Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mary TV April 5, 2016 Reflection -Permit my motherly love to illuminate your heart!


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
April 5, 2016
St. Vincent Ferrer
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children, do not have hearts that are hard, closed and filled with fear. Permit my motherly love to illuminate them and fill them with love and hope; so that, as a mother, I may soothe your pains because I know them, I experienced them..."  April 2, 2016
Our Lady knows that when we are suffering or afraid, we are tempted to close up, to curl up in a ball, and take a defensive pose against the world. The need to retreat into our selves is strongly felt. We can hide in the darkness of our fear and pain, and even turn a deaf ear to God's loving call. She is aware of our struggles in these days when the world is in turmoil.
But Our Lady does not want us to retreat in fear. This is no time to withdraw. Jesus needs us to be His faithful ones who walk in trust and joy. And so she cautions us in this message. Don't curl up in a ball of fear!!
Instead she offers us her help. She asks us to allow her motherly love to enter into our darkened hearts, bringing the light of Christ, the light of His love and hope. She wants to take away the temptation to darkness, and replace it with faith!
She also wants to soothe our pain, our fear, our worry, our anxiety. She admits that she suffered from all of these things, and she knows them personally. By her loving compassion and maternal presence, she wants to calm our fear and soothe our pain. We have only to call upon her.
I found a lovely Litany to Our Lady of Guadalupe that seems to ask for all the graces and gifts that Our Lady wants to give us in her compassion. It may help us to pray this litany in response to Our Lady's desire that we permit her motherly love to illuminate our hearts and fill them with love and hope.
With faith, let us pray:
Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Litany to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God our Heavenly Father, Creator through whom we live,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, the One who owns what is near and beyond,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy of us.

Holy Mary of Guadalupe,
pray for us.
Holy Mary, Mother of America (and the whole world),
Holy Mary, Star of the New Evangelization,
Holy Mary, Perfect and Ever Virgin,
Holy Mary, Mother of the True God,
Holy Mary, Mother worthy of honor and veneration,
Holy Mary, Mother most merciful,
Holy Mary, Mother of those who love you and have confidence in you,
Holy Mary, Mother of those who cry to you and search for you,
Holy Mary, Mother who cures all our pains, miseries, and sorrows,
Holy Mary, Mother who remedies and alleviates our sufferings,
Holy Mary, Mother who keeps us within her compassionate and merciful gaze,
Holy Mary, Mother who shows us her help, love and compassion,
Holy Mary, Mother who chooses those who are humble and simple,
Holy Mary, Mother who graciously repays all who serve her,
Holy Mary, Mother who has us under her shadow and protection,
Holy Mary, Mother who carries us in her embrace,
Holy Mary, Fountain of our joy,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray
Almighty and Eternal God, your message of mercy, entrusted to Our Lady of Guadalupe, invites all your children to place all their trust in you. Through the intercession of the mother of your Son, may your message of Merciful Love inflame our hearts that we may be faithful heralds and instruments of this Divine Mercy to the world.
(Mention your intentions)
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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