The last few days have been ridiculous in terms of my sleeping patterns. I am not sure if it is related to the fact that my kids are off for the summer with a more relaxed schedule, but I have been experiencing horrible insomnia. I try to go to sleep, but end up tossing and turning for over an hour or two. I try to pray, but my thoughts distract me. All of the days’ events, Facebook postings, email correspondence, conversations, weaknesses, examination of conscience, failures…etc flood my brain. I get up and have a snack, try to watch a TV program. I am awake for a few more hours and finally get to sleep around 2:30 or 3:00 in the morning.
Because of this pattern, I am reminded of the 3:00 Divine Mercy hour. Not sure if it applies to the wee early morning hours of 3:00 as opposed to the 3:00 in the afternoon, but I can’t help but think of an invitation to pray a chaplet or spend some time praying for an unknown intention. I end up falling asleep reflecting on Jesus’ mercy.
The good news is that I brought out my copy of the Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. Every time I read the bold print lines (indicating the words of Christ Jesus Himself to St. Faustina), I am touched with a great awareness of how Christ is inviting me to know Him. And it seems that unless I spend more time making an effort to know Him, I won’t really grow in love for Him and with Him.
As we celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend, I hope and pray that you and I can also spend some time in celebration of the freedom we find in our Redeemer. Instead of beating myself up at night reliving my miseries of the day, in the arms of my Blessed Mama I can grow in contrition, and most especially, in gratitude for God’s MERCY. In paragraph 1588 of the Diary, Christ speaks to St. Faustina:
In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart….
And paragraph 1572:
I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice.
I invite us all to take up Jesus’ invitation to open ourselves to His mercy – for ourselves, for our country, for our world. As He says, mercy is opened wide for every soul. With it, we can obtain everything. It is there for the asking. Happy Independence Day!
 St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 3rd ed.. (Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press, 2007) 563-564 (parafraph 1588).
 Ibid 558 (paragraph 1572)