Therese, Faustina, and Mary: Ladies of Radiance

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Photo courtesy of Melissa Clayton

From Radiance and Grace Magazine:

I’ll be honest. When I think of the word “Radiance,” I usually think of a pregnant lady first. But a few other things come to mind like the word “effulgent,” a synonym of “radiant,” the imagery of fireworks, and a bright, shining light. The beautiful thing about being a Catholic is that there are so many beautiful, wonderful ways to be a woman, to be a Catholic woman, and there are many unique ways to have radiance. Like light shining through a stained glass window, God shines through our lives in a multifaceted way, giving us His radiance. You can have radiance just by doing little things every day, as St. Therese did. You can have radiance by trusting completely in God like Saint Faustina did. Most of all, you can have radiance by being active, just like the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

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His Mercy Is a Ground of Trust

My latest contribution to the Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship is up!

An excerpt:

f there’s one word that summarizes St. Faustina, it’s “trust.” Keep in mind that private revelations are mostly a “take it or leave it” case and that not many saints receive visions. Many of Faustina’s sisters doubted her visions or belittled her as not being worthy of having them.

Many skeptics would probably see her visions as hallucinations or delusions of grandeur. Faustina had to trust that these visions were really and truly coming from God Himself. Thankfully, she had a good support system. But as today’s verse stated

“The righteous will see and they will fear; but they will laugh at him.” (Psalm 52:8)

 

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