Our Lord explained to Elizabeth Kindelmann: “Your humility is the only instrument in your hands which helps the Cause (saving souls and spreading the Flame of Love Grace to all) succeed.”
Some people struggle with the concept that due to original sin that we are so flawed and depraved, and that despite God’s Redemption, we are still to think of ourselves as nothingness. However, this has and always will be the teaching of our Church. All is Grace! However, there is an important distinction as Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene explains: “Christian humility does not lower, it elevates; it does not cast down but gives courage. The more that humility reveals to the soul its nothingness and abjection, the more it moves it toward God with confidence and abandonment.”
God wills to do the work in us; and He cannot do so unless we recognize and admit our nothingness and total reliance upon Him. God wants us to truly be little children in our approach and relationship with Him for “whoever shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.”
St. Therese of the Child Jesus explains: “To remain little is to acknowledge one’s nothingness and to expect everything from the good God, as the child expects everything from its Father.” Father Gabriel elaborates: “God does not introduce a soul to a higher spiritual life, nor admit one to a deeper intimacy with Himself, as long as one is not completely despoiled of all confidence in oneself….Confidence in God increases in proportion to our mistrust in ourselves; it becomes total when the soul, having acquired a thorough comprehension of its nothingness, has lost all Faith in its own resources. The soul then realizes the truth of our Lord’s words: ‘When you have done all these things that are commanded of you, say: we are unprofitable servants’…..The soul realizes that even if it has worked for the glory of God, one can not depend upon its own works….All the soul’s confidence rests on the infinite merits of Jesus…and this confidence makes the soul more courageous, more daring than ever, because it knows that with God it can do everything.”
St. Therese sums up this key point with this gem: “What pleases Jesus is to see me love my littleness and my poverty, the blind hope that I have in His mercy. This is my only treasure.”
In several places our Lord and our Mother tell Elizabeth she was chosen because of her utter nothingness and that they could not find anyone more unprepared for the role. Why? So, it would be clear to all that this was solely the work of God…a pure Gift for us to accept and relish!
Let us accept this Grace now, and do so fully so we do not fall into that awful category of those who did not truly love…those who were given so very much, but did nothing with such an Extraordinary Gift of Grace! The first concrete step is to read the Diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann and continue to read it so it sinks deeply into our thinking and our daily life. The second step is to pray ardently to God for the desire to completely accept the Grace and to perform all the loving exercises God asks of us through Elizabeth. Start with one small step of Love and God will take you further on the Journey to full union with Him…living with His Will as Mary did. But this requires we continue to sincerely pray for the desire to accept the complete Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; and by recognizing with true humility our nothingness and to constantly repent of our sins and those of every other soul!
Our Lord also taught St. Faustina the absolute necessity of relying completely on Him even for this desire to accept Graces offered: “Without special help from Me, you are not even capable of accepting My Graces.” Let us always in our daily prayer recognize and admit our nothingness and beg for complete trust in His Divine Mercy and His “Loving Madness” towards us…..as we persist in our nothingness so as to be filled with all the fullness of God!