Year 7 ~ Totus Tuus ~ Day 2

In bestowing this singular grace upon Mary – preserving her entirely from any taint of sin from the first moment of her conception – God shoes his infinite mercy for our fallen humanity. And in the same stroke, he also reveals, in a certain way, his loving fatherhood for each one of us…

how are we to respond to God’s gifts to us? How are we to respond to the fact that God created us out of nothing and redeemed us out of pure, unconditional love? … Only an act of filial adoration – recognizing our total and complete dependence on God for our whole being… – can permit us to remain with constancy in the Father’s merciful love for us… adoration is the only act during which we live in complete truth… 

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… the grace of Christ, mercifully bestowed upon us without our meriting it…

Virgin of hope, dawn of a new era,
we join in your song…
to celebrate the Lord’s mercy,
to proclaim…
… the full liberation of humanity…

… teach us to persevere in listening to the word,
and to be docile to the voice of the Spirit,
attentive to his promptings in the depths of our conscience…

Hail Mary, woman of sorrows…

Man’s first response to the Father’s act of prevenient mercy… is an act of pride. God conferred upon man an extraordinary gift… the possibility of being free to love, of being autonomous in his life… He can either place the power God has given him at the service of love, or he can place love at the service of his own freedom and power. Man’s first sin… is the exaltation of his autonomy…

To sin is to not understand… prevenient mercy. It is to reduce it to our level, to bring it down to a manageable size… it is to want to monopolize and exploit it… Sin is a direct attack on mercy… For Adam and Eve everything was mercy. They were wrapped in mercy…

… Eve… fell into the trap… of curiosity, the curiosity of speaking to a spirit more powerful than she, who was questioning her. Such is the strategy of temptation… We are always flattered when someone greater than us questions us and seems to want to learn or receive something from us. We are all flattered by this and we fall into the trap. In all curiosity there is a certain seduction regarding someone greater than us who seems to be begging a parcel of truth…

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