Friday, March 28, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/28/2014

Confession in Medjugorje      
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Go to Confession and decide for holiness.  

March 28, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

Novena to St. Isidore and St. Faustina to understand and love Confession!

Day 3
Praying for the confessor

Today, the Lord has been teaching me, once again, how I am to approach the Sacrament of Penance: My daughter, just as you prepare in My presence, so also you make your confession before Me. The person of the priest is, for Me, only a screen. Never analyze what sort of a priest it is that I am making use of; open your soul in confession as you would to Me, and I will fill it with My light. [1725- St. Faustina's Dairy]

From this, I came to understand one thing: that I must pray much for each of my confessors, that he might obtain the light of the Holy Spirit, for when I approach the confessional without first praying fervently, the confessor does not understand me very well. [647- Dairy]

As usual, I unveiled my whole soul. Father gave a reply to each little detail. I felt unusually happy to be able to say everything as I did. (...) He rose and began to give me absolution. Suddenly his figure became diffused with a great light, and I saw that it was not Father A., but Jesus. His garments were bright as snow, and He disappeared immediately. [817 - Diary]

Our Lady has told us through Mirjana Soldo: 

"...I am with you and I will remain with you. I am especially praying for the shepherds that they may be worthy representatives of my Son and may lead you with love on the way of truth. Thank you. (September 2, 2011)

"I am especially praying for the shepherds (priests), for God to help them to be alongside you with a fullness of heart." (May 2, 2011)

"Do not forget your shepherds. Pray that in their thoughts they may always be with my Son who called them to witness Him. Thank you." April 2, 2012

Fr. Alfred Wilson writes:

We shall never approach Confession properly unless we have the right attitude towards the Divine Confessor. We must not allow Father John or Father Tom to obscure the Great High Priest, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in who Name and by Whose power alone he is able to forgive sin. "Who can forgive sins but God only?" The priest is only the instrumental cause of forgiveness; the efficient cause is Jesus. "Christus absolvit, " says St. Augustine - "Christ absolves." Forgetfulness of this truth is the main cause of most of the worries and scruples of penitents. If they went to Jesus in person, they would have neither doubts nor fears. "Why are ye fearful, o ye of little faith?" Do we note always go to Confession to Jesus in person? By whose power do we imagine that we are forgiven? (Fr. Alfred Wilson. "Pardon and Peace.")

Let us pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us a true understanding of the necessity and grandeur of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Help us to recognize you in the confessional, waiting for us, waiting to forgive us and embrace us with your love and mercy. We need forgiveness. Help us to find our way into your arms.

St. Isidore, pray for us.
St. Faustina Kowalska, pray for us
St. Augustine, pray for us.
St. Padre Pio, pray for us.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.
St. Leopold Mandic, pray for us.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.
Father Slavko Barbaric
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

(Olga suggests praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet as part of the Novena!)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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