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January 5, 2018
St. John Neumann

Dear Family of Mary!

“My Son used to say that He loves to be among pure hearts, because pure hearts are always young and joyful…” (January 2, 2018)

I am always so happy when Our Lady shares with us some of the things that Jesus said to her during their life together on earth. It seems so natural and yet it is astonishing!

Jesus told Our Lady that He loved to be among pure hearts! He loved to be with them because they were always so young and joyful! I think that Jesus left us similar words in the Gospels that we have received through the Evangelists. Here are some of those inspired words in which Jesus tells us about how much He loves pure souls:

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. (Lk 10:21)

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 18:3)

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 18:1-4)

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Mt 5:1-12)

Pure hearts are hearts that live in total faith and trust in Jesus, depending on His care and guidance and always seeking the good and love. Pure hearts are true hearts. Pure hearts are childlike hearts, open and trusting. It is true that pure hearts make us all feel young and joyful, because they point to our eternal life with God, where all are young, all are filled with joy, all are pure and spotless and totally in love with God! What a joy to be pure of heart! What a gift from God. To be His children is the best thing possible for each of us. Thank you, dearest Mother, for bringing us back to our childhood in God. We will always be so grateful!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

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