One of our favorite prayers from the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul is what we like to call the Prayer for Divine Transformation from Within. It’s been instrumental to both of us as we wrote Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina and we continue to pray it each day as we move forward in our ministry to helping moms live out mercy. We encourage you to pray it each day, especially during the Year of Mercy. Another exercise we like to do in our prayer is replace the word “neighbor” with a particular person or group of people such as “husband” or “children” when we are asking for special graces to be merciful. We’ve included the prayer below and you can also find it in Chapter One of the book, the appendix, and of course the Diary of St. Faustina!
A Prayer for Divine Transformation from Within
O Most Holy Trinity! … I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection, O Lord … Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbor’s souls and come to their rescue. Help me, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbors’ needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings. Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively of my neighbor, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all. Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbors and take upon myself the more difficult and toilsome tasks. Help me, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbor, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. My true rest is in the service of my neighbor. Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbor. May Your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me. Amen.
(Diary, 163) Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul
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