FAUSTINA’S CREED

 

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…

 

 

FAUSTINA’S CREED

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 TAKE NO HEED OF THE OPINION OF OTHERS.

I MUST DO EVERYTHING AND ACT IN ALL MATTERS NOW
AS I WOULD LIKE TO DO AND ACT AT THE HOUR OF MY DEATH.

IN EVERY ACTION I MUST BE MINDFUL OF GOD.

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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