Maria says: (Maria Mother and Teacher, Vol. 1) " My children, here I am to pray with you here and to spread my graces. I am the Immaculate One and my gratitude for you, who with great sacrifice and with much faith come to honor me, is great.
Gratitude is a delicate flower, an expression of goodness and kindness, and if amongst you, you must always make this delicate flower bloom, I for first must give you an example. You love me and you give me all that you can. I love you and I give you all that you desire, provided that it be for your true spiritual benefit and be for you a true good.
My children, who live in families where the Lord is loved little and where tribulation is sometimes brought on by the lack of God's grace, I understand you and I help you.
Appearing in different parts of the world, I have asked all my children for prayer and penance. Well then, the penance that I ask from you is not like the one God asked the anchorites who lived in the desert, it is not even the one of the martyrs who were subjected to pains and unheard of sacrifices.
I ask you only that you learn to be so strong as to accept with full adherence and awareness that will of God which is presented to you in the most diverse ways: a sick mother, a son with no discretion, a husband who does not behave well or whatever other adversity.
Let us understand each other, it is not that God wants these things, since He wants everyone good and happy, but you, by receiving these adversities from the wise hand of God, accomplish his plan of salvation for your loved ones. You buy, so to say, the salvation of your loved ones with the same sufferings that they procure you.
That's why, dear children, you must never get discouraged, never get impatient and never lack in goodness towards those who err. They are, unwittingly and in the same way, means of sanctification for you and means of salvation for themselves.
Children, and what shall I tell you about prayer? You have learnt to pray well and I see with great satisfaction that you join the invocation of the heart and the thought of the mind to what the lips are saying. I am happy with you. That you be fathers, mothers, children, spouses, you are all my little children, dear to me like the pupils of my eyes. I could call you all by name since I know you so well.
I know also each one's most secret thoughts, I know the defects, even those which you barely succeed in identifying, and I know also your virtues and the desires for good that you have and all that you cannot do, because the possibility, the time or the strength is lacking to you.
All, I know all about you and if I desire to help you to take away the evil or the defects and I do not marvel at your weakness, I value and bless your good desires as if they were a real good."
I keep you all in my heart, and with affection and help I wish to give you so much courage that your faith may never fail and do not get lost along the road. Courage, children, now and always I bless you."
"CENACOLO DELLA DIVINA MISERICORDIA", Viale Lunigiana 30, 20125 Milano, Italy Nihil Obstat: Reverend Gerard Diamond MA (Oxon), LSS, D. Theol, Diocesan Censor Imprimatur: Rev. Monsignor Les Tomlinson, Vicar General Date: 20th July 2007
Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne