Love and Mercy: Faustina

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So they tried to arrest him ... — Jn 7:30

At the end of one broadcast, a famous TV anchor stated the wrong day of the week. Live on camera, his colleague gently corrected, "We know you meant to say the other day." The anchor promptly exclaimed, "Oh! Thank you!"

Not everyone accepts correction as graciously and gratefully. Look at today's reading from Wisdom:

Let us lie in wait for the righteous one, because he is annoying to us; he opposes our actions, Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training (2:12).

They resemble the people in today's Gospel reading. Jesus calls out to them:

"You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me." So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come (Jn 7:28-30).

Even after considering that the authorities may have accepted Jesus as the Messiah, the crowd still chooses their pride over wisdom and life. The Book of Proverbs has a word for people who won't accept correction: fool.

Prayer: Lord, help me to gratefully accept correction that will lead me closer to You.

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Lois - Mar 27, 2020

St Faustina's Diary contains some wonderful passages about the value of humility, among them:
Notebook I. Section 113, Paragraph 3
Notebook I. Section 114-115, Para 1
(This one, in particular, is for our times)
Notebook I. Section 55 Final Paragraph
Notebook I. Section 464, Para 1
Notebook II. Section 532
Notebook VI. Section 1701
If you want to know more on the subject -- and we all should -- these are worth reading! It won't take long -- although each passage should be pondered. But each is short.

Of course, many are the Scripture passages on humility, and the Pontiff has asked us to spend a 1/2 hour daily with Scripture readings. This is a particularly good topic. The Bible shows us Christ's life of humility, as well as Our Blessed Mother as a humble person. Still other passages talk about the value of humility -- a trait that must be practiced. It does not come easily for any of us.

Finally, a book touted as one of the best written books of all time on the subject was written more than 100 years ago by Christian pastor, the Rev. Andrew Murray. It is 65 pp and available online as an eBook for FREE, with a contemporary translation. It's wonderful, as far as it goes. What it lacks because, remember -- he was a Christian clergyman, not a Catholic -- is anything about the humility of Mary. She is our example. We need to follow her example. The Marians do a good job of teaching us about the humility of Mary. We must not forget her example, but rather, try to imitate it!