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November 17, 2011
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! Today also I invite you to prayer, a prayer of joy so that in these sad days no one amongst you may feel sadness in prayer, but a joyful meeting with God His Creator. Pray, little children, to be able to come closer to me and to feel through prayer what it is I desire from you. I am with you and each day I bless you with my maternal blessing so that Our Lord may fill you abundantly with His grace for your daily life. Give thanks to God for the grace of my being able to be with you because I assure you it is a great grace. Thank you for having responded to my call." (July 25, 1992)
Our Lady talked about her visitation in this message given in 1992. She told us to pray so that we would not be sad, so we would have a joyful meeting with God. Then she encouraged us to come closer to her, to approach her in her visitation so that we could understand why she had come. She told us she was blessing us with her maternal blessing and that we should be very grateful to the Father for letting her visit us in this special way. "I assure you it is a great grace."
This visitation of Our Lady has spanned 30 years now! Her coming has been a very, very great grace! In Vienna today St. Stephen's Cathedral will be packed with her grateful children, coming to meet her in her visitation through Ivan! We too will join in that meeting through the internet. We all want to thank Mary for coming to us and blessing us and teaching us the way to God.
But so very many do not yet understand this visitation nor do they desire it. The Gospel reading today is eerily reminiscent of this kind of rejection of God's grace:
The Gospel for Mass today:
"As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, 'If this day you only knew what makes for peace - but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation." (Luke 19:41-44)
Jesus wept because His people did not recognize the gift of God that He is. They did not recognize the visitation of the Savior. Their fate would be dire because their hearts were blind and hard.
Today as we greet Our Lady, let's pray with her for all the blind and hard hearts of our time that they may see and feel the joy of her coming, and find themselves under her protective mantle. Let's thank the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for the presence of Our Lady in our midst! May we know what makes for peace!
In Jesus and Mary!
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