Thought of the Day April 24, 2019 Pride blocks God's mercy

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We continue to reflect on God's mercy as told by Jesus to St. Faustina. "“Today the Lord said to me, ‘Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it.  Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself entirely in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul.  When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you.  I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul.  Here the misery of the soul meets the God of Mercy.  Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust.  If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity.  The torrent of grace inundate humble souls.  The proud remain always in poverty and misery, because My grace turns away from them to humble souls.”  (1602, page 568)

It is God's compassionate and loving mercy that we encounter every time we received forgiveness of our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. How conscious are we of the presence of Christ and the outpouring of his mercy? Even after confession some people still question whether they are forgiven; some people, though they received the mercy of God, cannot show forgiveness and mercy to themselves. Is that the pride Jesus is referring to?

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