BEFORE the Blessed Sacrament, the words “Faustina’s Creed” came to mind as I read the following from St. Faustina’s Diary. I have edited the original entry to make it more succinct and general for all vocations. It is a beautiful “rule” especially for lay men and women, indeed anyone who strives to live these tenets…
THE DUTY OF THE MOMENT THAT I MOST OFTEN FAIL TO OBEY,
I WILL DO MY VERY BEST TO IMPROVE.
I WILL KEEP SILENT BEFORE OTHERS WHO GRUMBLE.
I MUST DO EVERYTHING AND ACT IN ALL MATTERS NOW
AS I WOULD LIKE TO DO AND ACT AT THE HOUR OF MY DEATH.
I MUST BE FAITHFUL IN MY SPIRITUAL EXERCISES.
I MUST HAVE GREAT APPRECIATION FOR
EVEN THE MOST MINUTE TASK.
I MUST NOT LET MYSELF BECOME ABSORBED IN
THE WHIRL OF WORK,
BUT TAKE A BREAK TO LOOK UP TO HEAVEN.
I MUST SPEAK LITTLE WITH PEOPLE, BUT A GOOD DEAL WITH GOD.
I MUST PAY LITTLE ATTENTION AS TO WHO IS FOR ME
AND WHO IS AGAINST ME.
I MUST NOT TELL OTHERS ABOUT THOSE THINGS
I HAVE HAD TO PUT UP WITH.
I MUST MAINTAIN PEACE AND EQUANIMITY DURING
TIMES OF SUFFERING.
IN DIFFICULT MOMENTS I MUST TAKE REFUGE IN
THE WOUNDS OF JESUS.
I MUST SEEK CONSOLATION, COMFORT, LIGHT AND
AFFIRMATION IN THEM.
IN THE MIDST OF TRIALS I WILL TRY TO SEE THE LOVING
HAND OF GOD.
O JESUS, I WILL LET NO ONE SURPASS ME IN LOVING YOU!
—St. Faustina (d. 1934 A.D), Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 226-227
First published on May 7th, 2007.
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