This blog was started on July 21st, 2015, after my Mary, Our Mother blog had mysteriously disappeared. I will post only Marian items, especially regarding Medjugorje and other Marian apparitions. Thank you for reading this blog. May it give great glory to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Mary TV April 28, 2016 Reflection - The Age of Mary!
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April 28, 2016
St. Peter Chanel
St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort
Dear Family of Mary!
April 25, 2016
"Dear children! My Immaculate Heart bleeds as I look at you in sin and sinful habits. I am calling you: return to God and to prayer that it may be good for you on earth. God is calling you through me for your hearts to be hope and joy for all those who are far away. May my call be for you a balm for the soul and heart so that you may glorify God, the Creator, who loves you and is calling you to eternity. Little children, life is short; you, make good use of this time and do what is good. Thank you for having responded to my call."
Today is the feast day of St. Louis de Montfort, the great prophet of our times, who saw so clearly the "Age of Mary" that was to come. St. Louis understood the necessity of Mary in our spiritual lives. He understood how much we would need her in these latter days, when the world would be so far from God.
I believe that St. Louis would have been in ecstasy if he had been alive during our day, when we receive messages from Our Lady every month. I believe that Our Lady's call to us, her call from Medjugorje is part of what St. Louis foretold about Mary's role in the world. Our Lady just told us "May my call be for you a balm for the soul and heart so that you may glorify God, the Creator, who loves you and is calling you to eternity..." Her call is indeed a balm. In her call, Our Lady gives us the gift of her spirit, pouring out upon us her very heart, so that we can be formed by her, healed by her, and guided by her. This call is a cure for our sin-sick souls. She shares her self with us in her call, giving us her attitudes, her prayers, her very love.
Here is what St. Louis said about the call of Our Lady, the gift of her call in our lives:
(217) § 5. The soul of our Blessed Lady will communicate itself to you, to glorify the Lord. Her spirit will enter into the place of yours, to rejoice in God her salvation, provided only that you are faithful to the practices of this devotion. Sit in singulis anima Marice, ut magnificet Dominum: sit in singulis spiritus Marice, ut exultet in Deo (St. Ambrose)-"Let the soul of Mary be in each of us to glorify the Lord: let the spirit of Mary be in each of us to rejoice in God." Ah! when will the happy time come, said a holy man of our own days, who was all absorbed in Mary-ah! when will the happy time come, when the divine Mary will be established mistress and queen of hearts, in order that she may subject them fully to the empire of her great and holy Jesus? When will souls breathe Mary, as the body breathes air? When that time comes, wonderful things will happen in those lowly places, where the Holy Ghost, finding His dear Spouse as it were reproduced in souls, shall come in with abundance, and fill them full to overflowing with His gifts, and particularly with the gift of wisdom, to work the miracles of grace. My dear brother, when will that happy time, that age of Mary, come, when souls, losing themselves in the abyss of her interior, shall become living copies of Mary, to love and glorify Jesus? That time will not come until men shall know and practise this devotion which I am teaching. Ut adveniat regnum tuum, adveniat regnum Marice.
"...ah! when will the happy time come, when the divine Mary will be established mistress and queen of hearts, in order that she may subject them fully to the empire of her great and holy Jesus?" This is that time when Our Lady has come to establish herself as our queen, our mistress, our guide, through her call. She is here with us now, to establish her "time". Her call is that balm of soul and heart that will enable us to glorify God! It is through her spirit, that we will be able to finally give God everything, and follow Him totally, for His Glory and our salvation.
Many of us are beginning today the 33 Day Consecration to Jesus through Mary! It will end on May 31, the Feast of the Visitation. You may want to join in this 33 day pilgrimage of prayer with Our Lady. You can use St. Louis de Montfort's Consecration found in "True Devotion to Mary". Or there is "33 Days to Morning Glory" by Fr. Michael Gaitley. How ever you choose to pray for 33 days to draw closer to Our Lady, it will bear fruit. The aim is to let her call be a balm for your soul and your heart. To consecrate oneself to Our Lady is to just surrender to her so that she can surrender you to Jesus. It is a matter of trust and love.