Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Yesterday was the beautiful Solemnity of the Annunciation/ Incarnation, and hopefully many consecrated or re-consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary. Some, prepared themselves with a 33 day program written by St. Louis Marie De Montfort in his treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
So, on this “day after” praying the Act of Consecration for the first time, or renewing that consecration after many times, I ask: “What now, dear Lord?”
How can I live the words I spoke from my heart to Your Heart and to Mary’s Heart? What is Your will for me this day? I’m mindful of Your Words in Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians: “…this is the will of God, your sanctification…”
Having listened to the Mass Readings for today, I’m typing this for anyone who may want to hear more from You.
If we are to become holy it can only be because of Your Grace coming to us, through Mary, dear Lord. Whether persons realize what the Church teaches or not, Your Truth has been revealed to us. If we want to be holy we need continually to pray for Your Grace to keep Listening to all Jesus said and did and ponder ALL in our hearts.
By your Grace, let us begin this day, listening to Your Word as Mary did, as St. Louis de Montfort did, and all the saints have listened to learn how to be holy as You are Holy.
Today’s Gospel is too long to include in this post, but I encourage everyone to read [John 5: 31 -47] in Today’s Mass Readings (http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032620.cfm). Jesus is speaking to the Jews who have not listened, but rather have rejected Him. In verses 41 - 47 He says:
…“I do not accept human praise;
moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
I came in the name of my Father,
but you do not accept me;
yet if another comes in his own name,
you will accept him.
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?.."
The bottom line for me today, is to live, remaining in Jesus, listening to Him today and continuing as Mary our Mother, St. Louis and all the saints show us – doing the Truth humbly, seeking praise only from God.