Tossed in the Waves of Infinite Mercy
As a Totus Tuus Missionary during the summer of 2019, I would use two little rocks I found at the beach to teach the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The first stone, I explained, could be a reminder of how we all start out before we begin to be intentional about striving to become the saints we are called to be. In the beginning, our souls are disfigured and misshapen by sin, marred from forming habits and attachments that pull us away from God.
The second stone is smaller and more pleasant to handle. Whatever roughness it started with, whatever its imperfections, they've been stripped away as the little stone been tossed in the waves, leaving it smoother and more beautiful.
And so it is with us, tossed in the ocean of Divine Mercy. When we allow those waves to wash over us again and again, when we keep returning to the sacraments where we are caught up again in those rushing waves, He removes everything in us that is rough and unpleasant. He sands away not only our sins, but also our fears, our doubts, our selfishness, everything within us that does not rely on Him.
Several months later, in the midst of a global pandemic, after several days when my has felt utterly spent and exhausted without the sustenance of the Eucharist, I found these rocks.
Looking at them now, it strikes me that, although more beautiful, the smaller stone isn’t yet perfect. Not yet. After all, Jesus came to take away our stony hearts and give us hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). We are made more perfect when we allow God to strip us away of everything that keeps us from Him, from becoming more like Him. As St. John put it, “He must increase; I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
We are finally perfected when we are utterly dissolved in the ocean of His merciful love. When we are totally wrapped up in Him. When our little hearts, after being cleansed in the waters of Baptism, restored by sacramental Confession, are finally surrendered into the furnace of His blazing Heart. When we can say in truth with St. Paul that it is “no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Let us keep becoming who we were created to be. Our Blessed Lord tells us, “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Luke 12:49)
Lord, purify our hearts with your mercy and set them ablaze with your love.