(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017 December 13, 2019 St. Lucy Dear Family of Mary!
(This is a reflection I originally sent on December 13, 2017! Still timely!!)
June 2, 2007 "Dear children! Also in this difficult time God's love sends me to you. My children, do not be afraid, I am with you. With complete trust give me your hearts, that I may help you to recognize the signs of the time in which you live. I will help you to come to know the love of my Son. I will triumph through you. Thank you."
One more day, I want to linger over the great mystery of the Immaculate Conception. Here is something I wrote back in 2014 about it!
The Immaculate Conception is one of the more difficult dogmas of the Catholic Church, at least for many of us. Our Lady was declared by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854 to be "The Immaculate Conception". I love the way Pope Pius XI spoke about this declaration in the Apostolic Constitution, "Ineffabilis Deus":
And indeed it is wholly fitting that so wonderful a mother should be ever resplendent with the glory of most sublime holiness and so completely free from all taint of original sin that she would triumph utterly over the ancient serpent. To her did the Father will to give His only-begotten Son - the Son whom, equal to the Father and begotten by Him, the Father loves from His heart - and to give this Son in such a way that He would be the one and the same common Son of God the Father and of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was she whom the Son Himself chose to make His Mother and it was from her that the Holy Spirit willed and brought it about that he should be conceived and born from whom He himself proceeds." ("Ineffabilis Deus" - quoted from "Madonna, Mary in the Catholic Tradition. Fr. Frederick M Jelly, O.P. p. 100-101)
I want to savor the Immaculate Conception a little bit longer!! Mary's heart is immaculate, completely pure and clean. Our Lady longs to draw us close to her Immaculate Heart. She wants to protect and guide us through her heart. She wants us to draw graces from her heart. She wants us to find refuge in it. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a gift to us, to help us travel through our lives. It is a light for us. A hope for us. A joy for us! (For Tolkien fans, I think Our Lady's Immaculate Heart is like the Vial of Galadriel. It is a light in the darkness, to guide us as we travel in this dark world.) Here are five messages from Our Lady about her Immaculate Heart that we might meditate on during a Rosary:
Wednesday, December 7, 1983 The vigil of the Immaculate Conception, To Jelena: "Tomorrow will really be a blessed day for you, if every moment is consecrated to my Immaculate Heart. Abandon yourselves to me. Strive to make your joy grow; to live in the faith, to change your hearts."