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November 30, 2016

St. Andrew, Apostle

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! Also today, I am calling you to return to prayer. In this time of grace, God has permitted me to lead you towards holiness and a simple life – that in little things you discover God the Creator; that you fall in love with Him; and that your life be a thanksgiving to the Most High for everything He is giving you. Little children, in love, may your life be a gift for others and God will bless you; but you, witness without interest – out of love for God. I am with you and intercede before my Son for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (November 25, 2016)

In our quest to follow Our Lady’s November 25, 2016 message, as she leads us in simplicity and holiness, it seems that pondering the goodness of God will help us. God’s goodness is everywhere to behold. But we so often live an entire day without beholding it, wondering at it, or celebrating it.

Our Lady gave us this message about God’s goodness:

“Dear Children! Today I invite you to go into nature because there you will meet God the Creator. Today I invite you, little children, to thank God for all that He gives you. In thanking Him you will discover the Most High and all the goods that surround you. Little children, God is great and His love for every creature is great. Therefore, pray to be able to understand the love and goodness of God. In the goodness and the love of God the Creator, I also am with you as a gift. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (October 25, 1995)

I personally need to follow Our Lady’s advice. I am getting too stressed already about Christmas and my work and responsibilities. Anxiety and stress are NOT good! They are NOT of God!! Simplicity and trust ARE good!   I also found this passage from St. Faustina. It is helpful:

O inconceivable goodness of God, which shields us at every step, may Your mercy be praised without cease. That You became a brother to humans, not to angels, is a miracle of the unfathomable mystery of Your mercy. All our trust is in You, our first-born Brother, Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. My heart flutters with joy to see how good God is to us wretched and ungrateful people. And as a proof of His love, He gives us the incomprehensible gift of Himself in the person of His Son. Throughout all eternity we shall never exhaust that mystery of love. O mankind, why do you think so little about God being truly among us? O Lamb of God, I do not know what to admire in You first: Your gentleness, Your hidden life, the emptying of Yourself for the sake of man, or the constant miracle of Your mercy, which transforms souls and raises them up to eternal life. Although   You are hidden in this way, Your omnipotence is more manifest here than in the creation of man. Though the omnipotence of Your mercy is at work in the justification of the sinner, yet Your action is gentle and hidden. (1584 Diary)

Let’s pray for each other, that we can all immerse ourselves in the goodness of God. It will be a healing balm for our souls. Something we all need!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

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