Friday, July 04, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 7/4/2014

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(Many people experience Jesus in a special way at the Risen Christ Statue)     
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July 4, 2014
Independence Day in the USA
First Friday

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! I, the mother of all of you gathered here and the mother of the entire world, am blessing you with a motherly blessing and call you to set out on the way of humility. That way leads to the coming to know the love of my Son. My Son is almighty, He is in everything. If you, my children, do not become cognizant of this, then darkness/blindness rule in your soul. Only humility can heal you. My children, I always lived humbly, courageously and in hope. I knew, I became cognizant that God is in us and we are in God. I am asking the same of you. I desire for all of you to be with me in eternity, because you are a part of me. I will help you on your way. My love will envelop you like a mantle and make of you apostles of my light - of God's light. With the love that comes forth from humility you will bring light to where darkness/blindness rule. You will be bringing my Son who is the light of the world. I am always alongside your shepherds and I pray that they may always be an example of humility for you. Thank you."  (July 2, 2014)

There is so much to meditate on in this message. Thank the Lord, we have some time to chew on it! But I would like to just mention one thing today. Our Lady used that unusual word (at least in English) that many seem to struggle with, the word "cognizant."

Cognizant is a big word for "to be aware of" or "to understand" or " to comprehend". The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it this way: "Cognizant : knowledgeable of something especially through personal experience; also:  to be mindful." I like this idea. To know something through personal experience means that we have encountered the thing, we have experienced it and so it is not just an idea but something real for us. When we experience something, we don't forget it, we are mindful of it.

Our Lady said to us: "My Son is almighty, He is in everything. If you, my children, do not become cognizant of this, then darkness/blindness rule in your soul."

We could substitute the Merriam-Webster definition and read it this way: My Son is almighty, He is everything. If you, my children, do not become knowledgeable, especially through your personal experience, if you do not become mindful of this, then darkness/blindness rule in your soul."

What does this mean? If we don't live out of the deep understanding (that we have received through our experience of Jesus in prayer) that Jesus is God, Jesus is all in all, then we will live out of a darkness or blindness of our soul, living as if He is not all in all. There is no middle ground. Either Jesus is God and all in all or He is not. So to be cognizant means to really get it!! When we are cognizant of Jesus as Lord, we see everything differently. We see everything as under His Lordship, and created and directed by Him. We "see" everything in the Light of Jesus. Everything makes sense because of Him.

So Our Lady is telling us that we need to have a personal experience of Jesus as our God, our All in All, so that we always live out of that experience, that cognition. We KNOW He is everything. And that makes everything His. What peace it gives us when we truly understand at the deepest level that Jesus is God, Lord, Creator, King, Savior, Brother, and Friend. But we can only truly know this through encountering Jesus in prayer and the sacraments. That is how we experience Him and come to KNOW Him.

This weekend, maybe we can spend some time in prayer, maybe out in nature, or at Church with the Blessed Sacrament, just asking the Lord to reveal Himself to us in His fullness as God, as Creator, as Almighty, and as Everything.

We want to know You, Jesus. We want to live out of a deep understanding of Who you are. Come and reveal Yourself to us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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