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My Prayer: 'Help Me to Trust'
By Diane Saia
In 1989, my brother sent me the instructions on how to pray the Divine Mercy Novena. I prayed for a job, and I soon got one. From there, I realized that all those years I had no idea what my Catholic faith was all about.
I asked myself:
Do I believe in God? Yes.
Do I love God? Yes.
Do I trust God? No.
So I prayed to Him, asking Him to help me to trust. I had done things in my life that I thought were unforgivable. I had abortions, and I was terrified what would happen to me [on Judgment Day]. I also thought I deserved to die.
When I learned about the message of Divine Mercy, I learned in a deeper way about my Catholic faith — what it was all about. Jesus tells us through St. Faustina that the greater our sins, the greater right we have to His mercy (see Diary of St. Faustina, 723). He loves us. Period.
Divine Mercy changes everything. I am a witness to it, and when you experience His mercy, He makes you zealous so that you want to tell others about it. He makes you not afraid to share your experiences with others.
For any woman who has had an abortion, go to His mercy. He will make it so you are not afraid anymore.
Diane Saia lives in Everett, Mass.