Here is today's reflection:
Ask then, for all that you need
The following message was given to Marija while she was in America in November, 1988:
I invite you to pray and to give yourselves completely to God. I will give you strength and help you whenever you are in need; ask then, for all that you need, for I will interceded for you in God's presence (SM 11 - 23 - 88).
While trusting Our Lady to give us all that we need, we will find at the same time that our trust in God will grow ever stronger:
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not foresaken those who
- Psalm 9:9-10
Reflection: The Lord never forsakes those who seek and trust him; nor can Our Lady, who is forever faithful as her Son. Although loss or suffering may wound us deeply, our God is as close as a whispered prayer. We can trust him to heal us.
This is the spirit of trust that John Cardinal Newman expressed in the following prayer:
God has created me to do some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission - I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good. I shall do his work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it - if I do but keep his commandments.
Whatever where I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what he is about. He may take away my friends, he may throw me among strangers, he may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me - still he knows what he is about. Therefore I will trust him.
Application: Simply reflect on Cardinal Newman's prayer once more today. You may wish to offer it especially in anxious or troubled times.