The secret key of meeting with God
Dear Family of Mary!
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. (Mark 6: 31-32)
Jesus had been teaching and healing the multitudes, and he could see that the disciples were exhausted. So he took them in a boat, hoping to find a quiet place to be with them, resting and speaking together. This scripture is a nice representation of what prayer can be for us. Jesus wants to take us off by ourselves for a while, where we each can rest with Him and speak to Him.
Such a time of rest and conversation is very healing and restoring. It is such a human need. But in our modern times we are tempted to use the internet, the TV, and other media to take the place of quiet and conversation. We are so occupied that we don’t realize how lonely and tired we are.
Our Lady calls us to prayer. It is a kind of prayer in which we can go to a lonely place and speak with Jesus. It is the kind of prayer in which nothing matters but our relationship with the Lord. He is with us and we speak together about so many things. It is a time to rest our souls with our Lord.
Our Lady wants this for us. She has spoken about having a “meeting” with God several times. Here are three messages in which she encourages us to go off alone with Jesus and speak to Him:
November 25, 1988 “Dear children! I call you to prayer, to have an encounter with God in prayer. God gives Himself to you, but He wants you to answer in your own freedom to his invitation. That is why little children during the day, find yourself a special time when you could pray in peace and humility, and have this meeting with God the creator. I am with you and I intercede for you in front of God, so watch in vigil, so that every encounter in prayer be the joy of your contact with God. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
March 25, 2008“Dear children! I call you to work on your personal conversion. You are still far from meeting with God in your heart. Therefore, spend all the more time in prayer and Adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, for Him to change you and to put into your hearts a living faith and a desire for eternal life. Everything is passing, little children, only God is not passing. I am with you and I encourage you with love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
August 25, 2017“Dear children! Today I am calling you to be people of prayer. Pray until prayer becomes a joy for you and a meeting with the Most High. He will transform your hearts and you will become people of love and peace. Do not forget, little children, that Satan is strong and wants to draw you away from prayer. You, do not forget that prayer is the secret key of meeting with God. That is why I am with you to lead you. Do not give up on prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
May we find our way to that lonely and secret place of prayer, where we can meet our Savior!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Mary TV 2022