Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/23/2014


 (c) Mary TV 2014
January 23, 2014
St. Vincent

Dear Family of Mary,

 "Dear children! I rejoice with you and I invite you to prayer. Little children, pray for my intention. Your prayers are necessary to me, through which I desire to bring you closer to God. He is your salvation. God sends me to help you and to guide you towards paradise, which is your goal. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call."  (September 25, 1994)

It is becoming very clear that God has sent Our Lady to Medjugorje because we need her very much. We live in a time overwhelmed with sin and disbelief. Everything is stacked against the faith, especially for the young. But Our Lady has been sent to win us back, to draw us under her protective mantle, and to guide us safely into eternity.

St. John Bosco was known for his inspired dreams. He once dreamed of St. Dominic Savio, his great pupil, who died at an early age. In the meeting with St. Dominic, St John Bosco asked him what helped him the most as he approached death:

I said to him, "Tell me what was your greatest consolation when you came to die."

"What do you think?" he answered.

I had several attempts at trying to say what I thought it might be, such as having lived such a pure life, having heaped up so much treasure in Heaven by all his good works, and so on, but to all he shook his head with a smile.

"Tell me, then," I said, quite crestfallen at my failure; "What was it?"

"What helped me most and gave me greatest joy when I was dying," replied Dominic, "Was the loving care and help of the great Mother of God. Tell your sons not to fail to keep close to her while they are alive. But hurry - the time is almost up."  

(from "Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco". The Memoirs of St. John Bosco)

I don't know why, but this account of St. Dominic Savio's words has really struck me. St. John Bosco was a tough guy, who taught his boys to be ascetic, pure, and disciplined. He demanded of himself much sacrifice and self-denial. I did not expect St. Dominic to answer as he did, having been trained by St. John Bosco!

And it also gives added light as to why the Father would send Our Lady in our day. We need her because we do not live heroic and holy lives for the most part. The faith has been so watered down and challenged, the church so weakened...we have little chance to go to heaven by our own merits. And so God has sent Mary to be with us, literally, to help us now and at the hour of our death!! She has been given to us in these days to carry us home to God. And she is doing it.

Let's stay very close to Mother Mary while we live, and we will find ourselves close to her when we die. This is what God is offering us. It is a great gift!

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


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