A Reflection from Fr. Ed Chalmers on Our Lady’s Message of May 25, 2010

Our Lady of Medjugorje’s Message of May 25, 2010

“Dear children!  God gave you the grace to live and to defend all the good that is in you and around you, and to inspire others to be better and holier; but Satan, too, does not sleep and through modernism diverts you and leads you to his way.  Therefore, little children, in the love for my Immaculate Heart, love God above everything and live His commandments.  In this way, your life will have meaning and peace will rule on earth.  Thank you for having responded to my call.”

A Reflection from Fr. Ed Chalmers on Our Lady’s Message of May 25, 2010

            “Dear children!  God gave you the grace to live and to defend all the good that is in you and around you, and to inspire others to be better and holier; but Satan, too, does not sleep and through modernism diverts you and leads you to his way.”  In this first sentence of Her message of May 25, 2010, Our Lady speaks about the power of God’s grace that gives us the opportunity to do good.  Our Lady also describes the effect that the evil one is having in our lives and throughout the world.

            We must believe that God has given us the grace to overcome evil and all of its hideous effects.  However, it seems that our dear Blessed Mother is challenging us to become more aware of living and defending, “all the good that is in you and around you.”  I wonder are we inspiring “others to be better and holier?”  It seems that we are often overwhelmed by the personal trials of life.  We can become entrapped in a malaise of self-importance.  We can lose the focus of whom we are and what we should be doing.  We can never forget that as baptized Christians we are called by Jesus to be servants of his love.  To encourage others, “to be better and holier,” we must be better and holier ourselves.  Complacency and indifferent attitudes will not allow us to be holy servants of God’s love.  On the other hand, are we willing to change and embrace that ongoing process of conversion that will lead us into God’s service?  In the second sentence of Her message of May 25, 2010, Our Lady leads us on that path.  “Therefore, little children, in the love for my Immaculate Heart, love God above everything and live His commandments.” 

            As we consider Our Lady’s acknowledgement of our love for Her Immaculate Heart, we have to challenge ourselves to love God above everything and to devotedly live His commandments.  Picking and choosing what we wish to believe while only keeping the commandments we find convenient is at the center of the serious “lack of faith” found both within and outside the Church.  We have to accept “a change of heart” where we place our own selfish wants and desires on the “backburners of our lives.”  God and His love must be in the center of our existence.

            While living on this earth, Jesus showed us in a splendid way the reality of unconditional love.  Through His passion, death, and resurrection, our dear Lord reconciled humanity with His Eternal Father.  Jesus’ sacrificial love is the way to holiness, and most importantly to salvation.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Our Lady wishes to bring us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  This process called sanctification becomes the essence of whom the Christian believer should be while living in the world.  Perfect happiness can only be attained in the Kingdom of Heaven, but the peace of Jesus can reign in our hearts when we accept God’s way as the only way.  In the next sentence of Her message of May 25, 2010, Our Lady relates to us what can result if we, “love God above everything and live His commandments.  In this way, your life will have meaning and peace will rule the earth.” 

            I hope you are well.  Give my best to all of your families.  As some of you know, the churches in Fitchburg, under the guidance of the Diocese of Worcester have been undergoing a process of pastoral planning since October of 2008.  On July 1, 2010 four of the churches including St. Bernard Church will close.  As of that date, I will be assigned as pastor to St. Stephen Church in Worcester, MA.  Please keep all of us in your prayers as we continue this difficult process.  May Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit come upon you and remain with you, forever and ever.  Amen.

            God’s love and prayers always,

                        Fr. Ed

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