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November 8, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

“…Apostles of my love, carried by the love for my Son, bring love and peace to all of your brothers. Judge no one. Love everyone according to the love for my Son. In this way, you will also be caring for your soul, and it [your soul] is that which is most precious, which truly belongs to you. Thank you.” (November 2, 2019)

Our Lady’s words of love remind me of this prayer that St. Faustina prayed early in her religious life. It is a most beautiful prayer to God, asking that she could become Mercy for others. We can pray it in response to Our Lady’s call in the November 2, 2019 message:
 
+ O Most Holy Trinity! As many times as I breathe, as many times as my heart beats, as many times as my blood pulsates through my body, so many thousand times do I want to glorify Your mercy.
 
+1 want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection, O Lord. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my heart and soul to my neighbor.
 
Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbors’ souls and come to their rescue.
 
Help me, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbors’ needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings.
 
Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively of my neighbor, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.
 
Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbors and take upon myself the more difficult and toilsome tasks.
 
Help me, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbor, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. My true rest is in the service of my neighbor.
 
Help me, O Lord, that my hart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbor. I will refuse my heart to no one. I will be sincere even with those who, I know, will abuse my kindness. And I will lock myself up in the most merciful Heart of Jesus. I will bear my own suffering in silence. May Your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me.
 
+ You Yourself command me to exercise the three degrees of mercy. The first: the act of mercy, of whatever kind. The second: the word of mercy – if I cannot carry out a work of mercy, I will assist by my words. The third: prayer – if I cannot show mercy by deeds or words, I can always do so by prayer. My prayer reaches out even there where I cannot reach out physically. O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself, for you can do all things. (St. Faustina’s Diary, 163)
 
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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November 7, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

“…My children, read the book of the Gospel. It is always something new, it is what binds you to my Son who was born to bring the words of life to all of my children and to sacrifice Himself for all. Apostles of my love, carried by the love for my Son, bring love and peace to all of your brothers. Judge no one. Love everyone according to the love for my Son. In this way, you will also be caring for your soul, and it [your soul] is that which is most precious, which truly belongs to you. Thank you.” (November 2, 2019)

One of the five stones of Our Lady is the Bible. She asks us to read the Scriptures every day and to give the Bible a prominent place in our homes. The Scriptures are living! They contain the Truth and convey grace to us when we read them with faith. The Holy Spirit speaks to us individually when we pray over the Scriptures. As Our Lady said in this message, “It is always something new…”

As I was praying about this reflection, I noticed that the First Reading for Holy Mass today speaks to Our Lady’s November 2 message in which she says to us, “Judge no one.” Here is the First Reading for November 7, 2019:

“None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

“Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.”

So each of us shall give account of himself to God. Then let us no more pass judgment on one another, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” (Romans 14: 7 – 13) – [I also added the next line, 14, since it reinforces Our Lady’s call to not judge.]

So much wisdom is presented to us in so few words by St. Paul, under the influence of the Holy Spirit! His argument is clear. Why do we live? We all live for the Lord. So if we all live for the Lord, we have no business judging others. We are all in the same boat. Each one of us will be judged by God. So we should be minding our own business, not the business of others. And if anything, we should be helping each other in this life, in preparation for the next!

Indeed, Our Lady also wants us to know that loving our neighbor will be good for us in the end!! “Love everyone according to the love for my Son. In this way, you will also be caring for your soul, and it [your soul] is that which is most precious, which truly belongs to you.”  By caring for others, we are actually caring for ourselves as well.  To love and not to judge!  It is the way to go!

It is good to read a Scripture over several times, slowly, and let the Holy Spirit speak to us through the words. I also like to read Our Lady’s messages several times. Who knows what wonderful gifts are waiting to be unwrapped in the Word of God and in the loving messages of Our Lady!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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November 6, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

“Little children, I am with you, and I love you and I bless you and I wish for every one of you to be in my embrace...” (August 25, 1995)

Fr. Jacobson has captured the most wonderful image in this homily from Tuesday, November 5.  He shares with us exactly what it is about Medjugorje that we love so much, and need so very much:

Homily for English Mass in Medjugorje for November 5, 2019
Fr. Joseph Jacobson

I want to spend a few moments today on our Psalm for today (Psalm 131). Because it is a gem, it really is! I knew a very prominent man who died, and I was told this was his favorite Psalm. And you would never have guessed this about him, that this would be his favorite Psalm, given how successful he was. A name some of you would recognize if I told you. This was his favorite Psalm.

It is so short I am going to read it and comment on it just briefly.

Psalm 131
“Oh 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…

We might say with tongue in cheek when we come to Medjugorje – “I do not look for signs.” I don’t look for signs. I don’t expect a sign to be given to me. I’m just here close to the Heart of Jesus through Mary. I’m not here to expect great and marvelous and earthshaking stuff to happen to me.

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother.
My soul is like a weaned child in its mother’s lap…

Now let’s think about that one for a bit. A weaned child. What has that child been doing up until that point? Suckling on the mother’s breast, right? And that bond is incredibly strong. It lasts for a lifetime. Suckling on the mother’s breast. But now the mother has said the child can’t do that any longer. I’m expecting and your little brother or sister will need to nurse. So, you can’t do it anymore. I’m weaning you. Here is a bottle, or a little solid food…But… you can sit on my lap! You can sit on my lap!

That type of weaning is in contrast to my neighbor to the south – I live in a farming community in Central Alberta (Canada). When my neighbor to the south weans his calves in the fall, he’s got to do it because he is going to breed his cows so there will be more calves in the spring. And so those calves who have spent their entire life literally cheek to joule so to speak with their mother, are suddenly taken to a pasture far away where they can’t have any access to their mothers. And let me tell you if you live within a mile of that place you can’t sleep for two or three nights. The calves bawl and bawl and bawl, and the mothers bawl back. Bu eventually they get used to it and the alienation is complete and they go on with life. They begin to think well it isn’t the same of mother’s milk, but grass is ok.

But that’s not the way it is with Mary. She does want to wean us from that infant state, but she does not send us away. She weans us on her lap. And we, her children, are children who have developed to a certain point. We have a certain element of independence that we didn’t have before. But not independence to the point where we don’t need our mother.

That’s what is so beautiful about this Psalm. It tells us that even when we have reached the point when we have become humanly independent to a degree, our mother never rejects us. She’s got us on her lap. She’s holding us close to her breast, even if we can’t suck it anymore. She is there for us in every possible way. So, then I can end up as the psalmist does:

“Oh Israel, hope in the Lord, from this time on and forever more.” (Psalm 131)

It gives us such hope for the future that our Blessed Mother leaves us on her lap and holds us there, and holds us there as weaned children.

And now I will close with this point: You know Jesus tells us, Scripture tells us “Only a wicked and perverse generation seeks a sign.” But He also told us that a faithful generation will receive a sign. Many signs. So, the difference is between seeking a sign for its own sake or doing what God wants you to do and God confirming it with a good sign. He says, “Yah, you’re on the right track, you are doing the right thing.”

The whole history of the Church is filled with that. People who don’t seek signs, but seek the Lord receive signs all the time. You have too, haven’t you. Signs that keep us on the right track and keep us on the right way.

A number of our pilgrims yesterday had an extraordinary experience of the miracle of the sun. They were not looking for it. The are going to go home now even better equipped than they are now to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel, to draw people into the love of Mary so that they can come closer to Jesus, and to radiate in their own parishes wherever they have come from, something that brings life to people because of that beautiful gift that God gave them yesterday. It reinforces so much!

So God grant us all the grace today, we pray, to celebrate that we are weaned children on the lap of our Mother. (Fr. Joseph Jacobson, Nov 5, 2019 Medjugorje English Mass)

Well, I have to confess that Psalm 131 is my favorite Psalm as well.  And Fr. Joseph couldn’t have explained it better!!  Let’s all take great hope from the fact that we can remain on our Mother’s lap, no matter how old we become.  She will always be there for us, always.  And don’t we need her in these days!!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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November 5, 2019
Dear Family of Mary! 

“The Heavenly Father gave Himself through a human face, and this face is the face of my Son. You, apostles of my love, you should always carry the face of my Son in your hearts and your thoughts. You should always think of His love and His sacrifice. You should pray to always feel His presence, because, apostles of my love, that is the way for you to help all those who do not know my Son, who have not come to know His love….” (November 2, 2019) 

 
Our Lady said these words to us on Saturday, Nov. 2. And on Sunday, Nov. 3, Fr. Leon gave this most exquisite homily for English Mass in Medjugorje. (Stephanie, our shipmate again generously transcribed it for us. Thank you, Stephanie!!) In the Gospel, Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus! He wanted to see Jesus’ face. And so, he climbed a tree. And his life was never the same again. Our Lady wants us to see the face of Jesus, her Son, and be changed irrevocably.

Here is Fr. Leon’s homily:

English Homily in Medjugorje
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Fr. Leon Pereira
 
“Zacchaeus make haste and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”
 
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
 
There’s something about seeing, which is more than just believing. Seeing is also taking part. I remember when Pope Benedict came to England and Scotland. It wasn’t the same just to watch him on television. We had to see him with our own eyes to take part in that. Because everyone had feared it would be a disaster and it turned into a resounding success, contrary to all that the fear-mongers had said.  
 
And all the people who came out, many of them, most of them non-Catholic, who saw, saw a humble man and they were entranced. You could see even the Queen was rather entranced by the Pope. So, seeing is more than believing. Seeing anchors us somehow in an event. It makes us more than just a feature on the fringe of the crowd.
 
Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. He could have listened to His teaching and had the same benefit as anyone else. But longing to see for himself, he climbs a tree. And swaying in the branches hanging on for a good view, he finds instead that he himself is seen.
 
“Zacchaeus come down quickly for I must stay at your house today.”
 
And with great joy he rushes down to welcome Jesus. What began perhaps as just curiosity flowers into a joyful home-coming, as Zacchaeus finds himself to have been already seen and known and understood.
 
And what happens next shows that Zacchaeus has started to see everything in a new way. If he can be seen directly, not hidden by the crowd, or lost in the tree’s foliage, then nothing in his life can ever look the same way again. The conversion he embraces is not a way of getting Jesus onto his side or earning His attention. It is the fruit of finding himself in the gaze of the Savior. And the life that he has lived is too small a thing to contain the promises and blessings that Jesus brings.
 
So often, we think we have to get God on our side. Come and see things from my perspective and give me what I want. Give me the heads of my enemies. Crush them. Destroy them. Give me all the things that I want, and then I will worship you the way you deserve to be worshiped.
 
That’s if we stay in the tree and look. But instead we find that we are the ones who are seen. Salvation, therefore, is as easy as climbing a tree. It’s about not settling for merely hearing. Jesus is our teacher and tells us how to live a new life. But He’s more than a teacher. He is that new life. He is that great event that we’ve been waiting for; the thing that we must not miss.
 
Our faith is not just that Jesus tells us what to do or how to live, but that in seeing Him, we pass beyond the old way of seeing – in which we are the center of all things – into, we pass into, the real world – where God is the true center: the Alpha and the Omega.
 
The life of sin flattens reality around us. It makes everything into an object for our use, for our gratification. And how miserable we are when we wallow in sin, when we have not succeeded in all the things that we’ve planned; but have been thwarted, thwarted by our own stupidity, by our own selfishness, by our sins. But God, too, we can make into an object in this world, of our world, to be weighed up, evaluated, and put to one side when inconvenient.
 
But coming to see Jesus is an experience that changes our whole way of seeing. Our salvation begins in the encounter with someone who is not another object in the world, but who reveals the personal depth of the Life of God. In Jesus, we learn to see ourselves as called to live in a world which is The Great Event of Divine Love – and not that empty space in which our own needs and desires are to be projected.
 
Salvation is as easy as climbing a tree; which is, of course, what Jesus does for us on the cross. He climbs the Tree of Life to open to us His own way of seeing, the resonance of the sound and shape of the Triune Love shared by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in all things. The cross reveals that we are not so much called to look at Jesus, as to see all things in Him, with Him, and through Him. He is the Light of the World, and in His Light, we see light.
 
So then, climb the tree. See Jesus in the light of faith. And begin to see how the world is not the empty, impersonal echo of blind forces. But a place of the encounter between lovers. The Tree of Life, where even, as Jesus says, the birds of the air find shelter, and where we discover that, all along, we have been seen, and known, and loved beyond all measure – beyond all that we dare to believe.
 
And then come down. For our God desires to dine with us. Jesus says, “I must stay at your house today.” And He also says, “For salvation has come to this house today.” In other words, Jesus is That Salvation.
 
That Salvation desires to dine with us… and, to receive. As we divest ourselves of all the things that we have held precious thus far, to be received, that is what He desires. And then let our true treasure be entrusted to us. For only one can climb that tree and be nailed and crucified to it, and then turn that into a Tree of Life. We must come down and let Him dine.
 
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
May we all see the face of Jesus and be saved!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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November 4, 2019
St. Charles Borromeo

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children, my beloved Son always prayed and glorified the Heavenly Father. He always said everything to Him and trusted in His will. This is what you, my children, should also do, because the Heavenly Father always listens to His children. One heart in one heart – love, light and life…” (November 2, 2019)

Our Lady has spoken about prayer throughout her time in Medjugorje. She has called for prayer, over and over again, in her messages.   She has tried to teach us to pray with the heart. It is the first of the five stones. To pray. To pray with the heart. In this message she helps us to understand in a very practical way what prayer is. “…my beloved Son always prayed and glorified the Heavenly Father. He always said everything to Him and trusted in His will.”

Jesus always prayed. Jesus always glorified the Heavenly Father. Jesus always said everything to the Father. And Jesus always trusted what the Father said to Him. He trusted the Father’s instructions, the Father’s will. This was the amazing life of prayer that Jesus lived.

I have been aware recently that one of my biggest obstacles to prayer is that I do not always say everything to God. I constantly have an inner conversation. It is a running dialogue about my life: What should I eat today? What should I wear? How can I solve this problem or that? But it is always an inner dialogue with myself.

But Our Lady says that Jesus “always said everything to [the Father] and trusted in His will.” Jesus was not having an inner conversation with Himself. He was always turned toward the Father. He was always in communion with His Father. They were and are one! “One heart in one heart – love, light and life!”

In the Scriptures, the Lord Himself spoke about this problem of only having an interior dialogue with one’s self. Listen to the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector from Luke:

He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity-greedy, dishonest, adulterous-or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18: 9-14)

Both men were in the Temple to pray. But who actually prayed and who only talked to himself? The Pharisee was so enamored with his own holiness, that all he could do was congratulate himself. It was the tax collector who actually prayed, humiliated as he was by his sin.

Our Lady wants us to have a running conversation with the Father just like Jesus. This interior dialogue we have going on all the time can become prayer. God is with us always, listening, waiting for us to speak to Him. All we have to do is realize His presence. Jesus knew the Father was always with Him. And His entire life was spent walking and talking with the Father.

We can live a life of communion with God!! One heart in one heart – love, light and life!!! May we learn to turn our interior dialogue into prayer, a heart to heart conversation with the Lord. We will be changed!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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November 2, 2019
Feast of All Souls

Dear Family of Mary! 
 
Message to Mirjana Soldo of November 2, 2019

Dear children,

My beloved Son always prayed and glorified the Heavenly Father. He always said everything to Him and trusted in His will. This is what you, my children, should also do, because the Heavenly Father always listens to His children. One heart in one heart – love, light and life.

The Heavenly Father gave Himself through a human face, and this face is the face of my Son. You, apostles of my love, you should always carry the face of my Son in your hearts and your thoughts. You should always think of His love and His sacrifice. You should pray to always feel His presence, because, apostles of my love, that is the way for you to help all those who do not know my Son, who have not come to know His love.

My children, read the book of the Gospel. It is always something new, it is what binds you to my Son who was born to bring the words of life to all of my children and to sacrifice Himself for all. Apostles of my love, carried by the love for my Son, bring love and peace to all of your brothers. Judge no one. Love everyone according to the love for my Son. In this way, you will also be caring for your soul, and it [your soul] is that which is most precious, which truly belongs to you. Thank you.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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November 1, 2019
Feast of All Saints

Dear Family of Mary!

October 25, 2014 “Dear children! Pray in this time of grace and seek the intercession of all the saints who are already in the light. From day to day may they be an example and encouragement to you on the way of your conversion. Little children, be aware that your life is short and passing. Therefore, yearn for eternity and keep preparing your hearts in prayer. I am with you and intercede before my Son for each of you, especially for those who have consecrated themselves to me and to my Son. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


The Litany of the Saints

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us. 
God, the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us. 
God, the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Pray for us. 
Holy Mother of God, Pray for us. 
Holy Virgin of virgins, Pray for us.
 
Saint Michael, Pray for us. 
Saint Gabriel, Pray for us. 
Saint Raphael, Pray for us. 
All ye holy angels and archangels, Pray for us. 
All ye holy orders of blessed spirits, Pray for us. 

Saint John the Baptist, Pray for us. 
Saint Joseph, Pray for us. 
All ye holy patriarchs and prophets. Pray for us. 

Saint Peter, Pray for us. 
Saint Paul, Pray for us. 
Saint Andrew, Pray for us. 
Saint James, Pray for us. 
Saint John, Pray for us. 
Saint Thomas, Pray for us. 
Saint James, Pray for us. 
Saint Philip, Pray for us. 
Saint Bartholomew. Pray for us. 
Saint Matthew, Pray for us. 
Saint Simon, Pray for us. 
Saint Thaddeus, Pray for us. 
Saint Matthias, Pray for us. 
Saint Barnabas, Pray for us. 
Saint Luke, Pray for us. 
Saint Mark, Pray for us. 
All ye holy apostles and evangelists, Pray for us. 
All ye holy disciples of our Lord. Pray for us. 
All ye holy Innocents, Pray for us. 

Saint Stephen, Pray for us. 
Saint Lawrence, Pray for us. 
Saint Vincent, Pray for us. 
Saints Fabian and Sebastian, Pray for us. 
Saints John and Paul, Pray for us. 
Saints Cosmas and Damian, Pray for us. 
Saints Gervase and Protase, Pray for us. 
All ye holy martyrs, Pray for us. 

Saint Sylvester, Pray for us. 
Saint Gregory, Pray for us. 
Saint Ambrose, Pray for us. 
Saint Augustine. Pray for us. 
Saint Jerome, Pray for us. 
Saint Martin, Pray for us. 
Saint Nicolas, Pray for us. 
All ye holy bishops and confessors, Pray for us.
All ye holy doctors, Pray for us. 

Saint Anthony, Pray for us. 
Saint Benedict, Pray for us. 
Saint Bernard, Pray for us. 
Saint Dominic, Pray for us. 
Saint Francis, Pray for us. 
All ye holy priests and levites, Pray for us. 
All ye holy monks and hermits. Pray for us.
 
Saint Mary Magdalen, Pray for us. 
Saint Agatha, Pray for us. 
Saint Lucy, Pray for us. 
Saint Agnes, Pray for us. 
Saint Cecily, Pray for us. 
Saint Catherine, Pray for us. 
Saint Anastasia, Pray for us 
All ye holy virgins and widows, Pray for us.
All ye holy men and women, Saints of God, Make intercession for us.

Be merciful, Spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
From all evil, O Lord, deliver us. 
From all sin, O Lord, deliver us.
From Thy wrath, O Lord, deliver us. 
From a sudden and unprovided death, O Lord, deliver us. 
From the snares of the devil, O Lord, deliver us. 
From anger, and hatred, and all ill will, O Lord, deliver us. 
From the spirit of fornication, O Lord, deliver us. 
From lightning and tempest, O Lord, deliver us. 
From the scourge of earthquake. O Lord, deliver us. 
From pestilence, famine and war, O Lord, deliver us. 
From everlasting death, O Lord, deliver us. 

Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, O Lord, deliver us.
Through Thy coming, O Lord, deliver us. 
Through Thy nativity, O Lord, deliver us. 
Through Thy baptism and holy fasting, O Lord, deliver us. 
Through Thy Cross and Passion, O Lord, deliver us. 
Through Thy death and burial, O Lord, deliver us. 
Through Thy holy Resurrection, O Lord, deliver us. 
Through Thine admirable Ascension, O Lord, deliver us. 
Through the coming of the Holy Spirit the Paraclete, O Lord, deliver us. 
In the day of judgment, O Lord, deliver us.

We sinners, We beseech Thee, hear us, 
That Thou wouldst spare us, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst pardon us, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance, We beseech Thee, 
hear us. 
That Thou wouldst govern and preserve Thy holy Church We beseech Thee, hear us.,
That Thou wouldst preserve our Apostolic Prelate, and all ecclesiastical orders in holy religion, We beseech Thee, 
hear us, 
That Thou wouldst humble the enemies of Thy holy Church, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wouldst give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wouldst grant peace and unity to all Christian people, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst bring back to the unity of the Church all those who have strayed away, and lead to the light of the Gospel all unbelievers, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wouldst confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relations and benefactors, from eternal damnation, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst give and preserve the fruit of the earth, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wouldst give eternal rest to all the faithful departed, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst graciously hear us We beseech Thee, hear us. Son of God, We beseech Thee, hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father.. (silently)…. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Happy Feast Day!  

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2019

P.S. Tomorrow Mirjana will encounter Our Lady at the Blue Cross, and Mary TV will record that encounter and post it as soon as we can. Also, we will send out the message when it is translated. Let’s pray for Mirjana, as she anticipates seeing Our Lady!

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October 31, 2019

Dear Family of Mary! 

     
“Dear children, the will and the love of the Heavenly Father make it so that I am among you, that I, with a motherly love, may help the growth of faith in your heart, for you to be able to truly comprehend the purpose of earthly life and the greatness of the heavenly one. My children, the earthly life is the way to eternity, to truth, and to life – to my Son. I desire to lead you on that way…”(October 2, 2019)


Yesterday’s homily was so precious I could not hold back from sharing it today in written form!  (Thanks to Stephanie for transcribing it so quickly and so well!!)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke. (Luke 13:22-30)    

 
Jesus passed through towns and villages teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, Lord, will only a few people be saved?   
He answered them, Strive to enter through the narrow gate. For many, I tell you, will attempt to enter, but will not be strong enough. 

After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, Lord open the door for us. He will say to you in reply, I do not know where you are from. And you will say, we ate and drank in your company, and you taught in our streets. Then he will say to you, I do not know where you are from. Depart from me all you evil-doers.

And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, and you, yourselves cast out.   
And people will come from the east and from the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.

For behold, some are last, who will be first. And some are first, who will be last.
The gospel of the Lord.
 
 
 
English Homily in Medjugorje
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Fr. Philip Kemmy
 
           
The question is put to Jesus: Will only a few people be saved? And I think, we hear that question and we’d like Jesus to give a clear answer. Give us percentages. So that we might know what our chances are. If he says, well, 90% will be saved; we’ll say, oh well, I have a reasonably good chance. If he says, 10% will be saved; we’re thinking- oh, I need to up my game here. 

But Jesus doesn’t give facts and figures and percentages. He gives no direct answer. But he does give some clear advice: Strive to enter through the narrow gate.   
Elsewhere in the gospels, Jesus speaks of the narrow path or the narrow road. And this idea of the narrow gate, or the narrow road, in the other gospels, it goes against a trend with many in the church these days who seem to think that the only thing one has to do to enter heaven is to die – and maybe not be Hitler or Stalin. The only qualification for heaven in the minds of many is, I take my final breath. And that is not the case.

Salvation is not something automatic. It is indeed a free gift given to us by our savior. It is his desire. But it is a gift that we have to reach out and take hold of. St. Augustine said something like: God made you without your cooperation, but he will not save you without your cooperation.

During the summer I was on retreat, and one night I had a very strange dream. And in the dream, I dreamt that I was a technician for NASA. I wasn’t the astronaut. As you can see, I wouldn’t really be qualified to be the astronaut. So in my dream, I was one of the technicians. And I was in the space shuttle.

There were several astronauts there. And the main engineer was coming in with his checklist, his manifesto, making sure we were ready for take-off. And in the dream, he’s looking around the inside of the space shuttle, and he realizes that the astronauts have brought bags of stuff with them… The food they like from home. Things that remind them of home. Some little comforts here and there. Bags of stuff… Over in one corner of the shuttle.

And the engineer looks at his page and he looks at all of this stuff, and he says, “What is this doing here?” And the astronauts said to him, “Well, we just, we want to take some stuff with us.” He said, “You don’t, you can’t take these things with you. Don’t you realize that I have measured everything perfectly. Every weight of this space shuttle is measured. And all of this stuff is going to put my measurements way off track. So, if we launch with all of this stuff – at best, we’re not going to land where we intend. At worst, we’re going to crash land. We need to get rid of this stuff.” 

So he instructs me. And he and I start taking these bags of things, open the shuttle door, and throw them out. And the astronauts are protesting. They’re very, very annoyed. And he keeps saying to them, “But you can’t fly with this. You cannot take off with this.”

And then I woke up. And I thought, what a strange dream. And because I was on retreat, before breakfast, off I went to do my holy hour. And in the holy hour, I’m thinking, I’m dreaming about being an astronaut? Well, not quite an astronaut. But, for NASA, what was that? And as clear as day the thought came to me: Meticulous planning of the minutest detail is needed to get to the moon. But, how few there are, who have any plan whatsoever for the journey to heaven. We know that we have to plan for so many other things. And yet, we can be sometimes very haphazard about our ultimate destination.    

And I think that seeing so many have, it seems, little or no plan, Our Lady has come to give Her plan, Her project. They’re often called, Our Lady’s Five Stones, or her Five-Point Plan: (1) Praying the Rosary with the heart, (2) Holy Mass, (3) The Bible, reading scripture daily, (4) Monthly Confession, and (5) Fasting.

These five points will keep us on track. Prayer will keep our hearts’ desires fixed on that narrow gate. The Holy Mass will keep our souls, as it were, loitering at that narrow gate. Because at every Mass, whether you know it or not, you dip your toe into eternity. We are in heaven right now. The daily scripture will help our eyes focus on that gate. Fasting will stir up a hunger, a longing to enter that gate. And Confession will help keep us humble and small enough to eventually be able to enter that gate. That’s Our Mother’s plan, and it’s a good one.

Will only a few be saved Lord? We are not given the answer to that question in numbers and percentages. But the answer to that question becomes utterly irrelevant to me if I, myself am not one of those who are saved. If I’m not saved, it will not matter whether 99% are saved; or whether 9% are saved. It won’t matter. I’m not saved.  

So what’s our plan? Meticulous planning of the minutest detail is needed to get to the moon. How few there are who have any plan at all for the journey to heaven. Our Lady has a plan. It’s a good one. Let’s start following it.  

And then, we will be ready whenever the final call comes. Whether it be today. Whether it be in 10, 20 years’ time from now. Whenever we are called to that narrow gate. We’ll be ready. We’ll have no excess baggage. And we’ll joyfully enter into the salvation Christ Jesus won for us. It is important for us to get ahead in life. But it is more important that we enter eternal life with God forever. Let us always, daily, fix our attention on that. And we’ll not go too far astray.   (English Mass Homily, October 30, 2019, Fr. Phillip Kemmy)

   
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2019

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Your sacrifices will have meaning.
 


October 30, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!   
“…. Little children, in complete surrender to God, He will take care of everything and will bless you; and your sacrifices will have meaning…” (October 25, 2019)

I am so drawn to these words from Our Lady. She assures us that God can and will take care of every detail in our lives, under one condition. We must surrender to Him in everything. Completely. We have all tried at some point to trust someone in our lives, a mother or father, a teacher or a friend, even a spouse. We long to have someone who is totally trustworthy, and in whom we can entrust ourselves. But this kind of trust is not possible with our fellow humans. Why? Because not one of us is all knowing, all loving and all powerful. Not one of us is capable of covering all the bases. Such surrender and trust are not justified or even healthy.

And so, we have learned not to surrender to anyone. And this makes it hard for us to even imagine surrendering to God. And on top of that, all the saints who have surrendered completely to God still suffered. And that seems to contradict God’s ability to manage everything!

But, of course, we know that God has such an infinitely higher perspective than we do, and that He sees suffering and self-denial in a vastly different way. He saw the sacrifice of Jesus and Mary in a way we could not imagine. It was salvation for the whole world that was being won by their sacrifices. And he sees our suffering as part of that work of salvation as well. If we give it over to Him, it becomes so valuable!!! He entrusts us with that suffering because He loves us and trusts us to carry it for Him.  And He also sustains us and heals us with His powerful love, time and time again!

Well, St. Faustina wrote about this mystery of love in a beautiful way. On New Year’s Day 1938, she prayed:

Welcome to you, New Year, in the course of which my perfection will be accomplished. Thank You in advance, O Lord, for everything Your goodness will send me. Thank You for the cup of suffering from which I shall daily drink. Do not diminish its bitterness, O Lord, but strengthen my lips that, while drinking of this bitterness, they may know how to smile for love of You, my Master. I thank You for Your countless comforts and graces that flow down upon me each day like the morning dew, silently, imperceptibly, which no curious eye may notice, and which are known only to You and me, O Lord. For all this, I thank You as of today because, at the moment when You hand me the cup, my heart may not be capable of giving thanks.

So today I submit myself completely and with loving consent to Your holy will, O Lord, and to Your most wise decrees, which are always full of clemency and mercy for me, though at times I can (62) neither understand nor fathom them. O my Master, I surrender myself completely to You, who are the rudder of my soul; steer it Yourself according to Your divine wishes. I enclose myself in Your most compassionate Heart, which is a sea of unfathomable mercy. (Diary 1499-50)

Our Lady wants us to imitate St. Faustina, and in our surrender begin to see the meaning of our sacrifices. She wants us to have the lofty and eternal perspective that St. Faustina developed, the perspective that the Father has for all of us, seeing us as co-workers in the fight for souls. She also wants us to trust that the Father will not leave us alone, but instead sustain us and care for us always.

Oh, Jesus, be the rudder of our souls!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2019

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October 29, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

“Little children, in complete surrender to God, He will take care of everything and will bless you; and your sacrifices will have meaning…”
(October 25, 2019) 


Our Lady understands complete surrender to God. She lived her entire life in deep surrender and trust on the Heavenly Father. Each mystery of the Rosary shows us her surrender. But we have a difficult time of surrendering to the Lord. We find it hard to let go of our fears and worries. And so the Lord sent us a teacher, Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo. Here is a brief description of his life:
 
“On November 19, 1970 Don (Fr) Dolindo Ruotolo died at the age of 88. Padre Pio once said of this priest from Naples, Italy, “The whole of paradise is in your soul.” His name “Dolindo” means “Pain” and his life was rich with this pain. As a child, a teenager, a seminarian and a priest, he experienced humiliation, which was the realization of the prophetic words of a bishop who said “You will be a martyr, but in your heart, not with your blood.”

In his profound humility, he was able to hear the words of God. Even with his hidden life he was one of the greatest prophets of the last century. He wrote to Bishop Hnilica in 1965 that a new John will rise out of Poland with heroic steps to break the chains beyond the boundaries imposed by the communist tyranny. On this postcard, he wrote words of consolation for Poland and all the countries suffering under the communist regime. This prophecy was realized in the papacy of John Paul II.

In his tremendous suffering, Dolindo became more and more a child who lived his self-offering to the Divine Father. “I am totally poor, a poor nothing. My strength is my prayer, my leader is the will of God which I let take me by the hand. My security over the uneven path is the heavenly mother Mary.” One of the treasures from the words which Jesus spoke to Dolindo was the teaching about total abandonment to God. In this novena, Jesus is talking to Don Dolindo and also to you.”

The way of total abandonment is given to us in the “Novena of Surrender to the Will of God” that Jesus gave to Fr. Dolindo. We pray this novena every day during the Daily Rosary on Mary TV. The words of this novena help us to refocus and abandon ourselves to God. Such abandonment and surrender makes us able to serve the Lord in our day. We become available to Him. This is very important.

Here is a PDF of the Novena to the Will of God by Fr. Dolindo. It is a great gift to us all!! 
 
Novena of Surrender to the will of God


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! 
Cathy Nolan 
©Mary TV 2019