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Jesus, I Trust in You – Living Water for Parched Lips

March 1, 2016 by  
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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 4 of 8)

How many souls have been consoled by the prayer, “Jesus, I trust in you,” which Providence intimated through Sr. Faustina! This simple act of abandonment to Jesus dispels the thickest clouds and lets a ray of light penetrate every life. Jesus, I trust in you. — The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, p. 74-75 (Quote from Pope [Saint] John Paul II)

Jesus, I Trust in You – Living Water for Parched Lips

There is so much stress in everyday life. The demands of family, friends, finances, or career. Threats over which we have little or no control, such as sickness or death, whether our own or those of someone we love. Then there are the extended worries as we  encounter a culture of death or the security of our nation, and ever in the news these days – our nation’s leadership.

The weight of all the pressure surrounding our lives can wear us down. But these five words serve as a reminder that all these things will soon go away. They highlight the reality of eternity, assuring us that Christ will see us through to complete joy and happiness, provided we allow him to be Master of this earthly life. We know that He has our best interest at heart. In that vein, we must trust

that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to His purpose. — Romans 8:28.

Consolation is a beautiful thing. I cannot count the times I have recited this most perfect prayer of solace.

Jesus, I trust in you.

There are no words more embracing of peace. This prayer allows each of us, young and old, to become a little child once again, curling up in our mother’s arms, safe from all that threatens in the world.

Jesus, I trust in you.

These words are a morsel of food for one starving in the desert. They are living water for our parched lips.

But they do not stop there. For when we proclaim our trust in Christ, He allows His Divine Mercy to envelop us in grace. Our very obedience to His Holy Will helps every situation to blossom into a beautiful flower, rather than wither in the futility of our own feeble efforts.

We approach our rebellious teen with more patience because we know that he is not ours to change. This patience brings great graces to our relationship and love to his heart.

We are kind to those who persecute us because we know our call is not to vengeance, but to mercy. That kindness spreads and can yield incalculable fruit. For an example, just look at the kindness shown by the bishop in Les Miserables. It is impossible to count the number of people who benefited from Jean Valjean's conversion through the years, which was prompted by the bishop's one act of kindness.

This trust allows the suffering, whether widowed, terminally ill or financially devastated, to approach their pain with confidence and even joy, bringing inspiration to all who encounter them.

Our obedience allows grace to flow like a raging river, bringing incomparable beauty to the ugliest cross and infiltrating the most hardened of hearts.

Clearly the prayer for our times….

Jesus, I trust in you.

Note:  If you’d like to see Divine Mercy in action, join me at, a new blog devoted to a much-needed return to sacrifice. Check us out and join our perpetual Divine Mercy Chaplet for our nation’s leaders. I hope you will commit to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet once a month until the November election in hopeful anticipation of God's abundant grace on our nation.

Reading Assignment:

Chapters 7-8

Discussion Questions:

1. How have you implemented the Divine Mercy devotion in your own life? How has the fruitfulness of the devotion manifested itself in you? Or, if you were unfamiliar with this devotion before reading this book, what are your initial thoughts?

2. Feel free to comment on anything from our assignment this past week!

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at

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