Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mary TV May 4, 2016 Reflection - Day 7 - God has chosen you little ones!

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May 4, 2016
Consecration Day 7
Dear Family of Mary!
Today we are encouraged again to read Book 1, Chapter 18 of "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas A Kempis. This chapter is full of resounding encouragement to be zealous like the early saints of the Church, especially founders of orders. These founders (like St. Francis, St. Dominic, and St. Ignatius of Loyola) were tough dudes. They fasted and prayed for hours, traveled far and wide to spread the Gospel, and lived austere lives. Their example amazes and inspires us. But if we are honest, most of us are not made for such great self-denial.
That is where St. Therese comes in for us. She was a little person. Her heart was big, but her person was not. And so she had to find a little way to love God completely. Fr. Gaitley discovered that St. Therese displayed two virtues that helped her to love God in a great way, even in her littleness. Those two virtues were magnanimity and humility.

He writes:
"The word 'magnanimity' comes from the Latin words magnus, meaning 'great,' and 'animus', meaning 'soul.' So, it's a kind of 'great-souled-ness' that moves a person to aim high in the spiritual life...." (Gaitley. "33 Days to Merciful Love". P. 58)
I like the idea of "great-souled-ness". It is something anyone can develop. No matter how small we are, we can give our entire self to God. All is all no matter how small! And so we can all be "great-souled".
And what about humility?
For Therese, humility was the key to success. Fr. Gaitley writes:
"Remember that God's Merciful Love is like water; it rushes to the lowest place - and Therese knew this. Therefore, she saw her humility, that is, her awareness of her littleness, as her greatest treasure. Why? Because she knew it was her littleness that attracted God's Merciful Love. And because she was so little and trusted completely in Divine Mercy, she believed that God's mercy would surely rush to the lowest place - her little soul? And fill it to overflowing." (Gaitley, p. 59)
And what is it that makes us holy? It is God's Merciful Love! So being humble and great-souled was the way to become a great saint for St. Therese. And it can be our way too!
Our Lady has encouraged us to be great-souled and humble:

December 2, 2008
"Dear children; In this holy time of joyful expectation, God has chosen you little ones to realize His great intentions. My children, be humble. Through your humility, God, with His wisdom, will make of your souls a chosen home. You will illuminate it with good works and thus, with an open heart, you will welcome the birth of my Son in all of His generous love. Thank you dear children."

Through humility God, in His wisdom, will make of our souls a chosen home. This is it! This is God's Spirit, like water, seeking the lowest place, where He will fill that place with Himself! This is the secret to holiness. God filling us with Himself!
Fr. Gaitley quotes a beautiful prayer that St. Therese wrote about this call of the little ones to holiness:
"O Jesus! Why can't I tell all little souls how unspeakable is Your condescension? I feel that if You found a soul weaker and littler than mine, which is impossible, You would be pleased to grant it still greater favors, provided it abandoned itself with total confidence to Your Infinite Mercy...I beg You to cast Your Divine Glance upon a great number of little souls. I beg You to choose a legion of little Victims worthy of Your LOVE!" (Gaitley. P. 60)
Wow! Isn't that exactly what Our Lady is doing in Medjugorje. She is not calling the strong and mighty ones to Medjugorje. It is us little guys that she is calling. "God has chosen you little ones to realize His great intentions." That is us! Humility and Magnanimity! Being small but great-hearted! That is our call.  We may be the legion of little victims worthy of God's love for which St. Therese prayed.
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" Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.  Stockbridge, MA  01263
Order:  www.shopmercy.org 

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