BVM, January 25, 2011 Message to Marija"Dear children! Also today I am with you and I am looking at you and blessing you, and I am not losing hope that this world will change for the good and that peace will reign in the hearts of men. Joy will begin to reign in the world because you have opened yourselves to my call and to God’s love. The Holy Spirit is changing a multitude of those who have said ‘yes’. Therefore I desire to say to you: thank you for having responded to my call."
True, maximum freedom does not mean saying No. It means saying yes, opening up and conforming one’s will to that of God. 1
All beginnings start with yes and there are as many opportunities to start over as there are new days in our lives. Each day Jesus calls us to follow him just like he called Simon Peter, Andrew and the other disciples. He calls us, ordinary people, to do extraordinary things in his name. He calls us to bring hope to a world that has little hope and love to those that have little love.
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:35
Adam, who stands in for humanity, “thought that No was the top of freedom; only someone who says No is truly free, and so says No to God.”2
Mary on the other hand said “let it be done to me according to your word.” She said yes!
God of all people, help us to live this day in joyful hope. Grant us the grace to see it as a gift from you to be shared with those you send our way. Thank you for Mother Mary, the lodestar of this new day, clothed with the sun and the moon at her feet. Her “yes” to You continues to lead and guide us to her Son.
1,2 Pope Benedict XVI, Saying 'Yes' to God Brings True Freedom