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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mary TV daily Reflection 10/15/2014 - St. Teresa of Avila



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J.M.J
October 15, 2014
St. Teresa of Avila

Dear Family of Mary!

April 25, 2000 "Dear children! Also today I call you to conversion. You are concerned too much about material things and little about spiritual ones. Open your hearts and start again to work more on your personal conversion. Decide every day to dedicate time to God and to prayer until prayer becomes a joyful meeting with God for you. Only in this way will your life have meaning and with joy you will contemplate eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Today we remember St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmalite mystic! St. Teresa tells us that in her early life she was very worldly. Even in the convent where she began her vocation, St Teresa spent more time in conversation and visiting than in prayer. Only after some years did she begin to hunger for God, and she began to pray in earnest. Eventually God favored her with many visions and insights and she became herself a window into eternity for those who followed her teachings.

I think this message from April 25, 2000 could have been given to Teresa when she was young! Our Lady has come to us to call us to conversion. She wants us to be concerned about spiritual things, about the meaning of our lives, about who God is, and about eternity. She wants us to turn from earthly vanities, all those things we spend so much time on but really have no value for our spiritual lives.

When Teresa was converting she started with just an hour of prayer a day. And she says it was really hard to last the whole hour. We may have a similar experience when we begin to pray. It may be hard to stay focused for even 5 minutes. But if we decide, if we dedicate time to God and to prayer, God will do the rest. St. Teresa didn't make up her spiritual experiences. They did not come from her. They were gifts from heaven, given to her because she chose to pray and she stuck with that choice.

So, if we decide for prayer, and we stick with that choice, God will meet us more than half way. He will run to meet us like the father of the prodigal, and embrace us with His love. We will be given so much more than we could imagine. As Our Lady says, "Decide every day to dedicate time to God and to prayer until prayer becomes a joyful meeting with God for you. Only in this way will your life have meaning and with joy you will contemplate eternal life." Prayer will be a joyful meeting with Our Father, with Jesus, with the Holy Spirit. It will be so happy, so peaceful, so strengthening! And we will learn to contemplate eternal life. Our thoughts and our emotions will be filled with heaven!

St. Teresa of Avila, please pray for us that we will be able to convert and open our hearts to prayer!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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