Cathy Nolan’s Daily Reflection.

Be it done unto me according to Your word!


The Cenacolo Christmas Play – the Annunciation!
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

 

J.M.J.

March 24, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Tomorrow we expect to receive the monthly message from Our Lady. It will also be the Feast of the Annunciation!!! What a great day to receive a message from Our Lady.

In preparation I suggest that we read and pray over again, the Gospel account of the Annunciation, and then the message we received on February 25. This way we can prepare to hear from Our Lady again, as we honor her as the great Mother of God!!

The Gospel for the Annunciation:

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;

and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,

and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever;

and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?”

And the angel said to her,

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,

and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;

therefore the child to be born will be called holy,

the Son of God.

And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1: 26-38)

And Our Lady’s Message from last month:

“Dear children! Today I am calling you to profoundly live your faith and to implore the Most High to strengthen it, so that winds and storms cannot break it. May the roots of your faith be prayer and hope in eternal life. Already now, little children, work on yourselves in this time of grace, wherein God is giving you the grace – through renunciation and the call to conversion – to be people of clear and persevering faith and hope. Thank you for having responded to my call.” February 25, 2017

At the Annunciation, Our Lady had great courage built upon her great faith. She responded to the Angel Gabriel with honesty, candor, and purity. She was ready to give herself to God completely. And she did! This is the kind of faith that has deep roots and strong branches. May we grow to be like her, even a little bit, in our little lives. Who knows what God can do through us!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

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Be vigilant and open for truth.

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J.M.J.

March 23, 2017

Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! With a full heart I am asking you, I am imploring you children: cleanse your hearts of sin and lift them up to God and to eternal life. I am imploring you: be vigilant and open for truth. Do not permit for all that is of this earth to distance you from the true cognition of the contentment in the communion with my Son. I am leading you on the way of true wisdom, because only with true wisdom can you come to know true peace and the true good. Do not waste time asking for signs of the Heavenly Father, because He has already given you the greatest sign, which is my Son. Therefore, my children, pray so that the Holy Spirit can lead you into truth, can help you to come to know it, and through that knowledge of the truth that you may be one with the Heavenly Father and with my Son. That is the cognition which gives happiness on earth and opens the door of eternal life and infinite love. Thank you.” (March 18, 2015)

Fr. Leon gave a powerful homily yesterday on how we interpret Scripture and how it can inform our lives, our choices. I thought I would reproduce it for you so you can chew on it. Fr. Leon is trying to help us understand how to discern the Truth. It is very good.

Fr. Leon Pereira’s Homily on March 22, 2017:

If I were to give you all a copy of “The Wizard of Oz” and you read the book, there would be as many interpretations of this book as there you! Some of you would come away thinking that the wizard was a great man, some of you would think he is a megalomaniac, some of you would think he is a coward, or a frightened man. Some of you would come away loving the munchkins. Others would think they are a nuisance. But there would be as many interpretations as the number of pilgrims who had received a copy of “The Wizard of Oz” from me.

To read is to interpret. Therefore, when someone says to you something like, “Where is that in the Bible?”, this becomes automatically one of the silliest questions they can ask. Because as soon as you read it you are interpreting it. So you have to say, “Well, how do I know that your interpretation is correct?” How do you know mine isn’t better than yours? And how do you know that we are even able to read these things by ourselves and somehow magically come to an understanding?

Jesus is the lens through which we read the Scripture. We have Holy Mother Church to interpret the Scriptures for us. But Jesus is the lens through which we see and understand the Scriptures. What do I mean?

For example, in the Old Testament there is a law that adulterers are to be stoned to death. Why don’t we stone adulterers? Because of Jesus, because of what He did. When the adulterous woman was brought before Him, He said, “Let He who is without sin cast the first stone.” He didn’t’ say don’t stone her. He just said to let whoever is without sin be the first. So He didn’t abolish the law, He perfects the law and fulfills it. And that is why we don’t stone adulterers. Mostly because we would be stoning ourselves. OK?

Think of another example. In the Old Testament Jesus says “Because of the hardness of your hearts, Moses gave the children of Israel divorce.” You can divorce your wife and marry another for whatever reason basically, is what it boils down to. If she is displeasing in your sight. But Jesus says, “It was not so from the beginning.” Then He completes and perfects the law. He says, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery and etc. If a divorced woman marries someone else, she commits adultery. This doesn’t come from man, but from Jesus Himself. He completes and perfects the law.

It becomes difficult for us, because our lives are complicated. We make them complicated somehow. Through original sin, through our selfishness, through chance, through all sorts of reasons. But then to say therefore that Christ must meet me where I am, is a bit of a strange thing to say. Christ does meet us where we are, but imagine if where you are, is at the bottom of a well. If you say, God should meet me where I am, the Church should meet me where I am.  Come down to the bottom of the well and sit by me and we will drown together. That’s not going to solve anyone’s problems. Christ comes and meets us where we are so that He can lift us up to where He is. That is a very important point. We don’t stay down there in the mud or in the depths of the well. But Christ comes to lift us up. And when we say it’s impossible for man, Jesus says, “Yes I said that already. But all things are possible for God.”

When people bandy around this catch phrase, “The Eucharist is not a reward for the strong, it is medicine for the weak.” Then you have to ask yourself who is the strong person? It is the person who says, “I don’t need to repent. I don’t need the Eucharist. I’m not going to repent.” That is the strong person. And the weak one is the one who’s says, “I have sinned. Have mercy on me. Forgive me and help me.”

So remember many people will come, lying to us and trying to falsify the Gospel. But Jesus is the lens through which we read and understand the Scriptures. He told us He is the Truth and He has come to bear witness to the Truth. And in these latter days, men will have itching ears, wanting all kinds of unsound teachings. Willing to run away as soon as a pied piper comes along with false teachings. But we know what Jesus Himself said, and we know that He is the Truth. And even if it is hard for us to live by the Truth, Jesus has the grace for us to live by it.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Love God above everything and live His commandments.


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
Live God’s Commandments

 

J.M.J.

March 22, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus makes it clear to us that we must live the Commandments of God. They are not old fashioned or out of date. They carry in them the seeds of a beautiful life, a life that is fruitful and just, a life that is clean and trustworthy. Jesus tells us:

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.

I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,

not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter

will pass from the law,

until all things have taken place.

Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments

and teaches others to do so

will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.

But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments

will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 5:17-19)

Our Lady has also told us to live the Commandments of God, that our lives might be good. Here are 5 messages in which she calls us to the Commandments. Listen to what she says about the commandments and why we need them. They are for our good. You could use these messages for meditation during your Rosary today!

May 25, 2010 “Dear children! God gave you the grace to live and to defend all the good that is in you and around you, and to inspire others to be better and holier; but satan, too, does not sleep and through modernism diverts you and leads you to his way. Therefore, little children, in the love for my Immaculate Heart, love God above everything and live His commandments. In this way, your life will have meaning and peace will rule on earth. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

February 25, 2015 “Dear children! In this time of grace, I call all of you: pray more and speak less. In prayer seek the will of God and live it according to the commandments to which God calls you. I am with you and am praying with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

January 25, 2016 “Dear children! Also today I am calling all of you to prayer. You cannot live without prayer, because prayer is a chain which brings you closer to God. Therefore, little children, in humility of heart return to God and to His commandments so that with all of your heart you are able to say: as it is in Heaven so may it be on earth. You, little children, are free to in freedom decide for God or against Him. See where Satan wants to pull you into sin and slavery. Therefore, little children, return to my heart so that I can lead you to my Son Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

June 25, 2016 “Dear children! Give thanks to God with me for the gift of my being with you. Pray, little children, and live God’s commandments that it may be good for you on earth. Today, on this day of grace, I desire to give you my motherly blessing of peace and of my love. I intercede for you with my Son and call you to persevere in prayer so that, with you, I can realize my plans. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

December 2, 2007 She blessed all of us, and all religious articles. Our Lady was very sad. All the time her eyes were filled with tears.

“Dear children! Today, while I am looking at your hearts, my heart is filled with pain and trepidation. My children, stop for a moment and look into your hearts. Is my Son, your God truly in the first place? Are His commandments truly the measure of your life? I am warning you again: without faith there is neither closeness of God nor the word of God which is the light of salvation and the light of common sense.”

Mirjana added: I painfully asked Our Lady not to leave us, and not to take her hands away from us. She painfully smiled at my request and left. This time Our Lady did not say: Thank you.

And here are the 10 Commandments. They are the bedrock of a good Confession (along with the Beatitudes and the Precepts of the Church).

The Ten Commandments:

  1. I am the LORD your God. You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

These are core values that always lead us in the right direction!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

It is from the face of God that joy flows out upon all [in heaven].


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
Jesus, we long to see your face….

 

J.M.J.

March 21, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! My motherly desire is for your hearts to be filled with peace, and for your souls to be pure so that in the presence of my Son you could see His face…” (March 18, 2017)

I want to share a couple of passages from St. Faustina’s diary about seeing Jesus’ face. And then one email from our shipmate, Penny, who had an experience of seeing Jesus’ face in Medjugorje!

St. Faustina had a very intimate relationship with Jesus. He would often show her His face. Here is one example, that happened during Lent:

This morning I heard these words: From today until the [celebration of the] Resurrection, you will not feel My presence, but your soul will be filled with great longing. And immediately a great longing filled my soul; I felt a separation from my beloved Jesus, and when the moment for Holy Communion came, I saw the suffering Face of Jesus in every Host [contained] in the chalice. From that moment, I felt a more intense yearning in my heart. (Diary, 413)

Imagine how St. Faustina must have felt at seeing Jesus’ face on each host. Truly He is present in the Eucharist. Here is another moment, during Holy Week:

Holy Hour. -Thursday. During this hour of prayer, Jesus allowed me to enter the Cenacle, and I was a witness to what happened there. However, I was most deeply moved when, before the Consecration, Jesus raised His eyes to heaven and entered into a mysterious conversation with His Father. It is only in eternity that we shall really understand that moment. His eyes were like two flames; His face was radiant, white as snow; His whole personage full of majesty, His soul full of longing. At the moment of Consecration, love rested satiated-the sacrifice fully consummated. Now only the external ceremony of death will be carried out-external destruction; the essence [of it] is in the Cenacle. Never in my whole life had I understood this mystery so profoundly as during that hour of adoration. Oh, how ardently I desire that the whole world would come to know this unfathomable mystery.  (Dairy, 684)

And finally a glimpse of heaven, and how the Face of God is experienced there:

February 10, 1938. During meditation, the Lord gave me knowledge of the joy of heaven and of the saints on our arrival there; they love God as the sole object of their love, but they also have a tender and heartfelt love for us. It is from the face of God that this joy flows out upon all, because we see Him face to face. His face is so sweet that the soul falls anew into ecstasy. (Diary, 1592)

“It is from the face of God that this joy flows out upon all, because we see Him face to face!!! His face is so sweet that the souls falls anew into ecstasy.” WOW!!!

Now for Penny’s amazing experience in Medjugorje.

Just saw your reflection, Cathy, and I hear Denis talking about seeing the face of Jesus every day.  First of all, Denis, I totally love your enthusiasm ++!  Wanted to share that when I was first in Medjugorje in 1997, I was sitting on the balcony at Matia’s home (near Apparition Hill)  with friend Phyllis.   It was a very cloudy day and we were just sitting there at peace…when from left to right, the face of Jesus came past us in the clouds.  We didn’t say anything to each other and continued to sit there…until His face came along again from left to right in the clouds. (it was windy and the clouds were blowing from left to right).  At that point I asked her if she’d seen what I’d seen — literally — “did you see what I saw?”  Yes, she said she had.  I don’t think we ever described what we’d seen to one another, we just knew. I think about this each time Denis mentions seeing the face of Jesus.  I also think that we CAN see the face of Jesus in one another.  That’s more difficult for me and makes me think about loving unconditionally.  Penny

What a blessing for Penny! And, yes Penny, you are right. We can see the face of Jesus in one another, if we have His heart. Somehow His image and likeness show through, when we are loving Him in each other!

Well, let’s keep longing to see Jesus’ face. It is Our Lady’s wish for us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

Pray that you may see His Face!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 

J.M.J.

March 20, 2017

St. Joseph, the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! My motherly desire is for your hearts to be filled with peace, and for your souls to be pure so that in the presence of my Son you could see His face. Because, my children, as a mother I know that you thirst for consolation, hope and protection. You, my children, consciously and unconsciously are seeking my Son. I also, as I passed the time on earth, rejoiced, suffered and patiently endured pains, until my Son, in all His glory, removed them. And that is why I am saying to my Son: help them always. You, my children, with true love, illuminate the darkness of selfishness which all the more envelopes my children. Be generous. May both your hands and heart always be open. Do not be afraid. Abandon yourselves to my Son with trust and hope. As you look towards Him, live life with love. To love means to give oneself, to endure, and never to judge. To love means to live the words of my Son. My children, as a mother I am speaking to you: only true love leads to eternal happiness. Thank you.” (March 18, 2017)

Denis has been talking about “seeing Jesus’ face” almost every day during the Rosary. For some reason he is intent on receiving this grace. Our Lady has brought it up at least three time in the past year. Here are the quotes:

“Dear children! My motherly desire is for your hearts to be filled with peace, and for your souls to be pure so that in the presence of my Son you could see His face…”

My children, my Son is looking at you. Pray that you also may see His face and that it may be revealed to you…” (September 2, 2016)

My children, all those who love my Son can see Him, because His face can be seen through the souls which are filled with love for Him. Therefore, my children, my apostles, listen to me. Leave vanity and selfishness. Do not live only for what is earthly and material. Love my Son and make it so that others may see His face through your love for Him. I will help you to come to know Him all the more. I will speak to you about Him. Thank you.” (March 2, 2016)

I wonder what Our Lady means by this. Certainly she is telling us that to see the face of Jesus is a gift from God. It is not something natural. It is a revelation, “Pray that you also may see His face and that it may be revealed to you.” And she seems to be saying that we need to be in a certain state of grace to receive this gift, “My motherly desire is for your hearts to be filled with peace, and for your souls to be pure so that in the presence of my Son you could see His face…” In fact she tells us, “All those who love my Son can see Him…”

So seeing the Face of Jesus is a gift, a revelation, received by those who strive for peace, purity and love for Jesus. It is a gift for those who seek Jesus. Our Lady tells us to pray to see Jesus’ face. So I have included three prayers in honor of Jesus’ Holy Face that may be of some help to us.

Holy Face of Jesus, Be my joy.

Holy Face of Jesus, Be my strength.

Holy Face of Jesus, Be my health.

Holy Face of Jesus, Be my courage.

Holy Face of Jesus, Be my wisdom.

Holy Face of Jesus, Image of the Father, Provide for me.

Holy Face of Jesus, Mirror of Thy Priestly Heart, Be my zeal.

Holy Face of Jesus, Gift of the Spirit, Show me Thy love.

Holy Face of Jesus, saddened by sorrow, Grant my requests through Thy merits.

Amen.

“O Jesus, who, in Thy cruel Passion didst become the ‘reproach of men and the Man of Sorrows,’ I worship Thy divine Face. Once it shone with the beauty and sweetness of the Divinity; but now, for my sake, it is become as ‘the face of a leper.’ Yet, in that disfigured Countenance, I recognize Thy infinite love, and I am consumed with the desire of making Thee loved by all mankind. The tears that flowed so abundantly from Thy Eyes are to me as precious pearls that I delight to gather, that with their worth I may ransom the souls of poor sinners. O Jesus, whose Face is the sole beauty that ravishes my heart, I may not see here below the sweetness of Thy glance, nor feel the ineffable tenderness of Thy kiss, I bow to Thy Will-but I pray Thee to imprint in me Thy divine likeness, and I implore Thee so to inflame me with Thy love, that it may quickly consume me, and that I may soon reach the vision of Thy glorious Face in heaven. Amen.” (St. Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face)

Litany to the Holy Face of Jesus (St. Mary of St. Peter, Carmelite)

Repeat after each invocation:

Have mercy on us

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face Mary and Joseph worshipped with profoundest reverence,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face ravished with joy the angels, shepherds and Magi in the stable at Bethlehem,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face wounded with a dart of Love the aged Simeon and the prophetess Anna in the temple,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face was bathed in tears in Thy Holy Infancy,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face at the age of twelve astonished the doctors in the temple,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is white with purity, and ruddy with charity,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is more beautiful than the sun, brighter than the moon and more brilliant than the stars,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is lovelier than the roses of spring,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is more precious than gold, silver, and gems,

O Jesus, the charms and grace of Whose Adorable Face win all hearts,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is most noble in Its heavenly features,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the admiration of angels,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the sweet delight of the saints,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the masterpiece of the Holy Spirit in which the Father is well pleased,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face was the delight of Thy Virgin Mother and of Thy holy foster-father, St. Joseph,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the ineffable mirror of Divine perfections,

O Jesus, the beauty of Whose Adorable Face is ever ancient and ever new,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face appeases the Divine wrath,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the terror of the evil spirits,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the treasure of graces and blessings,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face was exposed to the inclemency of the weather in the desert,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face was scorched by the sun and bathed in sweat on Thy journeys,

O Jesus, the expression of whose Adorable Face is Wholly Divine,

O Jesus, the modesty and mildness of whose Adorable Face attracted both just and sinners,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face gave a holy kiss and blessing to the little children,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face sorrowed and wept at the grave of Lazarus,

V. The light of Thy Face has been shed upon us, O lord;

R. Thou hast given joy to our hearts.

Let us pray:

I salute Thee, I adore Thee, O Adorable Face of Jesus, my Beloved, noble seal of the Divinity. With all the powers of my soul I apply myself to Thee, and most humbly pray Thee imprint in us all the features of Thy Divine likeness. Amen

Repeat after each invocation:

Have mercy on us

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face grew sad at the sight of Jerusalem and wept over that ungrateful city,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face bowed to the earth in the Garden of Olives because of the burden of our sins,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was bathed in bloody sweat,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was kissed by Judas, the traitor,

O Jesus, the power of whose Adorable Face smote the soldiers to the ground in the Garden of Olives,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was struck by a vile servant, derided by enemies and desecrated by their unholy hand,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was defiled by spittle and bruised by blows,

O Jesus, the Divine look of Whose Adorable Face wounded Peter’s heart with love and sorrow,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was humbled for us before the tribunals of Jerusalem,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face preserved Its attractiveness and dignity when Pilate pronounced the death sentence,

O Jesus, the brow of whose Adorable Face was crowned with thorns,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was covered with bloody sweat which fell to the ground under the Cross,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is worthy of all our reverence, veneration and worship,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face the pious Veronica wiped on the way to Calvary,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was lifted up on the tortuous Cross,

O Jesus, the eyes of whose Adorable Face shed tears of Blood,

O Jesus, the mouth of whose Adorable Face was tormented with vinegar and gall,

O Jesus, the hair and beard of whose Adorable Face were plucked out by the executioners,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was disfigured like that of a leper,

O Jesus, the incomparable beauty of whose Adorable Face was disfigured by the sins of the world,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was overcast by the mournful shadows of death,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was washed, anointed and wrapped in a shroud by Mary and the holy women,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was laid to rest in the grave,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was resplendent in beauty on the day of Thy Resurrection,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was radiant in glory on the day of Thy ascension,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face will appear on the clouds at the end of the world in great power and majesty,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is the joy of the Just in Heaven,

V. O Lord, show us Thy Face;

R. And we shall be saved.

Let us pray:

We beseech Thee, O Almighty and merciful God, grant us and all who venerate the Countenance of Thy dearly beloved Son, all disfigured by our sins, the grace to behold It throughout eternity in the glory of Its majesty, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Finally, this is the Feast Day of dear St. Joseph. Our Lady and St. Joseph are the two people on earth who saw the Face of Jesus the most!! He must have kissed those baby cheaks thousands of time, and looked into the eyes of Jesus with such love countless times in his childhood. Oh St. Joseph, pray for us to see the Face of Jesus!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

So that the world would be different.

(c)Mary TV 2015

 

J.M.J.

March 17, 2017

St. Patrick

Dear Family of Mary!

Dear children, With motherly love I am coming to help you to have more love and that means more faith. I am coming to help you to live with love the words of my Son, so that the world would be different. Therefore, apostles of my love, I am gathering you around myself. Look at me with the heart, speak to me as to a mother about your pains, sufferings and your joys. Ask me to pray to my Son for you. My Son is merciful and just. My motherly heart would desire for you also to be like that. My motherly heart would desire that you, apostles of my love, speak of my Son and of me to all those around you with your life; so that the world would be different; that simplicity and purity would return; that faith and hope would return. Therefore, my children, pray, pray, pray with the heart, pray with love, pray with good works. Pray that everyone would come to know my Son, so that the world would change, that the world would be saved. With love live the words of my Son. Do not judge, instead love one another so that my heart could triumph. Thank you. (March 2, 2017)

I want to share the conversion account of a pilgrim in Medjugorje named Joe Campo. He gave his testimony along with Fr. Glen Sudano in Fruit Show 171. I was watching their testimonies on the channel today, and was mesmerized. But Joe Campo has a beautiful conversion testimony that happened through Our Lady of Medjugorje. Listen to his words:

When Joe was in Medjugorje for the first time, he experienced something special:

I fell asleep in the afternoon and I missed the apparition that was at about 6:45 pm at that time. And it was in the choir loft. I had missed that. And I woke up and I said, “Just like me to miss the apparition! I come all the way here and I miss the apparition.” And I wasn’t too happy with myself. But some time later I went into the kitchen and I looked out the window and I could see that there were people – actually there were lights – going up the mountain. There were thousands of lights going up. So I asked the people in the kitchen what is going on?

They said, “Well there is a special apparition tonight. You didn’t hear about it?” And I said, “No, I was sleeping!” So I immediately got up and got my flash light and I followed the crowd right through the vineyards, and I made it to the base of the mountain rather quickly. Then I started to climb.

It was already pretty late at that time. It was probably 9:30 or quarter to 10. And I started to climb the mountain and I literally flew up the mountain. Now I was climbing over rocks. People were singing in all these different languages. It was very inspiring. But I literally flew up the mountain. And when I got to the top of the mountain I asked someone in English, “Where are the visionaries?” I knew I was at the top, and there were thousands of people all over the place. And they said, “You’re standing with them.” And I looked and I realized that I was standing with the visionaries! So I took a seat close by, I just backed up a little bit. I found it very inspiring. You can hear singing in all the different languages. And you can hear people praying the Rosary in all different languages. And again, I was very inspired by all of this.

And at 11:00 o’clock at night we heard everybody go, “Shhhh Shhh!” She’s arriving. And the visionaries were already down. And I am telling you that at 11:00 at night with all those people, at the moment she appeared there was complete silence. Complete silence. There was no more singing. There were no more crickets. There was no more anything. Just silence.

And I watched the visionaries, and all of a sudden something overwhelming happened to me. Some thoughts came into my head, and I was experiencing conversion. And I didn’t know what a conversion experience was, quite frankly. And I just put my head down and I started to cry. And I was probably crying for about 20 minutes.

Some of the reasons I was crying I knew, but others I didn’t. But at the same time I felt a tremendous amount of peace. A tremendous amount of joy. And I think I felt love for the first time…real love…real love.

Before I came to Medjugorje I was very much into the world. I had my own company. Money was very important to me. Material things were very important to me. I was always a true believer in God, but I didn’t go to church!! I was always a true believer in God, but I didn’t follow the Ten Commandments. I believed in God, that is all there was to it. I always knew there was a God and I knew I wasn’t Him. But did I follow Him, no.

But one of the things I learned during my conversion experience when Our Lady appeared, was that everything I learned about the Catholic Church was true! It was the truth! And I had been searching for the truth my whole life. And it was answered right there. I was completely changed at that moment.

And although I was crying at that moment, so people were saying, “Are you OK?”, I was saying “I’ve never been better!!” This is great. These two emotions going on at the same time. And I also felt a tremendous amount of sorrow for my sins, and I really knew what they were for the first time. I wasn’t happy with myself, and I knew I had to change. And I also knew I was being given the opportunity to change. And even in all of my sinfulness I also knew that God forgave me. And I also knew that I didn’t deserve it.

All this information was overwhelming. And I also knew that this wasn’t just about me. I knew that I had to change but I also knew that this was big. This wasn’t just about me, or New York, or Medjugorje. This was big! This was about the planet, the entire world. And I really felt humbled that Our Lady would come to me.

(Rosie asked him; You could feel that individual attention and love from Our Lady, but also know it was worldwide.)

Yes, at the same time. I had heard people ask, do you have a personal relationship with Christ. I thought that was ridiculous. But I did have that relationship now. It wasn’t out of fear. He loved me. He loved me in my sinfulness, and I was given the chance, the opportunity to become a better person. And I wanted to take that opportunity.

I believe that Joe is right, that what he experienced was indeed for him personally, but that it is also part of a plan to change the world that Our Lady is enacting in Medjugorje. I think he is right. This is big. Very, very big. Our Lady is with us to change the world!!

We are in the middle of Lent, and Lent is all about conversion. Thank you, Joe, for sharing your conversion experience. May we all encounter Our Lady this Lent and be changed!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

PS.  Today, a very helpful article/interview was published by Aleteia.  Archbishop Henryl Hoser spoke to them about his assignment as special envoy to Medjugorje by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.  Here is the link to his beautiful interview:

http://aleteia.org/2017/03/15/archbishop-henryk-hoser-to-aleteia-we-should-not-be-worried-about-medjugorje/

PPS.  We are approaching the Annunciation of the Lord!  Somehow I think it is very important this year.  As a preparation, maybe we could pray the words of the Annunciation from Luke’s Gospel ( Luke 1: 26-38) every day until the 25th.  Just an idea!!

 

May the roots of your faith be prayer and hope in eternal life.

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 

J.M.J.

March 16, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

February 25, 2017 “Dear children! Today I am calling you to profoundly live your faith and to implore the Most High to strengthen it, so that winds and storms cannot break it. May the roots of your faith be prayer and hope in eternal life. Already now, little children, work on yourselves in this time of grace, wherein God is giving you the grace – through renunciation and the call to conversion – to be people of clear and persevering faith and hope. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
More tortuous than all else is the human heart,
beyond remedy; who can understand it?
I, the LORD, alone probe the mind
and test the heart,
To reward everyone according to his ways,
according to the merit of his deeds. (Jer. 17:5-20)

May our roots be secured in the ground of faith through prayer, planted beside the running waters of the Spirit, where they will stretch out to the stream and be nourished by God’s love. Then our leaves will stay green, and our fruit will never fail. And no storm will be able to break us, and no drought will be able to kill us. We will be able to stand firm in the Lord, witnessing to His love and faithfulness. Faith and hope will abide in us, and love will be the fruit.

Happy Lenting!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

PS.  Today, a very helpful article/interview was published by Aleteia.  Archbishop Henryl Hoser spoke to them about his assignment as special envoy to Medjugorje by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.  Here is the link to his beautiful interview:

http://aleteia.org/2017/03/15/archbishop-henryk-hoser-to-aleteia-we-should-not-be-worried-about-medjugorje/

Thanksgiving!

 

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 

J.M.J.

March 15, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

November 25, 2016 “Dear children! Also today, I am calling you to return to prayer. In this time of grace, God has permitted me to lead you towards holiness and a simple life – that in little things you discover God the Creator; that you fall in love with Him; and that your life be a thanksgiving to the Most High for everything He is giving you. Little children, in love, may your life be a gift for others and God will bless you; but you, witness without interest – out of love for God. I am with you and intercede before my Son for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

There is something wonderful about this message, given at the beginning of Advent last year. Our Lady has a way of directing our thoughts to what is real, what is true, and what is right before our eyes, even though we aren’t seeing it.

She begins by calling us to “return to prayer.” How does she know that we have wandered away from prayer? She knows because she is with us! She also knows how easily we are distracted from what is important. Prayer is our lifeline with God. He cannot nourish us or guide us if we are not communicating with Him through prayer. And so Our Mother tells us to pray, like all mothers tell their children to eat!

But the next line somehow makes we want to sing:

In this time of grace, God has permitted me to lead you towards holiness and a simple life – that in little things you discover God the Creator; that you fall in love with Him; and that your life be a thanksgiving to the Most High for everything He is giving you.

God has allowed Our Lady to lead us to His life for us, the holy life. This is a simple life! Don’t we all desire simplicity? Doesn’t it sound wonderful? Yes, it does. The simple life is a life lived with our Papa. Like children, we can live each day with our Father in heaven who loves us to distraction. If we pray, we will discover Him everywhere! He is in the smallest bird, the biggest tree, the loudest thunderclap, the brightest star, the gentlest breeze. He has created everything, everything…just for us. How can we not fall in love with Him? How can we not learn to give thanks for each of these things? If we live our lives in prayerful awareness of the Creator, we will be able to thank Him continually, and be simply content.

Yesterday I made a trip to the store for birthday presents for two of my grandchildren. Little boys!! They only want dinosaurs! Well, that was fun shopping. And on my way home I noticed ahead of me on the road a hazy darkish cloud, close to the ground. I was driving in the sunshine, but there was this cloud thing ahead. As I entered the cloud, I realized it was a snow squall. Inside the cloud there was a glorious swirling snow storm, in miniature. It was not dangerous, but it was really snowing inside it. As I drove out of the other side, I found myself back in the bright sunshine, with snow all over my car. It felt like God was playing with that little snowstorm, and letting me play with him. It was God’s way of having a snowball fight with me!

Maybe this is what Our Lady is getting at when she tells us that in little things we can discover God the Creator and fall in love with Him!

Let’s play with God today, in the little things. I think He wants to play with us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

Whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Mt 23: 12)

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 

J.M.J.

March 14, 2017

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Dear Family of Mary!

“As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father;
you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called ‘Master’;
you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Mt 23: 8-12)

In this excerpt of our Gospel for today, Jesus warns us about pride and how it can harm us. He urges us to humility. Our Lady has taught us about humility as well. These messages could be used as meditations for our Rosary today. She can help us respond to Jesus’ Word:

January 2, 2017 “Dear children, My Son was the source of love and light when he spoke on earth to the people of all peoples. My apostles, follow His light. This is not easy. You must be little. You must make yourselves smaller than others; with the help of faith to be filled with His love. Not a single person on earth can experience a miraculous experience without faith. I am with you. I am making myself known to you by these comings, by these words; I desire to witness to you my love and motherly care. My children, do not waste time posing questions to which you never receive an answer. At the end of your journey on earth, the Heavenly Father will give them to you. Always know that God knows everything; God sees, God loves….”

October 2, 2010 “Dear children; Today I call you to a humble, my children, humble devotion. Your hearts need to be just. May your crosses be your means in the battle against the sins of the present time. May your weapon be patience and boundless love, a love that knows to wait and which will make you capable of recognizing God’s signs, that your life, by humble love, may show the truth to all those who seek it in the darkness of lies. My children, my apostles, help me to open the paths to my Son. Once again I call you to pray for your shepherds. Alongside them, I will triumph. Thank you.”

January 02, 2014 “Dear children, for you to be able to be my apostles and to be able to help all those who are in darkness, to come to know the light of the love of my Son, you must have pure and humble hearts. You cannot help for my Son to be born in, and to reign in, the hearts of those who do not know Him, if He does not reign – if He is not the King – in your heart. I am with you. I am walking with you as a mother. I am knocking on your hearts. They cannot open because they are not humble. I am praying, and you my beloved children also pray, that you may be able to open pure and humble hearts to my Son and to receive the gifts which He has promised you. Then you will be led by the love and strength of my Son. Then, you will be my apostles who everywhere around them spread the fruits of God’s love. My Son will act from within you and through you, because you will be ‘one’. My motherly heart yearns for this – for unity of all of my children – through my Son. With great love I bless, and pray for those who are chosen by my Son – for your shepherds. Thank you.”

March 02, 2014 “Dear children, I am coming to you as a mother and I desire that in me, as in a mother, you may find your abode, consolation and rest. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, pray. Pray with humble devotion, obedience and complete trust in the Heavenly Father. Trust as I have trusted when it was said to me that I will bring the blessing of the promise. May out of your hearts, from your lips, always come forth ‘May your will be done!’ Therefore, trust and pray so that I can intercede for you before the Lord, for him to give you the Heavenly Blessing and fill you with the Holy Spirit. Then he will be able to help all those who do not know the Lord – you, apostles of my love, will help them to call him ‘Father’ with complete trust. Pray for your shepherds and place your trust in their blessed hands. Thank you.”

January 02, 2016 “Dear children, as a mother, I am joyful to be among you because I desire to speak anew about the words of my Son and of His love. I hope that you will accept me with the heart, because the words of my Son and His love are the only light and hope in the darkness of today. This is the only truth and you who will accept and live it will have pure and humble hearts. My Son loves those who are pure and humble. Pure and humble hearts bring to life the words of my Son, they live them, they spread them and they make it possible for everyone to hear them. The words of my Son bring back life to those who listen to them. The words of my Son bring back love and hope. Therefore, my beloved apostles, my children, live the words of my Son. Love each other as He loved you. Love each other in His name, in memory of Him. The Church is advancing and growing because of those who listen to the words of my Son; because of those who love; because of those who suffer and endure in silence and in the hope of final redemption. Therefore, my beloved children, may the words of my Son and His love be the first and the last thought of your day. Thank you.”

Mother give us hearts like yours, humble and pure and ready for Jesus!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

I am calling you to love and not to judge.

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

 

J.M.J.

March 13, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

In today’s Gospel, we hear more from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus gives seemingly impossible directives to us. We have heard these words year after year, but they always challenge us. Is it even possible for us to be merciful always, never judge, and always forgive and give, give, give? Only our Savior was able to live this way:

[And Jesus said to his disciples:] “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”  (Matthew 6: 36-38)

Our Lady gave us a message that mirrors Jesus’ words in this gospel. They encourage us to try to live like Jesus, so tenderly and beautifully:

“Dear children; Anew, I am calling you to love and not to judge. My Son, according to the will of the Heavenly Father, was among you to show you the way of salvation, to save you and not to judge you. If you desire to follow my Son, you will not judge but love like your Heavenly Father loves you. And when it is the most difficult for you, when you are falling under the weight of the cross do not despair, do not judge, instead remember that you are loved and praise the Heavenly Father because of His love. My children, do not deviate from the way on which I am leading you. Do not recklessly walk into perdition. May prayer and fasting strengthen you so that you can live as the Heavenly Father would desire; that you may be my apostles of faith and love; that your life may bless those whom you meet; that you may be one with the Heavenly Father and my Son. My children, that is the only truth, the truth that leads to your conversion, and then to the conversion of all those whom you meet – those who have not come to know my Son – all those who do not know what it means to love. My children, my Son gave you a gift of the shepherds. Take good care of them. Pray for them. Thank you.” (May 02, 2013)

Tender and strong words indeed! I am particularly grabbed by this line: “And when it is the most difficult for you, when you are falling under the weight of the cross do not despair, do not judge, instead remember that you are loved and praise the Heavenly Father because of His love.” Our Lady gives us the way to endure sufferings without sinning! When it is really hard, we can renounce despair and judgment, and instead remember how much our Heavenly Father loves us and turn our suffering into praise. This is the amazing grace of life with God. Sorrow becomes joy! Despair becomes hope! Unforgiveness becomes love! Judgment becomes compassion! Darkness becomes light!

God bless us all as we try to live as our Heavenly Father would have us live, to live like Jesus and Mary!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017