FOR FORGIVENESS OF SIN
Dearest Saint Anne, help me understand that there is only one element in the world - as well as within me - that is essentially evil. That element is sin.
Everything else in both the universe and mankind was assumed by Christ when He became a man. He adopted everything there is in the human nature and made it possible for all these elements to be changed by grace and used for endless glory. He came to abolish sin, erase it and replace it by grace and virtue.
Teach me the malice of sin, dear Saint Anne, by reminding me that it is in a spirit of atonement that they Son of God chose to suffer and die. It is the thought of mankind's sins that tortured Christ in His agony and drew blood from all the pores of His body.
Dying with Christ to this world, with all its wickedness, hatreds and impurities, I shall rise with the Risen Christ to a life where there will be sin no more, where mankind, cleansed of all his sins, will enter into the Lord's dazzling light and enjoy His eternal presence. Amen.
Tomorrow I hope to share our St Anne feastday meal!