Saturday, April 09, 2005

HIS Mercy and Love

"I also hope that, as long as I am called to fulfill the Petrine service in the Church, the Mercy of God will give me the necessary strength for this service." This statement is from John Paul II's Testament.

So much has been taught again this week by John Paul II even in and after his death.

In his Homily Cardinal Ratzinger explained the Mercy that our Holy Father taught us was not only in his own life (assassination attempt) but in his teachings of St. Faustina's message of mercy from CHRIST in instituting Divine Mercy Sunday-displayed even in his own death-the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday. He again taught us in the instituting of the Year of the Rosary and the introduction of the new Rosary Mysteries-the Luminous Mysteries.
GOD'S mercy again shown THROUGH HIS MOTHER. And of course lastly IN THIS YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST.

MERCY AND LOVE- supreme sacrifice -WORTHY of GOD'S LOVE and strengthened by the MERCY OF GOD in continuing on our journeys in HIS SERVICE in whatever vocation we are called to.

"He interpreted for us the paschal mystery as a mystery of divine mercy. In his last book, he wrote: The limit imposed upon evil "is ultimately Divine Mercy" ("Memory and Identity," p. 60-61). And reflecting on the assassination attempt, he said: "In sacrificing himself for us all, Christ gave a new meaning to suffering, opening up a new dimension, a new order: the order of love...It is this suffering which burns and consumes evil with the flame of love and draws forth even from sin a great flowering of good." Impelled by this vision, the
pope suffered and loved in communion with Christ, and that is why the message of his suffering and his silence proved so eloquent and so fruitful.

Divine Mercy: the Holy Father found the purest reflection of God's mercy in the Mother of God. He who at an early age had lost his own mother, loved his divine mother all the more. He heard the words of the crucified Lord as addressed personally to him: "Behold your Mother." And so he did as the beloved disciple did: he took her into his own home;" (John 19:27)

- Totus tuus. And from the mother he learned to conform himself to Christ."

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