Reflection 238: Fidelity in Times of Darkness


Though Saint Faustina and many other great saints entered into a unique spiritual darkness, defined by St. John of the Cross as the “Dark Night of the Soul” and the “Dark Night of the Spirit,” we all will experience a certain “darkness” of one form or another in our walk of faith.  Our darkness may not be the result of the extraordinary purification of the soul that takes place on the journey toward perfection, but our response must be the same.  No matter what we go through in life, when challenges arise we must speak the words spoken by the great saints, “Thy Will be done!”  Holiness is all about doing the Will of God despite any confusion or apparent obstacle in our lives (See Diary #1237).

Reflect upon the level of conviction you pray that prayer, “Thy Will be done!”  Do you mean this?  Can you say it with all the powers of your mind, will and soul?  Have you chosen the Will of God above everything else in life?  Embracing the Will of God in times of trial is especially fruitful for a life of faith.  When temptations set in, especially temptations toward despair, you must reaffirm your commitment to God’s perfect Will.  Reflect upon this holy act today.  Say those words and mean them as completely as you can.  Nothing in life should ever deter you from making this your daily prayer.

Lord, may Your Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!  I make this my prayer today.  I offer it to You with complete confidence and total surrender.  I choose You above all things and make Your Will my own.  I love You, my Lord.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Novena to Saint Monica
(Especially prayed for wayward children)
August 18–26

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