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Monday, January 27, 2014

Mary TV daily Reflection 1/27/2014


 
Say "yes" to the Father...  
(c)Mary TV 2012    
 J.M.J
January 27, 2014
St. Angela Merici

Dear Family of Mary!

Today is the 4th day of our Novena for Priests! Judging by the amount of spiritual flack I have been encountering, I think we are on the right track. This may be a very powerful intercession that we are doing together!!

Novena for Priests - Day Four

"Dear children... Say 'yes' to the Father with the heart and set out on the way of salvation to which He is calling you through the Holy Spirit. Thank you. I am especially praying for the shepherds (priests), for God to help them to be alongside you with a fullness of heart." (May 2, 2011)

Our "yes" is our response in faith to the call of God. The priest also says "yes" but in a very deep way, because he gives his entire self to God without reserve. Sr. Briege continues to teach:

I work very much in Latin America and in many other parts of the world. I say to priests that to bring Jesus to our altars is the most beautiful thing they can do.

I ask them, "Do you really believe that you have the power, because of your ordination to bring the living God down on earth? Do you have the faith that Mary had?"

When Mary said yes she said yes to give birth, to give her whole body, her whole being to let Jesus come. It would be difficult because she had to die to her own plan; she had to die to what she could do and let God fulfill his will through her. She had to watch as God fulfilled his will through Jesus.

So it is with the priest. When he says yes to the priesthood, he has to die to that part of him that would want to do everything himself, that would want to straighten out the things that are wrong, that would want to change the oppressions and the oppressors. He has to die to himself and let Jesus, through him, be the answer to these problems. He must recognize that, like Mary, he gives birth to Jesus. Only he can bring Jesus to us through the Eucharist. (Sr. Briege McKenna. "Miracles Do Happen." P. 79-80)


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;
their every thought and word and deed, deign, dearest Lord, to bless.
 

Like Mary, our priests say "yes" to the Father, give over their entire lives, and bring Jesus to birth on the altar for us.  May we support them with our love, and accompany them with our yeses! 
Thank you, dearest Lord, for our priests.
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014

PS.  Again tonight at 8:00 pm EST we will be showing "Queen of Peace" at www.marytv.tv !  And again on Wednesday, January 29, we will show "Queen of Peace" at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm EST!  Spread the word!!   



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