The “Nine Excesses“ that led Jesus to incarnate Himself.
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). With these words our thoughts immediately turn to Christmas that is coming and the desire to live, always with new emotions, the day when God made himself visible to man, in the likeness of a Child.
We know that the time of Advent is a time of grace to prepare ourselves spiritually to the Event, being careful to put the spotlight on the conception of the Holy Child, on His Incarnation.
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38): This is the Fiat of Mary, “insignificant” woman in the eyes of her contemporaries, without which the Holy Trinity couldn’t make the Eternal Word descend upon earth and give rise to Redemption.
Mary, by possessing the Divine Will, had found grace before God and became the worthy dwelling to fulfill the miracle of the Incarnation: The Holy Trinity, by removing Justice and covering Themselves with the mantle of Mercy overflowed in her with love to form in her womb, through the encounter of the two Fiat, the creature would have to save humanity.
With a Novena of Holy Christmas (December 16 to 24), since the age of seventeen, Luisa prepared herself spiritually for the Feast of Holy Christmas, by contemplating and meditating on the excesses of love that led Jesus to incarnate Himself.
They are the first step towards the knowledge of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. They contain love and grace as they spring directly from the source of God’s love. They are the flames of His love that rise to create new love with which to conquer creatures.
Love, then, that renews and multiplies itself whenever new hearts are invested.
They are the treasure chest that contains all the merit of the Incarnation trough which Jesus comes to divinize man, to purify him. From His conception, taking all sins upon Himself, He comes to embody His Divinity on the Cross, starting His Way of the Cross, with the final triumph of Love !!
Every year Luisa remembered all phases of the mystery of the Incarnation, meditating and honoring the nine months that Jesus stood in the womb of Mary, in the following order that we briefly mention:
First Excess, Trinitarian Love: The angel announces to Mary that the Holy Trinity is sending upon earth the Son of Man who promptly obeys the Will of the Father and she, through the Holy Spirit, is the depository of this mystery and of goods that will spring.
Second Excess, Humble Love: A God so great and infinite who descends from Heaven and is restricted into the maternal womb. There He will stay for nine months, but His Divinity will remain imprisoned in His Humanity, for thirty three years, and then in the Eucharist.
Third Excess, Devouring Love: Flames of Love that rise to reach all generations, from the first to the last man. Seas (of Love) without boundary in which souls can swim freely.
Fourth Excess, Operative Love: Jesus, just newly “conceived”, takes upon Himself all souls and the burden (sins, ingratitude, passions) of each one of them. So, His Passion starts. His little head already feels the stings of the thorns that will surround his head and His immobility in the maternal womb anticipates His Crucifixion.
Fifth Excess, Lonely Love: God is forced to be alone, despite his several calls. He would like to speak to every soul to communicate and pour His love into her, but alas He is forced into silence. He descends from heaven to be in company of the creature but very few are those who welcome His coming and share His joys, His sorrows.
Sixth Excess, Repressed Love: Jesus, restricted in the prison and in the darkness of the maternal womb, can’t not show His love, His Light. All around is darkness and the sins of creatures add new darkness in which He is compelled to remain.
Seventh Excess, Supplicating Love: The ingratitude of man is the sharpest thorn for God, our Creator. However human obstinacy doesn’t stop His love from generating new excesses with imploring attitudes.
Eighth Excess, Begging Love: Even if God’s supplications don’t move the creature to love Him, He does not cease to have care of her and to conquer her, He passes on a greater excess and come to ask for a little love, to beg just as a poor man on the roadside.
Ninth Excess, Winner Love: Finally, Love will win. God remains faithful to Himself even at the cost of waiting for centuries. He will continue to dart through hearts with rays of sweetness and tenderness. He will conquer the creature and there will be the triumph of the Kingdom of His Divine Will.
Let us allow ourselves to be moved and taking advantage of this appropriate time, let us dispose ourselves to say with courage and faith our Yes, just like Mary with Her “Fiat” and Jesus with His “Here I am,” so that we can accomplish the project that our Heavenly Father has for each one in particular and for humanity in general, being always aware that we are all called to fulfill our Christian duty: to proclaim the Kingdom of God for the salvation of souls.
Mary, Virgin and Mother,
you who, moved by the Holy Spirit,
welcomed the word of life
in the depths of your humble faith:
as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One,
help us to say our own “yes”
to the urgent call, as pressing as ever,
to proclaim the good news of Jesus.
(From Evangelii Gaudium of the Holy Father Francis)