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(c) Anthony Zubac

November 13, 2018
St. Frances Zavier Cabrini

Dear Family of Mary!

“…Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory…” (November 2, 2018)

Our Lady speaks with great certitude. Jesus loves us. He has always loved us. His love pervades our lives, and we receive it when we live His commandments. That love is unstoppable. It is so victorious, that it will never end, but will envelop us in unspeakable joy forever. Jesus told us the same. St. John could write of nothing else it seems:

John 14:15-27

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.

“I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

“These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

In the final glory, we will see these words fulfilled. Jesus will come back as He left, and we will see Him as He is. He will come in light – inexpressible. And there will be no more tears. For all will be made new. May we not forget!! Jesus loves us!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

PS. Many of you have contacted us, saying that you can no longer access our videos on the website or on the app. We have had to change our streaming format, in the effort to increase the quality of our video. But some of the older browsers and devices are not compatible with our stream now.

Some things to try:

If you are using a computer, try downloading and using a different browser. Also update your computer and browser and make sure you have enough download speed from your internet provider.

If you are using an iPad, update your device. If it is too old to update, try using a browser instead of the app.

Tablets may need to be updated as well. And try a different browser if you don’t get anything on the browser you normally use.

Always reboot, and update when possible on all devices to get rid of clutter in your system.

These are just a few ideas. I hope not many of you are experiencing difficulty. Let me know if the problem persists. I know that Matt is working on it with our streaming provider.

Don’t give up!!!

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St. Leopold Mandic! (c) Anthony Zubac

November 12, 2018
St. Josaphat

Dear Family of Mary!

“…My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles…” (November 2, 2018)

I have been struggling with this sentence in the message and decided it would be important for us to understand what Our Lady means by “the spirit” here. I don’t think she means the Holy Spirit, but instead our human spirit. God has created us with a soul and a body. We are physical and spiritual in that our souls are spiritual. And it is in our soul that we choose and guide our person. So the soul, or “spiritual soul” is “mightier than the flesh”.

I am including the section from the Catechism of the Catholic Church which talks about our body and soul (spirit). It is found in the Catechism at Part One, Section Two, Chapter One, Article I, Paragraph 6. Man, I. 362-368 (Wow that’s a mouthful!!)

II. “BODY AND SOUL BUT TRULY ONE”

362 The human person, created in the image of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual. The biblical account expresses this reality in symbolic language when it affirms that “then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Gen 2:7) Man, whole and entire, is therefore willed by God.

363 In Sacred Scripture the term “soul” often refers to human life or the entire human person. (Cf. Mt 16:25-26; Jn 15:13; Acts 2:41.) But “soul” also refers to the innermost aspect of man, that which is of greatest value in him, (Cf. Mt 10:28; 26:38; Jn 12:27; 2 Macc 6:30) that by which he is most especially in God’s image: “soul” signifies the spiritual principle in man.

364 The human body shares in the dignity of “the image of God”: it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of the Spirit. (Cf. 1 Cor 6:19-20; 15:44-45. Man, though made of body and soul, is a unity. Through his very bodily condition he sums up in himself the elements of the material world. Through him they are thus brought to their highest perfection and can raise their voice in praise freely given to the Creator. For this reason, man may not despise his bodily life. Rather he is obliged to regard his body as good and to hold it in honor since God has created it and will raise it up on the last day. (GS 14 § 1; cf. Dan 3:57-80)

365 The unity of soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the “form” of the body (Cf. Council of Vienne (1312): DS 902) i.e., it is because of its spiritual soul that the body made of matter becomes a living, human body; spirit and matter, in man, are not two natures united, but rather their union forms a single nature.

366 The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God – it is not “produced” by the parents – and also that it is immortal: it does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final Resurrection. (Cf. Pius XII, Humani Generis: DS 3896; Paul VI, CPG § 8; Lateran Council V (1513): DS 1440)

367 Sometimes the soul is distinguished from the spirit: St. Paul for instance prays that God may sanctify his people “wholly”, with “spirit and soul and body” kept sound and blameless at the Lord’s coming. (1 Thess 5:23) The Church teaches that this distinction does not introduce a duality into the soul. (Cf. Council of Constantinople IV (870): DS 657) “Spirit” signifies that from creation man is ordered to a supernatural end and that his soul can gratuitously be raised beyond all it deserves to communion with God. (Cf. Vatican Council I, Dei Filius: DS 3005; GS 22 § 5; Humani Generis: DS 3891)

368 The spiritual tradition of the Church also emphasizes the heart, in the biblical sense of the depths of one’s being, where the person decides for or against God. (Cf. Jer 31:33; Deut 6:5; 29:3; Isa 29:13; Ezek 36:26; Mt 6:21; Lk 8:15; Rom 5:5.)

I find this explanation in the Catechism to be helpful in understanding what Our Lady means by “the spirit is mightier than the flesh.”

We all can intuit this truth, because we know how human beings can drive themselves to great feats, at untold cost to their physical wellbeing, when they have a higher goal to reach. For instance, think of parents who care for their children, team members who strive to win, religious sisters who care for orphans or the sick, etc. Our spirit, or spiritual soul, can urge us on to do great things, no matter the personal cost. This is what Our Lady is telling us.

“…carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles…” Our souls, our spirits, long to love. Made in the image of God, deep in our being, we long to imitate our Savior, and overcome all obstacles to love. We can do it!! Our spirits can become very mighty, through prayer, fasting, Confession, the Eucharist, the Bible and all Our Lady’s messages of light. She wants to raise up an army of mighty souls, ready to sacrifice all for love, for Jesus.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

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(c) Mateo Ivankovic

November 9, 2018

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Dear Family of Mary!

“…That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you, strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil-to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge-that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him….” (November 2, 2018)

To close out our week, I want to share a response to Our Lady’s message and Fr. Joseph Jacobson’s homily that I received from our shipmate, Reuben. He brings up a good point. What about the Pharisees and the Scribes? They don’t seem likely characters to want mercy from Jesus. And Jesus often has contentious encounters with them in the Gospels. Here are Reuben’s thoughts:

This homily is beautiful. (Fr. Jacobson’s homily)

I have recently been thinking about all the many conversations Jesus has with the Pharisees in which the Pharisees are trying to catch him out. It is easy to read some of these passages as though Jesus is entering into the same chess-game that they are in, but is just cleverer than them, and so manages to check-mate them every time (e.g. “render unto Caesar”).

It is easy to read the Person of Jesus as though he were like the rest of us, who so often – if not always, in some way – “use” truth to fulfill our own agendas. Christ is not like us in sin. He has no sinful inclination to “get the last word in” or prove himself right. He is the deepest truth in his very person, so cannot speak anything but the truth. And the true is always good and beautiful, because that which is real is really made to be good and beautiful out of love.

Jesus is the deep truth that all is made for love, so his words of truth are always loving. They are always inviting the Pharisees – and indeed all of us – to see that which is untrue/evil/ugly in ourselves, so as to repent of it and turn to him who can change us. Christ’s truth is a sword, for sure, but one which wishes only to cut away that which is dead and unworthy in his beloved brothers and sisters born for greatness.

This is that mercy our Lady is speaking about. It is a truth which is always looking for the seed of love in the other person. Christ, of course, finds it easy, and we, of course, don’t. In our case, we too often look for what isn’t loving and seek to speak about that first. We do need to speak about evil, of course, but we should start out by naming our own rather than someone else’s. This is why we need confession: because in naming our own lack of love, and lack of truth, and in gaining God’s love and truth from the very act of so doing, we learn to know that God’s greatest attribute truly is mercy, and we learn to look for ways of inviting people to it with the same tender, un-condemning touch as has been given to us.

We don’t look to wag our fingers at our fellow sinners, because we know that’s what they truly are: our “fellows” in the same need of forgiveness as we always are. In the Gospel of Mark, there is a reference to people being “amazed” simply by Christ’s presence. I hazard to imagine that is because his eyes of complete truthfulness are eyes of complete of love, and as such, they trouble and delight us all in great measure! We are delighted, because we all want to be forgiven, and we are troubled, because we so often forget how infinite is our need for forgiveness…….

Thank you, Reuben. Well said. We are delighted and troubled when we gaze into Jesus’ eyes, but the trouble leaves in a flash, when we see how very much we are loved. May we always gaze into those eyes of love, the eyes of Jesus, waiting to look into the depths of our hearts.

Here are three prayers to the Sacred Heart. They are perfect for this Friday!

O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you and will a lively sorrow for my sins.
I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, pure, and wholly obedient to your will.
Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions;
give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessings on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.
Within your heart I place my every care.
In every need let me come to you with humble trust saying,
Heart of Jesus, help me.
Amen.
https://www.franciscanmedia.org/prayers-to-the-sacred-heart/

Most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus,
You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist,
And You beat for us still.
Now, as then, You say: “With desire I have desired.”
I worship You with all my best love and awe,
With fervent affection,
With my most subdued, most resolved will.
For a while You take up Your abode within me.
O make my heart beat with Your Heart!
Purify it of all that is earthly,
All that is proud and sensual,
All that is hard and cruel,
Of all perversity,
Of all disorder,
Of all deadness.
So fill it with You,
That neither the events of the day,
Nor the circumstances of the time,
May have the power to ruffle it;
But that in Your love and Your fear,
It may have peace. (Blessed John Henry Newman)
https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/three-special-prayers-to-the-sacred-heart.html

Hail, Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and strengthening source of eternal life, infinite treasury of the divinity, burning furnace of divine love! You are my refuge and my sanctuary. My loving Savior, consume my heart in that burning fire with which Your own is inflamed. Pour into my soul those graces which flow from Your love. Let my heart be so united with Yours that our wills may be one, and my will in all things conformed with Yours. May Your Will be the guide and rule of my desires and of my actions. Amen. (St. Gertrude)
https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/three-special-prayers-to-the-sacred-heart.html

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

(c)Mary TV 2018

PS. This weekend we remember the end of World War I – 100 years ago. We remember the brave soldiers who lost their lives, and their families who bore the sorrow of their loss down the years. We beg Our Lady, Queen of Peace, to Triumph in this world of woes and bring us peace. Amen

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(c) Mateo Ivankovic

November 8, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“…That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you, strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil-to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge-that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him….” (November 2, 2018)

We have been taking our time with this section of Our Lady’s November 2, 2018 message. And we will continue today. To my great delight, Fr. Joseph Jacobsen celebrated Holy Mass for the English speaking at St. James yesterday, and his homily was also about this section of Our Lady’s message!! And he did a brilliant job! So I have transcribed it for you, although you can hear it for yourselves at this link – Mass for November 7, 2018: https://marytv.tv/english-mass-in-medjugorje/

Fr. Joseph Jacobson, Homily for November 7, 2018 English Mass in Medjugorje:

Lord, sanctify us in your truth. Your Word is Truth. Amen

“Among whom you shine.” Those are the key words embedded in our first reading for today. “Among whom you shine.” Whom are we to shine among? St. Paul tells us, “This crooked and perverse generation.” And who are we? He also defines us as “Children of God, without blemish, blameless and innocent.” That means we are often in Confession, right? That’s the only way we can be Children of God without blemish, blameless and innocent. That is the only way that we can stay that way. Sinners that we are!! But that’s who we are in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation. “Holding fast to the Word of Life, and being lights in the world.” That’s who we are.

Now compare that to the challenge we received from the Blessed Mother last Friday. She said, “My Son is the Light of the world. Therefore, Apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness to Truth with enthusiasm, works, love, sacrifice, and above all in humility. Witness to the Truth to all who have not yet come to know my Son.”

Do you see how she equates truth and her Son? Those who do not yet know Mary’s Son are, despite the best of intentions, a crooked and perverse generation. All mixed up. Jesus looked at them and said that His heart went out to them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. There is no way, without knowing Mary’s Son, that we can be anything but a crooked and perverse generation. Not that we are not loved, we are tremendously loved. But we are all mixed up. And it is among the “all mixed up” ones that you and I are called to shine.

But how do you even begin to shine in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation? Our Blessed Mother also gives us the one and only, and the indispensable starting point in her message. It is one of the “knock you over” moments in her messages that we often find. They just hit us between the eyes! She says, “I call you, apostles of my love”…she insists on calling us this, over and over again…and telling us we are apostles of her love. In message after message she calls us this, apostles of her love.

I call you, apostles of my love, to strive to see all the way to the bottom of human hearts because there you will find without fail, a hidden treasure, however small. Something good even in the midst of even the greatest evil. My Son, (she tells us) is calling you to understand people, not to judge them.
This, I presume, is what she means by saying “witnessing to the truth in humility.” Being willing to get to the bottom of the heart of each person and responding to that hidden treasure there.
So it comes down to this, the only truth acceptable to a crooked and perverse generation as it stands, without Jesus, is the universal assumption that there is no such thing as the truth. That is the one truth that everybody accepts in a crooked and perverse generation, in a secular society especially, that there is no such thing as the truth.
Pilate’s cynical question to Jesus at His trial, expresses the mindset of our entire godless culture. “What is truth???” That is the way I think he said it. What is truth???” Not even the faintest point of contact exists between this crooked and perverse generation and the notion that there is something called Truth that can straighten us all out. Not even the faintest point of contact.

But you will notice that something started getting through to Pilate before he was done with Jesus. And that something was not some “thing”, but some “one”! Someone Mary equates with truth as she said in her message to us last week. Someone who saw all the way to the bottom of Pilate’s heart and found a hidden treasure even there.

Truth, Jesus the Person, in humility takes root even in Pilate. He is a saint in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. And so is his wife, St. Procla. And she is a saint in all the Orthodox churches, his wife, the one who tried to get him to have nothing to do with this just man.

So study the dialogue sometime between Jesus and Pilot, from the perspective of Jesus’ humility, by which He both excuses and honors Pilot, at the time, probing to the bottom and touching him deeply enough so that he can declare to the world “I am innocent of the blood of this just man!” Pilot may not know what truth is. But he’s very close to knowing who truth is. And that also is the secret in our cynical day and age, where truth seems to matter to no one anymore. Nor can it matter in a culture in which the crooked and the perverse have become not only the norm, but the ideal! Extolled in the media, and required in secular educational systems.

We shine in the midst of our generation to the degree that cynics like Pilot meet Jesus in us. He is the world’s Light, as Mary says. He is Truth, as she also tells us. What makes us her apostles of love? Being Christophers – Christ Bearers! That makes us Apostles of her Love.

Truth is a Person. Not an extraction. Truth is Mary’s Son, not a set of rules. Truth is Jesus! We witness to Truth every time people meet Jesus in us. And as we all know so well people will meet Jesus in us always when the Eucharist is the center of our life. The center. Supported by prayer, fasting, constant confession, and Sacred Scripture. That’s what makes us lights in the world shining in the very midst of a crooked and perverse generation. That’s what makes us apostles of our Mother’s love. (Homily in Medjugorje, November 7, 2018)

It was Jesus’ presence, Jesus who is Truth, that saved the adulterous woman and Zacchaeus the tax collector, and it was also Jesus’ presence that penetrated the heart of Pilate, so deeply that he would proclaim Jesus the Just Man. But, as Father Jacobson said, we can be Christ-bearers, and bring that same Truth to other, in the person of Jesus, dwelling within us. Our Lady would have us do so. This is the only hope for our poor world full of crookedness and perversion.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018
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(c) Mateo Ivankovic

November 7, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“…That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you, strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil-to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge-that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him….” (November 2, 2018)

Jesus was able to comprehend the people He encountered, it seems, with perfect perception. He could look into the very depth of a human heart. He knew when someone was secretly seeking His Father. Jesus could look past the human categories that separate us one from another. He could see the smallest spark of good and call it forth. Yesterday we read from the Gospel of John about the woman caught in adultery. We contemplated Jesus’ wise response to the crowd. He who is without sin… Today let’s read about Zacchaeus, the very short tax collector and see what kind of treatment he gets from Jesus:

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way.

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”

And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:1-10)

Here we find Jesus in public again, walking through Jericho. People were all around him, the curious, the needy, and the critical. Clearly Jesus’ fame had preceded Him. Zacchaeus was really intrigued. He wanted to catch a glimpse of Jesus, but he was not big enough to power his way to the front of the crowd, and he was not tall enough to see over the heads of the onlookers. So he decided to climb a sycamore tree.

For once, Zacchaeus’ wealth was no help. He had to humble himself and climb a tree! But Jesus doesn’t miss this humble act. “When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.'” Jesus looked into Zacchaeus’ eyes probably in much the same way He looked into the adulterous woman’s eyes. He looked deeply, and with love. He knew Zacchaeus, probably better that Zacchaeus knew himself. And He invited Himself for the night!

Jesus came to stay!! What a shock for all the people watching. They murmured. They thought they knew Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a sinner. No holy rabbi would stay with him…

And of course Zacchaeus spoke up, when he heard the murmuring. He owned up to his ill-gotten gain, and vowed to return what was taken by fraud, and give the rest to the poor. Having met Jesus, he no longer loved wealth. He loved Jesus and wanted to live a righteous life. Conversion was called forth instantaneously, through meeting Jesus.

Jesus found the treasure hidden in Zacchaeus, and called it forth. As with the woman, Jesus saw in Zacchaeus the real treasure within, the desire for God. All their false desires dissolved in an instant! They had found what they were looking for.

Notice how in both stories, the onlookers were judgmental and even scandalized by Jesus’ mercy and acceptance of the sinners. They had not learned to look with Jesus’ eyes of mercy, and could only see the surface of things. Jesus could see the good even where there was great evil. And Jesus could call forth that good. In doing so, Jesus also delivered them both from the evil they had chosen. He could deliver them from sin.

We may have a lot to learn before we can look with the eyes of mercy at our neighbors. But we can start by observing Jesus in the Gospels. He can teach us mercy. I notice that in both stories the mercy of Jesus does not cover up the sins of either person. Jesus does not gloss over sin, but confronts it by His presence, and calls forth a conversion. Sin is evil and not to be tolerated. But love will win!

Thank you, dearest Mother for calling us to this beautiful path of love that you walked with your Son, and which you both walk even today. Help us to follow you and learn from you the way of love.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
© Mary TV 2018

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(c) Mateo Ivankovic

November 6, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“…That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you, strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil-to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge-that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him….” (November 2, 2018)

Our Lady gives us amazing advice: “You, strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure.” How can we strive to look in this way? How can we see into the depth of a human heart? How can we find the little hidden treasure? I believe it is by asking the Heavenly Father to give us His mercy, His merciful love. It is by asking the Father to forgive our sins, and then we can see correctly into the hearts of other sinners.

For now, let’s read this Gospel account from John, in which Jesus demonstrates everything Our Lady is teaching us. Read it with Our Lady’s words in mind, and read it prayerfully. Jesus wants us to know how to comprehend one another. He wants us not to judge but to love with His merciful love:

Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.” (John 8: 2-11)

Let’s listen to Jesus in this Gospel. Let’s watch his every move. Let’s wait in silence as He draws on the ground. Let’s wait for His answer to the scribes and Pharisees. Let’s ponder His answer to them. Let’s stand in the woman’s place and imagine what it was like to receive His mercy. And let’s ask Him to speak to us as well.

More tomorrow!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2018

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(c) Anthony Zubac

November 5, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it-as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him-my Son…” (November 2, 2018)

It is very sad to see our loved ones wander from the faith. It is heart-breaking to watch them walk away from the Sacraments. In this day we are all bearing that sadness that Our Lady talks about. She suffers with us as our Mother. She feels everything that we feel. She compassionates with us. And she loves all those who are losing their faith. Not only that, her heart seizes with pain at the thought of the loss of one soul. She is such a true mother.

Her words remind me of something Jesus said to His disciples in the Gospel of Luke:

And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.

He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Vindicate me against my adversary.’ For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, `Though I neither fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.'”

And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily.

Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18: 1-8)

Jesus describes a widow who approaches a judge who was very hard headed. He was a judge who was not afraid of anyone, and could not be swayed. But this widow was also someone who was hard headed. She would not give up until her plea was heard. And she won! The judge listened to her case.

And what was her case? “Vindicate me against my adversary.” I wonder if this widow could be styled after Our Lady? She was a widow when Jesus was teaching the people. And she had and has an adversary, the devil. Could it be that Our Lady stands before the Judge (the Father) and will not stop interceding for her children while asking that her adversary be sent away empty handed?

Of course, Jesus says that this Judge will vindicate her simply because she is dauntless. Our Lady is dauntless. She will not leave us undefended. Her love is strong! Our Mother stands before the Father with Jesus, interceding for us! She says: “I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him-my Son.” She shares her heart with Jesus, and He in turns shares her plea with the Father. But she won’t give up, and neither should we.

In fact, Jesus says to us: “And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily.” He encourages us to pray day and night, and not give up hope. God will answer us, just as He will answer our Mother.

But the last line of this parable is the one that is chilling:

“Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Don’t we all feel this question deep in our hearts! Certainly, if Jesus could say it, it must be possible that the faith will die out. Possible, yes. But probable? No!! With such a Mother as we have, it will not happen. If she won’t give up before the Judge, she will not give up before each of our hearts. She will plead her case before each of us, and all those who have wandered, constantly and patiently until the very last moment. Because Our Lady is with us, Jesus will find faith when He returns. He will find His faithful, waiting for Him with Our Lady by our side!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

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Mirjana encounters Our Lady, Nov. 2, 2018
(c) Anthony Zubac

November 2, 2018
Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Soul’s Day)

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the November 2, 2018 message from Our Lady:

Dear children! My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it-as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him-my Son.

That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil-to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge-that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him.

My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory.

Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you.

Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The Spirit of my Son will be alongside you. Anew I am calling you, my children: pray for your shepherds, pray that the love of my Son may lead them. Thank you.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2018

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Praying for our departed souls!
(c) Mateo Ivankovic

November 2, 2018
Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Soul’s Day)

Dear Family of Mary!

November 6, 1986 “Dear children! Today I wish to call you to pray daily for souls in purgatory. For every soul prayer and grace is necessary to reach God and the love of God. By doing this, dear children, you obtain new intercessors who will help you in life to realize that all the earthly things are not important for you, that only Heaven is that for which it is necessary to strive. Therefore, dear children, pray without ceasing that you may be able to help yourselves and the others to whom your prayers will bring joy. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

This is a special day, a day on which we pray for our departed loved ones, and all holy souls who may need our prayers. We, the Church Militant, are uniquely positioned to make reparation for these Holy Souls waiting to be united with God in Heaven. They can no longer pray for themselves, but our acts of charity in prayer can aid them. The whole month of November is given over to prayer for our beloved dead. Today we begin this beautiful task.

Susan Tassone was given a call during a pilgrimage in Medjugorje to write about the Souls in Purgatory in order to spread the word of their need for our prayers. She has answered that call brilliantly! She has written at least 7 books of devotions for the Holy Souls! You can find all her books here:

https://www.osv.com/search.aspx?q=Susan%20Tassone

Susan’s faithfulness to her call from Our Lady has born very good fruit. As well as gaining intercessors for the souls, she has educated thousands of Catholics about life after death, a topic you don’t hear much about any more. Heaven, Hell and Purgatory are real. And our lives can be changed for the good when we keep them on our horizon. We have eternal souls. Where we spend eternity is up to us!

Here are two prayers that Susan has included in her very good book, “Prayers, Promises, and Devotion for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.” We can and should pray for the Holy Souls every day!

Blest are the Pure in Heart
By St. John Paul II, at Verano Cemetery, Rome, November 1, 1981

For all our brothers and sisters who rest in the Verano Cemetery and in all the graveyards of Rome and of the world, may the words of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount become the Good News of eternal salvation.

May the kingdom of heaven be theirs.
May they possess it as a “Promised Land.”
May they have eternal joy.
May they be satisfied in their hunger and thirst for righteousness.”
May they be called children of God forever.
May they see God face to face.
May their joy and happiness be full and unlimited.

Let us pray: O God, the glory of believers and the life of the just who saved us by the death and resurrection of your Son, be merciful to our deceased brothers and sisters. When they were in our midst they professed faith in the resurrection; give them endless bliss. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Feast of the Faithful Departed
St. Odilo, abbot of Cluny

O holy souls, I promise never to forget you, and to pray to the Most His for your release. I beseech you to respond to this offering which I make to you. Obtain for us peace of heart, assist us in all our actions, console and defend us in our dangers that we may one day all rejoice together in Paradise.

O God the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to the souls of your departed servants the remission of their sins, that they may obtain the joys of Heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

And this prayer is always appropriate:

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

PS. I will send out the November 2 message as soon as possible!

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The Litany of Saints
(c)Anthony Zubac

November 1, 2018
Solemnity of All Saints

Dear Family of Mary!

October 25, 2017 “Dear children! I am calling you to be prayer in this time of grace. You all have problems, afflictions, sufferings and lack of peace. May saints be models to you and an encouragement for holiness; God will be near you and you will be renewed in seeking through your personal conversion. Faith will be hope to you and joy will begin to reign in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Our Lady encourages us to call on the saints, especially in our afflictions, problems and sufferings. We all have done novenas to different saints to ask for their intercession in time of need. But in a powerful testimony that Mary TV will air very soon, Fr. Raymond Donohue shares another way in which the saints are our help from heaven for us.

Fr. Ray is an exorcist, and he shares in his testimony about how the saints helped him during an exorcism he performed in Medjugorje. He was praying for three young women who were possessed by a powerful demon. Fr. Ray shared:

“I kept doing the prayers of exorcism. I kept praying over them over and over again. She (one of the women) was fighting. She was biting me. I had to hold her mouth. She was screaming and yelling….and there was one man walking around with a Crucifix. And every time the Crucifix would come near she would scream more. But I kept holding her down, and I was praying those prayers most intently. And I had everybody start praying the Litany of the Saints. Demons do not like the Litany of the Saints. And one of those saints must have really touched that demon. And I could really feel it getting weaker…”

So the Litany of Saints is a powerful resource against the demons! I had never thought of that. But it makes sense. When we pray the Litany of the Saints we call on many, many saints to come and help us. We need their assistance in a real way. It is not just pious words. We are calling down the great warriors of God to come to our aid. And they come!!

I think I might try to pray the Litany of Saints more often, knowing the protection that the saints can bring to us! But at least today on this Solemnity, we can pray the Litany together and call for the intercession and protection of the Saints on our families, parishes, countries!

I can’t wait for Fr. Raymond’s testimony to be posted on our website. He shares so many wonderful things about Our Lady and about Jesus. Look for it in the Fruit of Medjugorje archives or wait for it on the channel!!!

The Litany of the Saints

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us. (repeat after each line)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God the Holy Ghost,
Holy Trinity, one God,

Holy Mary, pray for us (repeat after each line)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,

St. Michael,
St. Gabriel,
St. Raphael,
All you holy angels and archangels,
All you holy orders of blessed spirits,

St. John the Baptist,
St. Joseph,
All you holy patriarchs and prophets,

St. Peter,
St. Paul,
St. Andrew,
St. James,
St. John,
St. Thomas,
St. James,
St. Philip,
St. Bartholomew,
St. Matthew,
St. Simon,
St. Thaddeus,
St. Matthias,
St. Barnabas,
St. Luke,
St. Mark,
All you holy apostles and evangelists,
All you holy disciples of our Lord,
All you holy innocents,

St. Stephen,
St. Lawrence,
St. Vincent,
SS. Fabian and Sebastian,
SS. John and Paul,
SS. Cosmas and Damian,
SS. Gervase and Protase,
All you holy Martyrs,

St. Sylvester,
St. Gregory,
St. Ambrose,
St. Augustine,
St. Jerome,
St. Martin,
St. Nicholas,
All you holy bishops and confessors,
All you holy doctors,

St. Anthony,
St. Benedict,
St. Bernard,
St. Dominic,
St. Francis,
All you holy priests and levites,
All you holy monks and hermits,

St. Mary Magdalen,
St. Agatha,
St. Lucy,
St. Agnes,
St. Cecilia,
St. Catherine,
St. Anastasia,
All you holy virgins and widows,

All you holy men and women, saints of God, intercede for us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.
From all evil, deliver us, O Lord. (repeat after each line)
From all sin,
From Thy wrath,
From a sudden and unprovided death,
From the deceits of the devil,
From anger, and hatred, and all ill-will,
From the spirit of fornication,
From lightning and tempest,
From the scourge of earthquakes,
From plague, famine and war,
From everlasting death,

By the mystery of Thy holy incarnation,
By Thy coming,
By Thy nativity,
By Thy baptism and holy fasting,
By Thy Cross and Passion,
By Thy Death and burial,
By Thy holy Resurrection,
By Thine admirable Ascension,
By the coming of the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete.
On the day of judgment.

We sinners, we beseech Thee, hear us (repeat after each line)
That Thou wouldst spare us,
That Thou wouldst pardon us,
That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern and preserve Thy Holy Church,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to preserve our Apostolic Prelate, and all ecclesiastical orders in holy religion,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to humble the enemies of holy Church,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant peace and unity to all Christian peoples,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring back to the unity of the Church all who have strayed away, and lead to the light of the Gospel all unbelievers,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service,
That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires,
That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors,
That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relatives, and benefactors from eternal damnation,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe graciously to hear us, Son of God,

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father, etc. (inaudibly)

V. And lead us not into temptation
R. But deliver us from evil.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

P.S. We will record and post Mirjana’s apparition tomorrow as soon as possible!