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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 4/28/2015


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J.M.J.  
April 28, 2015
St. Louis de Montfort 

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! I am with you also today to lead you to salvation. Your soul is restless because your spirit is weak and tired from all worldly things. You, little children, pray to the Holy Spirit that He may transform you and fill you with His strength of faith and hope, so that you may be firm in this battle against evil. I am with you and intercede for you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call." (April 25, 2015)

I want to thank everyone who sent me their reflections on how to understand soul and spirit. I am very grateful for all of your ideas. But it seems that there are many ways to look at this question and I am not sure I can sort them out! What is important to us is that Our Lady spoke to us about our souls and our spirits, and so we can try to understand what she is saying to us, with peace.

Many of you did say that you understood the idea of our spirits being weak and tired. Our Lady said it was from the worldly things we encounter in our lives. Our spirits are sensitive. They take in all that we experience. If we are spending our time with the affairs of the world at the expense of the affairs of God, our spirits will be weakened. We are made for God, we are made for all that is holy and good, all that is peaceful and loving. When our spirit has to endure the selfish and godless endeavors of the world, it gets worn down from the fight.

Our Lady has spoken about worldly things before. She is concerned that we are not able to disengage from the world with all its alluring temptations. Here is a message from 2013:

February 25, 2013 "Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. Sin is pulling you towards worldly things and I have come to lead you towards holiness and the things of God, but you are struggling and spending your energies in the battle with the good and the evil that are in you. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes a joy for you and your life will become a simple walk towards God. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Sin is pulling us towards worldly things. The impulse to choose sin comes from our fallen nature. We do have a struggle within, a struggle between the good and the evil. Our spirit may be weakened by this struggle. It is also weakened by the temptations that abound in our environment, from the internet and all the information technologies of our day. The more of that stuff we experience each day, the more tired and weak we become. We can lose our focus, forget about God, forget about the hope of eternal life, and lose perspective.

Our Lady wants us to know that there is a solution. We don't have to be living in such a weakened state. "Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes a joy for you and your life will become a simple walk towards God." A simple walk towards God! This is what we really desire, not all the stuff that the world throws at us. That simple walk is not impossible. Our Lady is with us to make it possible.

She told us how in her April 25 message: "You, little children, pray to the Holy Spirit that He may transform you and fill you with His strength of faith and hope, so that you may be firm in this battle against evil." It is the Holy Spirit who can heal our tired and weak spirits. He comes to us when we call Him, to nurture our spirits, feeding them and refreshing them with His love. The Holy Spirit can heal our tired and weak spirits so that they will no longer be subject to all the world is throwing at them.

As we pray for the Holy Spirit, and wait for His healing, we can do one last thing. St. Paul gave us instructions on how to mitigate this struggle with the world, this struggle with temptation and discouragement:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.    
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you. (Phil 4: 4-9)

Amen! Amen! We can also help to feed and strengthen our spirits, through this wonderful advice. Rejoice, forbear, renounce anxiety, give thanks, and think of all that is good. This is the good food we can feed our souls and our spirits, food that will help us continue our simple walk towards God.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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