“Each soul is My favorite…if only you knew My Love for each one..”
(Jesus to Gabrielle Bossis (1874-1950) From the book: He and I.
About 20 years ago, I came across a mini-booklet written by Mother Angelica which gave me a tiny glimpse into how rare and precious a gift it is just to exist.
The name of the booklet was “Before Time Began,” and it was an account of a mystical experience which Mother Angelica had over a period of a few days.
She was somewhere in the darkness, in a great void. She had not yet been created, rather she was something akin to a thought, which was immovable, and could not reason or feel anything. But, she was aware that she was not alone. There were countless other “thoughts” in the void…billions and billions of them.
Suddenly, in the distance, she saw a great Light, and this Light began to move over the almost infinite number of “thoughts.” As it passed over them, they all disappeared into the nothingness, and the “thought” that was she waited to disappear as well.
But then, the Light suddenly stopped before “her”, and she felt warmth and tenderness and then she heard these amazing words, “You shall be.” Then the Light moved on over the remaining thoughts and they continued to disappear.
Now, the “thought” that represented Mother Angelica in this great void stood all alone….nothing else remained. She did not yet exist, but she had been told that one day she would, and so she waited, now certain that the Light would return, and she would “be.”
What an amazing experience this must have been for Mother. Yet, is it not really true?
Each one of us was lovingly and deliberately chosen by God to live and breathe and love and to have eternal life….with Him and in Him…even sharing His Own Divine Life. What a glorious destiny!
And what Love does He have for you and for me…each of us chosen to be His, over countless other possibilities! Is it not breathtaking?
You exist; I exist; His Love chose us! We are the beloveds of His Life, His darling children to whom He has given everything He has, even to the last drop of His Own Precious Blood.
Jesus pours out His Heart to mystics and Saints like St. Faustina and so many others, and grieves that we do not love Him, and that we do not even believe in His Love for us.
Some of us believe that He loves us when we are good or if we have prayed enough or done many good works. But no! He loves us always. He waits for us. He longs for us. He yearns for our companionship. He cherishes every word, every glance we offer to Him. We cannot make Him not love us.
And, in the end, if we are separated from Him, it will not be because He stopped loving us, but rather because we refused His Love…refused Him,this One Who stood on the brink of Creation, casting His Gaze on countless possible souls and chose you and me as the ones He could not bear to live without.
The Light that is He looked at the idea, the thought of each one of us, and fell madly in love…and said, “You shall be.”
You are His favorite. I am His favorite. Oh, let us drink this in deeply, become inebriated by the sheer joy and wonder of it. Let us immerse ourselves in this truth. Let us run to His Divine Embrace which awaits us, sink deeply into His Sacred Heart that so longs for us. Like Therese, let us rejoice that we are the “prey” of His Love.
And let us love Him in return….let us love Him with all of our being.
Let us tenderly, faithfully, trustingly love Him, love and adore this God Who has nothing left to give us….His treasuries are empty….His riches heaped upon us.
For what else is there to give when He has given us His Very Self in the Person of His Divine Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Let us love Him then… ” Oh, let us love Him,” as Therese would say, “to folly!”