December 2, 2016 – “Dear children, my motherly heart is crying as I am looking at what my children are doing. Sins are multiplying, the purity of soul is all the less important; my Son is being forgotten – honored all the less; and my children are being persecuted. That is why, you my children, apostles of my love, with soul and heart invoke the name of my Son. He will have the words of light for you. He manifests Himself to you, He breaks the bread with you and gives you the words of love so that you may transform them into merciful acts and, thus, be witnesses of truth. That is why, my children, do not be afraid. Permit my Son to be in you. He will make use of you to care for the wounded and to convert lost souls. Therefore, my children, return to the prayer of the Rosary. Pray it with feelings of goodness, sacrifice and mercy. Pray, not only with words, but with merciful acts. Pray with love for all people. My Son, by His sacrifice, exalted love. Therefore, live with Him so that you may have strength and hope; that you may have the love which is life and which leads to eternal life. Through God’s love, I am also with you, and will lead you with motherly love. Thank you.”
It isn’t easy to hear the pain Our Lady feels at the sight of such immense sin dominating the lives of her children, as well as the worldwide persecution of Christians everywhere. As much as we wish to hear her speak joyfully, we’d be fools to think, or expect that the evil and disobedience being accepted (even rewarded!) in our world is not causing deep sorrow in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
This message is sobering, but not without hopeful. The Mother is giving needed instructions that could help us, and so many others in the world who are in dire need.
The first thing she tell us is “with soul and heart invoke the name of my Son.” There is great power in the Holy Name of Jesus. We know this through Scripture, and many miracles that have taken place by the Holy Name. In fact, I think I might write a post one of these days dedicated to the Holy Name because there’s just so much to talk about regarding its significance and power. Anyway, here’s two examples from Scripture regarding the Holy Name:
And for this God raised him high, and gave him the name which is above all other names; so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, in the glory of God the Father. [Philippians 2:9-11]
Whatever you ask in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. [John 14:13-14]
When we utter the name of Jesus we are giving great glory to God by offering to Him the infinite love of Jesus, Who is perfect love. We are are also saved from innumerable evils, and delivered from the power of the Evil One, who is always lurking to harm souls. Thirdly, we are opening our hearts and souls to great peace, joy, and strength like never before. Our Lady recognizes these great benefits, and she wants us to receive and share them with others. The name of Jesus should always be on our lips, minds, and hearts.
When we call on and seek Jesus, through prayer or Scripture, we are then open to receiving His “words of light” and allowing Him to “manifest Himself” in us. The roots of faith and virtue are planted, nurtured, and the Holy Spirit is able to work in us and through us; we are fundamentally transformed as living witnesses of Christ. However, if our hearts are filled solely with our own selfish desires, we are then closed off to Jesus, making the needed transformation more difficult to occur.
So, seek Jesus. Invoke the name of Jesus. Permit Him to be in our hearts. And allow Him to work within and through us.
If we have Him, everything else will fall into place. He will show us how to live, how to speak, how to pray, how to love and forgive, and how to help others in need. He will speak in the silence of our hearts, and light the way for us.
Then Our Lady reminds us to do something so insanely important:
“Return to the prayer of the Rosary.”
I’ve spoken at length about the Rosary, it’s power and significance. It’s a prayer the Mother has been urging us to pray for so many years, and with very good reason. It’s not because she’s trying to be a broken record, or because she believes it’s just a pretty little prayer to help pass the time.
The Rosary is a weapon. Period.
Much—very much—can be obtained through the recitation of the Holy Rosary, and in order to make our Rosaries even more beneficial she tells us to pray it with feeling. She wants us to really put our hearts into the Rosary by meditating on its Mysteries, praying for others and for Our Lady’s intentions to be fulfilled in the world, and by really offering everything we’ve got through prayer. But most importantly, she wants us to pray it with love.
“Pray with love for all people. My Son, by His sacrifice, exalted love. Therefore, live with Him so that you may have strength and hope; that you may have the love which is life and which leads to eternal life. Through God’s love, I am also with you, and will lead you with motherly love.”
Love is the key. Love gives life. And the most perfect love is Jesus. Jesus is our remedy in a world void of love, peace, and order. And prayer is our weapon in the battle against the hostile and impure spirit in the world. We’d do well to listen to the words of our Heavenly Mother as she helps bring us closer to her Son, Our Lord.
O Holy Mother, in our anticipation of the Birth of your Son this Christmas season, help us to truly open our hearts and souls to His infinite goodness; to be filled with the immense joy and peace of loving and knowing Him, and to allow ourselves to be transformed into living instruments of His hope and love! Amen.