"O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire. I desire to use you as best I can. And although I am weak and small, You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence. And so, trusting in Your mercy, I walk through life like a little child, offering You each day this heart burning with love for Your greater Glory." (Prayer of St. Faustina)

How often do we truly "exist" in the present moment? So often we are busy planning the future or lamenting the past, and the present slips away from us. And yet it truly is the only thing we possess, for we don't know what the future holds, and we can't go back in time. God wants us to focus, instead, on today. Jesus reminds us: "So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today." (Matthew 6:34)

The present moment may be joyful or it may be painful, but we are meant to live it in faith and love. Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said: "The phrase that sanctifies any moment is 'Thy will be done'. It was that fiat of our Savior in Gethsemane that initiated our redemption; it was the fiat of Our Lady that opened the way to the Incarnation...To say and mean 'Thy will be done' is to put an end to all complaining; for whatever the moment brings to us now bears the imprint of the divine will."

Yes! How beautiful - both Christ and Mary trusted in God when they didn't understand their own moments of suffering, and St. Faustina did the same, believing in "the grace of (God's) omnipotence." We, also, can accept each moment as it comes, whether of joy or of suffering, and believe that God is with us in every heartbeat. "Give us this day our daily bread" we pray - today, let us be thankful for whatever this day brings.

St. Maria Faustina, pray for us!