Open your hearts to God’s mercy…
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
“Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to open your hearts to God’s mercy, to begin a new life through prayer, penance and a decision for holiness. This time of spring moves you to a new life, to a renewal, in your thoughts and hearts. Therefore, little children, I am with you to help you to say ‘yes’ to God and to God’s commandments with resoluteness. You are not alone; I am with you through the grace which the Most High gives me for you and your descendants. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (March 25, 2017)
That said, we can learn about this Mercy from a modern saint, St. Faustina Kowalska. Jesus chose this beautiful and simple Polish nun to be the apostle of His Mercy in the horrific 20th century. In the midst of terrible wars and social upheaval, St. Faustina brought the message of trust in God’s Mercy to suffering humanity.
Let’s listen to what Jesus told her about His Mercy:
And again He told her:
Hearing these words of Jesus is like drinking in pure waters when we have been dying of thirst. We need God’s Mercy. We need His gentle forgiveness and total desire to justify us through His Passion and Death. How can we not open our hearts to God’s mercy?
The next three weeks are the pinnacle of our Christian faith, the celebration of the Passion and Death of Jesus and His Resurrection from the Dead at Easter. We also begin the Novena to Divine Mercy on Good Friday, culminating in the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday after Easter.
This is the time of Mercy!! May we open our hearts to God’s Mercy through our careful and fervent prayer, penance and a decision for holiness as we enter into the Paschal Mystery!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2017
PS. Yesterday, March 29, 2017, Archbishop Henryk Hoser arrived in Medjugorje to begin his visitation as Special Envoy of the Holy See. He comes to Medjugorje to assess the needs of the pilgrims and the parish, the pastoral needs of all. Mary TV was on hand to live stream his arrival. He was greeted by the Pastor and his team of Franciscans of St. James Parish, as well as many parishioners and pilgrims. You can see his arrival on the Mary TV website at this link: http://marytv.tv/?page_id=1456
Let’s pray for Archbishop Hoser and all involved that the light and love of Jesus will surround them and enlighten them as to God’s will for this most beautiful village of Mary!
“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II