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Mary’s Mantle of Divine Mercy

Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But the name of this tree was deceptive. They already knew the good, indeed, it was all they knew. Really, the fruit of this tree was the knowledge of evil, not in an academic appreciation but by an actual participation in it. Innocence is destroyed and ashamed of their nakedness they hide themselves.

We should ask ourselves, are we like the old Adam and Eve or like the new, Jesus and Mary? Full of grace, Mary has not been touched by sin. She is utterly devoted to her Son, the source of her holiness. She brings all her spiritual children to Jesus. She would invite them to put on the wedding garment of the Lamb. We do not have to be fearful or ashamed anymore. Forgiveness is available. But, without the Lord, we remain naked and exposed. We are called to put on Christ.

When I imagine Mary’s mantle, my mind races back to my childhood. My mother would tuck me in when I went to bed. She would check on me on cold nights and adjust the blanket. She desired to keep me safe and warm. Mary wants the same.

Mary’s mantle of mercy does not merely protect us from the justice of God; its very fabric is the Divine Mercy, himself.

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  1. Could we then refer to it as Mother Mary’s “divine” mantle? I ask this as a good friend was scandalized by my referring to it as divine. Only Her Son and Her Spouse were divine, as far as Mother Mary is concerned, he said.

    FATHER JOE: It would probably too easily be misconstrued. Just calling it the mantle of mercy should suffice.

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