Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/29/2015

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January 29, 2015

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Also today I call you: live your vocation in prayer. Now, as never before, Satan wants to suffocate man and his soul by his contagious wind of hatred and unrest. In many hearts there is no joy because there is no God or prayer. Hatred and war are growing from day to day. I am calling you, little children, begin anew, with enthusiasm, the walk of holiness and love; since I have come among you because of this. Together let us be love and forgiveness for all those who know and want to love only with a human love and not with that immeasurable love of God to which God calls you. Little children, may hope in a better tomorrow always be in your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call." (January 25, 2015)

"In many hearts there is no joy because there is no God or prayer."

We are made for joy! Look at little children. They find joy in the smallest things, a puddle of water, a butterfly, a tiny ball. Life is full of wonder and excitement for them. Joy is natural for children. We all need joy because we were made for joy, the joy of discovering God.

But in our world today, God has been removed from sight. And without Him, joy is lost. Yes, there is some fleeting happiness, but it is built on passing experiences based on temporal desires. Sadness soon takes hold of those who have no prayer, no God.

It is through prayer that we come in contact with God. He alone can make us truly happy. He alone can fill us with joy.

Fr. Jacques Philippe, in his book "Thirsting for Prayer" describes the joy that comes from finding God in prayer:

Prayer gives us a foretaste of heaven. It makes us glimpse and savor a happiness that is not of this world, and that nothing here below can give us: the happiness in God for which we are destined, for which we were created. Yes, we do encounter struggles, sufferings, and aridity in our prayer lives - and I'll come back to this. But if we persevere faithfully in prayer, we taste from time to time an inexpressible happiness: a degree of peace and fulfillment that are a real foretaste of paradise. "You will see heaven opened, "Jesus has promised us (Jn 1:51). (Fr. Jacques Philippe. Thirsting for Prayer. P. 13)

Truly the joy we receive in prayer is the joy of heaven. We find in prayer our true God, our Creator. We discover that He loves us, and that He wants us to be with Him forever. We feel His forgiveness, His tenderness and His joy in us. Suddenly our lives make sense. We know who we are, and where we are bound. We touch eternity, and we know that we will live forever with the One who made us and loves us. Prayer makes sense! Life makes sense! All is well.

Our Lady has called us to joy many times in her messages. Here is one memorable message:

"Dear children! I invite you now to be open to God. See, children, how nature is opening herself and is giving life and fruits. In the same way I invite you to live with God and to surrender completely to him. Children, I am with you and I want to introduce you continuously to the joy of life. I desire that everyone may discover the joy and love which can be found only in God and which only God can give. God doesn't want anything from you only your surrender. Therefore, children, decide seriously for God because everything else passes away. Only God doesn't pass away. Pray to be able to discover the greatness and joy of life which God gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call." May 25, 1989

The joy of life! God is the joy of life! He is the source of all joy.

"God doesn't want anything from you, only your surrender." These beautiful words reveal our path. As we surrender to God in prayer, we will become joyful. And our joy will drive away the enemy and his contagious winds of hatred and unrest. God will be victorious in us and through us.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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PS Fr. Jacques Philippe. Thirsting for Prayer. Scepter Publishers. 2014.   
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