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March 7, 2011
Saint Perpetua and Saint FelicityDear Family of Mary!"Dear children! My motherly heart suffers tremendously as I look at my children who persistently put what is human before what is of God, at my children who, despite everything that surrounds them and despite all the signs that are sent to them, think that they can walk without my Son. They cannot! They are walking to eternal perdition. That is why I am gathering you, who are ready to open your heart to me, you who are ready to be apostles of my love, to help me; so that by living God's love you may be an example to those who do not know it. May fasting and prayer give you strength in that, and I bless you with the motherly blessing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Thank you." (March 2, 2011)At the heart of Our Lady's plan to save souls is her desire that we become apostles of her love. She wants us to help her "by living God's love" so that we will be "an example for those who do not know it." We might ask what it means to live God's love? Certainly it means to love those around us, to serve them freely with great humility. Yes, that is living God's love. But I think there is another aspect to it. I think we have to live God's love for us, his desire that we become exactly the persons He created us to be, that we accept the persons we are, because God has made us the way we are. It is living out of the awareness of God's providential care. In the Magnificat for March 2011, there is a beautiful excerpt from the writings of Fr. Jacque Bunel, O.C.D. He reflects on doing God's will. And he writes, "Finally, I want to leave with you this profound prayer, to be recited time and again: 'O God, I wish to be fully what I am.' There is no prayer more beautiful, more pleasing or more powerful in God's eye than this simple prayer. It is the fiat of the Father. In a special way, it supplements the 'Our Father,' which Christ taught. 'O God, I wish to be just what I am for as long as you so will; I am aware of an evil strain deep within me. That strain spawns egotism, infidelity and hostility, leading to moodiness, laziness, and self-indulgence. I wish to be fully what I am. For I know that you are all powerful and could change me in an instant. Yet, at the same time, you are infinitely loving and offer me whatever is for my best. I have total trust in you. You are all powerful and you love me!' Amen." (Magnificat, March 2011, p. 92-93)If I am not wrong, it appears that Fr. Bunel is saying that we must accept God's love, in other words, live God's love, in the form of accepting our creation and our circumstances as creatures at this very moment. To live God's love is to live as we are right now as a gift from God. Let me illustrate.
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