Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/16/2014

Humility and Purity

 (c) Mary TV 2014

January 16, 2014
Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children; For you to be able to be my apostles and to be able to help all those who are in darkness, to come to know the light of the love of my Son, you must have pure and humble hearts. You cannot help for my Son to be born in, and to reign in, the hearts of those who do not know Him, if He does not reign - if He is not the King - in your heart. I am with you. I am walking with you as a mother. I am knocking on your hearts. They cannot open because they are not humble. I am praying, and you my beloved children also pray, that you may be able to open pure and humble hearts to my Son and to receive the gifts which He has promised you. Then you will be led by the love and strength of my Son. Then, you will be my apostles who everywhere around them spread the fruits of God's love. My Son will act from within you and through you, because you will be "one". My motherly heart yearns for this - for unity of all of my children - through my Son. With great love I bless, and pray for those who are chosen by my Son - for your shepherds. Thank you."
At first Our Lady was sad and then decisive.  

Isn't it amazing that the first message Our Lady gave us in 2014 was about purity and humility. She truly wanted this year to get off to a good start. Purity and humility!!

Maureen sent a beautiful story that shows the power of purity and humility. It shows how these virtues allow for Jesus to work in and through us:

My daughter's young boyfriend has recently come forward and is considering becoming a Catholic. I gave him the "Seekers Catechism" for Christmas. When I asked him what got him thinking about the Catholic Church, his answer had everything to do with humility. We MUST work for humble hearts as they are what brings others to Jesus. He answered that while he was in special training in the army, there was a quiet young man who never went out with the others and never boasted or was loud like the others. As he got to know this young man, he realized how much he could've said but didn't. He was smart but felt no need to boast.  He was humble and quiet and a devout Catholic. The humility of one who stood out because he didn't stand out, is what caused Jake to realize there was something very special about him that was his faith.  So seeds were planted AND watered by one humble soul in the most unexpected environment. (Maureen)

Amazing! This young man, by being quiet, not boasting, saying less than he knew and not putting himself forward could have been overlooked. But instead, his self-control and ability to put others first caught the attention of someone who needed it. This reminds me of something St. Therese wrote:

Never seek after what seems great to the eyes of creatures. Solomon, the wisest king there ever was upon the earth, having considered all the various labors that occupy men under the sun - painting, sculpture, all the arts - realized that all these things were subject to envy and cried out that they are nought but "vanity and affliction of spirit" (Ecc 1:14)

The one thing that is not envied is the last place; the last place is the one thing that is not vanity and affliction of spirit.

Yet "the way of man is not his own" (Jer. 10:23) and sometimes we surprise ourselves by wanting something that catches the eye. Then we must number ourselves humbly with the imperfect, see ourselves as little souls which God must uphold from instant to instant. The moment He sees us convinced of our nothingness, He reaches out His hand: if we still want to try some great thing, even under color of zeal, the good Jesus leaves us to ourselves: "If I said: My foot is moved; thy mercy, O Lord, assisted me" (Ps 94:18). Yes, it is enough if we humble ourselves and bear our imperfections patiently: that is true sanctity. Let us take each other's hand and run to the last place, no one will dispute with us. (Letter to Sister Genevieve, June 7, 1897)

The last place...the place that leaves lots of room for others. The last place...the place from which the host can move us up. The last place...the place where God can lavish His gifts upon us, and call us His children.

Mother Mary, please take us by the hand, and lead us to that place where Jesus can enter and live in us, in that little, last place.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014

PS. I am so happy to announce that next Monday, January 20, at 8:00 pm EST, Mary TV will present the documentary, "Queen of Peace" by Christina Georgotas! This presentation will replace "Fruit of Medjugorje" for that week. Join us for this fantastic documentary on Medjugorje, created by Christina Georgotas!!!


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