Reckless Mercy

God gives gifts without measure. However, we often measure how much we will receive. Prayer changes all this. Prayer changes everything. It opens up our capacity to receive, to receive the gifts God wants to give us.

We are the ones who break friendship with God. It is so ingrained in our nature to dodge His demands. God wants to work in us, but we don’t want it; we have “other interests” or else we want to control God and so the conflict begins. A divided heart settles within and we resist and rebel. 

But our God is a God of Mercy. He only interacts with us as Mercy, yet we want to turn and run from so great a gift! 

All we ever have to do is to turn to Him, a simple lifting up of the heart . . . a whispered prayer. . . “Father!”, and then the Reckless Mercy begins. It washes over us, pours into our soul, penetrates the heart, fills it with blessings and makes us new. And the good news is that He never tires of doing this.

“Souls should remember His words and see what he did with me; before I grew tired of offending Him, His Majesty began to pardon me. He never tires of giving, nor can He exhaust His mercies. Let us not tire of receiving. May he be blessed forever, amen. – and may all things praise Him.” (St. Teresa, Book of Her Life 19,15)

St. Teresa was overcome by the mercy that God showered on her. She discovered in His presence mercy both for herself and for all sinners. God is merciful and His mercy is reckless and this is beautifully expressed in the following prayer by St. Teresa.

O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before You in “wedding garments.” Amen.

4 thoughts on “Reckless Mercy

  1. Let us also not fail to show compassion and loving support to our brothers and sisters, who, through no fault of their own, feel deeply broken and wounded in this life or through a special grace of purgation, believe that they have been forgotten by their God. These poor souls do not presume to measure the capacity of what they deserve in Mercy, but feel so wholly unworthy, that they despair of what is truly their only Hope. They cry out to God, asking him why he has forsaken them, uttering a plea from the very depths of the darkest of nights. They can only wait and hope for their day of deliverance, await for the Word to be spoken in very ground of their being. Then, when all has been rightly purified and ordered, they will be transformed – brought from darkness into the Light. May we pray that our Loving and Merciful God strengthen them, knowing that he always completes what he begins in them.

  2. Rebecca, “reckless Mercy,” I have never heard that term before, and I love it. It’s so true, isn’t it! How blessed we are that our God is so Merciful! I love coming here and looking at your categories. I feel like I”m in a Carmelite library! 🙂 You are so gifted at sharing our Carmelite charism. I hope I can find more time to come here and read and be refreshed. God bless you with a most grace-filed Lent!

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