February 1, 2023 Reflection – God’s Will!
God’s will! February 1, 2023 Dear Family of Mary! We hear a lot about “God’s will” as Catholics and Christians. Jesus spoke of the Father’s will with such confidence and respect. He and the Father are one, and so Jesus was seeing things completely from the Father’s perspective, the Father’s plan for each one of us. And He urged his disciples to seek their part in that plan: “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 7:21) But how are we to know God’s will for us? Our Lady has spoken to us so beautifully about this question. Here is one message: July 25, 2014 “Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God’s will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” We are not aware of the graces God is showering down upon us. How do we discover them: “Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God’s will and to His plan for each of you.” We have to grow in prayer until the Holy Spirit will be able to lead us and inspire us in what we are to do!!! The Holy Spirit will teach us God’s will for each one of us individually and then in our families and parishes all together. God has not left us orphans. He wants to lead us in the battle of our times. This reminds me of the movement in these days to truly allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in such ministries as Encounter and Shadow on the Water. Mike Nolan has a website (Shadow on the Water) in which he shares his experiences of the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Mike prays constantly for the Lord to show him what He is doing, and how Mike can help. And there are miracles that happen through that prayer. God moves through Mike to touch others constantly. (See https://shadowonthewater.com/ ) I don’t think we realize how vital it is for us to begin to allow God to lead us moment by moment. God’s will is shown to us moment by moment. We need to ask the Lord what He wants to do, often during our day. The reason we need to do God’s will in this immediate way is that the world is being swallowed by the enemy. God wants a counter attack of love, and we are just the ones to do it: October 25, 2008 “Dear children! In a special way I call you all to pray for my intentions so that, through your prayers, you may stop satan’s plan over this world, which is further from God every day, and which puts itself in the place of God and is destroying everything that is beautiful and good in the souls of each of you. Therefore, little children, arm yourselves with prayer and fasting so that you may be conscious of how much God loves you and may carry out God’s will. Thank you for having responded to my call.” We certainly see the plan of Satan today, as it seems to be full grown. But God has a plan as well, and He wants to show us His will (His plan for us) day by day through prayer. We can make a difference. But only if we are led by the Holy Spirit. May we arm ourselves with prayer and fasting so that we may be conscious of how much God loves us and may carry out God’s will! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c) Mary TV 2023