13th November

In today’s Morning Prayer from the Brievary, St Paul speaks about his union of heart with Jesus: “… divine mercymy real life is the faith I have in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2:20) The fact that Jesus died for us – to make satisfaction for our sins and thus reconcile us to God – is a primary reason why we can trust completely in his goodness and his concern for us. Central to the Divine Mercy image given by Jesus himself to St Faustina Kowalska is the inscription JESUS I TRUST IN YOU together with blue and red rays coming from his heart. These represent the blood and water that came from his pierced side after his crucifixion on Good Friday.

Pope Benedict XVI sees Mary as a helper in deepening our trust in her Son. Her heart experienced this goodness because of her unrivalled closeness and intimacy with Jesus. He writes:

“In her, God’s goodness came very close to us. Mary thus stands before us as a sign of comfort, encouragement and hope. She turns to us, saying: ‘Have the courage to dare with God! Try it! Do not be afraid of him! Have the courage to risk with faith! Have the courage to risk with goodness! Have the courage to risk with a pure heart! Commit yourselves to God, then you will see that it is precisely by doing so that your life will become broad and light, not boring but filled with infinite surprises, for God’s infinite goodness is never depleted!’”