The following entry from Saint Faustina’s diary expresses perfectly the theme of the National Day of Prayer, which is “Lord, Hear Our Cry”:
May you be adored, O merciful God of ours,
O All-powerful Lord and Creator.
In deepest humility, we give You praise,
Plunging ourselves into the ocean of Your Godhead.
But man did not persevere in the hour of trial.
At the instigation of the evil one, he became unfaithful to You.
He lost Your grace and gifts; only misery was left him,
And tears, suffering, sorrow and bitterness, until he
would rest in the grave.
But you, O merciful God, did not let humanity perish,
And gave it the promise of a Redeemer.
You did not let us despair, despite our grave offenses,
And You sent Your prophets to Israel.
Still, day and night, mankind cries out to you,
From the abyss of misery, sin and all pain.
Hear the moaning and the tears, You who reign in heaven.
God of great mercy, God of compassion.
Man erred, but he cannot ask pardon
Because a gaping chasm has appeared between God and man,
With the voice of his misery, he cries out, “Mercy!”
But Yahweh is silent… and century after century passes on.
But the longing of all humankind grows deeper,
A longing for Him who has been promised.
Come, Lamb of God, take away our vile sins,
Come, illumine our darkness like a ray of light.
Humanity calls out to You unceasingly, O Lord of lords,
Calls out to Your unfathomable mercy, to Your compassion.
O great Yahweh, grant that we may make atonement,
Remember Your goodness, and forgive us our sins.
— Diary of Saint Faustina, Notebook VI, section 1744