Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bearers of divine mercy . . .

Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,

"I have pity upon the multitude."  Let these words penetrate your hearts so that your gaze might be ever on the lookout for those who suffer and are heavy burdened.  The more perfect your love for Christ becomes the more keen your vision should become and your conscience ever more sensitive.  

Love must multiply your acts of charity, sacrifices and times spent in prayer - your heart expanding and your compassion becoming as vast as the crowd.  

What multiplies these acts and prayers immeasurably is your willingness to suffering and unite yourself to Christ on the Cross.  Allow yourself to be broken and poured out in love for others. Feed the crowds! Here real true generativity emerges.  Here new life is created for others.  In the Cross is found lasting renewal and mercy in abundance.  

Which of us can pronounce with our whole soul the words of Christ: "I will have pity upon the multitude?"  And who, above all, can give life to these words, make them penetrate our being and every one of our actions?  Have pity!  What meaning in these words!

Oh, the gentle pity of Christ, the tears He shed for the miserable abandoned crowds!  Shall we, His disciples never know how to love with all our soul and act with all our will for those little ones whom Jesus blesses, and whom He wants entirely for Himself?

There is great work to be done.  No matter, if each of us does all he can and leaves behind him deeds, words, and prayers that will multiply wondrously until the end of time and do good to distant or unknown souls!

Suffering works mysteriously, first in ourselves by a kind of inner renewal, and also in others, perhaps far away, without our ever knowing here on earth what we are accomplishing by it.

Suffering is an act.  Christ on the Cross has perhaps done more for humanity than Christ speaking and acting in Galilee or Jerusalem.  Suffering creates life; it transforms all it touches, all it strikes.

Elisabeth Leseur
Daily Thoughts (1899-1906)