Mary

I come to the heart of the problem, which is the heart of each person.  The human person is like a fortress, with their will at the highest and most protected place, a free will that makes the final decision of what to surrender to.
It is faced with daily decisions and says “yes or no” a hundred times a day.  From these decisions, comes success or failure.

O soul, you say “yes” to this and “no” to that, but I am knocking now at the door of your will.  A heavenly visitor has come.  I offer you a heavenly choice.  I offer you a chance to surrender to what is above you.  The heavenly Father wants to lift you up and recue you from the frustration of human life.  (This is his plan for the human person.)

Comment:  Nothing on earth can satisfy the human person.  God made the heart for himself.

 

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Mary

The mystery of the human person stands at the center of material creation.  All was created for the human person who alone can thank God.  Does the heavenly Father just like to paint beautiful skies or form planets?  Is he like a child in a sandbox building castles?  God is a person and has created the human person to know and love him.  He wants the person to become like himself and to live forever.

Like Adam, who enjoyed paradise but felt lonely without human love, so the heavenly Father wants the human person to give him divine love.  The greatness of the human person is his capacity to be divinized, to be made like God and to love God as God loves himself.  This call can only be fulfilled by the Holy Spirit of God poured out by Jesus.

Jesus stands at the center of all history, nailed to the cross from which he gave up his Spirit.  The mystery of each human person is found only in Jesus’ opened heart.  Go there and you will find your name written.  Stay there and you will discover who you are.  Surrender to Jesus and you will fulfill your call.

Comment:  Every person is a unique mystery and discovers the answer to that mystery in Jesus Christ.

 

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Mary

God does everything so that the human person discovers the mystery that God has placed in his heart.  Unfortunately, each culture is filled with darkness and so many do not have the needed light to read what is within, to understand these inner mysteries.  That is why I speak.

Within you, O reader, is an intellect which shares God’s power to know.  You also have a spiritual will, quite independent of your lower desires.  Do not confuse the two because they war against each other.  Inside you also is a power deliberately placed there by your Maker.  He made you for himself.  Deep inside that power is your call, who you are meant to be, whom you are to love, and to work with and what you are to do to fulfill your call.

All of these are powerful forces within you that lead to your happiness.  God calls you to the deepest joys, the greatest accomplishments and, finally, a place with Jesus forever.

You are not free to rip these mysteries out of your soul.  You cannot say, “I will no longer be a human person.”  Even your death will not end your human existence.  I come to you to help you.  Together, we can discover the road to your happiness.

Comment:  Man has no choice.  He is created without any choice on his part.  Our Lady promises that she can bring each person to eternal happiness.

 

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Mary

Before a person can discover their call, they must be awakened.  What a special blessing that is, a moment when the veil is pulled back and the great door opens.  This moment comes at different stages.  Sometimes, the person is very young (even a child).  For others the blessing comes in adolescence or young adulthood.

As the years slip away and the opportunities are no longer present, it is more difficult but not impossible, for a person to be awakened and to realize, “This is my call.  This is why I was created and to this I will give the remaining years of my life”.

This awakening is God’s gift.  (What a special moment.)  The moment is always prepared for.  Those who receive the enlightenment as children usually have devout parents whom they obeyed.  Those who receive this in adolescence or young adulthood have either been faithful for years or have had a conversion.

Right now, I speak to the whole world.  My Immaculate Heart is pouring out extraordinary gifts of light.  The growing darkness has covered over the usual ways of this awakening.  I will circumvent the culture.  I will conquer the darkness that surrounds you.  I will come directly to your heart.  Even though your culture offers you no door to God, you will know that I have given you a light.  While darkness surrounds you, a new light will fill you.  You will know this has happened and by these locutions you will know what to do.

Comment:  When the culture was filled with light, God worked easily within each heart.  Now, people need this extraordinary light flowing from Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

 

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Mary

The human person is infinite, able to exist only by a unique act of God’s will.  The person is formed in the great mystery of the Trinity of persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and is called to a greatness, which is hidden in God’s will but gladly revealed.

How does each person arrive at their own greatness?  This is the mystery I will explain.  Every person is born into a culture.  If the culture is devout and filled with light, then the person can more easily find their way.  God acts within them from the earliest years and the soul sets out in the greatest light.  If, however, the person is born into a culture of darkness, they do not realize what God is doing within them.  Their inner divine light is covered over and their choices are limited to earth.

This is the great struggle now taking place between the Woman and Satan.  Millions of people live all their lives in darkness, their divine call is lost.  As this darkness has spread, many have abandoned their faith and many more have never received it.  So, I use these locutions to cast an inner light.  They pierce the darkness and offer everyone an opportunity to discover God’s call.

Comment:  The human person is caught in the conflict between light and darkness.

 

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Mary

I want to bring you into the deepest mystery.  The human person, has God’s plan stamped forever on the soul.  This is man’s hidden identity, unique to each individual.  Discovering and fulfilling this destiny was meant to be easy, like a journey on a road filled with light.  Sin changed all that.  The straight road became difficult, narrow, twisting, filled with obstacles and plunged into darkness.

Jesus came as the light of the world.  Many walked in that new light and society was bathed in light.  Cultures of light came about.  Many began to know God’s call and live it out.

Now, the darkness comes.  The lights are extinguished, one by one.  Yet, each person retains this force within themselves, this divine call.  When darkness comes, people wait for the light to act.  However, the divine call never waits.  It persists.  It cries out.  It wants to shape every decision.  This is the dilemma of modern man.  He carries within himself a divine call but is deprived of the divine light.  That is why I speak.  My locutions will offer you, O reader, the light which your culture should have provided you.  Listen carefully to all my words.

Comment:  These extraordinary locutions are needed because the world has rejected God’s light.

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Mary

Every human person has a call from God, a word placed in the deepest part of their person.  God places this call at the moment of their conception, when he directly creates the human person.  For so many, this call is a seed that never opens and the person’s talents are spent on other goals.  Even with great worldly success, the person might never have fulfilled their divine call.

God’s whole purpose in creating mankind was that each seed would come forth.  This seed is the person’s identity, who they are meant to be, what they should become and the good they should accomplish.

When society is ordered and filled with faith, many understand and respond to their call.  When society is confused, then the person finds this difficult.  I am speaking now for two reasons.  First, people must become aware of this divine power placed within them.  Secondly, people need help to understand and to fulfill their call.

Come, this will be an exciting journey.  We will travel to the very center of your personhood and discover who you are.  You will set aside the false images that flood your mind and grasp what is true.

Comment:  Even amid our confusing society, Our Lady can help each person discover God’s call planted within.

 

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Beloved Mother of Jesus,
and our Mother,
trustingly we gather before you.

We lay before you
all the longings and hopes,
sufferings and anxieties of all our people.

To your Immaculate Heart
we raise from our hearts
this Act of Entrustment and Consecration.

Embrace us, dear Mother,
and gather each one of us
within your saving mantle;
take us within your motherly love.

Immaculate Heart of Mary,
we seek to unite ourselves
with the consecration which Jesus the Son
made to His heavenly Father
on the night before He gave His life for us,
when He prayed:
“For their sakes I consecrate myself,
that they also may be consecrated in truth.” (John 17, 19)

His consecration obtains pardon and mercy
and secures redemption
for all sinners and from all sin.

Its power overcomes every evil
which the powers of darkness
awaken in human hearts throughout history.

It joins us in His heart to make us one
in the grace of His Paschal Mystery.

Immaculate Heart of Mary,
your heart is most wholly united
with your Son’s redeeming consecration.

As we entrust ourselves to you,
help us to live in truth
Jesus’ consecration, faithfully each day.

Deliver us from the power of sin,
in all its forms and manifestations,
in personal and social living.

Help us strive
to our raise up in our land
a civilization of solidarity, justice and love,
by the grace of the Spirit of Jesus.

May the infinite power
of the merciful love of God,
through your motherly intercession,
be revealed in our history as a people.

May it change our hearts
to the likeness of the Pierced Heart of Jesus,
and the likeness of your own Immaculate Heart.

By this consecration,
may we become ever more truly,
“pueblo amante de Maria”,
a people which loves you mightily in its own heart,
a people you make each day
ever more your own,
held securely and cherished
in your Immaculate Heart.
AMEN.

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A reflection on today’s Gospel (Luke 19:1-10)
by Pope Francis

A page in Luke’s Gospel shows us Jesus who, on his way to Jerusalem, enters the city of Jericho. This is the final stage of a journey that sums up the meaning of the whole of Jesus’ life, which was dedicated to searching and saving the lost sheep of the house of Israel. But the more the journey comes to a close, the more hostility envelops Jesus.

Yet one of the most joyful events recounted by St Luke happens in Jericho: the conversion of Zacchaeus. This man is a lost sheep, he is despised and “excommunicated” because he is a tax collector, indeed he is the head of the tax collectors of the city, a friend of the hated Roman occupants; he is a thief and an exploiter.

Being short in stature and prevented from approaching Jesus, most likely because of his bad reputation, Zacchaeus climbs a tree to be able to see the Teacher who is passing by. This exterior action, which is a bit ridiculous, expresses the interior act of a man seeking to bring himself above the crowd in order to be near Jesus. Zacchaeus himself does not realize the deep meaning of his action; he doesn’t understand why he does it, but he does. Nor does he dare to hope that the distance which separates him from the Lord may be overcome; he resigns himself to seeing him only as he passes by. But when Jesus comes close to the tree he calls him by name: “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today” (Lk 19:5). The man of small stature, rejected by everyone and far from Jesus, is lost in anonymity; but Jesus calls him. And the name “Zacchaeus” in the language of the time has a beautiful meaning, full of allusion. “Zacchaeus” in fact, means “God remembers”.

So Jesus goes to Zacchaeus’ house, drawing criticism from all the people of Jericho (even in those days there was a lot of gossip!), who said: How can this be? With all the good people in the city, how can he go stay with a tax collector? Yes, because he was lost. Jesus said: “Today salvation has come to this house, since he is also a son of Abraham” (Lk 19:9). From that day forward in Zacchaeus’ house joy entered, peace entered, salvation entered and Jesus entered.

There is no profession or social condition, no sin or crime of any kind that can erase from the memory and the heart of God even one of his children. “God remembers”, always, he never forgets those who he created. He is the Father, who watchfully and lovingly waits to see the desire to return home be reborn in the hearts of his children. And when he sees this desire, even simply hinted at and so often almost unconsciously, immediately he is there, and by his forgiveness he lightens the path of conversion and return. Let us look at Zacchaeus today in the tree: his is a ridiculous act but it is an act of salvation. And I say to you: if your conscience is weighed down, if you are ashamed of many things that you have done, stop for a moment, do not be afraid. Think about the fact that someone is waiting for you because he has never ceased to remember you; and this someone is your Father, it is God who is waiting for you! Climb up, as Zacchaeus did, climb the tree of desire for forgiveness. I assure you that you will not be disappointed. Jesus is merciful and never grows tired of forgiving! Remember that this is the way Jesus is.

Brothers and sisters, let Jesus also call us by name! In the depths of our hearts, let us listen to his voice which says: “Today I must stop at your house”; that is, in your heart, in your life. And let us welcome him with joy. He can change us, he can transform our stoney hearts into hearts of flesh, he can free us from selfishness and make our lives a gift of love. Jesus can do this; let Jesus turn his gaze to you!

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A reflection on today’s Gospel (Luke 15:11-32)
by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Unlike a fairy tale, the parable provides no happy ending. Instead, it leaves us face to face with one of life’s hardest spiritual choices: to trust or not to trust in God’s all-forgiving love. I myself am the only one who can make that choice. In response to their complaint, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them,” Jesus confronted the Pharisees and scribes not only with the return of the prodigal son, but also with the resentful elder son. It must have come as a shock to these dutiful religious people They finally had to face their own complaint and choose how they would respond to God’s love for the sinners. Would they be willing to join them at the table as Jesus did? It was and still is a real challenge: for them, for me, for every human being who is caught in resentment and tempted to settle on a complaintive way of life.

The heart of the father burns with an immense desire to bring his children home. Oh, how much would he have liked to talk to them, to warn them against the many dangers they were facing, and to convince them that at home can be found everything that they search for elsewhere. How much would he have liked to pull them back with his fatherly authority and hold them close to himself so that they would not get hurt.

But his love is too great to do any of that. It cannot force, constrain, push, or pull. It offers the freedom to reject that love or to love in return. It is precisely the immensity of the divine love that is the source of the divine suffering. God, creator of heaven and earth, has chosen to be, first and foremost, a Father.

As father, he wants his children to be free, free to love. That freedom includes the possibility of their leaving home, going to a “distant country,” and losing everything. The Father’s heart knows all the pain that will come from that choice, but his love makes him powerless to prevent it. As Father, he desires that those who stay at home enjoy his presence and experience his affection. But here again, he wants only to offer a love that can be freely received. He suffers beyond telling when his children honor him only with lip service, while their hearts are far from him. He knows their “deceitful tongues” and “disloyal hearts,” but he cannot make them love him without losing his true fatherhood.

As Father, the only authority he claims for himself is the authority of compassion. That authority comes from letting the sins of his children pierce his heart. There is no lust, greed, anger, resentment, jealousy, or vengeance in his lost children that has not caused immense grief to his heart. The grief is so deep because the heart is so pure. From the deep inner place where love embraces all human grief, the Father reaches out to his children. The touch of his hands, radiating inner light, seeks only to heal. . .

God’s compassion is described by Jesus not simply to show me how willing God is to feel for me, or to forgive me my sins and offer me new life and happiness, but to invite me to become like God and to show the same compassion to others as he is showing to me. If the only meaning of the story were that people sin but God forgives, I could easily begin to think of my sins as a fine occasion for God to show me his forgiveness. There would be no real challenge in such an interpretation. I would resign myself to my weaknesses and keep hoping that eventually God would close his eyes to them and let me come home, whatever I did. Such sentimental romanticism is not the message of the Gospels.

This call to become the Father precludes any “soft” interpretation of the story. I know how much I long to return and be held safe, but do I really want to be son and heir with all that that implies? Being in the Father’s house requires that I make the Father’s life my own and become transformed in his image.

Having lived my sonship to its fullest, the time has come to step over all barriers and claim the truth that becoming the old man in front of me is all I really desire for myself. I cannot remain a child forever, I cannot keep pointing to my father as an excuse for my life. I have to dare to stretch out my own hands in blessing and to receive with ultimate compassion my children, regardless of how they feel or think about me. Becoming the compassionate Father is the ultimate goal of the spiritual life… Though I am both the younger son and the elder son, I am not to remain them, but to become the Father…not just the one being forgiven, but also the one who forgives; not just the one being welcomed home, but also the one who welcomes home; not just the one who receives compassion but the one who offers it as well.

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Extravagant displays of devotion to Mary gets curtailed as world culture emphasizes the rational, scientific and technological aspects of life. There seems to be no more time for the more affective expressions of religion.

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  And Mary is one of those.

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  Christ is the Church's Pastor, but his presence in history passes through the freedom of human beings; from their midst one is chosen to serve as his Vicar, the successor of the Apostle Peter.

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