We were created in the image and likeness of God and destined from 'the beginning' for grace and glory. As a consequence of the Fall, the original divine plan was frustrated, but God as Creator and Father did not withdraw his commitment to humankind. God's love for man, 'the only creature on earth that God has wanted for its own sake', found its fullest expression in the Incarnation and Redemption. As St Paul reminds us, he did not spare his own Son in this quest to recover man's love once more (cf. 2 Cor 5:21; Rom 8:32). In a way that nothing else could, Christ's passion and death on Calvary reveal to us the mystery of the Father's faithful love for mankind. The Father 'so loved the world' and man, to whom he committed its future development, that 'he gave his only Son' so that all who believed in him might not perish but have eternal life (cf. Jn 3:16). As John Paul II reminds us:
Mercy in itself, as a perfection of the infinite God, is also infinite. Also infinite therefore and inexhaustible is the Father's readiness to receive the prodigal children who return to his home ... Therefore, the Church professes and proclaims conversion. Conversion to God always consists in discovering his mercy, that is, in discovering that love which is patient and kind (cf. 1 Cor 13:4) as only the Creator and Father can be; the love to which the 'God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ' (2 Cor 1:3) is faithful to the uttermost consequences in the history of his covenant with man: even to the Cross and to the death and Resurrection of the Son. Conversion to God is always the fruit of the 'rediscovery' of this Father, who is rich in mercy.
Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God
Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!
* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael