Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Mary TV daily Reflection 4/2/2014

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Go to Confession and decide for holiness.  

April 2, 2014
Confession Day 8
Dear Family of Mary!

Day 8 of our Novena to St. Isidore and St. Faustina for the grace to understand and love Confession!
St. Faustina: 

"Jesus I trust in You!" 

An elderly sister revealed the condition of her soul to me. She said that she had already been suffering interiorly for several years, that it seemed to her that all her confessions had been bad, and that she had doubts as to whether the Lord Jesus had forgiven her. I asked her if she had ever told her confessor about this. She answered that she had spoken many times about this to her confessors and...."the confessors are always telling me to be at peace, but still I suffer very much, and nothing brings me relief, and it constantly seems to me that God has not forgiven me." (...) In the evening, during Benediction, I heard these words in my soul: Tell her that her disbelief wounds My heart more than the sins she committed. When I told her this, she began to cry like a child, and great joy entered her soul. [628]

Fr. Alfred Wilson:

Worries about the past are generally the outcome of want of faith. "I should be so happy," says the doubting Thomas, "if only I knew that my past sins are forgiven!"

These unbelievers want experiential knowledge and visible proof of forgiveness, they desire to see their souls pure after Confession, just as they see their hands clean after washing. What they need is more virile faith. The desire for proof amounts to a refusal to live by faith. "Blessed are they that have not seen and have believed," and blessed are they who are content to take Our Lord at His word. He will not gratify the desire for the evidence of the senses, because He is too kind to deprive us of the merit of faith and trust.

Instead of following up their worries, the scrupulous would be far better employed making acts of faith, "I believe, Lord, help Thou my unbelief!" Instead of cherishing a secret notion of their own hyper-prudence, let them regard themselves instead as sadly deficient in faith and humility. In all their worries there is not a particle of piety but only a considerable amount of pride, cowardice and unbelief. (Fr. Alfred Wilson. "Pardon and Peace")

Our Lady of Medjugorje:

"Dear children, Today I am calling you to, with complete trust and love, set out with me because I desire to acquaint you with my Son. Do not be afraid, my children, I am here with you; I am next to you. I am showing you the way to forgive yourselves, to forgive others, and, with sincere repentance of heart, to kneel before the Father. Make everything die in you that hinders you from loving and saving, that you may be with Him and in Him. Decide for a new beginning, a beginning of sincere love of God Himself. Thank you."  (January 2, 2010) 

The forgiveness we receive in Confession flows out of the merciful Heart of Jesus which is totally poured out for us, sinners. In order for the grace of forgiveness to have an effect on us, we must believe, we must trust, we must love Jesus. To doubt the Savior's loving forgiveness is to exclude ourselves from it. He gives it as a free gift. But we must accept the gift, and believe!

"I believe, Lord, help my unbelief."

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, pray for us. 
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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PS.  Don't forget the LIVE STREAMING of Mirjana's April 2, 2014 apparition, today at 8:00 AM Medjugorje Time - (2:00 AM EDT) at !!! 

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Blessed John Paul II
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