Posted March 4, 2003
In Times of Difficulty Say,
"Jesus, I Trust in You," Pope Counsels
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 3, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II offered
personal counsel when facing times of difficulty: the
invocation "Jesus, I trust in you."
"It is a simple but profound act of trust and abandonment to the love
of God," the Pope said. "It is a fundamental point of strength for
every man, as it is capable of transforming life."
"In the inevitable trials and difficulties of life, in moments of joy
and enthusiasm, entrusting oneself to the Lord infuses the soul with
peace, induces us to recognize the primacy of the divine initiative
and opens the spirit to humility and trust," he added.
John Paul II made this recommendation Saturday in Paul VI Hall when
he met with students of the major seminary of the Rome Diocese.
"Jesus, I trust in you" is the invocation taught by the Polish mystic
Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), messenger of Divine Mercy.
John Paul II entrusted the world to Divine Mercy last Aug. 17, when
he dedicated the new shrine in Lagiewniki, a suburb of Krakow,
Poland, next to the convent where St. Faustina lived and died.
"In the heart of Jesus, those anguished by life's sorrows find peace;
those afflicted by suffering and illness find relief; those who feel
constricted by uncertainty and anguish feel joy, because Christ's
heart is filled to overflowing with consolation and love for those
who turn to it with trust," he said.