Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mary TV May 8, 2016 Reflection - Day 11 - Keep trying!

   Just try!!
      (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

May 8, 2016
Consecration - Day 11
(Ascension of the Lord in some Dioceses)
Dear Family of Mary!
This is Day 11 of our consecration! Today and tomorrow we will consider the importance of our firm resolve to live a new life in Christ. It is one thing to understand that we need to change, but quite another to take practical steps to do so! In our fight against temptation and our attempts to do the good, we must make a strong effort each day. But this is daunting for most of us!
Here is where the little way of St. Therese comes in, as Fr. Gaitley tells us:
"...St. Therese shares with us an illuminating metaphor of a little child at the bottom of a staircase (probably the 'rough stairway of perfection'). Now, the child, who is all of us little souls, cannot even climb the first step of that big staircase - we're too little. But Therese tells us to try. She say, 'Raise your little foot to scale the stairway of holiness.' Of course we won't be successful, but Therese then adds, 'God requires you only to demonstrate your good will.' In other words, we just need to give it a try. And as we do, Therese tells us the God will be 'conquered by [our] futile efforts' and will then descend the stairway, gather us into his arms, and take us to the heights!
"So, Therese's point seems to be that our efforts in the spiritual life are absolutely necessary but also absolutely useless. What? I mean that in the sense that Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta meant when she'd often say, 'God doesn't call us to be successful but to be faithful.' In other words, as it applies to our spiritual lives, the Lord doesn't demand that we attain all the virtues (success) but that we simply keep trying (faithfulness). (Gaitley p. 55-56)
This understanding of God's mercy and love is so healing for all of us who find that a firm resolve not to sin and to do good just doesn't take us that far. We are little and we fail. But God in His mercy will make up for our weakness if we just keep trying and keep believing in His mercy!!
Our Lady once said to us:

November 13, 1986 "Dear children! Today again I am calling you to pray with your whole heart and day by day to change your life. Especially, dear children, I am calling that by your prayers and sacrifices you begin to live in holiness, because I desire that each one of you who has been to this fountain of grace will come to Paradise with the special gift which you shall give me, and that is holiness. Therefore, dear children, pray and daily change your life in order to become fully holy. I shall always be close to you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Our Lady encourages us to keep trying just like Therese! She knows that it is not our success that is so important, but rather that every day we try again to be holy. In our commitment to try, God can work with His grace. All we can do is pray with our heart, our whole heart, and try!
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's book:  "33 Days to merciful Love" 
Available at   www.shopmercy.org

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