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January 22, 2020
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn

Dear Family of Mary!

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

Matthew 6: 5-18

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

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

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

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

Pray then like this:

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

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

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

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

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

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 21, 2020
St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Dear Family of Mary!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some great reasons for us to fast.

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

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 20, 2020
St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, St. Sebastian, Martyr

Dear Family of Mary!

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

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


II. “THY KINGDOM COME”


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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“Hallowed be Thy Name”
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January 17, 2020
Dear Family of Mary!

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


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

I. “HALLOWED BE THY NAME”

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

Dear Family of Mary!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Family of Mary!

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Family of Mary!

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


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

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


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

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 13, 2020
St. Hilary – Bishop, Doctor of the Church

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)

This call to prayer from Our Lady says it all. Prayer is the gift we are being given in order to withstand the trials ahead and help spread the peace and mercy that are offered to us through Our Lady of Medjugorje.

I remember something Marija Pavlovic Lunetti said on October 24, 2017, in a talk she gave in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, right after Our Lady’s apparition to her. She said that she believed that now the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was beginning. That was in 2017. Here we are two years later, and we see that Triumph growing. Indeed, it is growing, even as the world seems to be growing farther away from God each day.

And that Triumph is happening in each one of us who pray, who respond to Our Lady’s call, her summons to prayer.

I would like to share with you a homily that Fr. Maximilian Dalve gave on November 18, 2017, just three weeks after Marija’s surprising statement. It is a beautiful description of prayer and how to make prayer our life, as it says in the July 25, 2019 message above.

Homily for November 18, 2017, Medjugorje English Mass with Fr. Maximilian.
 
Jesus in the Gospel on several occasions invites us, asks us, commands us, to pray unceasingly. St. Paul, in his letters repeats this teaching. Ephesians 6:18, he says, “Pray unceasingly, with every form of prayer in the Spirit.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:16 he says again, “Pray without ceasing.” He repeats it.

Mary, here in Medjugorje, clothes these words from the Gospel in motherly terms. She says also on several occasions words like “Fill every moment even with the smallest prayer.” Someone might ask how we can do that? I must work, I must eat, I must sleep, I can’t always sit in church and pray.
 
Now we must distinguish between a spirit of prayer which can embrace the whole day and a time spent exclusively on prayer. The spirit of prayer is expressed very well in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, N 2565. It says: “The Life of Prayer consists in being habitually in the presence of God, three times holy.” It is beautiful! As it says in the Bible of the Prophet Elijah, he says of himself, “I am the servant of the Lord at whose presence I stand,” This says everything.
 
The habit of spiritual recollection can bring us to this grace. And it is necessary because we live in this time of rationalism, in which I always must think about God, use my brain, use my intellect, and then we become tired of that.
 
It is, first, a matter of the heart. For a boyfriend, it is not difficult to think of his girlfriend continuously, because he is in love. It is a matter of love. Prayer is a relation, a friendship, says Theresa of Avila – and she is the mystic of prayer. And for us it is a joy to pray. It is joyful to be with our friend. So through prayer it becomes an experience of joy.

This initial effort, because we have to detach ourselves from the things of this world we love, from ourselves, and from all the other things we love, to truly love God, which makes our prayer an experience of love and of joy. So, Mary combines the effort and the spirit of prayer and she says, “Pray until prayer becomes joy for you.”
 
So, we must look to our daily prayer so that prayer for us is a joyful experience. To be happy to pray. Because we are with the one who loves us most. And joy is an eternal effect of our experience of love, St. Thomas Aquinas states. So, when we feel love, joy grows in our heart. Joy and peace.
 
There are people who say to me, “Father, I always pray. I am always with the Lord. From morning to evening. But I have two kids, I must work at the office, I have all these things to do, please don’t ask me to sit down and spend time in prayer. I just don’t have the time.” It sounds a bit off key, you know, for it would be like a boyfriend who calls his girlfriend and says, “Honey, I thought of you all day long, so it isn’t necessary to see you this evening.” It seems ridiculous, you know!
 
And then Jesus told us, “When you pray, go into your room and pray to the Father in silence.” So, we need some time for prayer, we need a meeting.
 
Others say, “Father, can I pray if I am driving the car? Is it disrespectful to pray the Rosary and drive the car?” I say not at all. Mary said to pray always. Jesus says, pray always. Just don’t close your eyes if you are driving your car as you pray. Pray according to the circumstances. But as I said there must be a special moment of prayer.
 
Jesus says, “When you pray, go into your room, lock the door, and pray to the Father in secret. And the Father who sees in secret will listen to you.”
 
One lady said to me once, “Father, I love to pray. I made even a little altar in my room in my home, and there I have a picture of the Sacred Heart, the picture of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and my Bible there, and that is my favorite place. I love to stay there. But you see my husband left me, and I have three kids so in the morning I have to get up and get the three children off to school, go to the office, do all my duties, drive the three children back from school, help with the homework, supper, go to bed. After a day like this I am tired. And it is every day. So, I come to the altar. The place I love. I see my Mother and my Lord who I love. I feel happy. I feel at peace. And I say sorry, I am too tired to pray.”
 
I said to her, “My dear sister, you are praying the most wonderful prayer. Prayer is not a letter full of words. Prayer is an act of love. As you love, you make the most beautiful prayer. Obviously if you are there and can be at peace, in your mind distractions come like, “I have to go to the supermarket, I have to do this or that.” Just pick up the Rosary and say some Our Father’s, Hail Mary’s, and Glory Be’s. Then prayer becomes contemplation. Prayer becomes a work of love. Prayer is more something of the heart than of the mind.
 
Prayers are sometimes said in such a dry way, just out of duty, full of distractions so that the Lord must be bored just to have to listen to them. But if you look around in this world and what is going on, how can our prayer not be a cry? Jesus said today, “Those who he called who cry to the Father being light…How can our prayer not be a cry seeing what is going on? Not a cry of despair. Not a cry of anger. But a cry of faith, of hope, of love, of confidence in His mercy. Jesus, Himself was on earth, as Hebrews 10 says, “And He was heard, as He prayed with loud cries and tears.” Tears are the most beautiful cry, a silent cry, as we see what is going on in this world, as we see what happens to our brothers and sisters who don’t know God.
 
We can ask ourselves; how can we be so cold that we don’t think of them, and pray for them with loud cries and tears? Mary, here in Medjugorje, wants to transform us into her apostles of love. She wants to pray, to teach us how to pray and wants to pray with us, wants to pray in us. And her prayer, her call, her tears, are something to listen to, and they send us peace.
 
So eventually in prayer, besides the formulas which are very useful, Jesus gave them to us, think of the Our Father. But besides these formulas, besides the rules of prayer, is a passionate heart, a heart of love in which our prayer becomes a cry. Day and night. And the Chapels of Perpetual Adoration I think are the most powerful houses of prayer in the world. We need a lot of them. So, don’t feel afraid to ask the parish priest to join together and strive to open a Chapel of Perpetual Adoration. There I think is the most powerful cry because it is Jesus, Himself, who cries to the Father. If we are with Him day and night.
(Homily at English Mass, Medjugorje, November 18, 2017 – Fr. Maximillian Dalve)

Let us make prayer our life. This is our call!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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January 10, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

“…My children, my Son pronounced the words of the ‘Our Father’-Our Father, [you] who are everywhere and in our hearts-because He desires to teach you to pray with words and feelings. He desires for you to always be better, to live merciful love which is prayer and limitless sacrifice for others…”
(January 2, 2020)

 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church spends some time talking about the great grace we have been given through Jesus, to be able to call God “Our Father”. We should be in awe at this great gift, a relationship with our Creator as our Father. I thought we might take some time this weekend to pray over these paragraphs:


PART FOUR – CHRISTIAN PRAYER, SECTION TWO – THE LORD’S PRAYER – “OUR FATHER!” ARTICLE 2- OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN”

I. “WE DARE TO SAY”


2777 In the Roman liturgy, the Eucharistic assembly is invited to pray to our heavenly Father with filial boldness; the Eastern liturgies develop and use similar expressions: “dare in all confidence,” “make us worthy of… ” From the burning bush Moses heard a voice saying to him, “Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”26 Only Jesus could cross that threshold of the divine holiness, for “when he had made purification for sins,” he brought us into the Father’s presence: “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”27


Our awareness of our status as slaves would make us sink into the ground and our earthly condition would dissolve into dust, if the authority of our Father himself and the Spirit of his Son had not impelled us to this cry . . . ‘Abba, Father!’ . . . When would a mortal dare call God ‘Father,’ if man’s innermost being were not animated by power from on high?”28


2778 This power of the Spirit who introduces us to the Lord’s Prayer is expressed in the liturgies of East and of West by the beautiful, characteristically Christian expression: parrhesia, straightforward simplicity, filial trust, joyous assurance, humble boldness, the certainty of being loved.29


II. ABBA – “FATHER!”

2779 Before we make our own this first exclamation of the Lord’s Prayer, we must humbly cleanse our hearts of certain false images drawn “from this world.” Humility makes us recognize that “no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him,” that is, “to little children.”30 The purification of our hearts has to do with paternal or maternal images, stemming from our personal and cultural history, and influencing our relationship with God. God our Father transcends the categories of the created world. To impose our own ideas in this area “upon him” would be to fabricate idols to adore or pull down. To pray to the Father is to enter into his mystery as he is and as the Son has revealed him to us.


The expression God the Father had never been revealed to anyone. When Moses himself asked God who he was, he heard another name. The Father’s name has been revealed to us in the Son, for the name “Son” implies the new name “Father.”31


2780 We can invoke God as “Father” because he is revealed to us by his Son become man and because his Spirit makes him known to us. The personal relation of the Son to the Father is something that man cannot conceive of nor the angelic powers even dimly see: and yet, the Spirit of the Son grants a participation in that very relation to us who believe that Jesus is the Christ and that we are born of God.32


2781 When we pray to the Father, we are in communion with him and with his Son, Jesus Christ.33 Then we know and recognize him with an ever new sense of wonder. The first phrase of the Our Father is a blessing of adoration before it is a supplication. For it is the glory of God that we should recognize him as “Father,” the true God. We give him thanks for having revealed his name to us, for the gift of believing in it, and for the indwelling of his Presence in us.


2782 We can adore the Father because he has caused us to be reborn to his life by adopting us as his children in his only Son: by Baptism, he incorporates us into the Body of his Christ; through the anointing of his Spirit who flows from the head to the members, he makes us other “Christs.”


God, indeed, who has predestined us to adoption as his sons, has conformed us to the glorious Body of Christ. So, then you who have become sharers in Christ are appropriately called “Christs.”34


The new man, reborn and restored to his God by grace, says first of all, “Father!” because he has now begun to be a son.35


2783 Thus the Lord’s Prayer reveals us to ourselves at the same time that it reveals the Father to us.36

O man, you did not dare to raise your face to heaven, you lowered your eyes to the earth, and suddenly you have received the grace of Christ all your sins have been forgiven. From being a wicked servant you have become a good son…Then raise your eyes to the Father who has begotten you through Baptism, to the Father who has redeemed you through his Son, and say: “Our Father. . . . ” But do not claim any privilege. He is the Father in a special way only of Christ, but he is the common Father of us all, because while he has begotten only Christ, he has created us. Then also say by his grace, “Our Father,” so that you may merit being his son.37


2784 The free gift of adoption requires on our part continual conversion and new life. Praying to our Father should develop in us two fundamental dispositions:
First, the desire to become like him: though created in his image, we are restored to his likeness by grace; and we must respond to this grace.


We must remember . . . and know that when we call God “our Father” we ought to behave as sons of God.38


You cannot call the God of all kindness your Father if you preserve a cruel and inhuman heart; for in this case you no longer have in you the marks of the heavenly Father’s kindness.39

We must contemplate the beauty of the Father without ceasing and adorn our own souls accordingly.40

2785 Second, a humble and trusting heart that enables us “to turn and become like children”:41 for it is to “little children” that the Father is revealed.42
[The prayer is accomplished] by the contemplation of God alone, and by the warmth of love, through which the soul, molded and directed to love him, speaks very familiarly to God as to its own Father with special devotion.43


Our Father: at this name love is aroused in us . . . and the confidence of obtaining what we are about to ask. . . . What would he not give to his children who ask, since he has already granted them the gift of being his children?44


(Use this link to see the text on the Vatican Website – including the numbered references:
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p4s2a2.htm  )


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


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January 9, 2020  

Dear Family of Mary!

“…My children, my Son pronounced the words of the ‘Our Father’-Our Father, [you] who are everywhere and in our hearts-because He desires to teach you to pray with words and feelings. He desires for you to always be better, to live merciful love which is prayer and limitless sacrifice for others…” (January 2, 2020)

The “Our Father” is at the heart of our Catholic prayer life. We pray it just before receiving Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We pray it in the Rosary, in the Divine Office, and in the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and in almost all Novenas. When we pray the Our Father, we feel we are praying with Jesus, using His words, and approaching the Father with His dispositions. And we are!! Jesus taught us how to pray.

Here is what it says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
  
(PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER, SECTION TWO THE LORD’S PRAYER, Article 1 “THE SUMMARY OF THE WHOLE GOSPEL”, II. The Lord’s Prayer)

II. The Lord’s Prayer
2765 The traditional expression “the Lord’s Prayer” – Oratio Dominica – means that the prayer to our Father is taught and given to us by the Lord Jesus. The prayer that comes to us from Jesus is truly unique: it is “of the Lord.” On the one hand, in the words of this prayer the only Son gives us the words the Father gave him:13 he is the master of our prayer. On the other, as Word incarnate, he knows in his human heart the needs of his human brothers and sisters and reveals them to us: he is the model of our prayer.

2766 But Jesus does not give us a formula to repeat mechanically.14 As in every vocal prayer, it is through the Word of God that the Holy Spirit teaches the children of God to pray to their Father. Jesus not only gives us the words of our filial prayer; at the same time he gives us the Spirit by whom these words become in us “spirit and life.”15 Even more, the proof and possibility of our filial prayer is that the Father “sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!'”16 Since our prayer sets forth our desires before God, it is again the Father, “he who searches the hearts of men,” who “knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”17 The prayer to Our Father is inserted into the mysterious mission of the Son and of the Spirit.
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Cf. Jn 17:7. 14 Cf. Mt 6:7; 1 Kings 18:26-29. 15 Jn 6:63. 16 Gal 4:6. 17 Rom 8:27.)
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p4s2a1.htm     

Jesus gave us His own prayer, so that we could pray with His words and feelings, and we could ask for what He desires for us to ask. Jesus gave us everything we need to know to find our way to His Father. We are the most blessed to have such a Brother and Lord.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name. 
Thy Kingdom come. 
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

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