(...) "Peace be upon you. Your Lord has decreed mercy as His attribute. Thus, if anyone falls in sin due to ignorance, then repents thereafter, and reforms, then God is forgiver, merciful." Quran 6:54
Any disaster that hits you is the result of your own works, and He overlooks much more. There is no escape for anyone, and you have none besides God as Lord and supporter. Quran 42:30-31
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and gorged me with gladness. Ps 30:11
Say to my servants, who exceeded the limits, "Never despair of God's mercy; God forgives all sins; for He is the forgiver, the merciful." Quran 39:53
O Lord of lords! All powers of Nature crave to serve you, yet you have bestowed service to an unworthy, insignificant being like me. It is Thy Unlimited Mercy upon me. Shanti Vachan Bhandar, 1915.
Today, I heard these words: (...) He who trust in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine, and his enemies will be shattered at the base of My footstool. Faustina Kowalska, The Diary, 723.
Jesus, lover of human salvation, draw all souls to the divine life. May greatness of Your mercy be praised here on earth and in eternity. O great lover of souls, who in Your boundless compassion opened the salutary fountains of mercy so that weak souls may be fortified in this life's pilgrimage, Your mercy runs through our life like a golden thread and maintains in good order the contact of our being with God. For He does not need anything to make Him happy; so everything is solely the work of His mercy. Faustina Kowalska, The Diary, 1466.
(...) Let no one doubt concerning the goodness of God; even if a person's sins were as dark as night, God's mercy is stronger than our misery. (...). Faustina Kowalska, The Diary, 1507.
The Lord said to me: (...) To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak. Faustina Kowalska, The Diary, 1521.
Today the Lord said to me: (...) Write this for the benefit of distressed souls: when a soul sees and realizes the gravity of its sins, when the whole abyss of the misery into which it immersed itself is displayed before its eyes, let it not despair, but with trust let it throw itself into the arms of My mercy, as a child into the arms of its beloved mother. (...). Faustina Kowalska, The Diary, 1541.
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 (...). it was the hour of grace for the whole world - mercy triumphed over justice. (...) Faustina Kowalska, The Diary, 1572.
My mercy works in all those hearts which open their doors to it. Both the sinner and the righteous person have need of My mercy. (...). Faustina Kowalska, The Diary, 1577.
It is not what you are nor what you have been that God sees with His all-merciful eyes, but what you desire to be. The Cloud of Unknowing, P.146.
The climate of mercy, which is the climate of the new creation, depends on the realization that all men are acceptable before God, since the Word was made man, dwelt among us, died on the Cross for us, rose from the dead, and is enthroned in our flesh, our humanity, in the glory of God, Hence, all that is required for a man to be acceptable before God, and a recipient of mercy, is for him to be a man and a sinner. (I did not come to call the just, but sinners...Matthew 9:13; Romans 5:8). We ourselves are not entitled to be more demanding than God. Whoever is acceptable to Him is, therefore, acceptable to us, and this is the test of our faith and our obedience to Him (John 15:12, 17; 12:34-35), that we become to some extent able to be merciful to others as He has been merciful to us, knowing that this mercy is the cohesive power that establishes and manifests the Father's love in the living and unified Mystical Body of the Son (John 17:11-12, 21-22). (...) Hence, if a man is to be acceptable to us, nothing more is required than that he need our mercy, whether he himself is aware of this or not. It is not required that he be a certain type of man, belonging to a special race, or class, or even practicing certain religious customs (Galations 5:6). Least of all is it required that he be exactly like ourselves, friendly toward us, and disposed to flatter us with a privileged consideration of our person and our ideas. Thomas Merton, Love and Living.
He neither punishes nor rewards any. His infinite mercy is open to everyone, at all times, in all places, under all conditions - unfailing, unswerving. Vivekananda, quoted in: Nikhilananda, Vivekananda, A Biography, P.186.
In his mercy 'the Lord supports all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down' (Ps. 145:14). St. Thalassios the Libyan (VI-VII Century C.E.), quoted in: (1981). The Philokalia. Vol. II., P.310.
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