Cathy Nolan’s Daily Reflection.

Pray this Novena of St. Patrick’s Breastplate until March 17!!

 

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

 

J.M.J.

March 10, 2017

St. Katherine Drexel (USA)

Dear Family of Mary!

“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)

Yesterday (Thursday, March 9) during our Daily Rosary we picked a saint for the day to help us in our prayer for peace. The saint is drawn from a basket full of small pieces of paper with saint’s names on them. The saint we were given was St. Patrick of Ireland!

We were excited because St. Patrick is such a strong saint, so full of evangelical zeal. One of the members of our online prayer group immediately sent us St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer. We prayed it together, and realized that if we prayed it each day until St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, we would have made a novena! So that is what we will do!

Here is the Breastplate of St. Patrick. You may want to join in the novena. I find this prayer very powerful, as a spiritual warfare prayer, and as a faith building prayer. Our Lady asked us to build up our faith on February 25, so this prayer is an excellent response to her call.

The Breastplate of St. Patrick

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

PS On March 12, 2017 many places in the USA and the world will change to Daylight Saving Time.  For two weeks our schedule for live streaming will change in the USA in order to correspond to Bosnia time. (Check your local times on our world clock on the Home Page of Mary TV)

March 12, 2017 (USA – EDT)

Podbrdo Rosary – Sundays only -2:00 pm Medj time – 9:00 am EDT

Hour of Mercy-every day- 3:00 pm Medj time – 10:00 am EDT

Daily Rosary -every day – 4:00 pm Medj time – 11:00 am EDT

Evening Rosary Medj. – Monday through Saturday -5:00 pm Medj Time -12:00 pm EDT

International Mass – Monday through Saturday –  6:00 pm Medj time – 1:00 pm EDT

On March 26, 2017 Medjugorje time will change to DST.  Then we will be back on the normal schedule again.

You shall love the Lord with your whole heart….

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

 

J.M.J.

March 9, 2017

St. Frances of Rome

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady loves God with her whole heart, completely. She is calling us to also have a pure and total love for God. This is everything for her. She told us:

“Dear children, Today I look in your hearts and looking at them my heart seizes with pain. My children! I desire from you unconditional, pure love for God. You will know that you are on the right path when with your body you are on the earth, and with your soul you are always with God. Through this unconditional and pure love, you will see my Son in every person. You will feel in union with God. As a Mother I will be happy because I will have your holy and unified hearts. My children, I will have your salvation. Thank you.” (August 2, 2007)

In her Dairy, St. Faustina wrote about such love for God in this way:

Pure love is capable of great deeds, and it is not broken by difficulty or adversity. As it remains strong in the midst of great difficulties, so too it perseveres in the toilsome and drab life of each day. It knows that only one thing is needed to please God: to do even the smallest things out of great love-love, and always love.

Pure love never errs. Its light is strangely plentiful. It will not do anything that might displease God. It is ingenious at doing what is more pleasing to God, and no one will equal it. It is happy when it can empty itself and burn like a pure offering. The more it gives of itself, the happier it is. But also, no one can sense dangers from afar as can love; it knows how to unmask and also knows with whom it has to deal. (Diary, 140)

Perhaps this Lent we can pray for the grace to love God completely, totally, purely, and unconditionally. Such love is the right response to the Great Commandment as Jesus spoke of it in Matthew:

And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.

And a second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22: 35-40)

With all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind, let us love the Lord!! Then we will be able to love our neighbor as ourself.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

Bless the Lord my soul!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 

J.M.J.

March 8, 2017

St. John of God

Dear Family of Mary!

“…My Son is merciful and just. My motherly heart would desire for you also to be like that….” (March 2, 2017)

Ps.103

A Psalm of David.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.

The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger for ever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor requite us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
so the LORD pities those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.

But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
upon those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
hearkening to the voice of his word!
Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
his ministers that do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

I am gathering you around myself.

  

Our Lady’s children bonding at St. James Church!
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J.M.J.

March 7, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children…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…” (March 2, 2017)

Our Lady tells us how to relate to her in this message. She wants to gather us around her. Mothers love it when their little ones congregate around them on a rocking chair or the couch. It happens very often when she offers to read them a story. They climb up and sit on each side of her, and one or two may be on her lap or hanging over her shoulder so they can peer down at the pictures. It is a wonderful moment. Everyone is leaning up against each other, in rapt attention to the story. But the real communication is the love that is radiating between them all.

This is bonding time. Bonding is very important to children. They need to know that they are not alone, that they are loved and accepted, and that they have a network of support. The family is constructed by God to provide just such bonding. But our families are in distress, sin has broken so many of them. So bonding doesn’t always happen properly.

That is why Our Lady longs to gather us around her. She knows that we may have bonding issues in our lives. We need to bond with her and receive the motherly love we so desperately need. We can gather around Our Lady in prayer. This is how she gathers us. I think that the prayer of the Rosary provides such a family bonding time. It can happen in our families. But I experience it, even in large groups, such as the prayer outside at St. James in Medjugorje. There we are all together, gathered, sitting close, praying the mysteries together, and we are family with Mary.

So what does she do once we are gathered around her, leaning by her side, soaking in her presence? She tells us to “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…” This is the heart of prayer. To look at Mary with the eyes of our hearts. That is to look at her without disguises, to be just who we are, like children. Then we are to share everything with her, everything. Once we do, she turns around and shares it all with Jesus. It passes right through her heart to His.

This is what it is like to have a heavenly mother, one who loves us completely and wants us to be close to her, so close that we can hear each other breathe!

Thank you, dearest Mother, for gathering us around you! Thank you for being our Mother.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

That the world would change….


(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 

J.M.J.

March 6, 2017

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)

“…so that the world would be different.”

This message is an encouragement. Our Lady is urging us to live with love, faith, prayer, intimacy with her and with Jesus, hope and a desire for her triumph. She wants us to bond with her as our mother, and to bond with Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In this way we will be able to help them both to do something which seems impossible. They want to change the world.

In Mirjana’s biography, “My Heart Will Triumph”, she writes:

People have asked me how I cope with the burden of the secrets, but I often think that the secrets burden others more than they do me. The people who are concerned about the secrets have not seen Our Lady and do not know about God’s complete project-Why Our Lacy comes here at all, or what she’s preparing us for. But if your life is in her hands, and God is in your heart, what can harm you?

If everyone knew me and could see how much I laugh and joke, no one would be afraid of the secrets. Those who truly know God’s love should be full of joy. It does not make sense to talk about the future when any of us might die tomorrow. Our Lady constantly reminds us about that in her messages, like when she said, “My children, your life is only a blink in contrast to eternal life.”

I cannot divulge much more about the secrets, but I can say this-Our Lady is planning to change the world. She did not come to announce our destruction; she came to save us, and with her Son, she will triumph over evil.

If our Mother has promised to defeat evil, then what do we have to fear? (Mirjana Soldo. “My Heart Will Triumph”. Page 142)

“…Pray that everyone would come to know my Son, so that the world would change, that the world would be saved…”

If we want to help Our Lady in her mission, this is what we must do. Pray, pray, pray!!! Pray with her for souls to come to know the love of her Son. Pray that all will know Him! Then the world will change. We will all be saved.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

As we wait…


(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 

J.M.J.

March 2, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Today we will receive a message through Mirjana. I will send it out as soon as I can. Mary TV will also post our video of Mirjana’s apparition on our home page and in the Archive of Mirjana’s apparitions. And we will play it on the Mary TV Channel.

As we await the message, let’s take another look at the Febraury 2, 2017 message:

“Dear children, you who are striving to offer every day of your life to my Son, you who are trying to live with Him, you who are praying and sacrificing – you are hope in this peaceless world. You are rays of the light of my Son, a living gospel, and you are my beloved apostles of love. My Son is with you. He is with those who think of Him – those who pray. But in the same way, He is patiently waiting for those who do not know Him. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, pray with the heart and with your works show the love of my Son. This is the only hope for you, and this is also the only way to eternal life. I, as a mother, I am here with you. Your prayers directed to me are the most beautiful roses of love for me. I cannot but be where I sense the scent of roses. There is hope. Thank you.” (02/02/17)

Our Lady told us we are hope in this peaceless world. We are rays of light of her Son. We are a living gospel. And our prayers as the most beautiful roses of love for her. This was a love letter from Mary. Let’s cherish it with all our hearts and welcome Our Lady today and every day!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

Ash Wednesday


(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 

J.M.J.

March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! Open your heart to God’s mercy in this Lenten time. The heavenly Father desires to deliver each of you from the slavery of sin. Therefore, little children, make good use of this time and through meeting with God in confession, leave sin and decide for holiness. Do this out of love for Jesus, who redeemed you all with his blood, that you may be happy and in peace. Do not forget, little children: your freedom is your weakness, therefore follow my messages with seriousness. Thank you for having responded to my call.”  (February 25, 2007)

Meeting with God is always an experience of Mercy. Let us open our hearts to the Mercy of God. As the Prophet Joel told us:

Even now, says the LORD,

return to me with your whole heart,

with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;

Rend your hearts, not your garments,

and return to the LORD, your God.

For gracious and merciful is he,

slow to anger, rich in kindness,

and relenting in punishment.

Perhaps he will again relent

and leave behind him a blessing,

Offerings and libations

for the LORD, your God.

Blow the trumpet in Zion!

proclaim a fast,

call an assembly;

Gather the people,

notify the congregation;

Assemble the elders,

gather the children

and the infants at the breast;

Let the bridegroom quit his room

and the bride her chamber.

Between the porch and the altar

let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,

And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people,

and make not your heritage a reproach,

with the nations ruling over them!

Why should they say among the peoples,

‘Where is their God?'”

Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land

and took pity on his people. (Joel 2: 12-18)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

Lent is a time of Grace

 
(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

 

J.M.J.

February 28, 2017

(Fat Tuesday)

Dear Family of Mary!

“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)

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday! As Our Lady tells us, “…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.” 

This is Lent. It is above all a time of grace. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Holy Mother Church sets aside the next 40 days as a special time to seek the Lord, through prayer, fasting, renunciation, and conversion. These days give us the opportunity to test ourselves, to find out if we truly desire the Lord above all else. They also help us to grow in our awareness of Jesus’ great act of redemption. The more we understand that we need a savior and that we have a Savior, the more hope and joy we will have! This is Lent!

Our Lady said this about Lent in 2006:

“Dear children! In this Lenten time of grace, I call you to open your hearts to the gifts that God desires to give you. Do not be closed, but with prayer and renunciation say ‘yes’ to God and He will give to you in abundance. As in springtime the earth opens to the seed and yields a hundredfold, so also your heavenly Father will give to you in abundance. I am with you and love you, little children, with a tender love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”(February 25, 2006)

Lent is primarily a time of grace. We have only to say “yes” and open our hearts. God will give us the gifts we need to draw close to Him. We should see our fasting and renunciation as great blessings to us, because through them we will open our hearts to the One who loves us.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017

The Roots of Fatih


(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 

J.M.J.

February 27, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

“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)

Our Lady speaks to us of our faith, comparing it to a tree. She wants us to be strong in faith. And so to be strong, our tree of faith must have strong roots. Roots are the foundation of a tree. If a tree has a good root system, it will be able to withstand rough weather. The roots will hold the tree upright. And the good nutrition provided by the roots will ensure that the tree’s trunk and branches are strong and supple enough to be blown about without cracking. We need to have good roots if we are going to withstand temptation and strife, maintaining our faith.

Our spiritual root system must be planted deep into the soil of the Bible and the Tradition of the Church, deep into the truths that Christ has taught us, so that they will hold us firm when the winds of apostasy blow around us. Our roots must be able to absorb nutrients from the soil so that we do not become malnourished and brittle. This nourishment comes from prayer and is augmented by hope. Prayer helps us to receive the Water of Life. That Water of Life is the Holy Spirit who pours His life abd gifts into us as we pray. Hope in eternal life is our ability to absorb the Water of Life. When we hope we drink in the Spirit, through desire!

In Psalm 1 the image of a tree is used to describe a good man. It makes the case for good roots planted in the right place:

Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

but his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree

planted by streams of water,

that yields its fruit in its season,

and its leaf does not wither.

In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1: 1-3)

Notice that a good man, a blessed man, knows where to plant himself. He does not plant himself among those who do not know or love God. He plants himself in the law of the Lord! And when he is planted in the Lord’s Law, in the Lord’s Word, he is like a tree that has roots deep in the soil, close to a bountiful stream. His roots will always have water and nutrition (the Holy Spirit and the Word of God)! They will be strong and hold him fast in times of trouble.

This is what Our Lady wants for us. She wants our faith to be fed by the good waters of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. She wants us to drink up those waters by virtue of our hope. Hope opens us up and keeps us drinking in the gifts of the Lord, making us strong.

This Lent, may we examine where our roots are planted and make conscious choices to dig them up and move them near to streams of Living Water, where we will be able to grow, prosper, and thrive in the Love of our Lord. Then when storms come, we will not be toppled. We will stand in hope and joy!

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

May Jesus be in the heart of each family!


(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

February 24, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady came to Medjugorje to call not just 6 visionaries, but an entire parish. Her call was to the families of the parish. She wanted the families to become communities of holiness so that she could work through them to minister to the millions of pilgrims that would be coming to their village.

She asked the parishioners to pray in the families. It was important to her that each family pray together.

Thursday, October 20, 1983 -For the parish:
“Have all the families consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart each day. I am very happy when the entire family meets to pray each morning for half an hour.”

Friday, January 27, 1984
“Pray and fast. I wish that you deepen and continue your life in prayer. Every morning say the prayer of consecration to the Heart of Mary. Do it in the family. Recite each morning the Angelus, 5 Our Father’s, Hail Mary’s, and Glory Be’s in honor of the Holy Passion and a sixth one for our Holy Father, the Pope. Then say the Creed and the prayer to the Holy Spirit. And, if it is possible, it would be well to pray a Rosary.”

She also made it clear that the family prayer would help her mission to be successful:

September 27, 1984 “Dear children! You have helped me along by your prayers to realize my plans. Keep on praying that my plans are completely fulfilled. I request the families of the parish to pray the family rosary. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Finally, Our Lady began to teach all families through her messages. She wanted the families of the parish and families of the pilgrims to be witnesses to the world of the reality of God and His love:

October 25, 2004 “Dear children! This is a time of grace for the family and, therefore, I call you to renew prayer. May Jesus be in the heart of your family. In prayer, learn to love everything that is holy. Imitate the lives of saints so that they may be an incentive and teachers on the way of holiness. May every family become a witness of love in this world without prayer and peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

December 25, 2006
The apparition began at 3:23pm and lasted six minutes. Our Lady gave the following message:
“Today is a great day of joy and peace. Rejoice with me. Little children, in a special way, I call you to holiness in your families. I desire, little children, that each of your families be holy and that God’s joy and peace, which God sends you today in a special way, may come to rule and dwell in your families. Little children, open your hearts today on this day of grace, decide for God and put Him in the first place in your family. I am your Mother. I love you and give you my Motherly Blessing.”

July 24, 1986 “Dear children! I rejoice because of all of you who are on the way of holiness and I beseech you, by your own testimony help those who do not know how to live in holiness. Therefore, dear children, let your family be a place where holiness is birthed. Help everyone to live in holiness, but especially your own family. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Our Lady is very aware that it is Satan’s plan to destroy the family. And so she has been coming to strengthen our families as a bulwark against Satan’s plan. She started in the parish, and has moved out to the families of pilgrims from all over the world. We are now all part of her plan for peace. Our families are important. Our family prayer is important. The faith in our families will be a key element in her Triumph.

May we continue to fight for prayer in our families so that we can help Our Lady to win in this gigantic struggle with the enemy. She needs us, gathered as families, to respond to her call.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017