August 31, 2020
Dear Family of Mary!
“Dear children! This is a time of grace. I am with you and anew am calling you, little children: return to God and to prayer until prayer will be a joy for you. Little children, you do not have a future or peace until your life begins with a personal conversion and a change to the good. Evil will cease and peace will begin to reign in your hearts and in the world. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray. I am with you and intercede before my Son Jesus for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (August 25, 2020)
It is significant that Our Lady again told us “This is a time of grace.” Everything she says has great meaning. Not one word is wasted. But it is most important that she tells us that “This is a time of grace.” Why? Because it means much more than a vague promise of some graces made available to us in this time. She is announcing something incredible. (Franjo explained this very well in his Jesus Rosary for August 26, 2020. I quoted him in my reflection for August 27, 2020 as well.)
Let me explain, using the words of one of our shipmates. During the Daily Rosary, Denis and I had talked about the greeting that The Archangel Gabriel said to Mary when he appeared to her for the Annunciation. He said to her: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” (Lk 1:28). The Greek word used for that greeting is “kekaritomene”. It is a word only used once in all of history, the word that describes Mary in Luke’s Gospel. Only once was this word used in all of history because only one woman could be described by this word. Here is what our shipmate said:
“This mystery defines the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. When the Archangel Gabriel came to Our Lady, he called Her, ‘Kekaritomene’ which translated means “having been full of grace”. Our Lady’s name in heaven is “She who was always full of grace”. Grace is the unmerited favor of God.”
Our Lady is the woman who was, is and always will be “full of grace! She alone is the Immaculate One. And this is by the unmerited favor of God, who chose her from the beginning of time to be the Mother of His Son, Jesus, who would save us from our sin.
And our shipmate continues:
“At Medjugorje She calls this time a “time of grace” which is Her direct way of saying ‘the Time of Mary’. This too is also a time of unmerited favor from God by giving us Her presence at Medjugorje. St Louis de Montfort tells us to be filled with the Spirit of Mary so as to “rejoice in God”. There is no surer way to please God!”
Our Lady is with us and that is why this is a time of grace. It is her grace-filled presence through which God pours out graces upon us. And we have experienced this grace in Medjugorje in so many ways. Healings, joy, conversion, deepening of prayer, spiritual gifts and blessings, and on and on. The Time of Grace is Mary’s Time. And we are in it!!
Let’s keep our eyes on Mary, our Mother, during this “time of grace”, the time of her presence with us in Medjugorje! She will guide us through these difficult waters to the time of peace she waits so impatiently for!
Thank you, dearest Mother, for being with us in Medjugorje!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2020
Tomorrow is September 1, 2020, and the parish will be changing their prayer schedule in Medjugorje for the Fall/Winter/Spring seasons. Here are the changes to our broadcasts for the next nine months:
Fall/Winter/Spring Schedule of Daily Prayer from Medjugorje
Beginning 1st of September (Tuesday)
3:00 – 4:00 pm -Hour of Mercy / Silent Adoration
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Daily Rosary
5:00 – 6:00 pm – Parish Rosary
6:00 – 7:00 pm – International Evening Mass
7:00 – 8:30 pm – Healing prayer/ Rosary/ Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament or Veneration of the Cross
2:00 – 3:00 pm – Podbrdo Rosary (Parish climbs Apparition Hill)
3:00 – 3:30 pm – Hour of Mercy
3:30 – 4:00 pm – Pre-recorded (Adoration not available on Sunday)
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Daily Rosary
5:00 – 8:30 pm – Evening Program – Rosary, Mass and Prayers