Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Mary TV Daily Reflection 4/3/2014
Jesus, I trust in You!
April 3, 2014
Dear Family of Mary!
Day 9 of our Novena to St. Isidore and St. Faustina for the grace to understand and love Confession!
On one occasion, I heard these words:
My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable (138) mercy. I
desire that the Feast of Mercy139 be a refuge and shelter for all
souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of
My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those
souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. The soul that will go to
Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness
of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through
which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even
though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it
of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.
Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most
tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love
and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very
depths of tenderness. (139) It is My desire that it be solemnly
celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. (699)
Fr. Alfred Wilson:
[When Jesus came to the Apostles after the Resurrection He gave them the power to forgive sin...] Peace!
Pardon! Power to pardon! And to such men! Not a syllable about their
cowardice and desertion, not a single word of reproof, not the slightest
reference to their fall - what divine gentleness and refinement of
feeling! What a revelation of the goodness and kindness of Jesus, Our
is the Master to Whom we present ourselves in the confessional.
Whatever else we do, let us not dishonor such infinite goodness and
mercy by distrust and implicit refusal to believe in it. What a pity it
is that the devil succeeds so well in distorting this Sacrament in the
eyes of so many of our fellow-men. Let us take good care that we do not
allow him to distort it in our eyes.
the Sacrament of Penance all Catholics owe more than they have ever
realized or ever will realize this side of the grave. This statement
admits of no exceptions and applies to the comparatively sinless even
more than to the sinners.
you have never committed a mortal sin, and so have never had absolute
need of this Sacrament. For you it has been a Sacrament of prevention
rather than of cure. God alone knows, however, how many mortal sins you
might have committed but for its saving influence. God's grace has
preserved you, not your strength; and you owe a greater debt of
gratitude to God than those who have fallen and been reclaimed.
you are not certain of ever having committed a mortal sin but have been
sometimes in serious doubt. Recall those periods of doubt and mental
torture, and how the Sacrament of Penance restored unto you the joy of
His Salvation. How different life would have been if you had never been
able to rid yourself of that gnawing uncertainty! You, too, owe the
Divine Confessor an immense amount of gratitude.
you have committed mortal sin; and possibly not once, but many times,
you have had to call on Jesus for mercy and pardon. "To whom much is
forgiven, he loveth much." You owe the Divine Confessor an immense debt
of gratitude and love for His persevering mercy, and for the amazing
transformations which He has caused in your soul. If you had been the
recipient of a first-class miracle at Lourdes, if sight had suddenly
been restored to you, or you had been raised from death to life, you
would not fail to recognize your indebtedness to the goodness of God and
your duty of unending thanksgiving. God has done more than that for
you, since time and time again He has raised you from the death of sin
to the life of grace; and it is impossible to state or exaggerate the
degree of gratitude which you owe to Him.
us all thank God for this great Sacrament! How much poorer our lives
would have been without it! How much of our lightness of heart we owe to
this Sacrament in a spirit of tranquility and boundless trust. You are
not going to an Ogpu or Gestapo inquisitor, but to your Divine Friend of
Friends, Who only asks you to lay bare your wounds that He may heal
them. A drop of the Precious Blood is, as it were, about to fall on your
soul and "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall become white as
snow." He is overjoyed that you are coming to Him - you must believe
that. "There is joy before the angels of God upon one sinner that doth
penance, more than upon the ninety-nine just who need not penance." "Let
us eat and make merry," says the father of the prodigal, "because this
my son was dead, and is come to life again; was lost and is found."
Forget your shame in contemplating His joy, and the peace of Christ,
which surpasses all understanding, will possess your heart and you will
call His Name Jesus because He has saved you - His child - from your
sins. (Fr. Alfred Wilson, C.P. "Pardon and Peace")
Our Lady of Medjugorje:
children, with a motherly love I desire to help you for your life of
prayer and penance to be a sincere attempt of drawing closer to my Son
and His divine light - that you may know how to separate yourselves from
sin. Every prayer, every Mass and every fasting is an attempt of
drawing closer to my Son, a reminder of His glory and a refuge from sin -
it is a way to a renewed union of the good Father and His children.
Therefore, my dear children, with hearts open and full of love, cry out
the name of the Heavenly Father that He may illuminate you with the Holy
Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit you will become a spring of God's love.
All those who do not know my Son, all those thirsting for the love and
peace of my Son, will drink from this spring. Thank you. Pray for your
shepherds. I pray for them and I desire that they may always feel the
blessing of my motherly hands and the support of my motherly heart. (April 2, 2014)
thank you, St. Faustina, St. Isidore, Father Wilson, and Our Lady, for
leading us in the novena. We ask now for the grace to know and love
Confession, to truly understand the incredible gift of life we are given
in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. May this gift bear great fruit in
our lives, and may we share this gift with our families, friends and all
our brothers and sisters throughout the world. May the miracle of
reunion with God spread everywhere and through Jesus Christ, may we find
ourselves in the eternal embrace of the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us a true understanding of the
necessity and grandeur of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Help us to
recognize You in the confessional, waiting for us, waiting to forgive
us and embrace us with Your love and mercy. We need forgiveness. Help us
to find our way into Your arms.