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More from Fr. Slavko

Father Slavko Barbaric

Fr. Slvako Barbaric, OFM

J.M.J.

We continue with Fr. Slavko’s reflection on the December 25, 1994 message:

December 25, 1994 “Dear children! Today I rejoice with you and I am praying with you for peace: peace in your hearts, peace in your families, peace in your desires, peace in the whole world. May the King of Peace bless you today and give your peace. I bless you and I carry each one of you in my heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

PEACE IN YOUR FAMILIES

When Mary says ‘family’ we think of husband and wife, mother and father and when they together create the conditions for peace. It becomes a call for unconditional love, for forgiveness, for respecting one another and for accepting one another. Whenever the parents are wounded or wound each other it, of course, falls upon the children and in such a situation peace is NEVER possible. Therefore, it is the parents who are first called upon in the family unit to have peace with each other, to have peace in their desires toward themselves, each other and toward their children.

Of course we can only imagine what is in the hearts of many parents while they are trying to guide and raise them, with all their worries of what the children will be doing and what will the world be bringing to them! These doubts and questions are justified but we will not react with fear, with panic or with mistrust. These will not solve the problems. It is not in this way that we will be able to help the youth. The best help that can be offered to them is when the parents have decided for peace themselves and when they thereby stand in front of the children as witnesses of peace.

Only when life becomes a gift from God the Creator and when we therefore learn to love everything more within the family will it become easier. It will also become easier when one removes all that which threatens peace and these things become even more difficult when the children reach puberty. The suffering of the parents then becomes extreme and often unimaginable but peace is still possible because Mary also is praying for peace with us.

This is the reason that we very consciously must renew this prayer for peace in our families every day. Yet more than on anything else this peace depends on the parents, on husband and wife, and then finally also on the children. If only one is there as an agent of interference, confusion or division, then the peace of the entire family is at risk. Then seen on a merely human level, peace becomes impossible. Then Our Lady addresses a very important level of peace and that is…

PEACE IN YOUR DESIRES

With this, I believe, she is touching upon our inner-freedom. The freer we are from ourselves, from other people and from the material, the more we will have a true peace within us. When we are dependent upon ourselves or when we have pride in our hearts, then we will only with great difficulty, if at all, be able to have true peace. When we are dependent on things, people, wealth, influence, alcohol or drugs, then it is impossible to have peace within us because the mind or the body come to control everything. All of these only hinder the heart from coming to peace.

It is therefore good when we ask ourselves this. What is it that we are really seeking in our lives? Is it to meet with god and then out of Him and with Him to meet other people and all of His creation? This is not easy. It is difficult and it means daily attention and daily straining, but it is only this search that keeps us in a deeper peace. When we become free in this sense we are bringing peace into our desires and thus it is ONLY peace that controls us.

Here it becomes important to think of this message that Mary gave us. “Work on your hearts as you work in your fields.” This is a valuable assignment for the coming New Year as well for all the coming years. We have all been wishing each other peace when we were sending Christmas cards and meeting so many people over these holidays. We want this to be our desire, our ONLY desire in our hearts all year long!

The simpler our desires become, the stronger we yearn to love God, to love freedom and to love other people. Then it will become easier for us to take upon us all that helps us come to inner peace in our desires. It will then also be easier to accept all those things that are not all right and that are not helping us to be in contact with God…

(Fr. Slavko Barbaric, OFM. “Mother! Lead us to Peace!! P. 306)

The Final installment will be tomorrow!

Peace in our hearts, Peace in our families, Peace in our desires…and Peace in the whole world!!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

Fr. Slavko speaks about peace

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

January 18, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

We have made together a new commitment to pray for peace. This year, 2017, will be a year of prayer for peace! There seems to be a new urgency to pray for peace as Our Lady asked us in the December 25, 2016 message through Jakov. Thank you to all who have sensed this call and are joining in our commitment to place a great value on peace, and to pray for it!

Fr. Slavko Barbaric, OFM, wrote a series of reflections on Our Lady’s messages which were compiled in 1995 into a book called, “Mother! Lead Us to Peace!!” He wrote on the messages from 1990 to 1994, a time of great unrest and war in Bosnia. His words are poignant and powerful.

His final reflection is on the December 25, 1994 message. I will begin sharing his words today:

December 25, 1994 “Dear children! Today I rejoice with you and I am praying with you for peace: peace in your hearts, peace in your families, peace in your desires, peace in the whole world. May the King of Peace bless you today and give your peace. I bless you and I carry each one of you in my heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

[The war had been raging since 1991, but was starting to ease up.] At the moment there are fewer battles and just before Christmas another “peace agreement” was signed between Moslems and Serbs. This will hopefully last for a while but still the situation remains very tense everywhere. We still hope the New Year 1995 will bring us a bit closer to…

PEACE

Again peace is the last message Our Lady has given us for 1994. In fact, she AGAIN mentions peace seven times! It should be of interest to us all that in the message of July 1990 she also mentioned peace seven times. Shortly after the July 1990 message the crisis in the Gulf erupted leading to international tensions. Also shortly afterwards the first signs of serious problems arose here when the Serbs in south-central Croatia and western Bosnia/Hercegovina first put up their barricades. It was right after another message a few months later, in December of 1990, in which Mary also mentioned peace seven times that the war in the Gulf took its most serious turn. So now AGAIN Our Lady says so urgently that she is praying for peace with us and here she has specifically mentioned peace on four different levels. For 13 years and 6 months Mary has been praying for peace and has been asking us to pray for peace with her. This message is again a very strong impulse for all those who hear it to pray and fast for peace. We must really find the path to peace with Mary and then put it into reality. This call is nothing less than urgent! Putting it into reality is not easy but still hope exists. Hope is certainly justified and it has its place in life when Mary prays for it.

PEACE IN YOUR HEARTS

This is the first condition that we need in order to lead to peace in the families and then in the whole world.   Peace in the heart is in actuality an inner-strength with which one carries one’s own cross in life. It is a strength that makes us active in doing good and fighting against all evil and sin. This peace is the biblical peace that contains all spiritual, physical and mental well-being. This freedom only God can give us and as Jesus says: “I give peace.” For us to open ourselves up to this peace we must first trust but then also try to work on it. Our prayers, our fasting, our Confessions and our attending Masses help us to find peace because through these we encounter the King of Peace and it is He who gives us the peace. So, it is only with God’s graces through prayer that we can overcome whatever it is in our hearts that is blocking us from peace. This peace does not mean that we must remain quiet but rather that we become active. To truly get involved means to first of all do so in the family and then in the community as well as among friends so that they too will open themselves up to God’s peace. This peace is also possible when one suffers, when one is sick and this peace does not exclude tears. It is therefore, as mentioned already, an inner-strength with which we must confront evil and sin by opening ourselves only to goodness. We must then also continue seeking the conditions with which we can find the best manner in which to do further good. It is especially important that Mary is praying for… (to be continued)

It is sobering to know that Fr. Slavko was speaking about peace, even during the war in Bosnia. His faith had not faltered. And it is very important to me that Fr. Slavko defines peace in the heart as an “inner-strength with which one carries one’s own cross in life.” This understanding is crucial. Peace comes not from our circumstances, but from our faith, trust, and reliance on God to help us carry on in those circumstances.

May we grow in our faith, in our total surrender to Jesus, so that we can carry our crosses with His peace.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

Pray for Peace….

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

January 17, 2017

St. Anthony, Abbot

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children!  Today, on this day of grace, in a special way, I am calling you to pray for peace. Children, I came here as the Queen of Peace and how many times have I called you to pray for peace. But, children, your hearts are restless. Sin is preventing you from opening yourselves completely to grace and peace which God desires to give you. To live peace, my children, is to first have peace in your hearts and to be surrendered completely to God and to His will. Do not seek peace and joy in the things of this world, because this is all passing. Long for true mercy and peace which come only from God; and only in this way will your hearts be filled with true joy; and only in this way will you be able to become witnesses of peace in this peaceless world. I am your mother and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (December 25, 2016 Jakov)

Our Lady gave us a specific call through the December 25, 2016 message given to Jakov. I think she wants us to take very seriously the call to pray for peace in 2017. This is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima! The message of Fatima was clear, to convert and to pray the Rosary for peace. Our Lady wanted her children to pray the Rosary for peace in the world, first to end World War I and then to stabilize the descent into atheism that was gripping the world. She wanted her children to pray for peace to reign in the hearts of all peoples.

Though the response in 1917 helped to end that terrible war, the subsequent years have been filled with violence and war as well. And the loss of faith has gripped most countries. So in 1981 Our Lady returned to earth, to help us in this dire time of need. She has stayed with us for 36 years now, daily visiting us and speaking to us through her visionaries. Her message is the same: convert and pray the Rosary for peace! She has also called us to live a full life of faith, with fasting, Scripture reading, Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, and works of mercy. She has told us that her coming to Medjugorje is the continuation and fulfillment of Fatima.

This year, 2017, is pivotal. It has been 100 years since the Lord sent Our Lady to Fatima to intervene in our affairs, to bring peace. Through Our Lady’s presence in Fatima and now in Medjugorje, our hearts are bonded very strongly to Our Mother. She has taken us to herself in a special way. Now she needs our prayers for peace, since it is for peace that she has been sent to us.

I have gathered nine messages of Our Lady, in which she asks us to pray for peace. Denis and I propose to pray this novena for the entire year of 2017, taking a message a day to meditate on, and then to pray the Rosary in response to her call. We will do this in our Daily Rosary on Mary TV. But you can do it in your own way. We also recommend the Medjugorje Peace Chaplet, which is the Creed and 7 Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glory Bes. This chaplet can be said anywhere, it is simple. But Our Lady asked the visionaries to pray it in the beginning of the apparitions, and it is now said after the evening Mass in Medjugorje every day.

Let’s make 2017 a year of prayer for peace, in response to Our Lady’s call!

Our Lady speaks of peace:

September 25, 2002 “Dear children! Also in this peaceless time, I call you to prayer. Little children, pray for peace so that in the world every person would feel love towards peace. Only when the soul finds peace in God, it feels content and love will begin to flow in the world. And in a special way, little children, you are called to live and witness peace – peace in your hearts and families – and, through you, peace will also begin to flow in the world. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

April 25, 2009 “Dear children! Today I call you all to pray for peace and to witness it in your families so that peace may become the highest treasure on this peaceless earth. I am your Queen of Peace and your mother. I desire to lead you on the way of peace, which comes only from God. Therefore, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

December 25, 2003 “Dear children! Today, when in a special way, Jesus desires to give you His peace, I call you to pray for peace in your hearts. Children, without peace in your hearts you cannot feel the love and joy of the birth of Jesus. Therefore, little children, today in a special way, open your hearts and begin to pray. Only through prayer and complete surrender, will your heart be filled with the love and peace of Jesus. I bless you with my motherly blessing.”

December 25, 2008 “Dear children! Today, in a special way, I call you to pray for peace. Without God you cannot have peace or live in peace. Therefore, little children, today on this day of grace open your hearts to the King of peace, for Him to be born in you and to grant you His peace – and you be carriers of peace in this peaceless world. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

October 23, 1986 “Dear children! Today again I am calling you to pray. Especially, dear children, do I call you to pray for peace. Without your prayers, dear children, I cannot help you to fulfill the message which the Lord has given me to give to you. Therefore, dear children, pray, so that in prayer you realize what God is giving you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

December 25, 1990 “Dear children! Today I invite you in a special way to pray for peace. Dear children, without peace you cannot experience the birth of the little Jesus neither today nor in your daily lives. Therefore, pray the Lord of Peace that He may protect you with His mantle and that He may help you to comprehend the greatness and the importance of peace in your heart. In this way you shall be able to spread peace from your heart throughout the whole world. I am with you and I intercede for you before God. Pray, because satan wants to destroy my plans of peace. Be reconciled with one another and by means of your lives help peace reign in the whole earth. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

July 25, 1991 “Dear Children! Today I invite you to pray for peace. At this time peace is being threatened in a special way, and I am seeking from you to renew fasting and prayer in your families. Dear children, I desire you to grasp the seriousness of the situation and that much of what will happen depends on your prayers and you are praying a little bit. Dear children, I am with you and I am inviting you to begin to pray and fast seriously as in the first days of my coming. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

March 25, 1993 “Dear children! Today like never I call you to pray for peace, for peace in your hearts, peace in your families and peace in the whole world, because satan wants war, wants lack of peace, wants to destroy all which is good. Therefore, dear children, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

June 25, 1995 “Dear Children! Today I am happy to see you in such great numbers, that you have responded and have come to live my messages. I invite you, little children, to be my joyful carriers of peace in this troubled world. Pray for peace so that as soon as possible a time of peace, which my heart waits impatiently for, may reign. I am near to you, little children, and intercede for every one of you before the Most High. I bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

The things that make for peace!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

January 16, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the Christmas Message through Jakov, once again. It is easy to lose track of it with all that takes place at Christmas:

“Dear children!  Today, on this day of grace, in a special way, I am calling you to pray for peace. Children, I came here as the Queen of Peace and how many times have I called you to pray for peace. But, children, your hearts are restless. Sin is preventing you from opening yourselves completely to grace and peace which God desires to give you. To live peace, my children, is to first have peace in your hearts and to be surrendered completely to God and to His will. Do not seek peace and joy in the things of this world, because this is all passing. Long for true mercy and peace which come only from God; and only in this way will your hearts be filled with true joy; and only in this way will you be able to become witnesses of peace in this peaceless world. I am your mother and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (December 25, 2016 Jakov)

Our Lady used the word “peace” 9 times in this message! Could she make it any clearer? Peace is really important to her. Peace is really on her mind.

Peace is more valuable than gold. And peace is more fragile than crystal. Peace makes life flourish. Peace makes for joy and hope. And God wants to give us peace. He is Peace. And He has sent Our Lady to help us receive His peace.

Do we desire peace? I think we need to change our hearts, in that we change our desires. We may desire money or a good job, power or fame, security or the pleasures of life. But they all are worthless without peace. I wonder if we understand how much we need peace. It is something to pray over.

Jesus spoke these words over Jerusalem just before his Crucifixion:

And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:41-44)

I wonder if we might not be in a similar time (i.e. a time of visitation). We are in an unprecedented “visitation” of Our Lady. And she has come to be our Queen of Peace. This may be a time of grace that should not be missed. If we only knew what makes for peace!! Our Lady is showing us those very things through her messages. But are we listening? Are we living?

May we know the time of our visitation, and open our hearts to the call from God through Our Lady, the call for peace. “Today, on this day of grace, in a special way, I am calling you to pray for peace.”

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

You must be smaller than others.

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
January 13, 2017
St. Hilary

Dear Family of Mary!

Well, I had another sort of Holy Spirit moment at Mass yesterday, so I’m going to share it! It was, of course, during the Eucharistic prayers. I remembered these words from Our Lady’s message on January 2:

“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….” (January 13, 2017)

I thought about Jesus who is the source of love and light giving Himself to me at that moment on the Altar. And I realized that Jesus is truly smaller than others! Our Eucharistic Lord is so very small.

I remembered His resurrection, and how He did not make a big deal about it to the whole world. Anyone else who had been treated as Jesus was treated (i.e. tortured, reviled, spat upon and crucified before all of Jerusalem) and then was raised, would have come roaring back from the dead! It would have been the day of reckoning. All His detractors and murderers would have been slain on the spot, and the whole Roman Empire taken over by Him.

But Jesus is not anyone else! He who had the right and power to take over the whole world, came back in a most hidden and quiet way. Though the accounts vary, it seems that Jesus rose from the dead, unseen by anyone. Mary Magdalene and the women came afterwards, and only saw the empty tomb and an angel. Mary Magdalene met Him and thought He was a gardener! Peter only saw the empty tomb and went to tell the others. Two disciples who were dejectedly walking to Emmaus encountered the Risen Christ, but they didn’t recognize Him, even after miles of walking and talking together. It was only in the breaking of the bread that they realized it was Jesus, and He immediately disappeared. And then Jesus noiselessly entered into the upper room, going through the closed door, to greet His terrified Apostles! They thaught He was a ghost! Not very triumphant is it!!

Even later, at the Sea of Galilee, Jesus appeared as a lone man, on the beach, cooking fish. Truly, for the Resurrected Victor over Sin and Death, Jesus’ return was small. And He remained hidden and small until He ascended to the Father. And He is even smaller to this day, as the Eucharistic Lord, made present in Bread and Wine.

Well, it occurred to me that if Jesus chose to return to us in so humble a manner, when He could have stormed on the scene in power and might, then no wonder we are supposed to be small as well. We can learn from Him how to be smaller than others, to always approach our families and friends, parishes, communities and strangers with the same humility that He showed and shows us.

There must be something important about this humility. It must unlock tremendous graces for those around us. Maybe it makes it possible for them to feel love. Maybe it helps create the peace that is so desperately needed in our world today.

It certainly stands in contradiction to the powers of the world, both human and demonic. Humility is outside the comprehension of all that is evil. It only makes sense in terms of heaven, of God our Father, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirit our Paraclete.
To be little means to be in right relationship with the Trinity. Then they can work in us and through us.

Our Lady is right; it is NOT easy. But it is the way to follow Jesus! He us our great example!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

Love one another!

 
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

J.M.J.

January 12, 2017

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Dear Family of Mary!

“…Therefore, my apostles, always love one another and above all, love my Son. This is the only way to salvation, to eternal life. This is my dearest prayer which fills my heart with the most beautiful scent of roses….” (January 2, 2017)

Our Lady wants us to be apostles of love. This is what will make her happy. She is our Mother. She was given that role by Jesus on the Cross, and she has lived it perfectly all these many years. She loves us with her tender and perfect heart. And she suffers when she sees us fighting among each other, envying each other, rejecting each other and even destroying each other. Imagine having children who hate each other. Imagine what it would feel like. Our Lady suffers under the weight of all the violence and pain her children cause each other.

She is our Mother. Truly our Mother. She wants us to love each other. And most of all she wants us to love Jesus. He is the one who loves us the most. And yet we reject Him, again and again, in favor of our own selfish desires. Imagine how she must feel!

But she never gives up. She never stops calling us to love one another and to love Jesus. She will never give up. This is the way to eternal life, this road of love. We will find our way to heaven through love of Jesus and of our neighbor. It is that simple.

Our Lady also said these things about love:

September 2, 2008 “Dear children, Today, with my motherly heart, I call you gathered around me to love your neighbor. My children, stop. Look in the eyes of your brother and see Jesus, my Son. If you see joy, rejoice with him. If there is pain in the eyes of your brother, with your tenderness and goodness, cast it away, because without love you are lost. Only love is effective; it works miracles. Love will give you unity in my Son and victory of my heart. Therefore, my children, love.”

September 2, 2015 “Dear children, my dear apostles of love, my carriers of truth, again I am calling you and gathering you around me to help me, to help all of my children who thirst for love and truth – who thirst for my Son. I am a grace from the Heavenly Father, sent to help you to live the word of my Son. Love one another. I lived your earthly life. I know that it is not always easy, but if you will love each other, you will pray with the heart, you will reach spiritual heights and the way to heaven will be opened for you. I, your mother, am waiting for you there because I am there. Be faithful to my Son and teach others faithfulness. I am with you. I will help you. I will teach you faith that you may know how to transmit it to others in the right way. I will teach you truth that you may know how to discern. I will teach you love that you may come to know what real love is. My children, my Son will make it so as to speak through your words and your actions. Thank you.”

May we rededicate ourselves to love, love first for Jesus, and then for our neighbor. 2017 will be a year of great victory, if we do so!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

This is the love which calls, unites, converts, encourages and fulfills.

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

January 11, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

“…He looks at you and hears you. We are always close to you. This is the love which calls, unites, converts, encourages and fulfills…” (January 2, 2017).

I want to share a blessed moment I had recently. It is an example of the love that calls, unites, converts, encourages and fulfills.

I have always carried a bit of sadness in my heart. Not too much, but enough to make me seek gloomy thoughts and shadows when I am alone. I always thought that this was normal, and just part of life. But it has become a bit more difficult to bear recently. And so at Holy Mass one day, during the Consecration, I told Jesus about my sadness. I just admitted it to Him.

In that admission, I shed a little tear. And then I heard these words in my heart: “Don’t worry. I am with you. And you are on the road to heaven! You are on the way, and I am going to stay with you until you get there. No obstacle will be able to stop you. I will stay with you. Don’t worry! Be happy!” I had an image of myself climbing a rocky hill, with lots of debris and obstacles, but there was a bright light at the top, inviting me to keep going. I felt great relief in His assurance that He would stay with me to get me to heaven.

That moment did me so much good. I felt released from sadness, from accepting sadness as my inheritance. I can only say that Jesus called me, united me to Himself with His gentle words, converted me from my gloominess, encouraged me to keep going, and fulfilled me with His love. His love changed me.

I now want to encourage any of you who live with an interior disposition that is not life-giving to reach out to Jesus and Mary. They are close to us. They love us with a love that calls us out of our inner isolation, unites us to them with a bond of love, converts us from things that are destructive, encourages us to keep seeking heaven and fulfills us with their fruitful love. Jesus and Mary are looking at us and listening to us, even the faintest sigh from our soul. We are so loved!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

I am asking you for roses of prayer…


Planting Roses
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
January 10, 2017
Tuesday, First week of Ordinary Time

Dear Family of Mary,

“…Of you, my apostles, I am asking for your roses of prayer which need to be acts of love. To my motherly heart these are the dearest prayers. I offer these to my Son who was born for your sake. He looks at you and hears you…”(January 2, 2017)

Our Lady is asking us for “roses of prayer”. Of course we immediately think of the Rosary. It is the prayer she champions. Many saints have also championed the Rosary. St. Louis de Montfort, who was given “True Devotion to Mary” as a guide book for us in these latter days, also wrote a book on the power and efficacy of the Rosary, “The Secret of the Rosary”. Here is an excerpt of that book. What a joy it is to read his words!!

A Mystical Rose Tree

For Devout Souls

5. Good and devout souls, who walk in the light of the Holy Spirit, I do not think you will mind my giving you this little mystical rose tree which comes straight from heaven and which is to be planted in the garden of your soul. It cannot possibly harm the sweet-smelling flowers of your contemplations; for it is a heavenly tree and its scent is very pleasant. It will not in the least interfere with your carefully planned flower-beds; for, being itself all pure and well-ordered, it inclines all to order and purity. If it is carefully watered and properly attended to every day, it will grow to such a marvelous height, and its branches will have such a wide span that, far from hindering your other devotions, it will maintain and perfect them. Of course, you understand what I mean, since you are spiritually minded; this mystical rose tree is Jesus and Mary in life, death and eternity.

6. Its green leaves are the Joyful Mysteries, the thorns the Sorrowful ones, and the flowers the Glorious Mysteries of Jesus and Mary. The buds are the childhood of Jesus and Mary, and the open blooms show us both of them in their sufferings, and the full-blown roses symbolize Jesus and Mary in their triumph and glory.

A rose delights us because of its beauty: so here we have Jesus and Mary in the Joyful Mysteries. Its thorns are sharp, and they prick, which makes us think of them in the Sorrowful Mysteries, and last of all, its perfume is so sweet that everyone loves it, and this fragrance symbolizes their Glorious Mysteries.

So please do not scorn this beautiful and heavenly tree, but plant it with your own hands in the garden of your soul, by making the resolution to say your Rosary every day. By saying it daily and by doing good works you will be tending your tree, watering it, hoeing the earth around it.

Eventually you will see that this little seed which I have given you, and heaven, that is, predestinate and contemplative souls, will dwell in it and make their nests there. Its shade will shelter them from the scorching heat of the sun and its height will keep them safe from the wild beasts on the ground. And best of all, they will feed upon the tree’s fruit, which is none other than our adorable Jesus, to whom be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

God Alone.

(St. Louis de Montfort. The Secret of the Rosary)

May we all plant a Rose Tree in the garden of our hearts, so that Our Lady will come and rest there.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017)

Little children, I love you!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

January 9, 2017

The Baptism of the Lord

Dear Family of Mary!

“…My most beloved Son illuminates lives, dispels darkness; and my motherly love which carries me to you is inexpressible, mysterious but real. I am expressing my feelings to you: love, understanding and motherly benevolence…” (January 2, 2017)

Our Lady tells us that her motherly love is “inexpressible and mysterious but real.” I believe she has been trying to express her powerful and mysterious love since 1981. But have we really grasped it? Do we understand how very much she loves us, how much she yearns for us, how much she desires our safety and salvation? Are we blind to her loving kindnesses? Have we even tried to comprehend her love?

I looked through her messages and counted the times she has said, “I love you.” At least 79 times. But probably much more, in other words and phrases. I would like to take time to just listen to her expressions of love for us, found in the messages from Medjugorje. We need to try to comprehend her love!!!

“Dear children! I have told you already that I have chosen you in a special way, just the way you are. I, the Mother, love you all. And in any moment that is difficult for you, do not be afraid because I love you even then when you are far from me and my Son. Please, do not let my heart weep with tears of blood because of the souls who are lost in sin. Therefore, dear children, pray, pray, pray! Thank you for having responded to my call.” May 24, 1984

“I love you and I want you to comprehend my love and God’s love through prayer.” November 15, 1984

“Dear children! Today I am blessing you and I wish to tell you that I love you and that I urge you to live my messages.” August 15, 1985

“Dear children! I thank you for the love which you are showing me. You know, dear children, that I love you immeasurably and daily I pray the Lord to help you to understand the love which I am showing you. Therefore, you, dear children, pray, pray, pray!” August 21, 1986

“You know that I love you and that out of love I long for you.” November 20, 1986

“I love you, dear children, and so not even counting the number of times, I go on calling you.” June 25, 1987

“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.” February 25, 1988

“I am with you and I love you with the immeasurable love of Jesus.” November 25, 1991

“I am your Mother and I love you all equally, and I intercede for you before God.” February 25, 1994

“Dear children! Today I invite you to open yourselves to God the Creator, so that He changes you. Little children, you are dear to me. I love you all and I call you to be closer to me and that your love towards my Immaculate Heart be more fervent. I wish to renew you and lead you with my Heart to the Heart of Jesus, which still today suffers for you and calls you to conversion and renewal. Through you, I wish to renew the world. Comprehend, little children, that you are today the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Little children, I invite you and I love you and in a special way implore: Convert!” Thank you for having responded to my call.” October 25, 1996

“Little children, do not forget that I love you with a tender love.” February 25, 2005

“I love you, little children, and accompany you with my intercession before the Most High.” July 25, 2013

“I intercede for you and I love you, little children, with an endless love.” August 25, 2015

“Dear children, I love you with a motherly love and with a motherly patience I wait for your love and unity.” October 02, 2013

“Dear children! I am here, I am among you. I am looking at you, am smiling at you and I love you in the way that only a mother can.” February 02, 2015

“Again I say to you, if you knew how much I love you, you would cry with happiness.” March 18, 2009

Mother, help us to truly understand your love so that we can cry with happiness!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

Peace

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

January 6, 2017

St. Andre Bessette

Dear Family of Mary!

“…Always know that God knows everything; God sees, God loves…” (January 2, 2017)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017