Marian Helper Spring 2023

homily, consecration to the Immaculate Heart means “drawing near, through the Mother’s intercession, to the very Fountain of Life that sprang from Golgotha.” What is this fountain of life? The Pope identifies it as “the Fountain of Mercy.” It’s the pierced side of Christ from which blood and water flowed as a source of grace and mercy. And it’s through this wound in Christ’s Heart that “reparation is made continually for the sins of the world.” Moreover, through this Fountain of Mercy, we find “a ceaseless source of new life and holiness.” The Pope goes on to explain that consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means “returning to the Cross of the Son.” It means bringing the world and all its problems and sufferings to “the pierced Heart of the Savior” and thus “back to the very source of its Redemption.” It means bringing the world, through Mary, to Divine Mercy! The power of the Redemption, the power of merciful Love, “is always greater than man’s sin and the ‘sin of the world’” and is “infinitely superior to the whole range of evil in man and the world.” Power of Redemption Now, Mary knows the power of the Redemption, the power of merciful Love, better than anyone. In fact, John Paul says she knows it “more than any other heart in the whole universe, visible and invisible.” Therefore, she calls us not only to conversion but “to accept her motherly help to return to the source of Redemption.” Mary’s task is to bring us to the Fountain of Mercy, to the pierced side of Christ, to His Merciful Heart. Essentially, then, consecrating ourselves to Mary “means accepting her help to offer ourselves and the whole of mankind” to the infinitely Holy God. It means entrusting ourselves to her who was most united to Christ’s own consecration: “Hail to you who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of your Son!” It means entrusting ourselves to Mary’s prayers, that she may “help us to live with the whole truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family of the modern world.” In other words, consecrating ourselves to Mary means relying on her motherly intercession to help us offer ourselves more fully to Christ in His own consecration for our redemption. Born: Karol Wojtyła, May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Poland Ordained: Nov. 1, 1946 Papacy began: Oct. 16, 1978. Died: April 2, 2005 Canonized: April 27, 2014 by Pope Francis Feast day: Oct. 22 Pope St. John Paul II l Karol Wojtyła was an avid skier and hiker, and loved soccer. He followed the Cracovia football team in Poland, which retired #1 in his honor. l He worked briefly as an actor, and wrote several plays, including “The Jeweler’s Shop” (1960). l When John Paul canonized Sr. Faustina on April 30, 2000, he also, on the same day, surprised the entire world by establishing Divine Mercy Sunday as a feast day for the entire Church. On that day, the Holy Father declared, “This is the happiest day of my life.” It was John Paul II who told the Marian Fathers: “Be apostles of Divine Mercy under the maternal and loving guidance of Mary.” We’ve been faithfully following his instructions ever since. Talkin’ Marians STATS AND FACTS 33 Days to Morning Glory: Group Retreat & Study Guide 33 Days to Morning Glory is presented in a new expanded study edition designed specifically for group retreats. Includes thought-provoking questions to answer and discuss in a group setting. This new volume also provides exclusive access to retreat videos posted on DivineMercyPlus.org, to enrich the consecration experience and encourage group discussion. Order now: Visit ShopMercy.org/b57 or call 1-800-462-7426. B57-3DRC3

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