Cathy Nolan’s Daily Reflection.

Love, pray and witness my presence to all those who are far away.

Photo of Penny in Medjugorje, on December 29, 1998
She is seeing the miracle of the sun (with one eye!)

J.M.J.

May 17, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

April 25, 2017 “Dear children! Love, pray and witness my presence to all those who are far away. By your witness and example, you can draw closer the hearts that are far from God and His grace. I am with you and intercede for each of you so that, with love and resoluteness, you may witness and encourage all those who are far from my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

When we witness how Our Lady has revealed her presence to us in Medjugorje, how she has drawn us close to her, how she has shed light in our hearts so that we can be free, how she has embraced us with her love, we draw others into that same circle of love and hope. We welcome our neighbors into the peace of her Immaculate Heart, and they find relief from all their fears.

Who would not share such a gift with others?

Penny sent me this joyous email about her encounters with Our Lady through Medjugorje. She said I could share it with all of you:

Our Lady of Medjugorje has been my personal life/soul saver.  Both my pilgrimages ’97 and DEC/JAN ’98/’99 (awesome experience but OH SO cold) were amazingly paid for.  While having tea with friends who’d already been there, my friend, Phyllis, and I both said — out loud — we’d like to honor Our Lady with a pilgrimage but she’d have to get us the money and tell us where to go.

I just learned recently from Phyllis (the ’97 trip) — this is something we’d never shared with each other – that we both got the money for our pilgrimage at about the same time and in the same way! It happened that each of our cars was outside during a hail storm and even though we didn’t see any damage, we were told to take our cars to our State Farm shop.  State Farm wrote each of us a check for the exact amount of a pilgrimage.  We each put that money in the bank and waited to learn the “where” part.

That summer I had an overwhelming “knowledge” that I was to go to Medjugorje.  I laughed and said, “Okay, but you know me God, I need someone to go with.”  I came home and the phone rang.  It was Phyllis who asked me if I would go to Medjugorje with her.  Thru my laughter and tears and wonder, she was able to tell me that she had already booked the trip and we would be leaving in late September.

The photo attached is from the next trip in ’98/’99.  Everyone was seeing the miracle of the sun on Apparition Hill and I was afraid and feeling unworthy to even try.  So one of the group suggested I risk one eye.  LOL.  Yes, I did get to see it. In fact, if you look closely, you can see in my eye the sun and that my pupil isn’t even contracted.

How could I not share this with people?
Blessings, Penny

Thank you, Penny, for sharing these gems from your two pilgrimages to Medjugorje. You show us how Our Lady gently guides us with her motherly hand, one step at a time. She gave you a desire to go on pilgrimage, then she gave you a friend to go with, and the money to pay for the trip!! This is amazing!! And the miracle of the sun, even if it is only for one eye, is unforgettable!!

Thank you, dearest Mother, for being so closely involved in our lives. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and love.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

The Signs of the Times…


(C)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

May 16, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady has spoken several times about “the signs of the time.” She encourages us in these messages to be aware of the signs of the times, to pray to understand the signs of the times, and to witness these signs of the times.

Here are three messages in which she speaks of the signs of the times. I encourage us all to read and pray through these messages with trust and open hearts. We are apostles of her love, apostles of her presence in Medjugorje. How can we be good apostles? How can we help the Gospa?

“Dear children! In this Lenten time, I call you to interior renunciation. The way to this leads you through love, fasting, prayer and good works. Only with total interior renunciation will you recognize God’s love and the signs of the time in which you live. You will be witnesses of these signs and will begin to speak about them. I desire to bring you to this. Thank you for having responded to me.” March 18, 2006

“Dear children! Also in this difficult time God’s love sends me to you. My children, do not be afraid, I am with you. With complete trust give me your hearts, that I may help you to recognize the signs of the time in which you live. I will help you to come to know the love of my Son. I will triumph through you. Thank you.” (June 2, 2017)

“Dear children! Today I call you to accept and live my messages with seriousness. These days are the days when you need to decide for God, for peace and for the good. May every hatred and jealousy disappear from your life and your thoughts, and may there only dwell love for God and for your neighbor. Thus, and only thus shall you be able to discern the signs of the time. I am with you and I guide you into a new time, a time which God gives you as grace so that you may get to know him more. Thank you for having responded to my call.”  (January 25, 1993)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

Open yourselves, open your hearts!!


(C)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

May 15, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Ivan Dragicevic met with his prayer group on Apparition Hill on Friday night, May 12, 2017. Here is an unofficial translation of his comments and the message from Our Lady:

Message from Our Lady through Ivan, on Apparition Hill – May 12, 2017

Our Lady came tonight, joyful and she greeted us tonight with her Motherly greeting, “Praised by Jesus, my dear children.”

After that for a longer time she prayed over all of us. In a special way she prayed over all of us who are sick.

After that Our Lady said,

“Dear children.  Also today, in this time of grace, I desire to call you to open yourselves, open your hearts.  Especially I call you to pray more in your families.  That you renew your families.  Open yourselves, dear children, to the Holy Spirit, that He may lead you, that He may lead your families.  You are needed.  Therefore, pray and open yourselves.  Thank you dear children for also today having responded to my call.”

After that Our Lady blessed all of us with her Motherly blessings.  She blessed all the articles you brought here to be blessed.  I recommended all of you, all of your needs, your intentions, your families, and in a special way the sick.  After that Our Lady continued to pray for all of us here, in the illuminated sign of the cross, with the greeting, “Go in peace, my dear children.”

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!


(C)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

May 12, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

October 25, 2003 “Dear children! I call you anew to consecrate yourselves to my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus. I desire, little children, to lead you all on the way of conversion and holiness. Only in this way, through you, we can lead all the more souls on the way of salvation. Do not delay, little children, but say with all your heart: “I want to help Jesus and Mary that all the more brothers and sisters may come to know the way of holiness.” In this way, you will feel the contentment of being friends of Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Tomorrow we arrive at the 100th Anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima! This special day will be observed in Fatima by Pope Francis and thousands of Our Lady’s children. I propose that we pray very much for our Pope in the next 24 hours, that tomorrow he will receive and respond to the direction of the Holy Spirit especially in regards to Our Lady’s plan for the Church in these latter days. May his prayer be pure and inspired, that God can pour down upon the Church and the world the graces we so desperately need in these days.


Our Lady of Fatima

It seems momentous that we have arrived at this centenary. We can only give deep thanks to Our Lady for guiding us through the last one hundred years, keeping our eyes and hearts focused on her Son, with hope for eternal life with Him. Through her messages and the gift of the Holy Rosary at Fatima, she has shepherded us through many wars and tumults. And in these final days, she has come to be with us in a special way in Medjugorje to continue and fulfill her plans for peace begun in Fatima. From that holy place she is spreading the peace of God to millions of hearts.

And so tomorrow we will salute her as the Queen of the Holy Rosary. And we will again consecrate ourselves to her as our Mother and Mistress. Here are four different consecration prayers we can choose from. We want to give ourselves to Our Lady completely, so that she can direct and guide us in her great plan of salvation in these latter days. She needs us to be apostles of her peace, apostles of love.

Let’s greet her tomorrow with hearts filled with faith, hope and love!! Let’s ask her to stay with us and keep us close to her. Let’s ask her to help us to respond to her call, and pray, pray, pray!

Let us pray:

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

Any formula may be used to consecrate oneself to the Mother of God, as long as it involves a total oblation of oneself.

1. 0 Virgin Mary, most powerful Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and earth, in accordance with your wish made known at Fatima, I consecrate myself today to your Immaculate Heart. To you I entrust all that I have, all that I am. Reign over me, dearest Mother, that I may be yours in prosperity, in adversity, in joy and in sorrow, in health and in sickness, in life and in death.

Most compassionate Heart of Mary, Queen of Virgins, watch over my mind and heart and preserve me from the deluge of impurity which you lamented so sorrowfully at Fatima. I want to be pure like you. I want to atone for the many crimes committed against Jesus and you. I want to call down upon this country and the whole world the peace of God in justice and charity.

Mindful of this consecration, I now promise to strive to imitate you by the practice of the Christian virtues without regard for human respect. I resolve to receive Holy Communion on the first Saturday of every month when possible, and to offer daily five decades of the Rosary, with all my sacrifices in the spirit of penance and reparation. Amen.

2. I, . . ., a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy Heart, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, and to thy Immaculate Heart, as thy child and slave of love, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen.
http://www.rosary-center.org/consecrt.htm

CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
(Given by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilj, 11/28/1983)

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, overflowing
with goodness, Show us your love for us.
May the flame of your heart, Oh Mary,
Descend upon all peoples.
We love you immensely.
Impress in our hearts a true love.
May our hearts yearn for you.
Oh Mary, sweet and humble of heart,
Remember us when we sin.
You know that all mankind are sinners.
Through your most sacred and maternal heart,
Cure us from every spiritual illness.
Make us capable of looking at the beauty of your maternal heart,
And that, thus, we may be converted
to the flame of your heart. Amen

TOTUS TUUS (TOTALLY YOURS)

Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother: Live in me. Act in me. Speak in me and through me. Think your thoughts in my mind. Love through my heart. Give me your dispositions and feelings. Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus. Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior. Possess my soul. Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself. Incline me to constant adoration. Pray in me and through me. Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.

© 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

Devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!


(C)Mary TV 2014

J.M.J.

May 11, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

October 25, 1988 “Dear children! My invitation that you live the messages which I am giving you is a daily one, specially, little children, because I want to draw you closer to the Heart of Jesus. Therefore, little children, I am inviting you today to the prayer of consecration to Jesus, my dear Son, so that each of you may be His. And then I am inviting you to the consecration of my Immaculate Heart. I want you to consecrate yourselves as parents, as families and as parishioners so that all belong to God through my heart. Therefore, little children, pray that you comprehend the greatness of this message which I am giving you. I do not want anything for myself, rather all for the salvation of your soul. Satan is strong and therefore, you, little children, by constant prayer, press tightly against my motherly heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

This double call to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus is at the heart of the Fatima message and the Medjugorje message! The third pillar of Fatima is explained in this way:

DEVOTION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

In 1916, a year before the apparitions of Our Lady, the Angel of Peace appeared to the children to prepare them for things to come. “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you,” he said. “Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayer and sacrifices.”

In the second apparition the following year (June 13) Our Lady let the children know that “Jesus wishes to establish throughout the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” Several times in the June and July apparitions Our Lady spoke of this devotion, as we shall see; and soon there began to burn in their hearts (especially Jacinta’s) a deep love for the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Shortly before Jacinta went to the hospital where she was to die, she said to Lucia: “In a short time now I am going to heaven. You are to stay here and say that God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary… Tell everybody that God grants graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and that they must ask them from her. Tell them that the Heart of Jesus wishes that by His side should be venerated the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask peace through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; God has placed it in her hands. Oh that I could put into the heart of everybody the flame that I feel burning within my breast and which makes me love so much the Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary.”

July 13, 1917

“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners; and say often when you make some sacrifice, ‘My Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.'”

After showing the children a vision of hell, Our Lady said to them: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish throughout the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do as I shall ask many souls will be saved, and there will be peace…. But if people do not cease offending God… another and more terrible war will begin. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign that God gives that the chastisement of the world for its many transgressions is at hand through war, famine, persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father.”

“To prevent this, I shall come to ask the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and Communions of reparation on the first Saturdays. If my requests are heard, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, fomenting wars and persecution of the Church. The good will suffer martyrdom; the Holy Father will suffer much; different nations will be annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, which will be converted, and some time of peace will be granted to humanity.”

http://www.rosary-center.org/fatimams.htm

Our Lady gave a great mission to the three children, to spread devotion to her Immaculate Heart and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the salvation of the world. The Two Hearts are the way to peace, the way to eternal life! Many souls have responded to this call from Fatima! Our Lady actually has returned to earth in Medjugorje to stir into flame this devotion to the Heart of Jesus and to her heart! Why? Because it is the Father’s plan to conquer the devil through the loving Heart of Mary, and to bring a time of peace.

And so in Medjugorje Our Lady has said to us:

August 25, 2000 “Dear children! I desire to share my joy with you. In my Immaculate Heart I feel that there are many of those who have drawn closer to me and are, in a special way, carrying the victory of my Immaculate Heart in their hearts by praying and converting. I desire to thank you and to inspire you to work even more for God and His kingdom with love and the power of the Holy Spirit. I am with you and I bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

April 25, 2017 “Dear children! Love, pray and witness my presence to all those who are far away. By your witness and example, you can draw closer the hearts that are far from God and His grace. I am with you and intercede for each of you so that, with love and resoluteness, you may witness and encourage all those who are far from my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Certainly what Our Lady began in Fatima she is continuing and fulfilling in Medjugorje. It is the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart!

In light of this, I want to share something we received in prayer during the Daily Rosary yesterday (May 10):

Every day we choose a saint from our saint box during the Daily Rosary. Twice this week we received St. Peter, Apostle! And the prayer intention is to pray for the Pope! Then just at the end of the rosary yesterday, I received a text with a news article about Pope Francis’ trip to Fatima for the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions. The Holy Father will canonize two of the Fatima seers, Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francesco Marto. What a wonderful fruit of Fatima!!

The article ended by quoting the Pope with these words:

“I will go to Fatima on a pilgrimage, to entrust to the Virgin the temporal and eternal destinies of humanity.”

Wow! I realized that this was a moment of great possibilities for Our Lady’s plan. The Holy Father will entrust all of humanity to Our Lady, consecrate us to her anew! And that is when I understood why St. Peter had chosen us twice! He wants us to pray for his successor, that all that God wants to do through him in Fatima will be accomplished.

So, I want to ask all of you to join us in praying that Our Lady will accomplish everything she intends through Pope Francis as he entrusts us all to her on Saturday, May 13!!!

She has told us that, “in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph!” Amen, Amen, may it be so!!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

The Prayer of the Rosary!!!

Our Lady at the Blue Cross in Medjugorje!
(C)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

May 10, 2017
St. Damien de Veuster

Dear Family of Mary!

August 25, 1997 “Dear children! God gives me this time as a gift to you, so that I may instruct and lead you on the path of salvation. Dear children, now you do not comprehend this grace, but soon a time will come when you will lament for these messages. That is why, little children, live all of the words which I have given you through this time of grace and renew prayer, until prayer becomes a joy for you. Especially, I call all those who have consecrated themselves to my Immaculate Heart to become an example to others. I call all priests and religious brothers and sisters to pray the rosary and to teach others to pray. The rosary, little children, is especially dear to me. Through the rosary open your heart to me and I am able to help you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

These words from Our Lady in Medjugorje highlight the importance of the prayer of the Rosary in these days. Our Lady desires that we pray the Rosary with living faith, daily, for the salvation of souls. In Medjugorje the parish has taken up this call by praying two mysteries of the Rosary before evening Mass and praying a third mystery after Mass each day! Incredible!!

In Fatima, she gave the same importance to the Rosary, and asked all her children to pray it. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s coming to Fatima, here is a beautiful synopsis of her call to pray the Rosary in Fatima, again from the website rosary-center.org.

PRAYER

Besides a call to penance Fatima is in a special way a call for the Rosary. So central is the Rosary to the Fatima message that Our Lady chose to identify herself as “The Lady of the Rosary.” In each of the six apparitions she asked for the daily Rosary, and especially as an instrument of world peace. As she revealed in the third apparition: “You must recite the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war for only she can obtain this.” In this Our Lady renewed her request for the prayer she gave to the Church centuries before, a prayer that has proven a powerful weapon against the enemies of Christianity as history testifies.

When asked about the importance of the Rosary, Sr. Lucia responded: “My impression is that the Rosary is of greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady at Fatima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God.”

The Rosary is basically a gospel prayer, and for those who pray it properly, it is, as Sr. Lucia said, “a simple method of getting closer to God.” But to pray it properly requires that each decade be a reflection on some aspect of the joyful, sorrowful or glorious mysteries of our redemption. Without that meditation, the Rosary would become monotonous repetition. As Pope Paul VI wrote in MARIALIS CULTUS: “Without this (contemplation) the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation is in danger of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas.” In praying the Rosary, we can well take Our Lady as a model, for as the Scriptures tell us, “Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her Heart.”

The Rosary is a simple form of prayer that can be prayed by the young or old, the learned or the uneducated, the saint or the sinner. Each can adapt it to his or her own capacity. It is so pleasing to Our Lady, because it brings us to review again and again the life of Christ, the mysteries of our redemption. As Pope Paul VI pointed out, it not only recalls to mind these mysteries, but stimulates the will to draw from them the norms of living. That is, it not only points out the way, but helps us to obtain the graces needed to follow in that way.

After repeatedly asking for the daily Rosary, and identifying herself as “The Lady of the Rosary,” the Blessed Mother terminated the final apparition by showing the children three separate tableaux symbolizing the entire message of the Rosary. The first was a vision of the Holy family – representing the joyful mysteries; the second a vision of Our Lady of Sorrows – representing the sorrowful mysteries; and the third a vision of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – representing the glorious mysteries.

The Rosary may seem like an insignificant thing in the light of the magnitude of the evils of today’s world, but it is the weapon given to us by Our Lady. She merely asks our cooperation, and she will do the rest. It is like the slingshot of David that killed the mighty enemy because the power of God was behind it. Thus, as the saying goes, he who prays the Rosary has the power of God in his hand. http://www.rosary-center.org/fatimams.htm

The Rosary is THE WEAPON against the evils of today’s world!! Our Lady has told us so:

August 8, 1985 “Dear children! Today I call you especially now to advance against satan by means of prayer. Satan wants to work still more now that you know he is at work. Dear children, put on the armor for battle and with the Rosary in your hand defeat him! Thank you for having responded to my call.”

June 25, 1985 (Tuesday) “I invite you to call on everyone to pray the Rosary. With the rosary you shall overcome all the adversities which satan is trying to inflict on the Catholic Church. All you priests, pray the Rosary! Dedicate your time to the Rosary!”

January 25, 1991 “Dear children! Today, like never before, I invite you to prayer. Let your prayer be a prayer for peace. Satan is strong and desires to destroy not only human life, but also nature and the planet on which you live. Therefore, dear children, pray that through prayer you can protect yourselves with God’s blessing of peace. God has sent me among you so that I may help you. If you so wish, grasp for the rosary. Even the rosary alone can work miracles in the world and in your lives. I bless you and I remain with you for as long as it is God’s will. Thank you for not betraying my presence here and I thank you because your response is serving the good and the peace.”

Our Lady of Fatima/Medjugorje, pray for us!! Lead us to prayer, especially the prayer of the Rosary, so that the Triumph of Your Immaculate Heart will be won!!

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

Sacrifice your lives…

(C)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

May 9, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Dear children, I am calling you to pray, not to ask for but to offer sacrifice – sacrificing yourselves. I am calling you to reveal the truth and merciful love. I am praying to my Son for you, for your faith which is all the more diminishing in your hearts. I am imploring Him to help you with the divine spirit, as I also desire to help you with my motherly spirit. My children, you must be better. Only those who are pure, humble and filled with love sustain the world – they are saving themselves and the world. My children, my Son is the heart of the world. He should be loved and prayed to, and not always betrayed anew. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, spread the faith in the hearts of people by your example, your prayer and merciful love. I am beside you, I will help you. Pray for your shepherds to have all the more light, so as to be able to illuminate all those who live in darkness. Thank you. (May 2, 2017)

Our Lady asks us to offer sacrifice. She has asked this in Medjugorje from the early days. She said in 1985:

July 4, 1985 “Dear children! I thank you for every sacrifice you have offered. And now I urge you to offer every sacrifice with love. I wish you, the helpless ones, to begin helping with confidence and the Lord will keep on giving to you in confidence. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

It is very easy to overlook her call to sacrificial love. We live in a world that knows nothing of this love. Our Lady in Fatima also asked for sacrifice. I found this very good summary of her call to penance and sacrifice on the webpage rosoary-center.org.

PENANCE

In the Gospels the word penance means a conversion of one’s life, a turning away from sin, and a turning back to God. As Our Lady insisted at Fatima: “Men must amend their lives, and ask pardon for their sins. . . . They must no longer offend Our Lord, Who is already so much offended.” The Fatima message is a call for men to give up sinful practices which grieve God and draw down His chastisements on the world, and to make reparation for them. Commenting on Our Lady’s request for penance, Sr. Lucia wrote: “The part of the last apparition which has remained most deeply imprinted on my heart is the prayer of our heavenly Mother begging us not to offend any more Almighty God, Who is already so much offended.”

Jacinta, too, shortly before her death remarked: “If men only knew what eternity is, how they would make all possible efforts to amend their lives . . . mortification and sacrifice give great pleasure to Our Divine Lord.”

In August of 1917 Our Lady told the children, “pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to make sacrifices for them.” As to the kinds of sacrifices Our Lady was asking, she revealed to Sr. Lucia on one occasion: “The good Lord is allowing Himself to be appeased . . . but He Himself complains most bitterly and sorrowfully about the small number of souls in His grace who are willing to renounce whatever the observance of His laws requires of them.”

“Many persons,” Sr. Lucia explained, “feeling that the word penance implies great austerities, and not feeling that they have the strength for great sacrifices, become discouraged and continue a life of lukewarmness and sin.” Then she said Our Lord explained to her: “The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My law. This is the penance that I now seek and require.”

In this materialistic culture in which we live, almost heroic virtue is required to be faithful to the duties of the Christian life. Yet, over and above those sacrifices “required of every person,” the children of Fatima practiced many little acts of mortification and renunciation on their own initiative. It is hoped that many devotees of Our Lady will not be content with the minimum required and will not pass up opportunities of voluntary mortification, placing in the hands of Our Lady the fruits of the little trials, frustrations and irritations of each day accepted with patience and resignation.

It was in this same spirit that the Angel spoke to the children in 1916: “Offer up everything in your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners . . . More than all else, accept and bear with resignation the sufferings that God may send you.” http://www.rosary-center.org/fatimams.htm

It is interesting that Lucia was told by the Lord: “The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My law. This is the penance that I now seek and require.” It is often just living a truly Christian life that will be the cause of many sacrifices! Our Lady in Medjugorje continued this call to sacrifice, even in small things:

July 4, 1985 “Dear children! I thank you for every sacrifice you have offered. And now I urge you to offer every sacrifice with love. I wish you, the helpless ones, to begin helping with confidence and the Lord will keep on giving to you in confidence. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

March 13, 1986 “Dear children! Today I call you to live Lent by means of your little sacrifices. Thank you for every sacrifice you have brought me. Dear children, live that way continuously, and with your love help me to present the sacrifice. God will reward you for that. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Little sacrifices, little acts of love for Jesus and Mary, that is enough! We have now idea what graces will be gained by such little acts of selflessness.

February 25, 1988 “Dear children! Today again I am calling you to prayer to complete surrender to God. You know that I love you and am coming here out of love so I could show you the path to peace and salvation for your souls. I want you to obey me and not permit satan to seduce you. Dear children, satan is very strong and, therefore, I ask you to dedicate your prayers to me so that those who are under his influence can be saved. Give witness by your life. Sacrifice your lives for the salvation of the world. I am with you, and I am grateful to you, but in heaven you shall receive the Father’s reward which He has promised to you. Therefore, dear children, do not be afraid. If you pray, satan cannot injure you even a little bit because you are God’s children and He is watching over you. Pray and let the rosary always be in your hand as a sign to satan that you belong to me. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Actually, to sacrifice our lives for the salvation of the world ultimately means to just love God with our whole heart, our whole mind, our whole soul and our whole strength! Like Lucia, Jacinta and Francesco, we can respond to Our Lady’s call to love God and pray for souls.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

Sustaining Souls…

(C)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

May 8, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Dear children, I am calling you to pray, not to ask for but to offer sacrifice – sacrificing yourselves. I am calling you to reveal the truth and merciful love. I am praying to my Son for you, for your faith which is all the more diminishing in your hearts. I am imploring Him to help you with the divine spirit, as I also desire to help you with my motherly spirit. My children, you must be better. Only those who are pure, humble and filled with love sustain the world – they are saving themselves and the world. My children, my Son is the heart of the world. He should be loved and prayed to, and not always betrayed anew. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, spread the faith in the hearts of people by your example, your prayer and merciful love. I am beside you, I will help you. Pray for your shepherds to have all the more light, so as to be able to illuminate all those who live in darkness. Thank you. (May 2, 2017)

“Only those who are pure, humble and filled with love sustain the world – they are saving themselves and the world.”

Our Lady is calling us to be souls who love and sacrifice themselves for the sake of souls, for the sake of all her children who do not yet know the love of her Son, who do not yet have faith in Him. We are the specially chosen ones of this day, who by our fidelity to Our Lady and to Jesus will help for them to win the more souls for the Kingdom.

St. Faustina was one such soul. Jesus spoke to her about how much He needs such souls, those who love Him and respond to Him with trust and abandon. These are the “sustaining” souls:

+On one occasion, Jesus gave me to know that when I pray for intentions which people are wont to entrust to me, He is always ready to grant His graces, but souls do not always want to accept them: My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners. If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them and that it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy. I desire to bestow My graces upon souls, but they do not want to accept them. You, at least, come to Me as often as possible and take these graces they do not want to accept. In this way you will console My Heart. Oh, how indifferent are souls to so much goodness, to so many proofs of love! My Heart drinks only of the ingratitude and forgetfulness of souls living in the world. They have time for everything, but they have no time to come to Me for graces.

So I turn to you, you – chosen souls – will you also fail to understand the love of My Heart? Here, too, My Heart finds disappointment; I do not find complete surrender to My love. So many reservations, so much distrust, so much caution. To comfort you, let Me tell you that there are souls living in the world who love Me dearly. I dwell in their hearts with delight. But they are few. In convents too, there are souls that fill My Heart with joy. They bear My features; therefore, the Heavenly Father looks upon them with special pleasure. They will be a marvel to Angels and men. Their number is very small. They are a defense for the world before the justice of the Heavenly Father and a means of obtaining mercy for the world. The love and sacrifice of these souls sustain the world in existence. The infidelity of a soul specially chosen by Me wounds My Heart most painfully. Such infidelities are

swords which pierce My Heart. (St. Faustina’s Diary, 367)

Our Lady of Medjugorje is building an army of souls who are pure, humble and filled with love. This is what she needs. She will help us. She says, Therefore, you, apostles of my love, spread the faith in the hearts of people by your example, your prayer and merciful love. I am beside you, I will help you.” She will help us through her presence with us. She only needs our “yes” and our trust. In the very circumstances that we are in right now, we can be such souls, through prayer and surrender to Jesus and Mary. Nothing will need to change but our hearts. We can offer them, as sacrifices to the Father for the sake of the salvation of souls.

Let’s pray for each other that we can be the defense for the world, those who sustain the world by their love.

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

100 years of Fatima!

 

Our Lady of Fatima

J.M.J.

May 5, 2017
First Friday

Dear Family of Mary!

Yesterday (May 4) Mary TV began a novena in honor of Our Lady’s apparition in Fatima! On May 13, 2017 it will be 100 years since Our Lady came to the three shepherd children in Portugal. Our Lady called for prayer and sacrifice so that the terrible World War I would end. She also predicted another war, and asked her children to pray and repent to avert it.

Pope Saint John Paul II recognized a connection between the Fatima apparitions and those of Medjugorje. He said to Bishop Paolo Hnilica in 1984: “Medjugorje is the fulfillment and continuation of Fatima!” He understood that Our Lady was coming in Medjugorje to continue her prophetic work in the world, to save us from war and self-destruction.

Our Lady, herself, made the connection in her message of August 25, 1991:

“Dear Children! Today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realized. Satan is strong and wants to sweep away my plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in His decisions. Therefore, I call all of you, dear children, to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to self-renunciation for nine days so that, with your help, everything that I desire to realize through the secrets I began in Fatima, may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to now grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realized. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (Aug. 25, 1991 message.  This is the only time in any of her messages that she mentioned another apparition).

Our Lady wants to save all souls and present them to God.  This task has been given her by the Father, and she needs us as she needed the three shepherds of Fatima.  She needs us to pray, to fast, to sacrifice and to believe.

During our daily live prayer (Hour of Mercy and the Daily Rosary) on Mary TV, Denis and I will be praying these prayers for the novena in honor of 100 years of Fatima. They are the prayers the Angel of Portugal taught to the three shepherd children, in preparation for Our Lady’s coming to them.

1. “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.” (repeated three times)

2. “Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit- I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

We will also pray our “Daily Rosary” with that intention. Our Lady of Fatima is now with us in Medjugorje!  Perhaps if her apostles respond to her call now, the prayer she gave us at Fatima to include at the end of each decade of the Rosary will be realized: “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins.  Save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of your Mercy.”

Join us in prayer, as we honor Our Lady of Fatima and ask for her continued guidance in Medjugorje!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

My children, my Son is the heart of the world.

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

May 4, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Dear children! I am calling you to pray, not to ask for but to offer sacrifice – sacrificing yourselves. I am calling you to reveal the truth and merciful love. I am praying to my Son for you, for your faith which is all the more diminishing in your hearts. I am imploring Him to help you with the divine spirit, as I also desire to help you with my motherly spirit. My children, you must be better. Only those who are pure, humble and filled with love sustain the world – they are saving themselves and the world. My children, my Son is the heart of the world. He should be loved and prayed to, and not always betrayed anew. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, spread the faith in the hearts of people by your example, your prayer and merciful love. I am beside you, I will help you. Pray for your shepherds to have all the more light, so as to be able to illuminate all those who live in darkness. Thank you. (May 2, 2017)

“My children, my Son is the heart of the world.”

Jesus is the Heart of the world. But how do we understand this? One way is to understand Jesus’ role in creation. These paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church begin to make sense out of Jesus, the heart of the world:

II. CREATION – WORK OF THE HOLY TRINITY

290 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. Three things are affirmed in these first words of Scripture: the eternal God gave a beginning to all that exists outside of himself; he alone is Creator (the verb “create” – Hebrew bara – always has God for its subject). the totality of what exists (expressed by the formula “the heavens and the earth”) depends on the One who gives it being.

291 “In the beginning was the Word. . . and the Word was God. . . all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” The New Testament reveals that God created everything by the eternal Word, his beloved Son. In him “all things were created, in heaven and on earth.. . all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” The Church’s faith likewise confesses the creative action of the Holy Spirit, the “giver of life”, “the Creator Spirit” (Veni, Creator Spiritus), the “source of every good”.

292 The Old Testament suggests and the New Covenant reveals the creative action of the Son and the Spirit, inseparably one with that of the Father. This creative co-operation is clearly affirmed in the Church’s rule of faith: “There exists but one God. . . he is the Father, God, the Creator, the author, the giver of order. He made all things by himself, that is, by his Word and by his Wisdom”, “by the Son and the Spirit” who, so to speak, are “his hands”. Creation is the common work of the Holy Trinity.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church. Part One, Section Two, Paragraph 4, Number II. N 290-292)

The key passage in Scripture is Colossians 1: 16-17:

“…for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

In Jesus all things hold together!! He is the heart of all creation, of which we are a part. We could not exist but for Jesus. And this is what Our Lady is trying to tell us. How can we have a dwindling faith, that diminishes daily? We owe all to Jesus, first in our creation, and then in our redemption and eternal happiness.

Let’s not lose this moment, this opportunity to revive our faith, through gratitude to Jesus, the one who, with the Father and the Spirit, calls us into existence and keeps us alive, who saves us from sin and returns us to the Father. We are the blessed of all blessed ones!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan