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I took a break for Holy Week and for the first week of Easter to spend time with my family and to increase my prayer time.  It was a beautiful two weeks.  I have two big announcements for you this week!

First, my husband has a new podcast called The Catholic Commute. Ladies, I know some of you may be thinking, “My husband doesn’t listen to podcasts.”  And I understand!  Mine didn’t for a long time and then finally someone just took his phone and loaded them up for him and then he was hooked.  So go take your husband’s phone, download it and tell him he can simply press play when he gets in the car!

Second announcement!  My husband and I bought a business! Heartland Post and Pole!  We make post and pole fences which are often found out in the country.  I am now adjusting to life as a working mom, which has been a pretty big shift for me!  Don’t worry, I will still be podcasting once a week but my online presence is probably going to go down.  I’m really excited about this new chapter in my life.  It’s definitely stretched me beyond my comfort zone, I’m learning a ton but I’m also having a lot of fun!

So let’s dive into this episode (post) about Divine Mercy!

Last week, my brain was tired. I’ve been thinking so much about making sure the kids get enough mom time and that my new employees feel comfortable and that my husband feels loved and not left out.  I’ve allowed worrying to slip back into my life as a habit. And even though my worry is tied to prayer and I even invite Jesus into my worries…I’m holding back some of this worry.

I’m still keeping some of it to myself.  I’m holding onto it like a math problem that I’ll eventually solve.  If I move enough pieces around, the perfect combination will come to me and I’ll be able to do everything, be everything, love everyone the right way.

But I must now purpose to start fresh.  To begin anew. I must stop worrying, stop chewing on problems of tomorrow and simply live for today.  God has given me this very day.  This beautiful day in Idaho with my family.  He puts people right in front of me each day and asks that I love them.  He wants me to love them and to show them mercy.

This is the week after Divine Mercy Sunday and it’s a very special feast day for me.  This year I read Divine Mercy for Moms and 33 Days to Mercy and in addition to extending more mercy to myself, I find myself extending mercy to others much faster than I used to.  I think previously I extended mercy in a retrospective way.  I would act immediately with judgement and condemnation in my thoughts.  Then later, at home, I’d reflect and realize that I should have been more merciful.

So now I’m trying to get there faster.  Feel mercy, show mercy instantly. We cannot possibly understand what any person is going through.  And in a way, it really doesn’t matter what they are going through.  They need mercy just as we need mercy and Jesus is there and ready to give it.

Sometimes it’s hardest to extend mercy to the ones we know and love the most.  I’m working on doing this faster too.  I don’t even understand the depths of the soul of my spouse and I probably know him better than any other person on the planet.  Only God knows his heart, his thoughts and his soul.  Instead of pointing out his shortcomings or mistakes, instead of wanting to be right, I am swallowing it all and just loving him with mercy.  He doesn’t deserve it but it’s what Jesus asks me to give him anyway.

None of us deserves our Lord’s mercy but that’s the amazing message of Divine Mercy and of Jesus. He sees us at our very worst, our most yucky moments and he loves us anyway. And this amazing gift is something we can pass on. Jesus can live through us and we can be his great hand of mercy in the world.

We can love people and care for those who don’t deserve it because really, no one deserves it.  We are sinners just as they are.  We must show others that our sins, no matter how bad, will never prevent Jesus for throwing open His arms and inviting us home.

Circling back to my crazy week and my hours of worrying, I want to share with you this quote from St. Faustina.

“When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the Heart of Jesus and say only one word to Him: “You can do all things.” And then I keep silent, because I know that Jesus Himself will intervene in the matter, and as for me, instead of tormenting myself, I use that time to love Him.”

How lovely is this? “I do not consider or analyze it.” “And then I keep silent.”  Just those two parts are something I think I could spend my lifetime working on.  I wrote those two phrases on a sticky note and put it on the monitor of my computer.

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Ladies, no one needs to tell you that you worry too much.  It seems to be something that most women are susceptible to.  We have big hearts and we care so much for those around us that we think we can manage the world.  But we cannot.  And we must not allow these burdens to put us in a prison of worry in our own minds.

We must run like a child to the Heart of Jesus and say “You can do all things.” Then we must keep silent.  Let Him do His work.  He heard you.  He will do the right thing.  It may not be the thing you want or even something you ever imagined but He works for all things good.

Here are some books on Divine Mercy.

Divine Mercy In My Soul- Diary of Sister M. Faustina Kowalska

33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy

7 Secrets of Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy Explained

Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina

If you’re church is part of www.formed.org, they are featuring a video series on Divine Mercy.  It will only be available for free for a limited time so make you carve out some time to watch it.

If you do not have the image of Divine Mercy in your home, put it in your budget and buy one this year.  It will bring you peace.  Have a wonderful and blessed week friends!

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