MARY, OUR MOTHER

Monday, September 09, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/9/2013


you are not alone
Do not be afraid. You are not alone.
(c)Mary TV 2013

J.M.J.
September 9, 2013
St. Peter Claver

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children...You must learn to keep rejecting everything that distances you from God's word and to yearn only for that which draws you closer to it. Do not be afraid. I am here. You are not alone. I am imploring the Holy Spirit to renew and strengthen you. I am imploring the Holy Spirit that, as you help others, you too may be healed. I am imploring Him that, through Him, you may be God's children and my apostles..." (Message to Mirjana, (09/02/13)

Reading these words of Our Lady, we can only be encouraged. She has joined us in the midst of our daily struggles. Like a mother, she is not far from us. She is here! She is present to us, with us in our daily lives. From morning to night, she is involved. At work, at rest, at prayer, whatever we are doing, she is there with us. And not only is she with us, she is praying for us at all times. Her heart overflows with love for us, and her heartfelt prayers draw down upon us the Holy Spirit, her Spouse!

She counsels us not to be afraid. What might we be afraid of? She gives us clues.

We may fear losing the things we choose that distance us from God's word. We may fear letting go of our addictions, our unhealthy desires, our habits that are based on selfish appetites and feed our emptiness within. Though we may be aware that our unhealthy habits are ultimately hurting us, we may feel attached to those desires. Our personal safety and security may be unwisely based on those desires. And so we can feel fear when we imagine life without them. Alcohol, drugs, food, disordered sexual desires, love of money, etc. - all these things can create a false peace in us, a peace that never really satisfies or lasts. Our Lady wants us to let go of those things, so that we can become firmly attached to God's word, His way for us.

And so she is with us, here with us, to help us. She wants to accompany us on our road of renunciation, so that we can become free. In the Cenacolo Community (a community founded by Mother Elvira to help free those addicted to drugs) new members who join are given a partner. This person is an older member who has become free. This person is assigned to stay with the new member 24 hours a day. Sleeping, eating, working, praying, all day long the "guardian angel" stays with the new member. They are never alone. Why? Because in the presence of the guardian angel, the new member is unable to cheat, to feed the old appetites. The new member must live in the light, in the presence of the older member. The older member prays for the new one, encourages him, shares the trails with him. And slowly, the change can take place. The old desires can wan, and the new desire to live on God's word, in God's grace, can take over. It works.

And I believe that Our Lady wants to be our "guardian angel" in very much the same way. She urges us to reject everything that distances us from God's word. And she tells us she is with us, she is here, praying for us to the Holy Spirit, praying for us to be healed, to be renewed, to become God's children. She is our "guardian angel", and we are the new members of God's family! She will not leave our side so that we can learn to live in the light!

No more fear, no more darkness, no more loneliness, no more addiction. We are in the heavenly community, where Our Lady is with us to help us be transformed into children of God. I am really excited about this!!! What a blessing!

Let's give ourselves completely to this beautiful Mother who is with us, to help us, to pray for us continuously. Let's let her take over and retrain us into the joyful people we were meant to be. This is the time of grace!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2013

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