Year 7 ~ Totus Tuus ~ Day 1

Of the many things we can offer to God, nothing touches the depths of our person more than adoration. In an act of adoration we recognize… our total and complete dependence on God for our whole being… In fact, it would seem that adoration is the only act during which we live in complete truth; we recognize that we are not God, and that all we are and have comes from him. In adoration, we freely and completely surrender everything we are to God – we give everything back to him – in recognition of his completely free gifts to us of being and grace… 

In order to live our consecration in all truth, our act of consecration needs to be filled with a true sense of God’s transcendence and majesty, and with grateful wonder at the grace given us by Christ through his incarnation…

Worthy art thou, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for thou didst create all things, and by thy will they existed and were created. Rv 4:11

Virgin of hope, dawn of a new era…

Faithful virgin, holy dwelling-place of the Word…

Hail Mary, woman of sorrows,
Mother of the living!
Virgin spouse beneath the cross, the new Eve…
Teach us…
to stand with you before the innumerable crosses
on which your Son is still crucified…

… help us always
to account for the hope that is in us…
Teach us to build up the world beginning from within:
in the depths of silence and prayer,
in the joy of fraternal love…

All of Christ’s acts are expressions of mercy… Saint Augustine commented… how Jesus wants to teach us that justice is, as it were, “absorbed” by mercy. Justice is still power. It is necessary, therefore, that it be at the service of mercy, still at the mercy of love. How does mercy take possession of justice? How does it completely take hold of it? … Christ, mercy itself, remains alone with misery. Such is the life of Christ. Such is the whole of the Gospel: mercy confronted with… misery…misery is assumed by mercy. In the end, there is nothing left but mercy…

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