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July 11, 2012
Dear Family of Mary!
"My children; Again, in a motherly way, I implore you to stop for a moment and to reflect on yourselves and on the transience of this your earthly life. Then reflect on eternity and the eternal beatitude. What do you want? Which way do you want to set out on? The Father`s love sends me to be a mediatrix for you, to show you with motherly love the way which leads to the purity of soul; a soul unburdened by sin; a soul that will come to know eternity. I am praying that the light of the love of my Son may illuminate you, so that you may triumph over weaknesses and come out of misery. You are my children and I desire for all of you to be on the way of salvation. Therefore, my children, gather around me that I may have you come to know the love of my Son and thus open the door of eternal beatitude. Pray as I do for your shepherds. Again I caution you: do not judge them, because my Son chose them. Thank you." (July 2, 2012)
Our Lady asks us "stop for a moment and to reflect on yourselves and on the transience of this your earthly life. Then reflect on eternity and the eternal beatitude." She wants us to re-evaluate our lives and find out what we are aiming at, what we are choosing. I came across a diary entry of St. Faustina that for me is a good example of someone who is choosing eternal beatitude. I thought it might be helpful for us to pray over it as we try to respond to Our Lady's message.
This diary entry was written towards the end of St. Faustina's life, when her struggle with Tuberculosis was almost over. But it shows most clearly how very strong St. Faustina's choice for God was. We could learn so much from her words!
The light above, where my God reigns,
This it is that my soul yearns for,
This it is for which my heart longs,
And my whole being bounds towards You.
I hasten on to the other world, to God alone,
Into the incomprehensible light, the very fire of love,
For my soul and my heart are created for Him,
And my heart has loved Him from my tender youth.
There, in the resplendent light of Your countenance
My languishing love will rest.
For Your virgin agonizes for You in her exile,
For she lives only when united with You.
My day is drawing to a close,
Even now I glimpse the refulgence of Your light, O my God.
No one shall learn of what my heart is feeling'
My lips shall fall silent in great humility.
Even now, I draw nigh to the eternal nuptials,
To heaven unending, to spaces without limit.
I long for no repose or reward;
The pure love of God draws me to heaven.
Even now, I go to meet You, eternal Love
With a heart languishing in its desire for You.
I feel that Your pure love, Lord, dwells in my heart,
And I sense my eternal destiny in heaven.
Even now, I go to my Father, in heaven eternal,
From the land of exile, from this vale of tears,
The earth can no longer hold back my pure heart,
And the heights of heaven have drawn me close.
I go, O my Bridegroom, I go to see Your glory,
Which even now fills my soul with joy.
There where all heaven is plunged in Your adoration,
I feel that my worship is pleasing to You, nothingness though I am.
In eternal happiness, I will not forget those on earth,
I will obtain God's mercy for all,
And I will remember especially those who were dear to my heart,
And the deepest absorption in God will not allow me to forget them.
In these last moments I know not how to converse with others.
In silence I await only You, O Lord.
I know the time will come when all will understand the work of God in my soul.
I know that such is Your will. - So be it. (Diary 1653)
We see in St. Faustina a soul that was no longer tied to anything in this world. Her entire being was attracted only to God. Her only joy was in God. The eyes of her soul could look only to God. She was drawn by the power of love into His presence.
I think this kind of absorption in God is what Our Lady longs for us to experience. She wants us to be safely bound to Him, connected to Him by our desire and our love. She knows that if we fall in love with God, we will be safe. Her children will be safe in God. And so she comes every day from heaven, to coax us into prayer, to take us by the hand and lead us into a deep loving relationship with the Lord. She is trying to save us! We have only to fall deeply in love with the Lord, Father, Son and Spirit, and then she will be happy and at rest.