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J.M.J.

December 8, 2016

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Family of Mary!

Today we celebrate a great mystery! Our Lady was immaculately conceived! By a prevenient grace of God, she was shielded from original sin, the inheritance of all men. This great grace was granted so that she would be pure and ready to receive Jesus as her son. Our Lady cooperated with this great grace, and remained sinless her entire life.  She received the gift of the Immaculate Conception from God, and she gave the gift of her Immaculate Heart back to God.  She always chose purity and God’s will. and so her heart is Immaculate!

I don’t think we can imagine such a thing.

Now Our Lady longs to draw us close to her Immaculate Heart. She wants to protect and guide us through her heart. She wants us to draw graces from her heart. She wants us to find refuge in it. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a gift to us, to help us travel through our lives. It is a light for us. A hope for us. A joy for us! (For Tolkien fans, I think Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart is like the Vial of Galadriel. It is a light in the darkness, to guide us as we travel in this dark world.)

Today we can pray with joy and thanksgiving for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary by honoring her Immaculate Heart. Here is a consecration prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary given to Jelena Vasilj:

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

(Given by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilj, 11/28/1983)

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, overflowing

with goodness, Show us your love for us.

May the flame of your heart, Oh Mary,

Descend upon all peoples.

We love you immensely.

Impress in our hearts a true love.

May our hearts yearn for you.

Oh Mary, sweet and humble of heart,

Remember us when we sin.

You know that all mankind are sinners.

Through your most sacred and maternal heart,

Cure us from every spiritual illness.

Make us capable of looking at the beauty of your maternal heart,

And that, thus, we may be converted

to the flame of your heart. Amen

And here are five messages from Our Lady about her Immaculate Heart that we might meditate on during a Rosary:

Wednesday, December 7, 1983

The vigil of the Immaculate Conception, To Jelena:

“Tomorrow will really be a blessed day for you, if every moment is consecrated to my Immaculate Heart. Abandon yourselves to me. Strive to make your joy grow; to live in the faith, to change your hearts.”

November 25, 1994 “Dear children! Today I call you to prayer. I am with you and I love you all. I am your Mother and I wish that your hearts be similar to my heart. Little children, without prayer you cannot live and say that you are mine. Prayer is joy. Prayer is what the human heart desires. Therefore, get closer, little children, to my Immaculate Heart and you will discover God. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

August 25, 2000 “Dear children! I desire to share my joy with you. In my Immaculate Heart I feel that there are many of those who have drawn closer to me and are, in a special way, carrying the victory of my Immaculate Heart in their hearts by praying and converting. I desire to thank you and to inspire you to work even more for God and His kingdom with love and the power of the Holy Spirit. I am with you and I bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

September 25, 2009 “Dear children, with joy, persistently work on your conversion. Offer all your joys and sorrows to my Immaculate Heart that I may lead you all to my most beloved Son, so that you may find joy in His Heart. I am with you to instruct you and to lead you towards eternity. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

January 25, 2012 “Dear children! With joy, also today I call you to open your hearts and to listen to my call. Anew, I desire to draw you closer to my Immaculate Heart, where you will find refuge and peace. Open yourselves to prayer, until it becomes a joy for you. Through prayer, the Most High will give you an abundance of grace and you will become my extended hands in this restless world which longs for peace. Little children, with your lives witness faith and pray that faith may grow day by day in your hearts. I am with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Oh, Immaculate Conception, Mary, our Mother, Pray for us!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

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December 7, 2016

St. Ambrose

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children…. That is why, you my children, apostles of my love, with soul and heart invoke the name of my Son. He will have the words of light for you. He manifests Himself to you, He breaks the bread with you and gives you the words of love so that you may transform them into merciful acts and, thus, be witnesses of truth…” (December 2, 2016)

How Jesus breaks the bread, manifests Himself, gives words of love and light, and transforms us into mercy doers and witnesses of truth:

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma’us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.  But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cle’opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”  And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.”

And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.

They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”  (Luke 25: 13-34)

Our Lady wants us to keep our hearts open as we walk along the road together.  Jesus may draw near and walk with us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016

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December 6, 2016

St. Nicholas

Dear Family of Mary!

Dear children, my motherly heart is crying as I am looking at what my children are doing. Sins are multiplying, the purity of soul is all the less important; my Son is being forgotten – honored all the less; and my children are being persecuted. That is why, you my children, apostles of my love, with soul and heart invoke the name of my Son. He will have the words of light for you. He manifests Himself to you, He breaks the bread with you and gives you the words of love so that you may transform them into merciful acts and, thus, be witnesses of truth. That is why, my children, do not be afraid. Permit my Son to be in you. He will make use of you to care for the wounded and to convert lost souls. Therefore, my children, return to the prayer of the Rosary. Pray it with feelings of goodness, sacrifice and mercy. Pray, not only with words, but with merciful acts. Pray with love for all people. My Son, by His sacrifice, exalted love. Therefore, live with Him so that you may have strength and hope; that you may have the love which is life and which leads to eternal life. Through God’s love, I am also with you, and will lead you with motherly love. Thank you.(December 2, 2016)

“He will have the words of light for you.”

Our Lady tells us that Jesus will have words of light for us. We might ask how Jesus can speak to us. How does He give us words of light?

Well certainly the Gospels are full of Jesus’ words of light. But sometimes we need help hearing Jesus’ personal words to us. We can feel that Jesus is really quite silent.

I want to share a short article that June Klins wrote for “Spirit of Medjugorje”, in her last issue. Here is the link to her newsletter containing this article: http://www.spiritofmedjugorje.org/issues/November2016pdf.pdf 

The article is a portion of a talk given by Fr. Chris Alar, M.I.C. in which he relates a conversation he had as a young man with a priest about death.  And it demonstrates how Jesus can give us words of light during a conversation.

Praying for Grandma’s Soul
By June Klins

Fr. Chris Alar, M.I.C., gave an excellent talk in August at a conference in Buffalo, New York, about Divine Mercy, and at one point, his talk brought me to tears. Father talked about a discussion he had as a young man (we will call him “Chris” because he was not a priest at that time) in 2003 with a priest regarding his grandmother’s suicide in 1993. Chris told this priest that he was worried about his grandmother’s soul, especially because in her last year of life she had stopped receiving the Sacraments and had turned her back on God and the Church. The priest told him to go home and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the salvation of his grandmother’s soul.

Chris, whose profession at that time was engineering, questioned the priest, “Father, I don’t understand. My grandmother has been judged. There is nothing I can do to change that.” The priest repeated his instructions to pray the Chaplet for her soul. Chris told the priest he did not want to be difficult, but he just did not understand. The priest said, “God knew back in 1993 that you would be here in 2003, and you would pray this Chaplet for your grandmother, and those graces will be allowed through the mercy of God to be taken back and showered upon the soul of your grandmother at the moment of her judgment to help her. This is why we need to pray for our loved ones and our families and our friends.”

Chris lamented that his grandmother had fallen away from the Church before she died, so Father pointed out that paragraph 1486 of St. Faustina’s Diary says that Jesus comes to every soul three times at the moment of death. If the soul rejects Him after the first time, He goes away. But He comes back a second time. If the soul rejects Him again, He’ll go, but He’ll come back a third time. If the soul rejects Him a third time, the soul is lost forever.

Chris was elated to hear this, since he felt his grandmother would never have rejected Jesus, because she was a good person. But then Father seemed to throw a monkey wrench at him, asserting, “We die in the state that we live.” He explained that if we turn our backs on God, we will not recognize Him when He comes. Chris was crestfallen at that thought, since his grandmother had, in fact, turned her back on God. But the priest continued, “Without your prayers, She may not recognize Him, but with your prayers upon her soul at the moment of her judgment – because God is outside of time (there is no past or future for God, just one eternal now), He can take those graces from your prayers and shower them down on your grandmother, so maybe, just maybe, it’s enough grace for her to turn around and say, ‘Yes’ to God.”

Father said that this is why St. John Paul II and others call us “mini co-redeemers.” We are the Body of Christ and it is very important for us to pray for one another. Prayers can make a difference. A demon once told St. John Vianney that 80,000 souls avoided hell due to his prayers and sufferings. This is why we should offer up our prayers and suffering.

Father continued, referencing paragraph 1698 of the Diary – which says that God’s mercy sometimes touches souls at the last moment. Chris began to cry at the thought of such a merciful God. He decided right then and there to spend the rest of his life spreading this message of hope. And that he does. Chris joined the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, was ordained a few years ago, and is now the director of the Association of Marian Helpers.

Editor’s note: If you would like to hear Father’s entire talk, you can order the CD called “Divine Mercy 101” by calling 1-800-462-7426, or visit the website marian.org. The reason Father’s talk brought me to tears is because I started a website in 2011 to pray for souls who have committed suicide (https://sites.google.com/site/divinemercyforlostsouls ). A friend and I were talking about this right before Father’s talk, so it was a confirmation.

We see how Jesus spoke to Father Chris. He used Father Chris’ questions as the way into his heart, where He could reveal His love through the words of the priest he was talking to. Jesus revealed His unquenchable mercy through that conversation. And Father Chris heard the words of his vocational call, to spread that mercy by his life as a priest.

We only need to allow our questioning hearts to call out to God for answers, and Jesus will speak words of light to us too! He will not withhold his love, but pour it out in abundance!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

Mary TV 2016

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(This is the huge cement cross erected on Mount Krizevac
in Medjugorje in 1933 to invoke the name of Jesus
over the entire valley!  Isuse is Croatian for Jesus!)
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J.M.J.

December 5, 2016

Dear Family of Mary!

Dear children, my motherly heart is crying as I am looking at what my children are doing. Sins are multiplying, the purity of soul is all the less important; my Son is being forgotten – honored all the less; and my children are being persecuted. That is why, you my children, apostles of my love, with soul and heart invoke the name of my Son. He will have the words of light for you. He manifests Himself to you, He breaks the bread with you and gives you the words of love so that you may transform them into merciful acts and, thus, be witnesses of truth. That is why, my children, do not be afraid. Permit my Son to be in you. He will make use of you to care for the wounded and to convert lost souls. Therefore, my children, return to the prayer of the Rosary. Pray it with feelings of goodness, sacrifice and mercy. Pray, not only with words, but with merciful acts. Pray with love for all people. My Son, by His sacrifice, exalted love. Therefore, live with Him so that you may have strength and hope; that you may have the love which is life and which leads to eternal life. Through God’s love, I am also with you, and will lead you with motherly love. Thank you. (December 2, 2016)

Our Lady shared with us the deep pain in her heart over the state of her children in the world. She is weeping from the heart. She asks us to do something as her apostles, something which will make a difference for all those souls so in danger in the world. That is why, you my children, apostles of my love, with soul and heart invoke the name of my Son.” Our Lady asks us to invoke the name of Jesus. She wants us to call on Jesus, by name, with all our hearts, because:

“…God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”(Phil 2 :9-11)

She is asking us to call down the power of Jesus’ name upon the world! We can help her to win souls, by honoring and proclaiming the name of Jesus in our hearts, our prayer, and our daily lives. The name of Jesus can save.

There is a litany that honors and proclaims the Name of Jesus! Let’s pray it today, with great confidence in the power of Jesus’ name. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!!!!!

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.
V. God the Father of Heaven
R. Have mercy on us.
V. God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. God the Holy Spirit,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Holy Trinity, one God,
R. Have mercy on us.

V. Jesus, Son of the living God, R. Have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendor of the Father, [etc.]
Jesus, brightness of eternal light.
Jesus, King of glory.
Jesus, sun of justice.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary.
Jesus, most amiable.
Jesus, most admirable.
Jesus, the mighty God.
Jesus, Father of the world to come.
Jesus, angel of great counsel.
Jesus, most powerful.
Jesus, most patient.
Jesus, most obedient.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
Jesus, lover of chastity.
Jesus, lover of us.
Jesus, God of peace.
Jesus, author of life.
Jesus, example of virtues.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls.
Jesus, our God.
Jesus, our refuge.
Jesus, father of the poor.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful.
Jesus, good Shepherd.
Jesus, true light.
Jesus, eternal wisdom.
Jesus, infinite goodness.
Jesus, our way and our life.
Jesus, joy of Angels.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles.
Jesus, teacher of the Evangelists.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs.
Jesus, light of Confessors.
Jesus, purity of Virgins.
Jesus, crown of Saints.

V. Be merciful, R. spare us, O Jesus.
V. Be merciful, R. graciously hear us, O Jesus.

V. From all evil, R. deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From Your wrath, [etc.]
From the snares of the devil.
From the spirit of fornication.
From everlasting death.
From the neglect of Your inspirations.
By the mystery of Your holy Incarnation.
By Your Nativity.
By Your Infancy.
By Your most divine Life.
By Your labors.
By Your agony and passion.
By Your cross and dereliction.
By Your sufferings.
By Your death and burial.
By Your Resurrection.
By Your Ascension.
By Your institution of the most Holy Eucharist.
By Your joys.
By Your glory.

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. spare us, O Jesus.
V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. graciously hear us, O Jesus.
V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. have mercy on us, O Jesus.

V. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, You have said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek, and you shall find, knock, and it shall be opened to you.” Grant, we beg of You, to us who ask it, the gift of Your most divine love, that we may ever love You with our whole heart, in word and deed, and never cease praising You.

Give us, O Lord, as much a lasting fear as a lasting love of Your Holy Name, for You, who live and are King for ever and ever, never fail to govern those whom You have solidly established in Your love. R. Amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

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J.M.J.

December 1, 2016

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! From day to day I wish to clothe you in holiness, goodness, obedience and God’s love, so that from day to day you become more beautiful and more prepared for your Master. Dear children, listen to and live my messages. I wish to guide you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”(October 24, 1985)

Our Lady gives us messages every month because she wishes to clothe us in holiness, goodness, obedience and God’s love. She is trying to make us more beautiful!! She wants to rehabilitate us, freeing us from our brokenness and human weakness which we inherited because of original sin.

She has taken on a big job!! But she is just the one to succeed. If we listen to and live her messages, we will be prepared for our Master. Listening requires a silent and open heart. We must set aside our own agendas and ideas, and be ready to appropriate her ideas and guidance for our lives.

Tomorrow Our Lady will give a message through Mirjana! We have another chance to open our hearts with silence and receptivity so that we can be changed for the better by her words. What blessed children we are, to have such a mother.

Here is the message from November 2, 2016. Maybe we can reflect on how we have responded to this message as a preparation for tomorrow!

November 2, 2016 message through Mirjana:

“Dear children, to come to you and to make myself known to you is a great joy for my motherly heart. It is a gift from my Son for you and for others who are coming. As a mother I am calling you: love my Son above everything. In order to love Him with all your heart, you need to come to know Him. You will come to know Him through prayer. Pray with the heart and with your feelings. To pray means to think of His love and sacrifice. To pray means to love, to give, to suffer and to offer. I am calling you, my children, to be apostles of prayer and love. My children, it is a time of vigilance. In this vigil I am calling you to prayer, love and trust. As my Son will be looking in your hearts, my motherly heart desires for Him to see unconditional trust and love in them. The united love of my apostles will live, will conquer and will expose evil. My children, I was a chalice of the God-man; I was God’s instrument. That is why I am calling you, my apostles, to be a chalice of the true and pure love of my Son. I am calling you to be an instrument through which all those who have not come to know the love of God-who have never loved-may comprehend, accept and be saved. Thank you, my children.”

While Our Lady was leaving, Mirjana saw a chalice.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016

PS. I will wait to send out the reflection for Friday until I have the new message! It will probably be mid-day Friday, December 2.

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November 30, 2016

St. Andrew, Apostle

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! Also today, I am calling you to return to prayer. In this time of grace, God has permitted me to lead you towards holiness and a simple life – that in little things you discover God the Creator; that you fall in love with Him; and that your life be a thanksgiving to the Most High for everything He is giving you. Little children, in love, may your life be a gift for others and God will bless you; but you, witness without interest – out of love for God. I am with you and intercede before my Son for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (November 25, 2016)

In our quest to follow Our Lady’s November 25, 2016 message, as she leads us in simplicity and holiness, it seems that pondering the goodness of God will help us. God’s goodness is everywhere to behold. But we so often live an entire day without beholding it, wondering at it, or celebrating it.

Our Lady gave us this message about God’s goodness:

“Dear Children! Today I invite you to go into nature because there you will meet God the Creator. Today I invite you, little children, to thank God for all that He gives you. In thanking Him you will discover the Most High and all the goods that surround you. Little children, God is great and His love for every creature is great. Therefore, pray to be able to understand the love and goodness of God. In the goodness and the love of God the Creator, I also am with you as a gift. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (October 25, 1995)

I personally need to follow Our Lady’s advice. I am getting too stressed already about Christmas and my work and responsibilities. Anxiety and stress are NOT good! They are NOT of God!! Simplicity and trust ARE good!   I also found this passage from St. Faustina. It is helpful:

O inconceivable goodness of God, which shields us at every step, may Your mercy be praised without cease. That You became a brother to humans, not to angels, is a miracle of the unfathomable mystery of Your mercy. All our trust is in You, our first-born Brother, Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. My heart flutters with joy to see how good God is to us wretched and ungrateful people. And as a proof of His love, He gives us the incomprehensible gift of Himself in the person of His Son. Throughout all eternity we shall never exhaust that mystery of love. O mankind, why do you think so little about God being truly among us? O Lamb of God, I do not know what to admire in You first: Your gentleness, Your hidden life, the emptying of Yourself for the sake of man, or the constant miracle of Your mercy, which transforms souls and raises them up to eternal life. Although   You are hidden in this way, Your omnipotence is more manifest here than in the creation of man. Though the omnipotence of Your mercy is at work in the justification of the sinner, yet Your action is gentle and hidden. (1584 Diary)

Let’s pray for each other, that we can all immerse ourselves in the goodness of God. It will be a healing balm for our souls. Something we all need!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016

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November 29, 2016

Dear Family of Mary!

I am tickled pink that in this first week of Advent we are presented with this Scripture about being simple, like children. What a way to start off the Season of Waiting for the Lord!

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

for although you have hidden these things

from the wise and the learned

you have revealed them to the childlike. 

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will…. (Lk 10:21)  

It always amazes me that Jesus would say such a thing! He was a grown man, he knew how society worked, He knew about power and authority and control. And yet, He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit because the wonders of the Father’s love and will were only accessible to children and those whose hearts were childlike. Wisdom was revealed to the childlike. It was a source of great merriment and joy for Jesus!!

We might ask ourselves if we really buy what Jesus is rejoicing about. Do we see the irony? In a world where the clever and cruel seem to be on top, do we actually believe that it is the childlike who see things for what they are? Do we understand that the true power in the world lies in trustful surrender to the One who created us all? Do we live out of that great truth?

Our Lady is trying to help us get back to the childlike spirit that Jesus rejoices over:

“Dear children! Also today, I am calling you to return to prayer. In this time of grace, God has permitted me to lead you towards holiness and a simple life – that in little things you discover God the Creator; that you fall in love with Him; and that your life be a thanksgiving to the Most High for everything He is giving you. Little children, in love, may your life be a gift for others and God will bless you; but you, witness without interest – out of love for God. I am with you and intercede before my Son for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (November 25, 2016)

God is allowing Our Lady to lead us towards holiness and a simple life. She wants to help us become childlike. Hurrah!! This is great news. This Advent, we might ask Our Lady to work on us so that we become more simple. If we could grow a little bit each day in simplicity of life, trusting in the Father, thanking Him for everything, enjoying everything He gives us, falling in love with the Father and doing everything for Him, we might find ourselves ready for the Birth of Jesus!!

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

for although you have hidden these things

from the wise and the learned

you have revealed them to the childlike. 

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will…. (Lk 10:21)  

Dearest Father, reveal to us everything we need to know through Our Mother!  We want to be your children, completely trusting in your providence and care.  We want to the the childlike!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016

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November 28, 2016

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! Also today, I am calling you to return to prayer. In this time of grace, God has permitted me to lead you towards holiness and a simple life – that in little things you discover God the Creator; that you fall in love with Him; and that your life be a thanksgiving to the Most High for everything He is giving you. Little children, in love, may your life be a gift for others and God will bless you; but you, witness without interest – out of love for God. I am with you and intercede before my Son for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (November 25, 2016)

I am struck with the simplicity of this message. Our Lady does not call us to approach God through long hours of study. She tells us that God is allowing her to lead us towards holiness and a simple life! This is something she can do so well! Our Lady is so holy, and so simple. And she shines with the joy of heaven!

St. Faustina understood Our Lady’s simplicity as well. At the beginning of Advent, 1937, St. Faustina wrote this:

Advent is approaching. I want to prepare my heart for the coming of the Lord Jesus by silence and recollection of spirit, uniting myself with the Most Holy Mother and faithfully imitating Her virtue of silence, by which she found pleasure in the eyes of God Himself. I trust that by Her side, I will persevere in this resolution. (Diary 1398)

St. Faustina desired to be united with Our Lady, to stay very close to her, so that she could grow in holiness. It was Our Lady’s silence and recollection of spirit that Faustina wanted to imitate. I believe that the simple life that Our Lady offers us is that life of silence and recollection, a life in which we ponder and wonder at everything in creation, because it is all a gift of the Father.

I propose that we all pray as St. Faustina did, so that this Advent will be one prolonged prayer of thanksgiving to God for all He has done for us, and a silent preparation for the coming of Jesus. What could be better!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016

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November 24, 2016

St. Andrew Dung-Lac and companions

Thanksgiving Day (USA)

Dear Family of Mary!

August 25, 1988 “Dear children! Today I invite you all to rejoice in the life which God gives you. Little children, rejoice in God, the Creator, because He has created you so wonderfully. Pray that your life be joyful thanksgiving which flows out of your heart like a river of joy. Little children, give thanks unceasingly for all that you possess, for each little gift which God has given you, so that a joyful blessing always comes down from God upon your life. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

St. Faustina wrote this most beautiful hymn of thanksgiving and praise! Through it we can rejoice in God, our Creator!

Be adored, O our Creator and Lord.

O universe, humbly glorify your God;

Thank your Creator to the best of your powers

And praise God’s incomprehensible mercy.

Come, O earth, in all your fine greenery;

Come, you too, O fathomless sea.

Let your gratitude become a loving song ,

And sing the greatness of God’s mercy.

Come, beautiful, radiant sun.

Come, bright dawn which precedes it.

Join in one hymn, and let your clear voices

Sing in one accord God’s great mercy.

Come, hills and valleys, sighing woods and thickets,

Come, lovely flowers of morningtide;

Let your unique scent

Adore and glorify God’s mercy.

Come, all you lovely things of earth,

Which man does not cease to wonder at.

Come, adore God in your harmony,

Glorifying God’s inconceivable mercy.

Come, indelible beauty of all the earth,

And, with great humility, adore your Creator,

For all things are locked in His mercy,

With one mighty voice all things cry out;
how great is the mercy of God.

But above all these beauties,

A more pleasing praise to God

Is a soul innocent and filled with childlike trust,

Which, through grace, is closely bound to Him. (1750 Diary)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016

The next reflection will be the November 25, 2016 message!

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November 23, 2016

St. Clement I

St. Columban

Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady was leading the parish in the early 80’s. She was building up the parish to be a center of prayer and faith, so that she could then reach out to the entire world from Medjugorje. I discovered these three messages that were given in three successive weeks to the parish. They tell a story.

First, Our Lady spoke to the parish about the value of trials:

August 22, 1985 “Dear children! Today I wish to tell you that God wants to send you trials which you can overcome by prayer. God is testing you through daily chores. Now pray to peacefully withstand every trial. From everything through which God tests you come out more open to God and approach Him with love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Our Lady wanted the people to be able to endure trials with constancy and faith. She told them that God allows trials in order to strengthen them. The key is to keep the peace they have in prayer and in faith. With that peace, they can withstand the trail and come out of it stronger and more in love with God. This is very important advice for all of us.

But the next week Our Lady made it clear that satan is often in the trials that the parishioners endured. The enemy wants to use the trials they face to rob them of their peace and to insert his own plan into their lives:

August 29, 1985 “Dear children! I am calling you to prayer! Especially since satan wishes to take advantage of the yield of your vineyards. Pray that satan does not succeed in his plan. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

It is good to recognize the temptations that satan inflicts upon us. If we are aware of his influence, we can renounce him, and turn everything over to Jesus. If we pray for protection and strength to resist the enemy, he will flee. God’s plan will then move forward.

But what do we do when we succeed in defeating the enemy’s plan?

September 5, 1985 “Dear children! Today I thank you for all the prayers. Keep on praying all the more so that satan will be far away from this place. Dear children, satan’s plan has failed. Pray for fulfillment of what God plans in this parish. I especially thank the young people for the sacrifices they have offered up. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Clearly, we don’t stop praying, and we don’t take a vacation! Our Lady instructs us to keep on praying!! To pray for the fulfillment of God’s plan for us, and to also pray that satan stays away. We must remain vigilant, and grow in our love of God through prayer.

So as we find ourselves at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, in which many victories have been won, we don’t want to take a vacation from prayer. Now is the time to move forward, take more ground, move ahead in faith, and never give up!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016