Public Message from Our Lady of Emmitsburg

To the World

through Gianna Sullivan

February 9, 2005

Ash Wednesday


Little children, praised be Jesus!

Little ones, this is a time of renewal, the time when each of you

can join with my Son by looking at all the areas in your lives and

mending them, focusing all of your attention on Jesus so that He can

heal you. This is a redemptive time, a time when each of you should

be doing good to your neighbor, not speaking harshly, not

slandering, not gossiping, and not allowing hatred to fill your

hearts. It is a time of hospitality instead of hostility, one in

which you are gracious in giving and gracious in receiving.

My Son loves you; and all of His suffering was for the good of

humanity. How great it is to focus on these areas in your lives

with love in your hearts, so that you can grow to be more and more

like my Son, Who freely gave Himself so that you could be free!

I love you, and I take your intentions to the Foot of the Cross.

Blessed is the Wood of the Cross! The Wood of the Cross is your

salvation, as you unite your suffering to my Son's.



Reflection on the February 9, 2005 Message


Our wise Mother, the Seat of Wisdom, is calling us to renewal, a

renewal which challenges us to look honestly within so we will, firm

of purpose, amend our lives as we focus completely on Jesus, our

Forgiveness and Healing. The Mother of Mercy exhorts us to

spiritually stretch to new levels of loving God by loving our

neighbor, in thought, word and deed, with the compassion, mercy,

generosity and gentleness of the Sacred Suffering Heart of Her Son.

The Co-Redemptrix urges us to reflect on the Life-giving Love of Her

Son, our Redeemer. What better way to do so in this, "Year of the

Eucharist," than to gaze upon the Holy Wood of the Cross and adore

the Child Jesus in His Eucharistic Presence as we recall all He

suffered to save us. Let us emulate our Lord. With joy, let us pick

up our cross and follow Him.

(Fr. John B. Wang)