+JMJ+ Welcome! It’s time for part 3 of the second book in our Catholic Book of the Month series, featuring Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent: and in Times of Suffering, by Susan Tassone. If you haven’t gotten a copy of the current Catholic Book of the Month, there are links at the end of the post that you can use if you like. Tonight we’ll be taking a brief look at the section for today, the Fourth Monday of Lent, and chapter 2, Meditations on the Passion and the Way of the Cross with St. Faustina.
The book features quotes, prayers and meditations from St. Faustina’s Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul. In the readings for the Fourth Monday of Lent we have words of Jesus to St. Faustina:
First, do not fight against a temptation by yourself, but disclose it to the confessor at once, and then the temptation will lose all its force. Second, during these ordeals do not lose your peace; live in My presence; ask My Mother and the Saints for help. Third, have the certitude that I am looking at you and supporting you. Fourth, do not fear either struggles of the soul or any temptations, because I am supporting you; if only you are willing to fight, know that the victory is always on your side. Fifth, know that by fighting bravely you give Me great glory and amass merits for yourself. Temptation gives you a chance to show Me your fidelity. (1560)Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent: and in Times of Suffering, by Susan Tassone, (p. 43). Sophia Institute Press. Kindle Edition.
Then there is a prayer, and words of Jesus to Faustina and a quote from the saint herself for times of suffering. This is the format for the Sundays and weekdays in Lent. In Chapter 2 we have meditations and prayers for Holy Thursday and Good Friday, then the Stations of the Cross, featuring a quote from the Diary in the form of a meditation, and a prayer that I think the author, Susan Tassone, has written in the style of St. Faustina. There are no paragraph numbers after them so I assume that means she authored them and did not quote them from the Diary. But she has grown close to the saint and her words very much reflect St. Faustina’s thought and way of expressing herself.
There are more chapters, prayers and meditations. I’m looking forward to using this book during many Lents to come, the Good Lord willing, and the rest of the year, too. If you’d like to watch some video conversations with the author, there are links in the other Monday posts for March’s Book of the Month, Part One and Part Two. There is an entire page of videos with Women of Grace host Johnnette Williams and Susan Tassone. Two wise Catholic women, two of my favorites discussing another of my favorites. Happy sigh.
I’m keeping it brief tonight because I hurt my hand a couple of days ago and I’m having to be careful, having to rest it a lot to allow it to heal, so I’m having to keep the typing to a minimum for a while. Was quite painful for the first two days. Don’t know what I did, just picked up something the wrong way, I guess. Oy.
Thank you for visiting and reading. I hope you’ll join me again. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, stay safe and well, virtuous and holy, and focused on the Lenten spiritual practices of fasting, praying and giving alms, and so become who you were meant to be: a saint! May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+
Notes and Links
- Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent and in Times of Suffering, by Susan Tassone: Paperback, Kindle. (Amazon affiliate links, see Full Disclosure below for more.)
- Divine Mercy in My Soul, also known as the Diary of St. Faustina: see links below.
- A whole page of video conversations with Women of Grace host Johnnette Benkovic Williams and author Susan Tassone.
Praying with Jesus and Faustina during Lent and in Times of Suffering: Paperback edition. (Affiliate link, see full disclosure below.)
Praying with Jesus and Faustina during Lent and in Times of Suffering, Kindle edition. (Affiliate link, see full disclosure below.)
Divine Mercy In my Soul, the Diary, by Saint Faustina: Paperback. (Affiliate link, see full disclosure below.)
Divine Mercy In my Soul, the Diary, by Saint Faustina: Kindle edition. (Affiliate link, see full disclosure below.)
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