Diary – Saint Maria Faustina

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O my Lord, all this is for You and to obtain Mercy for poor sinners. When I returned, I was so very tired that I had to lie down right away. But it was the day for the quarterly confession. I tried to go to confession, not only because I had need to do so, but also to ask advice of my spiritual director (Father Andrasz). I began to prepare myself; however I felt so weak that I decided to go ask Mother Superior (Irene) to allow me to go before the novices. Mother Superior answered, “Go and look for the Directress of Novices (Sister Callista). If she allows you to go before the novices, it is alright with me.” However, there were only three sisters ahead of me, waiting for confession, and so I waited because I did not have enough strength to go and look for the Directress of Novices. When I went to make my confession I was feeling so bad that I could not give an account of the condition of my soul; I barely managed to make my confession. At that point, I noted how much the spirit is needed; the letter itself does not make love grow.

Listen, My daughter, although all the works that come into being by My will are exposed to great sufferings, consider whether any of them has been subject to greater difficulties than that work which is directly Mine – the work of Redemption. You should not worry too much about adversities. The world is not as powerful as it seems to be; its strength is strictly limited. Know, My daughter, that if your soul is filled with the fire of My pure love, then all difficulties dissipate like fog before the sun’s rays and dare not touch the soul. All adversaries  are afraid to start a quarrel with such a soul, because they sense that it is stronger than the whole world…