I first heard of divine mercy in 2008. I was on the verge of suicide and desperate I cried to God to help!

I had an inner vision of Jesus and Mary and with their hands open they saved me.

They began to talk to me through the power of the Holy Spirit and in plain english they told me to leave my career as an actuary and to immediately leave my native Ireland for France.

I visited my parents house a few days before leaving but I did not tell them what I was about to do!

Before leaving I walked into my grandad’s house (‘granda’s ‘ as we called it). I was his favourite and the 80 year age difference between us seemed unimportant.

It was in this old house that I spent my childhood! I learnt to cycle right there on the grass and when I was 15 I painted the house white as it used to be yellowish!

Granda would have me do all sorts. From painting to putting up wall-paper to digging potatoes to sowing flowers! There was always something to do!

Old houses have rats at times too and you can only imagine my excitement as we’d set traps to catch them!

And so as I walked in to say goodbye I felt a wave of emotions. ‘If he could see me now’ I thought and how my life had fallen apart and yet deep down I knew that he could!

Granda and Granny never stopped praying and I knew that they were helping me from heaven!

And so as I left I looked up and on the old shelf over the fire I saw a nice colourful image and I decided to take it as a souvenir. I was about to leave the country and had no idea when or if I’d be back.

The colourful image I picked up was this one:

And besides liking the colours I had no idea what it meant.

My uncle Thomas later gave me a book on the divine mercy and I understood.

“Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet…. My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world.” (Diary entry 699)

I had never heard of Jesus helping a gay person. Was I the first? I didn’t know but what I did know is that Jesus was calling me to trust radically in Him!

I understood very quickly that christianity boiled down to trusting in God for everything and although it sounded easy, it was not!

We get so used to being in control and planning things that we find it difficult to trust!

Overnight I went from an actuary with a massive salary to an utter nobody who claimed to be hearing Jesus!

I went from having an income to having none, from having savings to having none, from having health insurance to having none, from having a pension plan to having none, from having a good reputation to having none!!

And when fear would try to grip me I would pick up this image and looking at His heart say “Jesus, I trust in you”.

There were days and weeks where I’d repeat it thousands of times wondering if He was listening at all and if I could take the pain of being misunderstood!

“I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: “Jesus, I trust in You”…. The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is — trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.” (Diary entry 327)

But Jesus always listens and even though it seems that He takes His time every prayer is answered!

Jesus has never let me down and despite terrible trials I am now stronger and happier than ever!

Jesus will never let you down either. You may be praying for a personal intention or struggling with a vice, you may feel that it’s no use and yet He says to you ‘trust’.

Jesus’ mercy is for every situation and every sin. It is for every person and every country and every creed!

And so dear reader, what better way today to glorify Jesus than to speak about and celebrate His mercy and reach out in hope to others who may not have experienced it yet!

So today let us share about the merciful power of Jesus to transform lives and let us continue to bring Him the corners of our hearts where we still struggle to trust Him and to love others without conditions!

“Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask.” (Diary entry 1146)

Jesus thanks you for helping Him, for every prayer, for every act of trust, for every act of mercy to others!

Jesus, that we may be apostles of your mercy to the furthest corners of the world!

Bless you all from Medjugorje and St Faustina, pray for us!

Michael

P.S. You can download St Faustina’s diary on your smart phone and have it as an app and never be without a word of mercy from Jesus.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.barmaja.diaryStFostina2