Monday, April 30, 2012

Mary TV Daily Reflection 4/30/2012

Sunset in Medjugorje 
(c)Mary Matasso 2011, used with permission
The sun, through which the Holy Spirit shows Himself in Medjugorje! 

April 30, 2012

St. Pius V


Dear Family of Mary!


"Dear children! Also today I am calling you to prayer, and may your heart, little children, open towards God as a flower opens towards the warmth of the sun. I am with you and I intercede for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (April 25, 2012)


On Friday we had a botany lesson, in which we discovered heliotropism, the ability of a flower to turn towards the sun so that it can be fruitful, bearing seed and fruit. Our Lord wants to make us fruitful, so that we can nourish others with our faith, hope and love, and help them to find the joy of heaven. Theo-tropism is our ability to turn towards our God, in order to become fruitful under His gaze. What are the fruits that we will produce? The gifts of the Holy Spirit!


In prayer, our mechanism for turning towards the Lord, we open our hearts to be pollinated by the Holy Spirit. We become capable of the most wonderful things under the influence of the Holy Spirit! Here is a short prayer for those fruitful gifts (found in Spiritual Warfare Prayers. Valentine Publishing House. P.O. Box 27422, Denver CO 80227):



I arise today through the power of the Lord Jesus Christ and ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit's gifts of peace, patience, love, joy, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, humility, forgiveness, goodness, fortitude, discipline, truth relinquishment, good self-image, prosperity, charity, obedience, a sound mind, order, fulfillment in Christ, acceptance of self, acceptance of others, trust, freedom from addictions, freedom of having to control, freedom from shame, wholeness, wellness, health, wisdom, knowledge, understand, and the light and life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (p.12)


What good fruit! What wonderful gifts! Our God wants us to be filled with goodness and joy! Thank you, Mother, for encouraging us to turn towards the Lord so that He can shine down His nourishing love upon us!


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2012


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