Friday, January 30, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/30/2015

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January 30, 2015

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Also today I call you: live your vocation in prayer. Now, as never before, Satan wants to suffocate man and his soul by his contagious wind of hatred and unrest. In many hearts there is no joy because there is no God or prayer. Hatred and war are growing from day to day. I am calling you, little children, begin anew, with enthusiasm, the walk of holiness and love; since I have come among you because of this. Together let us be love and forgiveness for all those who know and want to love only with a human love and not with that immeasurable love of God to which God calls you. Little children, may hope in a better tomorrow always be in your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call." (January 25, 2015)

"Hatred and war are growing from day to day. I am calling you, little children, begin anew, with enthusiasm, the walk of holiness and love; since I have come among you because of this."

It seems we find ourselves at a moment in history in which the forces of good and evil are locked in a decisive conflict. On every level of society, in every country of the world, there is a sense of confrontation. It takes different forms, but at the heart of it, the real battle is over the souls of men. Abortion, euthanasia, slavery, exploitation of every kind, poverty, ethnic and religious persecution... and on and on. The world is engulfed in war and hatred.

We may ask ourselves, how did I come to live at this most terrible moment? Why has this chance come to me? It is unnerving. But truthfully we are not the first people to find ourselves in such a situation. Our forefathers faced similar difficulties, world wars, famines, depressions, social upheavals. This is the plight of sinful man.

Yet our time seems especially dreadful.

Our Lady has been sent to us, is among us, precisely because of the times we are in. She tells us that she has come among us just now when "hatred and war are growing from day to day," because the Father has sent her to help us to "begin anew, with enthusiasm, the walk of holiness and love!" She has come to lead us forward against hatred and war, to be our general in the battle against the evils of our time.

Our job in this confrontation is to walk the way of holiness and love. No matter the fears and dangers, no matter the number of people walking the way of sin and death, our job is to walk with Our Lady on the way of holiness and love.

Film poster for The Lord of the Rings: The Fel...
Film poster for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (film) - Copyright 2001, New Line Cinema (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Whenever I think of our times I am reminded of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien. For me, this epic story presents the challenge of our day. I especially identify with Frodo and Sam. Thrust into a moment in the history of Middle Earth, Frodo has landed in the center of the battle of good against evil. He has been made the heir of Bilbo, and must accept the Ring of Power into his care. If anyone could say why me, it is Frodo. In fact he does say it to Gandalf. And Gandalf's reply is a reply to each of us;

'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo. 
'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.' (The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I)

Indeed if you know this story, Frodo proceeds with Sam to walk a very difficult way always in love and holiness.  He conquers in the end because he has had mercy upon Gollum, and Gollum ends up destroying the ring through his lust for it.  Frodo succeeds even as he fails, because of the mercy in his heart.  (It's a long story!) 

Indeed, Our Lady is with us, among us, to help us to decide what to do with the time that is given us. And that time is the time of her Triumph. We are called to live holiness, to live love, to testify to the reality that God exists. This is the time we are in, and this is our task. But we have Our Lady among us, with us, to help us the entire way. We have been given the greatest of gifts, the presence of Mary. With her aid, we can meet the times we have been given, and bring God's love into those times. This is the call.

I like the word "enthusiasm". It is a positive word. It implies hope and a belief in the future. It is a word that carries strength and joy in it. If we truly understand the future that awaits us, we should be enthusiastic. Like St. Stephen, St. Paul, St. John and all the holy saints, we can be full of joy at what awaits us. This is important for us as we decide what to do with the time that is given us.

Our Lady spoke enthusiastic words to us on March 18, 2012. Let these words be our rallying cry:

"Dear children! I am coming among you because I desire to be your mother - your intercessor. I desire to be the bond between you and the Heavenly Father - your Mediatrix. I desire to take you by the hand and to walk with you in the battle against the impure spirit. My children, consecrate yourselves to me completely. I will take your lives into my motherly hands and I will teach them peace and love, and then I will give them over to my Son. I am asking of you to pray and fast because only in this way will you know how to witness my Son in the right way through my motherly heart. Pray for your shepherds that, united in my Son, they can always joyfully proclaim the Word of God. Thank you."

Thank you dearest Mother, for taking us by the hand and walking with us into the battle against the impure spirit. Thank you for coming among us to show us what to do with the time that has been given us!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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