Day: May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020 Reflection – Come Holy Spirit!

(c) Mary TV 2014 Come Holy Spirit!! May 4, 2020 Dear Family of Mary, “Dear children! May this time be an incentive for personal conversion for you. Pray, little children, in solitude to the Holy Spirit to strengthen you in faith and trust in God, that you may be worthy witnesses of the love which God bestows upon you through my presence. Little children do not permit trials to harden your heart and for prayer to be like a desert. Be a reflection of God’s love and witness the Risen Jesus by your lives. I am with you and I love all of you with my motherly love. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (April 25, 2020) “Pray, little children, in solitude to the Holy Spirit to strengthen you in faith and trust in God, that you may be worthy witnesses of the love which God bestows upon you through my presence…” We are four weeks away from Pentecost, when we celebrate the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in the Upper Room. (Read Acts 1 and 2) The eleven were together in that room, in solitude, hidden away and in the school of prayer with Our Lady. They had just witnessed Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven and felt His absence keenly. But they were obediently waiting, together in solitude, as Jesus had instructed them. Yet they were not left without help. Our Lady was with them. She was there, praying with them, and no doubt teaching them to pray. God had provided for them, by giving them Our Lady as their teacher, guide and intercessor. Our Lady was instructing them in prayer with the heart, for sure. Showing them how to wait for the Holy Spirit, just as she waited for Him as a young girl in Nazareth. Mary’s presence must have brought down the love of God in a powerful way. Her presence is that love. Well, on the day of Pentecost, as they were praying in that Upper Room the Holy Spirit rushed upon them all! And they began to speak in tongues! And then they went out into Jerusalem and announced the Good News of the Resurrection of Jesus and the Kingdom of God that had come into their midst. This proclamation of the Gospel was truly a witness of the love which God bestowed upon the Apostles. It was such a powerful love that they lost all fear, and went out to speak with authority about Jesus, the Lord. And we might add, it was through Mary’s presence there that this great outpouring happened. She brought the Church to birth in that moment, by calling down the Holy Spirit through her Queenly presence. And so, it is no small thing that Mary is with us in this day, in order to call down the love of God upon us, through her presence with us. We are being given a new Pentecost, individually, through Mary’s motherly presence, so that we can witness!! We must witness that love to the whole world, so in need of healing in God’s love. I propose that we spend the next four weeks in deep prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit. We definitely need an outpouring of the Spirit upon us!! We are called to be witnesses of the great love of God which has been bestowed upon us through Mary’s presence in Medjugorje! We can begin by praying this prayer to the Holy Spirit every day, even several times throughout the day: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy Love. V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created. R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Let us pray.  O God, who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen. We can ask Our Lady to pray with us, as she did in the Upper Room, and the power of our prayer will be greatly increased!! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2020