Day: May 31, 2020

June 1, 2020 Reflection – The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Our Lady at Pentecost! Mary, Mother of the Church!!! (c) Mary TV   June 1, 2020 The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the ChurchDear Family of Mary! This is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church! It is a new memorial, (only 2 years old) which will fall on the Monday after Pentecost each year. What a fitting way to move back into Ordinary Time! With our Mother!!! Our Lady has only referred to herself as Mother of the Church once in her messages (so far). Here is the message. Our Lady speaks to us about the Church and how we should love the Church and do works of love for the Church!! Her words are amazing: June 02, 2016 “Dear children, as the Mother of the Church, as your mother, I am smiling as I look at you: how you are coming to me, how you are gathering around me, how you are seeking me. My comings among you are proof of how much Heaven loves you. They indicate to you the way to eternal life, to salvation. My apostles, you who strive to have a pure heart and to have my Son in it, you are on the good way. You who are seeking my Son are seeking the good way. He left many signs of His love. He left hope. It is easy to find Him if you are ready for sacrifice and penance – if you have patience, mercy and love for your neighbors. Many of my children do not see and do not hear because they do not want to. They do not accept my words and my works, yet through me, my Son calls everyone. His Spirit illuminates all of my children in the light of the Heavenly Father, in the unity of Heaven and Earth, in mutual love – because love invokes love and makes works more important than words. Therefore, my apostles, pray for your Church, love it and do works of love. No matter how betrayed or wounded, it is here because it comes from the Heavenly Father. Pray for your shepherds so that in them you may see the greatness of the love of my Son. Thank you.” The title “Mother of the Church” is so powerful and appropriate! Our Lady was at the center of the events in Christ’s life, always silently accompanying Him in His earthly journey, and then accompanying His Apostles as they went out to witness to Jesus and build the Church. Her presence was indispensable. That is why we are so blessed to have her with us today in this most amazing way in Medjugorje. She is here with us because God is up to something!! For Holy Mass today, the Preface for this Memorial eloquently expresses Our Lady’s role in the life of the Church, as Mother!! I want to share it with you so you can pray with the Church this beautiful preface before the Eucharistic prayers: Preface: Mary, Model and Mother of the Church   It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, and to proclaim your greatness with due praise, as we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. Receiving your Word in her Immaculate Heart, she was found worthy to conceive him in her virgin’s womb and, giving birth to the Creator, she nurtured the beginnings of the Church. Standing beside the Cross, she received the testament of divine love and took to herself as sons and daughters all those who by the Death of Christ are born to heavenly life. As the Apostles awaited the Spirit you had promised, she joined her supplication to the prayers of the disciples and so became the pattern of the Church at prayer. Raised to the glory of heaven, she accompanies your pilgrim Church with a mother’s love and watches in kindness over the Church’s homeward steps, until the Lord’s Day shall come in glorious splendor. And so, with all the Angels and Saints, we praise you, as without end we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy… Isn’t this beautiful!! Let us pray with gratitude to God for such a Mother!! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2020 PS. St. James Parish in Medjugorje has a “summer schedule” that begins today , June 1st and runs until September 1st. The Evening Program of the parish will begin at 6:00 pm Medjugorje time -the Rosary is at 6:00 pm and Holy Mass is at 7:00 pm. It is not clear yet when Adoration will be scheduled. But for now, be aware that the Parish Rosary will begin at 6:00 pm Medjugorje time!!  

May 31, 2020 Reflection -Come Holy Spirit and Renew the Face of the Earth!

    The Rainbow in Medjugorje on May 28, 2020 May 31, 2020 Pentecost Sunday Dear Family of Our Lady of Medjugore, Come, Holy Spirit!!! It was October 13, 1987, the 70th Anniversary of the apocalyptic sign given to the world at Fatima.  My wife Cathy and I were walking up the road to Cross Mountain.  Glancing to our right, we saw over St. James Church – as if touching its two steeples – the most beautiful rainbow! That rainbow spoke to us of God’s great love and blessing for us and for the world. We needed that sign as we had just miscarried a little one while in Medjugorje, and it gave us such peace. On May 28, 2020 there appeared a huge rainbow over St. James Church once again!! It appeared at the very end of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament!! This rainbow communicated a blessing of peace and hope to us as we gazed upon it!! Again, it seemed we all needed such a blessing, since Covid-19 has covered the world. The Lord was showing us that He has not run out of grace and blessings for us all! Later that evening, there was a rainstorm in South Bend, Indiana, where Cathy and I live! And as the rain continued, the clouds parted and the setting sun glanced through the rain, creating a huge and beautiful rainbow over our little city!! Another sign of God’s faithfulness and blessing! Cathy declared, “Two rainbows!! One over Medjugorje, and one over South Bend, the two places we consider home!!” Something great is coming!  Don’t be afraid! God is with us! Our Lady is filled with joy at the future.  Let’s pray with her today: “so that the Holy Spirit may change your lives and the face of this earth, which is in need of renewal in the Spirit…be prayer for all those who do not pray; be joy for all those who do not see the way out; be carriers of light in the darkness of this peaceless time.” May 25, 2020) In her last Anniversary message she told us: “I am preparing you for the new times that you may be firm in faith and persevering in prayer, so that the Holy Spirit may work through you and renew the face of the earth… !”  (June 25, 2019).  When she gives us her next message – on June 25, 2020 – we’ll have entered into the 40th year of her apparitions! On this great Pentecost Day let’s “be firm in faith and persevering in prayer,” and receive the gifts the Holy Spirit has for us!  Come, Holy Spirit!!! God bless you! Denis Nolan PS.  A beautiful Novena to the Holy Spirit on Mary TV was led by Fr. Leon, the priest in Medjugorje in charge of English-speaking pilgrims.  It can still be found in the Novena to the Holy Spirit window on the homepage Also don’t miss Br. Daniel Klimek’s new series on Mary TV, “Living the Message”– found in the “Living the Messages” archive window in the video library. Vicka’s husband, Mario, gave a wonderful interview in a recent episode of “Tea with Rosie” found on the Homepage in the “Tea with Rosie” window!  He promises to return soon and give us his personal testimony in an episode of “Fruit of Medjugorje”. Frano Zubac, who was part of the prayer group that Our Lady began in 1984 shares beautiful things she taught them in his new weekly series “Jesus Rosary” found on the Home page in the “Jesus Rosary” Archive. There are many new and wonderful experiences of Medjugorje to be had on Mary TV. Mary TV’S MEDJUGORJE Internet TV channel continues to air 24/7 in HD! Mary TV is also available on Apple TV, and the Mary TV Channel is available on Roku and Amazon Fire Stick. Our programming is expanding rapidly,and you have made it possible.  Thank you for your continued support!!  We have a lot of wonderful plans for the future!  To become a supporter in the work of Mary TV through a donation, click on the “Donate” popup in the upper right hand corner of our home page to find the best way for you to donate to Mary TV. Thank you!!!