St Faustina

The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.”

St FAustina

In Fr. Mike Gaitley’s book, “Consoling the Heart of Jesus,” he asks the question, “Do you want to be a saint?”

I know when I first read that line, I definitely hesitated for a second. I mean, have you ever asked yourself that question?  It’s kind of a big question. It’s like asking ourselves, do we want to live a life of suffering and sacrifice, or do we want to have it a wee bit easier?

I don’t know about you, but ‘a wee bit easier’ sounds pretty good to me.

Honestly, though… I’ve actually thought a lot about this question, which is why I chose this quote from Jesus to St. Faustina in her diary: “The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.” 

I love receiving, so that sounds pretty great, right? We’ll receive more. Receive more of what though? 

Well, we are talking about St. Faustina here, she’s a saint who received messages from Jesus about His vast ocean of Divine Mercy… so when He shared this with Faustina, he clarified that it’s His mercy we’ll be receiving. The more we trust, the more we will receive His mercy.

Jesus tells Faustina that He loves it when we ask for much because He wants to give us much. What pains Him the most is when we have obstacles in our heart to His mercy. He says that when we have boundless trust in His mercy, He will give us everything we need to attain sanctity.

I know that might sound a lot like suffering and pain, but He does say He’ll give us everything we need to make it through. He also tells St. Faustina that conversion, as well as perseverance, are graces of His mercy.

So the more we trust in His mercy, the more grace we will receive, and the outcome of that is conversion and perseverance. Sounds like the perfect formula for sainthood to me. 

So, when we answer that question, “Do you want to be a saint?” with a resounding “Yes!”–slacker and all, we know that in spite of our imperfections and sinfulness, as long as we cling to trust and take a deep dive into the Ocean of Jesus’ mercy, we’ll have all the grace we need to persevere and to actually become– the saints He’s calling us to be.

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About Author

Michelle Hillaert brings more than 25 years of experience in roles relating to technology and communications to GIVEN. With an undergraduate degree in Communication Arts from Franciscan University of Steubenville, her portfolio includes emergency management, web, application and graphic design, marketing and social media management, podcasting, and online consulting. In her previous employment, Michelle played a major role in the development and improvement of internal systems as well as the development and expansion of the Quality Management System. She also managed processes and communication with stakeholders in major application builds of state-run programs. In addition to this work, Michelle has dedicated herself to helping women live their full potential as a doula, life and fitness coach, motivational speaker and author. Having four daughters, nine sisters, and having journeyed with many women over the years, Michelle has experienced first-hand how as women, we often hesitate to respond with our gifts because we don’t recognize that we are uniquely gifted and that the world – especially those we encounter on a daily basis – needs us to share these gifts. In light of this, she has a passion and proven capacity for flourishing young women in the Church through mentoring and leadership development. Michelle has found that transformation often happens in those quiet moments of prayer and reading the works of the saints, such as the “Dialogue” by St. Catherine of Siena and makes daily reading and continual growth an essential part of her day. Outside of work, Michelle has been married for over 23 years to her husband, Trent. They reside in Front Royal, Virginia and together have six children, 2 in college and four still at home, along with three dogs, a cat and 27 chickens. She is a soccer mom and singer who loves leading praise and worship. “It’s only when we truly know how unspeakably much we are loved by our Father and how He is constantly pursuing us – even in those moments when we’re running in the opposite direction – that we can come to understand that our identity lies in His love. With this knowledge, we are able to step out in confidence and as inspired by St. Pope John Paul II, live fearlessly.”

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