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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/29/2014


Confession in Medjugorje     
Pray they can lead you in love...  
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 J.M.J
January 29, 2014
 
Dear Family of Mary!

Day 6 of our Novena for Priests. Thank you for joining in this prayer. Perla shared with me that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, gave a homily on January 27, 2014 in which he asked the faithful to pray for priests and bishops. He drew his comments from the scripture in 1 Samuel about David's anointing. He said that the priests and bishops operate out of their anointing in the Holy Spirit, and that is the only way the Church has survived. And he asked the faithful to pray for them.

He also said: "We in history know but a small part - though how many holy bishops, how many priests, how many holy priests have given their lives in the service of the diocese, the parish, how many people have received the power of faith, the power of love, hope [itself] from these anonymous pastors? We do not know. There are so many." -VATICAN CITY, January 27, 2014 (Zenit.org)

It is exciting to think that we are responding to the Holy Spirit in union with the Holy Father! Our novena is part of God's plan right now!!

Novena for Priests - Day 6

Our Lady said to us:

"Dear children...Pray for your shepherds so that through your fasting and prayer they can lead you in love. Thank you." (February 2, 2013)

And Sr. Briege shares about love and our priests:
 
Finally, the priest must be a man of love. The greatest commandment Jesus gave his disciples, that we must all follow is that we must love. The way to grow in holiness is to grow in love of God and our neighbor...

One morning, I went down to the grotto to pray. As I sat there, I felt a hand on my shoulder and then I received this little kiss on my cheek. I looked up and saw this elderly priest. He sat down next to me and said, "Sister Briege, I want to thank you for being my mother."

I smiled and thought, "My, miracles never cease. Here I am 86 years of age and my son is 80!"

He said, "I didn't' know you'd be here, Sister. I came down this morning to thank Our Lady for sending you. My mother died when I was five. I had seven brothers and no sisters. I went into the seminary at a very early age and never had contact with women.

"To me, celibacy meant I had to keep away from women and must never allow myself to come in contact with them. I lived my whole priesthood avoiding women. So, I went through my life rejecting my sexuality, becoming a man who was very hard-hearted. Here I am at 84. I never thought I would come to a retreat that a woman was giving. Yesterday, when I went in for your ministry, I didn't know what I was going to say to you. I didn't know how to relate to women.

"As you started to talk to me, it was as though you read my whole life story with the tenderness of Jesus. As I broke down and started to cry, because I was so moved, you put your arm around me and let me cry.

"For the first time in my life, I felt the tenderness of a mother. I never knew what it was to be touched and to have a woman put her arm around me."

He said, "I never had devotion to Our Lady. She was a woman and women were out of my life. Through your ministry, I experienced the warmth and tenderness of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. I have accepted Mary as my mother. I want to thank you, Sister.'

I rejoiced at that. That is the very reason I am a celibate, that I may be able to bring Christ to his people. There are many ways to bring Christ, but to me, this was the most beautiful way, to know that I introduced that priest to Mary, to the tenderness of a mother, to the beauty of womanhood, to a part of his own life that had not been touched.

How can he be a man of love, of tenderness, of compassion if his own heart had never been touched by humanity?" (Sr. Briege McKenna. "Miracles Do Happen." P. 87-88)

  
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.



Dear Jesus, please give our priests and bishops your love, your tenderness and your compassion, and especially give them Your Mother, Mary! Then they will be able to love us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014
 


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