Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/27/2012
A beautiful butterfly in Ivan's garden in Medjugorje! (c)Mary Matasso, 2011
September 27, 2012
St. Vincent de Paul
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! When in nature you look at the richness of the colors which the Most High gives to you, open your heart and pray with gratitude for all the good that you have and say: 'I am here created for eternity' - and yearn for heavenly things because God loves you with immeasurable love. This is why He also gave me to you to tell you: 'Only in God is your peace and hope, dear children'. Thank you for having responded to my call." (September 25, 2012)
Our Lady has a tender love for the natural world, the earth as it was created by God. She was immaculately conceived right here on our earth. This was the place where she first saw flowers, rivers, mountains, trees, birds and wheat fields. They were her first introduction to the beauty of God.
She now knows the indescribable beauty of heaven, which Ivan struggles so to relay to us after his encounters with Our Lady. And she understands only too well how poor our earthly beauties really are compared to the beauty of our heavenly home. Nonetheless Our Lady realizes that God has given us the earth with all its beauty as the first taste of His wonderful love. And if we gaze upon nature, as God created it, we will receive our first inklings of the grandeur of heaven and the greatness of God.
She has mentioned nature in several messages over the years. Here are some of those references:
"Go into nature and look how nature is awakening and it will be a help to you to open your hearts to the love of God, the Creator." (April 25, 1993)
"Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you..."(August 25, 1999)
"Find peace in nature and you will discover God the Creator Whom you will be able to give thanks to for all creatures; then you will find joy in your heart..." ( July 25, 2001)
"Dear children! Also today I call you to give thanks to God in your heart for all the graces which He gives you, also through the signs and colors that are in nature. God wants to draw you closer to Himself and moves you to give Him glory and thanks..." (August 25, 2003)
Our Lady wants us to encounter nature, in all its changing colors and forms with the same wonder and trust that she first encountered it with. In this state of receptivity and love, we can encounter God through nature. Nature can teach us about God, how He thinks, how He works, how He plays, how He makes, how He loves, and how He gives. But once we have discovered the beauty of nature, and detected the hand of God in it, we will not want to stop there. We will understand that this beauty is a sign post, an invitation to go further, to find our eternal home, our eternal "nature" with God in heaven. The beauty we drink in here is only an incentive to follow after God until He is ours forever.
PS. Thank you to all of you who have written in response to Tuesday's live streaming of the Evening of Prayer at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna with Ivan Dragecivec. I am so happy that everyone could connect so easily and that the entire program was made available, live! Many of you have shared about receiving important graces during the streaming. Praise God and Our Lady for such graces!! if any of you still have something to share, please email me! We would love to hear from you! Thank you for joining us!