Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Open Your Heart

Just as the clenched hand can neither give nor receive, the closed heart cannot love.


Love unifies,
it brings us together and makes us one.

Love calls us individually to relationship,
yet its very nature has no boundaries;
its desire is to be shared with others.


Love flows from the heart...
this same love flows from each of us because God's Spirit of abundant love flows through our hearts. ~Henri Nouwen


Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22: 36-39


"Dear children; With motherly love I desire to open the heart of each of you and to teach you personal unity with the Father. To accept this, you must comprehend that you are important to God and that He is calling you individually. You must comprehend that your prayer is a conversation of a child with the Father; that love is the way by which you must set out - love for God and for your neighbour. That is, my children, the love that has no boundaries, that is the love that emanates from truth and goes to the end. Follow me, my children, so that also others, in recognizing the truth and love in you, may follow you. Thank you."


Once again Our Lady called us to pray for our shepherds (priests) and said: "They have a special place in my heart. They represent my Son." BVM, April 02, 2011 Message to Mirjana , Medjugorje


This season of Lent calls us to reconciliation with God, with others and with ourselves. Reconcilation can only come to a heart that is open. May our hearts be open.






17 comments:

jek said...

We always need to be reminded to love. I think sometimes we get lost in doing this because we think love is just an emotion, a feel and not an action. Thank you for the reminder to act in and with love. I also liked the part on reconciliation.

Peace and all good things to you.

JEK

Mary333 said...

Thanks, DG, for this wonderful post on love and having an open heart!

Mother Mary's message here is beautiful- it shows the importance of every single person to God and his yearning for a close relationship with each one of us. Great message!

Shirley said...

To act from love and not our own self-will is one of the hardest things to learn; it is easy to love that which is in accordance to our way of thinking, but oh so difficult to love those whom we dislike.

Ed Sousa, Sr. said...

Daily Grace,
Thank You for this beautiful post.
You are doing what Our Lady has requested us to do by helping to spread her messages of love. I'm sure Our Lady is very happy and pleased with you and the work you are doing. (Thank You Daily Grace for responding to her call)
God Bless You,
Ed Sousa Sr.

In May 1986,
Our Lady gave this powerful message.

“Dear children, you are the ones responsible
for the messages. The source
of grace is here, but you, dear children,
you are the vessels which transport the
gifts. Therefore, dear children, I am
calling you to do your job with responsibility.
Each one shall be responsible
according to his own ability. Dear
children, I am calling you to give the
gifts to others with love, and not to keep
them to yourselves. Thank you for having
responded to my call.

Daily Grace said...

Ed,

I don't think that I have ever been paid such a wonderful complement.
You have brought tears to my eyes.

God bless you

St. Raphael said...

Daily Grace, i just found your blog and i love it. Great post, I just Love Our Lady. She is very special to me. Peace St. Raphael

Daily Grace said...

Thank you Mary,

You are right about Our Lady's message, each of us is a very important part of her plan to bring all people to her Son.

God bless..

Daily Grace said...

Thanks Jek,

I agree that we often think of love as an emotion rather than a decision/ an act of the will.

Sometimes it is easier to say than do because some people make love difficult. I have often read that this was Christ's greatest agony in the garden because he knew that many would take his sacrifice for granted..the closed hearts so to speak.

I guess that is why we are called to intercessory prayer.

Pray, pray, pray! God bless and thanks for commenting.

Daily Grace said...

Amen Shirley,

Surrender of that self-will has been a tough one for me on many occasions. I always thank the good Lord for being so patient with me.
What a wonderful parent he is!

Thank you so much for your comment.

God bless

Daily Grace said...

St. Raphael,

I am so glad I found your blog too!

God bless

Colleen said...

Love this post. Thank you!

Abbey said...

Grace, I was so moved by your post, and by the great compliment you received from your reader. I cannot top that! But I WILL say that I believe in the Holy Mother's words and I post them and email them each and every time. Our Blessed Mother is begging us to come to Jesus. She asked and was given permission by Jesus to continue her apparitions to try and bring more people to conversion. She is full of love, just like Jesus and the Father; she doesn't want to see an apocolypse; she wants to bring nothing but love and peace to the world. I love her with all my heart and she makes me long to be a better Catholic Christian every day of my life.

Thank you for this most beautiful and moving post. It is well-received by many, even if they do not write a comment.

I pray that you will be blessed every day of your life with love, peace, and joy.

Abbey ♥

Daily Grace said...

God bless you Abbey! Thank you..

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Happy Holy week to you and yours.

God bless.

Michael said...

What a wonderful reminder!

I hope you are having a Blessed Lent!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Best wishes at Easter.

God bless.

KathY said...

4/24/11

"Easter is about life: life after sin and life after death." (From a wonderful homily I heard today.) Alleluia!

Daily Grace, I wish you a blessed Easter Day and Easter Season, KathY