Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 2/27/2014

Be prayer! 
 (c)Mary TV 2014

February 27, 2014
Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! You see, hear and feel that in the hearts of many people there is no God. They do not want Him, because they are far from prayer and do not have peace. You, little children, pray - live God's commandments. You be prayer, you who from the very beginning said 'yes' to my call. Witness God and my presence and do not forget, little children: I am with you and I love you. From day to day I present you all to my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call." (February 25, 2014)

Thank you, dearest Mother, for this message. How very much we need these words from you!

It is true that we encounter many people for whom God does not exist in our everyday lives. We encounter them at work, at school, in the stores, in restaurants, and even driving. We also learn of them through the media, in the news, in movies, in talk shows and in our political arenas...everywhere.

Our Lady doesn't want us to be swayed by those who do not know God. She doesn't want us to be discouraged or depressed by the atheistic currents in our societies. Far from it! She wants us to be the tide turners! She wants us to be the antidote to the sad world of disbelief. And so she tells us, "You, little children, pray - live God's commandments. You be prayer....Witness God and my presence..." This is a strong call from a mother who loves us and all those who do not know God yet. She is giving us our marching orders.

But we cannot be the tide turners without first having experienced the God we love. That is why prayer is essential, the starting point. We must pray.

I asked St. Faustina to help me with this reflection, because I feel a bit overwhelmed by this message. I opened in her diary and read this entry. It is an account of St. Faustina's incredible relationship with the Lord in prayer. I realized that this is what Our Lady wants for each of us, if we are to "be prayer":

March 21, 1935. Often during Mass, I see the Lord in my soul; I feel His presence which pervades my being. I sense His divine gaze; I have long talks with Him without saying a word; I know what His divine Heart desires, and I always do what will please Him the most. I love Him to distraction, and I feel that I am being loved by God. At those times, when I meet with God deep within myself, I feel so happy that I do not know how to express it. Such moments are short, for the soul could not bear it for long, as separation from the body would be inevitable. Though these moments are very short, their power, however, which is transmitted to the soul, remains with it for a very long time. Without the least effort, I experience the profound recollection which then envelops me - and it does not diminish even if I talk with people, nor does it interfere with the performance of my duties. I feel the constant presence of God without any effort of my soul. I know that I am united with Him as closely as a drop of water is united with the bottomless ocean.     

Last Thursday, toward the end of my prayers, I felt this grace, and it lasted for an unusually long time, for it was throughout Mass, so that I thought I would die of joy. At such times, my knowledge of God and his attributes becomes more acute, and also I know my own self and my misery much better. I am amazed at the Lord's great condescension to such a miserable soul as mine. After Holy Mass, I felt completely immersed in God and am still conscious of His every glance into the depth of my heart. (Diary 411)

This is what it means to "be prayer". May we all "be prayer"!!! May we all meet with God in the depths of our hearts, and be "so happy that [we] do not know how to express it."

This is the antidote for our times!!

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


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