Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/19/2011


January 19, 2011

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear Children!  Today I call you especially now to advance against Satan by means of prayer.  Satan wants to work still more now that you know he is at work. Dear children, put on the armor for battle and with the Rosary in your hand defeat him!  Thank you for having responded to my call." (August 8, 1985) 

"Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.  Stand therefore...take the helmet of salvation..." (Eph 6:14-17)

So far all of the armor we have considered has been designed for the warrior's protection, the belt, the shoes, the breastplate, the shield, and now the helmet.  Isn't it beautiful that God is so interested in protecting us!  He cares so much for His children, that He would dress us very carefully so that we won't get hurt.  
Like all good parents these days, the Father wants us to wear a helmet!  No good parent would let their child ride a bike without one.  Our heads are so very vulnerable and precious.  Likewise, a warrior needs to protect his head.  One blow could mean the end of the fight.  Our heads are command central.  All of our senses are located there: our sight, smell, hearing, feeling and tasting.  We would be quite helpless if they were hindered.  And above all else, our brain is housed in our head.  All perception, reasoning, and decision making would be lost.  Indeed we would be stopped completely if our head was wounded.

But what of our spiritual "head"?  What is the significance of the spiritual helmet of salvation?  I think that it has very much to do with perception, just like our physical head.  We have spiritual eyes, spiritual ears, spiritual noses, and spiritual taste buds and nerve endings.  We perceive spiritual realities with these senses.  And if these receptors, these sensors, are impaired, we will see everything differently or maybe not at all.  We may see everything in a skewed way that will lead us into danger.  Take the eyes, for example.  If our spiritual eyes are weak or wounded, we may not perceive our situation rightly.  We may see a blessing and think it is a curse.  For instance, in our day, many young couples see babies as something to be "postponed" or rejected because they have been wounded by this wicked culture that says married life does not need to include children or that money and careers are to be preferred.  Or think about hearing.  Our spiritual ears may be so out of whack that we will hear God's word but not really hear what God is saying to us personally in it.  We may miss the movements of the Holy Spirit in our lives because our spiritual ears are deaf.  Our spiritual taste buds may be so damaged that we will have no "taste" for prayer and run from God's presence.  Our spiritual noses may be unable to smell the odor of sanctity, and we will choose to sin because we just don't sense what is holy and what is not.  And last of all, our spiritual brain must be tip top, if we are to understand everything we perceive correctly.  To understand is only possible in the light of the Holy Spirit!

You get my drift.  The head needs to be protected.  And it is precisely salvation that will protect our heads.  Salvation is the correct prism to use when perceiving reality.  Because all of creation, and all of our individual lives, have meaning and joy only because we have been saved by Jesus Christ.  We are sinful, wayward, concupiscent children.  We need to be saved from the evil of society, and the evil in ourselves.  Jesus' saving act on Calvary has done just that.  So if we place that reality, salvation, over our spiritual eyes, ears, noses, mouths and minds, we will perceive everything correctly.  And we will be protected from the temptations of the enemy.  Jesus, our Savior, gives everything its right meaning.   

Our Lady told us:

"Dear children! Today I call you to have your life be connected with God the Creator, because only in this way will your life have meaning and you will comprehend that God is love. God sends me to you out of love, that I may help you to comprehend that without Him there is no future or joy and, above all, there is no eternal salvation. Little children, I call you to leave sin and to accept prayer at all times, that you may in prayer come to know the meaning of your life. God gives Himself to him who seeks Him. Thank you for having responded to my call." (
April 25, 1997)

Our senses help us comprehend.  They give us the information we need to understand our environment and respond to it correctly.  Our spiritual senses do the same.  Our Lady tells us to get connected with God the Creator, to spend time in prayer, so that our spiritual senses will be corrected, and we will perceive what makes for eternal life and salvation.  With the helmet of this salvation (the deep understanding that Jesus has saved us from sin, and eternal death), we will be prepared for battle, for we will see everything clearly, hear correctly, smell the difference between good and evil, and taste the sweetness of God.  We will be able to navigate in this life, through the help of the Holy Spirit, and reach eternity with our God.

In Jesus and Mary!
Cathy Nolan


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