If only my children realized what poverty and squalor they live in when they cling to sin, and what riches await them when they turn to me in contrition…

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.

“Oh my little child, you know very well your own poverty and how difficult it is to act with virtue outside of grace. I know very well that it is impossible for fallen humanity to act uprightly on their own power. It is grace that sustains everyone in virtue according to each one’s receptivity to grace. Open wide the doors of your soul to Christ! Do not let fear and sin rob you of the glorious grace won for you at a great price. Child, your Lord longs to shower down graces upon the world yet there are too few openings, too many closed doors. If only my children realized what poverty and squalor they live in when they cling to sin, and what riches await them when they turn to me in contrition. Oh let the floodgates of mercy be opened wide! Be agents of mercy, my faithful ones. Let the joys of the kingdom light you from the inside out. Then people will know that I have sent you. Children be agents of grace and mercy.”

Heavenly Father, what unimaginable honor you bestow on us in making us agents of your infinite grace and mercy. Please show us how we are blocking your light from shining. Help us to repent sincerely so as to be useful servants of your holy and unfathomable will. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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