Monday, January 18, 2016

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/18/2016

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January 18, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
July 25, 1998 "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."

During the Rosary yesterday (January 17, 2016) we talked about humility and silence. I love exploring what silence is, because it is so misunderstood and so necessary for our spiritual lives. I am going to quote some of what we said for you:
Let's focus on silence. I think humility is implicit in silence. Because when you are silent, you are putting yourself aside, and being present to the other... being present to God, being present to the moment. Instead of mulling over all of the things that you want to think about that would make your life better, you set those aside, and then in that silence others can speak. When you are silent, others can speak. It gives room for the other. And in this case, room for God to speak. And I know in my heart, I really have to struggle to be silent within. There is always this chatter going on...what I have gotten done...what haven't I gotten done...how do I feel...what do I need...dadadadada. I can go on and on. But to be silent within, that is really something.
Let me read this passage from St. Faustina's diary:
The Mother of God has taught me how to prepare for the Feast of Christmas. I saw Her today, without the Infant Jesus. She said to me:
My daughter, strive after silence and humility, so that Jesus, who dwells in your heart continuously, may be able to rest. Adore Him in your heart; do not go out from your inmost being. My daughter, I shall obtain for you the grace of an interior life which will be such that, without ever leaving that interior life, you will be able to carry out all your external duties with even greater care. Dwell with Him continuously in your heart. He will be your strength. Communicate with creatures only in so far as is necessary (191) and is required by your duties. You are a dwelling place pleasing to the living God; in you He dwells continuously with love and delight. And the living presence of God, which you experience in a more vivid and distinct way, will confirm you, my daughter, in the things I have told you. Try to act in this way until Christmas Day, and then He Himself will make known to you in what way you will be communing and uniting yourself with Him. (785, St. Faustina's Diary)
We see that Our Lady was teaching St. Faustina about the spiritual life. She was speaking to her. And she said that the silence in the heart creates a place for Jesus to rest!! Isn't that something!
And the silence doesn't mean that you leave the center of your being. You stay in your inner heart but in the stance of listening. Listening for God's word, listening for Our Lady to lead you, listening for the Holy Spirit, listening for Baby Jesus, maybe to just hear His little heartbeat. Even just that!
And the preoccupation with the presence of God doesn't mean that we won't be able to carry on our normal life. But it will be a different way, a grace, that we can carry on our normal duties while we are in prayer, there with Jesus.
If we recognize Jesus in our hearts, and dwell there with Him, live there, He will give us strength to do everything we need to do.
Depending on your state in life, you will know how much to communicate with others. It may be necessary to be very chatty. It doesn't mean to not talk, but instead to do what is right in your circumstances. What love dictates.
Beautiful advice from Our Lady to St. Faustina, and it is a gift for us as we, in our rosary, get used to having Baby Jesus as the center of our prayer.(From the Daily Rosary, January 17, 2016. Mary TV) 
Let's pray for each other, that we can all become more silent within, more capable of listening, and more willing to dwell with Jesus in our hearts. This would be a great blessing, not just for us, but for our families and our world.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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