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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
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July 30, 2019
St. Peter Chrysologus

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! My call for you is prayer. May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God…” (July 25, 2019)

When I first read this message, I wondered what Our Lady could mean by “a wreath which binds you to God.” For my English language ears, it seemed a bit odd. So, I did some investigating of the word “wreath” and I looked at some other translations of the message to see what words were used. Here is what I found:

Synonyms of the word “wreath”: garland, chaplet, circlet, coronet, crown…

They all can mean a circle of woven flowers or leaves into a round adornment. (One could make a wreath out of roses!) But some of these words carry another meaning as well. Chaplet reminds us of the circle of beads that we call the Rosary. And coronet or crown remind us that the Rosary is also associated with the Crown of Our Lady. So, it seems that this wreath alludes to the Rosary, the prayer of the Rosary!

Here are some translation versions:

Croatian: vijenac
French:  la couronne 
Italian:  una corona
German: der Kranz  
Spanish: una corona
 

All of these words refer to a wreath, but some of them carry with them the meaning of a crown. In Italian the Rosary can be called “la Corona del Rosario”. And that is what finally convinced me that Our Lady was referring to the Rosary as the wreath that binds us to God.

And isn’t it true! The Rosary is a strong prayer that brings so much peace when we pray it. It is a beautiful prayer that helps us open our hearts to the Holy Spirit. It is a simple prayer that in so many ways draws our hearts away from the complications of our modern world into a relationship of trust and surrender to the God who loves us. The Rosary is a deep prayer, in which we meditate on the mysteries of the life of Jesus. Those mysteries teach us so much about our fallen nature and the price that Jesus had to pay to save us, not to mention the joy of eternal life that awaits us. This wreath of prayer is a stronger bond than any earthly chain. It is made of roses, but those roses form an unbreakable bond with God.

May we pray our Rosary with all our hearts, with deep gratitude, because through the Rosary we are bound to God forever in bliss!     


“…And to me, my children, give the gift of the rosary, the roses which I love so much. My roses are your prayers pronounced with the heart and not only recited with the lips. My roses are your acts of prayer, faith and love. When my Son was little, he said to me that my children would be numerous and that they would bring me many roses. I did not comprehend Him. Now I know that you are those children who are bringing me roses…” (December 2, 2017)


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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July 29, 2019
St. Martha

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! My call for you is prayer. May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God. Little children, trials will come, and you will not be strong, and sin will reign but, if you are mine, you will win, because your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus. Therefore, little children, return to prayer until prayer becomes life for you in the day and the night. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (July 25, 2019)

It seems to me on this beautiful feast of St. Martha, that we can see exactly what Our Lady means in her message of July 25, 2019. Let me share the Gospel story that we all associate with St. Martha:

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.

Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”

The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42)

Our Lady tells us she is calling us to prayer. “May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God.” In this Gospel we see Mary at Jesus’ feet, unable to pull herself away from His presence. She is in deep prayer. Her soul is completely open to His words. Her heart is responding with love. She has found her refuge in the Heart of Jesus!

But Martha has not yet encountered Jesus with her heart. It seems she is only relating to Him in a social way, being a good hostess. In this “work” she is doing, she is experiencing her own weakness. She is burdened with much serving. As Our Lady says in the message, “Trials will come, you will not be strong…” Martha was experiencing her own weakness in the trial of hosting Jesus. She was trying to meet the trial with her own strength. It is never enough.

And so Jesus tells Martha: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” What is that one thing? It is to realize exactly what Our Lady told us: “your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus.” In our trials and difficulties, we must remember this. Our refuge is in the Heart of Jesus. Yes, we will be weak in the days ahead. Yes, we will fail if we try to overcome our trials by our own strength. But if we run to the Heart of Jesus in prayer, and stay there, we will win! We will succeed in helping Our Lady and Jesus to save souls.

St. Martha learned her lessen well. She later professed great faith in Jesus, when he came to raise Lazarus from death. She knew that Jesus was her refuge and stayed within that refuge even in the face of the tragedy of her brother’s death.

We too must learn our lessen. We need to do as Our Lady has told us: “Therefore, little children, return to prayer until prayer becomes life for you in the day and the night.” Day and night, we must run to the Heart of Jesus in prayer, to find wisdom, strength, hope, power and love.

Saints Martha and Mary, pray for us.  Mother Mary, intercede for us in these days of trial.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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July 25, 2019
St. James, Apostle


Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the July 25, 2019 Message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace:
 
“Dear children! My call for you is prayer. May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God. Little children, trials will come and you will not be strong, and sin will reign but, if you are mine, you will win, because your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus. Therefore, little children, return to prayer until prayer becomes life for you in the day and the night. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (July 25, 2019)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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July 24, 2019
St. Sharbel Makhluf

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! I am thanking God for each of you. In a special way, little children, thank you for having responded to my call. I am preparing you for the new times that you may be firm in faith and persevering in prayer, so that the Holy Spirit may work through you and renew the face of the earth. I am praying with you for peace which is the most precious gift, even though Satan wants war and hatred. You, little children, be my extended hands and proudly go with God. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (June 25, 2019)

Tomorrow Our Lady will give us a new message for the 25th of the month. In preparation for that message, it is good to look at her last message for the 25th, in order to thank her for it and try one more time to respond to it.  

This message struck me as a sort of turning point. She tells us how grateful she is for each of us!! She thanks God for each of us! We are like gifts to her, gifts given by the Father, for He has moved us by the Spirit to find her in Medjugorje. He it was who arranged everything so we would discover Our Lady of Medjugorje. And we are now in a beautiful relationship of love with her because of that introduction by the Father.

That alone moves me deeply. It was a great grace that we received when we first heard of Medjugorje. It was the beginning of a new life for me, and I am sure for all of you. God gave us that grace, through many different means, but once we all heard of Our Lady’s presence, it changed our lives. We now visit Medjugorje, read her messages, and respond to her call. We were chosen.

And Our Lady tells us that she is preparing us for the new times! It seems that those new times are coming now. But they will come only through a battle. We will be those who pray for peace while Satan will work hard for war and hatred. We will be firm in faith, while many will fight against faith. We will persevere in prayer while many will not pray. It is going to be a confrontation that we will accept with peace and trust because Our Lady will be with us. She will work through us. And together we will “proudly go with God”.

It seems that we are going to face the battle for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our faith, prayer, courage, hope, trust, perseverance and peace will defeat the enemy and bring us into that time. We have been chosen. The Father has given us to Our Lady to be her companions in this battle for souls.

“You, little children, be my extended hands and proudly go with God.”

Amen!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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July 23, 2019
St. Bridget

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady has spoken of the “Heavenly Father” many times in her messages, at least 91 times. She seems to want us to know Him, just as we know Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The Father loves us infinitely. He is the best of fathers. But do we know Him? Do we talk with Him in prayer?

Here is one message where Our Lady asked us to grow in love with the Heavenly Father:

“Dear children, anew, in a motherly way, I am calling you to love, to continually pray for the gift of love, to love the Heavenly Father above everything.

“When you love Him, you will love yourself and your neighbor. This cannot be separated.

“The Heavenly Father is in each person. He loves each person and calls each person by name.

“Therefore, my children, through prayer hearken to the will of the Heavenly Father.

“Converse with Him.

“Have a personal relationship with the Father, which will deepen even more your relationship as a community of my children – my apostles.

“As a mother I desire that, through the love for the Heavenly Father, you may be raised above earthly vanities and may help others to gradually come to know and come closer to the Heavenly Father.

“My children, pray, pray, pray for the gift of love because ‘love’ is my Son. Pray for your shepherds that they may always have love for you as my Son had and showed by giving His life for your salvation. Thank you.” (November 02, 2013)

Each line of this message speaks volumes. I like to separate the sentences so that I can meditate on each one, mulling it over in my head, hearing it with the ears of my heart, reading the words with the eyes of my heart, and letting it form images in my mind.

Let me offer some thoughts that might emerge as we take this message, line by line.

What does Our Lady mean by “in a motherly way?” What do I think of when I think of the motherly way?
 
I thought love was something I had to do by myself. How can love be a gift?
 
I never thought about loving the Heavenly Father above everything! But it is the 1st Commandment.
Isn’t it true that unless I love the Father, I cannot love myself or anyone else properly! Putting the Father first in my life could help me to love my family properly. His love could inform my natural love.
 
I usually think of Jesus or the Spirit as being within me. But the Father is there as well! How can I be aware of His loving presence? How can I recognize Him in others?

Hearken to the will of the Heavenly Father…. that means listen to Him speaking to me within, showing me the way His love wants to move me and guide me. His will is His love!!

His presence gives each person a special dignity. We were made to be in His likeness. Each person, individually.

She tells us to converse with the Heavenly Father…just like Jesus did!!

Well, that is a start. You can take each word Our Lady says and have a conversation with her as well!!
 
Oh, Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Our Mother to us in these days to teach us the happy way of love that You have given to us as the gift of your heart. You want us to be happy with you forever, through love. May we listen to You in our hearts all day today. We need you.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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With Sincere Repentance of Heart!
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July 22, 2019
St. Mary Magdalene

Dear Family of Mary!

Today we remember and give thanks for St. Mary Magdalene! She was a great sinner who became a very great saint by encountering Jesus when she was most in need of His forgiveness and protection. St. Mary Magdalene loved much because she had been forgiven for so much. Her love for Jesus was deep and strong, allowing her to give witness to Him before Pharisees, Roman Soldiers, and jeering crowds, staying beneath the Cross through Jesus’ entire agony and death. Her love teaches us what love really is. May we learn from her how to fall completely in love with our Savior.

Our Lady was St. Mary Magdalene’s teacher in this love, and she is now teaching us. Let’s listen to her words today:

January 2, 2010 “Dear children, Today I am calling you to, with complete trust and love, set out with me because I desire to acquaint you with my Son. Do not be afraid, my children, I am here with you; I am next to you. I am showing you the way to forgive yourselves, to forgive others, and, with sincere repentance of heart, to kneel before the Father. Make everything die in you that hinders you from loving and saving, that you may be with Him and in Him. Decide for a new beginning, a beginning of sincere love of God Himself. Thank you.”
 
St. Mary Magdalene, please help us to live Our Lady’s words in this message, today and every day.

Here is a beautiful litany in honor of St. Mary Magdalene:


LITANY OF ST MARY MAGDALENE 

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

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
 
Saint Mary Magdalen, pray for us. 
Sister of Martha and Lazarus, etc.
Thou who did enter the Pharisee’s house to anoint the feet of Jesus,
Who did wash His feet with your tears,
Who did dry them with your hair,
Who did cover them with kisses,
Who was vindicated by Jesus before the proud Pharisee,
Who from Jesus received the pardon of your sins,
Who before darkness was restored to light,
Mirror of penance,
Disciple of Our Lord,
Wounded with the love of Christ,
Most dear to the Heart of Jesus,
Constant woman,
Last at the Cross of Jesus, first at His tomb, 
You who were the first to see Jesus risen,
Whose forehead was sanctified by the touch of thy risen Master,
Apostle of apostles,
Who chose the “better part,”
Who lived for many years in solitude being miraculously fed,
Who was visited by angels seven times a day,
Sweet advocate of sinners,
Spouse of the King of Glory,

V.  Saint Mary Magdalen, earnestly intercede for us with your Divine Master.
R.  That we may share your happiness in Heaven.

Let Us Pray

May the glorious merits of blessed Mary Magdalen, we beseech Thee, O Lord, make our offerings acceptable to Thee, for Thine only-begotten Son chose graciously to accept the humble service she rendered.  We ask this through Him Who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Ghost, God forever and ever. R. Amen.

May the prayers of blessed Mary Magdalen help us, O Lord, for it was in answer to them that Thou did call her brother Lazarus, four days after death, back from the grave to life, Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost, Unity in Trinity, world without end.  R. Amen.

Prayer Source: Kyrie Eleison – Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M., The Magnificat Press, 1944
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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July 19, 2019


Dear Family of Mary!

May 02, 2019 “Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to respond to the great love of my Son, with pure and open hearts, with complete trust. I know the greatness of His love. I carried Him within me, the Host in the heart, the light and the love of the world. My children, also my addressing you is a sign of the love and tenderness of the Heavenly Father – a big smile filled with the love of my Son, a call to eternal life. Out of love, the Blood of my Son was shed for you. That Precious Blood is for your salvation, for eternal life. The Heavenly Father created man for eternal happiness. It is not possible for you who know the love of my Son and who follow Him to die. Life triumphed; my Son is alive. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, may prayer show you the way and the means of spreading the love of my Son – prayer in the most exalted form. My children, also when you strive to live the words of my Son, you are praying. When you love the people whom you meet, you are spreading the love of my Son. It is love that opens the doors of Paradise. My children, from the beginning, I prayed for the Church. Therefore, I am also calling you, apostles of my love, to pray for the Church and her servants – for those whom my Son called. Thank you.” (May 02, 2019)

 
Litany Precious Blood

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

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. 
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son
of the Eternal Father, save us. (after each line) 
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, 
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, 
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, 
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, 
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, 
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, 
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, 
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, 
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, 
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, 
Blood of Christ, victor over demons, 
Blood of Christ, courage of martyrs, 
Blood of Christ, strength of confessors, 
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins, 
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, 
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, 
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, 
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, 
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, 
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, 
Blood of Christ, pledge of Eternal Life, 
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, 
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,

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

V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

Let us pray:
Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his blood. Grant, we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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July 18, 2019
Saint Camillus de Lellis

Dear Family of Mary!

Today Jesus and Mary want to offer us rest. We are all tired. Our struggles, both physical, emotional and spiritual are wearing us out. Our hearts are very often heavy, due to the sorrows of this world. We have little or no control over our circumstances. And so, worry can entrap us. But this is not what Jesus and Mary want for us. They are with us to help us every day to stay in the peace of God.

Jesus told us the way to find rest in the Gospel for today (I have separated the sentences so we can read them slowly and prayerfully):

“Jesus said:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,

for I am meek and humble of heart;

and you will find rest for yourselves.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt 11:28-30) 

Jesus calls us to come to Him. Come to Him….

Our Lady says the same: 
   
“Dear children, In this restless time, anew I am calling you to set out after my Son – to follow Him.

I know of the pain, suffering and difficulties, but in my Son you will find rest; in Him you will find peace and salvation.

My children, do not forget that my Son redeemed you by His Cross and enabled you, anew, to be children of God; to be able to, anew, call the Heavenly Father: ‘Father’.

To be worthy of the Father, love and forgive, because your Father is love and forgiveness.

Pray and fast, because that is the way to your purification, it is the way of coming to know and becoming cognizant of the Heavenly Father.

When you become cognizant of the Father, you will comprehend that He is all you need.

I, as a mother, desire my children to be in a community of one single people where the Word of God is listened to and carried out. (Our Lady said this resolutely and with emphasis.)

Therefore, my children, set out after my Son.
Be one with Him.

Be God’s children.

Love your shepherds as my Son loved them when He called them to serve you. Thank you.” (June 02, 2013)

Amen and Amen!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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July 17, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

We have a another beautiful homily by Fr. Max today.  It was given yesterday, July 16.  Fr. Max makes the point that Elijah is a precursor of Mary, and the Cloud that was Mary that rose over the mountain for Elijah is now Medjugorje rising over the Church.  We are in very important times.  And we need to be clothed by Mary.  Listen to his words:

Opening remarks at the beginning of Mass:

 
This month of July as we contemplate, venerate, adore the most precious blood of Jesus, which is the very center. The center of Jesus is His Heart! But His heart is filled with blood! This blood is the very home of His love, the habitat of His love. And this love makes His blood boiling and feeding the whole body continuously in the Eucharistic celebration throughout the world in the history of the Church and for all times as we are allowed to enter into the heart of Jesus. We believe in his heart, in his love.

We contemplate today Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. She introduces us…brings us to the depth of spiritual life to contemplate, to enter into the heart of Jesus, that in holy simplicity to abide in love. That’s all about spiritual life, deep spiritual life, Mary said in simplicity. She wants to lead us there. And then she said, “But you are so cold!” She said that in 1989 in a message [Feb 1989] Let us ask the grace that we may truly believe in the love of God, in an intimacy that he wants to have with each one of us.

 
Today in the church we are so head orientated and seldom let the heart speak too. From the head to enter into the heart. That’s the whole journey of the spiritual life. There Mary wants to guide us.

She speaks of the triumph of her Immaculate Heart. And so today as we look to her as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we know that in a certain way this celebration is closely linked to Medjugorje, because Carmel is the place where Elijah the prophet is like the precursor of the order of Mt. Carmel. They themselves – the order of Carmelites – don’t speak about a founder. Their founder, in a certain way, was Elijah. Obviously, Our Lady, but Elijah is the precursor of the holy order.

Then in history of time, of the Church this precursor we know, on the 24th of June, here, Mary appears here on the feast day of St. John the Baptist, who Jesus says is Elijah. So today, here, Mary wants again to bring us the heavenly dew, to bring us to Christ, to the little cloud. Let us open our hearts to grace. Let us ask humbly, pardon for our coldness, for whenever we didn’t follow her gentle advice, to let ourselves be guided into deep spiritual life in holy simplicity. Letting ourselves be loved, and love.

Homily:

 
Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel and bowed down to the earth, putting his face between his knees. I think that is a beautiful sign of contemplative prayer, where our intellect, our thoughts are silenced in prayer of adoration, humble, confident loving prayer of adoration.
 
St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite Doctor of the Church (actually the Carmelites they have of the four women who are doctors of the church, they have Two are Carmelites. One is Edith Stein, (St Theresa Benedicta of the cross). She is one of the patrons of Europe. How many saints the Carmelites have! That Order in the Church which gives us the charism of deep prayer and contemplation.
 
And so, for St. John of the Cross, another Doctor of the Church. He says that his prayer is just loving. Obviously, love is not an emotion but a result of ardent faith. For him prayer is an exercise of faith. But when we think of exercise we think of something from the head. No, it’s he says the same God which ancient saints contemplate in heaven with awe and love and adoration, burning in His love, jubilating in his love, that same God- you are before Him always. But most especially in prayer. So, exercise our eyes of faith. Make acts of faith in the presence of God always. But the most special way as you to enter into prayer.
 
If we would have a seed, a mustard seed of faith, Jesus said, we would move mountains. A mustard seed is very little, but the quality of a mustard seed is that it is alive. We can have a mountain of faith which is dead but no charity in it. The life of faith is charity.

So anyway deep contemplative prayer is not a matter of a lot of thinking, St. Teresa of Avila said. Even without a lot of speaking, but with a lot of loving. So, in simplicity, Mary wants to guide us here in a deep spiritual life. And therefore, Medjugorje has very much to do with Mount Carmel.

For as we come here the first time in Medjugorje, the second time in Medjugorje, Medjugorje becomes a spiritual journey, and then we have to understand better what prayer is. It is not to recite prayer. But to open ourselves to prayer which is a relationship in its essence.

Now obviously in a relationship in the beginning, we will talk. We talk a lot, we get to know each other. Where are you from, what do you do, what are your hobbies? Whatever. You get to know a person. But then there comes a moment when you look at each other, we contemplate each other. We embrace each other. And all that creates an intimacy.

God would like to do all that with each one of us. He would like to enter into intimacy with us. Heart to heart. He gives His Heart and the very contents of his heart, which is His Blood. Where resides His love, His burning love.

So, we have to be careful as we pray, when God touches our hearts. We shouldn’t say to God, “God, wait a moment, I have to finish my prayers.” Sometimes we just recite prayer and then we have done our duty. No there is much more. Infinitely more. That is just the beginning.

There is no end to the Love of God. The only end is “oneness”. And that will be fully completed only in heaven. Here on earth it remains a journey. A daily adventure, a daily encounter. Always deeper. If we let ourselves be guided by His Holy Spirit. Because this is Jesus Christ, the Author and Perfecto of our Faith.

Obviously we see this journey. We see it in this Gospel, but also in Elijah. He went up the mountain. Just divine providence, here in Medjugorje we have two mountains. Medjugorje means “between the mountains.” He went up the mountain, which we know ends in Calvary.

Now we all want the sweetness of intimacy with Jesus, but seldom do people want to share in His crosses, in His Passion. And that is actually necessary. St. John of the Cross said very few want that. They want only the joys and the pleasures. But to have these joys and pleasures, always deeper we have to get rid of self. Where there is “I” there is not God. We have to make space, room, for God in us.

As we pray, let us learn in the silence, in the stillness. God speaks in the silence of our hearts. We have rooms of words. So, to find each day moments of silence. A moment of stillness and listening to God who speaks to us in other words, words without noise. And that silence is most beautiful, it is filled with divine love, goodness, beauty.

Another saint, Elizabeth of the Trinity, another Carmelite nun, said “God is silence.” And she said, “In prayer, we live already in heaven, here on earth, for God is in our heart, and God is heaven.” Those are some of her words.

So to look to the Carmelite spirituality, not what others wrote about them, but what the saints say. Go to the root, go to the fountain. And don’t drink from the plastic bottles in all the books. Go to the root. Find what they said. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross. It is a little bit hard with St. john of the Cross. Start with little Therese of the Child Jesus, she is another Carmelite Doctor of the Church, who shows us the little way. It is just confident trust and abandonment. Assurance, to be loved.

That journey is good, contemplated through the Rosary. In fact, the soul of the Rosary, as St. John Paul II said…the soul of the Rosary is the life of Jesus. The saints, like St. Teresa of Avila, and many other saints, contemplated specially the Sorrowful Mysteries. Jesus’ Passion, His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, His Crucifixion. But as you pray the Rosary, never think it is something of the past. For it is always now. It is always now.

When you pray the Sorrowful Mysteries, we must be with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, because it is always now. He’s not bound by time. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He embraces all time and space. And everything He brings to the Father.

So, as you pray the Glorious Mysteries, it is the Ascension. It is always Ascension time. The whole history, although today it doesn’t seem so, because we see so many evil things going on…domination and dictatorship of relevatism, of communism, whatever in the world, as we see the world in entirety. And yet, Christ is reigning and bringing everything to the Father.

But we can make a conscious choice to say yes to that journey. And so, we help others to find their way home. For we are all here on that journey. And that is the very reason for our lives, the meaning of our lives. Mary said it is Christ, Himself. Only Him.

And on the journey Mary gives us her mantle. The Carmelites have the privilege to give us the scapular. Which is first of all protection, alive and when dying! How important that protection is. To be protected. The other meaning is that Mary wants to clothe us. She wants to clothe us, under her mantle. She wants to live in us. She wants to think in us, to breathe in us, to work through us, in order for what? To form in us, Christ.

That is the dignity of John under the Cross as Jesus entrusted John to Mary. “And he took her into his home.” That she could form again that miracle that is Christ in our hearts and in our midst in this world.

Mary is that little cloud that appeared as Elijah prayed. Obviously in the history of mankind that cloud is Mary. She brings us Jesus. But in the history of the Church, that cloud is Medjugorje. In the desert of our times, as I said, of all these new ideologies which come forth from the big mainstream, megatechs that today manipulate all of humanity. In that desert of our time, Medjugorje is like that little cloud. And it is getting bigger.

38 years ago, that little cloud seemed like nothing. Behind the Iron Curtain, a little village, 6 children, little children. But now after 38 years we see that that cloud has grown bigger. Eventually, and already, little drops of water are falling. How many conversions, how many vocations…but the full rain has not yet begun. The full rain of grace.

Mary said in her last message – a new Pentecost – she said, “the Holy Spirit will renew the face of the earth.” All this can be hastened, and we can contribute to it, through our daily prayer. Prayer in hiddenness. The Carmelites, they don’t pray in front of the plazas where everyone will see them. They remain hidden. St. Edith Stein, she wanted to be hidden, although she was a very famous philosopher before her conversion.

In silence, offering our lives, in union with Christ. That is the beauty of life. That is the fullness of life. And so, we can contribute and really become always more the Apostles of Love of Our Lady. She can clothe us daily, more and more through the Blood of Jesus. The Sacraments with Christ, her Son, who today through us wants to be present to the world. And draw all things to the Father. Amen.

 

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