Day: October 13, 2020

October 14, 2020 Reflection – The Fruit of the Spirit!

Come Holy Spirit!   October 14, 2020 St. Callistus I Dear Family of Mary! In the first reading at Mass today, St. Paul teaches us what fruits are of the Holy Spirit and what fruits are not: “Brothers and sisters: If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.”  (Gal 5: 18-25) Our Lady has called us to pray to the Holy Spirit so that He will fill us with His gifts and fruits.  Here is one message: “Dear children! I rejoice with you and in this time of grace I call you to spiritual renewal. Pray, little children, that the Holy Spirit may come to dwell in you in fullness, so that you may be able to witness in joy to all those who are far from faith. Especially, little children, pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that in the spirit of love, every day and in each situation, you may be closer to your fellow-man; and that in wisdom and love you may overcome every difficulty. I am with you and I intercede for each of you before Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”  (May 25, 2000) It is important that we ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we can produce the fruits!!  The world so needs people of love, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…  People who each day become closer to their fellow man.  May we become those people, as we cling to Our Lady and the Holy Spirit.  They will help us to bring the peace that is so needed in these days. Let us pray: Veni Creator Spiritus Come, Holy Spirit, Creator, come From your bright heavenly throne, Come, take possession of our souls, And make them all your own. You who are called the Paraclete, Best gift of God above, The living spring, the living fire, Sweet unction and true love. You who are sev’nfold in your grace, Finger of God’s right hand; His promise, teaching little ones To speak and understand. O guide our minds with your blest light, With love our hearts inflame; And with your strength, which ne’er decays, Confirm our mortal frame. Far from us drive our deadly foe; True peace unto us bring; And through all perils lead us safe Beneath your sacred wing. Through you may we the Father know, Through you th’eternal Son, And you the Spirit of them both, Thrice-blessed Three in One. V. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful R. And kindle in them the fire of your love. V.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created R. And you will renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen. In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2020    

October 13, 2020 Reflection – The Miracle of the Sun!

October 13, 2020 103rd Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima Dear Family of Mary! Today we remember the great sign given at Fatima, the miracle of the sun which proved that Our Lady was present.  Our Lady initiated a plan for the salvation of souls at Fatima, hoping to stem the devasting attack that Satan had launched against mankind in the 20th Century.  Though there were many who responded, it was not enough to stop the enemy and that century was to be the most violent and turbulent century yet for mankind. But as you will see in this message from August, 1991, God did not give up on us!  He continued to pour out His Mercy, now through sending our Mother, Mary, to another poor, rural village, this time in Hercegovina!  Our Lady’s presence in Medjugorje was to be the continuation of the plan for salvation that was begun in Fatima: “Dear Children! Today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realized. Satan is strong and wants to sweep away my plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in His decisions. Therefore, I call all of you, dear children, to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to self-renunciation for nine days so that, with your help, everything that I desire to realize through the secrets I began in Fatima, may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to now grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realized. Thank you for having responded to my call.”  (August 25, 1991) Now, in 2020, we are gathered around Our Lady of Medjugorje, to continue this call to prayer and sacrifice, so that the secrets begun in Fatima may be realized.  Let us not flag in zeal now, not now!  We must remain firm! It helps me to hear these words of prophecy from Sr. Lucia of Fatima given to Fr. Fuentes in 1957: “Father, the Most Holy Virgin did not tell me that we are in the last times of the world (‘Last times’ isn’t necessarily the same as ‘end of the world’), but She made me understand this for three reasons: “The first reason is because She told me that the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin.  And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat.  Also from now on we must choose sides.  Either we are for God or we are for the devil.  There is no other possibility. “The second reason is because She said to my cousins as well as to myself that God is giving two last remedies to the world.  These are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  These are the last two remedies, which signify that there will not be others. “The third reason is because in the plans of Divine Providence God always, before He is about to punish the world, exhausts all other remedies. “The two means to save the world are prayer and sacrifice.  Look, Father, the Most Holy Virgin, in these last times in which we live, has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Holy Rosary.  She has given this efficacy to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all, spiritual, in the private life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, of the religious communities or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be resolved through the prayer of the Rosary.  There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve through the recitation of the Holy Rosary.  Through the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves.  We will sanctify ourselves.  We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.  Finally, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Mother, consists in considering Her as the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon and as the sure door through which we are to enter Heaven.”  (See P.S.) Today, may we turn with faith to Our Lady and commit ourselves to her plan.  May we pray the Rosary with faith, throughout the day!  May we offer little sacrifices for the sake of souls.  And may we pray with great hope that Our Lady’s plan will be fulfilled!! “Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realized.” In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2020 P.S. On December 26, 1957, Sr. Lucia gave this testimony to Father Augustine Fuentes, postulator of the cause for the beatification of the Fatima visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta.  Though published in 1957 with the approval of ecclesiastical authority, two years later its dissemination was suppressed.  (The Fourth Secret of Fatima, Antonio Socci, Loreto Publications, 2009, pp. 99 – 102).