Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 8/20/2015

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August 20, 2015
St. Bernard
On this feast day, we remember St. Bernard, who had a deep understanding of Our Lady. It was St. Bernard who wrote the famous prayer, The Memorare! This prayer shows the childlike trust in Mary that we all need. Let's pray together:
The Memorare (St. Bernard)

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Here is an early message from Our Lady that came through Jelena:
To Jelena: 
"I have come to tell the world that God is truth; He exists."
"True happiness and the fullness of life are in Him. I have come here as Queen of Peace to tell the world that peace is necessary for the salvation of the world. In God, one finds true joy from which true peace is derived."
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, came to Medjugorje to tell the world that God exists. Certainly she came to stand against the atheism that is choking the life out of the world today. And she told Jelena that it is the true joy that we find in God that brings us true peace. Joy in God is the source of peace! Isn't it so true!
I got an email from Diana yesterday that illustrates something about joy and peace in God.
During the 1990's, I wrote a paper on the work of Viktor Frankl, one of the most foremost psychotherapeutic practitioners who was I believe on the point of conversion to faith. What he saw in Auschwitz convinced him that those who survived with their spirit intact, even unto death, had or saw a reason for existence beyond themselves. As a result, I went on to study theology.
I think that the "reason for existence" that Frankl saw, was the joy in God that gave peace to those in Auschwitz even in the midst of torment. Only a deep conviction that God exists, that God is love, and that we are meant to live with Him for eternity could give such joy and peace. And so it does.
Our Lady had that deep and abiding faith in God and His love and it brought her through the Passion and Death of Jesus unto the Resurrection. Here is the prayer that aptly describes the joy of the Resurrection that Mary experienced and communicates it to us:
Regina Caeli
O, Queen of Heaven, rejoice! Alleluia.
For He whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia,
Hath arisen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
For the Lord hath risen indeed. Alleluia.

Oremus: (Let us pray)
O God, who, through the Resurrection of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
Didst vouchsafe to fill the world with joy; grant, we beseech Thee, that, through His Virgin Mother, Mary, We may lay hold on the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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