Friday, February 22, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 2/22/2013

Pray for our Shepherds
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February 22, 2013

The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle


Dear Family of Mary!


Today we thank the Father in Heaven for the Chair of Peter, the seat of doctrinal authority for the Catholic Church. It is the Pope who holds this seat of authority, and who is the person who guards our faith, protecting our Church from error.  


Jesus declared this gift when he said to Peter:   


And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  (Mt 16:13-19)



We are keenly aware of the Papacy these days, as Pope Benedict XVI renounces his role as pope, and the Cardinals prepare to enter the conclave and choose the next Holy Father to hold the Chair of Peter. We understand in our hearts the grave responsibility laid on the shoulders of the pope. We realize ever more how much we depend upon the pope, need his guidance, his protection and his fatherly presence. During this time of transition, we understand the great gift of our shepherds.


Our Lady has been increasing her call to us to pray for the priests, bishops and the pope. She began to ask for prayers for the shepherds through Mirjana in 2008. But in 2011 and 2012 her call for prayer became more frequent and strong. Now, in every message through Mirjana, Our Lady asks in a very strong way for us to pray for our shepherds. It almost seems that she is a bit frantic...that she sees a dramatic need to pray for our shepherds.


I list here many of these pleas for prayer:


"With the heart I pray to God to give strength and love to your shepherds to help you in this and to lead you." 11/02/08


"Once again I call you to pray for your shepherds. Alongside them, I will triumph. Thank you." 10/02/10


Once again Our Lady called us to pray for our shepherds (priests) and said: "They have a special place in my heart. They represent my Son." 04/02/11


"I am especially praying for the shepherds (priests), for God to help them to be alongside you with a fullness of heart."  05/02/11


"I call you to pray with all your heart for your shepherds, because my Son chose them. Thank you."  08/02/11


"I am especially praying for the shepherds that they may be worthy representatives of my Son and may lead you with love on the way of truth. Thank you."   09/02/11


"I will continue to lead you. In a special way I implore you not to judge your shepherds. My children, are you forgetting that God the Father called them? Pray! Thank you." 10/02/11


"Again I am calling you: pray for your shepherds. Thank you." 11/02/11


"I implore you, pray for those whom my Son has chosen. Do not judge because you will all be judged."   01/02/12


"Again I implore you to pray for those whom my Son has chosen - those are your shepherds." 02/02/12


"Pray for those whom my Son has chosen that they can always live through Him and in Him, the High Priest. Thank you." 03/02/12


"Do not forget your shepherds. Pray that in their thoughts they may always be with my Son who called them to witness Him. Thank you." 04/02/12


"My children, you cannot be without the shepherds. May they be in your prayers every day. Thank you." 05/02/12


"Every day I pray for the shepherds and I expect the same of you. Because, my children, without their guidance and strengthening through their blessing, you cannot do it. Thank you." 06/02/12


"Pray as I do for your shepherds. Again I caution you: do not judge them, because my Son chose them. Thank you." 07/02/12


"Pray for those whom my Son has chosen to lead you on the way to salvation. May your mouth refrain from every judgment. Thank you." 09/02/12


"Pray for priests. Pray that the unity between my Son and them may be all the stronger, that they may be one. Thank you." 09/02/12


"Again I call you and implore you to pray for those whom my Son has called. Thank you." 10/02/12


"Pray also for those whom my Son has chosen and consecrated in His name. Thank you."12/02/12


"My children, pray for the shepherds. May your lips be shut to every judgment, because do not forget that my Son has chosen them and only He has the right to judge. Thank you." 01/02/13


"Pray for your shepherds so that through your fasting and prayer they can lead you in love. Thank you." 02/02/13


As the days progress, Our Lady's words may help us to stay in the right frame of mind and to maintain the correct posture in prayer for our shepherds. She needs us to surround them with intercession, protection, and love. We are the ones she has to lean on for such prayer and love. She has trained us in her school. She needs us!


So, with all our hearts, let's pray our Rosaries for the shepherds of the Church that they will be able to respond to the Holy Spirit, and move the Church forward as God desires, no matter the cost or difficulty.


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

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