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QUEEN OF PEACE
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/16/2016
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
March 16, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
January 25, 1995
"Dear children! I invite you to open the door of your heart to Jesus as
the flower opens itself to the sun. Jesus desires to fill your hearts
with peace and joy. You cannot, little children, realize peace if you
are not at peace with Jesus. Therefore, I invite you to confession so
Jesus may be your truth and peace. So, little children, pray to have the
strength to realize what I am telling you. I am with you and I love
you. Thank you for having responded to my call."
are drawing near the end of Lent! Now is the time to go to confession!!
We want to be ready for Easter. This long road of Lenten sacrifice and
renunciation is nearing an end. Our hearts have been softened by our
penances. We are more sensitive to our sinfulness, and more ready to be
rid of the burden of sin on our souls! It's time!!
We want Jesus to be our truth and our peace!!
those who may be struggling with Confession (and there are many of us
who fear Confession) I want to share a lovely personal reflection sent
to me by Kathy. Out of her own experience, Kathy examines two reasons
why she thinks we may shy away from confession. Here is her reflection:
What stops someone from experiencing the Sacrament of Reconciliation with God?
have had a few instances where I have been rejected by people in my
life. At the beginning I felt I should offer up the pain in union with
the sufferings of Christ, after all Jesus was and is constantly rejected
in this world. I noticed that I was still angry at what had happened to
me. I asked God to explain this anger as I felt that something was
still unresolved. While praying about this, God showed me that my anger
was coming from a FEAR of rejection. I was taking the rejection of the
other people personally and it was causing me anguish. Did their
rejection mean I was a bad person or had I just done something to annoy
them? My anger was showing me that I was mistakenly thinking that I was a
bad person when they had rejected me.
When I contemplated my fear of rejection I
realized that I feared that God would reject me because I was a bad
person. Could God really see me apart from my sin or could He forgive me
and accept all of me because He loved me.
While analyzing further I recognized that
deep down I reject God every day. Maybe I pray for 2 or 3 hours every
day but what happens for the other 21 hours of the day. Maybe my prayer
also is very halfhearted and doesn't count for much. It only appeases my
bad conscience. My soul recognized that my behavior toward God was
severely lacking and could I really expect God not to reject me when I
was rejecting Him for a large part of my day. I realized that to have
peace in my soul I would have to love Him 24 hours a day. He would have
to be in every part of my day. In my sleeping, working, talking,
free-time, chores around the house etc.
I know from the story of the
prodigal son that the father didn't reject His son because of his sin.
He ran out to greet him when he decided to return to the father. I have
to hold on to God's word that confirms that He is love and will never
reject me. Though a mother rejects the child of her womb, He will never
reject me. That's His promise.
many people feel deeply the shame of their sins and believe that they
are bad people because they sin. We need to separate the action from the
person (even for ourselves). When the woman was about to be stoned for
adultery, Jesus didn't condemn her, only her action. We need to
understand that we are loved children of God who are always loved by God
but we do bad actions (i.e. sin) often out of ignorance. If we can
separate our sense of our "self" from the feeling of being bad because
we have done something bad it will be so much easier for us to approach
God and the fear of going to Confession will disappear. We are going to
Confession to confess our bad actions and mistakes. In God's eyes we are
always His children and loved by Him even when we are in sin. (And
God's merciful heart forgives us those sins, no matter how bad they are,
if we ask for that forgiveness.)
Don't let a fear of rejection keep you from God. He will not reject His own child. It is you who can reject Him.
see yourself as a bad person because of your sin. You are a person who
is loved by God who makes mistakes by committing bad actions that hurt
other people. If you believe you are bad, you won't be able to change
for the better. You will remain in your sin. You must believe that you
are loved by God to be able to change for the good.
you, Kathy, for this very honest sharing. It really brings peace to
stop defining ourselves by our failures and sins. We are weak and we
fall. But God loves us and created us as His children. God doesn't make
junk. He loves us, and wants us to repent and go to confession so we can
be happy with Him once again. He waits for us in the Confessional, like
the Father of the Prodigal. His arms are wide open. It is only our fear
that our sins define us and our distrust in God's mercy that keeps us