Call Out To Jesus!

While praying the Rosary, I saw water that had come up on the siding of the houses and people swimming in the waters and I knew a flood had come. I heard “this is not your house, it is somewhere else in the future. Pray for them.”

And then I heard, that “even if someone cries out for Jesus at the last second, they will be Saved”. And “all children will be Saved”.

Prepare, Pray & Be Ready!

Happy Mother’s Day Mary :)

I often think of Mary with awe! Although we often talk of Jesus’ sacrifice, we don’t talk of Mary’s nearly enough.

As a Mom, I can’t even imagine the horror and pain she endured watching her Son dying on that Cross.  A million thoughts must have raced through her mind and heart.  That she didn’t simply collapse is a testament to her courage and faith, her love for Jesus, as well as our Father’s strength and the Holy Spirit’s Comfort.  It’s was a miracle in and of itself!

Personally, I know I would have collapsed.  Just as I know I would have begged our Father not to allow my Son to die, especially in such a horrific way.  But that was not Jesus’ Will.  He came to save us from our sin, no matter the cost. 

Instead, Mary gave Jesus what He needed most, Her love and her strength, and Her faith in our Father’s Will.  Mary trusted our Father.  She knew God’s ways were, and are, “higher than our ways”. And I am sure she prayed for Jesus! For Mary knew just how important prayer was and is!

Mary gave God Her all and trusted God with the outcome…and that is what we need to do!

As a Mom, the sheer horror of watching my Son crucified would have broken me, but it didn’t break Mary.  Because Her love for Jesus and was that pure and that strong.  And that love helped Her to overcome all.  And for that alone, I will always be grateful to Mary.  Just as I will always hope to be more like her!

Too often, modern day churches seem to argue about Mary’s role in the “church”.  But the truth is – there really is no need for we are all the “church” 

Mary was Jesus’ Mother and one of the best role models we will ever have.  By Her sacrifice alone, she has not only proven Her love for our Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, but for each of us as well. 

And Jesus loves Mary so very much too, as only a Son can love His Mother.

As for the confusion of “praying to Our Blessed Mother Mary”.  It is not that we are “praying to Mary”, but rather we are asking Mary to pray for us!  And why would we not?

Mary is in Heaven with God and I talk with her every day!  Sometimes simply to thank Her for all she sacrificed for us.  And sometimes to ask her to pray for me or others.  And I know she does, because She loves each of us. 

Mary has enriched my faith and brought me great joy and peace!  She can do the same for you. Happy Mother’s Day Mary, and thank you! 

Happy Easter

“But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”-Matthew 28:5-6

Can we truly imagine the joy all those who Loved Jesus felt when they realized He was alive? When they saw Him for the first time after He rose from the dead? That is the kind of joy we will experience in Heaven!

Can we truly imagine the Peace that all of those who Loved Jesus felt knowing that His pain and suffering were done? Because that is the kind of Peace we will feel in Heaven 🙂

A Heaven that we would not enter without Jesus’ Great Sacrifice!

And if that were not enough, Jesus’ Life, Death and Resurrection also created a Bridge between God and us!

How Blessed are we 🙂

Thank You Jesus. These words don’t seem nearly enough, but Thank You!

Holy Saturday

“For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;” – Isaiah 59:12

On Holy Saturday, we remember Jesus’ Triumphant descent into Hell. While Catholics and Protestants may view this even differently, at the end of the day, Jesus is Triumphant and on that we can agree 🙂

And there is something else that we can all agree on, without Jesus we would all be in hell.

But there is something else that we don’t talk enough about. All of those who Loved Jesus-were mourning. One can’t help but think of Mary, His Mother, how she must have felt! Or Mary Magdalene, how she must have mourned! And then there were Christ’s Apostles! They all witnessed Jesus’ suffering! How much pain that must have caused them!

See, it wasn’t just Christ that suffered, although He suffered horribly. It was also all of those who loved Him!

Our gratitude to Jesus can not be understated! His willingness to suffer for our sins is amazing.

But I am also grateful to all those who loved Him, for I know that must have weighted heavy on Jesus’ heart because He loved them too!

The Bridge

“For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities:”-Isaiah 59:12

This Monday, we prepare for Easter, the most Holy Day of the year. But before Easter, comes Good Friday, when Jesus took all of our sins on Himself to Save us. And perhaps, this Monday, we need to take some time to think about what those actual sins are and tell God just how sorry we are for them-in Jesus’ Name.

It isn’t just the sins we commit. But how many acts of kindness have we failed to do? How many times have we been self-centered? How many times have we chosen to act for our own pleasure rather than God’s Will? How many times have we seen a person in need, but kept walking?

And how many times have we failed to love God or our fellow man as we should?

We all fall short, that’s one reason why Jesus’ Gift of Salvation is so incredibly important. We could never build a relationship with God on our own. And we could never make it to Heaven on our own.

Jesus is the Bridge.

Hope Still Lives :)

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

Our Hope, and our Help have always come from the Lord. Our country has changed, but our Hope, and our Help, have not!

It’s hard looking at the events in the news this week and not feel that our country, that we love so much, is falling apart. But there is a saying, “Sometimes, when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.”. God has a plan for us, we just need to Trust God.

And here to is a word of Hope from Mary. When Mary appeared in Equador, She spoke of a time to come much like this. And She said that just when all looked lost, the Christian Church, meaning all of us, would be restored. :).

Keep Praying in Jesus’ Name and Keep Your Eyes On Jesus 🙂

Prepare, Pray & Be Ready!

Thank You Mary For Saying Yes!

Every March 25th, the Annunciation of Mary is celebrated all over the world. The Annunciation simply refers to the time that Gabriel, an Angel, appeared to Mary, Our Blessed Mother, to tell her of the coming of Christ’s birth. It was Gabriel who told Mary to name the baby Jesus; it was Mary who said YES 🙂

Christ’s Birth Announced to Mary

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”-Luke 1:26-38

When I read Luke’s verses in the Bible, I am always in awe of Mary’s faith. I only hope and pray that one day, my faith will be as strong. It’s hard to even imagine just how much She must have loved God and just how strong Her faith was-

Because She did not hesitate to do God’s Will and nor should we 🙂

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.