December 22, 2020
Christmas Novena, Day 8
Dear Family of Mary!
Today is Day 8 of our Christmas Novena! Here is the next sentence in the November 25, 2020 Message:
“…Work on and build peace through the Sacrament of Confession…”
Our Lady has called us to confession since the very beginning of the apparitions. She has requested monthly Confession for everyone. And pilgrims experience the power of confession for healing and peace in a profound way. Every evening confessions are available before the evening Mass. Miracles happen in those confessionals. Conversions abound. Healings of mind and body occur. Lives are changed. Truly Confession is the hallmark of Medjugorje!
Once Confession becomes a staple in your spiritual life, you begin to see many miracles happen in you and around you. Your life becomes more and more peaceful, more and more recollected! It is because you are tending your soul much like a good gardener tends to the garden, cleaning it and nourishing it through the forgiveness and healing of Jesus through the priest in confession. We need regular and consistent tending. We are constantly bombarded with temptations and difficulties, and we can easily fall. But with regular confession, Jesus is able to pick us up, dust us off, and help us again to live a life of love and purity.
When we go to Confession regularly (at least monthly) we do build peace in our lives and relationships, and in our interior. It is truly miraculous.
St. Faustina depended on Confession in order to live her vocation and to carry out the demands of Jesus, to spread the devotion to Divine Mercy. Confession was a lifeline for her. Jesus spoke about His work in her heart in confession:
Today the Lord said to me, Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself entirely in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity. The torrents of grace inundate humble souls. The proud remain always in poverty and misery because My grace turns away from them to humble souls. (1602)
The Sacrament of Confession is so amazing!! We have an amazing God! He loves us so much that he has arranged a way to meet with us personally and let us talk to Him directly about our troubles and our failings and our need for healing! Jesus is waiting for us there. He will act in our souls. He will pour out His Mercy in abundance. We only have to approach Him, be humble, speak from our hearts, and ask for forgiveness, and it will be given in abundance!
We only have a couple days before Christmas. Let’s make sure we go to confession before this awesome Solemnity.
Now let us pray:
Dearest Baby Jesus. I love You. I can’t take our eyes off of You. I long for You. And I pray to You, please come and be born in my heart today. And I say to You: I give you permission to be born in my heart right now, today. I give you permission to use my poor stable of a heart as your birthplace. I open the doors of my stable/heart, and I say to You, come! Come with Your Mother, Mary, and with Your foster father, Joseph, and find in my heart, a place to rest and be born. I welcome You with wonder and awe. And I love You with all of my strength. Come and take over my stable of a heart. It is Yours forever. Amen.
In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2020
P.S. The parish of Medjugorje continues the Novena before Christmas today! Each day the parish will climb Apparition Hill, praying the Rosary. Mary TV will stream this event, live, each day, at 2:00 pm Medjugorje time. You can join in on our Channel at www.marytv.tv
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