Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mary TV May 14, 2016 Reflection - Day 17 - Spiritual Blindness part 2


Spiritually blindness part 2
  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

May 14, 2016
St. Matthias
Consecration Day 17
Dear Family of Mary!
Still in Week One, we contemplate the end of our temporal life, hoping to use this reality as leverage! We want to seek God and do His will with much more zeal. Thinking about our final judgment can give us a holy "fear" of God and a much more honest assessment of our own merit. It might help to cure our Spiritual Blindness.
In all things look to the end; and how thou wilt stand before that strict Judge (Heb. 10:31) to whom nothing is hid, who is not appeased with gifts, nor admits excuses, but will judge according to right. (True Devotion, No 228)
God is not blind to our sin. But we may be! Fr. Gaitley continues:
Now, at this point, many of us may be enthusiastically agreeing, "That's right! We're all sinners!" In fact, we may even be congratulating ourselves: "Oh, thank goodness I'm not like those spiritually blind people. I clearly see my sins." But do we? Spiritual blindness extends even to those who recognize that they're sinners. Consider this: Jesus once told St. Faustina - Saint Faustina - "If I were to reveal to you the whole misery that you are, you would die of terror." Now, I hesitate to bring up that quote, because I don't want little souls to begin beating themselves up and falling into discouragement. However, there's a deeply important truth here, and if we don't get it, we'll have a hard time living the Little Way.
Let me put it this way: Have you ever wondered why the great saints often spoke of themselves as being the biggest sinners? It doesn't seem to make any sense, right? So what do they see that we don't? For instance, apart from what we covered on Day 7, why does St. Therese, "the greatest saint of modern time,' see herself as being such a little soul? Well, if we can discover the secret to her little ness, then we'll discover the secret to her sanctity. Okay, so here's the secret: Therese realized that she could not compete with God.
God wants us to love him as he loves us. In fact, he even commands us to "be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt 5:48). And as I mentioned earlier, he wants us to be on fire with love. Now, St. Therese knew all this, so she tried to perfectly fulfill the commandment of love - but she couldn't do it. She realized that she couldn't compete with God's love. As she herself put it, compared to God's love for her, her love for him "is not even a drop of dew lost in the ocean!" And the deeper she delved into the mystery of God's love for her, the more she realized she couldn't compete. She clearly understood that she couldn't love God as he loved her. She knew that, compared to God, she'd always be a weak, pitiful lover.
So the light that illumines the darkness of our spiritual blindness to our sins is the fire of God's love." (Gaitley. "33 Days to Merciful Love. P. 97-98)
Now listen to Our Lady:
April 02, 2013 "Dear children, I am calling you to be one with my Son in spirit. I am calling you, through prayer, and the Holy Mass when my Son unites Himself with you in a special way, to try to be like Him; that, like Him, you may always be ready to carry out God's will and not seek the fulfillment of your own. Because, my children, it is according to God's will that you are and that you exist, and without God's will you are nothing. As a mother I am asking you to speak about the glory of God with your life because, in that way, you will also glorify yourself in accordance to His will. Show humility and love for your neighbor to everyone. Through such humility and love, my Son saved you and opened the way for you to the Heavenly Father. I implore you to keep opening the way to the Heavenly Father for all those who have not come to know Him and have not opened their hearts to His love. By your life, open the way to all those who still wander in search of the truth. My children, be my apostles who have not lived in vain. Do not forget that you will come before the Heavenly Father and tell Him about yourself. Be ready! Again I am warning you, pray for those whom my Son called, whose hands He blessed and whom He gave as a gift to you. Pray, pray, pray for your shepherds. Thank you."
Our Lady calls us to try to be like Jesus. Just to try! And she warns us we will "come before the heavenly Father and tell Him about yourself". But what is also implied in this message is that we are nothing without God. "It is according to God's will that you are and that you exist, and without God's will you are nothing." So our attempts to be like Jesus can be faulty at best. God knows we are nothing without Him. He will accept our desire to be like Him, and have mercy on us. All that is needed is our desire, our attempt. Like Therese, we can be little and in that littleness have spiritual sight and receive God's mercy! Why? Because God's love is a fire that will burn away our sin! His love can do it all!
Let us pray:

(Totally Yours)
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.  © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

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

PS. Fr. Michael Gaitley.  "33 Days to Merciful Love"  www.shopmercy.org 

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