Monday, September 08, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/8/2014 - The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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September 8, 2014
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Family of Mary!

On this beautiful feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us listen to some advice that she gave to Jakov many years ago:

Tuesday, September 8, 1981
Jakov wishes the Blessed Virgin a happy birthday. She answers:
"It is for me a beautiful day. With respect to you, persevere in the faith and in prayer. Do not be afraid. Remain in joy. It is my desire. Let joy appear on your faces...."

Today is a beautiful day for Our Lady! We, who wish her a "Happy Birthday" can also take the advice she gave to Jakov:

Persevere in faith and prayer: No matter what comes at us today we must affirm and cling to our faith. The gift of faith is given to us, but it is actualized in our lives when we live according to that gift. When we believe, we place our lives in God's hands. We trust Him. We follow Him. We adore Him. And we praise Him. We bet our entire life on Him! And the pray!!! We talk to Him.

Do not be afraid: fear is the "anti-gift" of the enemy. He offers us fear as the only way to look at the future. Fear of the future, fear of death, fear of life, fear of humanity, fear of failure...the list is endless. But this anti-gift must be renounced, denied, disbelieved, warded off, rejected. It is not good for us. And it is not based on the truth. God is good. And He is with us to bless us. No matter what, fear will lead us in the wrong direction, away from God. We must not act on fear, only on faith.

Remain in joy. It is my desire. Let joy appear on your faces: Our Lady is asking us to put on joy. She wants us to understand the love of the Father, and let that love fill us with joy. We are children of God. We are children of Mary. This life is a pathway to heaven. We are glory bound. Our God is an awesome God, and we can be joyful! Like Mary we can say, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!"

Today, on this celebration of the birth of Our Mother, let's give her the gift of our perseverance in faith and prayer, our choice to renounce fear, and our further choice to embrace joy! This will make her day beautiful!!

Here is the prayer for Matins on this feast. It says it all:

Thy birth, O Virgin Mother of God,
heralded joy to all the world.
For from thou hast risen the Sun of justice,
Christ our God.
Destroying the curse, He gave blessing;
and damning death, He bestowed on us
life everlasting.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
For from thou hast risen of Sun of justice,
Christ our God.

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

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