We will soon be celebrating the feast day of these two great saints, St. Therese and St. Faustina. I never thought much of these two saints as being sister saints until last year. Last November, a book change me in a profound way , 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy .(This is an Amazon Affiliate, therefore if you click on Amazon link and order anything, we get a small advertising fee at no cost to you.)
It was the first time that I had notice how St.Therese and St. Faustina message of Divine Mercy was truly one in the same. Their hard work of showing the world that God’s love is a merciful love, will fill one to the ends of times.
Their main purpose was to show through their lives and words and words of Christ;
that God’s mercy is for all sinners.
St. Therese advice to her sister, ” Do not fear, the poorer you are the more Jesus will love you. He will go far, very far in search of you, if at times wander off a little and Jesus message to St.Faustina, ” The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My Mercy” are just a glimpse of that message for us.
Father George W. Kosicki has a very interesting article on the Similarities in the Lives of St. Therese and St. Faustina. One aspects of their similarities, that I believe units them as sister saints is the one of suffering for souls.
In St. Thérèse’s Oblation to Merciful Love she thanks God for the grace of passing through “The Crucible of suffering.” In her Passion of suffering and darkness in her dying of tuberculosis, she said:
“It’s only to save souls that I want to suffer.” On the day of her death, she exclaimed: “Never would I have believed it was possible to suffer so much! Never, never! I can only explain it by the ardent desires I have had to save souls (see Bp. Guy Gaucher, The Passion of Thérèse Lisieux, p. 183-185).
In hundreds of entries in her Diary, St. Faustina records her reflections and those of our Lord on suffering for the salvation of souls, especially sinners. She also died of tuberculosis. Like St. Thérèse, her attitude toward suffering can be summarized in an equation: Suffering + Love = Joy
Saint Faustina echoes the response of St. Thérèse in the amount and extent of suffering:
O Christ, if my soul had known, all at once, what it was going to have to suffer during its lifetime, it would have died of terror at the very sight; it would not have touched its lips to the cup of bitterness. But as it has been given to drink a drop at a time, it has emptied the cup to the very bottom. O Christ, if You Yourself did not support the soul, how much could it do of itself? We are strong, but with Your strength; we are holy, but with Your holiness. And of ourselves, what are we? — less than nothing … My Jesus, You suffice me for everything else in the world. Although the sufferings are severe, You sustain me. Although the times of loneliness are terrible, You make them sweet for me. Although the weakness is great, You change it into power for me. (Diary, 1655)
These sister saints died at a young age in a painful sufferings while offering it up for souls with Jesus.
Honor them today and everyday by showing God’s merciful love in all you meet. Celebrate them!
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Have a blessed feast day filled with God’s Mercy and His peace.