“Eternal Father.. 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.”
– Chaplet of Divine Mercy
While many had hoped the pandemic was resolving, this is proving not to be the case.
New infections had decreased only because of the restrictions imposed in so many places – whilst in those places which did not impose (or where the people did not adhere to) restrictions, numbers have risen greatly. Now, in places where restrictions had been eased, the numbers are going up once more.
Such is the case here in the United Kingdom – over the last week, a very clear trend has emerged which indicates clearly that a second wave of coronavirus is now taking place. It is very likely that over the next couple of days, much greater restrictions will be imposed.
Over these past few days, I have read a number of messages on social media which express a reasonable fear – for the present moment and also for the future. It is entirely natural that we might find ourselves fearful – for ourselves, for those we love, for our work and businesses, and because of the loss of our sense of security and routine. Nothing is the same at the moment and the world is a very different place compared to seven months ago. Perhaps we are all beginning to realise how much we have taken things for granted.
So how should we respond in this time of trial?
The message of Divine Mercy gives us the answer – “Jesus, we TRUST in You!”
Trust is easy when everything is going well; it is a different matter when things are not going as would like. But it is only in those less secure moments that real trust is possible. That trust means we need to let go of ourselves, our hopes, our fears, and even our wills – and hand it all over to the Lord, in Whom our trust is placed.
In this moment, as in every moment of human history, the Lord is fully in control. He has neither forgotten nor abandoned us: this moment was foreseen and permitted – and perhaps, even planned. And while we might not fully appreciate what His divine plans are, the Lord knows.
Every single moment of this present time is filled with His divine grace; every moment is an opportunity for each of us to embrace His will and in this way, to move forward on the path of interior sanctity – after all, sanctity is nothing more than corresponding ever more perfectly with the will of God.
In the Gospels, the Lord spoke about renouncing ourselves, taking up our crosses and following Him – well, perhaps this is our chance to do so.
Trust does not mean that we have no far – but it does mean that despite our fear, we keep moving forward, never allowing ourselves to become so paralysed in the present moment that we become stuck.
The prayers of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy seem perfect for this moment in human history –
“Eternal Father, 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.”
And so again I say – Jesus, we TRUST in You!