Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/11/2012

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September 11, 2012


Dear Family of Mary!


"Dear children, as my eyes are looking at you, my soul is seeking those souls with whom it desires to be one - the souls who have understood the importance of prayer for those of my children who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father. I am calling you because I need you. Accept the mission and do not be afraid, I will strengthen you. I will fill you with my graces. With my love I will protect you from the evil spirit. I will be with you. With my presence I will console you in difficult moments. Thank you for your open hearts. Pray for priests. Pray that the unity between my Son and them may be all the stronger, that they may be one. Thank you." (September 2, 2012)


Our Lady says that she is calling us because she needs us. Could it be Mother Mary who sometimes comes to us at night to wake us up for prayer? She is the great solace of souls as they pass from this life to the next. Many people call to her as they pass away. Being part of her little army, she may need us to help her intercede for dying souls in need of conversion in the nick of time.


I received this email from Rebecca:


Yep. I've had late night wake up calls for a few years too ... more frequently (as now) and pray the email news reports etc. Makes for a necessity nap time, usually right after sidewalk (sidewalk counseling). :) I read some years ago that 3:00 am is the "Divine Resurrection Hour" and both 3:00 am and pm are when most people die. I've been taking mental note of that hour over the years... it sure seems a lot fall asleep in the Lord during those hours. (Rebecca)


I never thought of 3:00 am as the "Divine Resurrection Hour" before. It is a bit before dawn, but the tomb was already empty at dawn when the women came. St. Luke says: "But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body." (Lk 24:1-2) So it could very well have been in the 3:00 am hour that Jesus rose from the dead!


It makes that middle of the night hour much less darksome to think of Jesus rising at that time. And of course, souls would be drawn after him in the power of His Resurrection! This idea makes me very happy. What a powerful time to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary!



St. Faustina often prayed for dying souls, even bi-locating to their bedside to pray for them. Here is an account of night time prayer for a soul:


During the night, I was suddenly awakened and knew that some soul was asking me for prayer, and that it was in much need of prayer. Briefly, but with all my soul, I asked the Lord for grace for her.


The following afternoon, when I entered the ward, I saw someone dying, and learned that the agony had started during the night. When I verified it - it had been at the time when I had been asked for prayer. And just then, I heard a voice in my soul: Say the chaplet which I taught you. I ran to fetch my rosary and knelt down by the dying person and, with all the ardor of my soul, I began to say the chaplet. Suddenly the dying person opened her eyes and looked at me; I had not managed to finish the entire chaplet when she died, with extraordinary peace. I fervently asked the Lord to fulfill the promise He had given me for the recitation of the chaplet. The Lord gave me to know that the soul had been granted the grace He had promised me. That was the first soul to receive the benefit of the Lord's promise. I could feel the power of mercy envelop that soul.


When I entered my solitude, I heard these words: At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the pardon is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God's anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son.


Oh, if only everyone realized how great the Lord's mercy is and how much we all need that mercy, especially at the crucial hour! (Dairy, 809-811)


Mother Mary needs us, she needs our intercession! Like St. Faustina, may we respond generously to her need, and pray for souls.


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

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