Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Mary TV: December 28, 2017 Reflection - Witness!
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
December 28, 2017
The Holy Innocents
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! Today I am bringing to you my Son Jesus for Him to give you His peace and blessing. I am calling all of you, little children, to live and witness the graces and the gifts which you have received. Do not be afraid! Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to be joyful witnesses and people of peace and hope. Thank you for having responded to my call."(December 25, 2017)
Our Lady has a mission for us. She needs us to be witnesses of the graces and gifts we have received through her intercession from her Son, Jesus. The first step on this mission is to fall on our knees and pray to truly understand what gifts we have been given and what graces have been at work in our lives. This first step is crucial. We must pray to see all that Jesus has done and is doing in us.
It seems to me that this knowledge can come from putting on the spiritual eye glasses of gratitude. Gratitude changes the way we see our lives and ourselves. Gratitude implies that who I am and what I have accomplished, all that is "me" has been given to me. I did not make myself. I did not choose my parents or my circumstances. All that I have has come from God. He is the one who made me, fashioned me in my mother's womb. He is the one who carefully prepared gifts and graces for me, the one who has done miracles of healing and love in me, so that I could grow to know Him, love Him and serve Him.
I have discovered that gratitude seems to be a major factor in the testimonies on Mary TV's "Fruit of Medjugorje" videos. Those who give witness to Our Lady of Medjugorje and her influence in their lives, are always so grateful to her for all she has done for them. Mary gives us the gifts and graces that Jesus has for us in Medjugorje. She is so kind, patient, careful and loving. And so those gifts and graces are easily received from her hands. They may be dramatic revelations of how we need to change, what sins we have committed, what wounds we have sustained, our brokenness, etc. But those revelations become true moments of grace and healing that lead to hope and joy.
Once we see what Jesus and Mary are doing to get us on the right road, to show us our future in heaven, to help us repent and choose the good, then we become filled with gratitude. We feel safe in their hands and we can live life again. This is when we can witness. Once we have been healed and strengthened by Jesus and Mary, shown the better way, we can witness to the gifts and graces we have received without fear. It is such good news!
So, let's do as Our Lady says and pray to the Holy Spirit to give us the strength to be joyful witness! Let's ask the Spirit to reveal to us all that we have been given by Jesus through Our Lady of Medjugorje, so that we can begin, in gratitude, to share the good news!