“你们当爱你们的仇人，当为迫害你们的人祈祷” – 玛窦福音，第5章，第44节
Some years ago, one of our parishioner, let us call her Therese (not her real name) shared her experiences with me. This is what she shared. “When I got married, my mother-in-law somehow not only never liked me, but hated me. I never knew why. Even though I asked her many times, what have I done wrong, she simply remained silent. I tried to love her as much as I could but nothing seemed to work.
Every night I would light a votive candle on the altar of Our Lady and Jesus and cry. I would tell Jesus . . . ‘Jesus, tell me what wrong have I done to my mother-in-law to make her hate me . . .?’ Although I sense Jesus’ presence and feel His strength . . . He somehow also remained silent to my pleas and cries. I knew that there was no way I could make my mother-in-law love me . . . this went on every day for twenty five years until she got very sick and was bed ridden.
I continued to bathe, feed and nursed her illness with as much love and care as I possibly can, but there was still no change in her attitude towards me . . . So, every night, I continued to light my votive candle and cry to Jesus and Our Lady . . . there were many times I wanted to give up . . . and walk out of the house and my marriage . . . however, I couldn’t bring myself to do this as I had a good and loving husband who also could not do much to change his mother’s hatred for me . . . all this went on for another five years . . . Just before my mother-in-law died, she said to me, ‘Therese, I have never loved you all these years, why do you continue to love me?’ Therese answered, ‘Because my Jesus wants me to love you.’ At this, Therese’s mother-in-law wept bitterly and said, ‘I want your Jesus too.’ ” Therese’s mother-in-law received brief instructions about the Catholic faith, and was Baptised just before she died.
想起 Divine Mercy 里的几个句子~
当耶稣显现给 Saint Faustina 时说了以下这段话：
“I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbour
the first – by deed
the second – by word
the third – by prayer
in these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for me.
by this means a soul glorifies and pay reverence to my mercy”
“by this means a soul glorifies and pay reverence to my mercy”
然后问问自己是否 glorify and pay reverence to His mercy？