In french the word ‘mercy’ is ‘miséricorde’ and as I was introduced to this devotion mainly in France I will share a little of what I learnt there!
‘Misérocorde’ in french, ‘misericordia’ in italian and also ‘misericordia’ in spanish, ‘ misericórdia’ in portuguese.
(aplogies to all other languages ..God loves you too!!)
These languages have a common root in the latin language where the word is ‘misericordiae’!
I had the opportunity to study latin for a year in France, a wonderful language that made all my study of mathematics look easy in comparison!
Anyway, back to ‘misericordiae’.
‘Misericordiae’ is made of 2 words joined together: ‘miseria’ and ‘cor’.
‘Miseria’ means misery and ‘Cor’ means heart and so Mercy is the meeting place or man’s misery with God’s heart!
From Jesus to St. Faustina:
“My daughter, you have not offered Me that which is really yours…Daughter, give Me your misery, because it is your exclusive property.”
Jesus certainly has humour! Can you imagine going up to somebody and telling them that!!
Yet it is the truth! Every grace we get and every healing we receive are gifts from God and so are not our property! If we didn’t receive these graces perhaps we’d be worse than the worst of sinners! This is why Jesus calls us never to judge others less we fall into pride!
Jesus went onto tell Faustina
“If I were to reveal to you the whole misery that you are, you would die of terror. However, be aware of what you are. Because you are such great misery, I have revealed to you the whole ocean of My mercy.”
And so we see that the heart of God is drawn to the misery of man like a fly to the light! Not of course to leave a person in their misery but to bring them out of it!
There is no greater misery in God’s eyes than sin! God made human beings for communion with Him and so to see people cut off from God and prayer and steeped in today’s culture of death is indeed the greatest misery on earth!
Looking for love in the wrong places has drawn people to the summits of addictions and many have ended in suicide.
From drugs to sex to the occult the list is endless as people try to fill that inner thirst for love and peace in today’s world!
And yet as God looks on, His answer is mercy.
“It’s me, Jesus and my love that you are looking for”
And so Jesus continues to St Faustina
The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy. My mercy is confirmed in every work of My hands. He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine, and his enemies will be shattered at the base of My footstool
(Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 723).
And so we see that when a great sinner converts, Jesus will protect them as they journey on the road of conversion!
Now to some this seems totally unfair. It’s almost like Jesus is rewarding their sin and we can’t help but think of the parabol of the prodigal son and the older brother.
But Jesus is not celebrating sin, He ie celebrating His victory over sin and snatching these lost souls from the grips of Satan.
Jesus died for each soul and it makes sense that He’d be overwhelmingly happy when a soul who seemed almost beyond help seeks Him!
Through the weakest and most miserable and helpless souls God has the opportunity to show His power as alone the soul can do absolutely nothing!
I consider myself exactly such a soul, misery itself and I thank God every day for His strength in my weakness!
And so today, take a moment and consider your heart!
Consider the areas where you are hurt and weak and where you feel miserable and sad!
And then, instead of beating yourself up and being hard on yourself recall with a smile of hope what Jesus said to St Faustina
“give Me your misery, because it is your exclusive property”
and allow Jesus to transform your misery into His glory!
Have a glorious day!