(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016 J.M.J. December 22, 2016 Christmas Novena Day Eight Dear Family of Mary! This is the eighth day of our Novena before Christmas! Again today the parish will climb Apparition Hill, praying the Rosary. We will join them live, through Mary TV! In this message, Our Lady calls us to give Jesus the gift of our lives on Christmas Day. She will accept our surrender, and then offer us to Jesus, her Infant Son! This is exactly what we have been hoping for in this novena, to give ourselves to Jesus in complete and trusting surrender. She tells us the Jesus loves us and give us the grace to “live in His mercy”. Living in Jesus’ mercy means that we entrust ourselves so much to Him, that He can cover us with mercy every moment of our day. To live Jesus’ mercy is to experience our salvation, moment by moment, given to us by our Savior in actual terms in our real, concrete lives. This is a miracle of mercy! And Jesus shows us the way, through His words to Fr. Dolindo, when He says “I promise you by my love that if you say ‘You take care of it,’ I will take care of it all.” Let us live in Jesus’ mercy! December 25, 2012 (Jakov) “Dear children, give the gift of your life to me and completely surrender to me so that I may help you to comprehend my motherly love and the love of my Son for you. My children, I love you immeasurably and today, in a special way, on the day of the birth of my Son, I desire to receive each of you into my heart and to give a gift of your lives to my Son. My children, Jesus loves you and gives you the grace to live in His mercy, but sin has overtaken many of your hearts and you live in darkness. Therefore, my children, do not wait, say ‘no’ to sin and surrender your hearts to my Son, because only in this way will you be able to live God’s mercy and, with Jesus in your hearts, set out on the way of salvation.” Novena of Surrender to the Will of God, Day Eight (Jesus speaks to Fr. Ruotolo) Close your eyes and let yourself be carried away on the flowing current of my grace; close your eyes and do not think of the present, turning your thoughts away from the future just as you would from temptation. Repose in me, believing in my goodness, and I promise you by my love that if you say “You take care of it.” I will take care of it all; I will console you, liberate you and guide you. O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times) Let us pray 7 Our Fathers, 7 Hail Marys and 7 Glory bes… Lord Jesus, through the Intercession of Your Mother, Mary, may we learn to live these words, “I promise you by my love that if you say ‘You take care of it,’ I will take care of it all.” We want to live your mercy, Jesus! In that way may we give you glory and honor all our days, and especially at this celebration of your Incarnation and Nativity. We are all yours through the guidance and intercession of our Mother, Mary! Amen. In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2016 PS. Join us for this live event from December 15 to 23, 2016 at www.marytv.tv It will be shown on our Channel Window on the home page. Also, we will live stream this Novena on our Facebook page, “Medjugorje Mary TV”. https://www.facebook.com/marytv.tv/ If you are on Facebook with us, please “like” and “share” the event so we can spread the word about Medjugorje and Our Lady’s presence!