Giving and Receiving

The following is an excerpt from Pope John Paul II’s, Insegnamenti (teaching; homily) of May 13, 1982, the Feastday of Our Lady of Fatima.  Pope John Paul II was at the Fatima shrine that day, exactly one year after the assassination attempt, in order to thank the Blessed Virgin for her intercession.  It was his first trip to the shrine.

“Consecrating oneself to Mary means helping her to offer ourselves and mankind to him who is holy, infinitely holy; it means letting oneself be aided by her – by having recourse to her Mother’s heart, opened beneath the cross to love for every person, for the whole world – to offer the world and man, and mankind, and all nations to him who is infinitely holy.  God’s holiness was manifested in the redemption of man, of the world, of the whole of mankind, of the nations:  a redemption which occurred through the sacrifice of the cross.  ‘I consecrate myself for their sakes,’ Jesus said (Jn. 17:19).

The world and man were consecrated through the power of the Redemption.  They were consecrated to him who is infinitely holy.  They were offered and confided to Love himself, to the merciful Love.

The Mother of Christ summons us and invites us to join with the Church of the living God in this consecration of the world, in this entrustment whereby the world, mankind, the nations, all individual people are offered to the eternal Father through the power of the Redemption of Christ.  They are offered up in the heart of the Redeemer pierced on the cross.

The Mother of the Redeemer calls us, asks us, and aids us to join in this consecration, in entrustment of the world.  Then indeed do we find ourselves as near as possible to the heart of Christ pierced on the cross.”

This excerpt was taken from:  John Paul II’s Book of Mary, compiled by Margaret R. Bunson, pages 51-52.

An insightful and informative article which I would like to mention here since we are exploring the question “why?” is Msgr. Arthur B. Calkins’ Why Mary’s Heart?  This article touches on a variety of topics including the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the union of the Two Hearts, and also consecration, with many wonderful quotations from Pope John Paul II, including passages from the particular Insegnamenti mentioned in this post.