Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mary TV June 8, 2016 Reflection - Mary's Faith!

  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

June 8, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
As we draw near to the 35th anniversary of Our Lady's coming in Medjugorje, I would like to revisit some of St. Louis de Montfort's writings about True Consecration to Mary, to pray over them with Our Lady 's messages. We are only 17 days away from the anniversary! It would be great to arrive at that day with our hearts ready to receive Our Lady more profoundly.
St. Louis tells us that devotion to Our Lady will give us firm faith:
214. Mary will share her faith with you. Her faith on earth was stronger than that of all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles and saints. Now that she is reigning in heaven she no longer has this faith, since she sees everything clearly in God by the light of glory. However, with the consent of almighty God she did not lose it when entering heaven. She has preserved it for her faithful servants in the Church militant. Therefore, the more you gain the friendship of this noble Queen and faithful Virgin the more you will be inspired by faith in your daily life. It will cause you to depend less upon sensible and extraordinary feelings. For it is a lively faith animated by love enabling you to do everything from no other motive than that of pure love. It is a firm faith, unshakable as a rock, prompting you to remain firm and steadfast in the midst of storms and tempests. It is an active and probing faith which like some mysterious passkey admits you into the mysteries of Jesus Christ and of man's final destiny and into the very heart of God himself. It is a courageous faith which inspires you to undertake and carry out without hesitation great things for God and the salvation of souls. Lastly, this faith will be your flaming torch, your very life with God, your secret fund of divine Wisdom, and an all-powerful weapon for you to enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. It inflames those who are lukewarm and need the gold of fervent love. It restores life to those who are dead through sin. It moves and transforms hearts of marble and cedars of Lebanon by gentle and convincing argument. Finally, this faith will strengthen you to resist the devil and the other enemies of salvation. (St. Louis de Montfort. True Devotion to Mary. N.214)
St. Louis' words are powerful! And I think if we take some time with them we will see that Our Lady in Medjugorje has given us all of these gifts of faith! Indeed she has become our flaming torch in these dark times. Her faith is strengthening us for this great battle of our day. 
Now read Our Lady's words about firm faith:
February 02, 2016 "Dear children, I have called you and am calling you anew to come to know my Son, to come to know the truth. I am with you and am praying for you to succeed. My children, you must pray much in order to have all the more love and patience; to know how to endure sacrifice and to be poor in spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, my Son is always with you. His Church is born in every heart that comes to know Him. Pray that you can come to know my Son; pray that your soul may be one with Him. That is the prayer and the love which draws others and makes you my apostles. I am looking at you with love, with a motherly love. I know you; I know your pain and sorrows, because I also suffered in silence. My faith gave me love and hope. I repeat, the Resurrection of my Son and my Assumption into Heaven is hope and love for you. Therefore, my children, pray to come to know the truth; to have firm faith which will lead your heart and which will transform your pain and sufferings into love and hope. Thank you."
Mother we are weak in faith. At the slightest trial, we can waiver in our faith. We do not want to allow our faith to flicker. Give us your firm faith. Animate us with your lively faith. Convince us with your strong faith, which comes from your great love. Pour your courage into our hearts. Set our hopes upon the unshakable rock of your Son. Give us your passkey into the mysteries of Jesus and His love for us, so that we will know the truth and live completely out of that truth! Make our hearts like unto yours, so that one day we will resemble your Son Jesus. May your flaming torch of faith which burns so brightly, dispel the darkness and bring the Victory of your Son to us!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

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