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Taking some time away!

 (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

February 19, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

January 25, 2018 “Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give you conversion. Open your hearts and read the Sacred Scripture, that through the testimonies you also may be closer to God. Above everything, little children, seek God and the things of God and leave earthly ones to the earth, because Satan is attracting you to the dust and sin. You are called to holiness and created for Heaven; therefore, seek Heaven and the things of Heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

This message continues to guide be during this Lenten journey that we are on together.  Our Lady gave us the tools to make our Lent a blessed time of renewal.  As usual with her simple words she says great things.

Time of Prayer – Lent is a time, 6 weeks, in which we can pray with all our hearts, focused on the sufferings of our Head, Jesus.

The Holy Spirit – It is through the Holy Spirit that we received nourishment in prayer, so that we can convert.  Conversion is everything.  Unless our hearts turn to God and away from selfishness, we will not find ourselves in Heaven.

Conversion is a gift – We do not manufacture our own conversion.  It is a gift from God, that we open up to.  Just witness the testimony of Fr. Donald Calloway which is showing on Mary TV this week in Fruit of Medjugorje.  He was plucked out of Hell by the gift of conversion that came to him through Mary of Medjugorje.

Sacred Scripture has testimonies! – In the Scriptures we here the first testimonies of the first believers!!  We see them responding to the call to conversion through Jesus.  It is a gift to convert!

Seek God and leave earthly things – Where do we find peace, joy, healing, reconciliation, hope, love, heaven and eternal life?  Seek God and the things of God!

I am not able to keep up with my reflections right now due to a family need.  So I will probably not send reflections until February 25, when I send the next monthly message.  I am sorry I didn’t let you know sooner, but time did not allow.  So thank you all for joining me in reflection on Our Lady of Medjugorje and her messages.  I will continue the reflections starting February 25, 2018!

I am praying for all of you as I travel.  Blessings!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2018PS.  Mike Nolan heads up pilgrim-medj.com, taking groups to Medjugorje.  He has two pilgrimages coming up – April and June.  He says the airfares are good right now, time to book tickets!!

Here is the link to his site:
https://pilgrim-medj.com/

You will be in our prayers – Going to Medjugorje is life changing!!!!

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Medjugorje is good fruit!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

February 19, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

May 1, 1986 “Dear children! I beseech you to start changing your life in the family. Let the family be a harmonious flower that I wish to give to Jesus. Dear children, let every family be active in prayer for I wish that the fruits in the family be seen one day. Only that way shall I give you all, like petals, as a gift to Jesus in fulfillment of God’s plans. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Today I want to share with you a long but powerful testimony given at the National Conference on Medjugorje at Notre Dame in 1991. It is a testimony by Fr. Gianni Sgreva, the founder of the Oasis of Peace Community. He shares about Our Lady’s presence in Medjugorje in a very important way. He talks about the roots of the phenomenon in Medjugorje, the tree from which Medjugorje is a fruit! Sorry for its length, but, hey, its Lent!

Address by Fr. Gianni Sgreva at the National Medjugorje Conference, 1991

Dearest Brothers and Sisters and dear Friends! “You will recognize them by their fruits.” I see this word of Jesus being fulfilled today in you, in all of us!

Be on your guard against false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but underneath are wolves on the prowl. You will know them by their deeds. Do you ever pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from prickly plants? Never! Any sound tree bears good fruit, while a decayed tree bears bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit any more than a decayed tree can bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. You can tell a tree by its fruit.

(Mt. 7:15-20)

I found that it was very important to begin with the reading of this text from the Gospel, because with these words of his, Jesus here points to the plan of this conference itself. “You will recognize them by their fruits.” In this text of Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 7:15 – 20, we find the plan that Jesus wants to give to this conference. The text from the Gospel begins with these words: “Be on your guard against false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but underneath are wolves on the prowl.”

Now the title of this conference starts off from this important saying of Jesus, which has to do with prophecy itself. The fruits of true prophecy will be recognized. Therefore, prophecy – according to Jesus- is the tree, the true tree from which are born the fruits. It is important, then in this moment to establish what might be the prophecy that is confronted in Medjugorje. I have been asked to present a testimony on the new Marian Community, “Oasi della Pace” (Oasis of Peace”). And you understand well that this raises a theological problem – not just a theological problem alone, but a juridical problem alone, but a juridical problem as well, connected with the theological one. And the theological and juridical response derive from the fact the we succeed in understanding what the true prophecy of Medjugorje consists in.

We all know quite well how the events in Medjugorje are still under the judgment of the Church, and the Church is now examining the facts of Medjugorje with great responsibility, with great conscientiousness. I myself spoke with the Holy Father, John Paul II. It was April 14, 1985. The Pope said to me, “Father, I pray every day for a good outcome from the events of Medjugorje.” And July 31, 1985, finding myself in Mostar, I met there the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Yugoslavia, Msgr. Francesco Colasuono, the representative at the time of the Holy See in Russia. And he said to me, “Father, Medjugorje represents the event of the century. And we need to study it very well from the theological and scientific points of view.” You know that currently the commission of the Yugoslavian Bishops’ Conference is studying with great competency the problem of Medjugorje. But the work of the Commission is not yet finished, not only because the apparitions are not yet ended, but precisely because the amount of theological work that this examination requires is truly great.

But you all know well about the document that the Yugoslav bishops released April 11 of this year, which documents reads thus: “On the basis of the investigation accomplished until now, it is not possible to affirm that we have to do with supernatural apparitions and revelations.” And after having affirmed this, the Yugoslavian bishops admit the presence of a great fruit, which is Medjugorje itself. When the bishops of a country speak, it is all the particular (local) churches of that country that are speaking. Now, the Church of Yugoslavia, the communion of particular (local) churches of Yugoslavia, have recognized on their own soil the presence of this great fruit. But not only this: from this text it is evident that the bishops have opened the eyes to the entire worldwide movement that surrounds Medjugorje.

What was it then that happened on April 11, 1991? The Yugoslavian bishops, without anticipating the conclusions concerning the events of Medjugorje, have set forth a document with which they have declared that there truly is the presence, both national and worldwide, of the fruit which is Medjugorje. If we are present here during these days for this conference, it is precisely because we put into act for the bishops of Yugoslavia that Medjugorje is a worldwide fruit, in itself.

But pay attention to the language that I used! The bishops admit the presence of a fruit, of a fruit nationally and of a worldwide fruit. But they have not yet spoken of the tree that produces this fruit. And it is from here that the theological and juridical problem is situated. I think that all of you understand that it would be very important to me to clarify the question of the theological and juridical basis of the prophecy that Medjugorje is. A new consecrated family could not be born or recognized in the Church, if the tree from which this new reality comes is not understood. Then, how is it possible that a new community exists of consecrated life within the Church, if the tree is not recognized from which this ecclesial family derives?

On March 10, 1991, the Pope went to Portugal. And before arriving in Fatima, he pronounced these prophetic words. Now there follows, a literal translation of these very important words of Pope John Paul II:

Confronted by the upheavals that shake the different continents here and there, confronted by the insistent rhythm of the subversion of things and of values which undermines the security and even the life of nations, I make my hope that of St. Augustine, when confronted by the attack from the Vandals of the city of Hippo, in response to an alarmed group of Christians from his church who had sought him out. The Holy Bishop reassured them saying, ‘Don’t be afraid, dear children. This is not an old world that is ending. It is a new world that beings. A new dawn seems to be rising in the sky of history, inviting Christians to be light and soul to the world that has enormous need for Christ, Redeemer of man.’

Brothers and Sisters, this is the tree. This is the prophecy. The tree is identified with this prophecy of our Pope John Paul II. “don’t be afraid, dear children! This is not an old world that is ending. It is a new world that begins.”

Brothers and Sisters, this is the solution, the theological and juridical solution of the problem of Medjugorje. We stand not before apocalyptic evil. We stand before a new world whose dawn is arriving! “A new dawn,” says the Pope, “seems to be rising in the sky of history, inviting Christians to be light and soul of world that has enormous need of Christ, Redeemer of man.”

Brothers and Sisters, we must understand the profound significance of these words! We have two great workers in the history of man today. The first worker is the Holy Spirit. The second worker is called “Mary.” However, both, the Spirit and Mary – do not work without the great prophet of the new times, Pope John Paul II. This is the reason, because the Pope is completely connected with the events of Medjugorje.

You may know well, I found myself in the Piazza of St. Peter’s when this Pope began his pontificate. On that day the Pope said to the whole world, to all the social systems, to all political systems: “Open the doors to Christ!” Within a few days it will be ten years since the time when the Madonna in Medjugorje said exactly these words, “Open the doors to Christ! Open your hearts!’

Already in his first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis, John Paul II spoke of the year 2000 of the Jubilee Year 2000. He said that all the years in preparation for the year 2000 are years of an Advent. Therefore, we are in the years of Advent. We are in the years of the great dawning. We are in the years that are preparing for the coming of the great Sun of Justice – Christ the Lord.

Brothers and sisters, they asked me to speak to you of the Marian Community “Oasis of Peace”. But you must understand well that one can’t speak of this community if he has not within him the story of this Advent. In the encyclical dedicated to the Holy Spirit, Dominum et Vivificatem, the Pope about twenty times invites the entire Church and the entire world to look toward the year 2000, the jubilee year of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. In one passage of the encyclical, the Pope says, “I see all the Church in a Cenacle.” This means that the Church is preparing to be born. And you here during these days are the Church that is being born.

The Pope underwent the attack on May 13, 1981. One month after this assassination attempt on the Pope, you know that these events in Medjugorje began. There have been ten years of profound collaboration among the Pope, Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. There is an important word in the Prophet Isaiah.

Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth;
The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind.
Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create;
For I create Jerusalem to be a joy and its people to be a delight.
(Is. 65:17-19)

This is the time, Brothers and sisters. We are preparing the New Pentecost that Pope John XXIII spoke of already in 1959, the prophecy of the prophet Joel: “Men and women, young and old, from every social condition will prophesy,” said the prophet Joel. These are the words that the apostle Peter took up in his first sermon in Jerusalem. But the Pope has given the prophecy of a new world, of the dawning of the new Church. The Pope represents the Magisterium of the Church. And therefore in the Pope this prophecy already receives its discernment, its authenticity.

Brothers and Sisters, let us be sure; we are in the presence of good fruits, because these fruits are caused by this good tree, which is the prophecy already subjected to the discernment of Pope John Paul II. And this is how the problem of Medjugorje is resolved. Medjugorje itself is not a tree. You know that Our Lady is appearing in many parts of the world, in so many parts that we know and in so many parts that we don’t know of yet. Then Medjugorje itself is a great fruit of a tree already approved in itself by the Church. This tree is the prophecy of the new heavens and the new earth, of a world that will not end, of a world that is beginning in these days of the Advent of the year 2000. Then the trees from which springs forth the great fruit of Medjugorje is the New Pentecost.

The evening of December 4, 1985, I was taking off my priestly vestments in the sacristy of Medjugorje. Marija Pavlovic approached me and she said, “Father Gianni, the Madonna spoke of you this evening.” Immediately I answered, “What did she tell you?” “No, I won’t tell you right away. You have to put yourself in prayer and recollection.” I was left a little upset in the face of Marija’s words. But I agreed to go with her together in prayer the following day. Then Marija gave me the message of the Madonna. Our Lady said: “Tell Gianni that I want to speak to him personally.” I did not believe it. I told her, “If you see Our Lady again this evening, say to Our Lady that Fr. Gianni wants only facts and signs, and few words.” But there was one thing that I liked right away. It came to my mind immediately that Our Lady said my name then.

Both fruits and signs began right away. On June 6, 1986, Our Lady spoke for the second time, because I asked Marija Pavlovic to ask Our Lady if all these signs that I was meeting were coming from her. In fact, Our Lady answered affirmatively. She said now active prayer is necessary, and in the future her Lord would think of everything. And thus in friendship with Marija Pavlovic, that which she desired to make more and more clear, her eventual calling with the coming together of various brothers and sisters from various nationalities, after going on for about two years, in 1987 the experience of the Marian community “Oasis of Peace” began physically.

Now the community is recognized by the Church. On December 25, 1990, you know that Canon Law requires that when a community is begun, the members sign a private contract among themselves. This private agreement was signed March 25, 1987. We all know that this is the Feast of the Annunciation to Our Lady. The community was supposed to be recognized by the Church on December 8, 1990. Instead, the bishop decided all of a sudden to place it as dated December 25, 1990. You know very well that there are nine months from March 25 until December 25, from the Annunciation to Christmas, between conception and birth. This too is a sign, wanted by Our Lady.

Why is this community too, a new Pentecost? Or why is it situated in the great prophecy of a new Pentecost a first response: Because it represents a model of the new Church. The consecrated life is offered to all the components of the Church. The community itself is a model, a small model of the entire Church – mem and women, celibates and married couples, lay people, deacons and priests – all the Church, united and traversed with the consecration of their vows, and in its turn, offered to God through Mary: a new community that represents a new Church.

When the Lord made me understand this inspiration, I didn’t know of any similar experience in the Church. I remember that September 9, 1986, I had a long conversation with Cardinal Ratzinger. I submitted this inspiration to him. And he encouraged me to follow it, pointing out to me the Church’s juridical formula. And it is exactly at that occasion with Cardinal Ratzinger that he told me there must be no fear of a community whose vocations are born from Medjugorje. For it is always necessary to distinguish the fruits from the tree that the fruits eventually come from.

A second reason for the newness of this community; it represents a new humanity. Number 12 from the Rule approved by the church says that in the community the purity of communion is loved – man and woman, celibate and married, together to realize the true image, of that which is the image of God represented both by man and by woman. With respect to the integration of the charisms of celibacy and marriage, two vocations, two charisms stirred up simultaneously by the Holy Spirit, two charisms that ought to be consecrated by the radicality of baptism. Imagine the married couples who live the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to live out the intercession for pace. Truly it is a new way to live out the Christian sexuality in the maximum respect for God’s original design. The new image of the woman herself, who lives the originality of her spirituality at the side of the man without losing her psychological identity, which is different from that of the man. A new humanity, exactly because the specific aim of this new mixed and contemplative community is the same preoccupation of the Virgin for the peace of the world, for peace in our hearts. How we lived out this petition in the months of the gulf War this year! How the brothers and sisters of this community intensified their prayer, so that the peace plan of John Paul II could be followed! And thanks be to God, it came about. After two months there is no more suffering.

In fact, the community lives this intention for a new humanity through a peace founded on God, on the primacy of prayer, against spreading atheism and materialism. In all the ideologies, as the Holy Father has called to mind in his most recent encyclical, Centesimus annus, whether in ideologies of Marxist origin or the ideologies of the liberal stamp, God is God before everything, as the absolute point of the new life of man.

The third reason – there is represented a new Church and a new humanity. This new community inspired by the message of Our Lady at Medjugorje not to be an enclosed (cloistered) community, but open to receiving, as a cardiac clinic for those who are sick for peace. The parable of the Good Samaritan: When Jesus alone bent down to him on the road to receive with him all those who had been marginalized. See! Jesus takes the brother or sister wounded in his heart. He takes him to the community where there are brothers and sisters, already for their parts, were just as wounded, in a community where precisely with those who have been wounded and who have lived as much experience of distance from God, precisely by a special grace from the Lord and from Mary, which is the true guide of this community, they can become true good Samaritans for their own brothers and sisters who are seeking peace. In fact, if the specific aim of the community is with the intercession for peace and to live the experience of peace, the first method of receiving is exactly that of living expiation for everything that impedes peace in the human heart.

On December 25, 1990, this little child, which is the Marian Community, “oasis of Peace,” fruit of the fruit of Medjugorje – Medjugorje for its part is a fruit of the tree of the great prophecy – was recognized and inscribed in the Church’s registry as a newborn babe.

Brothers and Sisters, we are living in a New Pentecost, giving thanks to God – all of us who are here this evening. Each one of you present in this arena this evening is a member of this New Pentecost, that is arriving in the world and in the Church. Every one of us come from this fruit that is Medjugorje.

So we receive this evening our task. The Marian Community, “Oasis of Peace,” has started its path, its road, its life. But each one of us must follow the life Our Lady wishes of him in order to be a collaborator of this New Pentecost that is arriving…. God bless you! (Fr. Gianni Sgreva – talk at Notre Dame National Conference on Medjugorje, 1991 – Denis Nolan. A Time for Truth,A Time for Action. Queenship Publishing. 1993 P. 157-163)

Medjugorje is the fruit of the new times, the new humanity, the coming of the Lord!! Wow!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2018

PS. Mike Nolan heads up pilgrim-medj.com, taking groups to Medjugorje. He has two pilgrimages coming up – April and June. He says the airfares are good right now, time to book tickets!!

Here is the link to his site:
https://pilgrim-medj.com/

You will be in our prayers – Going to Medjugorje is life changing!!!!

 

 

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Teach me wisdom in my secret heart!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

February 16, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

February 25, 2007 “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.”

As we begin Lent, it is a very good idea to go to Confession. In our journey towards Easter, we are looking for the grace of self-knowledge. We need to know ourselves, our real selves. We need to see what God sees in us, in order to change and grow in holiness. God loves us so much. He sees our weaknesses and sins as clear as day. But He still loves us so much. His desire is to help us to see ourselves with His eyes, so that we can run to Him for help in our fight against sin and selfishness. He only wants to give us His peace and light. That is what awaits us in confession.

There is a beautiful Psalm that is a good prayer to pray in preparation for Confession. It is the Psalm for Mass today:

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to thy steadfast love;
according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
and done that which is evil in thy sight,
so that thou art justified in thy sentence
and blameless in thy judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill me with joy and gladness;
let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence,
and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors thy ways,
and sinners will return to thee.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
thou God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.
O Lord, open thou my lips,
and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
For thou hast no delight in sacrifice;
were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on thy altar.

Our Lady has turned Medjugorje into the confessional of the world! Just being in her presence, pilgrims feel a great desire to be washed clean, to be made whole by Jesus, through the priest in Confession. It is one of the great signs that Our Lady is really present in Medjugorje. Confession is the emergency room for souls. There, we broken ones come face to face with Jesus and His Mercy.

Truly in Confession we receive the most precious gift, the gift of self-knowledge, the gift of the truth about ourselves. As the Psalmist said: “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.” This is the gift Jesus gives us in Confession. Truth in our inward being!! Wisdom in our secret heart!!

Our lives are changed forever by Confession. We come out of that emergency room with new hearts!!

Thank you, dearest Mother, for drawing us to your Son in Confession where we can be healed. Thank you for showing us the way to life!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2018

PS. During Lent, Denis and I will pray the Stations of the Cross during the Hour of Mercy. Join us at 3:00 pm Medjugorje time!! Live!

 

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Choose Life!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

February 15, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

Lent is a time to get back to basics. At the most basic, we have to look at what we base our life upon, the foundation of everything we do and are. The first reading for Mass today is from Deuteronomy. It is the famous “Choose life” passage. Our Lady has also called us to choose life. Right now, at the very beginning of Lent, is a good time to take a fresh look at our lives and make sure we are building on the Rock!

Moses said to the people:
“Today I have set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom.
If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin on you today,
loving him, and walking in his ways,
and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
you will live and grow numerous,
and the LORD, your God,
will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,
but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,
I tell you now that you will certainly perish;
you will not have a long life
on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:
I have set before you life and death,
the blessing and the curse.
Choose life, then,
that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God,
heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.
For that will mean life for you,
a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore
he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (DT 30:15-20)

March 18, 2003 (Message through Mirjana)
“Dear children! Particularly at this holy time of penance and prayer, I call you to make a choice. God gave you free will to choose life or death. Listen to my messages with the heart that you may become cognizant of what you are to do and how you will find the way to life. My children, without God you can do nothing; do not forget this even for a single moment. For, what are you and what will you be on earth, when you will return to it again. Do not anger God, but follow me to life. Thank you for being here.”

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

PS. During Lent, Denis and I will pray the Stations of the Cross during the Hour of Mercy. Join us at 3:00 pm Medjugorje time!! Live!

 

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This is a time of grace!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

February 14, 2018
Ash Wednesday

Dear Family of Mary!

Today is a solemn day. We begin our journey through Lent. We go together. We go with Our Lady leading us!

April 25, 2007 “Dear children! Also today I again call you to conversion. Open your hearts. This is a time of grace while I am with you, make good use of it. Say: ‘This is the time for my soul’. I am with you and love you with immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Brothers and sisters:
We are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
Working together, then,
we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says:
In an acceptable time I heard you,
and on the day of salvation I helped you.
Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation
(2 Cor 5:20-6:2)

March 18, 2003

“Dear children! Particularly at this holy time of penance and prayer, I call you to make a choice. God gave you free will to choose life or death. Listen to my messages with the heart that you may become cognizant of what you are to do and how you will find the way to life. My children, without God you can do nothing; do not forget this even for a single moment. For, what are you and what will you be on earth, when you will return to it again. Do not anger God, but follow me to life. Thank you for being here.”

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

PS. During Lent, Denis and I will pray the Stations of the Cross during the Hour of Mercy. Join us at 3:00 pm Medjugorje time!! Live!

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Seek Heaven and the things of Heaven!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

February 13, 2018
Fat Tuesday

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give you conversion. Open your hearts and read the Sacred Scripture, that through the testimonies you also may be closer to God. Above everything, little children, seek God and the things of God and leave earthly ones to the earth, because Satan is attracting you to the dust and sin. You are called to holiness and created for Heaven; therefore, seek Heaven and the things of Heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (January 25, 2018)

Tomorrow we begin the wonderful and difficult season of Lent. Our Lady speaks of the battle we must fight during Lent in the January 25, 2018 message. Conversion, the reading of Sacred Scripture, the seeking of God and the things of God, the leaving behind of earthly things, the choice to pray.

Of course temptation will be part of this time, since we will be trying our best to deny ourselves, to make room for God and to leave the things of earth. And so St. James’ words ring so true:

Blessed is he who perseveres in temptation,
for when he has been proven he will receive the crown of life
that he promised to those who love him.
No one experiencing temptation should say,
“I am being tempted by God”;
for God is not subject to temptation to evil,
and he himself tempts no one.
Rather, each person is tempted when lured and enticed by his desire.
Then desire conceives and brings forth sin,

and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers and sisters:
all good giving and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
He willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
(James 1:12-18)

May we enter this combat close beside our Mother. She will guide us and teach us, protecting us and blessing us the entire time. May we recognize our errant desires and give them to her, for her to manage. Then may we embrace the desires of her heart, that we may become children of God.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2018

PS. Exciting new CD available on Medjmusic.com!! (These CD’s will help us to keep our eyes and hearts looking towards heaven!)

Songs of Medjugorje is a CD of Roland Patzleiner’s music which he has written for Adoration and for Our Lady in Medjugorje, which is now available at medjmusic.com! Until now, it has only been available in Medjugorje. Now it can be purchased as a digital download world wide, or as a physical CD by visiting:

Medjmusic.com

Roland has been living in Medjugorje for years and has written much of the Adoration music that is associated with this holy place. Adoration is considered the heart of Medjugorje. Roland’s music gives voice to the pilgrim in prayer, with simple, heart felt, holy refrains, and shapes the silence with delicate instrumental interludes. This CD, recorded by Roland himself, is a collection of his adoration songs, and a few songs that honor Our Lady!

Don’t forget Mike Nolan’s “Mary TV Soundtrack” and “Oh Jesus, We Adore You”

Medjmusic.com

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“I desire to lead you on the way of love and faith!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

February 12, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“…Apostles of my love, I am turning to you as a mother. I am gathering you around myself and I desire to lead you on the way of love and faith, on the way which leads to the light of the world. I am here for the sake of love, for the sake of faith, because with my motherly blessing I desire to give you hope and strength on your way – because the way which leads to my Son is not easy. It is full of renunciation, giving, sacrifice, forgiveness and much, much love. But this way leads to peace and happiness…” (February 2, 2018)

In this mid-section of the February 2, 2018 message, Our Lady prepares us for the season of Lent. She assures us that she comes to us as our mother. She says, “I am turning to you as a mother.” Mother’s love to prepare their children for the days ahead. In winter they make sure the children have warm clothes and boots. In summer, they provide sunscreen and plenty of fluids. Each school day is prepared for with a lunch and a backpack full of finished homework and all the books they brought home. You get my point. Mothers think ahead for their children and help to make the way clear of obstacles.

“I am gathering you around myself and I desire to lead you on the way of love and faith…” I think Our Lady wants to lead us during this Lent. She wants to bring us all close together by her side, and set off on the way of penance and love, together. She is such a good mother. She will show us how to live this Lent in peace, intense faith and love. I need her to lead me.

“..with my motherly blessing I desire to give you hope and strength on your way…” What if each morning this Lent we consciously asked Our Lady for her blessing so that she would lead us on the way of love and faith? What if that was our Lenten resolution? Think of what a difference it could make. Our Lady’s blessing is so powerful. To have it each day in response to her call could make all the difference. We might indeed be filled with hope and strength.

“…the way which leads to my Son is not easy. It is full of renunciation, giving, sacrifice, forgiveness and much, much love…” Our Lady gives us the program for the way which leads to Jesus. This is Lenten road we will be on. The program is:

Renunciation
Giving
Sacrifice
Forgiveness
Much, much Love!

I believe that Our Lady will teach us how to live these five things, step by step and day by day. But she tells us, “…this way leads to peace and happiness…” We have nothing to fear on such a way. We are headed in the right direction if we follow Our Mother.

With such a Mother preparing us and leading us on our Lenten way, each morning providing her blessing for us, we will have the best Lent ever!!

Can’t wait!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

 

PS. Exciting new CD available on Medjmusic.com!!

Songs of Medjugorje is a CD of Roland Patzleiner’s music which he has written for Adoration and for Our Lady in Medjugorje, which is now available at medjmusic.com! Until now, it has only been available in Medjugorje. Now it can be purchased as a digital download world wide, or as a physical CD by visiting:

Medjmusic.com

Roland has been living in Medjugorje for years and has written much of the Adoration music that is associated with this holy place. Adoration is considered the heart of Medjugorje. Roland’s music gives voice to the pilgrim in prayer, with simple, heart felt, holy refrains, and shapes the silence with delicate instrumental interludes. This CD, recorded by Roland himself, is a collection of his adoration songs, and a few songs that honor Our Lady!

Don’t forget Mike Nolan’s “Mary TV Soundtrack” and “Oh Jesus, We Adore You”

Medmusic.com

 

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“My children, have faith!”

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

 

J.M.J.

February 9, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“My children, have faith. When you have faith you are happy and are spreading peace; your soul trembles with joy. My Son is in such a soul. When you are giving yourself for the faith, when you are giving yourself for love, when you are doing good to your neighbor, my Son smiles in your soul…” (February 2, 2018)

Our Lady emphasizes faith in her latest message. “Have Faith!” She explains that when we have faith in God, faith in her Son, we are happy. We live peace. We are so alive in our souls that they tremble with joy. Faith is the foundation of a life with Jesus. Our Faith is our choice to believe in Jesus! Our faith makes a home for Jesus in our hearts. And when Jesus finds faith in our hearts, he comes to stay, smiling with joy as well!!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains the Theological Virtue of Faith this way:

1814 Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself. By faith “man freely commits his entire self to God.” For this reason, the believer seeks to know and do God’s will. “The righteous shall live by faith.” Living faith “work[s] through charity.”

1815 The gift of faith remains in one who has not sinned against it. But “faith apart from works is dead” when it is deprived of hope and love, faith does not fully unite the believer to Christ and does not make him a living member of his Body.

1816 The disciple of Christ must not only keep the faith and live on it, but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it, and spread it: “All however must be prepared to confess Christ before men and to follow him along the way of the Cross, amidst the persecutions which the Church never lacks.” Service of and witness to the faith are necessary for salvation: “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

We can see that Our Lady’s words about faith are very much like those of the Church. She very much wants us to live our faith by giving ourselves for the faith. This means witnessing to our faith just as it says in paragraph 1816. She also speaks of “giving yourself for love, when you are doing good to your neighbor…” As it says in the Catechism in paragraph 1814, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Living faith “works through charity.” To live our faith is to serve our neighbor, to love others and to give ourselves out of love for Jesus, whom we believe in by faith.

I also think that when we have a living and vital faith, our faith just shows. I have noticed young people who obviously have had a deep conversion, trembling with joy at Holy Mass. Their faith has taken over in their lives and they are so happy, so desirous of God, so filled with expectation, that they can’t contain it. Their entire being seems to tremble with joy! Jesus has come to stay and He is smiling in their soul!

May it be so for all of us! May our faith grow so strong that our souls tremble with joy!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

PS. Exciting new CD available on Medjmusic.com!!

Songs of Medjugorje is a CD of Roland Patzleiner’s music which he has written for Adoration and for Our Lady in Medjugorje, which is now available at medjmusic.com! Until now, it has only been available in Medjugorje. Now it can be purchased as a digital download world wide, or as a physical CD by visiting:

Medjmusic.com

Roland has been living in Medjugorje for years and has written much of the Adoration music that is associated with this holy place. Adoration is considered the heart of Medjugorje. Roland’s music gives voice to the pilgrim in prayer, with simple, heart felt, holy refrains, and shapes the silence with delicate instrumental interludes. This CD, recorded by Roland himself, is a collection of his adoration songs, and a few songs that honor Our Lady!

Don’t forget Mike Nolan’s “Mary TV Soundtrack” and “Oh Jesus, We Adore You”

Medjmusic.com

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“May this time be for you a time of prayer…

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2015

J.M.J.

February 8, 2018
St. Jerome Emiliani

St. Josephine Bakhita

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give you conversion. Open your hearts and read the Sacred Scripture, that through the testimonies you also may be closer to God. Above everything, little children, seek God and the things of God and leave earthly ones to the earth, because Satan is attracting you to the dust and sin. You are called to holiness and created for Heaven; therefore, seek Heaven and the things of Heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (January 25, 2018)

Yesterday I shared how Denis and I find ourselves unable to get up after Mass, but stay in silence with Jesus in the Tabernacle as if paralyzed. It is the sweet presence of the Savior that holds us so still. I do feel that this is a grace for us now, to be engulfed in the presence of Jesus and His Holy Spirit. As Our Lady told us, “May this time be for you a time of prayer, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give you conversion.”

We need conversion in order to be ready for heaven. Jesus wants to prepare us through our prayer to be with Him forever. I received a wonderful confirmation of this gift of prayer from Paulette:

Dear Cathy,

I can totally relate to what you said in your last paragraph regarding being almost “paralyzed” in front of the Tabernacle praying after Mass.

I am so blessed to have Perpetual Adoration at my Parish and these last couple of weeks after daily Mass, I have been drawn in there to sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament in silence. I, too, do not want to leave.

Also, the alarm on my phone is set for 8:40 a.m.: Medjugorje time, 5:40 p.m. for Gospa’s arrival on earth. I always stop what I am doing and pray to the Blessed Mother, acknowledging Her presence on earth.

Just this morning at home, while sitting in front of the computer with Mary TV on, and listening to the Rosary in Croatian, and praying to the Blessed Mother, all of a sudden I could not move. There was a “stillness” around me and I knew, God was present. I sat completely still for several minutes, it was overwhelming.

This happened to me last year, same thing, same spot in my house, it’s not something you forget. This also happened to me a couple of times when I was in Medjugorje, sitting in front of Father Slavko’s grave in the cemetery behind the church.

I am a huge proponent of silence. These last couple of years, I do not watch television, and rarely listen to music. In this noisy world, we have to “seek” the silence.

Do you know the book; “The Power of Silence, Against The Dictatorship of Noise” by Robert Cardinal Sarah? It is amazing! It’s a slow read and in have to remind myself to not try and rush through. I’m underlining, in pencil, the most profound sentences, however, it’s almost the whole book!

God Bless You and Denis for bringing us Medjugorje every day. I was blessed to go there 4 times, just back December 5th of last year, only 2 months ago!

Love in Jesus & Mary,
Paulette in California

Thank you Paulette! I do believe that we are in a special time of grace for conversion right now, a time for deep prayer and preparation for heaven. Our Lady is bringing us this grace. May we all respond with our hearts to her call in these days.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2018

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“Seek God and the things of God…”

 

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

 

J.M.J.

February 7, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give you conversion. Open your hearts and read the Sacred Scripture, that through the testimonies you also may be closer to God. Above everything, little children, seek God and the things of God and leave earthly ones to the earth, because Satan is attracting you to the dust and sin. You are called to holiness and created for Heaven; therefore, seek Heaven and the things of Heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (January 25, 2018)

I return to the January 25, 2018 message because I feel drawn to it.

“Seek God and the things of God and leave earthly ones to earth…” “You are called to holiness and created for Heaven; therefore, seek Heaven and the things of Heaven.”

This is the time to seek heaven, to seek God in everything, to seek holiness and life in God. I feel this call in my heart. I suspect we all do.

St. Faustina became more and more consumed by this call to seek God and Heaven. Late in her life she wrote often of how she could only seek God, only stay with Him in silence, leaving the world behind. Here is one example:

To stay at Your feet, O hidden God,
Is the delight and paradise of my soul.
Here, You give me to know You, O incomprehensible One,
And You speak to me sweetly: Give Me, give Me your heart.

Silent conversation, alone with You,
Is to experience what heavenly beings enjoy,
And to say to God, “I will, I will give You my heart, O Lord,”
While You, O great and incomprehensible One, accept it graciously.

Love and sweetness are my soul’s life,
And Your unceasing presence in my soul.
I live on earth in constant rapture,
And like a Seraph I repeat, “Hosanna!”

O You Who are hidden, body, soul and divinity,|
Under the fragile form of bread,
You are my life from Whom springs an abundance of graces;
And, for me, You surpass the delights of heaven.

When You unite Yourself with me in Communion, O God,
I then feel my unspeakable greatness,
A greatness which flows from You, O Lord, I humbly confess,
And despite my misery, with Your help, I can become a saint.

(Diary 1718)

St. Faustina experienced paradise, the rapture of the angels, the life of a saint when she was able to commune with Jesus in silence. All she wanted was to be with Him. Her eyes were fixed on Heaven while she lived humbly on earth. Our Lady is calling us to just such a life. It is not so that we will exclude others or leave our brothers and sisters behind, but so that we can show them the way to heaven, and bring them along. Our love for God will only help them to love Him too!

Denis and I are finding ourselves drawn to pray after Mass each day in silence before the Tabernacle. We are almost paralyzed before Jesus, unable to move, unwilling to leave. No words are needed. Just to be with Him. I believe it is a grace Our Lady is giving her children, to just be with her Son. To stay with Him. To love Him. To desire Him alone.

We pray for all of you there too!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2018