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Friday, January 24, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/24/2014


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January 24, 2014
St. Francis de Sales

Dear Family of Mary!

I received this wonderful nudge from the Holy Spirit, through our shipmate Olga from Moscow. She suggested we begin a novena for priests that will end on Sunday, February 2. (I believe it is the Feast of the Presentation. At least in the USA we celebrate it even on Sunday.) Olga writes:

I was also thinking of asking you, if you think we could do a novena for priests and consecrated souls. Unless I am mistaken, the Presentation feast is not liturgically celebrated this year (maybe because it is Sunday?) Still it will be a day of special prayer for consecrated souls. And you know that Our Lady keeps urging us to pray for our shepherds. I feel we need to do it, not just to say "Let them be, Lord, the way we want them to be", but rather to ask for the grace to understand the gift of their vocation, to be thankful for it. Like in that other recent reflection you spoke about the need to give our hearts to Our Lady, to let Her change them. And I feel that is one way to get closer to Her Heart, to pray for the souls that Her Son chose and consecrated and gave as a gift to us.

I agree...we can ask for the grace to understand the gift of the priesthood more deeply and with more gratitude in this novena. What great good this could do for our priests, if we truly could support them in our hearts through prayer.

We will read Our Lady's words each day, asking for prayer and support for our shepherds, and then pray a simple prayer for our priests. Sometimes I may quote from other sources about the priesthood. But it will be good to keep this novena short and simple.

Day One - Novena for priests:    
 
January 02, 2013
"Dear children...My children, pray for the shepherds. May your lips be shut to every judgment, because do not forget that my Son has chosen them and only He has the right to judge. Thank you."

Sr. Briege McKenna wrote in her book "Miracles Do Happen" :

One day in the chapel, with all this on my mind, I asked the Lord, "What is wrong with the priesthood."

The answer came back to me, "What do you mean, what's wrong with the priesthood? Have I ever given a gift that is not perfect? What have you done and how have you thanked me for the gift of priesthood that affects your life and all mankind?"

It was then that the Lord revealed to me that I couldn't just sit back and criticize the priesthood. Actually, in the sacrament of holy orders, the priest says yes to God so he can be a priest for me, for you, for every one of us." (Sr. Briege McKenna. "Miracles Do Happen" p. 71)

A PRAYER FOR PRIESTS
Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord. Keep them, for they are Thine -- The priests whose lives burn out before Thy consecrated shrine. Keep them, for they are in the world though from the world apart. When earthly treasures tempt, allure - Shelter them in Thy heart. Keep them and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain, when all their life of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain. Keep them and remember Lord, they have no one but Thee. They have only human hearts, with human frailty. Keep them as spotless as the Host, that daily they caress; they every thought and word and deed, deign, dearest Lord, to bless.

Thank you, dear Jesus, for our priests. May we recognize You working in them and through them which will fill us with gratitude.
In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.

God bless you and keep you in Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2013

PS. Tomorrow we await another message from Our Lady through Marija. I will send it out as soon as I get it!

   



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