I’m currently reading two saints’ biographies at the same time: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque’s, and the Diary of St. Faustina. While there is certainly much in common, the two books are also extremely different. I am particularly struck by how differently Jesus treats the two nuns.
For instance, when He appears to Margaret, He often humbles her, rebukes her, impresses on her His great holiness and his intolerance for sin. When He appears to Faustina, He often praises her and speaks of how much He loves her and how merciful He is, says that He “delights” in her, and so forth. He never says anything like that to Margaret, at least not that I’ve found; maybe she was so humble that she didn’t want to report such things, even if he did say them to her, and so she only reported the harsh, critical things he said?
The contrast is so striking, and I’m wondering what the significance of it is. It makes sense to me that Jesus would appear gentler and more merciful if He wanted to spread the message of his mercy, but is that all? Did it have to do with Margaret’s and Faustina’s personalities being different? I’m just surprised that these two holy women experienced our Lord so differently!