Daily Reflections
by Cathy

February 19, 2020 Reflection – “Read the Scripture and live it!”

Read the Scriptures and Live it!

February 19, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

January 25, 2006 “Dear children! Also today I call you to be carriers of the Gospel in your families. Do not forget, little children, to read Sacred Scripture. Put it in a visible place and witness with your life that you believe and live the Word of God. I am close to you with my love and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Our Lady has consistently called us to reverence and read the Bible. She asks us to place the Sacred Scriptures in a prominent place in our homes, and to read it together as a family. Fr. Leon spoke about the Bible, as the third stone in Our Lady’s plan this way:

The third stone is the Holy Bible. Our Lady says: “Put the Bible in a prominent place in the family home. Let everyone read from it, even the children. Root it in your heart. Read especially the Gospel.” Now here are we part of the Bible Belt here? (North Carolina) Yes? OK! You have to know that Bible, because it is our book. It’s a Catholic book! As Father said, we don’t have extra books (in our Bibles as Catholics) but it is just that the Protestants have mutilated it because of Martin Luther who threw out 7 books he didn’t like.

I remember at my seminary, a Protestant friend came around for dinner, and I was in the shower and he texted me and he said, “Revelations 3:12”, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice I will enter and I will dine with him.” So, I came out of the shower and saw this message and I thought “I’ll show him that Catholics know the Bible too.” So, I wrote back, “Genesis 3:12” “Behold I heard the sound of your voice in the garden, but I was naked and afraid and I hid myself.” (Much laughter) This is a true story!

Read the Bible, every day. Read especially the Gospels. As St. Jerome says, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” If you were courting, you would never believe your beloved if he said, “Oh, I don’t want to hear anything about you. Just let me love you.” You would say to that person, “Welcome to dumpsville, population: you.” Right? Get rid of him… It’s the same way, with Jesus. Would Jesus believe that we love Him if we don’t read the Bible? No. We have got to read it.

Also, the Bible is powerful. You know, my ancestors are from Singapore, but their ancestors are from Kerala, in Southwest India. It is very Catholic. And they all seem to be charismatic. I think there are a lot of Kerala priests throughout the United States. They are very big into Charismatic phenomena, and healing through the Scriptures. I have seen this. They will read the Word of God and people get healed. Through hearing the Word of God. So, remember that the Word of God is very powerful. When you Hear the Word of God at Mass you can be healed in your soul and in your body. Be aware of that. Be open to God and you will see miracles.

(Fruit of Medjugorje – show 355 – Fr. Leon Pereira speaking at St. Mark’s Church in North Carolina in 2019 –  https://marytv.tv/fruit-of-medjugorje/    )

I agree with Fr. Leon, that the Bible is very powerful. The Word of God is the Truth. And Truth is stronger than evil. If we are struggling in prayer or being tempted by the enemy, the Word of God will set us on a good path and free us from temptation. We need the Truth in our day, because so much confusion has been sown in our families and communities. The Bible holds that Truth for us, and can help us to stand on solid ground in our lives.

Here are a few things Our Lady has said to us about the Bible:

October 18, 1984 “Dear children! Today I call on you to read the Bible every day in your homes and let it be in a visible place so as always to encourage you to read it and to pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

August 25, 1996 “Dear children! Listen, because I wish to speak to you and to invite you to have more faith and trust in God, who loves you immeasurably. Little children, you do not know how to live in the grace of God, that is why I call you all anew, to carry the word of God in your heart and in thoughts. Little children, place the Sacred Scripture in a visible place in your family, and read and live it. Teach your children, because if you are not an example to them, children depart into godlessness. Reflect and pray and then God will be born in your heart and your heart will be joyous. Thank you for having for responded to my call.”

April 25, 2005 “Dear children! Also today, I call you to renew prayer in your families. By prayer and the reading of Sacred Scripture, may the Holy Spirit, who will renew you, enter into your families. In this way, you will become teachers of the faith in your family. By prayer and your love, the world will set out on a better way and love will begin to rule in the world. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

January 25, 2006 “Dear children! Also today I call you to be carriers of the Gospel in your families. Do not forget, little children, to read Sacred Scripture. Put it in a visible place and witness with your life that you believe and live the Word of God. I am close to you with my love and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Holy Thursday, April 19, 1984
To Jelena:
“I’m going to reveal a spiritual secret to you: if you want to be stronger than evil, make yourself a plan of personal prayer. Take a certain time in the morning, read a text from Holy Scripture, anchor the Divine word in your heart, and strive to live it during the day, particularly during the moment of trials. In this way, you will be stronger than evil.”

Finally, I just want to say that recently I have felt drawn to the Bible during prayer. I have felt the Holy Spirit encouraging me to reverence the Bible, because it is Holy! To kiss it when I open it. To hold it, even hug it, because it is the Word of God, that Word that saves us! The effect has been powerful for me. We are so blessed to have the Bible in our homes, to be able to read it, study it, and pray with it.

May we all grow in our relationship to the Holy Scriptures, because they are a defense against the enemy, a sure source of Truth, and a window into the Heart of God!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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