Day: January 19, 2022

January 20, 2022 Reflection – Stone #1 – Prayer

Prayer January 20, 2022 Dear Family of Mary! Our Lady has consistently called us to prayer. In really every message she has given us she calls us to prayer. She has built prayer in her village, through the evening program. She told the visionaries that the parish should pray two Rosaries before the evening Mass. Then there is the Evening Mass!! After the Mass they pray the 7-7-7. And then healing prayers. And then another decade of the Rosary, or Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament or Veneration of the Holy Cross. Three hours of prayer every day at St. James Parish. But prayer continues all day long, on the hills, and in the Adoration Chapel and at the Risen Christ Statue. Prayer is non-stop in Medjugorje. And so it can be for us – especially if you have Mary TV on all day!! But the point of all that prayer, I believe, is that “prayer works miracles”. Prayer works miracles! And that is what we need constantly. Miracles of conversion. Miracles of physical healing. Miracles of joy and inner healing. Miracles of hope. Miracles of forgiveness. Miracles of vocation. Miracles of family healing. Miracles and miracles and miracles. It is prayer that brings down the Spirit of God upon us. That is how we are changed. So, the first and most fundamental stone is prayer! Pray the Rosary with these five messages! Prayer works miracles! April 25, 2001 “Dear children! Also today, I call you to prayer. Little children, prayer works miracles. When you are tired and sick and you do not know the meaning of your life, take the Rosary and pray; pray until prayer becomes for you a joyful meeting with your Savior. I am with you, little children, and I intercede and pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” October 25, 2001 “Dear children! Also today I call you to pray from your whole heart and to love each other. Little children, you are chosen to witness peace and joy. If there is no peace, pray and you will receive it. Through you and your prayer, little children, peace will begin to flow through the world. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray, because prayer works miracles in human hearts and in the world. I am with you and I thank God for each of you who has accepted and lives prayer with seriousness. Thank you for having responded to my call.” September 25, 2013 “Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. May your relationship with prayer be a daily one. Prayer works miracles in you and through you, therefore, little children, may prayer be a joy for you. Then your relationship with life will be deeper and more open and you will comprehend that life is a gift for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” October 25, 2013 “Dear children! Today I call you to open yourselves to prayer. Prayer works miracles in you and through you. Therefore, little children, in the simplicity of heart seek of the Most High to give you the strength to be God’s children and for Satan not to shake you like the wind shakes the branches. Little children, decide for God anew and seek only His will, and then you will find joy and peace in Him. Thank you for having responded to my call.” May 25, 2018 “Dear children! In this peaceless time, I am calling you to have more trust in God who is your Father in Heaven and who has sent me to lead you to Him. You, open your hearts to the gifts which He desires to give you and, in the silence of your heart, Adore my Son Jesus who has given His life so that you may live in eternity – where He desires to lead you. May your hope be the joy of a meeting with the Most High in everyday life. Therefore, I am calling you: do not neglect prayer because prayer works miracles. Thank you for having responded to my call.” In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c)Mary TV 2022

January 19, 2022 Reflection – The Five Stones

The Five Stones January 19, 2022 Dear Family of Mary! As we move into 2022, it is important that we go over the basics again. If we keep your spiritual lives trim and fit, we will be more able to serve Our Lady in her plans. We just talked about the Rosary which is the bedrock of Our Lady’s strategy. But she also has given us five basic spiritual practices that keep us in good shape for the battle for souls. These are the 5 stones! The first reading for Mass today is from Samuel 17. David decides to go up against Goliath, the enemy of his people. Here is what he chose for a weapon: “Then, with staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag. With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.” We know that Goliath ridiculed David, but David “ran quickly toward the battle line in the direction of the Philistine. David put his hand into the bag and took out a stone, hurled it with the sling, and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone embedded itself in his brow, and he fell prostrate on the ground.” David won that battle by calling on the Lord, and using the weapon he knew best, a stone and sling. I think that the stones and sling represent humility and trust. David won by relying on the Lord, and in his humility, using what he knew best to use. We are called to a very daunting battle in our day. The Philistines are huge, rich, powerful and rampant. But we, like David, have only our humility and our trust in God. And so with those two weapons we must advance. The five stones we have in our shepherd’s bag are: Prayer Fasting The Bible Confession The Eucharist With these 5 stones, we are made strong, steady, and full of love and hope. It is good that we examine our lives to be sure that each stone is being used! Over the next week, I hope to discuss each stone. It is always good to return to the basics!! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c)Mary TV 2022