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
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/6/2015
(c)Mary TV 2014
January 6, 2015
St. Andre Bessette
Dear Family of Mary!
children, I am here among you as a mother who desires to help you to
come to know the truth. While I lived your life on earth I had knowledge
of the truth, and by this alone, a piece of Heaven on earth. That is
why I desire the same for you, my children...." (January 2, 2015)
Lady reminds us in many of her messages that she is with us, or she is
here among us... Those of us who have been to Medjugorje report that
while there one can really "feel" Our Lady's presence. She is not far
away from us there.
Mary also tells us that she is with us for a reason. That the Father
has sent her to us for a reason. In this message from January 2, she
tells us she is with us to help us to come to know the truth.
want to share with you a short excerpt from Fr. Gabriel Amorth's book,
"The Gospel of Mary", in which he discusses the presence of Mary and how
she can be near to us. He also discusses her mission, why she is
present among us. I find his explanation very clear and helpful:
privilege is given to Mary in view of a scope that exceeds the personal
sphere; even her assumption does not escape this criteria. For that
reason it was not conceded to Mary only to honor her person, but in view
of a salvific event. Mary had received from Jesus a new mission which
will last till the end of the world: her maternity over all humankind in
the economy of salvation. Her mission on earth is not finished, as it
is finished for other beings who can only contribute with their prayers
in the communion of saints. For Mary this is not the case. It was
therefore necessary that she be found in the totality of her person,
body and soul, in order to carry out this new mission in our favor.
the body of Mary, like that of Jesus, is no longer tied to time and
space. Therefore, their presence alongside each one of us is unceasing.
To offer an example, think back to the various apparitions of the risen
Lord. He gave the impression of entering and exiting a room even though
the doors were closed. This has given rise on the part of theologians to
efforts in understanding the properties of a risen body, among them
subtlety. The reality is something different. Jesus told us clearly that
he would remain with us always, even to the end of time, and so he is
always present. When he wants to appear, he makes this presence visible;
then, once he has achieved his purpose, he again renders himself
unperceivable to our human senses. Still his presence continues.
same thing happens with Mary. And even more, not only has her presence
no limits in space and time, as they did when she lived on earth in only
one place and for a limited amount of time like all of us; then even
her activity could be limited by hours which pass and don't return. Now
this is no longer so. Her maternal care over us has no limits and, as
the Second Vatican council says, it is a work that will continue until
all men are led into their blessed home (cf. LG 62).
this way it is easy to understand the reasons and the consequences of
the assumption of Mary. Assumed into heaven, she is alive and, as our
true mother, is always at our side with a presence that is ever active
even if we do not see it. Hers is a constant and total presence because
it is no longer bound by the limits of space and time that she herself
had during her earthly life. It is a maternal and efficacious presence
in the order of salvation which we describe by the titles with which we
address her: Mediatrix of all Graces, Refuge of Sinners, Advocate, Help
us realize that Mary is always at our side and let us feel her near,
even if we do not see her. On account of this, let us have continual and
trustful recourse to her. We will know only in heaven how much we have
cost her and what she has done for us, the dangers from which she has
saved us, the inspirations that she has given us, the strength which she
has infused in us, the graces she has obtained for us; and all this
without our even being aware of it. Whoever reflects seriously on these
truths, on the constant presence of Jesus and Mary at our side, will
live full of confidence and will never suffer from a feeling of
solitude. (Gabriel Amorth, SSP. "The Gospel of Mary, a Month with the
Mother of God." P, 91-92)
this so helpful in understanding how Mary our Mother can say she is
with us. She has been given the mission to be with us as mother from
Jesus on the Cross and from the Father, ever since her Assumption, body
and soul, into Heaven. I am very comforted by this explanation. I know
that the apparitions of Our Lady to the visionaries in Medjugorje are
yet another special grace of her presence. Through the apparitions, she
is building a great army of apostles for her works in the latter days.
We need those apparitions. But she is also very much with each one of
us, even though we can't see her. She has been given that mission too,
by the Father. She is our Mother, she would rather be nowhere else but
with her children!!!