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Thursday, May 5, 2016
Mary TV May 5, 2016 Reflection - Day 8 - Temptation
(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016
The Ascension of the Lord
Consecration Day 8
Dear Family of Mary!
On Day 8 of our
preparation for consecration, we consider temptations. Certainly
temptations abound for us in this world. The question is what to do with
temptation. Thomas a Kempis tells us:
As long as
we live in this world, we cannot be without temptations and
tribulations. Hence it is written in Job "Man's life on earth is a
temptation." Everyone therefore should be solicitous about his
temptations and watch in prayer lest the devil find an opportunity to
catch him, who never sleeps, but goes about, seeking whom he can devour.
No one is so perfect and holy as sometimes not to have temptations and
we can never be wholly free from them. Nevertheless, temptations are
very profitable to man, troublesome and grievous though they may be, for
in them, a man is humbled, purified and instructed. (Imitation of
Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 13)
We will never be without temptation on this earth.
Temptations are the work of the enemy.
No one is exempt from temptation.
When temptation is resisted, it makes us more humble, pure and wise. We learn from resisting temptation.
The important thing
is to be vigilant. And we need to flee for help to one who can help us.
Our Lady can help us very much, as she explains:
July 19, 1984 - "Dear
children! These days you have been experiencing how satan is working. I
am always with you, and don't you be afraid of temptations because God
is always watching over us. Also I have given myself to you and I
sympathize with you even in the smallest temptation. Thank you for
having responded to my call."
sympathizes with us in even the smallest temptation. That is because
she has experienced them all herself. She never sinned but that does
not mean that the enemy did not try to lead her into sin. She knows our
enemy. And she knows how strong and nasty he is. So she wants us to
know that God is watching over us and she is with us to help us in this
on March 18, 2009 - Mirjana transmitted the following: I have never
seen Our Lady address us in this manner. She extended her hands towards
us and with her hands extended in this way, she said:
children, today I extend my hands towards you. Do not be afraid to
accept them. They desire to give you love and peace and to help you in
salvation. Therefore, my children, receive them. Fill my heart with joy
and I will lead you towards holiness. The way on which I lead you is
difficult and full of temptations and falls. I will be with you and my
hands will hold you. Be persevering so that, at the end of the way, we
can all together, in joy and love, hold the hands of my Son. Come with
me; fear not. Thank you."
Our Lady wants us to
take her hands!! She extends them to us to hold us up, to guide us
forward, and to strengthen us in our daily battles. We only need to
persevere! She will do the rest. On
suggestion: When tempted, talk to Our Lady about it. She says she is
with us. If we talk to her about the temptation, I believe her love and
light will shine on the temptation and show it for what it really is.
It will grow small in her presence, and decrease in power. She can
bring us a new way of thinking about the temptation that will free us
from desiring it.
We live in hostile territory, but we have a powerful advocate and protectress. Let us not give up the fight but believe!
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.