I do not know, O Lord, at what hour You will come.
And so I keep constant watch and listen
As Your chosen bride,
Knowing that You like to come unexpected,
Yet, a pure heart will sense You from afar, O Lord.
/from the “Diary” of St. Faustina, no. 1589/
Dear Apostles of the Divine Mercy!
The time of Advent reminds us each year about the attitude of vigil, which is very characteristic for us Christians. We are vigilant because we look forward to the coming of our Lord and Savior. However we do not know when Our Lord will come. We know, that He comes always and that He likes to come unnoticed, in secret, not imposing himself. We are vigilant because we do not want to miss Him. We are vigilant, that is, we are ready to open the door when He knocks asking for mercy … as He knocked on the hearts of the inhabitants of Bethlehem.
Let us pray for all of us to have sensitive and vigilant hearts, capable of recognizing our God Who comes. Recognize Him like Mary on the day of the Annunciation like the shepherds on Christmas Day, like St. Faustina, when Jesus, under the guise of a poor young man, came and knocked on our convent door. Recognize Him in a sad, suffering man who needs our merciful word, gesture, gaze, help. We believe that then we too will hear the comforting words of Jesus: Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom… for whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.
For the time of joyful celebration of the Birth of the Son of God and for every day of the new year we wish you beautiful and love-filled meetings with Him, Who comes.
United in prayer
Sr. Miriam Janiec, OLM
with the Sisters
from the “Faustinum” Association