I wrote this poem/reflection for opening prayer for my class at the Oblate School of Theology. This reflection is based on the Divine Mercy Chaplet closing prayer by Saint Faustina, focusing on the words of this prayer, “Your Mercy in us.“
Without God’s Mercy,
We could have no Mercy
For Mercy itself is from God alone
It is by God’s grace we know
We transgress quickly, we repent slowly
And tiptoe our way back to do our penance
We forgive because God forgives
We too can have Mercy on others
I reflected on the silence of God in the Eucharist,
Why is God so quiet?
I have so much to tell.
Lord, my worries, my needs, my problems…
Here I am ready to pour them out
and flood the chapel with my many words.
Meanwhile, I notice the Lord is silent
Immovable and patient
His humility is comparable to him at the Nativity
The King of Kings quietly waiting on a humble throne
How Merciful is the Lord? I thought.
I transgress and he’s silently here.
Waiting for me.
Waiting for me to quiet my mind
And listen to his gentle voice only my heart can hear
At that moment, I recalled the words of Mother Teresa,
“We all know when we look at the cross how Jesus loved us.
When we look at the Eucharist, we know how much he loves us now.”
Let us Pray:
in whom mercy is endless
and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible,
look kindly upon us
and increase Your mercy in us,
that in difficult moments
we might not despair
nor become despondent,
but with great confidence
submit ourselves to Your holy will,
which is Love and Mercy itself.