May your hearts be filled with joy and faith in God…
Dear Family of Mary!
“May your hearts be filled with joy and faith in God; that, little children, you may have complete trust in His holy will…” (November 25, 2021)
These words (almost a prayer) from Our Lady carry in them an immense confidence in God. She is communicating to us in this message (November 25, 2021) her complete trust in God and His plan for her children in this time.
Our Lady is not a worry wart. She does not speak words of discouragement or fear. She stands on her knowledge of God which is complete and perfect! She knows who wins!! And she wants us to join her in that confidence and perfect trust, even though we are not in heaven yet. We are sojourners on our way to Heaven. And she is encouraging us to keep going, to not flag in zeal or hope. She is our cheerleader, you might say!
And so she wishes that our hearts would be filled with joy and faith in God. She hopes we will come to a place of complete trust in God’s holy will. She wants us to trust the Father just as she did throughout her life on earth. Even during the Crucifixion of her Son, she did not lose that trust. So she is a very credible witness to us. We can accept her guidance with our whole hearts, because she is worthy of that trust.
So, how can we fill our hearts with joy and faith in God? How can we come to have complete trust in His holy will?
It is through prayer, and through concrete actions that are based on our faith and joy in God.
Here is a litany written by Tom Hoopes that really speaks to this process of faith and joy and trust in God’s will. I hope you can pray it this weekend, and let your trust in God grow!
Litany of Faith, Hope, and Love
Lord God, please give me the grace of the virtues of faith, hope, and love that you promised at baptism and that only you can give.
Act of faith. My God, I believe in you, and all that your Church teaches, because you have said it, and your word is true.
Lord, I believe in you …
Act of hope. My God, I hope in you, for grace and for glory, because of your mercy, your promises and your power.
Lord, I hope in you …
Act of love. O my God, because You are so good, I love You above all things and for your sake I love my neighbor as myself.
Lord, I love you …
Let us pray
Lord God, give me the faith I need to know your will, the hope I need to accept your will, and the love I need to do your will, even when I don’t understand it, knowing that your way is better. I ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
Mary TV 2021