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The Most Rev. David L. Ricken is the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

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‘I trust in you’

By Bishop David Ricken | April 6, 2016

People who really trust the Lord are so very inspiring. This past week, we saw the passing of Mother Mary Angelica, the beloved Foundress of EWTN. After visiting a small broadcast studio years ago, Mother Angelica realized the power of television. Television would be a way to share the word of God and the teaching of the church with large audiences.

Little did she know that her inspiration would eventually become one of the largest religious television networks in the world. With every step of the way, Mother Angelica trusted Jesus; even during times where huge risks were involved, she entrusted the welfare of the network to divine providence.

Another inspiration falls closer to home for me and my sister, Carol. As you may remember, our brother, Mark, passed away two years ago on April 14 after a very short, but intense battle with cancer. While his story is much simpler than Mother Angelica’s, Mark felt a special calling after reading the Diary of St. Faustina.

A quote from the diary may be helpful here to understand trusting in the Lord “more fully.” Jesus said to Faustina, “I desire trust from my creatures. Encourage souls to place great trust in my fathomless mercy. Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to approach me for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all will be drowned in the immeasurable depths of my mercy. I am love and mercy itself” (1059).

It was a quote from the diary that Mark lived by, “Jesus, I trust in you!”

Mark felt he had been given a mission and spent the last five years of his life praying to the Jesus of Mercy. This daily devotion changed his life from a busy superintendent of schools to a quiet but intense intercessor for those on their deathbed. Mark would pray two hours each day for people he did not even know, that they be given the grace to accept the forgiveness and mercy of Jesus.

This “trust walk” with Jesus is a large part of following Jesus as a disciple. To accept his mercy and forgiveness is a central part of following Jesus, which brings great peace and joy along with new challenges.

I encourage each of you simply to look at the image of the Jesus of Mercy or of the Sacred Heart and entrust yourself to his love, mercy and forgiveness. Give Jesus time each day to deepen your friendship with him, who is alive and walking with you in life. The church is here walking with you to accompany you on this journey.

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