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
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Mary TV: December 6, 2017 Reflection - "I turn to you as your mother."
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
December 6, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children, I turn to you as your mother, the mother of the just, the mother of those who love and suffer, the mother of those who are holy. My children, you too can be holy - this depends on you. Those who are holy are those who immeasurably love the Heavenly Father, those who love Him above all. Therefore, my children, always strive to be better. If you strive to be good you can be holy even though you may not think so of yourselves. If you think that you are good, you are not humble, and arrogance distances you from holiness. In this peaceless world full of threats, your hands, apostles of my love, should be extended in prayer and mercy..." (December 2, 2017)
Our Lady says she is turning to us as our mother. Have you ever had your earthly mother turn to you? I remember some of the times I as a mother turned to one of my children. They were times when I really needed help. I would look one of my children in the eyes and ask him or her to "Please set the table, now!" or "Go find your brother, he is loose in the neighborhood." When I turned to one of my children, they knew I meant business!
I think Our Lady means business too! She is turning to us in this Advent time, and looking us in the eye and saying "Strive to be better! If you strive to be good you can be holy even though you may not think so of yourselves." She needs us to be just, to love and suffer and to be holy! She needs us to back her up! She is in a gigantic fight for souls, and she needs us to be her back up team!!
She also warns us that if we think we are already good, we are in trouble. The first complacent thought we have should be stamped out! Pride and complacency lead us away from holiness. And she needs her children to be apostles of love through prayer and mercy.
In 1936 Our Lady turned to another of her special children, St. Faustina, and asked her to prepare for the Feast of Christmas in a special way, much like Our Lady has done for us. Here is St. Faustina heard:
November 29, . The Mother of God has taught me how to prepare for the Feast of Christmas. I saw Her today, without the Infant Jesus. She said to me:
My daughter, strive after silence and humility, so that Jesus, who dwells in your heart continuously, may be able to rest. Adore Him in your heart; do not go out from your inmost being. My daughter, I shall obtain for you the grace of an interior life which will be such that, without ever leaving that interior life, you will be able to carry out all your external duties with even greater care. Dwell with Him continuously in your own heart. He will be your strength. Communicate with creatures only in so far as is necessary and is required by your duties. You are a dwelling place pleasing to the living God, in you He dwells continuously with love and delight. And the living presence of God, which you experience in a more vivid and distinct way, will confirm you, my daughter, in the things I have told you. Try to act in this way until Christmas Day, and then He himself will make known to you in what way you will be communing and uniting yourself with Him. (Diary 785)
This beautiful teaching from Our Mother to St. Faustina may help us in our striving to be holy. The interior life that Our Lady taught St. Faustina is exactly what we need! To be holy we need to be filled with Jesus, aware of His presence and in love with Him. So beautiful!
Two days until the Feast of the Immaculate Conception!! Wow!