Apr 06 2011

If I have been this generous with you so far, why do you now doubt my goodness?

Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

“My beloved, do you not realize what I have already done for you–how much it cost me to ransom sinful humanity? Do you see how much farther I went? Not content merely to save you from death, it pleased me to elevate you with Christ and in Christ to the status of first-born sons. My children ponder this! The angels are in awe, for they are very much aware of the infinite distance between our two natures–yours the created human, mine the Divine Creator. Now, if I have been this generous with you so far, why do you now doubt my goodness? Why do you fail to trust in my mercy? If I have already given you this much, then have every confidence that those who love me and follow my ways have my rapt attention. Your prayers, dear children, fall softly on my heart. Those you love, those you beg me to save, do not doubt my love for them, but work and pray for their salvation as for your own. Children, love me, trust in me, have confidence. Remain in me and you will never be without joy.”

Heavenly Father, your love is boundless, your mercy and generosity endless! I praise and thank you for looking with love and kindness on such vile worms who merit not the lowest gaze from you. Your words of love give us hope and great joy. We trust in you dear, glorious Abba–save souls! Amen.

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39 Responses to “If I have been this generous with you so far, why do you now doubt my goodness?”

  1. Mary Thereseon 06 Apr 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Another way of responding to Our God–Pope John Paul the Great called her the greatest saint of modern times–St. Therese the Little Flower. She is the only person that he made a Doctor of the Church during his pontificate. St. Therese described her life as “a little way of spiritual childhood.” She lived each day with unshakable confidence in God’s love. What matters in life is “not great deeds, but great love.”

    St. Therese, help me to always believe,
    as you did, in God’s great love for me
    so that I might imitate your “Little Way” each day.

    St. Therese, help me to be a flower in God’s garden also–just the one he intended me to be… Thank you!

  2. Michael Patrickon 06 Apr 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you, Father.

    I spent time reading and meditating on Scripture last night, lots of prayer, some examination of conscience, more meditating, more prayer… and some time grappling with annoying, accusing taunts, which I just can’t seem to avoid on any given day. Not to worry. Peace prevailed.

    I must say, Peli, if I distilled all of the good points I considered last night, I would arrive at these same words of the Father precisely. Precisely!

    Praise God!

  3. pelianitoon 06 Apr 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Praise God indeed MP! He knows what we need. Thanks be to you dear Abba! Glory and praise!

  4. ajon 06 Apr 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Oh JESUS…we Trust in YOU!!! Save souls.

  5. Kathyon 07 Apr 2011 at 8:15 am

    Themes again! ;-) I received an email from my sister this morning regarding the MERCY of God, then read this meditation on today’s readings, etc. before seeing this message from Peli:


    “Then He spoke of exterminating them, but Moses, His chosen one, withstood Him in the breach to turn back His destructive wrath.” —Psalm 106:23

    The scene described in Psalm 106:23 above might leave the impression that God is angry, vengeful, and eager to punish. A more complete interpretation is that God is perfectly just. Sins, both personal and national, have harmful effects on innocent people and nations. Justice demands that these wrongs to humanity and civilization be righted. The justice of God also demands that reparation be made for the wrong He Himself has suffered from the sins of humanity. However, God delights in mercy (Mi 7:18) and is more eager to give mercy than we are to receive it. Not only that, but Jesus Himself intercedes for us and for nations (1 Jn 2:1). Sadly, many have prevented themselves and others from receiving God’s mercy (see Mt 23:13).

    The Lord declares: “The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they afflict the poor and the needy, and oppress the resident alien without justice. Thus I have searched among them for someone who could build a wall or stand in the breach before Me to keep Me from destroying the land; but I found no one” (Ez 22:29-30). This passage reveals a God Who wants His justice to be won over by an appeal to His mercy. Yet who is willing to pay the price of appealing for God’s mercy and standing in the breach to intercede on behalf of a sinful world? The Lord desires mercy (Mt 9:13). Do we desire mercy enough to stand in the breach and intercede for it?

    Prayer: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
    Promise: “The Lord relented in the punishment He had threatened to inflict on His people.” —Ex 32:14 (from Presentation Ministries)

  6. TSon 07 Apr 2011 at 9:24 am

    “Those you love, those you beg me to save, do not doubt my love for them, but work and pray for their salvation as for your own.”

    The other day while in the adoration chapel, I felt very ‘heavy’ and a constriction or a pressing down type feeling on my chest. This was happening while I was lifting up a list of my family and friends to the Lord. The list of those who I lift up to Jesus are usually the same people, although it may vary slightly from time to time.

    I just want to thank and praise God for the confirmation He has given me in this message. I would often wonder why I feel compelled to pray for certain people. I would sometimes think that I am being judgemental when I lift up souls to the Lord and wonder if I should be doing it or not.

    Until I received the gift of conversion through the Rosary, I was dead in mortal sin. I just want the same conversion that happened to me to happen to my family and friends. Many of them outrightly choose to live without God or are lukewarm.

    Thank you Lord, may my prayers and sacrifices be acceptable and pleasing to you. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you. Save souls. AMEN.

  7. Siobhanon 07 Apr 2011 at 12:01 pm

    My sweet Jesus, today Japan has been hit with a terrible aftershock and southern Mexico too. The labor pains are getting more intense. For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!

  8. Mary Thereseon 07 Apr 2011 at 12:51 pm

    And another theme that God is giving to us presently:

    Pope Encourages Re-reading “Story of a Soul”

    Speaks of Richness Found in Spirituality of St. Thérèse

    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today focused the general audience on a saint he says is one of the “best known and loved”: the 19th century Carmelite, St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

    The Pope noted that her “little way” has been a spiritual aid for simple souls and the poor, as well as for the whole Church, to the extent that Venerable Pope John Paul II named her a doctor of the Church in 1997. It was the Polish Pontiff who said she was an “expert in the scientia amoris.”

    Benedict XVI reflected that Thérèse expresses this science above all in her autobiography, “Story of a Soul.”

    “I would like to invite you to rediscover this little-great treasure, this luminous commentary on the Gospel fully lived,” he recommended. “‘Story of a Soul,’ in fact, is a marvelous history of Love, recounted with such authenticity, simplicity and freshness, before which the reader cannot but be fascinated!”

    “But, what was this Love that filled Thérèse’s whole life, from her childhood to her death?” he asked. “Dear friends, this Love has a Face, it has a Name, it is Jesus! The saint spoke continually of Jesus.”

    Trust and love

    The Holy Father went on to consider the various stages of the saint’s short life on earth. He also highlighted her devotion to sacred Scripture and the Eucharist.

    He noted how she read the Bible “nourished by the science of love,” which he said “is not opposed to academic science.”

    “The science of the saints, in fact, [...] is the highest science,” the Bishop of Rome asserted, citing Thérèse’s affirmation that it was through prayer that great scholars such as Augustine and Aquinas obtained “this divine science that fascinates the greatest geniuses.”

    Thérèse’s devotion to the Eucharist, the Pope said, cast out fear.

    “I cannot fear a God who for me has made himself so small! (…) I love him! In fact, he is none other than Love and Mercy,” he quoted.

    The Bishop of Rome emphasized trust and love as hallmarks of Thérèse’s life.

    “Thus,” he said, “Thérèse indicates to all of us that Christian life consists in living fully the grace of baptism in the total gift of self to the Love of the Father, to live like Christ, in the fire of the Holy Spirit, his very love for others.”

    Permalink: http://www.zenit.org/article-32250?l=english

  9. anneon 07 Apr 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Please read Mark Malletts latest on the Gift of Mary. Wonderful.

  10. Columbkilleon 07 Apr 2011 at 5:30 pm

    TS, don’t even think about giving up! Your prayers are exactly what those people on your list need, prayers from someone who understands just what the danger and need of conversion are, and the Enemy would distract you by thoughts that you’re ‘judgmental’. Just keep praying!

    Peli, this was a much needed message. I don’t need to look far to see the problems and crises, but few give out a savour of life like this one.

    Thank the Lord for the ‘Little Flower!’ I am often coming to the point where I say, ‘I’m too little for this. Father, you handle it.’

    I want to thank everyone who prayed for my intention about 3 weeks ago. We’ve had remarkable answers to prayer – I can’t give details, but suffice it to say real evil has been quarantined and the whole situation has experienced mercy and favor. Thank you family! You’re the only ones I asked for prayer from because those closer might have recognized the situation.

    Siobhan, you’re still in my prayers, how are you?
    KAE, how is your husband?

    Please know I haven’t posted much, but I do remember you in prayer, all the Peli family from this blog.

  11. Ann G.on 08 Apr 2011 at 6:24 am

    God is really hammering home that we must trust in Him. I miscarried in January and discovered 2 1/2 weeks ago that (Praise God!) I am pregnant again. I have 5 living children and 3 in heaven. This is my struggle: how do I say I accept God’s will for this little soul and at the same time have faith enough to move mountains? I really did gratefully bow to God’s will that He called 3 of my babies to Him. Now, though, I feel like He is calling me to trust in what He can do and have strong enough faith in Him that this little one will be born to our family and come to the waters of baptism. I keep coming across the theme of trusting in God. He is calling me like Peter in the boat to step out in faith. Jesus, I want to take your hand and trust in You.

  12. pelianitoon 08 Apr 2011 at 7:13 am

    Ann G., may God give you great strength in your struggles and in your grief. Living in the will of God, accepting his will in each moment is a powerful tool against the enemy. Be assured that whatever you have suffered or will suffer, if you have surrendered to the will of God, what you lose becomes gain. What are the greatest mountains in this age that require moving? The pride that keeps souls from accepting God’s merciful love. By accepting God’s will in every circumstance of your life you are living the faith that moves mountains. Souls will be saved because of the sacrifice of your will linked to the cross.

    The priest who gave our parish mission said, “A life transformed turns “bad news” into “good news”. All is gain! In the book Spirit of Penance, Path to God, author Dom Hubert Van Zeller makes this statement:

    “Few things are so uselessly squandered as the riches of pain. Leave the Passion (of Christ) out of account, and suffering is not a good but an evil; take the Passion as the foundation and principle of Christian penance, and suffering is of infinite worth.”

    Lent is a time to ponder the sufferings of Christ and our own call to penance. It would be good to come back often to these familiar words of Christ in the Garden and ponder them deeply: “Not what I want, but what you want.” May the Lord grant us all the grace to remain in his Holy Will now and forever.

  13. Siobhanon 08 Apr 2011 at 11:36 am

    TS – I was just like you at one time, far away from the Lord, but in his great mercy, he brought me back. I also pray for the very same thing, the conversion and salvation of my entire family. I believe we are the conduit into which grace will flow out to all our love ones, therefore, we have to remain strong for them, and the means are always provided. It’s probably our main mission in life is to “pull them into the Ark.” And the reason why the evil one tries to make things very difficult for us.

    Columbkille – I’m doing well. Thank you very much.

    Mary Therese – I love St. Terese. To know her is to love her. One of the most perfect saints for our time.

  14. annon 08 Apr 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Peli–this quote from Dom Hubert Van Zeller nails it. We are so blessed to be able to give Our Lord everything–each pain physical and spiritual, every anguish, and every joy and know it becomes “infinite worth”. My sister and I were discussing this earlier today, that every single cross we bear is redemptive suffering if we unite it to Jesus’ Sacrifice and who knows how He will make use of it? Souls that will be touched perhaps, calamities that might be mitigated…and of course our own purification. I trust that nothing I give Him is wasted–all is united to His Sacred Heart. And I take great joy from His words in this message. Over and over again in the Old Testament the Father tells us “No one who ever hoped in me was disappointed”. I know with every fiber of my being this is true. I keep all of you and your intentions in my prayers. I had a hard week this past week, unable to get to weekday Mass or Hours of Adoration because of family stuff and the sudden death of a close friend of my husband’s but I’ll be back at it tomorrow and I will take all of you to the Blessed Sacrament with me–especially you, dear Ann G.

  15. Kathy AEon 08 Apr 2011 at 8:52 pm

    How remarkable this Lent is proving to be for me. I planned to pray more, better, i.e. pray the Stations of the Cross on Fridays, attend Mass online as often as possible since I can’t get to church. My husband’s hospitalization and subsequent events have made even getting to Sunday Mass difficult! He will hospitalized in a long-term acute care facility, at least 4-6 weeks. His body is reacting badly to the intravenous antibiotics, yet his spirit is strong, and his faith. I drive 30 minutes to get to the hospital and spend about 11-12 hours a day with him, helping him to eat, turn over, etc. [My husband is 78 and has been in a wheelchair for 55 years!]

    Christ had his own idea about the penance he wanted us to do this Lent! I offer everything in union with the Immaculate Heart and with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I have a CD of the rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. I pray these during the day if I can find a few quiet moments. Tonight I had time to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and read my bible a little. I am not disturbed, but much at peace. I have meditated so often on the “sacrament of the moment” living God’s will one second at a time that it makes me happy to do so, whatever I may be doing. Yes, there are occasional moments of anxiety, stress, etc., but I keep returning to “Jesus, I trust in You!” Please continue to remember us in your prayers.

    I must tell you also that George, who is a Baptist since he was a young child, began to attend mass with me several weeks ago. He and Father were immediately attracted to one another. He told Father that what he liked about the Catholic church is that God, the Father, and Jesus is the center of the entire service. He can’t always understand Father because our priest is Indonesian and speaks with an accent, but he cherishes what he does understand. God is great!

  16. Mary Thereseon 08 Apr 2011 at 8:53 pm

    So very beautiful… Be sure to see this–the picture is gorgeous!


  17. pelianitoon 08 Apr 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Kathy AE, thank you for illustrating the sacrament of the present moment for us. Yes, peace is a wonderful confirmation that we are living in the will of God. And in his will, even suffering is sweet. We will pray for you.

  18. pelianitoon 08 Apr 2011 at 9:21 pm

    The book Spirit of Penance Path to God by Dom Hubert Van Zeller is available on Amazon. It is out of print at Sophia. The book is FULL of treasures on every page. I just order two other books by the same author. You can get them second-hand through Amazon as well. I paid 13 cents for one of the books! (Plus shipping)

  19. mariuson 09 Apr 2011 at 5:24 am

    I’m speechless.Are you sure that this message was not specifically sent for me? :-)

  20. Kathyon 09 Apr 2011 at 5:55 am

    Kathy AE…You will be in my prayers as will your husband. My husband was a Baptist in his youth. It was the Eucharist…and his constant reading and rereading of the Gospel of John that finally permeated and convinced him. I want you to know that your posts have often helped me and your words about the “sacrament of the moment” in particular.

    May Jesus enrich you both with His great graces.

  21. pelianitoon 09 Apr 2011 at 7:55 am

    Of course it was Marius! God just told you that. :)

    Of course it was meant for others as well but that does not diminish the gift he just gave YOU. :)

  22. Nancyon 09 Apr 2011 at 9:47 am

    Kathy AE, I once received a gift like yours…for it is a gift that keeps on giving. When I look back on mine, I see that I couldn’t have done it by myself. I am filled with gratitude and humility each time I think of it. Only God, with me as his unworthy tool, could have accomplished it. Oh yes, I complained to Him and I was so tired that one time I fell asleep at the wheel (no accident, thanks be to Him.) I didn’t recognize the joy till later. When you are so involved in the present moment, you may not see it.
    It comes when you see that you “are or were” in His will. In the present moment, there is a calmness of acceptance that this is the right thing to do and solutions to problems come more easily. Setbacks are accepted but moving on is natural. Looking back later, you will feel as though you did all you could and to the best that it could be done. That produces joy in itself. It is hard for me to explain, as I said it is a gift that keeps on giving.
    Yesterday, I found this prayer from “The Way of the Coss” by Fulton J. Sheen:

    I know, dear Lord, how crosses are made.
    Your will is the vertical bar;
    my will is the horizontal bar.
    When I place my will against your will,
    I make a cross.
    Up to this point, dear Jesus,
    I have done nothing but fashion crosses
    by disobeying your holy law
    and asserting my own selfish desires.
    Grant that I may make you no more crosses,
    but henceforth may place the bar of my will
    alongside the bar of your will,
    and make a yoke that will always be sweet
    and a burden that will always be light.

    I am praying that you will be filled with the gift of joy because He is helping you carry your yoke.

  23. Mimion 09 Apr 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Please pray for my son, Ben, and our family. He is going through a very difficult time with friends at school, etc. He suffers from depression and is feeling rejected by friends. There is more to it and I am feeling depressed about it myself and not sure how to handle things. I am doing my best to try to give it all into Jesus’ hands and to trust in Him. I know he gives me strength to continue each day. I love him very much and I praise and thank him daily for his great mercy and love. Jesus, I trust in you!

  24. Johnon 09 Apr 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Hello Pelianito, and God Bless you, and your family and friends and all here.

    I did have a question, when the Heavenly Father said “elevate you with Christ and in Christ to the status of first-born sons.” Please help me to understand.

    I don’t want to be understood as not understanding, I’m always in a loving trusting way in aw of the Divine and anything new reminds me of the smallness I truly am.

    So I share my question with you and may God have mercy on me for not understanding, so I trust. Praise be to Jesus!!!

  25. pelianitoon 09 Apr 2011 at 9:51 pm

    John it is similar to what is said in Romans 8:

    15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall
    back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through
    which we cry, “Abba, Father!”
    16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that
    we are children of God,
    17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint
    heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may
    also be glorified with him.

    Does that help?

  26. Mary Thereseon 09 Apr 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Again “The Little Flower” and her wisdom for this time period:

    “God’s Mercy is Greater!”


    by Father Dr. Hubert van Dijk, ORC¹


  27. johnon 09 Apr 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you, yes 17 was it.

  28. ajon 10 Apr 2011 at 12:34 am

    Mimi, go to St. Joseph, He is the Fear of demons! His son JESUS still listens to Him and He will help you. I will go to Him, the Man who called GOD Son, and ask him to intervene in Ben’s life and yours.

    You Humbly held the SON OF GOD, ST. JOSEPH pray for Ben and Mimi, pray for us all.

  29. karenon 10 Apr 2011 at 4:16 am

    i look forward to your postings and have been reading them for awhile, God brought me to your messages through Mark Mallett, who i found some years ago through a Garanbandal blog, amazing how we are lead. my family is experiencing much anquish my daughter and grandaughter have been abused and we are living with much trauma this lent, i pray and ask for prayers that mercy and healing and protection be granted and that i hear and obey the Lords guidance as i am their only support. I think i am trusting and then the agony continues and i react and am fearful for them. please pray for us

  30. pelianitoon 10 Apr 2011 at 8:25 am

    Karen, your family is in our prayers. You are on the cross with Christ this lent for sure! Know that he is with you through it all and that he understands your fragile emotional state. Jesus we trust in you to grant the best possible outcome to this situation, and we ask for miracles, of healing, of protection and of justice. Jesus in Mary we place ALL our trust, our hope in you.

  31. anneon 10 Apr 2011 at 8:55 am

    all my blog friends i need much prayer this week. and my family as a whole. Thank you.

  32. Mary Thereseon 10 Apr 2011 at 11:51 am

    Karen, I can empathize with you. In every situation, say, “Jesus, I trust in YOU!” Ask Him to checkmate all. Wherever you see a problem or are fearful of a scenerio–”Jesus, I trust in YOU!” “Jesus, please take this situation and checkmate it…!”

    If in fear, “Holy Spirit, give me courage!”

    Everything will be answered for you. Keep your eyes open for someone who can help in certain situations that concern you. If there is a need at times, God will provide the person to fill that necessary spot. Trust in God. He wants you, your daughter and your granddaughter to be His Healthy Children. You all belong to the King of Kings. You are all royalty and the entire Gloriana loves you and welcomes you into their protection. You all are in my deepest prayers. I ask all of heaven to place you and yours under its care, in the Divine Will.

  33. Mary Thereseon 10 Apr 2011 at 12:49 pm

    And don’t forget St. Michael the Archangel, Karen… I’ve prayed to him his prayer–sometimes 3-5 times in a row. He’s never failed me:

    On Sunday April 24th 1994, Pope John Paul II recommended this prayer be used by all Catholics as a prayer for the Church when he said:

    ‘”May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians: ‘Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power’ (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.”‘

    Saint Michael the Archangel,
    defend us in battle.
    Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
    by the Divine Power of God -
    cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
    who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.



  34. Mimion 10 Apr 2011 at 1:57 pm

    aj, thanks for the reminder to pray St. Joseph. Joseph is Ben’s confirmation name which he took, of course, after St. Joseph. We will pray to him and I thank you so much for your prayers!

  35. karenon 10 Apr 2011 at 6:11 pm

    thank you all for the encouragement and prayers. i will pray for all of you as well.

  36. Columbkilleon 10 Apr 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Kathy AE – thanks for update, will pray.

    Incredible prayer by Fulton Sheen…wow.

  37. Kathrynon 11 Apr 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Your request is noted and will be offered up in prayer along with the others here. Praise be to God in advance for His many blessings that He bestows upon His cherished children!

  38. anneon 12 Apr 2011 at 4:40 am

    Kathryn, i thank you so much for noting it. I thank you and all blog people for prayers as this really and truly involves an incredible battle for a soul and the souls of my children, all four of them. Thank You God for so much and thank you for providing this group of faithful little ones.

  39. Janon 12 Apr 2011 at 7:14 am

    I love the imagery.” Your prayers, dear children, fall softly on my heart.” Beautiful. There are times when I wonder if the Lord hears my cries. Please pray for my family ( especially for Tom’s conversion) as well. Bless you all.

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