33 Days to Merciful Love: crash burn go!

IMG_20170321_062343So, on the Feast of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (transferred from Sunday to Monday this year in our Lord 2017), many, including yours truly, have begun the preparation a consecration to Merciful Love, 33 days away, on Divine Mercy Sunday, the Octave of Easter.

The meditation for Day 1 started in the Garden of Eden with original sin. Since my doctoral thesis was on this topic I’ve read thousands of commentaries, monographs, articles (theological, linguistic, exegetic, philological, philosophical, economic[!], psychological, archeological, etc), Festschriften, notes, etc.), on the topic. And so, a bit jaded (none of them were up to the standard I would want for a serious investigation into the meaning of the Word of God), I was immediately thrown into ho-hum mode.

Stupid me. Father Gaitley with no wasted verbiage came right to the point with an exactitude worthy of any academic study of the inspired text. But he did much more: he brought me to a spiritual insight that was stunning for me. Here I was, cruising along on the laurels of my academic studies (and there are many laurels in this case), and he made me crash and burn. Well done, Father! I love it. Although everything he wrote was consonant with what I had written, he took me a step beyond where I had been. But even more than this. Spiritual insight is still “insight”… something for our sorry brains. Father Gaitley did something even more than this. He threw me to my knees before the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception, that Son of the Mother of the Redeemer spoken about in Genesis 3:15. Our Lord took it from there.

Methinks I will very much enjoy this do-it-yourself retreat which fortunately has nothing about do-it-yourself to it, as Father Gaitley leads us adeptly to Jesus, and then leaves us with Him, Mary’s dearest Son, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Wonder Counselor, Prince of the Most Profound Peace, who will come to judge the living and the dead and world by the fire of His Merciful Love which had Him stand in our place of judgment, founding His mercy on justice, having the right in His own justice to have mercy on us, the justice making the mercy most majestic, most good and kind, most credible, most enthralling, most joy-filled, a bond of love with the Most Holy Trinity, having us walk with God in this sorry world until we should come to the gates that, please God, will open wide for us… Please, say it with me: Jesus, I trust in Thee.


Filed under Mercy, Spiritual life

4 responses to “33 Days to Merciful Love: crash burn go!

  1. Hello, Father,
    I’m happy you are entering into the beauty (and challenge!) of 33 Days to Merciful Love. This retreat, just like 33 Days to Morning Glory, is alive and really very fluid in the respect that it is never the same for everyone. As the days progress I think it may become more apparent to you that you are being spoken to as an individual (just as God speaks to you as a unique individual) and you will get what you need from it as God sees fit, and will be given what God wants you to know at that point in time (and it’s not always a pain-free process, but it always ends well!). You are starting at a pretty high place; I mean you’re a holy priest and very open to God’s inspirations; so by the grace of God and through His loving Mercy, He brought you to your knees right out of the gate. May God bless this time of retreat for you and bless Fr. Gaitley too for bringing it to so many people.

  2. Dear Father,
    I did the 33 Days to merciful Love retreat last year, finishing on Divine Mercy Sunday and I am doing it again this year. I am hoping that I can grow more this year with it, as I had been feeling that I was not very faithful to its teachings throughout the year. I will pray for you and thank you for letting more people know about it -truly, the more the merrier!

  3. Monica Harris

    Jesus, I trust in Thee.

  4. elizdelphi

    I fairly often read and re-read St Therese’s Act of Oblation to Merciful Love. The book I already own and would want to read is Fr d’Elbee’s “I Believe in Love” which is also some sort of personal retreat about St Therese’s spirituality. Has anyone else read that one?

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