Surrender and Gratitude

Surrender

Monthly Message of Our Lady of Medjugorje May 23, 1985 “Dear children! These days I call you especially to open your hearts to the Holy Spirit. Especially during these days the Holy Spirit is working through you. Open your hearts and surrender your life to Jesus so that He works through your hearts and strengthens you in faith. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Love is going out of oneself, surrendering the self, letting the reality, the truth take over. It is not limited to any earthly object or person. It reaches out to the infinite and the eternal. This is contemplation. It is not something which we achieve for ourselves; it is something that comes when we let go. We have to abandon everything, all words, thoughts, hopes, fears, all attachment to ourselves or to any earthly thing, and let the divine mystery take possession of our lives. -–Bede Griffiths

Gratitude

Monthly Message of Our Lady of Medjugorje, April 25, 1991 “Dear children! Today I invite you all so that your prayer be prayer with the heart. Let each of you find time
for prayer so that in prayer you discover God. I do not desire you to talk about prayer, but to pray. Let your every day be filled with prayer of gratitude to God for life and for all that you have. I do not desire your life to pass by in words but that you glorify God with deeds. I am with you and I am grateful to God for every moment spent with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

When we encapsulate everything about gratitude, one can say that a humble person is able to say “thank you” because a humble person sees and recognizes the other person in seeing and recognizing what is good in him, even if it is quite small. A proud person is not able to thank because such a person is blind toward the other person and what is good in him, and wants that the other person serve him, that they are obliged to do so and therefore must do so. A humble person always knows that everything that the others do for him is really a reason for him to be grateful, because they simply do not have to do so. So, whoever thanks is free. In relationship toward God, the one who thanks recognizes God as Lord, as Creator, and as the source of all gifts. Here in Medjugorje we have a special reason to be grateful because God, by way of Mary, began with this phenomenon and is also continuing with it. To open ones eyes for that which is happening here and to start thanking God is what Mary wants. But there is also a danger here in our Parish and for those pilgrims who come here often that we simply start taking all this for granted, because when we slip into what is all too normal, then we will soon lose the spirit of gratitude. That is why it is really a huge grace when we recognize what is wonderful about this simple, daily occurrence as being God’s creation.–Fr Slavko

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