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March 21, 2011 Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! I am with you in the name of the greatest Love, in the name of dear God, who has come close to you through my Son and has shown you real love. I desire to lead you on the way of God. I desire to teach you real love so that others may see it in you, that you may see it in others, that you may be a brother to them and that others may see a merciful brother in you. My children do not be afraid to open your hearts to me. With motherly love, I will show you what I expect of each of you, what I expect of my apostles. Set out with me. Thank you." (March 18, 2011)
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Our Lady comes to us as an official emissary from heaven. She comes as a representative from that eternal homeland, the home of God, our Father. She comes "in His Name" which means coming as someone who has been sent under the authority of the sender. She comes in the Name of the God who is Love. She comes with a message for us. The message is that she has come to lead us home. She comes in the name of the greatest Love. She tells us she is here to lead us to the one who has sent her, to Love Himself. It is as if she has entered into our dark world carrying the light of heaven, so that we can see the way clearly and follow her to our real home. Into our darkness comes the light of her face, so pure, so full of hope and joy. What an incredible gift we have been given that in our day Our Lady should come to us! Very much like Elizabeth, we should exclaim: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Lk 1:42-43). How is it that the Father would send to us such a messenger? He has sent the most precious and glorious of his representatives. Mother Mary is by far the most honored of the heavenly host! And she comes to us to lead us to Love, not to judgment, not to destruction, not to fear, no, to Love. She comes to show us the way. I love this hymn to Our Lady that St. Faustina wrote in her diary. We can pray it with joy! "O Mary, Immaculate Virgin,
Pure crystal for my heart,
You are my strength, O secure anchor,
You are a shield and protection for a weak heart. "O Mary, you are pure and unparalleled,
Virgin and Mother at one and the same time;
You're beautiful as the sun, by nothing defiled.
Nothing is worthy of comparison to the image of Your soul. "Your beauty enthralled the Thrice-Holy One's eye,
That He came down from heaven, forsaking th'eternal See's throne,
And assumed from Your Heart Body and Blood,
Hiding for nine months in the Virgin's Heart. "O Mother, Virgin, this will no one comprehend,
That the infinite God is becoming a man;
It's only Love's and His inscrutable mercy's purpose.
Through you, Mother - it's given us to live with Him for ever. "O Mary, Virgin Mother and Heaven's Gate,
Through You salvation came to us;
Every grace to us streams forth through Your hands,
And faithful imitation of You only will sanctify me. "O Mother, Virgin - most beautiful Lily.
Your Heart was for Jesus the first tabernacle on earth,
And that, because Your humility was the deepest,
Wherefore, You were raised above Angel choirs and Saints. "O Mary, my sweet Mother,
To You I turn over my soul, my body and my poor heart.
Be the safeguard of my life,
Especially at death's hour, in the final fight." (Diary 161) In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!