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Be generous in renunciation, fasting and prayer!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

September 27, 2017
St. Vincent de Paul

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! I am calling you to be generous in renunciation, fasting and prayer for all those who are in temptation, and are your brothers and sisters. In a special way I am imploring you to pray for priests and for all the consecrated, that they may love Jesus still more fervently; that the Holy Spirit may fill their hearts with joy; that they may witness Heaven and Heavenly mysteries. Many souls are in sin, because there are not those who sacrifice themselves and pray for their conversion. I am with you and am praying that your hearts may be filled with joy. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (September 25, 2017)

“Dear children! I am calling you to be generous in renunciation, fasting and prayer for all those who are in temptation, and are your brothers and sisters….”

Our Lady is calling us to a very special ministry in this message. It is the grace of joining in the rescue mission for souls. She sees all the souls who in our day are inundated with temptations: temptations from without, through the media, through materialism, through our drug culture, through atheism and all the other faithless and Godless endeavors that surround us, and temptations from within, through loneliness, abandonment, abuse, despondency and despair. There are many, many souls who are sorely tempted in these days. And yet there are so few who can give them hope and the way out.

But we are being called to offer up our sufferings, our fasting, our prayers and little sacrifices for them, to stand as a bulwark between these souls and the enemy who would like to convince them to despair.

St. Faustina received this very ministry from Jesus, early in her consecrated life. Here is how she describes it:

My Jesus, I will now strive to give honor and glory to Your Name, doing battle till the day on which You yourself will say, enough! Every soul You have entrusted to me, Jesus, I will try to aid with prayer and sacrifice, so that Your grace can work in them. O great lover of souls, my Jesus, I thank You for this immense confidence with which You have deigned to place souls in our care. O you days of work and of monotony, you are not monotonous to me at all, for each moment brings me new graces and opportunity to do good. (Diary 245)

St. Faustina understood that her prayer and sacrifice could help souls to withstand temptations and find faith. And she wanted very much to be part of the fight for souls. We are now being called to join in that fight. It is not easy, because we may not see the effects of our sacrifices and prayers on this earth. The souls saved may be hidden from our eyes. But through faith we know that Our Lady would not ask us to sacrifice and pray for souls if it was impossible to be any help!

So, together, let’s begin to understand this call. We can help our brothers and sisters who are in danger. Our prayers and sacrifices are works of rescue!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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