With the Holy Spirit – Day 5

During the day I will reflect on the fol­lo­wing words from the Dia­ry of St. Fau­sti­na:

Today, I was visi­ted by a cer­ta­in lay per­son  who has cau­sed me a lot of sor­row and who has abu­sed my good­ness, tel­ling many lies. At the first moment I saw her, the blo­od fro­ze in my veins, becau­se the­re sto­od befo­re my eyes all that I had to suf­fer becau­se of her, altho­ugh with one word I could have fre­ed myself of them all. And the tho­ught came to me to tell her the truth, firm­ly and imme­dia­te­ly. But at the same moment, the mer­cy of God came befo­re my eyes, and I reso­lved to act toward her as Jesus would have acted in my pla­ce. I star­ted to talk to her gen­tly, and when she expres­sed the wish to talk to me alo­ne, I then, in a very deli­ca­te man­ner, made known to her cle­ar­ly the sad con­di­tion of her soul. I saw that she was deeply moved, tho­ugh she was try­ing to hide this from me. At that point, a third per­son came in, and so our heart-to-heart talk came to an end. She asked me for a glass of water and for two other things which I did wil­lin­gly. Howe­ver, had it not been for the gra­ce of God, I would not have been able to act in such a way toward her. When they left, I than­ked God for the gra­ce which had sup­por­ted me during that time (D. 1694).

Holy Spi­rit, come with the gift of kind­ness so that I may show cor­dia­li­ty and gen­tle­ness espe­cial­ly to tho­se from whom our natu­re fle­es.