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Beautiful young couple holding hands, love, lifestyle-conceptI read the Diary of St. Maria Faustina, “Divine Mercy in My Soul,” when I was in college and praying a holy hour every morning. That was the same holy hour I was praying when I was hoping to meet my future husband soon (hint: I did!).

Since then, St. Faustina has been one of my favorite saints, and her diary, one of my favorite books too.

She suffered so much. Over the years, I related to this.

But she offered her suffering to God, uniting herself to Jesus on the cross, to atone for the sins of others.

She was to be God’s secretary and messenger of God’s mercy.

And she was supposed to encourage others to trust in Him, like she trusted in Him, so they could prepare for when He would come again.

And so these two excerpts from her diary really stick out to me today… because I suffer with suffering, and because I know this is a huge part of the cross we all carry (none of us are immune to this), and she even tells us what we can do with when our burdens are beyond our strength.

I hope they help you today. Stay strong & faithful, friends! Jesus does not allow anything to happen to us that could not possibly bring us closer to Him.

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And if you haven’t read the Diary of St. Faustina, I highly encourage it! It’s a beautiful read, and actually something that’s easy to read on a daily basis — just one page, or a few pages, at a time.

You can buy a copy here for $6.

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And lastly, please join me in saying this prayer today:

Jesus, I Trust in You.

Jesus, I trust in You. I trust that You will lead me today to the places and people where I need to be, where I need to love, where I need to serve. I trust You’ll give me everything I need to accomplish these things, and to give your love and mercy to those closest to me. I trust You’re with me every single moment of the day, especially in the darkest moments. I trust that You have a plan for me and my life, and that You also know the desires of my heart, and that Your plan is for my good. I trust that your plans are always for my good and that your ways are always for me. Jesus, I trust that even my pain and suffering, and heartache, are meaningful to you, so I trust You will use them for your glory. I trust you will not allow me to endure hard things without bringing about better things, even if I cannot see them now or in this world. Amen.