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March 9, 2017

St. Frances of Rome

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady loves God with her whole heart, completely. She is calling us to also have a pure and total love for God. This is everything for her. She told us:

“Dear children, Today I look in your hearts and looking at them my heart seizes with pain. My children! I desire from you unconditional, pure love for God. You will know that you are on the right path when with your body you are on the earth, and with your soul you are always with God. Through this unconditional and pure love, you will see my Son in every person. You will feel in union with God. As a Mother I will be happy because I will have your holy and unified hearts. My children, I will have your salvation. Thank you.” (August 2, 2007)

In her Dairy, St. Faustina wrote about such love for God in this way:

Pure love is capable of great deeds, and it is not broken by difficulty or adversity. As it remains strong in the midst of great difficulties, so too it perseveres in the toilsome and drab life of each day. It knows that only one thing is needed to please God: to do even the smallest things out of great love-love, and always love.

Pure love never errs. Its light is strangely plentiful. It will not do anything that might displease God. It is ingenious at doing what is more pleasing to God, and no one will equal it. It is happy when it can empty itself and burn like a pure offering. The more it gives of itself, the happier it is. But also, no one can sense dangers from afar as can love; it knows how to unmask and also knows with whom it has to deal. (Diary, 140)

Perhaps this Lent we can pray for the grace to love God completely, totally, purely, and unconditionally. Such love is the right response to the Great Commandment as Jesus spoke of it in Matthew:

And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.

And a second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22: 35-40)

With all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind, let us love the Lord!! Then we will be able to love our neighbor as ourself.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

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