ASK OUR LADY FOR THE GIFT OF CONTRITION AND FOR THE HELP TO BRING YOU CLOSER TO GOD.
Dear brethren in Christ, sorrow is the touchstone of love. When we offend someone, we experience an interior sadness for having hurt our loved one. With all the heartbreaking events during these past few days in different parts of the world, let us overcome our indifference and numbness and be contrite for all the sins -ours and those of the entire mankind- committed against the God.
“Turn to Our Lady and ask her — as a token of her love for you — for the gift of contrition. Ask that you may be sorry, with the sorrow of Love, for all your sins and for the sins of all men and women throughout the ages.
And with that same disposition, be bold enough to add: “Mother, my life, my hope, lead me by the hand. And if there is anything in me which is displeasing to my Father God grant that I may see it, so that, between the two of us, we may uproot it.
Do not be afraid to continue, saying to her: “O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, pray for me, that by fulfilling the most lovable Will of your Son, I may be worthy to obtain and enjoy what Our Lord Jesus has promised.”
St. Josemaria, “The Forge,” n. 161.
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