June 19, 2019 Reflection - 38th Anniversary Novena - Day 5

 (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2018


June 19, 201938th Anniversary Novena Day 5 Dear Family of Mary! 

"Dear  children! I want you to surrender your hearts to me so that I may take  you on the way, which leads to the light and to eternal life. I do not  want your hearts to wander in today's darkness. I will help you. I will  be with you on this way of discovery of the love and the mercy of God.  As a mother, I ask you to permit me to do this. Thank you for having  responded to my call." (March 18, 1999 Mirjana)

Today  is Day Five of our Novena for the 38th Anniversary of Our Lady's coming  to Medjugorje. As we see in this message from March 18, 1999, Our Lady  speaks of surrender. She longs that we surrender our hearts, our very  lives into her hands. What does surrender mean? In the Oxford English Dictionary one of the meanings of surrender is "To abandon oneself entirely to..." This means to let go control of my life,  and place it entirely in another's hands. It is an act of utter trust.  It is the kind of abandonment that a baby has in his mother's arms, a  trust that is complete. There is no fear or worry involved, only a  trusting repose. To abandon oneself entirely to another means to place  all one's hope and trust in that person, knowing that it is the best  possible thing to do. To abandon oneself entirely to Our Lady and thus  to Jesus, is truly the best thing we can do for ourselves. This is total  consecration! Our Lady asks us surrender  ourselves to her and through her to God. She says that she needs this  surrender in order to work in us and through us. Today we will meditate  on surrender, in the words of Our Lady! The Annunciation

"Dear  children! Today also I call each one of you to decide to surrender  again everything completely to me. Only that way will I be able to  present each of you to God. Dear children, you know that I love you  immeasurably and that I desire each of you for myself, but God has given  to all a freedom which I lovingly respect and humbly submit to. I  desire, dear children that you help so that everything God has planned  in this parish shall be realized. If you do not pray, you shall not be  able to recognize my love and the plans which God has for this parish  and for each individual. Pray that Satan does not entice you with his  pride and deceptive strength. I am with you and I want you to believe  me, that I love you. Thank you for having responded to my call."(November 25, 1987)

The Visitation

"Dear  children! Today also I am inviting you to a complete surrender to God.  Dear children, you are not conscious of how God loves you with such a  great love because He permits me to be with you so I can instruct you  and help you to find the way of peace. This way, however, you cannot  discover if you do not pray. Therefore, dear children, forsake  everything and consecrate your time to God and God will bestow gifts  upon you and bless you. Little children, don't forget that your life is  fleeting like a spring flower which today is wondrously beautiful but  tomorrow has vanished. Therefore, pray in such a way that your prayer,  your surrender to God, may become like a road sign. That way, your  witness will not only have value for yourselves but for all eternity.  Thank you for having responded to my call."(March 25, 1988)  

The Birth of Jesus

"Dear  children! I am inviting you to a complete surrender to God. Pray,  little children, that Satan may not carry you about like the branches in  the wind. Be strong in God. I desire that through you the whole world  may get to know the God of joy. By your life bear witness for God's joy.  Do not be anxious nor worried. God himself will help you and show you  the way. I desire that you love all men with my love. Only in that way  can love reign over the world. Little children, you are mine. I love you  and want you to surrender to me so that I can lead you to God. Never  cease praying so that Satan cannot take advantage of you. Pray for the  knowledge that you are mine. I bless you with blessings of joy. Thank  you for having responded to my call."(May 25, 1988)

The Presentation

"Dear  children! Today I am calling you to a complete surrender to God.  Everything you do and everything you possess give over to God so that He  can take control in your life as the King of all that you possess. That  way, through me, God can lead you into the depths of the spiritual  life. Little children, do not be afraid, because I am with you even if  you think there is no way out and that Satan is in control. I am  bringing peace to you I am your mother, the Queen of Peace. I am  blessing you with the blessings of joy so that for you God may be  everything in your life. Thank you for having responded to my call."(July 25, 1988)

The Finding in the Temple

"Dear  children, on this day of grace, I am calling you to love. Little  children, God loves you immeasurably and that is why, little children,  full of trust and without looking back and without fear, completely  surrender your hearts to Him so that God may fill them with His love. Do  not be afraid to believe in His love and mercy, because His love is  stronger than every one of your weaknesses and fears. Therefore, my  children, full of love in your hearts, trust in Jesus and say your 'yes'  to Him, because He is the only way which leads you to the Eternal  Father." (Jakov Annual Message 2018)

Dear  Mother Mary, we gather together to pray this novena, with deep  gratitude for your presence in our midst. You have come to show us the  way to heaven. The Heavenly Father has sent you to us to help us to  repent and return to Him. You are coming to be the bond between us and  the Heavenly Father, and to help us to love and serve His Son. You pray  with us for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, because you have told us  that when we have the Holy Spirit, we have everything. Therefore we ask  that during this Novena you will help us to bond with you and through  you with our Triune God who loves us so much. We ask that every grace  can be poured out upon our shepherds, especially Pope Francis, during  these nine days that they will be strengthened and purified for the days  ahead, these most triumphant days of the Triumph of your Immaculate  Heart! Thank you, dearest Mother!!! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!Cathy Nolan©Mary TV 2019

"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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