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Feeling the motherly love of Mary!! 


December 5, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady concluded the December 2, 2019 message with these words:

“…My Son knows you and loves you. Love is that which brings you to me and through that love I will come to you and speak to you of the works of salvation. I desire for all of my children to have faith and to feel my motherly love which leads them to Jesus. Therefore, you, my children, wherever you go, illuminate with love and faith as apostles of love.”

Our Lady speaks of the bond of love that will help us to receive Our Lady who will come to us out of love to lead us. Mary wants to come to us to communicate her motherly love and lead us to Jesus. She wants us to have faith, faith like hers. She wants us to know her Son and help others to know Him! She wants us to be her children who follow her and help her in her mission.

St. Louis de Montfort wrote extensively on this loving relationship between us and our Heavenly Mother, Mary. He was given a prophetic understanding of the role that Mary would play in the latter days. I immediately thought of his treatise, “True Devotion to Mary”, when I read this message. Just as Our Lady talks of the bond of love that brings us to her and her to us, St. Louis talks about the powerful bond of love that is formed between Our Lady and her children through what he calls “Consecration to Mary”.

As Our Lady said, “I desire for all of my children to have faith and to feel my motherly love which leads them to Jesus.” Our Mother desires that we feel her motherly love! She can give us that feeling of love through our constant prayer and devotion to her. We must be receptive and ready for her to lead us and love us here on this earth! 

 
St. Louis wrote about feeling Mary’s motherly love in this way:   


217. The soul of Mary will be communicated to you to glorify the Lord. Her spirit will take the place of yours to rejoice in God, her Savior, but only if you are faithful to the practices of this devotion. As St. Ambrose says, “May the soul of Mary be in each one of us to glorify the Lord! May the spirit of Mary be in each one of us to rejoice in God!” “When will that happy day come,” asks a saintly man of our own day whose life was completely wrapped up in Mary, “when God’s Mother is enthroned in men’s hearts as Queen, subjecting them to the dominion of her great and princely Son? When will souls breathe Mary as the body breathes air?” When that time comes wonderful things will happen on earth. The Holy Spirit, finding his dear Spouse present again in souls, will come down into them with great power. He will fill them with his gifts, especially wisdom, by which they will produce wonders of grace. My dear friend, when will that happy time come, that age of Mary, when many souls, chosen by Mary and given her by the most High God, will hide themselves completely in the depths of her soul, becoming living copies of her, loving and glorifying Jesus? That day will dawn only when the devotion I teach is understood and put into practice. Ut adveniat regnum tuum, adveniat regnum Mariae: “Lord, that your kingdom may come, may the reign of Mary come!” (True Devotion to Mary, n 217.)

I believe that St. Louis de Montfort was experiencing this deep communion with Mary and was trying to explain it to all who would listen, way back then. But we are seeing it blossom forth in our day, through Our Lady’s mission and presence in Medjugorje. It is that motherly love that comes into our souls, our hearts, and makes a home for love there, a home for Jesus to rest there. She praises the Father from within our hearts and that praise is a healing balm for our souls. She magnifies the Lord from within us, and we are filled with joy and praise!! This is the fruit of our consecration to Mary. This is the way we become helpful lights for her in our dark world. We become filled with love and fire for God, because she is within, igniting us!

May our Advent prayer grow as we ponder this message and the message of Nov. 25. We are being readied for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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December 4, 2019
St. John Damascene

Dear Family of Mary!

“…My children, apostles of my love, to live and work for others, for all those whom you love through my Son, is the joy and comfort of earthly life. If through prayer, love and sacrifice the Kingdom of God is in your hearts, then your life is joyful and bright. Among those who love my Son and who love each other through Him, words are not necessary. A gaze is sufficient for the unspoken words and unexpressed feelings to be heard. There where love reigns, time no longer counts. We are with you…” (December 2, 2019)

Jesus told us:

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Mt 5:1-12)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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December 3, 2019
St. Francis Xavier

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady speaks of her motherly blessing in this most recent message (December 2, 2019). She has spoken of her motherly blessing at least 64 times over these 38 years. It would be easy to pass over this special blessing that Our Lady gives to us as our mother. It just sounds nice. Mothers are nice and they wish nice things for us! That is all.

But I have been learning that a motherly blessing is much more than a nice gesture, a wish for the good of the child. It is actually very powerful. I came upon this idea through the teachings of Father Gabriele Amorth, the great exorcist of Rome, who died only recently. Fr. Amorth wrote about the powerful effect that parents and grandparents can have over their children and grandchildren, when they curse them. That’s right, when they curse them…

Fr. Amorth wrote in his book “An Exorcist Tells His Story” about the power of curses spoken by parents and grandparents in this way:

“Curses invoke evil, and the origin of all evil is demonic. When curses are spoken with true perfidy, especially if there is a blood relationship between the one who casts them and the accursed, the outcome can be terrible. The most common instances that I have encountered involved parents or grandparents who called down evil upon children or grandchildren. The most serious consequences occur when the evil wish is against someone’s life or when it is pronounced on a special occasion, such as a wedding. The authority and the bonds that tie parents to their children are stronger than any other person’s….” (Fr. Gabriele Amorth. An Exorcist Tells His Story”. P 130)

In his book, Fr. Amorth tells three instances of curses by parents or grandparents that he encountered, and which had very evil results. It is so sad to read about. But it points to something…the spiritual authority of the parent for good or ill.

Well, I tell you this, because it dawned on me that if parents and grandparents can have such devastating power over their children and grandchildren for evil, think of how much good we can do if we are instead blessing our children and grandchildren! Think of how much we can protect and heal them if we are blessing them every day and pouring out our protection upon them, as their parents and grandparents!!

That realization is what opened up for me the incredible gift we can receive from Our Lady! She is truly our Mother, given to us by Jesus from the Cross, just before His death. Her motherhood is even stronger than natural family bonds!  And she loves us so much. Think what power her Motherly blessing must have if we accept it!! She told us yesterday:

“Dear children, as I am looking at you who love my Son, my heart is being filled with tenderness. I am blessing you with a motherly blessing. With a motherly blessing, I am also blessing your shepherds – you who speak the words of my Son, who bless with His hands and who love Him so much that you are ready to make every sacrifice for Him with joy. You are following Him, who was the first shepherd, the first missionary…” (December 2, 2019)

Our Lady’s heart is filled with tenderness for us, and for our shepherds as well. Her love is overflowing for us. And she is blessing us!!! She is blessing us!!! We are being blessed with probably the most powerful blessing of a mother anyone could receive. And it comes to us because she is truly our Mother!!

Our Lady’s blessing goes out to each pilgrim who goes to Medjugorje, and to each person who responds to her call anywhere in the world! Her blessing is what gives us so much peace in Medjugorje and comes with us back home!! Her blessing heals us interiorly and makes us happy and strong.

I think we should have great confidence in Our Lady’s Motherly blessing. She has been and continues to give it to us, in abundance! This blessing is what is changing the world, one heart at a time. She brings us close to Jesus, and opens our hearts with her blessing, so that we can receive Him in faith.

We should be telling everyone we know about her blessing. All who ask for it, will receive it!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2019

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Mirjana greets Our Lady on December 2, 2019


December 2, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the December 2, 2019 Message:

Dear children, as I am looking at you who love my Son, my heart is being filled with tenderness. I am blessing you with a motherly blessing. With a motherly blessing, I am also blessing your shepherds – you who speak the words of my Son, who bless with His hands and who love Him so much that you are ready to make every sacrifice for Him with joy. You are following Him, who was the first shepherd, the first missionary.
   
My children, apostles of my love, to live and work for others, for all those whom you love through my Son, is the joy and comfort of earthly life. If through prayer, love and sacrifice the Kingdom of God is in your hearts, then your life is joyful and bright. Among those who love my Son and who love each other through Him, words are not necessary. A gaze is sufficient for the unspoken words and unexpressed feelings to be heard. There where love reigns, time no longer counts. We are with you.

My Son knows you and loves you. Love is that which brings you to me and through that love I will come to you and speak to you of the works of salvation. I desire for all of my children to have faith and to feel my motherly love which leads them to Jesus. Therefore, you, my children, wherever you go, illuminate with love and faith as apostles of love.  Thank you. 


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2019

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November 29, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! May this time be a time of prayer for you. Without God you do not have peace. Therefore, little children, pray for peace in your hearts and families, so that Jesus can be born in you and give you His love and blessing. The world is at war because hearts are full of hatred and jealousy. In the eyes, little children, peacelessness is seen because you have not permitted Jesus to be born in your lives. Seek Him, pray, and He will give Himself to you in the Child who is joy and peace. I am with you and I pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (November 25, 2019)


The more I read this message, the more I understand that Our Lady is trying to prepare us for Christmas. This message is an Advent message.

“May this time be a time of prayer for you.” Advent is a time of prayer, very much like Lent. In Advent we try to pray more. So, Our Lady is talking about how to spend our Advent. More Prayer!!

“Without God you do not have peace.” This simple statement has never been more evident. Without God, peace is impossible. And we see that peacelessness everywhere today.

“Therefore, little children, pray for peace in your hearts and families, so that Jesus can be born in you and give you His love and blessing.”
If we pray for peace during this Advent, Jesus will come to us and be born in our hearts. Isn’t that what we need the most? Our poor hearts are like the stable at Bethlehem, empty, dirty and forlorn. There is no light there. Our Lady tells us to yearn for Jesus, yearn for peace, and Jesus will be born in us.

“The world is at war because hearts are full of hatred and jealousy.” When we are far from God, we are unprotected from our enemy. If Jesus is not born in our hearts, they are vacant and vulnerable. Satan can enter and create hatred and jealousy in our thoughts, feeling and actions. Satan can turn us inward, where we care only about ourselves, and the result is loneliness and anxiety, hatred and jealousy.

“In the eyes, little children, peacelessness is seen because you have not permitted Jesus to be born in your lives.” Our Lady sees us, she looks in our eyes. She can see if we are at peace. She knows that Jesus is the only one who can save us. She wants Him to be born in us, just as He was born in the stable all those years ago. She wants us to welcome Him, let Him come into us, and save us.

“Seek Him, pray, and He will give Himself to you in the Child who is joy and peace.” The answer for us is so simple. Seek Jesus, just ask Him to come, look for Him, and He will come on Christmas Day as He did all those years ago, and give Himself to us – in the Child!!! Baby Jesus will come to us, to save us.

“I am with you and I pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” Our Lady is with us to help us achieve this wonderful union with Baby Jesus. She wants us to receive the Child in our hearts on Christmas Day. We must pray for this to happen this Advent.

This message should be our Daily Advent prayer!  

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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The Youth Festival is a huge and joyful time of thanksgiving!! 



November 28, 2019
Thanksgiving Day (USA)
Dear Family of Mary!

Today in the USA we have a special day set aside to give thanks to God for all our blessings. It is a beautiful family day. Giving thanks is a very healing practice. All we are and have has been given to us by God. So giving thanks to Him is the perfect response to those gifts and a gesture that communicates to God that we love Him dearly!! So, let’s practice thanksgiving today, and every day!

Our Lady once told us:

“Dear children! Today I invite you all to rejoice in the life which God gives you. Little children, rejoice in God, the Creator, because He has created you so wonderfully. Pray that your life be joyful thanksgiving which flows out of your heart like a river of joy. Little children, give thanks unceasingly for all that you possess, for each little gift which God has given you, so that a joyful blessing always comes down from God upon your life. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (August 25, 1988)


St. Faustina wrote this most beautiful hymn of thanksgiving and praise! Through it we can rejoice in God, our Creator:
 
Be adored, O our Creator and Lord.
O universe, humbly glorify your God;
Thank your Creator to the best of your powers
And praise God’s incomprehensible   mercy.
 
Come, O earth, in all your fine greenery;
Come, you too, O fathomless sea.
Let your gratitude become a loving song,
And sing the greatness of God’s mercy.
 
Come, beautiful, radiant sun.
Come, bright dawn which precedes it.
Join in one hymn, and let your clear voices
Sing in one accord God’s great mercy.
 
Come, hills and valleys, sighing woods and thickets,
Come, lovely flowers of morning tide;
Let your unique scent
Adore and glorify God’s mercy.
 
Come, all you lovely things of earth,
At which man does not cease to wonder.
Come, adore God in your harmony,
Glorifying God’s inconceivable mercy.
 
Come, indelible beauty of all the earth,
And, with great humility, adore your Creator,
For all things are locked in His mercy,
With one mighty voice all things cry out; how great is the mercy of God.
 
But above all these beauties,
A more pleasing praise to God
Is a soul innocent and filled with childlike trust
Which, through grace, is closely bound to Him. (1750 Diary)
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2019

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November 27, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! May this time be a time of prayer for you. Without God you do not have peace. Therefore, little children, pray for peace in your hearts and families, so that Jesus can be born in you and give you His love and blessing. The world is at war because hearts are full of hatred and jealousy. In the eyes, little children, peacelessness is seen because you have not permitted Jesus to be born in your lives. Seek Him, pray, and He will give Himself to you in the Child who is joy and peace. I am with you and I pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (November 25, 2019)


Mother Teresa of Calcutta spoke about prayer and the connection between prayer in the family and peace. Here is a transcript of an old video in which she spoke about prayer and its fruit:

St. Teresa of Calcutta:

Where does this love begin? In our own family. In our own home…

How does it begin? By praying together.

The family that prays together stays together.

And if you stay together, you will love one another. As God loves each one of you.

Today in the world there is so much suffering…because of the want of prayer, of unity in the family.

So today when we are together, let us make one strong resolution that we will bring prayer into our family.

That we will teach our children to pray.

And pray with them.

And you will see the joy and the love and the peace that will come into your heart.

Because the fruit of prayer is a deepening of faith.

And the fruit of faith is love.

And the fruit of love is service.

And the fruit of service is peace.

Works of love are works of peace.

That is why let us bring the tender love of God in our family.
(St. Teresa of Calcutta)

( here is a link to the video clip:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyg4_MoA7z8 
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In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2019

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November 25, 2019
St. Catherine of Alexandria

Dear Family of Mary!
   
Here is the message from Our Lady for November 25, 2019:

“Dear children! May this time be a time of prayer for you. Without God you do not have peace. Therefore, little children, pray for peace in your hearts and families, so that Jesus can be born in you and give you His love and blessing.

The world is at war because hearts are full of hatred and jealousy. In the eyes, little children, peacelessness is seen because you have not permitted Jesus to be born in your lives.

Seek Him, pray, and He will give Himself to you in the Child who is joy and peace. I am with you and I pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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November 22, 2019
St. Cecilia

Dear Family of Mary!
   
This is the last reflection before we receive the message on November 25. I like to prayerfully reread the previous month’s message while anticipating the new one. So, here is the October 25, 2019 message: 

“Dear children! Today I call you to prayer. May prayer be a balm to your soul, because the fruit of prayer is joy, giving and witnessing God to others – through your life. Little children, in complete surrender to God, He will take care of everything and will bless you; and your sacrifices will have meaning. I am with you and bless all of you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (October 25, 2019)

This message means so much to me. These past few months have been full of societal upheaval. It would be easy to lose our peace in such a tumultuous time. But Our Lady simply calls us to prayer. “May prayer be a balm to your soul…” She tells us that God will take care of everything…He will bless us…and all the tough times we go through will have meaning. And to top it off, she says, “I will be with you and bless all of you with my motherly blessing.”

We are covered with protection and grace through Our Lady’s blessing and guidance. In gratitude, we look forward to her message on November 25!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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A Baptism!  Such a wonderful moment of presentation!!


November 21, 2019
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Family of Mary!

On this day we remember the Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple. Though this event is not part Scripture itself, it is an accepted part of the Catholic Tradition. Our Lady, as a young girl, was offered to God by her parents, Sts. Joachim and Anne. She was taken to the Temple where she lived for a while, serving and learning about the Lord. We can only imagine how precious and loving she was as a child. She must have soaked up everything about the Jewish tradition during that time.

Mary’s time in the temple prepared her to be the “Handmaid of the Lord” who later in her life would so readily offer herself to the Father when the Angel Gabriel came to announce the plan of God, that she become the Mother of His Son.

The idea of presentation exists in our own lives as Catholics. At our Baptism, each of us is presented by our parents to the priest, as a representative of the Church, to be received into the family of God. And at our First Communion, after our first Confession, we are presented to the Church in order to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. And then at Confirmation, we are presented to the Bishop, to receive the Holy Spirit as we enter adulthood as Catholics.

These presentations are signal moments in our lives. They tell us who we are as Catholics and they provide for us the necessary saving grace we need to follow Jesus.

Our Lady has spoken several times in her messages about presenting us to her Son. Here is one message:

December 25, 1995 “Dear Children! Today I also rejoice with you and I bring you little Jesus, so that He may bless you. I invite you, dear children, so that your life may be united with Him. Jesus is the King of Peace and only He can give you the peace that you seek. I am with you and I present you to Jesus in a special way, now in this new time in which one should decide for Him. This time is the time of grace. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Our Mother tells us that she is presenting us to Jesus “in a special way, now in this new time in which one should decide for Him.” It is almost as if she, as our Mother, is presenting us to Jesus, for us to receive from Him the graces we need for this new time. Just as we were presented for Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation, she is presenting us to Jesus for the special graces that we will need in this time we are in.

I don’t mean to equate this presentation with a sacrament. No, we have all we need from the Church already. But there are special gifts that we could certainly use, such as an increase of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord.   There are also Fruits of the Holy Spirit that we desperately need: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control. Our Lady presents us to Jesus so that He can give us what we need in these days to remain faithful and secure, so that we can help Our Lady to reach all the souls who do not yet know her Son.

So when Our Lady tells us she is presenting us to her Son, we should get excited! It means we are being brought before Jesus to be given Gifts and Fruits!!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2019