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" I am not a priest and cannot bless them, but all that the heart of a mother can ask of God for her children, I ask of Him and will never cease to ask Him." ~ Sister Marie

“The grace of our Lord be with us forever.” ~ Sr. Marie

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Spiritual Solidarity

Sister Marie De Mandat-Grancey, Foundress of Mary’s House in Ephesus so long ago, has given this generation a reason to hope for peace. She has given us Mary’s House! She is the patron of all those who honor Mary there; Christians, Muslims, Orthodox and all. She is our patron to invoke when we feel frightened by religious violence. Not only this, but because she has given us Mary’s House she has given us a way to achieve spiritual solidarity with God’s children of other faiths. With our extremely diverse religious beliefs, is there any other ground upon which we can stand together and give true glory to God by honoring His Mother than the holy ground in Ephesus at Mary’s House?

Sister Marie, I am in awe at times when I contemplate this precious gift and want the whole world to know about this hope I have because of you, your love for God, all His children and Our Lady, your heroic dedication, and selfless devotion to the mission of preserving Mary’s House. Just imagine thousands of people from all over the world praying in spiritual solidarity in Mary’s House! What grace will flow from God at Mary’s request! We have the power to stop wars and religious violence by our prayers especially through the intercession of Blessed Mother. There will be “peace to men of goodwill.” Let us persevere in our prayers of spiritual solidarity with men of goodwill of other faiths that this peace will come. It is not complicated. It is exquisitely simple. It confounds the proud of heart. We need not meet with our minds. We must spiritually meet with our hearts in Her Heart in Her House.

Even though it is not possible for the children of the one true God to have political or religious solidarity, thanks to Sister Marie we have true hope of spiritual solidarity as we honor Jesus’ Mother in Mary’s House. This unique spiritual solidarity is what will defeat the powers of darkness that strive to destroy peace. They will have no hope of prevailing. There is an awesome power here that we must recognize and respect and for which we must humbly thank the Almighty God. Mary, Mother of Jesus has said, “For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.” The Almighty has given our Blessed Mother ability to unite this suffering and fractured world. There will be no defeating the fruit that comes from unity and spiritual solidarity under the mantle of the Mother of Jesus whom God Himself has decreed to be called blessed by all generations…this generation. Let us reflect upon the Magnificat.

My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
Sister Marie, pray for us.