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Thursday, August 22, 1996

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Queenship of Mary

Ezekiel 36:23-28
Psalm 51
Matthew 22:1-14

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clean at last

"I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall return to You." —Psalm 51:15

Do you regret having committed certain sins? Have you let your past sins make you feel "dirty"? The Lord has promised "to cleanse you from all your impurities" (Ez 36:25). "Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool" (Is 1:18).

The Lord will tread underfoot our guilt and cast all our sins into the depths of the sea (Mi 7:19). "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He put our transgressions from us" (Ps 103:12). He will thoroughly wash us from our guilt (Ps 51:4) and create a clean and new heart for us (Ps 51:12; Ez 36:26). The Lord will simply forget all our sins (Ez 18:22), if we only repent and ask His forgiveness.

"I tell you, there will likewise be more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent" (Lk 15:7). The Lord wants to run out to sinners, throw His arms around them, kiss them, give them gifts, and have a special dinner in their honor (Lk 12:21ff).

However, the Lord does not force His love, affection, and forgiveness on us. We must open the door by repenting. Go to Confession as soon as possible and let the Lord love and cleanse you.

Prayer:  Father, forgive me for I know not what I do (see Lk 23:34).

Promise:  "The invited are many, the elect are few." —Mt 22:14

Praise:  Harry was involved in drug and alcohol abuse and sexual sin. He found his way back to Jesus after he happened to read a pamphlet about Mary's apparitions.

Reference:  (Queen Mary will lead you ever closer to Jesus. Pray about ordering our leaflets, The Secret of the Rosary and The Scriptural Rosary (Psalms).)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert J. Buschmiller, January 29, 1996

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 5, 1996