QUEEN OF PEACE

QUEEN OF PEACE

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 8/18/2015


Peace    
(c)Mary TV 2013

J.M.J.  
August 18, 2015
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
December 25, 1988 
"Dear children! I call you to peace. Live it in your heart and all around you, so that all will know peace, peace that does not come from you but from God. Little children, today is a great day. Rejoice with me. Glorify the Nativity of Jesus through the peace that I give you. It is for this peace that I have come as your Mother, Queen of Peace. Today I give you my special blessing. Bring it to all creation, so that all creation will know peace. Thank you for having responded to my call."

As we move towards the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, August 22, let's consider this message, given to us on December 25, 1988.  Our Lady called herself "Your Mother, Queen of Peace."  This title is the one she revealed to the visionaries in 1981, and has continued to use throughout the 34 years of her coming to Medjugorje. 
 
Our Lady is not timid in calling herself a Queen.  She is not proud or self-centered, and so we know that this title must simply be true.  She is the Queen of Peace.  What can we understand about this?
 
Our Lady tells us in this message that peace is essential.  Peace is necessary for all creation.  Without peace, there will only be ruin and death.  We know this full well.  We have witnessed the fruit of sin, the fruit of life without God, which is the lack of peace.  The world is in torment because of the absence of peace.  No matter what we do, if we do it without God, there will only be discord and death.  We are not the authors of peace. 
 
Our Lady tells us that peace "does not come from you but from God."  But how does this happen?  Our Lady is the blueprint for how peace comes from God.  She lived her entire life in union with and in communion with God.  She received everything from God, and so she lived in deep peace.  Peace surrounded her like a mantle.  She did not sin, she did not look elsewhere for meaning or enjoyment, she knew that God was everything, and it was through God alone that she could live.  Peace is life with God in the driver's seat!
 
Now think of how we can come to that peace.  We are not sinless, we have not given God complete control in our lives.  We are broken by the sin and disorder that has infected our families for generations.  But we do have a path set up for us in which to find peace.  We have been given a road to peace through the Mercy and Forgiveness of Jesus.  We can repent and turn back to God and find the way to live God day in and day out.  Baptism, Confession, Communion, Holy Mass, prayer, fasting, Scripture, forgiveness and humility...we can cultivate peace through these gifts.  We can become like Mary and be united to the Lord, living His way, letting Him drive, and then peace will fill us as well.
 
Peace is not something we create, it is something we receive when we are completely reconciled with God and we turn our hearts to Him day in and day out.  And Our Lady, Queen of Peace, has come to us to help us learn to live this way!
 
Our Lady wants us to experience true peace which comes from God.  If we listen to her we will find ourselves on the way to true peace.  We will be her children, and she will be our Queen Mother, leading us gently to union with God, from which peace flows.

I might add that almost universally the pilgrims say that in Medjugorje they experience so much peace.  They say it is palpable.  Peace is Our Lady's sign.  It is her aroma! Where Mary is, there is peace!  It is a great gift to experience this peace!

Let us pray!
 
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us.
And after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement O loving O sweet Virgin Mary. 
V. Pray for us oh holy mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015




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