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January 25, 2020
The Conversion of St. Paul

Dear Family of Mary,

Here is the January 25, 2020 message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace!
 
“Dear children! Today I am calling you to pray even more, until you feel the holiness of forgiveness in your heart. There must be holiness in the families, little children, because there is no future for the world without love and holiness – because in holiness and joy, you give yourselves to God the Creator who loves you with immeasurable love. This is why He sends me to you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (January 25, 2020)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 24, 2020
St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Day of the March for Life in Washington DC.

Dear Family of Mary!

Today there is a March for Life in Washington DC. Let’s pray this Litany to Mary to call down upon our brothers and sisters the protection and blessing of Our Lady as they stand up to defend all babies in the womb from abortion. With Mary, our Queen, all things are possible.


THE NEW TESTAMENT LITANY OF MARY.

Mary, Daughter of Sion,
Pray for us.

Mary, Temple of the Lord,
Pray for us.

Mary, Ark of the Covenant,
Pray for us.

Mary, New Eve and Mother of the Living,
Pray for us.

Mary, Faithful Remnant of Israel,
Pray for us.

Blessed Mary, ever full of grace.
Pray that we may hear the Word of God and act on it.

Blessed Mary, you welcomed the Lord into our midst,
Pray that we may hear the Word of God and act on it.

Blessed Mary, the Holy Spirit came to you
and God’s Power enveloped you,
Pray that we may hear the Word of God and act on it.

Blessed Mary, you are favored above all women,
Pray that we may hear the Word of God and act on it.

Blessed Mary, the Lord has accomplished great things in you,
Pray that we may hear the Word of God and act on it.

Blessed Mary, you went in haste to render service to Elizabeth,
Pray that we may hear the Word of God and act on it.

Blessed Mary, you brought forth Him who is our Savior, Emmanuel, God-with-us
Pray that we may hear the Word of God and act on it.

Blessed Mary, you took delight in Jesus’ growth in wisdom, age, and grace,
Pray that we may hear the Word of God and act on it.

Holy Mary, from the compassion you showed at Cana,
May we do whatever God asks of us.

Holy Mary, from your experience of anguish and loneliness,
May we do whatever God asks of us.

Holy Mary, from your joy at the resurrection,
May we do whatever God asks of us.

Holy Mary, from your prayer in the Pentecost Church,
May we do whatever God asks of us.

Holy Mary, from your life of fidelity,
May we do whatever God asks of us.

Holy Mary, from your hope in the fulfillment of God’s promises,
May we do whatever God asks of us.

Holy Mary, from your love of God and God’s People,
May we do whatever God asks of us.

Mary, Mother of our God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
Lead us to your Son.

Mary, our Mother,
Lead us to your Son.

Mary, Mother of the Church,
Lead us to your Son.

Mary, woman of heavenly glory,
Lead us to your Son.

Mary, woman clothed with the sun,
Lead us to your Son.

Mary, first among the redeemed,
Lead us to your Son.

Mary, image of the Church perfected,
Lead us to your Son.

Mary, sign of hope and consolation,
Lead us to your Son.

Lord God, our Father,
Receive us.

Lord Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary,
Receive us.

Spirit of Life and Truth and Love,
Receive us.

Let us pray:

Blessed are you,
O Lord our God,
for the great things you have accomplished in Mary,
the Virgin Mother of your Son.
By the power of the Holy Spirit
she is for us a model and sign of faith and hope.
May we come to welcome you as she did,
to treasure all that you send us in love,
and to ponder the Great Mystery,
hidden for ages,
and now made known to us in Jesus the Lord.

All praise be yours,
Almighty Father,
through Jesus Christ your Son,
in the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Amen.

[Composed by Fr. Robert Bouffier, SM]
 
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 23, 2020
St. Vincent, Deacon and Martyr
St. Marianne Cope

Dear Family of Mary!

All I can say today is that the message that Our Lady gave us on December 25, 2019 is truly a blessed message. So I offer it to you again, one more time. Let’s pray over it and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us to the words that we need to hear today. On Saturday we will receive another blessed message from Our Lady, so now is the time to review and pray over this one.

 “Dear children! I am carrying my Son Jesus to you, for Him to bless you and reveal to you His love, which comes from Heaven. Your heart yearns for peace, of which there is less and less on earth. That is why people are far from God and souls are sick and heading towards spiritual death. I am with you, little children, to lead you on this way of salvation to which God calls you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (December 25, 2019)
 
 
God bless all of us!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 22, 2020
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn

Dear Family of Mary!

“…My children, my Son pronounced the words of the ‘Our Father’-Our Father, [you] who are everywhere and in our hearts-because He desires to teach you to pray with words and feelings. He desires for you to always be better, to live merciful love which is prayer and limitless sacrifice for others…” (January 2, 2020) 
 
Jesus taught us how to pray. He also taught us how to fast. These two things are linked. On this fast day, let’s listen to Jesus:

Matthew 6: 5-18

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Pray then like this:

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you;
but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

“And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6: 5-18)

And when we pray today, let’s pray for the unborn, and their families, that they will be safe and live long lives.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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They will fast on that day….
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January 21, 2020
St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Dear Family of Mary!

October 25, 2012 “Dear children! Today I call you to pray for my intentions. Renew fasting and prayer because Satan is cunning and attracts many hearts to sin and perdition. I call you, little children, to holiness and to live in grace. Adore my Son so that He may fill you with His peace and love for which you yearn. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

In the Gospel reading for Monday, Jan. 20, Jesus said: “…the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day” (Mark 2:20). Having just moved into Ordinary time after the beautiful Christmas Season, many of us are slow to begin fasting again! But it is time to pick up our crosses and follow Jesus! Fr. Kenny gave a very practical and moving homily about fasting yesterday, at English Mass in Medjugorje. I have transcribed it for us, so we can pray over it. I think it carries a grace with it, because it is simply the truth!


Fr. Don Kenny Homilist- January 20, 2020 English Mass in Medjugorje

When I was thinking about this homily yesterday, I wasn’t going to talk about it or about fasting because I felt that you know more about fasting than I do. But, four questions raised their head during the day. And I thought I would share these with you. And you probably already know the answer to them, but it is good to remind ourselves.

First – Did Jesus really teach about fasting? Did He ask us to fast?

And the answer to that is of course, yes, He does instruct us! Especially in Matthew, Chapter 9, He says: “…when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast on that day.” And He presumes His followers will fast, in the Sermon on the Mount, when He teaches very clearly, “when you fast…”, He says…not “If you fast…” And He goes on to say, “Anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to be fasting before others. Your Father who sees in secret, will reward you.”

The second question that came up was: When did fasting on certain days originate?

You know Our Lady here asks us to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays. But it is found as early as the first century, in the teaching of the Twelve Apostles. And in that we read, “Christ commanded us to fast on Wednesday and Friday”. And the saints explain that we fast on Wednesdays because on this day Our Lord was betrayed. And we fast on Friday because on this day He suffered death for our salvation.

The third question that hit me was: What is the purpose of fasting?

I suppose we can say that although fasting has many health benefits, the primary aim of fasting is to make us conscious of our dependence on God. We voluntarily experience physical hunger in order to become aware of our true spiritual hunger. Another reason we fast is to subdue our passions and our self-will. The saints tell us there is not way that we can control our urges for pleasure, money or power, if we cannot control our stomach. Fasting is the first way to self-control. And our self-will is cut off by being obedient to the Church and Her rules.

And the fourth and the final one is: Is fasting only a matter of diet?

And the answer to that is clearly no! It is moral as well as physical. True fasting is to be converted in heart and in will. It is to return to God. To come home like the Prodigal Son, to our Father’s house. In the words of St. John Christendom: It means abstinence on only from food but from sins. He says that the fast should be kept not only by the mouth, but also by the eye, the ear, the feet, the hands, and all members of the body. The eye must abstain from impure sights, the ear from malicious gossip, the hands from acts of injustice. And St. Basil goes on to that it is useless, absolutely useless, he says, to fast from food and yet indulge in criticism of others and slander of others. In the end there is a great phrase, “You do not eat meat, and devour your brother…”

Some great reasons for us to fast.

(Fr. Don Kenny, Medjugorje, January 20, 2020 – You can listen to it here: https://marytv.tv/english-mass-in-medjugorje/ 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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“Hallowed be Thy Name”
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January 20, 2020
St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, St. Sebastian, Martyr

Dear Family of Mary!

We continue with the Our Father, the prayer Jesus gave to us, shared with us, His own prayer. Note especially paragraph 2819, which echoes Our Lady’s words below. We need full, open and pure hearts to pray the Our Father!

“…be children of God who all together, with full, open and pure heart, pronounce the ‘Our Father’…” January 2, 2020)


II. “THY KINGDOM COME”


2816 In the New Testament, the word basileia can be translated by “kingship” (abstract noun), “kingdom” (concrete noun) or “reign” (action noun). The Kingdom of God lies ahead of us. It is brought near in the Word incarnate, it is proclaimed throughout the whole Gospel, and it has come in Christ’s death and Resurrection. The Kingdom of God has been coming since the Last Supper and, in the Eucharist, it is in our midst. The kingdom will come in glory when Christ hands it over to his Father:

“It may even be . . . that the Kingdom of God means Christ himself, whom we daily desire to come, and whose coming we wish to be manifested quickly to us. For as he is our resurrection, since in him we rise, so he can also be understood as the Kingdom of God, for in him we shall reign.86”

2817 This petition is “Marana tha,” the cry of the Spirit and the Bride: “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Even if it had not been prescribed to pray for the coming of the kingdom, we would willingly have brought forth this speech, eager to embrace our hope. In indignation the souls of the martyrs under the altar cry out to the Lord: “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth?” For their retribution is ordained for the end of the world. Indeed as soon as possible, Lord, may your kingdom come!87

2818 In the Lord’s Prayer, “thy kingdom come” refers primarily to the final coming of the reign of God through Christ’s return.88 But, far from distracting the Church from her mission in this present world, this desire commits her to it all the more strongly. Since Pentecost, the coming of that Reign is the work of the Spirit of the Lord who “complete[s] his work on earth and brings us the fullness of grace.”89

2819 “The kingdom of God [is] righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”90 The end-time in which we live is the age of the outpouring of the Spirit. Ever since Pentecost, a decisive battle has been joined between “the flesh” and the Spirit.91

Only a pure soul can boldly say: “Thy kingdom come.” One who has heard Paul say, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies,” and has purified himself in action, thought and word will say to God: “Thy kingdom come!”92

2820 By a discernment according to the Spirit, Christians have to distinguish between the growth of the Reign of God and the progress of the culture and society in which they are involved. This distinction is not a separation. Man’s vocation to eternal life does not suppress, but actually reinforces, his duty to put into action in this world the energies and means received from the Creator to serve justice and peace.93

2821 This petition is taken up and granted in the prayer of Jesus which is present and effective in the Eucharist; it bears its fruit in new life in keeping with the Beatitudes.94

https://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p4s2a3.htm

PS. You can find the numbered references in the document on the Vatican website!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 17, 2020
Dear Family of Mary!

“…Therefore, my children, love one another, be united through my Son, be children of God who all together, with full, open and pure heart, pronounce the ‘Our Father’. And do not be afraid!    Thank you.”  (January 2, 2020)


I think Our Lady made such a point about the Our Father that it would be good for us to read a little more of the treatise of the Our Father in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The discussion goes phrase by phrase through the prayer. We will start with “Hallowed be Thy Name”:

I. “HALLOWED BE THY NAME”

2807 The term “to hallow” is to be understood here not primarily in its causative sense (only God hallows, makes holy), but above all in an evaluative sense: to recognize as holy, to treat in a holy way. And so, in adoration, this invocation is sometimes understood as praise and thanksgiving.66 But this petition is here taught to us by Jesus as an optative: a petition, a desire, and an expectation in which God and man are involved. Beginning with this first petition to our Father, we are immersed in the innermost mystery of his Godhead and the drama of the salvation of our humanity. Asking the Father that his name be made holy draws us into his plan of loving kindness for the fullness of time, “according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ,” that we might “be holy and blameless before him in love.”67


2808 In the decisive moments of his economy God reveals his name, but he does so by accomplishing his work. This work, then, is realized for us and in us only if his name is hallowed by us and in us.


2809 The holiness of God is the inaccessible center of his eternal mystery. What is revealed of it in creation and history, Scripture calls “glory,” the radiance of his majesty.68 In making man in his image and likeness, God “crowned him with glory and honor,” but by sinning, man fell “short of the glory of God.”69 From that time on, God was to manifest his holiness by revealing and giving his name, in order to restore man to the image of his Creator.70


2810 In the promise to Abraham and the oath that accompanied it,71 God commits himself but without disclosing his name. He begins to reveal it to Moses and makes it known clearly before the eyes of the whole people when he saves them from the Egyptians: “he has triumphed gloriously.”72 From the covenant of Sinai onwards, this people is “his own” and it is to be a “holy (or “consecrated”: the same word is used for both in Hebrew) nation,”73 because the name of God dwells in it.


2811 In spite of the holy Law that again and again their Holy God gives them – “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy” – and although the Lord shows patience for the sake of his name, the people turn away from the Holy One of Israel and profane his name among the nations.74 For this reason the just ones of the old covenant, the poor survivors returned from exile, and the prophets burned with passion for the name.


2812 Finally, in Jesus the name of the Holy God is revealed and given to us, in the flesh, as Savior, revealed by what he is, by his word, and by his sacrifice.75 This is the heart of his priestly prayer: “Holy Father . . . for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth.”76 Because he “sanctifies” his own name, Jesus reveals to us the name of the Father.77 At the end of Christ’s Passover, the Father gives him the name that is above all names: “Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”78


2813 In the waters of Baptism, we have been “washed . . . sanctified . . . justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”79 Our Father calls us to holiness in the whole of our life, and since “he is the source of [our] life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and . . .sanctification,”80 both his glory and our life depend on the hallowing of his name in us and by us. Such is the urgency of our first petition.


By whom is God hallowed, since he is the one who hallows? But since he said, “You shall be holy to me; for I the LORD am holy,” we seek and ask that we who were sanctified in Baptism may persevere in what we have begun to be. And we ask this daily, for we need sanctification daily, so that we who fail daily may cleanse away our sins by being sanctified continually. . . . We pray that this sanctification may remain in us.81


2814 The sanctification of his name among the nations depends inseparably on our life and our prayer:

We ask God to hallow his name, which by its own holiness saves and makes holy all creation . . . . It is this name that gives salvation to a lost world. But we ask that this name of God should be hallowed in us through our actions. For God’s name is blessed when we live well, but is blasphemed when we live wickedly. As the Apostle says: “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” We ask then that, just as the name of God is holy, so we may obtain his holiness in our souls.82


When we say “hallowed be thy name,” we ask that it should be hallowed in us, who are in him; but also in others whom God’s grace still awaits, that we may obey the precept that obliges us to pray for everyone, even our enemies. That is why we do not say expressly “hallowed be thy name ‘in us,”‘ for we ask that it be so in all men.83


2815 This petition embodies all the others. Like the six petitions that follow, it is fulfilled by the prayer of Christ. Prayer to our Father is our prayer, if it is prayed in the name of Jesus.84 In his priestly prayer, Jesus asks: “Holy Father, protect in your name those whom you have given me.”85


PART FOUR, CHRISTIAN PRAYER, SECTION TWO, THE LORD’S PRAYER , “OUR FATHER!” ARTICLE 3 THE SEVEN PETITIONS. ( https://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p4s2a3.htm )


And so we see that it is by our lives that we can hallow the Name of the Father. We profess Him as our Lord and God, and so it is only right that we live by His word, and reflect His holiness in our actions. That is how He is hallowed in our world today. And doesn’t the world need us to hallow God’s name? Indeed the world is lost without God’s blessed Name.


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 16, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

“…Therefore, my children, love one another, be united through my Son, be children of God who all together, with full, open and pure heart, pronounce the ‘Our Father’. And do not be afraid!” (January 2, 2020) 

 
Our Lady gives us a rousing exhortation at the end of the January 2, 2020 message!! It is a cry of joy at what we can become through the love of God!
 
Love one another!!!
Be united through my Son!!!
Be children of God!!!
Have full, open and pure hearts!!!
And all together pronounce the “Our Father!”
And do not be afraid!!!
 
Pretty amazing list of things to do!!
 
It reminds me of a passage of Scripture from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. St. Paul says much the same thing as Our Lady!!

Romans 8 :14-39
 
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.

Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us?

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For thy sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:14-39)

Amen and Amen!!
 
So many reasons NOT TO FEAR!!! Do not be afraid. We are the most blessed of all peoples, who have Jesus as our Lord and Mary as our Mother.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 15, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

“…My children, give to my Son love for your neighbors, give words of consolation, compassion and acts of justice to your neighbors. Everything that you give to others, apostles of my love, my Son accepts as a gift…” (January 2, 2020)

Matthew 25: 34-40)   
“Then the King will say to those at his right hand,
`Come, O blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you clothed me,
I was sick and you visited me,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

Then the righteous will answer him,
`Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee,
or thirsty and give thee drink?
And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee,
or naked and clothe thee?
And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’

And the King will answer them,
`Truly, I say to you,
as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren,
you did it to me.’” (Mt 25:34 – 40)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 14, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

“…I am also with you, because my Son desires for my love, as a ray of light, to bring your souls to life; for me to help you in the search for peace and eternal happiness…” (January 2, 2020)  


Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(Given by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilj, 11/28/1983)

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, overflowing
with goodness, show us your love for us.
May the flame of your heart, Oh Mary,
Descend upon all peoples.
We love you immensely.
Impress in our hearts a true love.
May our hearts yearn for you.
Oh Mary, sweet and humble of heart,
Remember us when we sin.
You know that all mankind are sinners.
Through your most sacred and maternal heart,
Cure us from every spiritual illness.
Make us capable of looking at the beauty of your maternal heart,
And that, thus, we may be converted
to the flame of your heart. Amen


May the flame of Mary’s heart, which is her love, be the ray of light that we follow, so that we will be brought back to life and walk through our lives on the road to peace and eternal happiness, with Mary our Mother and guide.

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