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June 7, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

Fr. Leon, the chaplain to the English speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje, gives what he calls “Sanctuary Snippets” every day before English Mass. (http://marytv.tv/sanctuary-snippets-2/ ) These “Snippets” are short teachings on our Catholic faith, and they are brilliant! Here is the Snippet for June 4, 2018:

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

Sometimes to know what we truly believe, we have to ask questions, and ask good questions! And expect an answer. And the sort of questions that children ask are usually very good. For example, children will ask things like, “Does God love the devil?” What’s your answer? Anyone for yes? Anyone for no? Ok! Undecided!

Now, does God love the devil? That is a very important question. The short answer is, yes! Of course He does. I knew someone who always used to say, “I can’t reconcile the idea of a God of love with the existence of Hell.” So I said to him, “Well, look, if there is no Hell, it means we are forced to go to Heaven. And if we are forced to go to Heaven against our will, then God is some kind of despot, or He is not love.” Right? Because we are forced, and if we are forced it is not love. So Hell exists because God is love.

And I will put it to you this way. The cause of all three things, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, is God’s love. In Hell the damned are love by God, and they don’t want to be loved. So they experience it as shear torture. In Purgatory, the Holy Souls are loved by God. And they see how they have held back from His love. How they have been selfish. And this pain purifies them. In Heaven the Blessed are loved by God, and they delight in being loved. And this is the cause of their Beatific State, seeing God as He is, face to face. Becoming like Him, living by His Divine Life. Ok, so all three are caused by God.

In the Narnia Chronicles, the last book – you know those children’s books by C.S. Lewis – the last book is called “The Last Battle”. Near the end, there is a scene in which the heroes, the children, end up in a barn with all the bad guys. And the heroes, the children, experience the barn as all lit up beautifully, with all these wonderful silver candlesticks holding candles, and a wonderful meal set out on silver platters. And they drink fine red wine out of crystal goblets. But meanwhile, the baddies think they are in a dark barn, eating and drinking swill. And they tread on each other and they curse each other, and they hate everything and everyone including themselves.

This is a powerful image of both Heaven and Hell, both caused by God’s love. To the extent you are open to God’s love and mercy, you receive it. To the extent that you are closed, you receive His justice. There is a gentleman, a friend of mine now, who was a pilgrim like you. And he said, “Father I used to struggle to believe that God loved me, but ever since you said that God loves the devil, I think I can believe it now!”

But remember God is love, God is not sentimentality. We must be open to that love. And if we are not open, then He will lovingly send us to Hell.

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

Mirjana once asked Our Lady why people go to Hell. Our Lady’s answer was the same as Fr. Leon’s:

Monday, January 10, 1983

Confidences from Mirjana to Fr. Tomislav Vlasic: During the 18 months that I saw the Gospa, a great intimacy was established between us. I felt her maternal love. I could ask her all kinds of questions. Thus I asked her why God was so merciless in sending sinners to Hell for eternity.

“Men who go to Hell no longer want to receive any benefit from God. They do not repent nor do they cease to swear and to blaspheme. They make up their mind to live in Hell and do not at all contemplate leaving it.” (Man’s refusal is an irreversible choice.)

God’s love for us requires that He have a profound reverence for our free will. So He causes Himself great sorrow, in that He will not force us to join Him in Heaven. He does not want the loss of any soul for eternity. May we learn to love like our Father in Heaven. Maybe then we will help others to choose God and Heaven, rather than choose eternal separation from God.

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

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(c)Mateo Ivankovic

June 6, 2018
St. Norbert

Dear Family of Mary!

“…Therefore, you, apostles of my love, you who know how to love and forgive, you who do not judge, you whom I encourage, you be an example to all those who are not going on the way of light and love or who have diverted from it. By your life show them the truth. Show them love because love overcomes all difficulties, and all of my children thirst for love. Your unity in love is a gift to my Son and me. But, my children, remember that to love also means to desire the good for your neighbor and to desire conversion of your neighbor’s soul…” (June 2, 2018)

St. John wrote much about God and love. He made it quite clear that love is the measure of our closeness to God is our love:

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth, and reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who keep his commandments abide in him, and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us. (1 John 3:16-24)

 

“By your life show them the truth. Show them love because love overcomes all difficulties, and all of my children thirst for love.” The Truth is made visible by love! When we love, we make the Truth known. And that Truth is that God is love! Our Lady would have us help our brothers and sisters to overcome their difficulites with love, her love. And Jesus’ Love. This is what makes us children of God. Let us love and desire the conversion of our neighbor’s soul.

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

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June 5, 2018
St. Boniface

Dear Family of Mary!

Ivan’s prayer group met at the Blue Cross at 9:00 pm, Monday, June 4, 2018. Our Lady came to Ivan at about 10:00 pm. Ivan shared his experience of Our Lady’s coming this way:

June 4, 2018

Tonight Our Lady came to us very happy and joyful She greeted us all with her motherly greeting of “Praised be Jesus, my dear children.” After this she pray over us with extended hands. She especially prayed for all the priests who were present and for all the sick.

After this Our Lady said:

Praised be Jesus. my dear children! Also today I wish to call you during this time to pray especially for my plans. My plans that I want realized through my coming to you. In a special way, dear children, I want to encourage you to pray for the family, for the youth. Pray, my dear children, and be untiring in prayer. For all of you I intercede before my son. Thank you my dear children for having responded to my call.

After this she blessed us all with her motherly blessing, and she blessed everything that we brought to be blessed. I recommended all of you, your needs, your intentions, your families and especially the sick. And after this Our Lady continued to pray over all of us and during that prayer she went with the sign of light and Cross with the words, “Go in peace, my dear children.”

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

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(c)Mateo Ivankovic

June 4, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children, I am calling you to accept my words which I am speaking to you as a mother, with a simplicity of heart, so that you may set out on the way of complete light and purity, of the singular love of my Son, man and God. A joy-a light indescribable in human words-will penetrate your soul and the peace and love of my Son will take hold of you. I desire this for all of my children…” (June 2, 2018)

Our Lady speaks to us from heaven about something we have not seen, have not heard, cannot explain, something that is experienced in heaven and is being offered to us. This is her Son, the Light of the world. This is her Son, Light inexpressible.

St. John encountered Jesus, when He was on the Ile of Patmos, in a vision and describes the light that is Jesus this way:

I, John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Per’gamum and to Thyati’ra and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to La-odice’a.”

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast; his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters; in his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth issued a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Now write what you see, what is and what is to take place hereafter. (Rev. 1:9-19)

Jesus is described as being “light” by St. John. His face was like the sun shining in full strength! It was so powerful that John fell as if dead!! He collapsed at the presence of Jesus’ light. This light is not like the light we know on earth. It is life-giving, sustaining, communicating, comforting, powerful, pure and completely loving. It is love on a scale we cannot imagine! Jesus is light and love, which sounds generic, but I believe that when we see Him as He is, we will be wowed by that light and love as we have never been wowed!! We will contemplate that light, drink in that love, ponder and praise that light and love without ceasing for eternity. We will know Him as He is!

“Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,” (1Cor 2:9)

May we all receive this grace: “A joy-a light indescribable in human words-will penetrate your soul and the peace and love of my Son will take hold of you.” Please Lord Jesus, take hold of us, fill us with yourself. May we receive and become Your Love!

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

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Mirjana greets Our Lady, June 2, 2018
(c)Mateo Ivankovic

June 2, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the June 2nd, 2018 from Our Lady, Queen of Peace!

Dear children,

I am calling you to accept my words which I am speaking to you as a mother, with a simplicity of heart, so that you may set out on the way of complete light and purity, of the singular love of my Son, man and God. A joy-a light indescribable in human words-will penetrate your soul and the peace and love of my Son will take hold of you. I desire this for all of my children.

Therefore, you, apostles of my love, you who know how to love and forgive, you who do not judge, you whom I encourage, you be an example to all those who are not going on the way of light and love or who have diverted from it. By your life show them the truth. Show them love because love overcomes all difficulties, and all of my children thirst for love. Your unity in love is a gift to my Son and me. But, my children, remember that to love also means to desire the good for your neighbor and to desire conversion of your neighbor’s soul.

As I am looking at you gathered around me, my heart is sad, because I see so little brotherly love, merciful love.

My children, the Eucharist-my Son alive among you-His words will help you comprehend, because His word is life, His word makes the soul breath, His word brings about cognition of love.

Dear children, anew, I am imploring you as a mother who desires the good for her children: love your shepherds, pray for them. Thank you.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

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Archbishop Hoser – arriving in Medjugorje for the first time in February of 2017

June 1, 2018
St. Justin, Martyr
First Friday

Dear Family of Mary!

Today, the Parish of St. James announced some wonderful news! I share it here, as Fr. Marinko relayed it after the Evening Program at St. James:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today to all Parishioners, all Friends of Medjugorje and the Queen of Peace, today our Holy Father, Pope Francis, sent us good news! The Office of the Holy See, at noon on the Feast of Corpus Christi announced the following news:

On this day, the 31st of May, 2018, the Holy See has appointed Henrik Hoser, SAC, the retired Archbishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland) as Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje for an indefinite time, and ad nutum Sanctae Sedis [with the approval of the Holy See]. At the specific request of the Holy See, his appointment is for pastoral ministry, a continuation of the mission of the Special Envoy of the Holy See for the Parish of Medjugorje, entrusted to Mgr. Hoser on February 11, 2017, and which he completed in the previous months.

The purpose of the mission of the Apostolic Visitor is to provide a firm and permanent accompaniment of the parish community in Medjugorje and the faithful who come on pilgrimage here, whose needs require special attention.

With all our heart we want to thank Pope Francis for such wonderful news. We want to say thank you. We thank the Lord; we thank the Queen of Peace. Dear Friends of Medjugorje and of the Queen of Peace, I know that your hearts are rejoicing, filled with joy. With great joy and respect, with faithfulness and loyalty, we are awaiting the coming now of the Apostolic Visitor with special authority, jurisdiction and role, Archbishop Hoser. We await him with joy!

Let us, brothers and sisters, with all the more enthusiasm and heart, try to live that which our Mother has been telling us. Let us be her extended hands of peace in the world. May the peace and love of God dwell in our hearts. May we become the carriers of that peace and love throughout the world. Amen (Fr. Marinko, Pastor of the Parish of Medjugorje, May 31, 2018)

This is wonderful news, shared on this Feast Day of the Visitation and the Feast of Corpus Christi as well! We can only respond to Fr. Marinko’s call to be the extended hands of the Queen of Peace in the world, as we respond to Our Lady’s call!

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

PS. Today, June 1, Fr. Leon and Rosie Zubac will make a full report of this wonderful event! Check www.marytv.tv for the posting of this report.

PPS. St. James Parish will change to the Summer Schedule on June 1 – this Friday! The main change is that the Evening Program of Prayer will start an hour later, beginning at 6:00 pm with the Rosary and continuing with the International Mass at 7:00 pm. I will send the complete schedule changes in my next reflection!

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Adoration in Medjugorje

May 30, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! In this peaceless time, I am calling you to have more trust in God who is your Father in Heaven and who has sent me to lead you to Him. You, open your hearts to the gifts which He desires to give you and, in the silence of your heart, adore my Son Jesus who has given His life so that you may live in eternity – where He desires to lead you. May your hope be the joy of a meeting with the Most High in everyday life. Therefore, I am calling you: do not neglect prayer because prayer works miracles. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (May 25, 2018)

We all love to attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is especially powerful in Medjugorje. Thousands of people remain in complete silence for an hour or more, with only intermittent songs and prayers. Most of that time is spent in silence, gazing upon the Eucharist displayed in the large Monstrance of the outdoor Altar. It seems that time stops. No one wants the Adoration to end. It is stunning!

But Our Lady tells us something equally stunning in this message. “…in the silence of your heart, adore my Son Jesus who has given His life so that you may live in eternity – where He desires to lead you.” She tells us that we can adore her Son Jesus in the silence of our hearts, any time, anywhere! We can gaze upon our Savior in the silence of our hearts because He reigns there. He is waiting there for us to behold Him. He is present within each of us, longing for our attention. We can adore Him in the silence of our own hearts!

Our Lady told St. Faustina the very same thing:

November 29, [1936]. The Mother of God has taught me how to prepare for the Feast of Christmas. I saw Her today, without the Infant Jesus. She said to me: My daughter, strive after silence and humility, so that Jesus, who dwells in your heart continuously, may be able to rest. Adore Him in your heart; do not go out from your inmost being. My daughter, I shall obtain for you the grace of an interior life which will be such that, without ever leaving that interior life, you will be able to carry out all your external duties with even greater care. Dwell with Him continuously in your own heart. He will be your strength. Communicate with creatures only in so far as is necessary and is required by your duties. You are a dwelling place pleasing to the living God, in you He dwells continuously with love and delight. And the living presence of God, which you experience in a more vivid and distinct way, will confirm you, my daughter, in the things I have told you. Try to act in this way until Christmas Day, and then He himself will make known to you in what way you will be communing and uniting yourself with Him. (Diary 785)

Such adoration could change our lives. To be able to adore Jesus always, to be in deep communion of spirit with Him all day long! Well it would be heaven. I believe that it is possible, that we can adore Jesus in just this way, and that it is essential if we are to be led into eternity, to live forever with Him. We must start that life now!

Dearest Mother, obtain for us the grace of adoring Jesus in our hearts. We want to receive that grace and live it always!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2018

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(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

May 29, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! In this peaceless time, I am calling you to have more trust in God who is your Father in Heaven and who has sent me to lead you to Him. You, open your hearts to the gifts which He desires to give you and, in the silence of your heart, adore my Son Jesus who has given His life so that you may live in eternity – where He desires to lead you. May your hope be the joy of a meeting with the Most High in everyday life. Therefore, I am calling you: do not neglect prayer because prayer works miracles. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (May 25, 2018)

“You, open your hearts to the gifts which He desires to give you…”

God wants to give us so many gifts!! He is always pouring out gifts upon us. We may not recognize them as coming from our Father in Heaven, but often when we look back on our lives we see that what we lived through could not have been endured or we could not have prospered without God’s gifts to us.

Here is the classic list of gifts that come from the Holy Spirit to us, according to St. Thomas Aquinas:

The nature of the seven gifts has been debated by theologians since the mid-second century, but the standard interpretation has been the one that St. Thomas Aquinas worked out in the thirteenth century in his Summa Theologiae [the citings are from the Summa, if you wish to read from Thomas directly]:

1. Wisdom is both the knowledge of and judgment about “divine things” and the ability to judge and direct human affairs according to divine truth (I/I.1.6; I/II.69.3; II/II.8.6; II/II.45.1-5).

2. Understanding is penetrating insight into the very heart of things, especially those higher truths that are necessary for our eternal salvation-in effect, the ability to “see” God (I/I.12.5; I/II.69.2; II/II.8.1-3).

3. Counsel allows a man to be directed by God in matters necessary for his salvation (II/II.52.1).

4. Fortitude denotes a firmness of mind in doing good and in avoiding evil, particularly when it is difficult or dangerous to do so, and the confidence to overcome all obstacles, even deadly ones, by virtue of the assurance of everlasting life (I/II.61.3; II/II.123.2; II/II.139.1).

5. Knowledge is the ability to judge correctly about matters of faith and right action, so as to never wander from the straight path of justice (II/II.9.3).

6. Piety is, principally, revering God with filial affection, paying worship and duty to God, paying due duty to all men on account of their relationship to God, and honoring the saints and not contradicting Scripture. The Latin word pietas denotes the reverence that we give to our father and to our country; since God is the Father of all, the worship of God is also called piety (I/II.68.4; II/II.121.1).

7. Fear of God is, in this context, “filial” or chaste fear whereby we revere God and avoid separating ourselves from him-as opposed to “servile” fear, whereby we fear punishment (I/II.67.4; II/II.19.9).

I look at these gifts as navigational tools. We make countless decisions each day, such as: when to pray, what to eat, how to get our work done, who needs a call from us, how we can take care of our children, how we can love our spouse or our parents, how to vote, etc… The list is endless. We may not even know we are making decisions, but we are, all the time. Think of how the 7 gifts can help us to navigate all these decisions, ultimately finding our way into God’s will and the good! They truly orient us to the good and God.

Our Lady tells us to open our hearts to these gifts, and so many more that are offered to us on our road in life. God wants to give them, it is up to us to open our hearts to them. Maybe that just means that we should expect the gifts of the Holy Spirit at each step of our path. Maybe we should be as confident of God’s desire to give us gifts as a little child is confident that his mother is watching over him 24 hours a day! Then maybe we would open our hearts to God and let the gifts just pour into us.

We need them more than ever in our day, when so many do not believe in God, much less ask for gifts. We need them. May we open out hearts to all the gifts which God wants to give us. Let’s pray:

Dearest Father in Heaven, I believe that you want to give me your gifts. Our Lady tells me so. I know that I need all that you will give me. In these days, my Mother has come on a mission to lead me to Heaven, to You, Father. But I need to be given the spiritual gifts necessary to follow her and work with her for the salvation of my brothers and sisters. Help me, Father, to open my heart to you. Help me to trust you completely. Help me to forget about myself, in the sense that I should not be self conscious or shy. Help me instead to seek only you, and want to please you because I love you. And then pour out your gifts in me. I am ready!!

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

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(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

May 28, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! In this peaceless time, I am calling you to have more trust in God who is your Father in Heaven and who has sent me to lead you to Him. You, open your hearts to the gifts which He desires to give you and, in the silence of your heart, adore my Son Jesus who has given His life so that you may live in eternity – where He desires to lead you. May your hope be the joy of a meeting with the Most High in everyday life. Therefore, I am calling you: do not neglect prayer because prayer works miracles. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (May 25, 2018)

“Dear children! In this peaceless time, I am calling you to have more trust in God who is your Father in Heaven and who has sent me to lead you to Him.” I must admit that I almost cried when I read these first lines of Our Lady’s message. I have been feeling so discouraged by the events of our time. School shootings, the disappointing vote in Ireland, terrorism and violence in so many countries, and division in the Church…the list is long and terrible. It is a peaceless time. And I find myself fatigued and anxious.

To hear Our Lady frankly tell us that our time is peaceless is a help. Just knowing that she sees it all, and understands the strain on us, helps me. We are not alone in this peaceless time. Heaven is not standing aloof, sadly watching us destroy all that is good. In fact, the Father has sent Our Lady to lead us!! Our Lady is with us and calls us to have trust in the Father. She wants us to trust Him, no matter what we see around us. She wants us to trust our Father as she trusted Him when He asked her to be the Mother of His Son. She wants us to really let go of our fear and hand everything over to Him.

Can we do it? Can we let go of our fears and anxieties? In the face of discord and lack of peace, can we find peace?

I think the first step to finding peace is embracing God as our Father as Our Lady tells us in her message. We are His children who have every right to depend on Him. We are His family, His little ones. We cannot solve all of the troubles around us. But we have a Father who can. And so we can pray as children to the Father who cares for us. This Psalm says it properly:

Psalm 131

(A Song of Ascents. Of David.)
O LORD, my heart is not lifted up,
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a child quieted at its mother’s breast;
like a child that is quieted is my soul.
O Israel, hope in the LORD
from this time forth and for evermore.

May we spend this day in prayer, calm and quieted like children in the arms of their Mother, and protected by the powerful presence of their Father!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2018

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(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

May 25, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace, for May 25, 2018:

“Dear children! In this peaceless time, I am calling you to have more trust in God who is your Father in Heaven and who has sent me to lead you to Him. You, open your hearts to the gifts which He desires to give you and, in the silence of your heart, adore my Son Jesus who has given His life so that you may live in eternity – where He desires to lead you. May your hope be the joy of a meeting with the Most High in every day life. Therefore, I am calling you: do not neglect prayer because prayer works miracles. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (May 25, 2018)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV