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May 8, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

Denis and I had a nice discussion about humility during the Hour of Mercy yesterday (May 7, 2018) and so I thought I would share with you some thoughts. I found this message from Our Lady about humility and I think it is perfect!

December 2, 2008 “Dear children; In this holy time of joyful expectation, God has chosen you little ones to realize His great intentions. My children, be humble. Through your humility, God, with His wisdom, will make of your souls a chosen home. You will illuminate it with good works and thus, with an open heart, you will welcome the birth of my Son in all of His generous love. Thank you dear children.”

Our Lady says “God has chosen you little ones…” Don’t you love to be called “little ones”? I think it is awesome. We are so little! Just thinking of the universe and how vast it is, can help us to realize how really little we are. But God is not deterred by our littleness. In fact, He loves it! He can see the universe in one glance, and equally well He can see each hair on our heads. He holds us in His hands, completely in charge of our situations. And He chooses us!

St. Faustina wrote about being little, and knowing that the Lord loves her in her littleness. It is a beautiful way to see ourselves as well:

Jesus. You know how ardently I desire to hide so that no one may know me but Your sweetest Heart. I want to be a tiny violet, hidden in the grass, unknown in a magnificent enclosed garden in which beautiful lilies and roses grow. The beautiful rose and the lovely lily can be seen from afar, but in order to see a little violet, one has to bend low; only its scent gives it away. Oh, how happy I am to be able to hide myself in this way! O my divine Bridegroom, the flower of my heart and the scent of my pure love are for You. My soul has drowned itself in You, Eternal God. From the moment when You yourself drew me to Yourself, O my Jesus, the more I have known You, the more ardently I have desired You.
I learned in the Heart of Jesus that in heaven itself there is a heaven to which not all, but only chosen souls, have access. Incomprehensible is the happiness in which the soul will be immersed. O my God, oh, that I could describe this, even in some little degree. Souls are penetrated by His divinity and pass from brightness to brightness, an unchanging light, but never monotonous, always new though never changing. O Holy Trinity, make yourself known to souls!
O my Jesus, nothing is better for the soul than humiliations. In contempt is the secret of happiness, when the soul recognizes that, of itself, it is only wretchedness and nothingness, and that whatever it possesses of good is a gift of God. When the soul sees that everything is given it freely and that the only thing it has of itself is its own misery, this is what sustains it in a continual act of humble prostration before the majesty of God. And God, seeing the soul in such a disposition, pursues it with His graces. As the soul continues to immerse itself more deeply into the abyss of its nothingness and need, God uses His omnipotence to exalt it. If there is a truly happy soul upon earth, it can only be a truly humble soul. At first, one’s self love suffers greatly on this account, but after a soul has struggled courageously. God grants it much light by which it sees how wretched and full of deception everything is. God alone is in its heart. A humble soul does not trust itself, but places all its confidence in God. God defends the humble soul and lets Himself into its secrets, and the soul abides in unsurpassable happiness which no one can comprehend. (St. Faustina’s Dairy, 591-593)

As Our Lady says, Through your humility, God, with His wisdom, will make of your souls a chosen home.” What a blessing it is to learn humility! What a joy it is to realize how really small we are, and how in that smallness we are chosen!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

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