A wise counsel from St Faustina of how to live Advent
Upon reading the Diary of St Faustina I came across two numbers which really spoke to me about harboring the right attitudes for the Advent Season. St Faustina writes:
I must always strive for equanimity, no matter how stormy the circumstances might be. I must not allow anything to disturb my interior calm and silence. Nothing can compare with peace of soul. When I am wrongfully accused of something, I will not explain myself; if the superior wants to know the truth, whether I was in the right or not, let her find out from others rather than from me. My concern is to accept everything with a humble inner disposition. I will spend this Advent in accordance with the directions of the Mother of God: in meekness and humility. I am reliving these moments with Our Lady. With great longing, I am waiting for the Lord’s coming. Great are my desires. I desire that all humankind come to know the Lord. I would like to prepare all nations for the coming of the Word Incarnate. O Jesus, make the fount of Your mercy gush forth more abundantly, for humankind is seriously ill and thus has more need than ever of Your compassion. You are a bottomless sea of mercy for us sinners; and the greater the misery, the more right we have to Your mercy. You are a fount which makes all creatures happy by Your infinite mercy (Diary 792-793).
In these two beautiful paragraphs St Faustina is teaching us that peace of soul is an incomparable gift. Humbling oneself is the doorway to enter into the mystery of Advent and Christmas. The more Faustina humbled herself and put herself in the hands of the Merciful Jesus the greater was her desire to welcome and make all the nations welcome Him on Christmas Day.
Lord Jesus give me the grace to accept everything with a humble inner disposition. Amen.
Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap