Know His Divine Mercy
By Charla Misse
God wants you to know his Divine Mercy; he wants you to intimately connect with him and know how deeply he loves you.
I’ve found that one way to better know his Divine Mercy is to go to God in the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist – alone.
As a parent, I find I am often thinking of and caring for my family even when we are apart. It is important, though, to take care of yourself – especially your own salvation. And, I find that walking the path to God on your own can strengthen you in such a way that you are even better able to care for your family.
Here’s how I approached this on my own.
Before Mass, humble yourself before the Lord of the universe to receive his limitless mercy into your own heart through the sacrament of reconciliation. Perform your given penance knowing that you are forgiven and asking that he remain close to you in times of future temptation.
Then, experience the holy sacrifice of the Mass in intimate union with his holy graces. Sit in the front and close your eyes to envision the mysteries. Allow yourself to be immersed in the fullness of the Mass. Receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, uniting yourself with him and allowing him to transform you. Feel his true presence.
Before you leave church, take a moment alone to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet (https://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet).
Very importantly, remember to go in peace. Resist the temptations to later question the suitability of your penance or to dwell on your confessed sins or remorse. Doing this is to question God in his infinite wisdom and keen justice. Instead, truly know the peace that only his Divine Mercy can bring. Trust in Jesus.
You will return to your daily life a new person, better able to lead your family to sanctity, because you will trust his Divine Mercy.