Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mary TV Daily Reflection 4/19/2012

religious in prayer in Medjugorje
Listening to Our Lady's call
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April 19, 2012


Dear Family of Mary!


Recently I have been praying and thinking a lot more about our free will and how powerful our choices are. God has given us a great gift. We are free. We have an intellect and a will and a conscience so that we can perceive our situation, and determine what is right and just in that situation, and then choose to do the good, or not. We are free.


I don't think we always realize how free we are. We often feel cornered, forced, or shoved into a choice by our families, our circumstances or our desires. But God has made us free. We really can choose the good.


What a gift our freedom is! And what a mess we have made of it! The "sin of the world" is the fruit of all our free choices that have gone wrong.


No one understands our free will better than Our Lady. She showed us how to choose the good in the most perfect way at the Annunciation. She listened, questioned, and then gave her "yes" to the Angel Gabriel out of complete love and trust in the Father. And Jesus was conceived!


Now, in these days Our Lady is coming to us to help us. She has told us of her desire to help us so many times in her messages. But she tells us equally as many times that she cannot help us if we don't choose to respond to her call, listen to her messages, live them, put them into life. In other words, we must choose to let her help us, by cooperating with her.



Here are a few such messages:


"Dear children! Today I call you to begin to pray the Rosary with a living faith. That way I will be able to help you. You, dear children, wish to obtain graces, but you are not praying. I am not able to help you because you do not want to get started. Dear children, I am calling you to pray the Rosary and that your Rosary be an obligation which you shall fulfill with joy. That way you shall understand the reason I am with you this long. I desire to teach you to pray. Thank you for having responded to my call." (June 12, 1986)


"Dear children! Today again I am calling you to pray. Especially, dear children, do I call you to pray for peace. Without your prayers, dear children, I cannot help you to fulfill the message which the Lord has given me to give to you.Therefore, dear children, pray, so that in prayer you realize what God is giving you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (October 23, 1986)


"Dear children! I invite you to prayer now when Satan is strong and wishes to make as many souls as possible his own. Pray, dear children, and have more trust in me because I am here in order to help you and to guide you on a new path toward a new life. Therefore, dear little children, listen and live what I tell you because it is important for you when I shall not be with you any longer that you remember my words and all that I told you. I call you to begin to change your life from the beginning and that you decide for conversion not with words but with your life. Thank you for having responded to my call."(October 25, 1992)


"Dear children! These years I have been calling you to pray, to live what I am telling you, but you are living my messages a little. You talk, but do not live, that is why little children, this war is lasting so long. I invite you to open yourselves to God and in your hearts to live with God, living the good and giving witness to my messages. I love you and wish to protect you from every evil, but you do not desire it. Dear children, I cannot help you if you do not live God's commandments, if you do not live the mass, if you do not give up sin. I invite you to be apostles of love and goodness. In this world of unrest give witness to God and God's love, and God will bless you and give you what you seek from Him. Thank you for having responded to my call. (October 25, 1993)


Notice Our Lady's words. She invites us. She calls us. She thanks us for responding to her call. Our Lady never infringes on our freedom. She can only ask us to listen to her, obey her, follow her, make a start at changing our lives. The choice is ours. And the consequences are solely ours as well. Will we build a world of faith, joy, peace and love? Only if we choose to follow Our Lady, to really listen to her messages and live them.


Our Lady doesn't do magic. She is here to help us to choose God and find our way to holiness and heaven. She wants to help us through her intercession and her excellent guidance. The choice is ours! "Pray, dear children, and have more trust in me because I am here in order to help you and to guide you on a new path toward a new life. Therefore, dear little children, listen and live what I tell you..."


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2012


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