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April 2, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

October 25, 1994 “Dear children! I am with you and I rejoice today because the Most High has granted me to be with you and to teach you and to guide you on the path of perfection. Little children, I wish you to be a beautiful bouquet of flowers which I wish to present to God for the day of All Saints. I invite you to open yourselves and to live, taking the saints as an example. Mother Church has chosen them, that they may be an impulse for your daily life. Thank you for having responded to my call!”

The Saint who picked us for the Rosary yesterday was St. Joseph, Husband of Mary! I felt like St. Joseph was reminding us not to forget him. He is with us in a very special way these days. And we need him very much. I want to share a beautiful homily given on the Feast of St. Joseph, just two weeks ago. It was given my Fr. Miljenko Steko, the provincial. His words are strong and powerful, full of faith and hope. St. Joseph is also strong, powerful and full of hope. And he is with us in these days because we need him.


Evening International Mass in Medjugorje
Feast of St. Joseph
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Fr. Miljenko Steko, OFM


Homily

Dear Brothers and Sisters, dear Parishioners, dear Pilgrims of Medjugorje, who are listening now through many media… May you all have peace and good in your hearts.
 
As we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, we realize that he is one of the rare characters in the Holy Bible, because not a single word of his was recorded. The Gospel recorded many words even of the Pharisees and pagans, various types of sinners… but not a single word of Joseph was recorded. This is God’s mystery, the holiness of this man.
 
This man, who is, who was the one called Spouse of Mary, is the Patron Saint of the whole Church from the 17th century, even of our people. He, in an unrepeatable way, stands in immediate relationship with Holy God, as the one who was protector of God’s Son. His life, his work, his every day was in the service of God. St. Joseph is a great mystery and the evangelist Matthew wrote, for Joseph; that he was righteous.
 
What does it mean to be righteous? We find that described in the first Psalm where it says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffer; but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he mediates day and night.” (Ps. 1: 1-2) To be righteous according to this Psalm means to be immersed in God’s word; to live in the Word of God; to perceive God’s laws as Joy.
 
But we should never forget that in the Old Testament it was allowed, even to be the rule: Eye for eye, tooth for tooth. Or, it meant, to return to someone in the same way as they gave us. Jesus, who with his life fulfilled the Old Testament law, but also mended it and made it perfect, requires from all the faithful of the New Testament a greater righteousness than the righteousness of the Old Testament. In several places in the Gospel, Jesus explicitly says, In the Old Testament it was like this, but I say to you, Do this.
 
Brothers and sisters, we know that St. Joseph alone was tested, and he experienced in severe trials. Let us recall these events. Let us remember the event in which the Gospel tells us that Joseph discovered that Mary is pregnant. He, in this great temptation, thought of letting her secretly go off. And the righteousness from the Old Testament would have given him the right to do that. But at that moment, God sent him an angel to urge him to do completely the opposite of what he intended.
 
The angel asked him to be the one who would protect Mary and the child. He – who according to the law of righteousness could have exposed them to death – he needed to renounce his plan. But the dream of having maybe many children with Mary, this he needed to renounce as well and instead invest it in the mystery of redemption that was entrusted to him through the angel.
 
With this, God asked Joseph to go beyond the righteousness of the Old Testament and to accept to live the righteousness of the New Testament – merciful righteousness – that Jesus only later would publicly reveal. How great was the demand that God placed before Joseph? Joseph, who was raised in the spirit of the Old Testament.
 
And Joseph accepted this great task. He was more awake to the Word of God than to all other whisperings. He lived in the Word of God and he invested all his life to preserve this mystery; to protect Mary, Jesus; to ensure that God’s intention and God’s plan was fulfilled in this world.
 
Let us recall a few other moments when Joseph accepted his role. There were new temptations. Politicians back then knew how to oppress and impose very many burdens. The commandment of the emperor forced everyone to be counted in the census. But Joseph wasn’t even afraid of that.
 
And with his pregnant spouse, he went on a long journey, the long days and the long nights, from the north to the south, all the way to Bethlehem. And there he fulfilled his civil duties. They were poor, as Luke evangelist said, there was no place for them in any inn. And the birth of Jesus was the moment, the gospel says, about which the angel had spoken to him.
 
He went to the Bethlehem stable. There was Joseph. He was deeply moved, a little bit ashamed. He is poor. That he, as such a poor man, was not able to provide better accommodation for the son and for his mother. But then again, angels were there! The angels again appeared with their words. They fixed everything with their joy, with their song, as well as shepherds and the wise men.
 
And then again, they had to flee; they run away from their home to Egypt to escape. But as soon as Joseph knew God’s will, he jumped up from his dream and fulfilled it.
 
Luke the evangelist, in a very special way, describes the event when Jesus was 12 years old, when he got lost to both Joseph and Mary. When on the third day, they finally found him, the Blessed Virgin Mary said, “Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously”. In that atmosphere of care for Jesus, for his mother Mary; in that atmosphere of family, we find St. Joseph – to this atmosphere we should come closer.

We should imitate that. In that atmosphere we should see our own life, our own relationship towards time and towards eternity. That God, just like Joseph in his dream, in our dream, in our public dream, may take away all the fears. Do not be afraid, God said to Joseph. May He say that to us. St. Teresa of Avila says that Joseph does not refuse any desire that God asked of him. Surely, he will not refuse us if we pray to him.
 
And we want to pray for his intercession in these moments, in this moment where all the fragilities and wounds of this world are shown. How the world trembles, worries, and cares. We all observe lately how something so invisible, this virus, that can be noticeable only with a microscope, and how it has changed the life of this planet. We’re strong. We don’t need anyone. We can do all. We are advanced even in technology, in the equipment. We think that the world is “under control.” And then, just with this tiny virus, everything is changed.
 
Life from day to day, throughout all eternity, all of history – humanity has felt its fragility. How everything is passing and mortal. We need so much Our Savior, Mary’s Son, to whom St. Joseph gave the name, Jesus. That He may look at us, that He may pour strength in our everyday steps. That He may be particularly with those who – hundreds in one day – are dying, with their loved ones, with this man, with me, with you, with us. That along with Joseph, in all of the afflictions, in all of the troubles, in all of the doubts, we may remain united with the Word of God; aware that Mary, Queen of Peace, holds us all in Her Heart and in Her intercession.
 
Therefore, let us stand firmly on the feet of faith, as much as we are hidden in our apartments, in these isolations and limitations, as well as tomorrow, before a new life. And in this communion, in silence, let us pray for all those who are seeking for the cure of this illness, that the Lord will send His angel, their angels to them, and in that way, that His will may be done.(Homily given on March 19, 2020 at the evening program in Medjugorje. here is the link:  Evening International Mass Medjugorje 



Thank you, Fr. Miljenko, for this wonderful and hopeful homily about St. Joseph. I believe we need St. Joseph in a very special way in these days. Please St. Joseph, hear our prayers and stay with us, as we cope with this pandemic, and all the other obstacles to life in our day. Be our protector and guide!!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
© Mary TV 2020

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Mary, our Help!

April 1, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

September 25, 2019 “Dear children! Today I am calling you to pray for my intentions so that I may help you. Little children, pray the Rosary and meditate the mysteries of the Rosary because, in your life, you are also passing through joys and sorrows. In this way, you are transforming the mysteries into your life, because life is a mystery until you place it into God’s hands. In this way, you will have the experience of faith like Peter who met Jesus and the Holy Spirit filled his heart. Little children, you are also called to witness by living the love with which, day by day, God wraps you with my presence. Therefore, little children, be open and pray with the heart in faith. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Our Lady tells us in this message: “Today I am calling you to pray for my intentions so that I may help you.” Our Lady wants to help us. She is with us to help us. Our job is to pray and to entrust everything to her. Then our faith will grow, like Peter’s did. Then we will be wrapped in her presence by the Father.

Here is a beautiful Litany to Our Lady of Good Help which has been adapted for prayer in this time of pandemic. I have adapted it a little bit more, by adding Our Lady of Medjugorje into the titles. For sure, Our Lady is our help and our hope!!

Litany to Our Lady of Good Help During the Covid-19 Pandemic

V. Lord, have mercy.      
R. Lord, have mercy.

V. Christ have mercy.     
R. Christ have mercy.

V. Lord have mercy.       
R. Christ have mercy. 

V. Christ hear us.             
R. Christ graciously hear us.

V. God the Father of Heaven.                                     
R. Have mercy on us.

V. God the Son, Redeemer of the World.              
R. Have mercy on us.

V. God the Holy Spirit.                                   
R. Have mercy on us.

V. Holy Trinity, One God                                               
R. Have mercy on us.

Response: Pray For Us

Holy Mary
Holy Mother of God
St. Joseph
Queen of Heaven
Queen of Families
Comforter of the Afflicted
Undoer of Knots
Our Lady of the Smile
Our Lady of Consolation
Our Lady of Good Health
Our Lady of Good Remedy
Our Lady of Lourdes
Virgin of the Poor
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Medjugorje
Queen of Peace
Queen of Divine Mercy
Our Lady of Good Help

Response: Mary, Help Us

In times of trial
In times of confusion
In times of fear
In times of quarantine
In times of isolation
In times of loneliness
In times of pandemic
In times of sickness
In times of uncertainty

Response: Mary Help Them|

For those who lead the government
For scientists and medical researchers
For first responders
For nurses and doctors
For priests and funeral directors
For the sick and the suffering
For pregnant women and their babies
For the elderly
For those with compromised immune systems
For those worried about the future
For those diagnosed with coronavirus
For those fighting for their life
For those at the hour of death
For those who have lost their life
For those who mourn and grieve

V. Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
R. Spare us, O Lord
V. Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
R. Graciously hear us, O Lord
V. Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
R. Have mercy on us

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
 
Let us pray, Grant O God, through the intercession and mediation of Our Lady of Good Help, all the graces we need in these difficult times.  May Our Lady, now intercede for us, and as her foot crushes the head of the serpent, may she now squash this virus and stay its spread.  In our time of need we fly to your protection and intercession, O Lady of Good Help, help us not to fear for God is with us and you are praying for us.  Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Thank you for praying this litany with us. Let’s pray it every day until the danger is past.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020

PS. Fr. Leon Pereira is leading a Novena to Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Queen of Divine Mercy, which begins today. It will be posted on our website at:

https://marytv.tv/novenas/
 
The Novena will be shown in the Mary TV channel periodically all day each day.
The Novena will begin on April 1, and end on April 10! Join us!   

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Jesus Divine Mercy
Jesus, I trust in You

March 31, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady has been drawing us close to the Heart of her Divine Son, Jesus, for all of these years in Medjugorje.  She has been slowly revealing to us the Divine Mercy, the love of her Son Jesus for us!  But we are slow to understand.  Listen to this message from last year;

March 02, 2019 “Dear children, I call you ‘apostles of my love’. I am showing you my Son who is the true peace and the true love. As a mother, through the mercy of God, I desire to lead you to Him. My children, this is why I am calling you to reflect on yourselves, starting out from my Son, that you look to Him with the heart and that you may see with the heart where you are and where your life is going. My children, I am calling you to comprehend that it is, thanks to my Son, that you live – through His love and sacrifice. You are asking of my Son to be merciful to you and I am calling you to mercy. You are asking of Him to be good to you and to forgive you, and for how long am I imploring you, my children, to forgive and to love all the people whom you meet? When you comprehend my words with the heart, you will comprehend and come to know the true love and you will be able to be apostles of that love, my apostles, my dear children. Thank you.”

This is an appeal from our Mother.  She begs us to realize that her call is important, and indeed most necessary.  Her call is to comprehend the Mercy of her Son, and to live it. 

As we continue to live in the darkness of this Pandemic, we are becoming acutely aware of how much we need the depend on the Mercy of God.  We are helpless in the face of the darkness engulfing our world in the form of disease.  But Our Lady wants us to know that the Divine Mercy, her Son Jesus, is the answer to all our fears. 

I want to share a beautiful homily given on Sunday, March 29, 2020, just two days ago, by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy.  Fr. Alar speaks to us of the power of the Divine Mercy Image, and urges us to place the image on our front door and in our homes, with great reverence and trust.  He urges us to pray the Chaplet, and to take this time of quarantine to draw close to God.  I have included a link to the video of the Mass on Sunday as well.

Holy Mass from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Homily by Father Chris Alar
Here is the video of Holy Mass with Fr. Alar:
https://www.facebook.com/DivineMercyOfficial/videos/1536999163127671/
 


Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, Stockbridge, MA
 
Well, Good Morning!
 
I often travel around the country and, oftentimes, I speak with young, grade-school children or youth; and I always like to ask them, “What is the shortest verse in all of scripture?” And, Father Anthony just read it: “Jesus wept.” It is the shortest verse in all of scripture.
 
Now I think it applies to what we’re going through here in the world right now today. I hear from time to time – if you go onto the Internet – that God wants this, that God is slamming mankind for sins. And in some ways, yes, sin obviously has consequences, and we reap what we sow. There is no question about that. But in God’s Ordained Will, He doesn’t want sickness and death. Did He want Lazarus to die? Well, if He did, He wouldn’t have wept.
 
So, you see, this is a consequence. He does not, in His Ordained Will, want the coronavirus or any deaths from it; but, in His Permissive Will, He allows it. Why? Because, again, we were given Free Will. But Death is not the final word. The Resurrection is. So, we see what He did with Lazarus. Was Death the final word? No! Death wasn’t the final word. What did Jesus do? He came and He resurrected Lazarus. That is Life. That is what has the final word.
 
You know, we often, in religious life, refer to the term, “Are you a Martha? Or are you a Mary?” And what we mean by that is, are you the kind that spends more time out and about in your ministry, or in silence of prayer in the chapel? Now, from time to time, I’ve been accused of being a little bit more of a Martha than a Mary. And, I understand that; it’s very true in some sense. But we must find our Mary time.
 
Now, why do I bring this up? Because earlier in a different passage we heard Jesus say Mary has found the better half. “Martha don’t worry, Mary is doing something beautiful.” Contemplative. Quiet. In prayer. But I call this passage, The Vindication of Martha. Because, what is Martha doing? She ran out to meet Jesus. When it said, Mary sat at home.
 
Well, here’s the point. If you’ve been like me, and been a Martha, for too long maybe – and I mean, that’s not a bad thing – maybe now is our time to be a Mary. God wants to bring a greater good out of even these worse tragedies, like the coronavirus. But God’s giving us an opportunity to be a little bit more like Mary, to stay at home.
 
Now, does that mean we want to be confined? Of course, not. But make the most of it. Time with your family. Time with God. Time in prayer. Self-reflection. These are all things we never have time to do. And now, God’s giving us that opportunity. With sports being canceled right now – I’m guilty. I’d probably be trying to watch a little bit of the NCAA tournament. I try every year to watch a little bit of it. Not this year. Let’s use this time in prayer. Restaurants are closed. Events are closed. So, this is your time.
 
Now, in why we’re home, we’ve been sending out this video. You may have received it. If you haven’t, you can find it on our webpage at https://www.thedivinemercy.org/. Just scroll down on the left under “Articles.” And it’s called, “Seal The Doorposts!” And I want to finish with a couple words about this, because it applies again to being home. Just like we talked about Mary, and just what you are experiencing right now.
 
I bring this up because this video has given – it’s a short 4-minute video – and it is giving instruction that you, as the laity, by the Catechism have the ability to bless certain items. And the image of Divine Mercy is one item you can actually bless by making the sign of the cross over the image, and saying, “Lord God, I seek your blessing upon this image. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” And place that image on your doorpost; on your outside door – or inside, if you cannot do it outside.
 
This is very important, we believe, because in Exodus 12, remember the Angel of Death that passed from the door, house to house, and would strike death and, if they found the blood, the blood of the slain lamb on the doorposts, they would pass by that marked house. Now, if that was the power of the blood of the lamb, how much more power do we have in the Blood, the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ? If we place this image upon our doors – or again inside, if you can’t outside on the door – the power of the Precious Blood has everything.
 
It is the Blood that brings us the Holy Spirit, as Father Seraphim says. And this image gives us protection. Protection. And listen to this, I had the honor of sitting with Father Seraphim and our provincial Father Kazimierz who has joined us today for Mass, and they both are fluent in Polish. And they translated something from the writings of Blessed Michael Sopocko that is not in the Diary of Saint Faustina.   But is so powerful that we put it in this video – that we hope has been shared to you – that gives you an idea of the promises made by Jesus through this Image of Divine Mercy. Listen to the words that Saint Faustina told to her confessor, Blessed Michael Sopocko, that Jesus said:
 
“When chastisements for sins come upon the world, and your own country will experience utter degradation, the only refuge will be Trust in My Mercy. I will protect the cities and the homes in which the Divine Mercy Image is found. I will protect the persons who will venerate or honor this Image. The only refuge will be Trust in My Mercy.”
 
And then Jesus continues in His words to Faustina, that Blessed Michael Sopocko told us:
 
“Let everyone procure for their homes this Image. Because there will yet come trials. And these homes and entire families, and everyone individually who will hold this Image of Mercy in deep reverence, I will preserve from every sort of misfortune. The time will come when all those who do so will give witness to the miraculous efficacy and to the special protection of Mercy flowing from this Image.”
 
That is amazing! And this is what we ask you to do. Post an image – it could be any Image of Divine Mercy – you have a little prayer card… Go to our webpage https://www.thedivinemercy.org/divinemercyimage. Get one for free. There is no cost. Just go there. Download it. Print it. And put it in your home. Ask for the protection of this incredible Image.
 
Again, if the lamb slain in the Old Testament – whose blood was put on the doorposts – caused the Angel of Death to pass by; we think, and we know, that the Precious Blood of the Real Lamb – the Real Sacrificed Lamb – will offer protection.
 
Now, as we said in the video, this doesn’t mean that the virus may not strike you or your loved ones. This is not a magic wand, or a rabbit’s foot. But what it does mean, is the protection of God’s Mercy is with you. It may not be physically; it may be more spiritually. But we know that God is offering protection through this Image. And you know, it all ties to Divine Mercy.
 
A good friend of mine, Denis Nolan, and his wife, Cathy, just sent me an email this morning. They run, MaryTV; it’s a beautiful ministry. We’ve been connecting the messages of Fatima and Medjugorje and Divine Mercy into this meaning of today’s times. And they said, remember what Saint Faustina said in the Diary, that when the angel was ready to strike at a particular city in Poland – and we believe, Father Seraphim says, that that may have been worse off for the sins of abortion – that all of her prayers were ineffective, until she prayed the words Jesus gave her of The Divine Mercy Chaplet. And in those words, the angel was rendered helpless.
 
Now, again, I’m not saying if you pray the chaplet, or have the image, you may not be stricken; you may be. But remember, Jesus wept. He doesn’t want this. But He does allow it sometimes. But I’m telling you, we can help. By the more we pray, the more we trust – remember, trust is a vessel by which all grace is received – the more we can invoke the power of the Mercy of God upon ourselves and the whole world.
 
And for those who believe this is punishment, that is addressed in the prayer as well. “Eternal Father, I offer you the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world.” So, it does make reparation. This is a powerful image. This is a powerful prayer.
 
And, so, we invite all of you to please share. If you want to find this video that tells you how to place the image and bless it; again, https://www.thedivinemercy.org/. Please join us. Right now, more than ever – even if we’re forced to be Mary’s and we can’t be Martha’s – we can make a huge difference in the world. And, in fact, I think that’s why God’s allowing it. Time for our prayers. Time for our family. And, most importantly, time with God.
 
So, let us make the most of a difficult situation, and use the tools of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Image of Divine Mercy, to help you in that process. May God bless all of you. Stay hopeful. And, most of all, Trust in God’s Divine Mercy!
 
 
 
May we all draw very near to Jesus, Divine Mercy, and Mary, Mother of Mercy!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c) Mary TV 2020

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March 30, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! I am with you all these years to lead you to the way of salvation.  Return to my Son; return to prayer and fasting. Little children, permit for God to speak to your heart, because Satan is reigning and wants to destroy your lives and the earth on which you walk. Be courageous and decide for holiness.  You will see conversion in your hearts and families; prayer will be heard; God will hear your cries and give you peace. I am with you and am blessing you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (March 25, 2020)

“…because Satan is reigning and wants to destroy your lives and the earth on which you walk.”

When I first read this message, these were the words that caught my attention. Why does bad news always get the attention? I guess we have a built-in alert system for danger that is hard wired into our brains from ancient times. Anyway, I had to fight the fear.

Yes, Satan is reigning. This is a fact. We see his influence everywhere in our societies these days. Abortion, pornography, gangs, violence, on and on. And now we see a monster virus moving across the globe, disrupting our daily lives, and taking so many lives. We see healthcare workers exhausted and exposed. Governments are scrambling to organize a response. Most of us have no access to the Sacraments, and no hope of the churches opening for many weeks yet. The world is being held hostage.

There is plenty of evidence for the reign of Satan in our world.

But I realized when I reread the message today, that Our Lady begins that sentence with this:

“Little children, permit for God to speak to your heart…”

“Permit for God to speak to your heart…” i.e. Permit God to speak. Permit God to be present in your intimate self. Let God speak to your heart. Listen for God to speak to your heart. Desire God to speak to your heart. Pray to God to speak to your heart. Long for God to speak to your heart. Open to God’s voice in your heart.
 

Our Lady is not interested in dwelling on the reign of Satan in our world today. It is the first part of that sentence that is most important. God wants to speak to our hearts. It is our job to let Him in. That is the solution to the reign of Satan.

Satan reigns in the world because he tempts individuals to sin. He speaks to our hearts with lies and temptations, fear and jealousy, envy and hatred. He rules the world through those temptations. He works on us day and night to influence us, to attract us to the evil of sin. We are the ones who do the destroying, by listening to him.

If we want God to reign in the world, we must give Him permission to speak to our hearts. He will not force His words, His desires on us. He wants to give us the good things that would make for peace and a future. Those things will come from our hearing Him in our hearts and responding to the good He offers. We need to hear God speaking in our hearts. That is how He will bless the world, one person at a time. God speaks of love, of forgiveness, of self-control, of gentleness, of good will, of peace, and of life! He speaks of heaven on earth!   


Our Lady wants us to permit God to speak to our hearts, so that we will become part of the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

Now that is something to think about!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020

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March 27, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady said to us on Wednesday:
 
“Dear children! I am with you all these years to lead you to the way of salvation.  Return to my Son; return to prayer and fasting. Little children, permit for God to speak to your heart, because Satan is reigning and wants to destroy your lives and the earth on which you walk. Be courageous and decide for holiness.  You will see conversion in your hearts and families; prayer will be heard; God will hear your cries and give you peace. I am with you and am blessing you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (March 25, 2020)

She tells us to “Be courageous and decide for holiness.  You will see conversion in your hearts and families; prayer will be heard; God will hear your cries and give you peace.” I believe we are being given just such an opportunity today as we join the world in praying for an end to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
   
Pope Francis will be conducting an hour of Prayer and Adoration to defeat the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Parish of Medjugorje along with Mary TV will stream this hour of prayer (from Rome) today. It will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Medjugorje time (which is the usual time for Holy Mass at the Evening Program in Medjugorje.)

Here is a short news announcement about this hour of prayer for the whole world from the Vatican News:

Pope announces extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing
By Christopher Wells – Vatican News – 22 March 2020
 
Pope Francis on Sunday called for all Christians to respond to the coronavirus pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness”, adding, “Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt toward those persons who are the most lonely and tried”.
 
Speaking after the traditional recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father called on all Christians to join together in prayer. “In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven,” he said.
 
The Pope also announced that on Friday, 27 March, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church. “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said.
 
The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.
 
The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6:00 pm Rome time [12:00 pm Chicago time]. He noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary. 
 

It will be a powerful moment of prayer for all of us! We can cry out to God together and He will hear our cry and answer us!! Here is what the Mary TV streaming schedule will be for today (March 27): 
 

3PM Medjugorje Time (10AM Eastern Daylight Time) – Hour of Mercy  
4PM Medjugorje Time (11AM EDT) -Rosary with Denis and Cathy 
5PM Medjugorje Time (12PM EDT) – Evening Rosary
6PM Medjugorje Time (1PM EDT) – Adoration + blessing Urbi et Orbi – Vatican
7PM Medjugorje Time (2PM EDT) – Evening Mass
7:45PM Medjugorje Time (2:45PM EDT) – The Way of the Cross  
   
 
I also want to include the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic, 20.03.2020. This decree explains how the plenary indulgence may be obtained, and for whom as we pray together with the Pope on the internet.

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic, 20.03.2020
 
 
The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom 12: 12). The words written by Saint Paul to the Church of Rome resonate throughout the entire history of the Church and guide the judgment of the faithful in the face of all suffering, sickness and calamity.


The present moment in which the whole of humanity, threatened by an invisible and insidious disease, which for some time now has become part of all our lives, is marked day after day by anguished fears, new uncertainties and above all widespread physical and moral suffering.


The Church, following the example of her Divine Master, has always had the care of the sick at heart. As Saint John Paul II points out, the value of human suffering is twofold: “It is supernatural because it is rooted in the divine mystery of the Redemption of the world, and it is likewise deeply human, because in it the person discovers himself, his own humanity, his own dignity, his own mission” (Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris, 31).


Pope Francis, too, in these recent days, has shown his paternal closeness and renewed his invitation to pray incessantly for those who are sick with the Coronavirus.


So that all those who suffer because of COVID-19, precisely in the mystery of this suffering, may rediscover “the same redemptive suffering of Christ” (ibid., 30), this Apostolic Penitentiary, ex auctoritate Summi Pontificis, trusting in the word of Christ the Lord and considering with a spirit of faith the epidemic currently underway, to be lived in a spirit of personal conversion, grants the gift of Indulgences in accordance with the following disposition.


The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfil the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible.


Health care workers, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15: 13), will obtain the same gift of the Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions.


This Apostolic Penitentiary also willingly grants a Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions on the occasion of the current world epidemic, also to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.


The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for the three usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, no.12).


May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, Health of the Sick and Help of Christians, our Advocate, help suffering humanity, saving us from the evil of this pandemic and obtaining for us every good necessary for our salvation and sanctification.


The present Decree is valid notwithstanding any provision to the contrary.
Given in Rome, from the seat of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on 19 March 2020.
Mauro Cardinal Piacenza -Major Penitentiary
Krzysztof Nykiel – Regent
Here is the link to the document on the Vatican Website:
 
 

May we all respond to Our Lady’s call, and with deep conviction follow her lead:
 
“Be courageous and decide for holiness.  You will see conversion in your hearts and families; prayer will be heard; God will hear your cries and give you peace.”
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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March 25, 2020
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the message for March 25, 2020 from the Our Lady, Queen of Peace!

“Dear children! I am with you all these years to lead you to the way of salvation.  Return to my Son; return to prayer and fasting. Little children, permit for God to speak to your heart, because Satan is reigning and wants to destroy your lives and the earth on which you walk. Be courageous and decide for holiness.  You will see conversion in your hearts and families; prayer will be heard; God will hear your cries and give you peace. I am with you and am blessing you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (March 25, 2020)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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March 25, 2020
The Annunciation of the Lord    
Dear Family of Mary!

Today is a most wonderful Solemnity! We behold the moment when all heaven and earth held its breath, waiting to hear the answer of a most pure and grace-filled Maiden to an invitation from the Heavenly Father to become the Mother of His Son. All creation was held in the balance at that moment. Would Mercy win, would Salvation come, would God become incarnate? Would she say “yes”?

We all know the answer. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be unto me according to Thy Word.”
   
This is enough good news for one day!!
 
But I also want to share the homily that Fr. Marinko, pastor of St. James Church, gave on March 23, 2020. Fr. Marinko spoke powerfully to this moment in time, this moment in human history. And he showed us how to respond to the situation before us. He also links the message of February 25, 2020 to this moment. So, it is a good way to review and thank Our Lady for that message as we await the message for today.

Here is Fr. Mariko’s homily:
 
(The Gospel for March 23, 2020)
At that time Jesus left Samaria for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast. Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death. Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. While the man was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.” The father realised that just at that time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he and his whole household came to believe. Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea. (John 4, 43-54)
   
(Homily)
In the words Jesus gives to the royal official, we can hear a sort of an objection – “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” This objection is Jesus’ invitation for us to strive to believe, not to seek only to see something, not to run for signs and miracles, for quick healings, but to believe!

To believe in Jesus! Not to look for Him only when we need something, that would be the case of this royal official, not just to gain something from Him, for Him to do something for us, to fulfill our desires, to hear our prayers, to heal us and others, but to believe in Him, to construct a personal relationship with Him, so that He would be important to us no matter if it is hard or easy for us, when we have the corona virus or when all is fine.

This time of pandemic, isolation and solitude is the time of faith! This is not the time to run from one church to the other, from one Holy Communion to the other, from one spiritual director to the other, from one seminar to the other.

This is the time of faith! Faith in God – that God is with us, that we are His beloved children, that we live in Him, as St. Paul says. This is the time of entrusting ourselves, our lives, our families and other people to Jesus.
   
Jesus is teaching His disciples and us as well. He is directing us to freedom and love, to fasting and to silence. This Lent is the time of fasting and silence and the time of bare faith, of purely entrusting ourselves to Jesus.
   
After the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, Jesus forbade His disciples to talk about it: “Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” (Mt 17, 9)
   
Why did Jesus not allow His disciples to talk about such a powerful experience, but rather invited them to silence? Is not this invitation to silence against the natural need to talk about such an experience after they had it?

As I was reflecting on that, I recalled the message Our Lady gave on February 25, 2020: Dear children! In this time of grace, I desire to see your faces transformed in prayer. You are so flooded by earthly concerns; you do not even feel that spring is at the threshold. You are called, little children, to penance and prayer. As nature fights in silence for new life, also you are called to open yourselves in prayer to God, in Whom you will find peace and warmth of the spring sun in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
   
Our Lady turns our eyes first towards the life in nature so that she could help us understand the laws of the spiritual life. From the creatures, she takes us to the Creator – from the transformation in nature to the transformation within ourselves.

The winter is coming to the end, the spring is here and warmth too, the first buds appear on the trees and this is the sign of the new life. This is the fruit of the gentle and wonderous touch of the sun and nature, of the warm sun rays and the plants. It is not something that can be seen in the noise, rather in the interior and in the silence. For us it seems like a silence, but inside that plant a battle is being waged – nature fights in the silence for new life and this battle is the process of transfiguration.
   
A man from a town came to a hermit whom he considered to be especially wise.

“What is the silence?” he asked this simple hermit.
   
The hermit did not respond, and both remained silent for a long while. It began to rain, and the hermit pointed to the plot where he had planted some wheat recently. “Do you hear the rain?” he said and added: “The rain will water the soil and help those seeds to grow. This is what I call the silence.”

The man from the town nodded his head and remained silent. Suddenly, the sun came out and the hermit pointed to a plant with gentle buds. “Each day the sun’s rays fall on these buds and they open one by one. This is what I call silence.”
   
They continued to walk in silence.
   
After some time, the man from the town began to speak: “So, silence is much more than the absence of noise and sounds. Silence is not a pause, but something takes place in it – something that is most important.”

And he decided to remain with the hermit to get to know the silence.   
Prayer is similar to what takes place in the nature. In it, God and man meet, God’s love and the human heart. If the heart becomes opened to God’s love, it will experience something like what takes place when the spring sun touches the plant. God’s love gently touches, embraces and fills with warmth and peace, the human heart. The fruit of that divine loving touch in the human heart is the transformation of that heart.
   
It is a transformation inside, like those buds on the trees in the springtime. It will become visible on our faces. Our faces will radiate joy, peace and serenity – radiate with the experience of the gentle touch of God’s love.

But this is not something that will simply occur. There will be a battle before all this can take place. When Jesus speaks about the importance of a hidden place in which one prays, fasts and gives alms, He takes us from the surface into the depth of the experience. There, in the heart, we encounter God who sees in secret. Only in the silence of our heart can we experience God’s gaze and feel the rays of His love shine on us.
 

“So true prayer demands that we be more passive than active; it requires more silence than words, more adoration than study, more concentration than rushing about, more faith than reason. We must understand thoroughly that true prayer is a gift from heaven to earth, the Father to his child; from the Bridegroom to the bride, from Him who has to him who has not, from Everything to nothing.” (Carlo Carretto, Letters from the Desert)


Jesus forbade His disciples to talk about His Transfiguration because their hearts were still not transformed. Those hearts would be transformed only after the battle, when the “Son of Man rises from the dead”; only after Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Morning and the Descent of the Holy Spirit on them.
   
The transformation of the disciples took place in the silence, in the inner battle, in letting go of themselves, their plans and their perceptions about Jesus. In the dying of their ego and in allowing the Holy Spirit to come into the darkness in their hearts. Only afterwards would they be able to witness to the others about what they had experienced. If they spoke about their experience without the transformation of their own hearts, those words could not reach the people who were listening to them.
   
Mary is the teacher of silence, for she speaks from her experience. After the words of Angel Gabriel, she did not understand, she remained silent, she meditated, she entered the depths and reflected on the meaning of those words. “But she was greatly troubled.” (Lk 1, 29) In every new situation, Mary did not remain on the surface of those experiences, but she entered into the interior, in the silence. “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” (Lk 2, 19) Mary did not walk around and talk about what she experienced but pondered on it in her heart. “And his mother kept all these things in her heart.” (Lk 2, 51)
   
From her own experience, she teaches us, her children: “That is why, little children, in the silence of the heart, remain with Jesus, so that He may change and transform you with His love.” (25. 7. 1998.) The outer silence is only the beginning of prayer with the heart. We need to go deeper, into the interior and into the silence.
   
One day some people came to a monk who lived in solitude and in silence. They asked him: “What is the purpose of your life in silence?” The monk was about to take water from the deep well and so he said to his visitors: “Look into the well! What do you see?” The people looked into this deep well and they said they did not see anything. But after some time, the monk invited them again to take a look. They looked and this time they were able to see themselves.
   
The monk said: “You see, earlier on when I was taking water, the water was not still, but now it is still and that is the experience of silence and solitude – You can see yourself!”
   
Without silence and solitude we cannot see ourselves, Jesus or other people. Also, without silence we cannot see what is before us, what was given to us. Yet, there is so much that is given to us, each day and each moment! Only now do we get to know what has been given to us perhaps, thanks to something (the virus) that has stopped us in our rush.
   
What are those gifts? The members of your family, the air you breath, the birds that sing, spring that is about to come, blue sky and the flowers appearing at the meadows…
   
If we are in the noise all the time and we talk, we cannot hear our voice, or the voice of the other, and even less can we hear the voice of God. Only when the heart is at peace and the eye becomes attentive, can we hear, notice, see and comprehend. This is not easy; this is the battle. The battle is to remain seated, to listen, to see, not to talk and not to react.
   
“Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” (Mt 17, 9)
   
It is the time of the Lent. Easter is about to come. We have stopped, we are paused. This is the opportunity to enter into the silence, to entrust to Jesus, to believe in Him. In this time when it is not easy, more than ever before, now when we cannot rely on our regular securities, when we do not see a solution, or the end to this all, it is time to trust Him more than ever before! Let us learn how to say in silence – Jesus, I trust in You!

Homily for March 23, 2020 Fr. Marinko – Medjugorje

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020

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March 24, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!  

“Dear children! My Son, as God, always looked above time. I, as His mother, through Him, see in time. I see beautiful and sad things. But I see that there is still love, and that it needs doing for it to be known…” (March 18, 2020)

Our Lady shares a memory with us. She remembers how Jesus could perceive eternity even when He was on earth, living in time. Jesus, as God, always existed in eternity. Time was something created that He chose to enter when He became man. So, it must have been incredible to be so aware of eternity, so much a part of eternity, when at the same time He was immersed in the created time that we all live in. No wonder we don’t always understand what He says in the Scriptures. He is way beyond us!!

Our Lady, on the other hand, knew our time pretty well. It was her reality. That is until her Assumption. Now she can peer into our “time” from eternity and see all that weighs on us so heavily, all that confounds us, all that is beautiful, and all that is not so beautiful. She sees it all. But she sees it with Jesus, through His Heart. And she loves us all so deeply!

And so, what is she looking for when she looks at us? Of course, love!! She looks to find love. Love is the pearl of great price, the treasure, the great secret needing to be discovered. How is love discovered? By being done! By doing it! Love is an action word. It is a verb. We do it. We feel it. We need it and we need to give it. Love needs to be done!!

Our Lady is waiting for us to uncover our treasures for her. She needs us to love her Son, the Father, the Holy Spirit. She needs us to love our spouses, children, extended family, friends and neighbors, strangers, etc. etc. But for it to be seen it must be done!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020

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March 23, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

With all that has happened since last Wednesday, I haven’t really had time to pray over the message we received on that day, the 18th of March, through Mirjana. I offer it to you today, to read and pray over now. I don’t want to say anything until I have had time with it. Frankly, I am a bit numb. Now that there are no public masses in Medjugorje, as there are few in the whole world, we are all left a little stunned. And now that we won’t have a message on the 2nd of the month anymore, I feel a bit sad.

But I am sure Our Lady saw this coming, and so I want to give her words on the 18th some time to sink in.

The Message from March 18, 2020 through Mirjana:

Dear children,

My Son, as God, always looked above time. I, as His mother, through Him, see in time. I see beautiful and sad things. But I see that there is still love, and that it needs doing for it to be known.

My children, you cannot be happy if you do not love each other, if you do not have love in every situation and at every moment of your life.

Also, I, as a mother, am coming to you through love-to help you to come to know true love, to come to know my Son. This is why I am calling you, always anew, to thirst all the more for love, faith, and hope. The only spring from which you can drink is trust in God, my Son.

My children, in moments of peacelessness and renunciation you just seek the face of my Son. You just live His words and do not be afraid. Pray and love with sincere feelings, with good works; and help so that the world may change and that my heart may win.

Like my Son, I am also saying to you: love each other because without love there is no salvation.

Thank you, my children. (March 18, 2020)
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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March 20, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

March 15, 1984 “Tonight also, dear children, I am grateful to you in a special way for being here. Unceasingly adore the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I am always present when the faithful are adoring. Special graces are then being received.”

Last night, at the outside altar of St. James Church in Medjugorje, there was Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! It had been a long day, but the Parish persisted, and we had a full hour of adoring Jesus, in the dark! It was incredibly beautiful. I have transcribed the prayers to Jesus, spoken by the young priest who led us in adoring Jesus. They are simple and deep. You may want to pull up the adoration video and pray along again. We need Jesus, in the Living Bread. We need Him very much in these days.

Here are the prayers, spoken in three parts during that hour:

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
March 19, 2020
Feast of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

1.
Oh Lord, in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar!
We wish tonight to acknowledge you as our Lord and our God.

Oh God, to give you praise.
To see You, God, who is given to men,
just to be with you tonight.
Thank you Lord for this opportunity, that tonight we can adore you
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Thank you that we can spend time in your vicinity.

We would like, Lord, to learn from you tonight, how to be your disciples…
Those who would follow you, to become just like you, Lord.
To love and to do just like you did, and so to be better, to be changed!
In this desire to be changed…very often we forget about you, Lord
We want to change ourselves by ourselves, and we forget about you.

But for change it is enough to be with you, to be adoring you.
Because your nearness changes us. Your presence makes us better.
You change us Lord, because you know better what we need.
You know us better than we know ourselves.

Thank You Lord, for this opportunity that we can be adoring you tonight,
that we can acknowledge You as our Lord and our God.

2.
Lord Jesus Christ, You said that you would always remain with us.
That You would never abandon us.
That You would never leave us orphaned.

We see that tonight, because also tonight You are with us, Lord.

You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Tonight You give Yourself to us in a little piece of bread.
So simple and yet so great.

Yes, Lord, so simple, so little because true and genuine greatness
is hidden in simplicity and humility.
We see that tonight too.

Lord, God of everything, who creates all, is given to us in the little piece of bread.
What simplicity.
You wanted to remain with us in such a simple way
and yet such a big way, in the simplicity of bread.
You did not want to remain present in some great thing,
but in simple bread which You change with your presence.
And so, this bread becomes Your Body. Bread becomes the Bread of Life.

Teach us Lord, that tonight we may recognize You as the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
That we may recognize You in that piece of bread that You change with Your presence.

May Your presence, Lord, change us tonight. You can make us better.
Thank you, Lord, because You are always with us.
And You give us the possibility to adore You.

3.
Lord Jesus Christ,
St. John the Evangelist, in his Gospel, brings us Your words.
The word that You give us tonight, to each one of us, You said,
“I am the living Bread that has come down from Heaven.
If you eat of this Bread, you shall live forever.”

Lord Jesus, You are the Bread of Life. You are the Bread of the Living Ones.
Those who eat that Bread will have eternal life, Lord.
Those who approach You with a sincere and humble heart shall have eternal life.
Shall have eternal joy!

Those who consume You, Lord, shall never die.
Thank you Lord, because we can consume the Bread of Life.
Because we can consume You.

The Bread that You give us is the proof of immense love.
The Immense Love that You have towards us.
Teach us, Lord, that we may always be grateful to You
for the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist,
in which You give Yourself to us, through Your Word, Your Body.
You give Yourself to us so that we can consume the Bread of Life.

Teach us, Lord, that we may recognize You in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar,
in which You give Yourself to us tonight.
Teach us, Lord, that we may always long for True Food, True Bread.
Make us long for You, Lord, the life.
Teach us, that we may always in You, seek for our nourishment, seek for our food.

Teach us, that we may always be fed with You, Lord.
May this Bread be the pledge for our eternal life, Lord.

Adoration for March 19, 2020 – https://marytv.tv/adoration/ 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020