God is close

“The truth, revealed in Christ, about God the ‘Father of mercies,’ (2 Cor 1:3) enables us to ‘see’ Him as particularly close to man especially when man is suffering, when he is under threat at the very heart of his existence and dignity. And this is why, in the situation of the Church and the world today many individuals and groups guided by a lively sense of faith are turning, I would say almost spontaneously, to the mercy of God” (Dives in Misericordia, n. 2). Think of the problems you face in your life, of the sufferings that affect your loved ones, friends and the many people around the world who are unknown.

In all these, can you see the Father of Mercy who is always near?

What is your first reaction when you experience difficulties, when someone shares their suffering, helplessness with you? Are you spontaneously turning to God’s mercy?

Do you trust in his love, even when you do not understand what is happening to you?

“O Lord, although I cannot comprehend You and do not understand Your work, yet I trust in Your mercy” (Diary 73).

“Eternal Father, look with merciful eyes upon the whole of humankind, and especially on poor sinners, enclosed in the most merciful Heart of Jesus, and for the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that they may praise its omnipotence forever and ever. Amen” (Diary 1211).