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Introductory remarks

                        Sr. Thomas Mary Mc Bride,OP

Our Lady of Grace Monastery

Hesed - an expression used in the Old Testament meaning grace, mercy or love. 

It indicates a profound attitude of goodness and fidelity on the part of God

 in the covenant relationship he has established with his people.

God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us,

even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ . . .

that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace

in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:4).

The unfathomable depths of Trinitarian Love seeks to pour itself out

 on the misery, weakness, suffering and sin of all humanity as

 profoundly revealed anew to St. Faustina in her Diary of the Divine Mercy.

The culture of death in which we live has made a dramatic shift away from trust in the radical goodness of the Divine Mercy.  It teaches us to place our hope in wealth, power, technology, weapons and the autonomous self, to think that we can live without God.  But this man-centered world does not and cannot work, as witnessed by the on-going destruction of the twentieth century.

Yet in the midst of the upheavals, the Divine Mercy flows like a river wherever it finds an abyss of emptiness and uplifted prayer as revealed to St. Faustina: Jesus I trust in you.

Our heavenly Mother, in her Magnificat, sang of this transcendent gift of the Father:

He looked upon his servant in her nothingness . . .

His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear him (LK 1:48).

The fullness of the Divine Mercy, which no creature will ever comprehend, comes into focus for us in the Body and Blood of Christ which we receive in Holy Communion.  In his sacred Body the divine-human Heart of Jesus Christ enters our being and raises us up to himself from the depths of our human nothingness.  Lost in him we drink  from the wedding cup of his most Precious Blood, the fountain of mercy gushing forth from his pierced side.      

O let Him kiss me with the kiss of His mouth (Song of Songs 1:1).

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Living in the Immaculate Heart of Mary let us ardently long and pray for the Divine Mercy to transform our lives and our world.

 Come Lord Jesus, come and save us.

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For the sake of his sorrowful Passion have mercy upon us and upon the whole world.

Copyright ©; Sr. Thomas Mary Mc Bride, O.P. 2002

Version: 4th December 2002

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