Reflection 168: Evoking the Mercy of God for Others


There is one thing, and one thing only, that has the power to free sinners from the fires of hell.  That one thing is Mercy.  God offers His Mercy freely and in abundance, but He has also chosen to offer His Mercy in response to our prayers when they are prayed with the utmost faith and childlike confidence.  Jesus cannot refuse a heart that is pure and is filled with love for sinners.  Your heart must become this way.  You must strive to love sinners with such a burning love that the Lord is “obliged” to answer your request for Mercy.  He obliges Himself out of love in response to the love you have in your heart (See Diary #873).

Do you realize that you have a certain “power” over the Mercy of God?  This is only so because the Lord wills it.  He has willed to respond to the love you have in your own heart with an outpouring of His Mercy upon those whom you love.  Your love, when pure and unwavering, becomes a door through which the Heart of Christ pours forth His grace.  Reflect upon your love for sinners and place that love before the Lord as your powerful prayer.  He will see your love and respond with abundant generosity.

Lord, I love You and I love sinners.  Help me to love all people more deeply and to offer that love to You as my pure prayer.  May the love in my heart be the cause of Your own outpouring of grace and an instrument of Your Divine Mercy.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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