Hearts of Jesus and Mary- Divine Mercy- Prayer to be Merciful
to be merciful
Written by St. Maria Faustina
"O Lord. I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to
be Your living reflection. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of
Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my heart and soul to my neighbor.
Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may
be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for
what is beautiful in my neighbors’ souls and come to their rescue.
Help me, O Lord, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my
neighbors’ needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings.
Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak
negatively of my neighbor, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.
Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so
that I may do only good to my neighbors and take upon myself the more difficult
and toilsome tasks.
Help me, O Lord, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my
neighbor, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness (...)
Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the
sufferings of my neighbor. (...)
May Your mercy, O Lord, rest upon
me" (Diary # 163).
ST. MariA Faustina on Prayer
A soul arms itself by prayer for all kinds of combat. In whatever state the soul
may be, it ought to pray. A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else
it will lose its beauty; a soul which is striving after this purity must pray,
or else it will never attain it; a soul which is newly converted must pray, or
else it will fall again; a sinful soul, plunged in sins, must pray so that it
might rise again. There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single
grace comes to the soul through prayer"
"...A soul should be faithful to prayer despite torments, dryness,
and temptations; because oftentimes the realization of God’s great plans depends
mainly on such prayer. If we do not persevere in such prayer, we frustrate what
the Lord wanted to do through us or within us. Let every soul remember these
words: 'And being in anguish, He prayed longer'" (Diary, 872).
"Patience, prayer and silence – these are what give strength to the
soul. There are moments when one should be silent, and when it would be
inappropriate to talk with creatures; these are the moments when one is
dissatisfied with oneself, and when the soul feels as weak as a little child.
Then the soul clings to God with all its might. At such times, I live solely by
"Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle...The silent soul is
capable of attaining the closest union with God. It lives almost always under
the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God works in a silent soul without hindrance"
"We should often pray to the Holy Spirit for this grace of
prudence. Prudence consists in discretion, rational reflection and courageous
resolution. The final decision is always up to us"
"The Lord Himself moves me to write prayers and hymns about His
"Today Jesus said to me, I desire that you know more
profoundly the love that burns in My Heart for souls, and you will understand
this when you meditate upon My Passion. Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners;
I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and
with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion.
This is the prayer: “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of
Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You"
Rational reflection and courageous resolution. The final decision is
always up to us" (Diary, 1106)
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