Sunday, January 2, 2011

Reflections from the Diary of St. Faustina on Obstacles to Holiness

My child, know that the greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and an exaggerated anxiety. These will deprive you of the ability to practice virtue. All temptations united together ought not disturb your interior peace, not even momentarily. Sensitiveness and discouragement are the fruits of self-love. Have confidence, My child. Do not lose heart in coming for pardon, for I am always ready to forgive you. As often as you beg for it, you glorify My mercy. (Jesus to souls striving for perfection and holiness - 1488)

Reflection:  Lord Jesus in these difficult and dark days, help us not to be overcome by the problems in our world  or in our lives, but to share our difficulties with You.  Help us Lord to speak to You who are always there in the Tabernacle, as to a great Friend who listens to our deepest heartfelt thoughts and fears.  Help us Lord not to abandon hope but to Trust in Your Mercy always.  Give us peace and strength and the courage to persevere on the road to holiness. 


Unknown said...

This is very encouraging and so beautiful. It's true that we find true peace when we unite our sufferings with His.

Ioana said...

I thank God that HE is forgiving and always ready to fill our life with peace and joy in this world only by just trusting in Him. He created you and I to be happy and not to worry because He knows and so I trust in you Jesus.