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August 10, 2019
St. Lawrence

Dear Family of Mary!

We are on day 5 of our Novena to Our Lady! Let me share a quote from St Modestus, who believed in the Assumption of Our Lady! His words are direct and to the point. St. Modestus was the Patriarch of Jerusalem in the late 600’s.

“As the most glorious Mother of Christ, our Savior and our God and the giver of life and immortality, has been endowed with life by him, she has received an eternal incorruptibility of the body together with him who has raised her up from the tomb and has taken her up to himself in a way known only to him.”  – St. Modestus of Jerusalem (East)

This simple statement is very helpful for us as we pray this novena. Our Lady was assumed, body and soul, into heaven “in a way known only to [God]” And that is all we need to know!!    
Now she comes to Medjugorje to be with us “in a way that is known only to [God]!” And we are so blessed to receive her coming!

Here is a message for us to pray over:

“Dear children! Today I call you to have your life be connected with God the Creator, because only in this way will your life have meaning, and you will comprehend that God is love. God sends me to you out of love, that I may help you to comprehend that without Him there is no future or joy and, above all, there is no eternal salvation. Little children, I call you to leave sin and to accept prayer at all times, that you may in prayer come to know the meaning of your life. God gives Himself to him who seeks Him. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (April 25, 1997)

God sends Our Lady to us out of love, that she may help us to comprehend that without Him there is no future or joy and, above all, there is no eternal salvation!!! This is what our world needs to understand as well!   

Let us pray:
 
Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
by Pope St. Pius X

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of humanity, we believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of his beloved disciple: “Behold your son,” and we who call upon you as our mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life. 
 
We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.

We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb.

O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
Amen.

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

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Pray, pray, pray!
 
August 9, 2019
St. Teressa Benedicta of the Cross
Novena in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Day 4

Dear Family of Mary!

Pope Pius XII understood our need for the Mother in these days when the world’s societies were plummeting into Godlessness and despair. He knew we would need a sign to solidify our faith and keep our eyes on God. He wrote:

“Finally it is our hope that belief in Mary’s bodily Assumption into heaven will make our belief in our own resurrection stronger and render it more effective”. (Munificentissimuss Deus)

This belief in our destiny as children of God who will live with Him forever in heaven gives us the peace that we need to stand firm as we live out our journey on earth. Our Lady has spoken to us in Medjugorje on many occasions about the dangers of our times and our need for hope in our future in heaven:

“Dear children! I rejoice with you and I invite you to prayer. Little children, pray for my intention. Your prayers are necessary to me, through which I desire to bring you closer to God. He is your salvation. God sends me to help you and to guide you towards paradise, which is your goal. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (September 25, 1994)

Our Lady tells us that God has sent her to help us and guide us towards paradise, which is our goal. Amazingly, it is because of the Assumption that Mary can now be sent back to us on earth, to guide and teach us. She comes to us really, body and soul, from heaven!! This is the fruit of the Assumption. And she is coming to help us believe that one day we too will be in heaven, body and soul!! This is our great hope and our destiny. To be in heaven with God, whole and entire.

But she tells us that we must, pray, pray, pray!!
Let’s give thanks to the Father for sending such a Mother to us in Medjugorje!

Let us pray:
 
Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
by Pope St. Pius X

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of humanity, we believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of his beloved disciple: “Behold your son,” and we who call upon you as our mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life. 
 
We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.

We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb.

O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
Amen.

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

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Our Lady has come to cure the pessimism of the modern age!
 
August 8, 2019
St. Dominic
Novena in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary day 3

Dear Family of Mary!

Today I want to share my reflection from last year on the Feast of the Assumption. It is a bit long, but it lays out what I think is so important about the Assumption for our times. Pope Pius XII understood the timeliness of the Proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption, as I shared yesterday. And Archbishop Fulton Sheen concurred with him and wrote brilliantly about it in his book “The World’s First Love, Mary, Mother of God.” Here is part of that reflection from last year:

February 02, 2016 “Dear children… I repeat, the Resurrection of my Son and my Assumption into Heaven is hope and love for you. Therefore, my children, pray to come to know the truth; to have firm faith which will lead your heart and which will transform your pain and sufferings into love and hope. Thank you.”

I wanted to share something with you about the Assumption. For some reason, as I prayed I felt drawn to a book I read quite a while ago, “The World’s First Love, Mary, Mother of God” by Archbishop Fulton J Sheen. I looked through the contents and found the chapter on the Assumption. And when I began to read it, I saw that I had underlined almost every word of that chapter! It is a blockbuster!
 
But the last few paragraphs are pertinent for us because Sheen points to something in a prophetic way that we are experiencing. “The World’s First Love” was written in 1952, only two years after the Dogma of the Assumption was declared by Pope Pius XII. And yet, Sheen seems to see the plan of God in that declaration. Let’s listen to him:
 
“Within three decades the definition of the Assumption will cure the pessimism and despair of the modern world. Freud, who did so much to develop this pessimism, took as his motto; “If I cannot move the Gods on high, I shall set all hell in an uproar.” That uproar which he created will now be stilled by a Lady as powerful as an “army drawn up in battle array.” The age of the “body beautiful” will now become the age of the Assumption.
 
“In Mary there is a triple transition. In the Annunciation we pass from the holiness of the Old Testament to the holiness of Christ. At Pentecost we pass from the holiness of the historical Christ to the holiness of the Mystical Christ or His Body, which is the Church. Mary here received the Spirit for a second time. The first overshadowing was to give birth to the Head of the Church: this second overshadowing is to give birth to His Body as she is in the midst of the Apostles abiding in prayer. The third transition is the Assumption, as she becomes the first human person to realize the historical destiny of the faithful as members of Christ’s Mystical Body, beyond time, beyond death, and beyond judgment.
 
“Mary is always in the vanguard of humanity. She is compared to Wisdom, presiding at creation; she is announced as the woman who will conquer Satan, as the Virgin who will conceive. She becomes the first person since the Fall to have a unique and unrepeatable kind of union with God; she mothers the infant Christ in Bethlehem; she mothers the Mystical Christ at Jerusalem; and now, by her Assumption, she goes ahead like her Son to prepare a place for us. She participates in the glory of her Son, reigns with Him, presides at His Side over the destinies of the Church in time, and intercedes for us, to Him, as He, in His turn, intercedes to the Heavenly Father.
 
“Adam came before Eve chronologically. The new Adam, Christ, comes after the New Eve, Mary, chronologically, although existentially He preceded her as the Creator a creature. By stressing for the moment only the time element, Mary always seems to be the advent of what is in store for man. She anticipates Christ for nine months, as she bears Heaven within her; she anticipates His Passion at Cana and His Church at Pentecost. Now, in the last great doctrine of the Assumption, she anticipates Heavenly glory, and the definition comes at a time when men think of it least.
 
“One wonders if this could not be the last of the great truths of Mary to be defined by the Church. Anything else might seem to be an anticlimax after she is declared to be in Heaven, body and soul. But actually there is one other truth left to be defined, and that is that she is the Mediatrix, under her Son, of all graces. As St. Paul speaks of the Ascension of Our Lord as the prelude to His intercession for us, so we fittingly, should speak of the Assumption of Our Lady as a prelude to her intercession for us. First, the place, Heaven; then the function, intercession. The nature of her role is not to call her Son’s attention to some need, in an emergency unnoticed by Him, nor is it to “win” a difficult consent. Rather it is to unite herself to His compassionate Mercy and give a human voice to His Infinite Love. The main ministry of Mary is to incline men’s’ hearts to obedience to the will of her Divine Son. Her last recorded words at Cana are still her words in the Assumption; ‘Whatsoever He shall say to you, that do ye.'” (Fulton J Sheen, The World’s First Love, Mary, Mother of God. McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. New York. 1952)
 
Archbishop Sheen clearly sees that Mary, in her Assumption, is the key to our age of despair. In Mary, humanity has hope. In her Assumption, life again has meaning. We are not creatures without souls, and without an eternal future. We are called to live forever with our God, who loves us, and Mary shows us the way.
 
I also find it interesting that in 1952 Archbishop Sheen would project that in three decades after the Dogma was declared “the definition of the Assumption will cure the pessimism and despair of the modern world.” This is a huge claim. Sheen died in 1979, just shy of the three decades. What came next he could not have foreseen. Our Lady came to Medjugorje in 1981 and since then has been curing pessimism and despair in millions of her children. Through her presence, her messages and her intercession, Mary is reversing the terrible curse of atheism and despair in the world, one person at a time.
 
I also believe that Our Lady in Medjugorje has set up camp, declaring that she is with us in our fight against Satan and all evil. She is with us to help us draw close to her Son and to learn to live in Him. She is with us in these days to be Jesus’ compassionate Mercy for us. She intercedes in our midst, in Medjugorje, to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven in us. The Dogma of the Assumption is bearing great fruit in our day, as Sheen said. It is curing pessimism and despair and bringing us heaven through Our Lady’s presence in Medjugorje!! If Sheen is right and Mary is the advent of all of God’s great works, the Incarnation, the Passion, the Birth of the Church, and now Heavenly Glory, then her coming to Medjugorje must be the advent of the coming of her Son. She is here to prepare the way for His coming!

Our Lady is with us to lead us to heaven!!

Let us pray:
 
Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
by Pope St. Pius X

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of humanity, we believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of his beloved disciple: “Behold your son,” and we who call upon you as our mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life. 
 
We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.

We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb.

O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
Amen.

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

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Our Lady’s Statue processed through a sea of young people!!
 
August 7, 2019
Novena in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Day 2

Dear Family of Mary!

It seems to make sense that as we come back down to earth from the incredible 6 days of prayer and joy during the 30th Youth Festival in Medjugorje, that we would begin a novena to Our Lady. We began yesterday, a Novena to Our Lady, Assumed into Heaven. This is day 2. I want to share with you each day of this novena something beautiful about the Assumption, so that we can grow in our awareness of the timeliness and power of this Dogma. It was only proclaimed in 1950! So recent!! Pope Pius XII proclaimed it on November 1, 1950 in the Apostolic Constitution: Munificentissimuss Deus – Defining the Dogma of the Assumption. He explained very clearly all the steps that the Church took to come to this moment. And then he said these words:

41. Since the universal Church, within which dwells the Spirit of Truth who infallibly directs it toward an ever more perfect knowledge of the revealed truths, has expressed its own belief many times over the course of the centuries, and since the bishops of the entire world are almost unanimously petitioning that the truth of the bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven should be defined as a dogma of divine and Catholic faith–this truth which is based on the Sacred Writings, which is thoroughly rooted in the minds of the faithful, which has been approved in ecclesiastical worship from the most remote times, which is completely in harmony with the other revealed truths, and which has been expounded and explained magnificently in the work, the science, and the wisdom of the theologians – we believe that the moment appointed in the plan of divine providence for the solemn proclamation of this outstanding privilege of the Virgin Mary has already arrived.

42. We, who have placed our pontificate under the special patronage of the most holy Virgin, to whom we have had recourse so often in times of grave trouble, we who have consecrated the entire human race to her Immaculate Heart in public ceremonies, and who have time and time again experienced her powerful protection, are confident that this solemn proclamation and definition of the Assumption will contribute in no small way to the advantage of human society, since it redounds to the glory of the Most Blessed Trinity, to which the Blessed Mother of God is bound by such singular bonds. It is to be hoped that all the faithful will be stirred up to a stronger piety toward their heavenly Mother, and that the souls of all those who glory in the Christian name may be moved by the desire of sharing in the unity of Jesus Christ’s Mystical Body and of increasing their love for her who shows her motherly heart to all the members of this august body. And so, we may hope that those who meditate upon the glorious example Mary offers us may be more and more convinced of the value of a human life entirely devoted to carrying out the heavenly Father’s will and to bringing good to others. Thus, while the illusory teachings of materialism and the corruption of morals that follows from these teachings threaten to extinguish the light of virtue and to ruin the lives of men by exciting discord among them, in this magnificent way all may see clearly to what a lofty goal our bodies and souls are destined. Finally it is our hope that belief in Mary’s bodily Assumption into heaven will make our belief in our own resurrection stronger and render it more effective.
http://w2.vatican.va/content/pius-xii/en/apost_constitutions/documents/hf_p-xii_apc_19501101_munificentissimus-deus.html



Note how Pope Pius XII mentions that this Dogma will help us to stand against the “illusory teachings of materialism and the corruption of morals that follows from these teachings [and which] threaten to extinguish the light of virtue and to ruin the lives of men by exciting discord among them …” Pope Pius XII could see the danger we were in at that moment, 1950. Two world wars had decimated our populations and covered the world with a heavy cloud of depression and disillusionment. The technological age was just beginning to grow, bringing a false sense that man could answer all his needs himself, without God. And the devil had planted the seeds of the destruction of the family through the sexual revolution which we have seen grow to enormous proportions. So, Pope Pius XII believed that it was Our Lady who could redirect mankind back to the safety of the faith, through her Assumption!

We have much to ponder in all of this. And so, let’s embrace this novena, asking God to show us His great plan to save us from this hour in human history, through Our Lady, Assumed into Heaven!

Here is our Novena prayer:

Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
by Pope St. Pius X

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of humanity, we believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of his beloved disciple: “Behold your son,” and we who call upon you as our mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life. 
 
We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.

We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb.

O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
Amen.

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

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August 6, 2019
The Feast of the Transfiguration

Dear Family of Mary!

Today the 30th Youth Festival in Medjugorje ends with Holy Mass on Mount Krizevac (Cross Mountain)! The Mass begins at 5:00 am – sun rise! It is a fitting end to the Youth Festival! After five days of prayer, teachings, testimonies, Liturgies, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and singing and dancing as only young people can do, a Mass on a mountaintop expresses it all! Their hearts and souls have been lifted to God and they have climbed to meet Him on the mountain top!

I feel so full of joy even though Denis and I could only join through the internet on Mary TV. The grace just flowed to us from Medjugorje. So much peace! So much joy! So much truth and light! It was a true celebration of God.

Thank you, Medjugorje. Thank you, St. James Parish. Thank you, Archbishop Hoser and the Cardinals and Bishops who joined the young people there. Thank you, to the over 700 priests who ministered to the young people, through Holy Mass and especially through Confession! Thank you to the people of Medjugorje who housed and fed the over 50,000 young people who came from all over the world! And especially, thank you to you, Mother Mary, for creating such a beautiful oasis of peace in Medjugorje by your presence there. You are truly present. You have given evident signs of your presence for all to see!!

All the sessions of the Youth Festival are available at www.marytv.tv  in a special archive window on the home page, directly under the Channel. The Youth Festival is worth watching again and again! And it is a great gift to share with others, especially young people. Thanks to our team for providing for these recordings and for streaming the live presentations so perfectly!! It was a labor of love!

Today is also the day to begin a novena to Our Lady for her Assumption into Heaven!! Archbishop Fulton Sheen predicted that within 30 years of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, God would send the cure for the ills of this present age due to modernism, egoism, and materialism. That cure would be through Our Lady. And it happened! The Dogma was proclaimed in 1950. And in 1981, Our Lady descended to Medjugorje to appear to the visionaries and create her oasis of peace there! And look at the fruit!!

The Youth Festival is an example of that cure! A huge example of the cure to all the ills of our age. Instead of modernism, she proclaims eternal truth! Instead of egoism, she teaches us love and self-gift. Instead of materialism, she imbues us with the simplicity of the spiritual life.

I found a beautiful prayer written by Pope Pius X to Our Lady which we could pray for these nine days before the feast. I will include it in my reflections.

Thank you to all of you who are responding to Our Lady’s call. She is the cure for all that afflicts us in these days. We are the most blessed of children!



Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
by Pope St. Pius X

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of humanity, we believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of his beloved disciple: “Behold your son,” and we who call upon you as our mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life. 
 
We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.

We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb.

O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
Amen.

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

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On August 3, 2019 Our Lady was processed throughout the Youth Festival,
honored and loved by all! 
 
 
August 5, 2019
Day 5 of the 30th Youth Festival in Medjugorje 
The actual birthday of Our Lady, as revealed to the visionaries in 1984.
 
Dear Family of Mary,
 
The visionaries tell us that Our Lady told them that August 5 is her actual birth date. She told them that on August 5, 1984 it would be her 2000th birthday! She asked them to help her celebrate. But like a good mother, Our Lady didn’t ask for presents for herself. Instead she asked for fasting, prayer, and confession. She wanted the graces of her birthday to flow into the hearts of her children. Here is what she told Jelena Vasilj:

To Jelena, after inquiring about August 5th, 1984, if they would be celebrating her two thousandth birthday:  
   
“Throughout the centuries, I have given myself completely to you. Is it too much to give me three days? Do not work on those days. Take your rosaries and pray. Fasting has been forgotten during the last quarter of the century, within the Catholic Church.”

And in preparation, she said to the visionaries: 
 
“The priest who will hear confession will have great joy on that day.”
 
During these 3 days of fasting and continuous prayer the visionaries say the Blessed Virgin was very Joyful. Our Lady repeated: 

“I am very happy; continue, continue! Continue to pray and to fast.”

Then, on the day of her birthday we were told this:
 
Sunday, August 5, 1984
The celebration of the second millennium of Mary’s birthday was preceded by three days of fasting and continuous prayer. Seventy priests heard confessions without rest; there were a great number of conversions.  And Our Lady said:

“Never in my life have I cried with sorrow, as I have cried this evening with joy. Thank you!”

Her joy seemed to have reached a peak Sunday, August 5th. Like a flower when it blooms, and full of joy, Our Lady said:
 
“Continue, continue, open your hearts, ask God and I will ask for you.”
 
It was reported that many conversions happened that day, and that people driving near Medjugorje were mysteriously drawn to the village, where they went to confession and had dramatic conversions. The priests were exhausted from hearing confessions!
 
Ever since that day, many have observed August 5 as a special day of prayer and celebration. Each year Marija Pavlovic and her family and friends pray and fast, and prepare to greet Our Lady with joy.  Here is what Marija said on August 5, 2014:
 
Today is a special day. Today is the feast of Our Lady’s birthday. Our Lady always comes in a golden dress, because it is her feast! And we are preparing many flowers, roses! And we are praying a novena, and we are offering tonight for some hours, all our little sacrifices to Our Lady, flowers, fasting, praying our novena!
 
In a special way today (August 5) Our Lady always comes with big joy! She asks us to be her extended hands for everyone who does not believe and who does not pray. So in a special way I call all of you to be in union with us in prayer. I will pray for all of you, for all your intentions, for all that is in your heart, and in a special way for all the sick people, all non-believers, all the elderly and all who do not have the possibility to come to Medjugorje. So you will all be in my prayer, and I call all of you to be in union with us, with Our Lady tonight! God bless you all!
 
I am sure that Marija is continuing this tradition this year as well. We can all join her in making little sacrifices and praying today in a special way for Our Lady’s intentions. Who knows, we may all see some dramatic conversions today. The Father cannot refuse Mary on her birthday! He will grant all her requests, ours included!
 
Happy Birthday, dearest Mother Mary! We love you intensely!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2019
 
PS. This is the last full day of the 30th Annual Youth Festival. It has been extraordinary!! Our team has worked very hard to bring the events to us – live – every day! They topped off a long day yesterday by streaming the Cenacolo play which followed the theme “Follow Me”!! It was amazing, and can be viewed on our homepage at this link:

https://marytv.tv/youth-festival-2019/  

Here is the schedule for this day of the Festival:
 
Monday, August 5th, 2019.
09.00 Prayer, Catechesis, Testimonies
12.00 The Angelus
Recess
16.00 Testimonies
18.00 Rosary
19.00 Holy Mass
20.30 – 21.30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
21.30 – 22.00 MISSION
Singing farewell

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Archbishop Henryk Hoser at the opening Mass of the Youth Festival
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August 3, 2019 
First Saturday 
Day 3, Youth Festival in Medjugorje

Dear Family of Mary,

We find ourselves already on Day 3 of the 30th Youth Festival in Medjugorje.  Already so much grace has fallen upon us all.  The candle light veneration of the Holy Cross last night was so moving.  So many little lights, joining together to make a bright light for God.  It is a good image for our Christian lives.  We each must live our faith with courage and hope, and together our lives will make a bright light for the world!  Here is a shot of the festival during the candle light veneration of the Cross!!  Wow!!



Here is the Schedule for today:

 Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. 

09.00 Prayer, Catechesis, Testimonies  
12.00 The Angelus
Recess
16.00 Testimonies
18.00 Rosary
19.00 Holy Mass
20.30 – 21.30 Procession with Our Lady’s statue
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

I also was able to transcribe the opening remarks of Archbishop Henryk Hoser, during the press conference on Thursday evening before the first session of the Youth Festival.  He spoke beautifully of the grace of Medjugorje, a place of peace and prayer.  Here is my transcription.  (Remember that the Archbishop spoke in Italian, was translated into Croatian, and then into English!!) 

Archbishop Henryk Hoser – Press Conference in Medjugorje – August 1, 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening!

We are gathered in this very important moment to speak of the event that has a wide and important meaning. Throughout the year in the life of Medjugorje, the Youth Festival has the most important place. Why is it important? Because it gathers the biggest number of pilgrims. And it is important because these pilgrims are young. And they are our future, the future of our world, of a better world. The young people are our hope. This year we celebrate the 30th Youth festival.

This encounter is important because this encounter is putting into service the abilities of all who work here. And this role of the media is important because it will pass on the message of Medjugorje.

What is Medjugorje. Medjugorje is one simple parish. There is no other title for Medjugorje. It is not a shrine or a basilica. It is a parish that is open to all the parishioners who live here, and it affects all the other parishes here and around the world. During the whole year pilgrims are coming from the whole world, and today they are coming from at least 80 countries.

From the material point of view, Medjugorje is nothing special. Medjugorje is offering a completely natural landscape. And what happens is that pilgrims are gathering from all over the world. They carry all different situations. But here they find communion. Here we discover that we are all sons and daughters of one Father. We discover that we are all sons and daughters of one Mother. We are all here under the influence of the Holy Spirit. And this phenomenon we will see during this youth festival.

People who come here, especially young people, discover one dimension of life that was hidden. It is the spiritual dimension of life. This is the most important dimension of human life. It is the dimension that creates. The spiritual dimension we call the vertical dimension. And this is what the two hills show, Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain. For you to feel these mountains, you must climb. And all those who are at the base of the mountain get up and climb.

For Medjugorje, two things are necessary. Time. It takes time, at least one week to be here. It also takes place. Here in Medjugorje we have three places. The first place is the Church. Second is Cross Mountain. Cross Mountain which was consecrated to Christ the Redeemer. The Third is Apparition Hill. It is the place of our Lady.

The First sign is the church. A few days ago, we celebrated the feast day of St. James, the patron of Medjugorje. The parish, established in 1892, was consecrated to the Patron Saint James, the Patron Saint of pilgrims. Just like pilgrims go to Saint James of Compostela, pilgrims now come to St. James of Medjugorje.

The second sign here is Cross Mountain. No one knew its future meaning. The Cross was erected in 1933, the Jubilee Year of the Death of Christ.

And the third sign is Apparition Hill where Our Lady came – This is the Holy Triangle of Medjugorje.

Also, another sign is the new church which was consecrated in 1969. At that time, it was too big. Too big for the population that lived here at that time, because it was a small village. Now this has become the world’s parish, and that church is too small for everyone.

The phenomenon of Medjugorje has held for over 38 years. In these 38 years what has been created is something offered to pilgrims, something most precious. What was created were the paths where we climb Apparition Hill and we meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary. And on Cross Mountain, we pray the way of the Cross. And during these 38 years, we worked on the canon of Medjugorje, the Liturgy and para-liturgy that happens around the church. Medjugorje has a weekly program. We need to spend at least one week here, because what is offered is very different.

Catechesis is offered and Holy Mass in many languages. Pilgrims have the possibility to participate in Spiritual retreats and conferences. And what is so special in Medjugorje are the seminars on fasting and prayer in silence. And so, for one week the pilgrims participate in prayer, are fed on the Word of God and in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as they live on bread and water. Seminars on fasting and prayer are offered to saturate us with all that is offered here. We spend too much in this society and produce loads of garbage because of Consumerism. And this experience of fasting offers us physical freedom in order to open up space for the spiritual.

We also have the prayer program in the evening. To keep us centered on God, we pray the Rosary and then Holy Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each day. The phenomenon of Medjugorje is also that we have confession. You could say that Medjugorje has become the confessional of the world. Here we confess in all languages. You know that in some of the countries personal confession has vanished. It doesn’t exist anymore. People here discover the Sacrament of God’s Mercy. What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation? What is the Sacrament that gives us peace in our hearts? There are so many confessions. Confessions of pure conversion that take place here. They are numerous.

When it comes to conversions, we calculate that during the duration of the phenomenon of Medjugorje, there have been about 800 priestly and religious vocations.

All of this I present to you is attracting many. All parishioners who live here feel responsible to accept all the pilgrims in a normal brotherly love. Everyone here feels well.

So, I greet all the journalists, who came for the festival so you will hear, see and witness the miracles that take place here. I hope you would see it. There is a great preparation, also the music which will be like a symphony, with an International choir. Beautiful singers!!

To organize this event, and to accept all pilgrims is possible only through all the lay people who work here in this parish. Also, we have young people from the parish. They have T shirts, blue. Have a good time during your stay in Medjugorje.  (Archbishop Hoser speaking about Medjugorje) 

Let’s give thanks for the Apostolic Visitor who is taking such good care of us all in Medjugorje!!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©MaryTV 2019

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Mirjana encounters Our Lady on August 2, 2019
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August 2, 2019

Dear Family of Mary,

The August 2nd, 2019 Message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace:

Dear children! Great is the love of my Son. If you were to come to know the greatness of His love, you would never cease to adore and thank Him. He is always alive with you in the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is His Heart. The Eucharist is the heart of faith. He has never left you. Even when you tried to go away from Him, He has not [left] you. That is why my motherly heart is happy when I watch how you-filled with love-return to Him, when I see that you are coming to Him by the way of reconciliation, love, and hope.

My motherly heart knows that when you set out on the way of faith, you are shoots-buds. But along with prayer and fasting you will be fruits, my flowers, apostles of my love; you will be carriers of light and will illuminate all those around you with love and wisdom.

My children, as a mother I am imploring you: pray, think, and contemplate. Everything beautiful, painful and joyful that happens to you-all of this makes you grow spiritually, so that my Son may grow in you. My children, surrender yourselves to Him, believe Him, trust in His love, let Him lead you. Let the Eucharist be the place where you will feed your souls, and afterwards, will spread love and truth-will bear witness to my Son. Thank you. (August 2, 2019) 


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

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August 1, 2019
St. Alphonsus Liguori
Day 1, Youth Festival in Medjugorje

Dear Family of Mary,

Today is the first day of the 30th Youth Festival in Medjugorje! Tonight, starting at 6:00 pm, the Festival will begin! There will be the usual hour of the Rosary before Holy Mass. But then there will be the Welcoming Ceremony with a procession of all the countries represented at the festival, followed by the Opening Mass and then Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!! It is always so encouraging to see all the flags of the countries present! Such hope for the world!!

Below is the entire schedule for the 30th Youth Festival in Medjugorje. You don’t want to miss a single thing, and it will be streamed, live, at www.marytv.tv  !!


2019 Youth Festival
Be a part of the 30th Youth Festival in Medjugorje LIVE with MaryTV.
(All times Medjugorje Time)

Thursday, August 1st, 2019.
18.00 Rosary
19.00 SOLEMN OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL
Holy Mass
21.00 – 22.00 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, August 2nd, 2019. 
06.00 – 06.40 Rosary on Apparition Hill at Our Lady’s statue
09.00 Prayer, Catechesis, Testimonies
12.00 The Angelus
Recess
16.00 Testimonies
18.00 Rosary
19.00 Holy Mass
20.30 – 21.30 Meditation with candles, Prayer before the Cross

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. 
09.00 Prayer, Catechesis, Testimonies
12.00 The Angelus
Recess
16.00 Testimonies
18.00 Rosary
19.00 Holy Mass
20.30 – 21.30 Procession with Our Lady’s statue
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Sunday, August 4th, 2019. 
Morning – Holy Masses according to language groups
16.00 Testimonies (Cenacolo)
18.00 Rosary
19.00 Holy Mass
21.15 Theatre and musical show (Cenacolo): CREDO

Monday, August 5th, 2019.
09.00 Prayer, Catechesis, Testimonies
12.00 The Angelus
Recess
16.00 Testimonies
18.00 Rosary
19.00 Holy Mass
20.30 – 21.30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
21.30 – 22.00 MISSION
Singing farewell

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019.
Climbing the Cross Mountain
05.00 Holy Mass on Cross Mountain.


See you there! On Mary TV!!!

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

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July 31, 2019
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Dear Family of Mary!

Yesterday, the first reading at Holy Mass was from Exodus 33 and 34, about Moses meeting with the Lord in the Tent of Meeting which was pitched outside of the camp. The Israelites had sinned and so the Lord no longer would come into their midst but would appear to Moses in the Tent outside of the camp. This was a significant change in God’s relationship to His people. Fr. John Kane gave a beautiful homily on this reading from Exodus, that I have transcribed. I think it will be a blessing for us all. You can also go to our English Mass Archives to listen to the homily yourselves, July 30, 2019.

Here is the transcribed homily of Fr. John Kane, given in Medjugorje at English Mass on July 30, 2019:
 
I was listening to the first reading and I suppose there was an element of sadness thinking perhaps why was it that the Tent of meeting was outside the camp? That Moses had to leave the people of Israel, God’s chosen ones ultimately, and yet to come out in order to speak to the Lord while all the people would stand or bow down at the entrance of their homes. And they would have to wait then for Moses to come back. He was like that mediator between God and His people.

But we know from this Exodus story that something terrible did happen. Because you know it wasn’t God’s plan that the Tent would be outside the camp. God’s plan was that for God’s people in every home there would be a Tent of meeting. In every home there would be a priest that would offer that sacrifice of praise to God on behalf of his people. But we know from this Exodus story something terrible did happen.

You remember the Golden Calf? Remember that story? Moses was up the mountain with the Lord and the Ten Commandments were being offered. And he was coming down off the mountain and he saw the apostasy. The people had returned to their pagan practices from Egypt. So quickly. So easily they fell back into their idolatry. And there was the Golden Calf before them all.

Immediately, what happens when we turn from God. We separate ourselves from His blessing, from His grace, from His presence, from His Tent. And so there must be this separation between God and us. And that is ultimately what happened in the desert with God’s chosen people. And what ultimately happened is that God had to make a concessionary plan where he would have to compromise with that original plan that He desired. And I think that is what God has done right throughout our salvation history. He has compromised with us. He has put up with us, because maybe He knows that we are all tainted by original sin.

We are incapable of true worship by our own means. That there is a need for someone to intercede on our behalf to make up for all that is lacking within us. How wonderful the mercy of God is! How wonderful God is that even though we are all sinners that God would make up for it all. I’m just thinking of the first time I came here, oh a long time ago.

How separated I really was from the Lord. I had no interest or desire to pray. I did everything instead of turning up here for Mass. All my intentions were self-centered. It was all about me. I thought I had it all figured out. I was looking at all of you guys and thinking, “Oh they haven’t got a clue.” Isn’t it terrible how we can be so critical?

And yet, God is so good. So merciful! It is as if He knew ahead. He could see ahead of all that pride and selfishness and ego, and He said, “Don’t worry, John, you will come to me eventually. I will break into your heart. I will reveal myself in the midst of your pain and suffering, in the midst of your ego-centered, self-centered way. Because I have a plan for you. A plan for peace and prosperity as our Scripture reminds us.

And He did, He brought me up that mountain. I don’t know how I ended up there. And Vicka was having an apparition. It was earlier on, it wouldn’t be a frequent now. And I saw this girl go into her ecstasy. And I actually didn’t know what was happening at that moment. I had to ask the tour guide what was going on. He said, “Our Lady is here.” I think I turned to him and said, “Who?”

So, for 10 minutes or so I had to witness this phenomenon of an apparition. This miracle of God, in which He would break into our existence. To reveal His Blessed Mother and the True God who is for us. And you know I came down that mountain and all I recall that in my heart all I felt was that I wanted to go home. I wanted to go home and tell my mother that my brother was ok. Because my brother had died, you see, six months previous through cancer.

So, there was a great pain inside me, a great grief. Suffering and unanswered questions. It was all so painful. It was deep and I was trying to hide it, maybe. I couldn’t hide my joy coming down that mountain. A joy that has never left me in 25 years, maybe.

And that’s the gift of God. You see, the truth of God is this, that God loves me first. God loves all of us first. He takes the initiative. Otherwise we would have no need of Him.

Grace is primary. Without it we would not exist. And so, God in His mercy touched my broken, wounded heart. Just as Moses interceded and heard the cry of his people, that’s what happens for all of us. Cry out to God. He is only waiting, waiting to break in and do something for us.

And you know, he did it for the people. Ultimately His plan would be fulfilled, even with all the compromises through history. Because He sent Jesus to make up for everything. You see, Jesus became the tent of meeting. He is the Temple. And He entered and came among us. It is like He returned to the camp. Because He sat with the sinners. He came to the tax collectors, the sinners, the poor, the lame, the weak. You see, that is what we are. We are all broken and wounded and sinful.

And God knowing that by ourselves we were incapable, He went through it all and He entered. “The Word became flesh and He dwelt among us.”

And so here we are today in 2019 in Medjugorje, invited to enter the Temple. To enter the Kingdom of God that is among us. And here is the plan of God today.   Because we are all called to become priests. We are all called to imitate Him who is the High Priest. The One who entered the Temple and brought the ultimate sacrifice of Himself. And the great mystery of Church, and that is what we are, God’s body…we are called to share in that prayer, that sacrifice, that offering.

Can you see the Mystery that we are all invited to? Called to? Created for? It’s called holiness. Jesus said, “Be holy. Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” But it is not now by our own strength, as we might think (as young Fr. John taught all those years ago). But it is when we learn to surrender our lives to the ultimate strength and rely on God. To humble ourselves before His power and mercy, and say, “Save me, I am a sinner. I need your forgiveness.”

Even this morning I was looking for a priest. Isn’t that incredible! To know one’s need for God is the great key that opens the door to that life that God wants for us. The Spirit that He wants to pour into our hearts. But if there is sin, if there is an obstacle to that grace, then we are incapable. We will remain outside the Tent. That separation between us and God remains.

Let’s not let these days go to waste. Let’s strive to encounter that mercy. Maybe we have to go to the mountain first to meet our brokenness. To become weak, so that we will run back down again and cue up for that confession again, and find that priest, and ultimately experience the free gift of God’s mercy. Who only desires to embrace us. Amen.
(Homily for English Mass, Medjugorje, July 30,2019 – Fr. John Kane)

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