Day: December 13, 2021

December 14, 2021 Reflection – for your gaze and heart to always be directed towards Heaven and eternity!

For your gaze and heart to always be directed towards Heaven and eternity December 14, 2021 Dear Family of Mary! In the winter of 2020, during the time that the pandemic first took hold all over the world, I was walking out of Weekday Mass, early in the morning. And as I opened the doors to leave the church, I heard these words very clearly in my heart:  “Lift your head! Look up!” It was very clear and short. But I knew those words were from the Lord. He was giving me instruction. I also knew something similar was in Scripture. And so when I got home I looked it up. Sure enough, here is the Gospel reading: “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21: 25-28 Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near…. Those words were chilling, but at the same time comforting. Because the Lord was describing just how I felt at the time. It was as though the world had been loosened from its axis. Life was shaking. But I knew somehow that God was not far away, but very close. He was not leaving us but coming closer. I have remembered that inspiration so very often, and it has helped me to move forward, in prayer and hope. Our Lady gave this message in 2016: December 25, 2016 “Dear children! With great joy, today I am carrying my Son Jesus to you, for Him to give you His peace. Open your hearts, little children, and be joyful that you can receive it. Heaven is with you and is fighting for peace in your hearts, in the families and in the world; and you, little children, help with your prayers for it to be so. I bless you with my Son Jesus and call you not to lose hope; and for your gaze and heart to always be directed towards Heaven and eternity. In this way, you will be open to God and to His plans. Thank you for having responded to my call.” Our Lady sees all that is happening, and she comes to us only with encouragement and hope. And with words similar to the ones I heard: I bless you with my Son Jesus and call you not to lose hope; and for your gaze and heart to always be directed towards Heaven and eternity. We need to keep our gaze and heart always upon Heaven and eternity!!! Lift your head, look up!! Our redemption is drawing near!!! I just want to encourage all of us to do this now more than ever. Lift your head! Keep your gaze on Heaven and eternity! Look up! Don’t lose hope! Our redemption is drawing near!!!! Mother help us to remember your words when we are tempted to look down, to worry about earthly things. We must not waist time on what does not last. God is moving. He is coming. We must be ready. We must receive the peace that Jesus brings to us at this very moment. Mother is with us to help us!! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c)Mary TV 2021

December 13, 2021 Reflection – Elijah will indeed come…

  Elijah will indeed come… December 13, 2021 Dear Family of Mary! January 25, 1991 “Dear children! Today, like never before, I invite you to prayer. Let your prayer be a prayer for peace. Satan is strong and desires to destroy not only human life, but also nature and the planet on which you live. Therefore, dear children, pray that through prayer you can protect yourselves with God’s blessing of peace. God has sent me among you so that I may help you. If you so wish, grasp for the rosary. Even the rosary alone can work miracles in the world and in your lives. I bless you and I remain with you for as long as it is God’s will. Thank you for not betraying my presence here and I thank you because your response is serving the good and the peace.” In this message Our Lady made it clear that God has sent her to us in this time because Satan is at work to destroy us all, and she can help us. She has come to stand with us in these most decisive moments in the history of mankind. I want to share with you the homily that Fr. Leon Pereira gave on Saturday, December 11, 2021. He speaks about Our Lady’s coming with no uncertain terms, as an important intervention of God. English Mass Homily 12/11/21 – Fr. Leon Pereira OP Elijah will indeed come and restore all things, but I tell you that Elijah has already come.  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. One of the objections to Medjugorje is that Our Lady speaks a lot here. They say some rude things, they say she is chatty, she gives messages every day.  And in the Gospels the Virgin of Nazareth hardly says anything.  So, they say there is a big mismatch between the Virgin of Nazareth in the Scriptures and the Queen of Heaven, here, the Queen of Peace. But I think that already in the objection, the answer is there.  The Virgin of Nazareth – the Queen of Heaven…She has finished life’s struggles.  She reigns in glory.  If she wants to speak, who am I to tell her to keep quiet?  If I am too stubborn to listen to her, who am I to tell her to stop repeating herself?  Stop coming to me and trying to gain my conversion.  Who am I to say this to my Mother and my Queen? To me it speaks of a strange kind of arrogance. To say that we know better than the Mother of God, and the Queen of Heaven.  I don’t know better than the Mother of God, so I am happy enough to accept my limitations and listen to her messages.  And I am glad because I remember one of the messages that Our Lady gave here.  She said, “Be proud of all my words.”  And also, “The day will come when you will long for my messages, but you will not have them.” So let’s enjoy and be thankful to God because He has sent us His Mother. I speak of this because Christ’s coming is always preceded by Elijah.  Christ’s first coming is preceded by the Elijah who is John the Baptist.  And that Elijah shares in the same fate as the Messiah.  “So will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.” And “They did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.” And there is an intermediate coming of Christ, which is Christ coming to us now in all the moments of conversion in our lives, and through the Sacraments, and through the Scriptures, through other people.  All these things are so many Elijahs to us. And then there is the final coming of Christ.  Christ comes in glory as judge.  And there He is preceded by another Elijah.  And this is His own Mother.  She is the Elijah of this time. She comes to prepare for Christ’s Kingdom to be fulfilled. Cardinal Ratzinger, before he was Pope Benedict, said that all the multiplicity of Marian Apparitions in the world today, were a sign of the times that we live in.  So, we have to pay attention to our Blessed Mother.  And to what she is pointing us to, to Jesus Himself. Then our concerns must not be for this world only.  But above all for Christ’s Kingdom.  With Christ as the center of our lives. Now I am going to say something completely uncontroversial.  And this you already know because this is the Catholic faith.  It is a strange thing to be so concerned with this world only.  So, when you have Bishops and priests saying to you that you can not claim that you have an exemption through your conscience from receiving medicines that you don’t want to take or avoid experimental medicines that you don’t want to take.  It is very odd that they say you can’t use your conscience. Remember Humanae Vitae when the Pope said contraception was bad?  Many Bishops said, “Oh no, you can rely on your conscience, and you can use these things.”  So, with your conscience you can use condoms, but you can’t use your conscience to refuse medicines.  That is very odd.  Very strange. It is also very odd when we don’t say to public figures, please repent.  Repent of your big sins, your bad example.  Especially about a great sin like promoting abortion.  And we don’t say to them, repent and then you can have communion.  And that’s ok.  But then we say to other people, you have all these restrictions – you can only have 50 people at Mass, and you have to be dressed up like a ninja or something before you can approach the sacraments and you must follow these strange rules that we impose on you. When you fear physical things but we don’t fear the most deadly disease of mortal sin, it says something is wrong.  Something is wrong in our hearts.  In the hearts of our leaders as well.  Especially if they are the ones setting this kind of example. All of us need this conversion, so on this Saturday, the day that is especially devoted to Our Lady, let us pray firmly and insistently for a real conversion.  That we may listen to our Elijah.  The Elijah of these times.  Our Blessed Mother. To be converted to Christ. And not to be afraid for this life only.  As Scripture says, if our concern is only for this life, we are of all men the most to be pitied.  In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen Here is the link to Fr. Leon’s homily on Mary TV: I thank Fr. Leon for these words. I have long wanted to comment on Our Lady as the Elijah for our times, but didn’t know how to back it up. Well Fr. Leon did a fine job! The Father has sent Our Lady to us in these days because I believe we are in the final battle before Christ returns. Our Lady is the logical one to be sent to prepare us. May we listen to her every word, for they are meant to prepare us. Thanks be to God. In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c)Mary TV 2021