A Mary Moment Monday post

It’s Easter Monday, and Sunday was quite a day (both for our family in 2010 and for the disciples 2000 years ago).

In the midst of the Divine Mercy Novena and with Divine Mercy Sunday coming up next week, it seems appropriate to reflect on the message of Divine Mercy.

Mary’s there, encouraging my trust in her Son. Through the letdown of “day after” and the trials of daily life, she’s pointing to that message of trust.

St. Maria Faustina is such a favorite of ours that she’s the patron of our youngest daughter. My husband introduced me to this devotion when he read her Diary during his Adoration time years ago.

I was intrigued by how he continued to read such a thick, imposing book. Is it really that interesting and inspiring? I wondered.

It took me over a year to read it, but I was struck by the gentleness of Jesus toward St. Faustina. I was also struck by how often Mary appeared to Faustina, to comfort and encourage her.

You don’t hear a lot about Faustina and Mary. It’s not the most important part of the Divine Mercy story, after all, and though it’s beautiful, it often doesn’t make the editorial cut.

In my latest column at Faith & Family Live, “Divine Mercy and Mary,” I share some of the lessons I’ve gleaned from Mary’s exchanges with Faustina. Maybe, after reading it, you’ll find yourself encouraged to give that trusting thing another try.

Jesus’ message through Divine Mercy is one of trust and love, one that I need to hear and believe. It’s there on the bottom of the image: “Jesus, I trust in You.” But do I? Read the rest.