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Monday, April 10, 2006

My Current Reading
The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul

I've had this book for a while, even started it once and didn't get back to it. I figured with Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter) approaching and this being Holy Week (which is all about God's mercy), this was an appropriate time to finally read it.

It's truly a diary, often describing her daily activities in the convents in which she resided. There are, however, a number of records of Jesus and the Virgin Mary speaking to her.

Some of the interesting things I've read so far:
* Jesus said: "By obedience you give great glory to Me and gain merit for yourself." (28)
* Saint Faustina records a vision: "One day, I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count them. And I saw the other road, or rather, a path, for it was narrow and strewn with thorns and rocks; and the people who walked along it had tears in their eyes, and all kinds of suffering befell them. Some fell down upon the rocks, but stood up immediately and went on. At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness, and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings" (153)
* Jesus tells her: "My daughter, your heart is My heaven." (238)

I'll have more to say about those quotes hopefully later today.

It's a good read so far. Definitely a good deal to reflect on.

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