Consecration Renewal – Day 7

Day 7 of Consecration Preparation from 2008 (or renewal)

From “Mary, Human and Holy” (Antonio Bello)
Chapter 6: Woman of Acceptance

Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church contains a phrase which stands out for its doctrine and conciseness. It says that at the angel’s announcement, Mary the virgin “accepted the Word of God in her heart and her body”.

In her heart and in her body. She was first the disciple and then the mother of the Word: disciple because she listened to the Word and kept it always in her heart, and mother because she offered her womb to the Word and kept him for nine months in the vessel of her body….

Holy Mary, woman of acceptance, help us to accept the Word in the intimacy of our hearts. Help us understand, as you did, how God acts in our lives. He does not knock at the door to evict us, but to fill our loneliness with light. He does not come into our house to put us in handcuffs, but to restore to us true freedom.

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