Reading St. Faustina’s Diary is a process, one that I am still far from completing, but one that is none-the-less inspiring and thought provoking. In paragraph 411 of her diary, St. Faustina writes, “I know that I am united with Him as closely as a drop of water is untied with the bottomless ocean.”
I read this sentence a few days ago and it stood out to me because as a biology major, I am constantly re-learning the importance of water. All living organisms require water in order to live, so it makes perfect sense that God is the boundless ocean, the endless source of life. On Earth, water does not remain in the same place; however, it cycles throughout the Earth and various forms and locations. The majority of the water on Earth is located in the ocean, but it is also found in smaller concentrations in locations all over the world. Water is in the sky as atmospheric water, in ice caps and snow, and in rivers, streams, and lakes.
While thinking about the sentence from St. Faustina’s diary and what I know about water, I came up with an analogy. In this analogy, the ocean is the bottomless ocean of God that St. Faustina alluded to. This ocean is composed of all of the faithful – those on Earth who are still learning but are united with Christ and the faithful in heaven. Only a small portion of the water on earth is in the atmosphere as water vapor, but this is composed of those who are currently receiving the sacrament of reconciliation (or are about to have their sins forgiven). Once their sins are forgiven, they fall as rain back into the bottomless ocean of God. The water found in ice caps and snow represents those who have hardened their hearts against Christ and His endless love. None of these people should be considered lost however, because they still have the potential to melt and make their way to the bottomless ocean. Finally, the drops (people) who make up the streams, rivers, and lakes, are those who are on the path to Christ in some way, shape, or form. This group also includes those of other faiths who have recognized truth or truths of Catholicism but have yet to be introduced or instructed in the person of Christ.
Ultimately, Christ calls all humans, all drops of water, to enter into this boundless ocean that is Him in the fullness of the Trinity. And truly, who can resist the call to this unending source of love?