My lent has not gone as expected and I arrive at Holy Week somewhat unprepared, undisciplined. I can tell when I have been spiritually lazy. My plan was interrupted because of health reasons. My revised plan succumbed to work and family related pressures. What did I learn this lent? I continue to re-learn that I cannot do it all no matter how hard I try. I don’t like that I learned the Lord is not my top priority. I want Him to be. So as I head into Holy week, I will ask for his Mercy. Divine Mercy Sunday will be extraordinary this year. I believe I will finish my lenten journey with the Divine Mercy Novena. It cannot help recover 40 days of aimless wandering but can help focus the next 40 days of the Easter season.
Here is the Novena with instructions on the Chaplet: http://touching.awardspace.com/9%20Day%20Divine%20Mercy%20Novena.pdf
and, today I pray the following from here:
Prayer to St. Faustina
Dear St. Faustina, I have come to know you as a friend. I ask you to plead to the Lord for me the prayer I ask of you. In times of doubt, dear friend, implore the Lord’s Mercy as you did so often here on earth, that I may remember who I am, and to what His mercy has called me.
In times of fear, implore His Mercy that I may ever remember to trust, and trust again, in joy, and in the knowledge that God is preparing me for a beautiful mission.
Please pray dear St. Faustina, that I may never forget that the abyss between my Lord and I has been bridged by His tender mercy. He will continue to be faithful and heal me of anything which stands in the way of His Will. My life is in His Hands.
Thank you dear friend. Pray with me the prayer Our Lord taught you to spread throughout the world; Jesus, I trust in You! Remind all pilgrims of life that if our trust is great, there is no limit to Jesus’ generosity.