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Divine Mercy Sunday

As I've no doubt said before here, I'm not the sort of person who feels that God is speaking directly to him very often. I have never heard anything like a physical voice that I thought was God's, and there have only been a few times when something came to my mind with such force that it seemed to be from him. A couple of times it was words that simply appeared in my mind, addressed to me. And once, not too long ago, it was words that I read.

This happened some months ago. I was praying the Divine Mercy prayers in the Presence, and after I had finished the prayers themselves I read this sentence from Sister Faustina's diary, in which Jesus says to her "I desire to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in my mercy."

The words struck me with almost electric force. I believe it was partly the word "unimaginable" that got me. That, and "trust." I knew that this, above all, is what I am supposed to do: to trust, and never give up trusting, in the Mercy. And that I must never give up the hope of that unimaginable end, in which the Mercy will not only heal everything but open the door to...we don't really even have a word to put there, do we?

This is a Divine Mercy icon by Daniel Nichols, which my wife and I commissioned from him for our 30th wedding anniversary. Click on the image for a larger version.


Daniel's web site is Eighth Day Icons.


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Thank you. That's wondrous. I had a similar experience with a the Bible verse--“Eye has not seen, nor has ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) I went around for quite awhile saying that scripture to myself. For some reason, it was the words, "neither has it entered into the heart of man" that struck me.

The icon is beautiful.


Yes, there's something about the idea that it's not just wonderful in some way that would naturally occur to us (you can eat Cheetos all the time, and they're really good for you!) but in ways that we can't even conceive. Because we know that even our imaginations at their best are so much less than God.

I like the icon. Well done, Daniel, and well done, Maclin and Karen, in commissioning him.

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