Jesus, I Trust in You
May 20, 2019
Jesus, I Trust in You...
On this Sunday in the Octave of Easter we continue to celebrate the great Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord. In the tradition of the Church, we call this Low Sunday or Whit Sunday. In recent history the Church has dedicated this Sunday to the Divine Mercy.
This devotion comes from our Lord through Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who died of tuberculosis on October 5, 1958. Saint Faustina came from a poor farming family living in the difficult days during the First World War. In the convent, she worked at humble tasks in the garden and kitchen, always uniting herself and her work to God. Saint Faustina received revelations from Our Lord, focusing on making known His Divine Mercy and Love for us, which she compiled into over 600 pages of text.
My child, life on earth is a struggle indeed; a great struggle for my kingdom. But fear not, because you are not alone. I am always supporting you, so lean on Me as you struggle, fearing nothing. Take the vessel of trust and draw from the fountain of life – for yourself, but also for other souls, especially such as are distrustful of My goodness. Jesus to Saint Faustina
Devotion to the Divine Mercy is rooted in the Passion of our Lord, the saving act of His love for us in which He emptied Himself for us. We meditate on this mystery during these holy days of Easter with great hope. At the tables near the doors in Church this weekend, you will find printed devotionals for Divine Mercy. In addition to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, there is also the Litany of Divine Mercy, which has been very helpful to me.
This weekend we begin the Annual Catholic Appeal. The theme for this year’s appeal is “I Believe”, the first words of the Creed we profess every Sunday at Mass. Our chairman this year is Mr. Steve McNair, who will be speaking after all the Masses this weekend. I’ve known Steve since his days at Priory. Steve is an active member of our parish along with his wife Kelly and three children. We thank Steve for his generous support.
The Catholic Appeal supports good works throughout the Archdiocese, including various Catholic charities, education on the grade and highschool levels, support of retired priests, formation of seminarians, and many other works. I’ve been reassured than no funding from the Catholic Appeal is used towards legal fees of any kind for the Archdiocese.
Thank you for your continued generous support of the Church. All these good works help to build up the body of Christ and spread the beautiful truths we profess in the Creed each Sunday. Please keep the Appeal in your prayers.
With continued Easter joy and blessings for you and your families,
Father Aidan, OSB