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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Mary TV May 4, 2016 Reflection - Day 7 - God has chosen you little ones!
(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016
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:
'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:
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
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."
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:
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)
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:
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.
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
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