Dear children; Today I am praying here with you that you may gather the strength to open your hearts and thus to become aware of the mighty love of the suffering God. Through this His love, goodness and meekness, I am also with you. I invite you for this special time of preparation to be a time of prayer, penance and conversion. My children, you need God. You cannot go forward without my Son. When you comprehend and accept this, what was promised to you will be realized. Through the Holy Spirit the Kingdom of Heaven will be born in your hearts. I am leading you to this. Thank you.
Mary talks about gathering strength and becoming aware of the love of a suffering God. Any of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the holy rosary fit this theme. Jesus suffered in the garden, was scourged, crowned with thorns, carried the cross, and eventually crucified. He is the greatest model of showing strength in the midst of difficulty and suffering. Mary asks all of us to think about Jesus’ suffering when we encounter difficult times in our lives.
When faced with difficult challenges it might seem so easy to “run away” and hide whether that be physically, mentally, or spiritually. Maybe we hide from our troubles with drugs, alcohol, or deviant behavior. Maybe we avoid attending Mass, praying, and receiving the sacraments in order to avoid taking a deep look at ourselves and realizing where we fail to live as Jesus calls us.
Mary wants us to take a deep look on how we live and notice areas where we do not live as Jesus desires. She says that we need to realize our deficiencies if we are to convert and start living for Jesus’ Kingdom of Heaven. There is an obvious reference to the Third Luminous Mystery in Mary’s message. But much like many people in Jesus’ time we have a tendency to back away from this challenge of conversion. When Jesus stopped healing people and giving out free bread and fish people quickly abandoned Him. Even His apostles fled and hid when the Romans arrested Jesus. Mary asks us to resist that temptation to run and hide from the path Jesus lays before us. Even when the entire world seems against you for following Jesus’ Will remember that Mary, the saints, and the Holy Spirit are in your corner to support you. With their help, you will have enough energy to conquer whatever the world throws at you. All you need to do is supply the will to face those challenges instead of running and hiding.
Message, 25. December 2010:
Dear children! Today, I and my Son desire to give you an abundance of joy and peace so that each of you may be a joyful carrier and witness of peace and joy in the places where you live. Little children, be a blessing and be peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Mary’s message if short and sweet. She asks us to rejoice in the Third Joyful Mystery — Jesus’ birth. And while She delivers this message on Christmas, we should remember Jesus’ birth throughout the year. God did not take on human form so that we may remember Him and live according to His Will for just one day. Jesus didn’t teach us about His Heavenly Kingdom, suffer, die, and rise again only so we would have a reason to decorate our houses with light displays and hit the malls to buy gifts for people. Jesus came into this world so that we may follow His message of joy and peace every day of our lives. Mary asks us to spread that peace and joy by first embracing it in ourselves. So as we start a new year ask yourself, “are you a living blessing and sign of peace?” If not, how can you convert your heart to live as Mary asks us to live?
- Novena for the Protection of the Unborn Day 1 (icatholicfaith.wordpress.com)
- Silent Night (smoodock45.wordpress.com)
- The Pope’s Christmas message in full (telegraph.co.uk)