Dear children, this is a time of grace!
(c)Mary TV March 27, 2019 Dear Family of Mary! Our Lady gave us a challenging message on her feast day! She wants us to take her words to heart and have an inner conversation about them, a conversation with ourselves. This could be similar to an examination of conscience. Though I am sure you have your own questions to ask, allow me to suggest some questions we might pray about in response to the March 25, 2019 message: “Dear children! This is a time of grace.” Do I really believe this is a time of grace?Lent is a time of grace, the grace of repentance and renewal. Am I taking advantage of that grace? Or am I letting it pass me by?Our Lady’s presence in Medjugorje is a time of grace. Am I responding to her call? Am I living her program of conversion, prayer, fasting, confession, Eucharist, the rosary, good works? “As nature renews itself for a new life, you also are called to conversion. Decide for God.” Our Lady often draws our attention to nature. She tells us that God is speaking to us through nature. What do I hear Him saying? As spring comes to many of us, what does it say to me? The trees and plants that were seemingly dead are developing leaves and stems again, turning that florescent green of new life. Where in my life have I been dormant? Am I coming back to life? How can I decide for God and come back to life? “Little children, you are empty and do not have joy, because you do not have God. Therefore, pray until prayer becomes your life.” Our Lady often tells us we are empty and without joy. How does she know that!! Probably because her life in heaven is beyond all earthly happiness,and so she sees the difference. We don’t have God often. Distracted and lost, we need to find God again. This can happen to us on a daily basis. How can we find God again? Pray, pray, pray! “In nature seek God who created you, because nature speaks and fights for life and not for death.” Look at nature and see how even in the harshest environments, life emerges. In the cracks of the old cement sidewalks, grass pushes through! Even in our old, cracked and broken hearts, barren and hard, the life of God can emerge, if we pray. He can turn our wasteland into a fruitful garden. How can I accept life and turn from death? “Wars are reigning in hearts and nations, because you do not have peace and you do not see, little children, a brother in your neighbor.” We do not see our brothers because we are often blinded by fear and unforgiveness. A heart filled with resentment and unforgiveness is a heart at war. This Lent maybe we can spend our prayer time learning to forgive, forgive everyone including ourselves. Think of how many brothers we will begin to see around us! Think of how love could return. Therefore, return to God and to prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (March 25, 2019) How can I return to God and prayer? What needs to change in me to turn me towards the Lord again? Let’s return to God in prayer, taking these and many other questions to the Lord, for Him to answer. He will heal us if we ask Him. Our Lady wants us to ask for just that. Everything comes from prayer. “Dear children, this is a time of grace.” In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!Cathy Nolan©Mary TV 2019