Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 11/27/2013

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I call you to prayer...

November 27, 2013
Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Today I call all of you to prayer. Open the doors of your heart profoundly to prayer, little children, to prayer with the heart; and then the Most High will be able to act upon your freedom and conversion will begin. Your faith will become firm so that you will be able to say with all your heart: 'My God, my all.' You will comprehend, little children, that here on earth everything is passing. Thank you for having responded to my call." (November 25, 2013)

Our Lady calls us again to prayer. But this call is an intense call. "Open the doors of your heart profoundly to prayer...." Profoundly... We must hear in these words a serious call. Our Lady is calling us to put all else aside, in favor of prayer.

I must say that words fail me. The proper response to this message is not to talk about it, but to do it. And so I want to invite all of you to do just that. Let's set aside a little extra time for prayer in the days ahead, a little pocket of prayer that will be special, for just God and each of us. We must respond to Our Lady's words with action!

I will also quote a few excerpts from Fr. Slavko's words about prayer from the early days of Medjugorje. These quotes will not be long. Just something to help us enter into our special time with the Lord.

Today's words from Fr. Slavko Barbaric:

When the Blessed Virgin tells us that we must pray this is nothing new: She has repeated this invitation to prayer many times, almost in every message and more especially to Jelena. But there is something else very important and that is, that after Easter she invited us twice to pray with our heart. In one of these messages she said: "I again invite you to pray with your hearts", and it is the same thing when she says: "May your prayer be a sign of your abandonment to God." Prayer should be an encounter with the Lord.

We get upset if, when we talk to someone, they become distracted and do not listen. I am sure that you also stop speaking to somebody when you realize that they are not interested. It is the same during prayer: during prayer, the Lord wants to talk to us as He did with the two disciples of Emmaus, but if we are distracted and do not pray with our heart, nothing can happen. To abandon one's self and to pray with one's heart is the same thing.

In these messages Our Lady has also mentioned one of our problems: "Your hearts are still taken up by earthly things and they worry you." This is true: we cannot pray if many things worry us. For example, when one studies, if you are a little bit concerned about your exams, you can study well, but if you are very much afraid, you are completely seized with fear of the exams and cannot study. You cannot study because both your mind and your heart are distressed. If there are trials and events that worry us so much, we are unable to pray with our heart: and so Our Lady invites us to be converted to prayer and to fasting. One frees the heart by fasting. I have much evidence of people who tell me: "When I fast I can pray better, it is easier and I can pray more deeply." Therefore, if we want to follow the messages, to pray with the heart and to have the joy that prayer can offer us, then we see that we have to fast in order to be able to abandon ourselves to God. (Fr. Slavko Barbaric. June 14, 1985, Medjugorje)

With these helpful words, let's enter into prayer, and talk to the Lord about it. How can I pray with the heart? What is distracting me from my time with you Lord? What fears or anxieties are troubling me when I pray? How can I abandon myself to You more completely? Will fasting help me to pray? How should I fast?

Come, Lord Jesus, and help us enter into a heart to heart conversation with you in these days!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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