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[Ecumenical]Lent through Eastertide -Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Intercession-saints, Earth & Heaven ^ | 1987 | Saint Faustina

Posted on 04/03/2011 5:47:41 PM PDT by Salvation

Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts
Jesus's words are in italics.  St. Faustina's words are in regular print.
"Your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me." (1693)
"Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." (300) 


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; saintns
This series will be excerpts from the Diary of St. Faustina. Some are short. Some are longer. I am keeping the spelling from the website in the title

Actual title of this section: Intercession of saints on Earth and in Heaven - Our sharing in Christ's Work of Redemption - through Grace

1 posted on 04/03/2011 5:47:45 PM PDT by Salvation
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Intercession of saints on Earth and in Heaven - Our sharing in Christ's Work of Redemption - through Grace

One day Jesus told me that He would cause a chastisement to fall upon the most beautiful city in our country [probably Warsaw]. This chastisement would be that which God had punished Sodom and Gomorrah. I saw the great wrath of God and a shudder pierced my heart. I prayed in silence. After a moment, Jesus said to me, My child, unite yourself closely to Me during the Sacrifice and offer My Blood and My Wounds to My Father in expiation for the sins of that city. repeat this without interruption throughout the entire Holy Mass. Do this for seven days. On the seventh day I saw Jesus in a bright cloud and began to beg Him to look upon the city and upon our whole country. Jesus looked [down] graciously. When I saw the kindness of Jesus, I began to beg His blessing. Immediately Jesus said, For your sake I bless the entire country. And He made a big sign of the cross over our country. Seeing the goodness of God, a great joy filled my soul. (39)
On one occasion I saw a [priest] in the immediate danger of committing a mortal sin. I started to beg God to deign to send down upon me all the torments of hell and all the sufferings He wished if only this priest would be set free and snatched from occasion of committing a sin. Jesus heard my prayer and, that very instant, I felt a crown of thorns on my head. The thorns penetrated my head with great force right into my brain. this lasted for three hours; the servant of God was set free from this sin, and his soul was strengthened by a special grace of God. (41)
It has happened to me for some time now that I immediately sense in my soul when someone is praying for me; and I likewise sense it in my soul when some soul asks me for prayer, even though they do not speak to me about it. The feeling is one of certain disquiet, as if someone were calling me; and when I pray I obtain peace. (155)
Once during an adoration, the Lord demanded that I give myself up to Him as an offering, by bearing a certain suffering in atonement, not only for the sins of the world in general, but specifically for transgressions committed in this house. Immediately I said, "very good; I am ready." But Jesus gave me to see what I was going to suffer, and in one moment the whole passion unfolded itself before my eyes. Firstly, my intentions will not be recognised; there will be all kinds of suspicion and distrust as well as various kinds of humiliations and adversities. I will not mention everything here. All these things stood before my soul's eye like a dark storm from which lightning was ready to strike at any moment, waiting only for my consent. For a moment my nature was frightened. Then suddenly the dinner bell rang. I left the chapel, trembling and undecided. But the sacrifice was ever present before me, for I had neither decided to accept it, nor had I refused the Lord. I wanted to place myself completely in His will. If the Lord Jesus himself were to impose it on me, I was ready. But Jesus gave me to know that I myself was to give my free consent and accept it with full consciousness, or else it would be meaningless. Its whole power was contained in my free act before God. ...... And so I answered immediately, "Jesus, I accept everything that You wish to send me; I trust in Your goodness." At that moment, I felt that by this act I glorified God greatly. But I armed myself with patience. As soon as I left the chapel, I had an encounter with reality. I do not want to describe the details, but there was as much of it as I was able to bear. I would not have been able to bear even one drop more. (190)  
Once, I took upon myself a terrible temptation which one of our students in the house at Warsaw was going through. It was the temptation of suicide. For seven days I suffered; and after the seven days Jesus granted her the grace which was being asked, and then my suffering also ceased. It was a great suffering. I often take upon myself the torments of our students. Jesus permits me to do this, and so do my confessors. (192) 
On one occasion the Lord said to me, My daughter, your confidence and love restrain My justice, and I cannot inflict punishment because you hinder Me from doing so. Oh, how great is the power of a soul filled with confidence! (198)
My sister came to see me today. When she told me of her plans, I was horror stricken...... Such a beautiful little soul before the Lord, and yet great darkness had come over her, and she did not know how to help herself. She had a dark view of everything. The good God entrusted her to my care, and for two weeks I was able to work with her. But how many sacrifices this soul cost me is known only to God. for no other soul did I bring so many sacrifices and sufferings and prayers before the throne of God as I did for her soul. I felt that I had forced God to grant her grace. When I reflect on all this, I see that it was truly a miracle. Now I can see how much power intercessory prayer has before God. (202) 
Once, after an adoration for our country, a pain pierced my soul, and I began to pray in this way: "Most merciful Jesus, I beseech You through the intercession of Your dearest Mother who nurtured You from childhood, bless my native land. I beg You, Jesus, look not on our sins, but on the tears of little children, on the hunger and cold they suffer. Jesus, for the sake of these innocent ones, grant me the grace that I am asking of You for my country. At that moment, I saw the Lord Jesus, His eyes filled with tears, and He said to me, You see, My daughter, what great compassion I have for them. Know that it is they who uphold the world. (286)
Holy Thursday Jesus said to me, "I desire that you make an offering of yourself for sinners and especially for those souls who have lost hope in God's mercy.......I am giving you a share in the redemption of mankind. You are solace in my dying hour " (308/310)
In spite of the noise [the gardeners] were making, I heard these words in my soul: "Pray for me!" But as I could not understand these words very well, I moved a few steps away from the wards, trying to think who it could be who was asking me to pray. Then I heard the words: "I am Sister..." This sister was in Warsaw while I was, at the time, in Vilnius. "Pray for me until I tell you to stop. I am dying." Immediately, I began to pray fervently for her [addressing myself] to the expiring Heart of Jesus. She gave me no respite , and I kept praying from three until five. At five I heard the words, "Thank you!" and I understood that she had died. .....In the afternoon [the following day] a postcard came saying that Sister... had died at such and such a time. I understood that it was at the same hour when she had said to me, "Pray for me." (315)
In the morning, during meditation, I felt a painful thorn in the left side of my head. The suffering continued all day. I meditated continually about how Jesus had been able to endure the pain of so many thorns which made up His crown. I joined my suffering to the sufferings of Jesus and offered it for sinners. At four o'clock when I came for adoration, I saw one of our wards offending God greatly by sins of impure thoughts. I also saw a certain person who was the cause of her sin. My soul was pierced with fear, and I asked God, for the sake of Jesus' pain, to snatch her from this terrible misery. Jesus answered that He would grant her that favour, not for her sake, but for the sake of my request. Now I understood how much we ought to pray for sinners, and especially for our wards. Our life is truly apostolic; .... Zeal for the salvation of souls should burn in our hearts. (349 -50)
In convents too, there are souls that fill My Heart with joy. They bear My features; therefore the Heavenly father looks upon them with special pleasure. They will be marvels to Angels and men. Their number is very small. They are a defense for the world before the justice of the Heavenly Father and a means of obtaining mercy for the world. The love and sacrifice of these souls sustain the world in existence. (367)
On the third day, that gaze of great kindness upon all the sisters, except three, was again repeated. I gathered up my courage, which drew its force from love of neighbour, and I said to the Lord, "You, who are Mercy Itself, as You yourself told me, I beg You by the power of Your mercy, to look then with kindness at these three sisters as well. And if this is not in accord with Your wisdom, I ask You for an exchange: turn to them the kind look meant for my soul, and let Your severe gaze at their souls be turned on me." Jesus then said to me these words: My daughter, for the sake of your sincere and generous love, I grant them many graces although they are not asking Me for them. But I am doing so because of the promise I have made to you. And at that moment, He turned a merciful look towards those three sisters as well. My heart leapt with joy to see the goodness of God. (383)
My daughter, delight of My heart, it is with pleasure that I look into your soul. I bestow many graces only because of you. I also withhold My punishments only because of you. You restrain Me, and I cannot vindicate the claims of My justice. You bind My hands with your love. (1193)
Intercession of Mary - I saw the Lord Jesus, like a king in great majesty, looking down upon our earth with great severity; but because of His Mother's Intercession He prolonged the time of His Mercy. (1261)
When the sisters got up at eleven o'clock at night to keep vigil and welcome the New Year, I had been writhing in agony since nightfall, and this lasted until midnight. I united my sufferings with the prayers of the sisters who were keeping vigil in the chapel and atoning to God for the offences of sinners. (1451). When the clock struck twelve, my soul immersed itself more deeply in recollection, and I heard a voice in my soul: "Do not fear, My little child, you are not alone. Fight bravely, because My arm is supporting you; fight for the salvation of souls, exhorting them to trust in My mercy, as that is your task in this life and in the life to come." After these words, I received a deeper understanding of divine mercy. Only that soul who wants [to be damned] will be damned, for God condemns no one. (1452)
When night fell, the physical sufferings increased and were joined by moral sufferings. Night and suffering. The solemn silence of the night made it possible for me to suffer freely. My body was stretched on the wood of the cross. I writhed in terrible pain until eleven o'clock. I went in spirit to the Tabernacle and uncovered the ciborium, leaning my head on the rim of the cup, and all my tears flowed silently toward the Heart of Him who alone understands what pain and suffering is. And I experienced the sweetness of this suffering, and my soul came to desire this sweet agony, which I would not have exchanged for all the world's treasures. The Lord gave me strength of spirit and love towards those through whom these sufferings came. This then was the first day of the year. (1454)
After Holy Communion the Lord said to me, If the priest had not brought Me to you, I would have come Myself under the same species. My daughter, your sufferings of this night obtained the grace of mercy for an immense number of souls. (1459)
Taking the form of an apparition he said, "Do not pray for sinners, but for yourself, for you will be damned." Paying no attention to Satan, I continued to pray with redoubled fervour. for sinners. The Evil Spirit howled with fury, "Oh, if I had power over you!" and disappeared. I saw that my suffering and prayer shackled Satan and snatched many souls from his clutches. (1465)
But child, you are not yet in your homeland; so go, fortified by My grace and fight for My kingdom in human souls; fight as a king's child would; and remember that the days of your exile will pass quickly, and with them the possibility of earning merit for Heaven. I expect from you, My child, a great number of souls who will glorify My mercy for all eternity. (1489)
Today after Holy Communion, Jesus again gave me a few directives: First, do not fight against a temptation by yourself, but disclose it to the confessor at once, and then the temptation will lose all its force. Second, during these ordeals do not lose your peace; live in My presence; ask My Mother and the Saints for help. Third, have the certitude that I am looking at you and supporting you. Forth, do not fear either struggles of the soul or any temptations, because I am supporting you; if only you are willing to fight, know that the victory is always on your side. Fifth, know that by fighting bravely you give Me great glory and amass merits for yourself. Temptation gives you a chance to show Me your fidelity. (1560)
February, 1938. During meditation, the Lord gave me knowledge of the joy of heaven and of the saints on our arrival there; they love God as the sole object of their love, but they also have a tender and heartfelt love for us. It is from the face of God that this joy flows out upon all, because we see Him face to face. His face is so sweet that the soul falls anew into ecstasy. (1592)
When during adoration, I repeated the prayer, "Holy God" several times, a vivid presence of God suddenly swept over me, and I was caught up in spirit before the majesty of God. I saw how the Angels and the Saints of the Lord give glory to God. The glory of God is so great that I dare not try to describe it, because I would not be able to do so, and souls might think that what I have written is all there is. Saint Paul, I understand now why you did not want to describe heaven, but only said that eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love him...Now I have seen the way in which I adore God; oh how miserable it is! And what a tiny drop it is in comparison to that perfect heavenly glory. (1604)
1938. Today the Lord said to me, I have need of your sufferings to rescue souls. ....Almost all night I had such violent pains that it seemed all my intestines were torn to pieces. I threw up the medicine I had taken.....I thought it would be the end of me....O my Jesus, do with me as You please. Only give me strength to suffer. Since Your strength supports me, I shall bear everything. O souls, how I love you! (1613)
The last two days of carnival. My physical sufferings have intensified. I am uniting myself more closely with the suffering Saviour, asking Him for mercy for the whole world, which is running riot in its wickedness. Throughout the day I felt the pain of the crown of thorns. When I lay down, I could not rest my head on the pillow. But at ten o'clock the pains ceased...but the next day I felt very exhausted. (1619)
You are allowed to drink from the cup from which I drink. I give you that exclusive privilege today... Today I felt the Passion of Jesus in my whole body, and the Lord gave me knowledge of the conversion of certain souls. (1626-1627)
After Holy Communion today, Jesus said, My daughter give Me souls. Know that it is your mission to win souls for Me by prayer and sacrifice, and by encouraging them to trust in My mercy. (1699)
I heard these words: If you did not tie My hands, I would send down many punishments upon the earth. My daughter, your look disarms My anger. Although your lips are silent, you call out to Me so mightily that all heaven is moved. I cannot escape from your requests, because you pursue Me, not from afar but within your own heart. (1722)
When I immersed myself in prayer and united myself with all the Masses that were being celebrated all over the world at that time, I implored God, for the sake of all these Holy Masses, to have mercy on the world and especially on poor sinners who were dying at that moment. At the same instant, I received an interior answer from God that a thousand souls had received grace through the prayerful mediation I had offered to God. We do not know the number of souls that is ours to save through our prayers and sacrifices; therefore, let us always pray for sinners. (1783)
Testimony to the ability of Saints to hear our prayers - If Sr. Faustina was granted to know when someone needed prayers, therefore, she would be able to when in Heaven. If so for Saint Faustina, then so for ALL Saints in Heaven, now freed from the constraints of the mortal body.

Today, the Lord came to me and said, "My daughter, help Me to save souls. You will go to a dying sinner, and you will continue to recite the chaplet, and in this way you will obtain for him trust in My mercy, for he is already in despair." Suddenly, I found myself in a strange cottage where an elderly man was dying amidst great torments. All about the bed was a multitude of demons and the family, who were crying. When I began to pray, the spirits of darkness fled, with hissing and threats directed at me. The soul became calm and, filled with trust, rested in the Lord. At the same moment, I found myself again in my own room. How this happens...I do not know. (1798)

2 posted on 04/03/2011 5:48:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Early Church Fathers on Intercession of the Saints - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

3 posted on 04/03/2011 5:50:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Lenten series ping!

4 posted on 04/03/2011 5:53:12 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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[Ecumenical]Lent through Eastertide -Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Intercession of saints on Earth and in Heaven - Our sharing in Christ's Work of Redemption - through Grace
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Power of the Divine Mercy Image
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Humility and Humble Souls
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Communion for the Sick
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Holy Communion and the Eucharist
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Hell
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Heaven

[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Grace
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Doing God's Will
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: God's Nature and Mystery
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Forgiveness
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Fear
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Feast of Mercy
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Faith and Faithfulness
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Enemies and those who are a thorn in our side
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Discernment
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Death and Dying

[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Periods of Darkness
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Confession of Sins in the Sacrament of Penance
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Chosen Souls
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Children
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Power of the Chaplet
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Busy Souls
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Effect of Holy Baptism on the Soul
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Apostles of Mercy
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Angels
[Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Abortion

5 posted on 04/03/2011 5:55:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I love those verses in Hebrews:

“Having therefore brethen, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which He hath consecreated for us, through the veil, that is to say His flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, (for He is faithful that promised;)And let us consider one another: to provoke unto love and good works:” (Hebrews 10:19-24)

6 posted on 04/03/2011 7:36:08 PM PDT by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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Deep! You know I am Charismatic Catholic. if you read about about speaking in the Spirit. You can take on the other person's burden for Salvation or problems while they are happening to that person in the spiritual language pray. You get a feeling of being lost from the inside because you are interceding for others Not too much unlike what is going through St Faustina in this account. I also find it interesting that Christ is talking about saving a city because of intercession like the Bible.

Also I believe God was preparing Poland for the Nazi invasion and physical horror. Which would be better to die the first death so you would not have the second death(hell) as Christ put it in the Gospel. I mean through all that horror you could only look up an see God. Whats the Saying " No atheist in a foxhole".

I truly believe for America to wake up out of Her stupor of sin we will have a War and upheaval from nature. We were given too much for too long while alot happen to other nations. Only when this begins can true revival begin. It will happen on the home front this time. I'm afraid as a nation we have lost our first love like in the book of revelation.

We truly have to pray more and more. As I read this I can't help but connect the dots like it was the 1930's leading up to 1939 Poland. But we are Poland this time.

Just food for thought and pray. The whole middle east looks like it is going to be realigned. I am hearing of dream visions. I had one for this nation. Not Good.

7 posted on 04/03/2011 9:36:47 PM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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I truly believe it’s no accident that you are posting this now.

8 posted on 04/03/2011 9:37:53 PM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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Thank you for this post. I just recently started reciting the chaplet daily and hope I can complete the upcoming Divine Mercy Sunday novena.

9 posted on 04/04/2011 12:49:28 PM PDT by exPBRrat
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