(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017 J.M.J. September 8, 2017 The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Dear Family of Mary! Today the Church celebrates the birth of our Mother, Mary, nine months after she was Immaculately Conceived through the prevenient grace of Jesus’ redemptive act. Our Mother was conceived, protected from Original sin. And she was born, still free from sin, and she grew from day to day, free from sin, by that grace and her own pure choice. She is our pure Mother, the one who answered the Angel Gabriel, “Be it done unto me according to your word,” and she conceived our Savior, Jesus Christ. We can celebrate this day without reserve!!! Our Mother, Mary, did it!! She cooperated with the grace of God perfectly, and gave us Jesus, our Savior who died and rose to bring us life! This litany seems to be just right for today!! Rejoice, everyone! We are the most blessed of people!! Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception. 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, … Holy Trinity, one God, … Holy Mary, pray for us Holy Mother of God, pray for us Holy Virgin of virgins, … Mother of Christ, … Mother of Divine Grace, … Mother most pure, … Mother most chaste, … Mother inviolate, … Mother undefiled, … Mother most amiable, … Mother most admirable, … Mother of good counsel, … Mother of our Creator, … Mother of our Savior, … Virgin most prudent, … Virgin most venerable, … Virgin most renowned, … Virgin most powerful, … Virgin most merciful, … Virgin most faithful, … Mirror of justice, … Seat of wisdom, … Cause of our joy, … Spiritual vessel, … Vessel of honor, … Singular vessel of devotion, … Mystical rose, … Tower of David, … Tower of ivory, … House of gold, … Ark of the covenant, … Gate of heaven, … Morning star, … Health of the sick, … Refuge of sinners, … Comforter of the afflicted, … Help of Christians, … Queen of Angels, … Queen of Patriarchs, … Queen of Prophets, … Queen of Apostles, … Queen of Martyrs, … Queen of Confessors, … Queen of Virgins, … Queen of all Saints, … Queen conceived without original sin, … Queen assumed into heaven, … Queen of the most holy Rosary, … Queen of Peace, … Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Grant we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we, Thy servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body: and, by the glorious intercession of the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal gladness. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen. In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2017 PS. On this wonderful Feast, let us beg Our Lady to do a mighty miracle and turn the hurricane, Irma, out to sea. Mary, Mother of Jesus, hear our prayer, and save us from this calamity.
Day: September 7, 2017
(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017 J.M.J. September 7, 2017 Dear Family of Mary! “…My Son bore the pain because He took your sins upon Himself. Therefore, you, my children, apostles of my love, you who suffer, know that your pain will become light and glory. My children, while you are enduring pain, while you are suffering, Heaven enters in you and you give a piece of Heaven and much hope to all those around you. Thank you.” (September 7, 2017) Our Lady assures us that when we suffer, if we maintain our faith, hope and love in Jesus, we will become vessels of Heaven, carriers of peace and hope for others. We will become blessings, like Jesus. St. Faustina suffered very much, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She learned, through her relationship with Jesus, how to maintain her peace and her hope in the future. She became a vessel of God’s mercy for others. She wrote a lovely conversation that she had with Jesus about suffering in her diary. Jesus would say all this to us as well. He loves us and will help us in our suffering: Conversation of the Merciful God with a Suffering Soul 1487 Jesus: Poor soul, I see that you suffer much and that you do not have even the strength to converse with me. So I will speak to you. Even though your sufferings were very great, do not lose heart or give in to despondency. But tell Me, my child, who has dared to wound your heart? Tell me about everything, be sincere in dealing with Me, reveal all the wounds of your heart. I will heal them, and your suffering will become a source of your sanctification. Soul: Lord, my sufferings are so great and numerous and have lasted so long that I become discouraged. Jesus: My child, do not be discouraged. I know your boundless trust in Me; I know you are aware of My goodness and mercy. Let us talk in detail about everything that weighs so heavily upon your heart. Soul: There are so many different things that I do not know what to speak about first, nor how to express it. Jesus: Talk to Me simply, as a friend to a friend. Tell Me now, My child, what hinders you from advancing in holiness? Soul: Poor health detains me on the way to holiness. I cannot fulfill my duties. I am as useless as an extra wheel on a wagon. I cannot mortify myself or fast to any extent, as the saints did. Furthermore, nobody believes I am sick, so that mental pain is added to those of the body, and I am often humiliated. Jesus, how can anyone become holy in such circumstances? Jesus: True, My child, all that is painful. But there is no way to heaven except the way of the cross. I followed it first. You must learn that it is the shortest and surest way. Soul: Lord, there is another obstacle on the road to holiness. Because I am faithful to You, I am persecuted and suffer much. Jesus: It is because you are not of this world that the world hates you. First it persecuted Me. Persecution is a sign that you are following in My footsteps faithfully. Soul: My Lord, I am also discouraged because neither my superiors nor my confessor understand my interior trials. A darkness clouds my mind. How can I advance? All this discourages me from striving for the heights of sanctity. Jesus: Well, My child, this time you have told Me a good deal. I realize how painful it is not to be understood, and especially by those whom one loves and with whom one has been very open. But suffice it to know that I understand all your troubles and misery. I am pleased by the deep faith you have, despite everything, in My representatives. Learn from this that no one will understand a soul entirely-that is beyond human ability. Therefore, I have remained on earth to comfort your aching heart and to fortify your soul, so that you will not falter on the way. You say that a dense darkness is obscuring your mind. But why, at such times, do you not come to Me, the light who can in an instant pour into your soul more understanding about holiness than can be found in any books? No confessor is capable of teaching and enlightening a soul in this way. Know, too, that the darkness about which you complain I first endured in the Garden of Olives when My Soul was crushed in mortal anguish. I am giving you a share in those sufferings because of My special love for you and in view of the high degree of holiness I am intending for you in heaven. A suffering soul is closest to My Heart. Soul: One more thing, Lord. What should I do when I am ignored and rejected by people, especially by those on whom I had a right to count in times of greatest need? Jesus: My child, make the resolution never to rely on people. Entrust yourself completely to My will saying, “Not as I want, but according to Your will, O God, let it be done unto me.” These words, spoken from the depths of one’s heart, can raise a soul to the summit of sanctity in a short time. In such a soul I delight. Such a soul gives Me glory. Such a soul fills heaven with the fragrance of her virtue. But understand that the strength by which you bear sufferings comes from frequent Communions. So approach this fountain of mercy often, to draw with the vessel of trust whatever you need. Soul: Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness in remaining with us in this exile as the God of mercy and blessing us with the radiance of Your compassion and goodness. It is through the light of Your mercy that I have come to understand how much You love me. (Diary, 1487) In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2017 PS. Tomorrow is the great feast day: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary!! Let’s pray with the entire Church to Our Lady, in honor of her birth!!