Monday, May 27, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 5/27/2013

 With Our Lady
(c)Mary TV 2013

May 27, 2013

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Today I call you to be strong and resolute in faith and prayer, until your prayers are so strong so as to open the Heart of my beloved Son Jesus. Pray little children, pray without ceasing until your heart opens to God's love. I am with you and I intercede for all of you and I pray for your conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call." (May 25, 2013)

Our Lady is asking us to increase our fidelity to prayer in this message. She is not saying that we need to have more feeling in prayer, or more inspirations, or great experiences, because these things are not in our control. They are gifts from God. No, what she is asking us is to increase our commitment to prayer, our desire to pray, our inner choice to pray. That is how our prayer becomes strong. And when our prayer is strong, then we prepare ourselves to meet Jesus in prayer and even take His Heart by storm!

Ivan Dragicevic, speaking in Kalamazoo on January 31, 2012 spoke about such commitment to prayer in this way:

We have to pray with the heart. Not just with our lips. Not just mechanically. Or to pray and then look at your watch to see how quickly you can finish. Our Lady desires that we make a decision for prayer, that we set time aside for prayer. To pray with the heart primarily means to pray with love and out of love, to pray with our entire being so that our prayer can be an encounter with God. Then when we pray with the heart we can leave that prayer with peace and joy. Our Lady says, "My dear children, may prayer be a joy for you. My dear children, if you wish to attend the school of prayer, then you have to know that in the school of prayer there are not weekends and no breaks." Every day we must attend the school of prayer. And our Lady says, "My dear children, if you wish to pray better, then you always have to pray more, because to pray more is always an individual decision, but to pray better is always a grace, a grace given to those who pray more."

Often times we say today, that we don't have time for prayer, that we are busy, that we work a lot and that we cannot always find time for the family and for the children. We come home from work, and we have to cook and clean, go shopping, go watch TV! We don't have time for prayer.   But Our Lady says, simply, "My dear children, no, don't always say that you don't have time. Because, my dear children, time is not the problem. The problem is love. Because, my dear children, when someone loves something and cares for it, they will always find time for it. But when somebody doesn't love something and doesn't care for it, they will not find time for it."   That is why Our Lady is calling us so much to prayer. And that is why throughout these years, Our Lady has been awakening us out of the spiritual coma and spiritual death we are in. (Ivan Dragicevic, January 31, 2013)

Strong prayer is prayer from a committed heart, a heart that has decided for God. Strong prayer comes from a convinced heart, a heart that is certain about God, certain about the need for God, certain that God is first above all else. Strong prayer is prayer that happens every day, day in and day out, like breathing and eating and sleeping, an essential part of life. Strong prayer is love, deep and enduring love for God.

In Medjugorje, pilgrims experience strong prayer, as they are carried along by the parish and the other pilgrims in the program of prayer that Our Lady has established there. It is a school of prayer in Medjugorje. The challenge for all of us is to bring that school of prayer home with us, and continue to pray as if we were in Medjugorje. Our decision to pray is vital. It is what makes our prayer strong. May we live prayer in our homes as we have lived prayer in Medjugorje, and may our prayer become so strong that we open the Heart of Jesus and enter in!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2013

PS.  It was a great pleasure to meet so many of you who are with us in the digital boat on the digital sea at the Medjugorje Conference at Notre Dame!  Denis and I were delighted to see you!  May the graces of that conference strengthen us all in our decision to pray!


 "Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world!"   
Blessed John Paul II  -
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