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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sunday in the Easter Octave: "As stars illumine the night..."


Lot's of people write about the sadness they feel living in a world that's so dark and fearsome. Sister Faustina (1905-1938) wrote her diary as Hitler (German Chancellor 1933-45) was gearing up and accruing power to himself. She wrote in her diary:

"Chosen souls are, in my hand, lights which I cast into the darkness of the world and with which I illumine it. As stars illumine the night, so chosen souls illumine the earth. And the more perfect a soul is, the stronger and the more far reaching is the light shed by it. It can be hidden and unknown, even to those closest to it, and yet its holiness is reflected in souls even to the most distant extremities of the world."

We don't talk much about our souls anymore. And that's a shame because soul is our innermost part. We could say it's the part of us that is most real. But distracted as we are by so much outer life, our souls are often unattended and un-evolved. But Faustina uses the word soul generously in her writing. In this entry she likens souls to stars shining in a dark world. What did she know about the spreading darkness coming out of Germany? She died in 1938, the year before her country, Poland, was invaded by Germany.

I have an extra thought though about Faustina's use of the word chosen. As if some souls are chosen and other souls not? I'd say, as God's children, we're all chosen to be lights in a dark world. But we're free to do with that divine honor as we will. So, as stars illumine the night...

let your compassion shine.
let your generosity shine.

let your smile shine.
let your eyes shine.
let your hospitality shine.
let your availability shine.

Like Paul Simon sings in The Only Living Boy in New York, "Hey, let your honesty shine, shine, shine..."

And then let God do with it as God wills.


  1. Through St. Faustina God delivered a message of his great and merciful love for us. I would like to believe that we are all chosen to be beacons of light shining forth, but she also wrote of her visions of hell, so there must be souls that have been dimmed during life and were unable to illuminate the world around them.

    1. All you and I have to think about today is being like an "illuminating star." Let's leave the rest to God. In Catholic school (I'm grateful) we made only one field trip: every Friday (get this) we took an imaginary trip to hell. The nun described it in such vivid detail I'd thought she'd been there to bring back the report. This, and all the other attendant visions, reports, talks, threats, did nothing to create an atmosphere of joy in God. It was an experience of dread. I don't think God wants that. "I have come that my joy may be yours..." Jesus said.

  2. This is better than any sermon I'd hear this Sunday. Amen.

  3. It is unnecessary to feel threatened by darkness. Even uncut diamonds will shine when light is cast on them. Sometimes when we feel lost we just need to be rescued from the night and brought into daylight. Light is healing. Especially light from above.

  4. Sometimes I am so happy to be able to look at the stars. I imagine how much light they must give for us to see them so far far away. I think of each one as a gift.

  5. We can only do our best in life and then let God do with it as God wills. These are words I take to heart. There have often been times when I feel I am burdened with guilt and that my soul will be lost. For some reason I always feel that the bad will outweigh the good that I have done. Then I think that nobody is perfect so God's mercy must be greater than I can imagine.

  6. Thank You so much for this wonderful, depiction and new light about God's Divine Mercy to us all. Christ also tells Sister Faustina how displeasing it is to him that there is so much talk about God's Justice but no one talks about his Mercy. Gods goal in visiting with Sister Faustian in the way he did and telling her to write her Diary is so she can spread the message of God's Divine Mercy so all Men may learn about his unfathmable Mercy. There is only but one vessel, and that is the Vessel of Trust, we are all called to have child like trust in God's Divine Mercy, the Greater the Sinner the Greater Gods Mercy and more right he has to Gods Mercy. Christ tells Sister Faustina that what she has written in her Diary is only but a drop of God's Ocean of Unfathomable Mercy.

    And I agree Fr. Stephen we are all called to be God's Children, but we need to allow God to Sculpt us into the Men He created us to be. Only God knows where to Chissell and when. And when we allow God to Work in us as a Sculpte his statue, we do shine bright as Stars illumine the night sky through the universe we can help illuminate our darkened fallen planet. As it is true in Physics light always penetrates darkness, darkness can not penetrate light. Christ is always the Victor, even when all seems lost. As He wins in our Souls when all seems lost. All is not lost with God. God is the True Victor, and calls all of us to bear his image and likeness that we may reign with Him in His kingdom forever and ever.

    Gods original plan was to have His Children live in paradise for ever. When we said Screw You we'll do what you want. God than said OK Ill give you something better, you can live with me forever in my Kingdom. God is Love and Mercy itself, and we resemble Him most when we can forgive our neighbor. This is why we are on this Planet. So we can one day by Gods Grace we may bear his image and likeness. kempis explains grace as-a gift given to an undeserving person. I agreed very much so with you earlier that Grace is not earned, it is actually the total opposite; you said it perfectly Grace is Given Freely by God. We can not forget that in the Message of Divine Mercy it is also so that we must try to be Merciful as God has been Merciful unto us.

    Thank you for bringing this message to the front of all of our Minds.

  7. There was a young man here today who is well-versed in Sister Faustina's diary. He quoted the line where she says, "God finds it easier to forgive much than a little." Let's trust that wonderful news. You know, sometimes memories come to me of things I did when I was a young man that I am ashamed of. When that happens I pause for a moment and tell Jesus how sorry I am for having done that (or neglected to do what I ought to have done). And then I get on with what I was doing.

  8. When I when I look up at the stars, somehow they always speak to my soul, especially on a clear night in the winter.
    I'd like to think that I sometimes shine in the darkness of the world for others (like a star) when my soul is in synch with His Grace. The stars can be a catalyst for His Grace for me. And the Grace, well, that's filled with His Mercy!