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Showing badges of dishonor to give honor..

Friday, November 11, 2005
Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!
I sometimes think we should wear our mistakes and failures as badges of honor. Not to honor the mistake and not to honor ourselves but to give honor to the Mercy of God which takes those dishonorable badges and creates us anew. I am the person in the most need of God's Mercy and He has given that Mercy to me many times and continues to do so. By the fact that Jesus Christ has been Merciful in such a huge way to me means that I must proclaim His Mercy even more. To whom much is given much is required and much grace and mercy has been given to me and therefore I must crawl upon my particular cross as a victim for God's Merciful Love. I must do so to point the way to the Cross of Jesus Christ so that you my dear friend may see the Divine Mercy at work within your soul. Each one of us has our own badges of rebellion, failures and mistakes and each one of us must cry out Lord have Mercy. It is then the badges of our own dishonor become badges honoring the Mercy of God. Let us run to our confessors show them our badges and give God's Mercy the honor due to the King of Kings. Isn't it interesting that those who seldom mention God's Mercy are the one's who are in the most rebellion within but those who have examined their lives and experience the Divine Mercy shout it from the rooftops? If we all sin- and we all do- and we are all in need of God's Mercy then shouldn't we earnestly cry out for Mercy and then proclaim it? Pride and Ego prevent God's Mercy from coming within the core of our souls maybe that is where if we each wore our badges of dishonor we would each be reminded of how much we need God's Mercy in our lives and others. I don't think that would go to far but it sure would turn some heads and cause some thinking and maybe win some souls along the way. If you could imagine a hundred or a thousand badges of various sorts on each persons chest all covered with the Blood of the Lamb now that would be a person to salute and listen to. No wonder the is more rejoicing in heaven by the conversion of someone who was terribly lost than hundred 'righteous' souls. All the Saints and Angels have to do is see the badges covered in the Blood of Jesus Christ and they can see the miracle of that soul. So, today, will that miracle be you? Will you finally let go come home and confess and repent. Will the badges weigh you down into despair or be worn with pride as the become badges of honor and glory to the Mercy of God? You can do it- just say Jesus I have trust in You have Mercy on me. Today is the first day towards your sainthood for today you were introduced to the Divine Mercy.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!

"The cross of Christ on Calvary is also a witness to the strength of evil against the very Son of God, against the one who, alone among all the sons of men, was by His nature absolutely innocent and free from sin, and whose coming into the world was untainted by the disobedience of Adam and the inheritance of original sin. And here, precisely in Him, in Christ, justice is done to sin at the price of His sacrifice, of His obedience "even to death." He who was without sin, "God made him sin for our sake." Justice is also brought to bear upon death, which from the beginning of man's history had been allied to sin. Death has justice done to it at the price of the death of the one who was without sin and who alone was able-by means of his own death-to inflict death upon death. In this way the cross of Christ, on which the Son, consubstantial with the Father, renders full justice to God, is also a radical revelation of mercy, or rather of the love that goes against what constitutes the very root of evil in the history of man: against sin and death.
The cross is the most profound condescension of God to man and to what man-especially in difficult and painful moments-looks on as his unhappy destiny. The cross is like a touch of eternal love upon the most painful wounds of man's earthly existence; it is the total fulfillment of the messianic program that Christ once formulated in the synagogue at Nazareth and then repeated to the messengers sent by John the Baptist. According to the words once written in the prophecy of Isaiah, this program consisted in the revelation of merciful love for the poor, the suffering and prisoners, for the blind, the oppressed and sinners. In the paschal mystery the limits of the many sided evil in which man becomes a sharer during his earthly existence are surpassed: the cross of Christ, in fact, makes us understand the deepest roots of evil, which are fixed in sin and death; thus the cross becomes an eschatological sign. Only in the eschatological fulfillment and definitive renewal of the world will love conquer, in all the elect, the deepest sources of evil, bringing as its fully mature fruit the kingdom of life and holiness and glorious immortality. The foundation of this eschatological fulfillment is already contained in the cross of Christ and in His death. The fact that Christ "was raised the third day" constitutes the final sign of the messianic mission, a sign that perfects the entire revelation of merciful love in a world that is subject to evil. At the same time it constitutes the sign that foretells "a new heaven and a new earth," when God "will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there will be no more death, or mourning no crying, nor pain, for the former things have passed away."
In the eschatological fulfillment mercy will be revealed as love, while in the temporal phase, in human history, which is at the same time the history of sin and death, love must be revealed above all as mercy and must also be actualized as mercy. Christ's messianic program, the program of mercy, becomes the program of His people, the program of the Church. At its very center there is always the cross, for it is in the cross that the revelation of merciful love attains its culmination. Until "the former things pass away," the cross will remain the point of reference for other words too of the Revelation of John: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me." In a special way, God also reveals His mercy when He invites man to have "mercy" on His only Son, the crucified one.
Christ, precisely as the crucified one, is the Word that does not pass away, and He is the one who stands at the door and knocks at the heart of every man, without restricting his freedom, but instead seeking to draw from this very freedom love, which is not only an act of solidarity with the suffering Son of man, but also a kind of "mercy" shown by each one of us to the Son of the eternal Father. In the whole of this messianic program of Christ, in the whole revelation of mercy through the cross, could man's dignity be more highly respected and ennobled, for, in obtaining mercy, He is in a sense the one who at the same time "shows mercy"? In a word, is not this the position of Christ with regard to man when He says: "As you did it to one of the least of these...you did it to me"? Do not the words of the Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy," constitute, in a certain sense, a synthesis of the whole of the Good News, of the whole of the "wonderful exchange" (admirable commercium) contained therein? This exchange is a law of the very plan of salvation, a law which is simple, strong and at the same time "easy." Demonstrating from the very start what the "human heart" is capable of ("to be merciful"), do not these words from the Sermon on the Mount reveal in the same perspective the deep mystery of God: that inscrutable unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in which love, containing justice, sets in motion mercy, which in its turn reveals the perfection of justice?" +Taken from Dives in Misericordia written by Pope John Paul II the Great
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