Day: May 14, 2021

May 15, 2021 Reflection -Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day 2

Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day 2 May 15, 2021 St. Isidore Dear Family of Mary! This is Day 2 the Novena to the Holy Spirit. It will consist of a message from Our Lady of Medjugorje, a prayer written by St. John Henry Newman, and the famous prayer, Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blest. We can all include our own petitions! Let’s expect great things on Pentecost! Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day 2 September 25, 2015 “Dear children! Also today I am praying to the Holy Spirit to fill your hearts with a strong faith. Prayer and faith will fill your heart with love and joy and you will be a sign for those who are far from God. Little children, encourage each other to prayer with the heart, so that prayer may fulfill your life; and each day, you, little children, will be, above all, witnesses of serving God in adoration and of your neighbor in need. I am with you and intercede for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” The Gift and Virtue of Faith is really the foundation for all the other virtues. When we receive the Holy Spirit we begin to really believe in Jesus, and through Him discover the Father! Then the door opens to the real world, the world of life with God for eternity. Everything we have misunderstood in our lives becomes clear and comprehensible. We see that we are creatures of a loving God. We see that life makes sense in terms of the commandments. And we begin the journey towards love and joy! In prayer, we must daily ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill us with His light, so that our faith will continue to grow and our understanding of the Truth and the Good will strengthen. Then we too can help our neighbors to believe!! Thank you, dearest Mother for coming to help us receive the Holy Spirit and in Him, the gift of Faith! The Paraclete, the Fount of Love (A prayer by St. John Henry Newman) My God, I adore You, as the Third Person of the Ever-Blessed Trinity, under the name and designation of Love. You are that Living Love, wherewith the Father and the Son love each other. And You are the Author of supernatural love in our hearts. “Fons vivus, ignis, charitas.” As a fire You came down from heaven on the day of Pentecost; and as a fire You burn away the dross of sin and vanity in the heart and light up the pure flame of devotion and affection. It is You who unite heaven and earth by showing to us the glory and beauty of the Divine Nature, and making us love what is in Itself so winning and transporting. I adore You, O uncreate and everlasting Fire, by which our souls live, by which alone they are made fit for heaven. Amen Come Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made. O Comforter, to Thee we cry, O heavenly gift of God Most High, O Fount of Life and Fire of Love, and Sweet Anointing from above. Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known; Thou, finger of God’s hand we own; Thou, promise of the Father, Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue. Kindle our senses from above, and make our hearts o’erflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply. Far from us drive the foe we dread, and grant us Thy peace instead; so shall we not, with Thee for guide, turn from the path of life aside. In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c)Mary TV 2021

May 14, 2021 Update from Denis

Pope John Paul ll with the statue of Our Lady given to him by Bishop Hnilica upon his release from the hospital after the assassination attempt. May 14, 2021 Dear Family of Mary TV, Apostles of Our Lady of Medjugorje, “The Catholic Thing” carried an article yesterday titled “Signs and Wonders”. Noting that May 13, 2021, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, was the 40th anniversary of the assassination attempt on the life of St. John Paul ll, Stephen White posed the question to readers: “What signs of God’s action in our own day have we missed because we are too skeptical, too cynical, too eager to seem sophisticated?” After the assassination attempt “as he was being rushed to the hospital, John Paul ll said, more and more feebly as the moments passed, only Our Lady’s name, Mary, and none of the things the newspapers attributed to him,” (Andre Frossard, “Portrait of John Paul ll”, p.55). The following month Our Lady started appearing in Medjugorje. Perceiving the hand of providence – the assassination attempt happening on the anniversary of the day, at the very hour, of Our Lady’s first apparition in Fatima – the Holy Father asked Bishop Paolo Hnilica to bring to him, while he was convalescing in Gemelli Hospital, all the materials he could gather on Fatima. As a result, Pope St. John Paul ll asked bishops throughout the world to join him in his March 25, 1984, Act of Consecration to Our Lady that he did in response to her request at Fatima.  In a book of her writings published after her death Sr. Lucia confirmed that Our Lady had accepted it in response to her Fatima request. Sisters of her convent in Portugal reiterated this again recently. Sr. Lucia of Fatima also confirmed this to me in a February 12, 1992 letter sent by Fr. John D. Marchi, “Yes, the Consecration of the world is well established”. Traveling to Moscow and secretly slipping into the Kremlin, Bishop Paolo Hnilica consecrated Russia while saying Mass behind an issue of the communist newspaper “Pravda”. Returning to Rome the following day he arrived in St. Peter’s Square just as the Pope was beginning to recite the words of consecration. (Bishops could do the consecration on March 24, as Bishop Hnilica did, or on March 25th.) The Holy Father was overjoyed hearing Bishop Hnilica’s account of his trip. They spent four hours together later that day in the Pope’s private apartment. Taking from his shelf Fr. Rene Laurentin’s first book on Medjugorje (that he had written with Fr. Ljudevit Rupcic), “Is the Virgin Mary Appearing in Medjugorje?” the Pope read to him several sections out loud, asking, “Didn’t you stop in Medjugorje on your way back to Rome?”  In response to the bishop’s reply, “No, your Holiness, it has been forbidden,” with a wave of his hand Pope John Paul ll said, “Pay no attention! Go to Medjugorje! Medjugorje is the continuation and fulfillment of Fatima!” Our Lady confirmed the Holy Father’s words in her August 25, 1991 message. She invited her children to nine days of prayer and sacrifice: “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.” Four days later, on August 29th, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR suspended the activities of the Communist Party throughout the country. But the devil wasn’t backing down. The following month Our Lady warned in her September 25, 1991 message: “Dear children! Today in a special way I invite you all to prayer and renunciation. For now as never before Satan wants to show the world his shameful face by which he wants to seduce as many people as possible onto the way of death and sin. Therefore, dear children, help my Immaculate Heart to triumph in the sinful world. I beseech all of you to offer prayers and sacrifices for my intentions so I can present them to God for what is most necessary. Forget your desires, dear children, and pray for what God desires, and not for what you desire. Thank you for having responded to my call.” Pope John Paul ll did not miss the signs of God’s action in his own day. On February 24, 1990 he said, “Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world!” (“Why He Is A Saint, the Life and Faith of Pope John Paul ll and the Case for Canonization”, p. 168, by Msgr. Slawomir Oder, Postulator for his Cause of Sainthood). In the chapter he includes on the Pope and Medjugorje, Msgr Oder quotes from eight letters the Holy Father had written in regard to Medjugorje. For example, on December 8, 1992, in his own hand: “I thank Sophia for everything concerning Medjugorje. I, too, go there every day as a pilgrim in my prayers. I unite in my prayers with all those a who pray there or receive a call for prayer from there. Today we have understood this call better. I rejoice that our time is not lacking people of prayer and apostles.” And it wasn’t just St. John Paul ll. An August 6, 2019 Catholic News Service headline gave the Church’s verdict: “Vatican confirms Medjugorje approval by joining youth festival” In response to the Holy Father’s appeal earlier this month for prayer to bring an end to the pandemic, thirty representative Shrines scattered throughout the world have been chosen to lead the Marian prayer each during one day of the month of May. Vatican News reports that “the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace at Medjugorje in Bosnia” has been chosen to lead the Rosary tomorrow, May 15, 2021. With the 40th anniversary of Our Lady’s daily apparitions in Medjugorje now upon us, maybe the author of that article in “The Catholic Thing” should pose this question as it relates to Medjugorje: What signs of God’s action in my own day have I missed because I am too skeptical, too cynical, too eager to seem sophisticated?  Mainstream traditional Catholic outlets should do the same. Denis Nolan