“May you be blessed, O God, for everything You send me. Nothing under the sun happens without Your will. I cannot penetrate Your secrets with regard to myself, but I press my lips to the chalice You offer me.” (Notebook 3)
St. Maria Faustina blessed God no matter what came her way; she believed that everything which happened to her was, in turn, a blessing. A blessing is benevolence, a grace from God. It is goodness, and yet may not always appear as such. Often blessings come into our lives which give us pause, make us reconsider our plans, or force us to look at ourselves and our situation in a new way. Although these may seem disconcerting at first, in fact they bring a greater truth into our lives.
“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you will live deep in your heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, exploitation of people and the earth, so that you will work for justice, equity and peace. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer, so you will reach out your hand to comfort them and change their pain into joy. And may God bless you with foolishness to think that you can make a difference in the world, so you will do the things which others say cannot be done.” (Author unknown, published in Grace Notes, August/September 2000)
A blessing is meant to be passed on; how will we, now, bless another? May we all be graced with the reality of the Kingdom of God breaking into our lives - and drink full of the cup of its blessings.
St. Maria Faustina, pray for us!