Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 2/5/2013

Roland shares his gift with love.
(c)Josip Zubac, 2013



February 5, 2013

St. Agatha


Dear Family of Mary!


"Dear children! Love is bringing me to you - the love which I desire to teach you also - real love; the love which my Son showed you when He died on the Cross out of love for you; the love which is always ready to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. How great is your love? My Motherly heart is sorrowful as it searches for love in your hearts. You are not ready to submit your will to God's will out of love. You cannot help me to have those who have not come to know God's love to come to know it, because you do not have real love. Consecrate your hearts to me and I will lead you. I will teach you to forgive, to love your enemies and to live according to my Son. Do not be afraid for yourselves. In afflictions my Son does not forget those who love. I will be beside you. I will implore the Heavenly Father for the light of eternal truth and love to illuminate you. Pray for your shepherds so that through your fasting and prayer they can lead you in love. Thank you." (February 2, 2013)

Real love...Real love is that for which our poor wounded human hearts yearn. We want to be loved, really loved. But in our lives we have experienced imperfect love, conditional love, the kind of love that measures and weighs us, to see if we are a good bargain, a risk worth taking. This faulty kind of love always ends up hurting us in the end. We feel misused, undervalued, rejected, deeply hurt. What is wrong with me, that I have been rejected? Why am I not good enough? Will I ever really be loved?


This reminds me of the testimony of Roland Patzleiner. Roland, as a young man, was very unhappy, doing drugs, playing satanic music, and hating his life. He rejected every attempt to help him. He was ready to commit suicide, when he went to Medjugorje and experienced "real love". Here is his description of that moment:


So I came here and I experienced something very special here. In coming here I stopped using drugs and doing bad habits. I started to feel in my heart, even crying, and you know I felt at home, something I had never felt before. And I felt a kind of love that you can't say with words, but I will say it in these few was like somebody saying, "I love you just the way you are. Not as you want to be. Not as others want you to be." [You see] my slavery in my teenage years was to try to be somebody who I was not. Following idols who said, "You must do this, do that, or you will not be appreciated." There was all this slavery to myself and to others. And here I felt this strong experience of "I love you just as you are." (Roland Patzleiner - "Fruit of Medjugorje" Episode 52, January 28, 2013)


This kind of love which speaks to the heart is really supernatural love. It is the love of God, the love of Jesus, the love of Mother Mary. It is a love that does not weigh and measure. It is a love that sees beyond all that to the person made in God's image, the person who Jesus died for, the person who is of infinite worth. This love penetrates all the barriers we put up in our wounded-ness and reaches into the center of our being with its healing rays. Real love is Jesus' love on the cross, saying, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do..." Real love saves us.


Mother Mary has been sent to us by that Real Love. In Medjugorje, she penetrates hearts with that Real Love, communicating it in such a way that for the first time, we can be just who we are, no defenses, no barriers, no lies. We can be ourselves in the presence of that Love, and reach out to it without fear.


Roland now helps countless others to experience that Love which accepts us as we are. His music at the Liturgies and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament creates an atmosphere of openness and trust, of simple adoration, in which the Lord can give His unconditional Love to all who pray. He now shares that Real Love through his human gift of music. He is a good example of what Our Lady is calling us to in this message. He has submitted himself to God's will out of love, and is now helping Our Lady to reach her children who do not yet know the love of God.


Thanks be to God for such a beautiful gift. Thanks to Our Lady for loving us like God love us!


"I love you just the way you are..."


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

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