In the Talk Section - we have focused on where we are in the Church and how we can resist the enemy within. In order to do this, we must ask Our Lady to help us. We need to ask Her to make us great saints. Do we do that? Is sanctity for all of us? Yes but we are just too frightened and timid to ask for the virtues needed to be saints. Mary wants all of us to be saints for Her Son Jesus!
His yoke is easy and his burden is light when the soul no longer lives for itself but for God alone. Rarely is this state ever attained but through the cross of Jesus Christ. Terrible trials, terrific struggles, sickness, disease, constant battle with the enemy of our soul, and entire mortification of the will can not be endured by ourselves. If we only knew that to go through this desert with Our Blessed Mother would lead us to the fair and lovely land of unchanging peace of Her Son, we would surely have courage! If we knew the constant peace of God within the soul, unknown to so many, we would run to prayer. We would try to keep the presence of God within our soul and pray always within our hearts. We must offer up our pains of body and soul and our daily duty as asked for at Fatima. We must be sure to thank God for them. We can never thank Him as He deserves to be thanked so do it daily and do it when it seems most painful!
May we ask Our Blessed Mother to give us the gift of being able to suffer well these trials so that we can draw close to Our Crucified Lord. She will press us close to Herself as a dear Mother and lead us to Her Son Jesus. We will then be saints by God's grace and be able to influence those all around us to seek God and become saints themselves. The saints never go to Heaven alone, they take others with them. On this earth we can begin our Heaven. It will not be easy. There must always be a cross before the resurrection.
We know the trials we face, we must offer them to God through the hands of our pure and good Mother. We must beg Her to open Her Heart and share those graces which will help us through the rough times that we all have. Yes, we all have different crosses but God's grace is sufficient for all of them. We must be confident and we must be persistent in our prayers because they are promised to be answered. We must remember that God wills our sanctity more than we do. It is His Will that we be saints. We must surrender to Our Lady, our good Mother, and plead for Her to share with us the necessary graces throughout our day - each day - for all that we need until She finally leads us home to Heaven.
Let us remember the fact that this life is but a grain of sand on a beach. All the grains of sand on all the beaches of the world still do not equal eternity. Let us remember this when it becomes painful and hard - the fight will be over very soon and we want to claim:
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
I am sorry this is a week late. As they say, better late than never. Knowledge of fatherhood is greatly needed as we are into the second or third generation of men who have a false image of what a father is. It is so terribly off the mark. St. Joseph Covenant Keepers is a Catholic group that does have seminars and programs to help bring this awareness to the fathers of families so that they can be true men. There are even books to help them come to understand this. We can also find such books written by priests for men but they are pre-Vatican II. We can also pray for God's graces!
We will focus here on Our Lady and Her relationship to Her Eternal Father. Can we even imagine it? The prayers and conversations that first were transmitted to each other as soon as She was conceived immaculate. She rested in His sweet heavenly embrace since the moment of Her existence. She never withdrew as we have done. She lived in constant love of the Father. Think of how She always brought glory and honor to Him Who created Her! May She be our example.
May we pray to Our Lady for this same love although it will never equal Hers. She, as the Dispenser of All Graces, is capable of hearing this prayer and giving us the graces to Love God above all things! We can not do this without God's grace. May we pray for Our Lady to help and aid us to always go to the Father with complete confidence in His Fatherly love. May She help us to recognize that without His love for us - we would not have Her - we would not have Jesus, His Son!
It is written in the City of God by Mother Mary Agreda that the favorite prayer Our Lady loves to hear Her children say is: "Thank you Eternal Father for all the graces you bestowed upon Our Good Queen and Mother! Thank you for knowing that we needed Her and for dispensing Your graces through Her!"
She always wants us to turn to the Father in thanksgiving. May we always know the source of Goodness - it is not Mary - it is God the Father. She is just the channel that He has chosen to use - and a beautiful, spotless and humble one. One that will give ALL THE GLORY TO GOD! She keeps nothing for Herself. May we live in imitation of our good and holy Mother and offer all to God our Father.
Thank you Eternal Father for all you have given to us through Mary! Thank you for giving us Jesus through Mary! Praise, honor and glory be Yours Now and Forever! We love You with our whole hearts, minds and souls!
We can hardly talk about the Sacred Heart of Jesus without mentioning the Heart of Mary. The two Hearts beat as one. Why? Because Mary's Will is perfectly united to that of Her Divine Son. This is the reason She can give us so much. The Eternal Father should be praised constantly for the gift of these Two Hearts that beat as one. We need them and now more than ever. Let us consider today the love Mary has for the Most Sacred Heart of Her Son and how this love united Her Heart with His.
Mary was the first lover and adorer of the Sacred Heart! Can you imagine the love Our Lady had for Jesus as He was first conceived in Her womb? Every mother has a profound joy to know life is growing inside her (or at least she should). This life is eternal! For Mary to know that this little life in Her was God is mind-boggling. For all those Protestants that claim that we should treat Her like any other human is ridiculous. She was His first tabernacle, His first lover and His first sanctuary lamp. Fragrant flowers were always before Him. The beautiful flowers of love and virtue and graces that other creatures of God have never possessed. The pure flame of love that came forth from Her Heart pleased and delighted the Most Triune God.
Jesus Who delights in being with the children of men, super-abounded with delight in being with Mary. Mary always offered all Her love, Her atonement for the sins of men, her sufferings, her grief of their ingratitude for the goodness of God - in a spirit of love and reparation.
None felt so much as Mary did the degradation of mankind since the fall. None grieved so over it, as She thought how very beautiful God had made His creatures, and how terribly they had spoiled His work. Since She was without sin - these feelings were felt more keenly. Mary possessed the Sacred Heart. Both Hearts long for the salvation of mankind - for the fallen human race. They work together but not equally for our Redemption.
What are Mary's own to learn from this thought of Mary as the perfect adorer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? We must imitate Her. We must keep Jesus with us. We can frequently go to Holy Communion or make constant Spiritual Communions. Jesus will dwell with us as long as we try to remain pure and beg Him to come. When Jesus dwells in a soul - that soul will live in imitation of Mary - doing good where ever it goes.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus thirsts for souls imbued with the spirit of Mary. Mary-like souls that He can make Himself known and in whom He can repose in peace. He longs to be on Earth with Mary again in Her children. He will love it far more than in the cold tabernacles of our churches where He sits neglected with few adorers before Him.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, true lover of the Heart of Jesus, help us to love Jesus truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Help us to be united now so that we will be united for all eternity!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!