Friday, March 13, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/13/2015

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March 13, 2015

Dear Family of Mary!

"...Pray for the firmness of faith, because love and mercy come from firm faith. Through love and mercy you will help all those who are not aware that they are choosing darkness instead of light...." (March 2, 2015)

St. Faustina had a very firm faith. It is demonstrated throughout her Diary. Though she often went through difficult moments of darkness, she never lost her faith in the love of Jesus. And she wrote many beautiful prayers and hymns to Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit, in which she extols their love and mercy.

Here is a prayer that St. Faustina wrote in February of 1938. It seems to be a spontaneous prayer that erupted from her great love for God. We can pray it today:

O Great Merciful God, Infinite Goodness, today all mankind calls out from the abyss of its misery to Your mercy - to Your compassion, O God; and it is with its mighty voice of misery that it cries out. Gracious God, do not reject the prayer of this earth's exiles! O Lord, Goodness beyond our understanding, Who are acquainted with our misery through and through, and know that by our own power we cannot ascend to You, we implore You: anticipate us with Your grace and keep on increasing Your mercy in us, that we may faithfully do Your holy will all through our life and at death's hour. Let the omnipotence of Your mercy shield us from the darts of our salvation's enemies, that we may with confidence, as Your children, await Your final coming - that day known to You alone. And we expect to obtain everything promised us by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness. For Jesus is our Hope: Through His merciful Heart, as through an open gate, we pass through to heaven. (St. Faustina's Diary - 1570)

This prayer of intercession for all God's children is one way to help those who are not aware that they are choosing darkness instead of light. By interceding for them, we can win graces for their conversion before it is too late. Indeed, "All mankind calls out from the abyss of its misery to Your mercy - to your compassion, O God..." Thank you, Father for giving us the firm faith to call out to you for the sake of all Your children.

Our Novena to St. Joseph continues:

Novena Prayer to St. Joseph, Husband of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus!

Dear St. Joseph, you were given the awesome task of protecting and guiding Jesus and His mother, Mary, through the difficult early years of Jesus' life. The Father asked you to steer the little ship of the family through many troubled waters, from the earliest moment of Jesus' conception, when your gentle heart waited for a word from the Father, to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem where there was no room in the inn, to the escape from Herod's soldiers and the flight into Egypt, to the return to Nazareth where Jesus and Mary lived their hidden life with you, to the loss and finding of Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem. You protected, guided, and provided for Jesus and Mary while depending on the providence of heaven.

We are so grateful to you for joining us in this little boat on the digital sea - the Daily Rosary. We trust that you will guide, protect and provide for us as you did for Jesus and Mary! We thank you in advance for your loving, fatherly care for us as we strive to respond to Our Lady's call from Medjugorje.

St. Joseph, Husband of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus, pray for us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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