The essence of what God is now asking of those who desire to love Him as He desires to be loved, is an overwhelming emphasis on sacrificial Love; to give ourselves completely in love, through sacrifice for other souls, as He has done. He is asking us through Elizabeth Kindelmann, St. Faustina and others to imitate Him completely…and He knows that due to our weakness we can only do this by His Grace…extraordinary Grace.. which He is pouring out through His Mother. Our Lord gives Elizabeth a succinct statement of the ultimate purpose of the Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: “Desire to share in the work of Redemption! Let this be the supreme goal of your lives: the most valuable gift you can bring to Me. Take advantage of every opportunity and every means to save souls. Work at it!”
Our Lord gave almost the exact instructions to St. Faustina: “My daughter, if you knew what great merit and reward is earned by one act of pure love for Me, you would die of joy. I am saying this that you may constantly unite yourself with Me through love for this is the goal of the life of your soul.” The Lord then explains very carefully how we are to love Him with pure love. “My child, you please Me most by suffering. In your physical as well as mental sufferings, I want you to detach yourself, not only from creatures, but also from yourself….The more you will come to love suffering, the purer your love for Me will be.”
Our Lord then explains to St. Faustina that : “You are not living for yourself but for souls, and other souls will profit from your sufferings.”
Our dear Lord then gives critically important instruction to St. Faustina for each of us: “You see what you are of yourself. The cause of your falls is that you rely too much on upon yourself and too little upon Me…sensitiveness and discouragement are the fruits of self love. You should not become discouraged, but strive to have My Love reign in place of your self love.”
The Lord gives us the key…desire for Him to do the work of change within us! In one of the Conversations with Souls, He states: “You say that a dense darkness is obscuring your mind. But why at such times, do you not come to Me who can in an instant pour into your soul more understanding about holiness than can be found in any books?”
Let us remember each day especially during morning and evening prayer that God is asking us to help Him save many other souls. This is our purpose and the greatest Love we can give Him: to desire to knowingly and patiently sacrifice (fasting and other ways that He inspires us) and to suffer with His own pure Love. He will turn this suffering into joy….the never ending joy of the eternal springtime.