By Father Joel de los Reyes
Divine Mercy Moments
Someone shared this story about a husband asking the doctor to do everything he could to save his wife who was fighting for her life at the emergency room. He told him that she is only 36 years old. Suddenly the monitor sounded, her face moved, and she murmured, saying that she is only 35.
How wrong can we be in our judgment of other people, how inaccurate our words and actions can be, how exaggerated sometimes are our thoughts and actions, yet there are some who believe or pretend that they know everything. Because of our inadequacies, we need God in our life, we need to pray for enlightenment of the Holy Spirit in making right decisions and choices in life.
Like the woman in the story above, how attached can we be to our personal matters and things of this world that even in the face of death she was concerned about her personal metrics. How tragic it is when we are enslaved by our own creation, our feelings or sensitivities, at the expense of right reason? Because of this, we lose our sight of God and become apathetic to our neighbor’s needs. When we are concerned only of our own welfare, we become stranger to other people and succumb to greed and selfishness.
Man has been enslaved in many ways by technology that he invented. Just look at the social media in your hand; that gadget dictates your line of action and attention, deprives you of freedom to enjoy time and solitude. Every time a text message pops up, a tick or ring comes, you’re swayed to it. Did I hear someone say that he can’t function normally well without his cellphone? How unfortunate!
Turn to the Lord, for he alone can fill up the crevasse of your incompleteness and inaccuracy, concern and loneliness. Those who are near God see him big and great, those who are far, take him with less significance. How far or near are you from God? With him there’s no distance nor limit of time, he’s always there and everywhere for us. We should always acknowledge and feel his presence. It is when we think he is farthest, it’s then that he is closest to us.
On the flip side, someone said that a man who moves mountains, starts by carrying small stones. You are where you are meant to be. You were born to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win. To be positive in negative situation is not naïve, it’s leadership. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up. Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.
No matter how long you’ve travelled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around. Distance doesn’t ruin a relationship, doubts do. Never be too busy to be kind. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice. Never say mean words out of anger. Your anger will pass, but your mean words can scar a person for life. So use kind words or be silent. Amen on that folks!
St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words: “My daughter speak to priests about this inconceivable mercy of mine. The flames of mercy are burning within me, clamoring to be spent” (Diary 177).
Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily pray the chaplet of mercy and the holy rosary for peace in our families and in the whole world.
Come to our healing Mass at San Vicente Ferrer Catholic Church, Barrigada every Wednesday at 6 p.m. with anointing of the blessed oil of San Roque and veneration of his sacred relic.