Consecration Renewal – Day 9

Day 9 of Consecration Preparation from 2008 (or renewal)

From “Mary, Human and Holy” (Antonio Bello)
Chapter 8: Missionary Woman

As in the previous chapter, Bishop Bello again makes reference to Mary’s trip to visit her cousin Elizabeth, a trip which came about because of an impulse that she obeyed, and describes her missionary zeal with a most beautiful image:

Carrying Christ in her womb, she became the first monstrance for him; as if inaugurating Corpus Christi processions, she carried the news of liberation to her faraway relatives….

…inspire in us the boldness of the prophets. Let words of hope ring true on our lips. Help us gladly pay the price of our faithfulness to the Lord, and deliver us from resignation.

Mother Mary has set me a task today. She has asked me to create a list (ruthlessly, thoughtfully, comprehensively) of everything in my life that I have become “resigned to”. She wants me to use this list, to study it, to pray about it, for the duration of my consecration renewal. And she has told me this: that God is not the Author of these areas of resignation in my life.

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