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Friday, December 18, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 12/18/2015



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J.M.J. 
December 18, 2015
 
Dear Family of Mary!
Yesterday, during the Hour of Mercy prayer, I opened to a beautiful passage in St. Faustina's Diary, in which she speaks about Our Lady and how brave she was during her life on earth. The Diary entry was on February 2, 1937, the Feast of the Presentation. This was the moment when Our Lady was told that her heart would be pierced with a sword, that the thoughts of many would be laid bare. Imagine being a new mother, the mother of the Messiah, and to hear that her suffering was going to be intense. Our Lady could have recoiled at such a prophecy. But we know that she did not. She always said "yes" to the will of God, with trust. But St. Faustina tells us how she could have such courage:
O Mary, today a terrible sword has pierced Your holy soul. Except for God, no one knows of Your suffering. Your soul does not break; it is brave, because it is with Jesus. Sweet Mother, unite my soul to Jesus, because it is only then that I will be able to endure all trials and tribulations, and only in union with Jesus will my little sacrifices be pleasing to God. Sweetest Mother, continue to teach me about the interior life. May the sword of suffering never break me. O pure Virgin, pour courage into my heart and guard it.  (915 Diary)
 
Our Lady's heart could never break, because she was "with Jesus". She was with Him as His Mother, as His Disciple and His co-worker, but most importantly as His Creature. Our Lady was with Jesus because her heart was totally attuned to His, her soul totally united to Him, her will completely in union with His, and her love only for Him. Mary was and is "with Jesus" in every way! This was the secret of her strength in suffering and difficulty.
Our Lady spoke to us about being "with Jesus" in this message:
Dear children! Today, little children, I invite you, through prayer, to be with Jesus, so that through a personal experience of prayer you may be able to discover the beauty of God's creatures. You cannot speak or witness about prayer, if you do not pray. That is why, little children, in the silence of the heart, remain with Jesus, so that He may change and transform you with His love. This, little children, is a time of grace for you. Make good use of it for your personal conversion, because when you have God, you have everything. Thank you for having responded to my call." (July 25, 1998)
"I invite you, through prayer, to be with Jesus..." This is the secret of a happy life. This is the way to peace. This is the answer to every difficulty. To be with Jesus!!
 
Let's pray with St. Faustina for this great gift of being with Jesus.
Sweet Mother, unite my soul to Jesus, because it is only then that I will be able to endure all trials and tribulations, and only in union with Jesus will my little sacrifices be pleasing to God. Sweetest Mother, continue to teach me about the interior life. May the sword of suffering never break me. O pure Virgin, pour courage into my heart and guard it.
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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