The Precious Present Moment

I’ve started reading Divine Mercy in My Soul, the diary of St. Faustina Kowalska, a member of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy to whom our Lord appeared in a series of visions that inspired devotion to Jesus as the Divine Mercy, a devotion that rapidly spread throughout the world. Already I’ve found wisdom in her words and I’ll be sharing periodically her insights and my reflections on her writings.

Today, I share a poem St. Faustina wrote about her desire to attend to the present moment:

O My God

When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.

It is no longer in my prayer,
To change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so, what the past has embraced I must entrust to
God.

O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence.

And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater glory.

The future is not mine and may never be mine. The past is nothing to which I can add or subtract. All I have is the present moment. It is mine to do with as I please, and for the Christian what is or ought to be most pleasing is to use the present moment for the glory of God. This is not far removed from the “Little Way” of St. Therese of Lisieux, who taught that even the small deeds of life, like picking up a pin off the floor, can be done with such devotion that it gives glory to God. By focusing on the present moment and how I choose to live my life in that moment, not getting worked up about the future or discouraged about the past, perhaps I can give glory to God. It’s worth a shot! St. Faustina, pray for us!

Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.

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