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Friday, February 12, 2016

Mary has the deepest knowledge of God's mercy



* February 12 – The Icon of the Virgin Iverskaia * Mary has the deepest knowledge of God's mercy  ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

February 12 – The Icon of the Virgin Iverskaia

Mary has the deepest knowledge of God's mercy 

Mary uttered these words during her visit to Elizabeth, the wife of Zechariah: "His mercy is... from generation to generation." (Lk 1:50).

… Mary is also the one who obtained mercy in a particular and exceptional way, as no other person has. At the same time, still in an exceptional way, she made possible with the sacrifice of her heart her own sharing in revealing God's mercy. This sacrifice is intimately linked with the cross of her Son, at the foot of which she was to stand on Calvary. 

Her sacrifice is a unique sharing in the revelation of mercy, that is, a sharing in the absolute fidelity of God to His own love, to the covenant that He willed from eternity and that He entered into in time with man, with the people, with humanity; it is a sharing in that revelation that was definitively fulfilled through the cross.

No one has experienced, to the same degree as the Mother of the crucified One, the mystery of the cross, the overwhelming encounter of divine transcendent justice with love: that "kiss" given by mercy to justice. (Cf. Ps.85(84):11)

No one has received into his heart, as much as Mary did, that mystery, that truly divine dimension of the redemption effected on Calvary by means of the death of the Son, together with the sacrifice of her maternal heart, together with her definitive "fiat."

Mary, then, is the one who has the deepest knowledge of the mystery of God's mercy. She knows its price, she knows how great it is.

Pope Saint John Paul II
Excerpts from the Encyclical Letter Dives in misericordia,
On the Divine Mercy, §9