During this past week, I have meditated upon Our Lady's Message on
September 25 from Medjugorje. At first hearing, or first reading it might
appear to be the "same old" thing that our Heavenly Mother has been saying
for all these years.
True, she has said this before, but obviously few were listening, fewer
still taking the words imparted to heart and living them. The thought that kept coming
to me was the old adage common from World War II. "Loose lips sink ships."
Our Lady tells us in her most recent message that we all talk too much and
that we don't pray enough. This, my dear friends, is the core of our
failure to bring about the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart now. It is
the core of why we don't understand Heaven's messages, warnings, nor do we
seek to do God's Will at every instant. In short, our "loose lips" tend to
sink our soul into the snares satan lays for us, and in so doing, our
symphony becomes discordant and displeasing to God.
Oh, we all love to talk. The world is "overpopulated" with talk - and 99.9%
of all of it is nothing more than a distraction and in many cases leading
us into temptation. We have also failed to realize that we are failing
God, playing a melody that is flat, when we spend our time "talking" about
this message or that message.
Having examined my conscience after reading Our Lady's Message, I came to
the understanding, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, that Mary wasn't
simply referring to the times we gossip about everyday things. That's
certainly part of what our Blessed Mother is referring to. After all, we
talk endlessly on the telephone, we talk to our friends, we talk about
others, and we talk at one another, with our ears deaf for listening.
However, Our Lady's words go far deeper, and in this regard, she speaks to
us about our spiritual "gossiping" as well. For example, what good does it
do for a prayer group, or any group for that matter, to meet and spend a
good hour talking about this or that message, rehashing it, thrashing it
out, digging deeper into the meaning, when its pure meaning is given
through the discernment of the Holy Spirit, and not debate? We have wasted
time, because we have done nothing but talk. When we talk, we are
thinking, and therefore, we are not speaking the words of our hearts (which
would be prayer), but spewing forth words from finite minds engaged in
Nevertheless, what, you say, are we supposed to do? If we aren't supposed
to "talk" about the messages of the Mother of God, then just what are we
supposed to "listen" for, or "listen" to?
The answer is very simple, and because it is simple, we don't get it. We
like to complicate things, because we feel it is a sign of maturity, of
intelligence, if we are able to dissect and debate endlessly over issues.
What would happen if, on October 25th, when our Blessed Mother gives her
monthly message to the world, we would all "listen" to it, and then go and
pray about it in the stillness of our hearts?
Imagine that! No debate, no discussion, no speculation, just plain
silence from our lips, while our souls are attentively listening to the
Heavenly words and beckoning the Holy Spirit to enlighten and guide us.
What if, upon hearing the Message, all who had "heard" got down on their
knees and simply prayed in silence from their heart and the Holy Spirit
would come and bring understanding and knowledge sublime, and there would
be no need for words?
Could you do that? Do you want to try?
Sure, it's going to be hard. We live in a world of instant communication
(until a satellite spins out of orbit and the power to our electronic
devices is cut off), and we are trained, like lab rats, to speak and
proffer our opinion on every subject imaginable.
God doesn't want that from us. God's own Mother has been telling us that
for years, and I wonder if she is weary of repeating herself?
I would like to offer you this suggestion: From this day on let us all
keep silent in our hearts, and keep a zipper on our lips. We don't have to
discuss the Message. It speaks for itself. We don't need to keep our
minds so occupied that we're on overload. Let's turn off our lips, turn
off the distractions of the world, even if you have to take every
electrical plug out of your TV, radio, stereo, etc., and instead, just live
the message with all your heart.
Together, shall we try to do this and see how much more prepared we are
for the October message when it comes? Wouldn't it be something if, by
being still, by buttoning the lips, our souls would rise into the mystical
air of Heaven where understanding and enlightenment and peace would bring
us ever closer to God, and drive from us curiosity and other negatives
which defeat the entire purpose of the Blessed Mother's apparitions and
messages? I'm willing. Will you join with me? Ponder the message deep in
the silence of your soul. Live that message. Pray with your heart, pray
from your heart, and see what miracles God will work in your soul.
If loose lips sink ships, or in this case, sink souls, then let us be on
guard to encrypt our souls in the music of Heaven, where the enemy cannot
crack the code of silence we have placed upon ourselves.