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The Divine Mercy: Jesus I Trust in You

jesus and st faustinaJesus, I trust in You.

Five little words, but five powerful words. These words alone are often what I use when I am in need of comfort from Our Lord or when I need Jesus, but don’t know how to express my desires in my own words.

Jesus, I trust in You.

It is a short prayer, but one that is incredibly powerful. It evokes complete surrender to Jesus. A trust like no other. It would be hard to even utter these words if you had any doubts about trusting Jesus. Whenever I profess these words I feel a peace and a lightness in my soul. I trust Jesus and I know he’s “got this.”

Jesus, I trust in You.

Whatever my prayer is, I surrender to His will with these few words. Maybe the desires on my heart are not the plans God has for me. Maybe my prayers won’t be answered as I think they should be. Maybe they will. But I can accept God’s will, whatever it is, when I put complete trust in Him.

Jesus, I trust in You.

Of course, these words are also a part of a much larger devotion, one that is still, relatively speaking, fairly new: The Divine Mercy Chaplet. The Chaplet itself is a wonderfully powerful prayer given to St. Faustina Kowalska in the early part of the 20th century. As many people know, Pope John Paul II was a great proponent of the devotion and it has increased in popularity exponentially over the last couple of decades.

In addition to the chaplet, there is also the Feast of Divine Mercy, celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter, and devotees can also participate in a Divine Mercy Novena beginning on Good Friday and ending on the eve of the feast day.

Although I am not as devoted to the Divine Mercy Chaplet as I wish I was, it is one I still find incredibly beautiful and extraordinarily powerful. In speaking of the chaplet, Jesus told St. Faustina:

Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the chaplet. Write down these words, My daughter. Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy; let them profit from the Blood and Water which gushed forth for them. (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, paragraph 848)

Reading that makes me want to pick this devotion back up again. I kept it up one year during Lent, always stopping what I was doing to say it at the Hour of Mercy each day. I loved doing it, but have since gotten away from it. But as I reflect on Jesus’ words to St. Faustina I’m once again drawn to the power and beauty of this devotion.

As we approach the Feast of Divine Mercy and as I contemplate these words, I wonder if I can add this routine back into my day. Actually, maybe it’s not so much “can I” but “when will I?” What is holding me back? I have much to gain, nothing to lose.

Jesus, I trust in You.

All I need is trust in Jesus. In trusting Him with my day, I know I can give Him back a few minutes to show Him how much I do trust Him in all things.

Will you be participating in any Divine Mercy events at your parish this Sunday? We’d love to hear what your parish is doing; share with us in the comments.Divine-Mercy

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About Kerri Baunach

Kerri Baunach is a Catholic wife and mother of three boys (plus three in heaven). She and her family live in beautiful central Kentucky where she is active in her church, a member of Cursillo, and a Benedictine Oblate. Kerri often writes on her Catholic faith, pregnancy loss, her kids, and pro-life issues. Kerri is a former music librarian (16 years) now stay-at-home mom, was a musician for over 20 years, loves taking her kids to the library (and loves that they love it), is passionately pro-life, can’t cook, and has lived in six states. In additional to writing at Catholic Sistas you can also find Kerri on her own blog at Journal of a Nobody.

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