly, profitably.

 

Tomasz - For my father Andrzej who is sick and in need of help.

 

Sidney - In the name of My Lord Jesus Christ Bless my friend Johnny V he is going through hard times find a job and with his family Lord please Bless my friend family with love peace and joy so they can live together with him Jesus We Trust in You Amen.

 

Janet - Please pray for my friends step-son who is addicted to drugs and for his family that they may trust in God's Will and Wisdom to get through this

 

Michael - For our country and its leaders. Please Lord, allow pro-life candidates to assume office and stop the destruction of innocent lives through abortion.

 

Lisa - Please pray that God would restore my family-children and myself and bringing provisions.

 

Meg - God to restore my relationship

 

Gladys - pls prayer for Abiola he is on life support in the hospital, pray that God have mercy on him so he can live and not die.

 

Tyrone - Praying for healing, total restoration and protection of ALL marriages. Praying Gods promises of financial breakthrough for me and my family and everyone have financial struggles in Jesus name

 

James & Jessica - For protection of our marriage from evil and occult influences and for financial health.

 

Gregory - please pray for my nephew Terry he is in a coma please pray that God will heal him or God will for his life.

 

Angela - thanks for a recent blessing at work.  Praying for my future husband and that God will make me beautiful inside and out.


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