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LIFE

God's Plan for LIFE

 

Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., Spes Nostra,  page 8-9, volume 3, November 1993

God has a pro-life plan from the womb to the tomb...and beyond. If we want to understand this plan, it is important to understand Our Lady's presence in our lives. 

His plan was "for the life of the world." By "life," God did not mean only existence on this earth, but ultimately a life oriented from this earthly terrain towards the heavenly destiny for which we were created. God made us to know, love and serve him in this world to be happy with him forever in eternity. This is his pro-life plan. God's placing Mary in this plan as the new Mother of the living enables her to mother all life in an orientation towards the supernatural destiny. The Mission of the Immaculata translates God's plan into a practical implementation by collaborating with the New Eve. 

God's pro-life plan for our creation and salvation is executed by his predestining the Word, the Second Person of the Trinity, to have primacy in this world. In one and the same divine decree, God predestined Mary the New Eve to be the Immaculate, collaborator with Christ as he asserts his primacy. According to this plan for life, we are made in the image and likeness of God, a dignity invested into every being. 

Through our total consecration to Mary, and the Mission of the Immaculata, we are given concrete means to walk the way of the two crowns with Maximilian, from the womb to the tomb...

 
 

2. Vitality in God

First is the notion of vitality. The vitality of life does not depend upon consciousness or unconsciousness, nor upon accomplishment or non-accomplishment, nor upon the quality of life. It depends upon the personal relationship between creature and Creator. Our Lady, by her vital bond to her Son, the Father, and the Spirit, helps us understand that the value of life derives from every person being related to the Holy Trinity.

The Mission of the Immaculata invites people to see and participate in Mary’s dignity. Her dignity is that of an individual who relates to God, and finds a spiritual vitality through that relationship. In the light of Mary’s dignified relationship to God, all of us can recognize that we too are the beneficiaries of God’s gifts of life and grace, and that our job is to develop those gifts...

 
 

3. Total Consecration and God’s Right

Second is the notion of ownership. Through this Marian perspective we recognize that life is ultimately God’s property, not ours. In the MI, through our total consecration to the Immaculata, we give ourselves to her as her property and possession. Mary  she was God’s: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.”

When we unite with her through consecration we take a stance where she gives us to God as his property and possession. Belonging to Mary nourishes our belonging to God and reveals our conviction and proclamation to the world that God has sovereign rights over all human beings.

Our consecration to Mary, following the example of St. Maximilian, enables us to belong to Mary totally, so that the totality of our life can, through her, belong wholly to God. Keep in mind how wholly she herself belongs to God. Therefore, in abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, any violence against the human person, the ultimate crime is not primarily a violation of their right to life. The ultimate violation is against God’s rights over all human life.

We will not have a culture of life until  we all see that the rights under attack are the rights of God, and that from God’s sovereignty over life derives the right to life of the unborn, the poor, and the destitute.. every living person. In the light of and in relationship with the Immaculata, we can see all the more clearly the absolute choice that God has already made for life unto eternity for each of us. Accordingly we realize that our job is simply to align our daily choices with God’s ultimate choice for life. ..

 

4. MI response to the prolife challenge.
A third implication of Mary’s place in the pro-life movement touches upon the Eucharist: the bread of life for the world. The MI is a pro-life movement in practice because it leads people to the Holy Eucharist.
Life is intended by God to walk the way of the two crowns from the womb to the tomb. St. Maximilian perceived that life has its call to purity and to self sacrifice. It is not an easy journey, but we are nourished on the way by the Eucharistic “food for the journey.”

If we journey with, through, and in the Immaculata. She enables us to experience with her own profound faith how stabilizing an anchor the Eucharist is for us wayfarers. She unites us to Our Eucharistic Lord through adoration and participation in the Eucharistic life of the Church.

Our pro-life walk, as promoted by the MI, is basically the walk of Christian perfection. It is not enough simply for us to take a walk alone, however. St. Maximilian founded the MI for the conversion and growth in holiness of all persons. Therefore, we must become engaged with the Immaculata in helping as many others as possible take this walk along the way of the two crowns. With Mary we help others to see the wondrous beauty of walking in an ever growing relationship with God, the Trinity of Love.

St. Maximilian Kolbe established the MI to ... make God’s plan for the life of the world visible and fruitful. God’s pro-life plan is achievable. By consecrating ourselves to Mary and becoming her instruments, we cooperate with God Who, through Mary, is accomplishing his purpose for the life and love of the world. Our challenge is to be part of that work.