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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Mary TV October 12, 2016 Reflection - Remembering!
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
October 12, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
February 25, 2012 "Dear children!
At this time, in a special way I call you: 'pray with the heart'.
Little children, you speak much and pray little. Read and meditate on
Sacred Scripture, and may the words written in it be life for you. I
encourage and love you, so that in God you may find your peace and the
joy of living. Thank you for having responded to my call."
St. John Paul II continues to talk about memory and how
important it is to remember rightly. He says that Mary remembered in the
Jewish sense of remembering which was much more tangible than our
western idea of remembering. Her remembering was making the event
present to her, bring the event before her as if it was happening in the
present. This kind of remembering is a grace that God gives us when we
remember with love, with commitment and with reverence. Here are his
words about Mary's kind of remembering:
Remembering Christ with Mary
13. Mary's contemplation is above all a
remembering. We need to understand this word in the biblical sense of
remembrance (zakar) as a making present of the works brought about by
God in the history of salvation. The Bible is an account of saving
events culminating in Christ himself. These events not only belong to
"yesterday"; they are also part of the "today" of salvation. This making
present comes about above all in the Liturgy: what God accomplished
centuries ago did not only affect the direct witnesses of those events;
it continues to affect people in every age with its gift of grace. To
some extent this is also true of every other devout approach to those
events: to "remember" them in a spirit of faith and love is to be open
to the grace which Christ won for us by the mysteries of his life, death
Consequently, while it must be reaffirmed
with the Second Vatican Council that the Liturgy, as the exercise of
the priestly office of Christ and an act of public worship, is "the
summit to which the activity of the Church is directed and the font from
which all its power flows",(15) it is also
necessary to recall that the spiritual life "is not limited solely to
participation in the liturgy. Christians, while they are called to
prayer in common, must also go to their own rooms to pray to their
Father in secret (cf. Mt 6:6); indeed, according to the teaching of the
Apostle, they must pray without ceasing (cf.1Thes 5:17)". (16)
The Rosary, in its own particular way, is part of this varied panorama
of "ceaseless" prayer. If the Liturgy, as the activity of Christ and the
Church, is a saving action par excellence, the Rosary too, as a
"meditation" with Mary on Christ, is a salutary contemplation. By
immersing us in the mysteries of the Redeemer's life, it ensures that
what he has done and what the liturgy makes present is profoundly
assimilated and shapes our existence.
The Rosary can help us to make present the mysteries of Jesus' life
in such a way that we experience them anew, and they have the same
impact on us now as they had when they happened. We can be witnesses of
Jesus' life. This kind of remembering will change us. It will make us
very much more personally attached to Jesus, personally involved with
Jesus and His life. The Rosary is a great tool for remembering as it
gives us the memories, and the time to experience them. We need to fill
our memories with the life of Jesus, because these are our fundamental
truths. We have been and are loved by Jesus, God and Man, who loved us
to His death and rose to bring us life. We are his beloved. This is the
truth that a right memory of Jesus will give us.