Trust is the virtue that is the foundation and essence of those desiring to live the Message of Divine Mercy. We are to be vessels of mercy and how much this vessel can hold and radiate out to others depends on trust. There is much more to trust than believing God is trustworthy; we must act on that belief and turn control of our lives over to Him. Trust requires a conversion of the heart and soul and gives us the wisdom to understand the need to ask for His mercy, be merciful to others and let Him be in charge. True peace will then reign in our hearts.
Trust requires humility, as the proud person feels accomplishments are of his own accord and sees no need to trust in God. But trusting in oneself and not the Lord will only lead to failure. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight." (Proverbs 3:5)
The Lord made it clear to Blessed Faustina that the more we trust in Him and strive to live His will and not ours, the more graces we will receive. He told her "Tell [all people], my daughter, that I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls." (Diary, p. 1074)
On another occasion He told her, "Let souls who are striving for perfection particularly adore My mercy, because the abundance of graces which I grant them flows from My mercy. I desire that these souls distinguish themselves by boundless trust in My mercy. I Myself will attend to the sanctification of such souls. I will provide them with everything they will need to attain sanctity. The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is - trust. The more a soul trusts. the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow their hearts." (Diary, p. 1578)
Trust in God is easy when things are going well. However, in times of trial and suffering, doubt appears and we wonder, "where is God?" or "does He really exist?" If we pray, discern, and believe we are doing His will, then we must ask for fortitude and strength and a deeper faith. Many of us are so used to being in control and in charge, only to later realize that it was God who opened the doors. In times of struggle and frustration, we should have the attitude of Peter, who said, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! but at Your word, I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them." (Luke 5:5-7) This attitude obviously requires great faith. However, in times of trial our faith is tested and that is when we must trust in Him. As spiritual warriors, we must " walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7)
The Lord asked Blessed Faustina to pray for souls. "Fight for the salvation of souls, exhorting them to trust in My mercy, as that is your task in this life and in the life to come." (Diary, p. 145)
"Today, the Lord came to me and said, "My daughter, help Me to save souls. You will go to a dying sinner, and you will continue to recite the chaplet, and in this way, you will obtain for him trust in My mercy, for he is already in despair." (Diary, p. 1797)
The Lord wants us to trust in His mercy, and when we sin and falter, we must humble ourselves and ask for His mercy. Many of us carry so much guilt, anger, shame and lack of forgiveness of self that is enmeshed with lack of trust in God, who is Love and Mercy. We ponder, "How could God ever forgive me?" In a powerful testimony of His mercy, Faustina wrote, "On the evening of the last day before my departure for Vilnius, an elderly sister revealed the condition to me. She said that she had already been suffering interiorly for several years, that it seemed to her that all her confessions had been bed, and that she had doubts as to whether the Lord Jesus had forgiven her. I asked her if she had ever told her confessors and... "the confessors are always telling me to be at peace, but I still suffer very much, and nothing brings me relief, and it constantly seems to me that God has not forgiven me." I answered, " You obey your confessor, Sister, and be fully at peace, because this is certainly a temptation."
But she entreated me with tears in her eyes to ask Jesus if He had forgiven her and whether her confessions had been good or not. I answered forcefully, "Ask him yourself, Sister, if you don't believe your confessors!" But she clutched my hand and did not want to let go until I gave her an answer, and she kept asking me to pray for her and to let her know what Jesus would tell me about her. Crying bitterly, she would not let me go and she said to me, "I know that the Lord Jesus speaks to you, Sister." Since she was clutching my hand and I could not wrench myself away, I promised her (86) I would pray for her. In the evening, during Benediction, I heard these words in my soul. "Tell her that her disbelief wounds My heart more than the sins she committed." When I told her this, she began to cry like a child, and great joy entered her soul. I understood that God wanted to console this soul through me. Even though it cost me a great deal, I fulfilled God's wish." (Diary, p. 628)
When we confess our sins and show remorse, there is no reason to carry guilt and shame because He can read our hearts. Faustina wrote, "Today, the Lord said to me, "I have opened My heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust. Sinners will attain justification, and the just will be confirmed in good. Whoever places his trust (115) in My mercy will be filled with My divine peace at the hour of death." (Diary, p.1520) "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)