Novena: Fourth Day
Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD AND THOSE WHO DO NOT YET KNOW ME. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy (Diary, 1216).
My Prayer Response with St. Faustina:
Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart (Diary, 1217).
Yesterday I let off a bit of steam about "rigid" Devout and Faithful souls. THIS group is the motivation for yesterday's souls. We've found Jesus, we've found The Way of Life, and we see clearly The Way of Death and the damage it causes. I know, since Vatican II, evangelization and proselytizing being practically forbidden, there are few creative outlets for reaching out to those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus; the assumption that came out of the testimony of the missionaries is that there is no culture on Earth that has not been touched by the power of forgiveness and Jesus Christ.
But the sad part is, those who have no true knowledge of God or Jesus do still exist, and worse yet, due to distorted teachings at the peripheries, many of them have very bad ideas of what God and Jesus represent.
Thus there is still evangelization work to do- and once evangelized, nobody has zeal like a convert.