Friday, October 25, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/25/2013

(c)Mary TV 2013

October 25, 2013

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady gave sporadic messages in the very beginning of the apparitions. Then she began giving weekly messages every Thursday in 1984. Then, in January of 1987 she announced that she would begin giving monthly messages. These messages have been given for 26 years, every 25th of the month. Our Lady announced these monthly messages this way:

"Dear children! I desire to thank you for every response to the messages. Especially, dear children, thank you for all the sacrifices and prayers which you have presented to me. Dear children, I desire to keep on giving you still further messages, only not every Thursday, dear children, but on each 25th in the month. The time has come when what my Lord desired has been fulfilled. Now I will give you less messages, but I am still with you. Therefore, dear children, I beseech you, listen to my messages and live them, so I can guide you. Dear children, thank you for having responded to my call." (January 8, 1987)

It must have been a bit of a shock to adjust to a monthly message after having weekly messages for about 3 years. The parish and the pilgrims had become used to the weekly guidance of Our Lady. But in God's great wisdom, the time had come to wean us off of the weekly messages and begin a different regimen. Here is how Our Lady announced the monthly message:

"Today I want to appeal to all of you to start living a new life from this day on. Dear children, I wish that you would understand that God has chosen each one of you to have a part in the great plan for the salvation of mankind. You cannot fully understand how great your role is in God's design. For that reason, pray, dear children, so that through prayer, you may be able to know your role in God's plan. I am with you, so that you may be able to realize it fully." (January 25, 1987)

What a message this is!! Each person who received this message was given a commission! You are part of God's plan for the salvation of mankind. You cannot comprehend your part, but you are part of it! Each of us was told to pray in order to know what part we each had to play in this salvific plan. Amazing!!

I have often wondered about that plan, and if I am living it. It seems a bit formidable! But I think it is much more "organic" than we realize. God's plans are always smaller and yet more amazing than we can imagine. He asks of us only what He has already given us.

Let me quote from Caryll Houselander. She captures this idea of our role in God's plan very well:

The ultimate miracle of Divine Love is this, that the life of the Risen Lord is given to us to give to one another. It is given to us through our own human loves. It is no violation of our simple human nature. It is not something which must be cultivated through a lofty spirituality that only few could attain; it does not demand a way of life that is abnormal, or even unusual; it is not a specialized vocation. It is to be lived at home, at work, in any place, any circumstances. It is to be lived through our natural human relationships, through the people we know, the neighbors we see. It is given to us, if we will take it, literally into our own hands to give. It is the love of human lovers, of man and wife, of parent and child, of friend and friend.

It is through his Risen Life in us that Christ sends his love to the ends of the earth. That is why instead of startling the world into trembling adoration by manifesting his glory, he sent the woman who had been a sinner to carry the ineffable secret, and sent the two disciples who had been bewildered by their blind inability to reconcile Scripture and Calvary, and sent the friend who had denied him, to give his love to the world, and to give it as simply as a whispered secret or a loaf of bread. So is it that we, sinners, wranglers, weaklings, provided only that we love God, are sent to give the life of the Risen Christ to the whole world, through the daily bread of our human love. "It is not for you to know the times and the seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. Enough for you, that the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and you will receive strength from him; you are to be my witnesses in Jerusalem and throughout Judea, in Samaria, yes, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1: 7-8) (Caryll Houselander. "The Risen Christ." Scepter Publishers. P 14-15)

Jesus' plan for the salvation of the world is carried in each of us, because He comes to live in each of us, and then we carry Him to others. The guidance Our Lady has been giving us all these years is designed to help us to give Jesus a home in our hearts so that He will dwell in us and we can carry Him to others. As each of us does that, we bring salvation to the world. Simple but true. We don't need to be a genius, or a powerful speaker, or a leader. We just need to love with Christ's love and He will do it all. And living Our Lady's messages makes it all happen.

So today when we receive another monthly message, let's allow Our Lady to continue to build that place for Jesus in our hearts, so that we can live out the role the God has planned for each of us in the salvation of the world.

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

 PS. I will send out the message as soon as I receive it today! 


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