Start Over With God

Have you ever wished you could start over with God, just leave behind your past and start from scratch as if you had never sinned? Do you want to come back to the Church but don’t know how? Do you feel that you are too great a sinner or been away too long?
The good news is that you can come back; you can start all over with God. It doesn’t matter if the only time you’ve gone to church for the last thirty years has been Christmas and Easter. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t been to confession in decades and don’t remember how to go to confession. None of this matters.
In the 1930’s Jesus appeared to a humble Polish nun, St. Faustina and practically begged people to come to Him and trust in His mercy. He passionately wants our salvation. He passionately wants us in heaven with Him. He asked for a special feast the Sunday after Easter, the Feast of Divine Mercy. Jesus promised that on Divine Mercy Sunday the floodgates of Heaven will open. He promised that grace upon grace will be poured upon the earth. On this feast He wants to bless us beyond our imagination. He wants to wipe out all the punishment for our sins. We can be like a newly baptized person. All of our sins and their punishment can be wiped out. It doesn’t matter how great a sinner we are. Jesus wants to set us free. Think about it! We can start over!! He tried to make it as simple as possible for us to receive His graces.
How do we do this? What does Jesus ask of us? He calls us to true contrition for our sins? We need to make a good confession as close to the feast as possible and receive the Lord in the Eucharist that Sunday. We are called to pass on God’s Mercy to others through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Jesus desires us to celebrate and accept His Mercy. We are called to trust in Him.
If we only understood how passionately Jesus loves us and wants us to return to Him. Look at His words recorded in the book, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. Jesus told Faustina to write” Tell the world about My mercy and My love. The flames of mercy are burning Me. I desire to pour them out upon human souls. Oh, what pain they cause Me when they do not want to accept them…Tell (all people), My daughter, that I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls.” (1074)
Later she writes “My dearest secretary, write that I want to pour out My Divine life into human souls and sanctify them, if only they were willing to accept My grace. The greatest sinner would achieve great sanctity, if only they would trust in My mercy. The very inner depths of My being are filled to overflowing with mercy, and it is being poured out upon all I have created. My delight is to act in a human soul and to fill it with My mercy…” (1784)
Jesus also said “The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy…He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine…(723) Encourage souls to place great trust in my fathomless mercy. Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to approach Me, for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all would be drowned in the unmeasurable depths of My Mercy.(1059) “The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it.”(1273) “Whoever places his trust in My mercy will be filled with my divine peace at the hour of death.”(1520)
Elsewhere in the Diary of St. Faustina (1485), Jesus is quoted as saying “Be not afraid of your Savior, O sinful Soul…be willing to talk openly with your God of mercy who wants to speak words of pardon and lavish His graces on you. How dear your soul is to Me! I have inscribed your name upon my hand; you are engraved as a deep wound in My Heart.”
A little further in the Diary He says “My Child, Do you fear the God of Mercy? My holiness does not prevent Me from being merciful….You can come to me at any moment, at any time; I want to speak to you and grant you grace. My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of my goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart.”
These are Jesus’ words. “I will never reject a contrite heart.” Never! He will never reject a contrite heart. What better news can there be! We can start all over on the Feast of Divine Mercy. We can have all the punishments we deserve for our sins no matter how great wiped away.

Come Home This Easter!

This Easter don’t just visit the church but come home to stay. You see it isn’t about the priest, deacon or sister who might have hurt you or even the modern-day Pharisees and gossips. It is not about the pope. It’s not about your family who nags you and it’s not even about going to hell.
It is about the God who loves you passionately, who ardently yearns to bless you, the God who wants to pour out His love upon you. It’s about a God who loves you so much that He took your sins upon His back and suffered through the most painful death in history. It is about a God who wants to bless you more than you can imagine, a God who desires a real personal relationship with you, a God willing to let you know Him.
It is about the God of love, an infinite unfathomable love that we don’t deserve. We don’t have to earn His love. In fact we can’t earn it. That doesn’t matter. He knows every sin we’ve ever committed and every sin we will ever commit. He loves us anyway.
If we only understood how passionately Jesus loves us and wants us to return to Him. Look at His words recorded in the book, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. Jesus told Faustina to write” Tell the world about My mercy and My love. The flames of mercy are burning Me. I desire to pour them out upon human souls. Oh, what pain they cause Me when they do not want to accept them…Tell (all people), My daughter, that I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls.” (1074)
Later she writes “My dearest secretary, write that I want to pour out My Divine life into human souls and sanctify them, if only they were willing to accept My grace. The greatest sinner would achieve great sanctity, if only they would trust in My mercy. The very inner depths of My being are filled to overflowing with mercy, and it is being poured out upon all I have created. My delight is to act in a human soul and to fill it with My mercy…” (1784)
Jesus also said “The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy…He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine…(723) Encourage souls to place great trust in my fathomless mercy. Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to approach Me, for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all would be drowned in the unmeasurable depths of My Mercy.(1059) “The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it.”(1273) “Whoever places his trust in My mercy will be filled with my divine peace at the hour of death.”(1520)
In the Diary of St. Faustina (1485), Jesus is quoted as saying “Be not afraid of your Savior, O sinful Soul…be willing to talk openly with your God of mercy who wants to speak words of pardon and lavish His graces on you. How dear your soul is to Me! I have inscribed your name upon my hand; you are engraved as a deep wound in My Heart.”
A little further in the Diary He says “My Child, Do you fear the God of Mercy? My holiness does not prevent Me from being merciful….You can come to me at any moment, at any time; I want to speak to you and grant you grace. My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of my goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart.”
These are Jesus’ words. “I will never reject a contrite heart.” Never! He will never reject a contrite heart. So why believe that we are hopeless, that we can’t start over, that it is too late? You are God’s beloved! God loves you more than we can ever imagine. His love is perfect even though we’re not.
Don’t believe the lies that Satan will tell you; that you’re too great a sinner that God will never forgive you. Can any of your sins compare to those of John Newton, the writer of Amazing Grace. He was the captain of a slave ship. He was responsible for hundreds of people being sold into slavery. Yet He found God’s grace and love.
Come home this Easter to the one who loves you despite everything you’ve ever done wrong. Come home to the God who waits patiently in the Tabernacle for you to come. Come home to the God of Infinite mercy and love!