Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 5/30/2013

 open to God's love
(c)Mary TV 2013


May 30, 2013

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Today I call you to be strong and resolute in faith and prayer, until your prayers are so strong so as to open the Heart of my beloved Son Jesus. Pray little children, pray without ceasing until your heart opens to God's love. I am with you and I intercede for all of you and I pray for your conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call." (May 25, 2013)

"Pray little children, pray without ceasing until your heart opens to God's love." I checked in the concordance of the messages of Our Lady to see how many times she has called us to be open. The word "open" occurs at least 107 times in Our Lady's messages. She has used this word regularly and with great emphasis. In context, it can mean several things. Here are a few examples:

"Dear children! Today I wish to tell you to open your hearts to God like the spring flowers which crave for the sun..." (January 31, 1985)

Spring flowers open to the sun because they need the warm rays. The warmth attracts bees and other pollinating insects, who then carry away the pollen to inseminate other flowers and produce fruit. This kind of openness is based on need. The flower needs the sun, we need God. To open to God in prayer is to recognize our need for Him and allow Him to enter into our lives. This is basic and yet for many of us, it is strange. We have not become used to needing God!

"Dear children! Today I call you to open yourselves more to God, so that He can work through you. The more you open yourselves, the more you receive the fruits. I wish to call you again to prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 6, 1986)

Our Lady tells us that if we open ourselves to God, He will work through us. The more we open to God the more we will receive from Him and the more He will be able to do through us. So openness to God makes us fruitful for others! Very flower-like! We are able to help others more if we are open to God working through us.

"Open yourselves to God and surrender to him all your difficulties and crosses so, God may turn everything into joy. Little children, you cannot open yourselves to God if you do not pray. Therefore, from today, decide to consecrate a time in the day only for an encounter with God in silence...." (July 25, 1989)

If we are open to God, surrendered to Him, He will be able to help and heal us. Through prayer we can open ourselves to God. This kind of openness is based on the recognition that we are wounded and needy and that only if God comes into our wounded-ness will we be healed. God comes as we invite Him in, and that is the essence of openness. Opening to God is inviting Him in.

"Each one of you shall become in the simplicity, similar to a child which is open to the love of the Father." (July 25, 1996)

Children are open because they are so dependent. They long for love from their parents, because they have no other source for their lives. They are open to their parents because they need them. We need God in the same way. But we don't know it. We long for God's love, we depend on God for everything, when we are open to Him. This openness is the most fruitful of all. Childlike dependence is openness. "Unless you become like this little child, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven."

I could continue for pages, quoting Our Lady on openness, and letting her teach us what it means to be open to God. But in the May 25, 2013 message she tells us the greatest reason to be open to God. "Pray little children, pray without ceasing until your heart opens to God's love." Opening to God through constant prayer will allow us to receive God's love. God's love is always present, waiting for us, surrounding us, blessing us and keeping us alive, but it is only when we open our hearts to Him that God can fill us with that love. To be filled with God's love is to finally be alive! It is what we are made for. To be filled with God's love is heaven! God intends for us to be so filled. This is His great desire. He only waits for us to open.

May we respond to Our Lady's call and open our hearts through prayer to the awesome love of God. May we be filled with His love, satiated by it, inundated in it, engulfed by it! May we become so filled that we can only thank Him and praise Him and love Him and cling to Him for ever more!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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