Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/15/2015

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October 15, 2015
St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila)
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children, I am here among you to encourage you, to fill you with my love and to call you anew to be witnesses of the love of my Son. Many of my children do not have hope, they do not have peace, they do not have love. They are seeking my Son, but do not know how and where to find Him. My Son is opening wide His arms to them, and you are to help them to come to His embrace. My children, that is why you must pray for love. You must pray very, very much to have all the more love, because love conquers death and makes life last..." October 2, 2015
Our Lady tells us the Jesus is opening wide His arms to those who do not know how to find him. He wants them all to enter into His embrace. St. Teresa of Avila understood the embrace of Jesus very intimately. She wrote extensively about the love of Jesus, and how to find it. Here is a quote from the "Interior Castle" about this love:
This Beloved of ours is merciful and good. Besides, he so deeply longs for our love that he keeps calling us to come closer. This voice of his is so sweet that the poor soul falls apart in the face of her own inability to instantly do whatever he asks of her. And so you can see, hearing him hurts much more than not being able to hear him... For now, his voice reaches us through words spoken by good people, through listening to spiritual talks, and reading sacred literature. God calls to us in countless little ways all the time. Through illnesses and suffering and through sorrow he calls to us. Through a truth glimpsed fleetingly in a state of prayer he calls to us. No matter how halfhearted such insights may be, God rejoices whenever we learn what he is trying to teach us." (Interior Castle)
It is so true. Jesus calls to us in so many ways, so persistently. He can use anyone or anything to break into our inner self and pour His love into us. He may use a comment by a family member, a Scripture passage at Mass, a phrase in the Our Father, a sunset, a bird's song, and even our sufferings to show us His love for us. We are pursued by a great love!
St. Teresa also understood the importance of living in trust and surrender to God. Here is a famous quote from her:
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing;
God only is changeless.
Patience gains all things.
Who has God wants nothing.
God alone suffices.
God alone suffices. May we rest our weary hearts in the Lord. He is enough! He is all. We can trust Him in all circumstances.
And finally another famous quote:
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and everyone of you."
St. Teresa of Jesus, pray for us. Pray that we can recognize Jesus' loving touch and receive it with openness and joy today. Pray that we can trust Jesus with our entire lives, and live the peace that passes all understanding. Thank you, St. Teresa, for your motherly care for us as well. Please pray for us!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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