When a confessor hears the same sins repeated over and over again, a thousand million times over, he may begin to wonder if there’s any hope left for the human race. I guess that’s where faith kicks in.

A couple of years ago I was deeply touched reading mystical conversations of Alicja Lenczewska (†2012) with Jesus, in the notes of in which everyone can find ways to avoid mortal sins and overcome venial ones.

Such an account might bring to mind, also from Poland, the great saint of Divine Mercy, Saint Faustina Kowalska. Similarly, Alicja is said to have been granted the gift of invisible stigmata, in which she felt the sufferings of Christ but without the bodily marks.  Her religious retreat in Gostyń in 1985 yielded amazing series of graces: spiritual encounters and conversations; however some time afterwards she received the rare grace of mystical union with the Lord.

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