Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/19/2016

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January 19, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
Yesterday, as I read the Divine Office, I came upon this advice from St. Ignatius of Antioch:
From a letter to the Ephesians by Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr: 

Try to gather together more frequently to give thanks to God and to praise him. For when you come together frequently, Satan's powers are undermined, and the destruction that he threatens is done away with in the unanimity of your faith. Nothing is better than peace, in which all warfare between heaven and earth is brought to an end.  (Office - Second Reading for Monday in the 2nd week of Ordinary Time)
English: Martyrdom of St Ignatius of Antioch
English: Martyrdom of St Ignatius of Antioch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found St. Ignatius' words very practical and wise.  He was encouraging the Christians of Ephesus to meet often for prayer.  They lived in a hostile environment.  Gathering together to pray, praise God, and share helped them to endure and prosper.  They needed each other and they needed to experience the unity they had in their faith.  This unity and prayer was a safeguard and a blessing.
St. Ignatius also had discerned that by meeting often, the Christians would defeat Satan and his plans for their destruction.  The prayer gatherings would maintain the unity of heart and faith of the members, and this unity of heart and faith would be a shield of protection from the enemy's lies, and from his evil machinations. 
The result would be peace, peace in the people's hearts, in their families and communities, and peace that would extend outward to those around them.  "Nothing is better than peace, in which all warfare between heaven and earth is brought to an end!"
I believe that in our day these prayer gatherings are equally necessary.  Our environment is not so different from that of Ephesus.  We need to be encouraged in our faith, and protected from the enemy as well.  That is why prayer groups are so precious. 
Our Lady has spoken about prayer, in gatherings and in our families.  Here are two messages:
September 25, 2000 "Dear children! Today I call you to open yourselves to prayer. May prayer become joy for you. Renew prayer in your families and form prayer groups. In this way, you will experience joy in prayer and togetherness. All those who pray and are members of prayer groups are open to God's will in their hearts and joyfully witness God's love. I am with you, I carry all of you in my heart and I bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call."

June 25, 2004 "Dear children! Also today, joy is in my heart. I desire to thank you for making my plan realizable. Each of you is important, therefore, little children, pray and rejoice with me for every heart that has converted and become an instrument of peace in the world. Prayer groups are powerful, and through them I can see, little children, that the Holy Spirit is at work in the world. Thank you for having responded to my call."
Our Lady loves our family prayer and our prayer groups!  She knows how essential they are for our protection and blessing.  I also realized that our Daily Rosary on Mary TV is a prayer group!  We gather together every day to pray, praise God and be built up by Our Lady.  Her messages give us guidance.  And her presence in Medjugorje opens heaven for the Holy Spirit to reach down into our hearts.  We may not see each other, be we experience our unity of heart just the same! 

We apostles of Our Lady need each other.  We need the strength that comes from our shared prayer, and our common faith.  The enemy cannot stand against such unity of heart.  If you don't have a prayer group right now, consider joining our Mary TV Daily Rosary!  On line, live at 10:00 am EST.  There is always room for more!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016


"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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