Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 8/28/2013

Little one with Our Lady
A little one in Medjugorje!
(c)Mary TV 2013

August 28, 2013
St. Augustine of Hippo

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Also today, the Most High is giving me the grace to be with you and to lead you towards conversion. Every day I am sowing and am calling you to conversion, that you may be prayer, peace, love - the grain that by dying will give birth a hundredfold. I do not desire for you, dear children, to have to repent for everything that you could have done but did not want to. Therefore, little children, again, with enthusiasm say: 'I want to be a sign to others.' Thank you for having responded to my call." (August 25, 2013)

"Every day I am sowing and am calling you to conversion, that you may be prayer, peace, love - the grain that by dying will give birth a hundredfold."

Mothers are particularly good at persisting in a task and doing it every day. I relearned that truth yesterday, when I was given the awesome opportunity to care for three of my granddaughters for the afternoon: Licy who is 9, Ana who is 4 and ShoSho who is almost 2. Grandmothers can forget how many little tasks appear in the simple living of life with little ones. ShoSho needed a sippy cup with "melonade" in it. Ana needed milk, then water, then "melonade", then chocolate milk. There were diapers to change, and emergency trips to the bathroom. There was drama! There were lunches and snacks and questions to be answered, and shoes to be found. There were pictures to draw, and words to help write, and lots of hugging to do! Well, after a few hours, I was done for! And this was only a sampling of what their mother does on a daily basis.

I realized that all these "jobs" done for the children are opportunities to sow something in their lives. By patience, kindness, attention to detail, careful listening, I could show them my love and God's love for them, and help them to grow in wisdom and love for themselves and others. This daily workout is like sowing the seeds of love, peace and prayer in their lives. Well worth the effort!!
When Our Lady says that she is doing something every day, we know that she means what she says. She is that good Mother who attends to our needs, nonstop, because she knows we need to be raised up, fed, listened too, served and taught. She takes every opportunity in the day to show us her love, God's love, and to help us grow in wisdom and love for ourselves and others. If we turn to her, she is there to mother us into holiness at each turn.

Our task is to recognize that Mother Mary is with us to mother us, and to let her do it. Through prayer we can stay present to her, and experience her motherly ministrations. She is not far from us, only a "Hail Mary" away. And I know better now how quickly she answers my call. My granddaughters commanded my attention all afternoon, and I willingly obeyed. Our Lady is a much more attentive mother than I ever will be!! Aren't we the most blessed of children!

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


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