December 25, 2016 – “Dear children! With great joy, today I am carrying my Son Jesus to you, for Him to give you His peace. Open your hearts, little children, and be joyful that you can receive it. Heaven is with you and is fighting for peace in your hearts, in the families and in the world; and you, little children, help with your prayers for it to be so. I bless you with my Son Jesus and call you not to lose hope; and for your gaze and heart to always be directed towards Heaven and eternity. In this way, you will be open to God and to His plans. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
The final hours of 2016 are upon us. And, boy, what a year it’s been! So much has taken place in our lives, our countries, and even the Church. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Nevertheless, all of it has left its mark on us one way or the other. And as we count the fleeting final minutes, and gather with loved ones to usher in the New Year, we ponder over those burning questions.
Yes, burning because, I mean, let’s face it, some of these questions really feel like they’re burning holes in our minds. Am I right?!
Questions about our personal lives regarding careers, school, relationships, finances, specific goals and hopes, family, health, and all that jazz. Then you’ve got the question of politics and the state of the countries we call home; the Church, and the approaching 100th anniversary of Fatima.
Honestly, there’s probably about a million things running through our minds concerning the New Year. Some of us may feel hopeful, others quite wary. But the concern of some folks isn’t unwarranted. I can understand where some of them are coming from.
We are in the midst of a great spiritual battle. There’s much going on in the world, and some of it we don’t particularly understand yet. There’s much confusion, division and hurt. Most especially in many families today. And the state of the world today is only an extension of the state of the family.
There is a growing thirst for peace: in the world and in our families.
It pains most of us so deeply because we want to see all nations and families living in peace and prosperity, and the laws of God honored and respected first, not the world’s.
But our Holy Mother is with us, and she is guiding us into this New Year with her love and wisdom.
Heaven is with you and is fighting for peace in your hearts, in the families and in the world; and you, little children, help with your prayers for it to be so.
This is a wonderful reassurance! We are not alone in this battle, be it the spiritual battle in the world or our own personal battles. Heaven is with us, fighting for every single one of us! That means all the Angels, Saints, Holy Innocents, and Souls in Heaven are praying, interceding and fighting for our peace and well-being. Our Mother is letting us know we’ve got nothing to fear; we have great back-up!
Our cooperation is still needed, though. And the best way to do that is through prayer. The power of prayer is inconceivable, even the simplest of prayers. Some may assume that in order to help Heaven we’re required to do ground-breaking acts of good and sacrifice recognized by the entire free world. The problem with that is we humans tend to think to big. I mean, silver-screen big; the stuff Hollywood epics are made of. The reality is, though, God wants us to work in littleness. We can help in the battle for peace in our lives and in the world by our prayers. The epic stuff God Himself will deliver, don’t worry.
If God’s will is something we strive to live, then we are assisting Heaven greatly, and open to receiving that great peace we are thirsting for. And in the midst of doing so, the most important reminder Our Lady gives us is—no matter what—do not lose hope!
I bless you with my Son Jesus and call you not to lose hope; and for your gaze and heart to always be directed towards Heaven and eternity. In this way, you will be open to God and to His plans.
This isn’t the first time Our Lady has repeated to us to keep hope alive, and it’s because she understands the struggles we experience. Life on earth isn’t easy. The enemy of the soul loves to throw all kinds of flaming arrows our way to get us to fall under the pressure of sadness, temptation, discouragement, negativity and fear in order to successfully paralyze us spiritually. Our eyes would then be fixed on ourselves rather than towards “Heaven and eternity,” and if we do that than we will not be open to God’s plan.
Our hope is in Christ Who has come to take us to salvation! Our hope is in the Heavenly Mother who comes to bring Hope Himself in her arms for us to receieve! Our hope is in a merciful and loving God Who only wants to heal us and protect us. So, we shouldn’t waver, but stand firm; not by our own strength, but the strength of the Lord.
Be strong, be courageous, all you that hope in the Lord. [Psalms 31:24]
January 25, 2015 – “…Little children, may hope in a better tomorrow always be in your heart.”
Let’s throw fear away, and put our hope for the future in the Lord! If we keep our hearts and eyes set on Him then we can trust that He will take us to where we need to go, at the right time, and in the best possible way. We don’t need to know all the details just yet, He will take care of everything. We are in His hands! Our job is to pray, and trust Him.
Don’t let the prospects of the New Year muddy your mind.
Take each instant as it comes. Don’t look too far ahead.
The Good Lord has carried us up to this point, will He not continue to do so in 2017?
Give thanks and praise to God!
Have faith! Fortify yourself with prayer! And let the love of God wash away every doubt!
With that said, I’m going to end this with an important scripture passage I feel really goes nicely with Our Lady’s recent message. It’s also a scripture Our Lady of Medjugorje has asked her children to read every Thursday after praying. Think about what she says about directing our eyes and hearts to Heaven and being open to God’s plan, and then think about what Jesus tells us in the Gospel about Divine Providence.
“No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.
That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body what you are to wear. Surely life is more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, however much you worry, add one single cubit to your span of life? And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin; yet I assure you that not even Solomon in all his royal robes was clothed like one of these. Now if that is how God clothes the wild flowers growing in the field which are there today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, will he not much more look after you, you who have so little faith? So do not worry; do not say, ‘What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What are we to wear?’ It is the gentiles who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” [Matthew 6:24-34]