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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.