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I am asking for love…
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March 6, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

“Apostles of my love, it is a time of vigilance, and of you I am asking for love, that you not judge-anyone. Because the Heavenly Father will judge everyone.” (March 2, 2020)

Our Lady calls us to hold vigil, but she doesn’t stop there. She continues with a very difficult call: 

“Of you I am asking for love… and that you not judge-anyone….”   

Mother Mary knows that these two calls are both difficult, and lofty! If we embrace them both, we will be on the path to holiness, to be like her Son, Jesus.

In the Office of Readings for today, March 6, 2020, there is an incredible teaching by Saint Aelred, Abbot. (From “The Mirror of Love, Christ the Model of Brotherly Love”). It demonstrates perfectly how we can “love and not judge-anyone”: 

The perfection of brotherly love lies in the love of one’s enemies. We can find no greater inspiration for this than grateful remembrance of the wonderful patience of Christ. He who is more fair than all the sons of men offered his fair face to be spat upon by sinful men; he allowed those eyes that rule the universe to be blindfolded by wicked men; he bared his back to the scourges; he submitted that head which strikes terror in principalities and powers to the sharpness of the thorns; he gave himself up to be mocked and reviled, and at the end endured the cross, the nails, the lance, the gall, the vinegar, remaining always gentle, meek and full of peace.
In short, he was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb before the shearers he kept silent and did not open his mouth.

Who could listen to that wonderful prayer, so full of warmth, of love, of unshakeable serenity-Father, forgive them-and hesitate to embrace his enemies with overflowing love? Father, he says, forgive them. Is any gentleness, any love, lacking in this prayer?

Yet he put into it something more. It was not enough to pray for them: he wanted also to make excuses for them. Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. They are great sinners, yes, but they have little judgment; therefore, Father, forgive them. They are nailing me to the cross, but they do not know who it is that they are nailing to the cross: if they had known, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory; therefore, Father, forgive them. They think it is a lawbreaker, an impostor claiming to be God, a seducer of the people. I have hidden my face from them, and they do not recognize my glory; therefore, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

If someone wishes to love himself, he must not allow himself to be corrupted by indulging his sinful nature. If he wishes to resist the promptings of his sinful nature, he must enlarge the whole horizon of his love to contemplate the loving gentleness of the humanity of the Lord. Further, if he wishes to savor the joy of brotherly love with greater perfection and delight, he must extend even to his enemies the embrace of true love.

But if he wishes to prevent this fire of divine love from growing cold because of injuries received, let him keep the eyes of his soul always fixed on the serene patience of his beloved Lord and Savior. (St. Aelred – Christ, the Model of Brotherly Love.)

Thank you, dear Jesus! You are the perfect Model. May we follow you always!

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

PS. On March 8, 2020 Daylight Savings time begins in many countries. But it does not begin in Medjugorje until March 29, 2020. So we who change on Sunday, March 8, will have to adjust our schedules in order to view the live programing from Medjugorje.

We have a digital clock at the top – right hand side- of our home page at marytv.tv  – You can always check to find the time in Medjugorje there. Then you will know what time it is for you locally to tune in for our live programing from Medjugorje.

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A Time of Vigil
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March 5, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

“…Apostles of my love, it is a time of vigil, and of you I am asking for love, that you not judge-anyone. Because the Heavenly Father will judge everyone…” (March 2, 2020) 

Our Lady told us this is a time of vigilance (or a time of vigil as it was called in the Croatian version). As I prayed about what a time of vigil might be, the Lord brought several moments from His life on earth to mind.

Jesus seemed to say to me:
 
-My fasting and prayer for 40 days and 40 nights was a time of vigil…   

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. (Matt 4:1-2)

Jesus spent 40 days fasting and praying in solitude, to prepare himself for the battle with Satan. Jesus in His humanity was able to defeat the Devil, because of the strength of fasting and prayer he received in the desert. So, we see that the vigil was a time of strengthening and purifying. We are also in a time of 40 days set aside as for fasting and prayer. We too are being prepared for battle…

-I held many night vigils in prayer during my public ministry, before I chose the Twelve Apostles, before I taught the people, before I raised Lazarus from the dead…

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray; and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles; Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and healed them all. (Luke 6, 12-19)

Jesus’s power came from those long night vigils in prayer with His Father.
 
My prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was a time of vigil…

And they went to a place which was called Gethsem’ane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch.”

And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt.” And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

And again, he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And again, he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer him.

And he came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come; the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. (Mark 14: 32-43)

We see hear, that Jesus knew well how to keep vigil, to pray amidst great temptation and agony. Jesus kept His eyes on the Father even in this moment, with the disciples fast asleep. He teaches us vigil.

Jesus shows us that vigil always precedes a move by God in our lives. Without a vigil in silence, prayer, fasting, we are not ready for the grace nor the task at hand. Our Lady teaches us how to keep vigil through her 5 stones and her messages. She kept vigil before St. Gabriel came to her and she was ready to say yes to the Father. She kept vigil throughout her pregnancy and was ready for Bethlehem! She kept vigil in Egypt, in Nazareth, and in Jerusalem, always ready to say yes. And at the end, she kept vigil under the Cross as she waited for the greatest event in history, the Resurrection! She knows vigil. She can help us to keep vigil as well.

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

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Our Father, who art in Heaven…
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March 4, 2020
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Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children, your pure and sincere love draws my motherly heart. Your faith and trust in the Heavenly Father are fragrant roses which you offer to me-the most beautiful bouquets of roses which consist of your prayers, acts of mercy and of love…” (March 2, 2020)

Our Lady is so overjoyed when she observes us living our lives in relation to the Heavenly Father. She is just ecstatic!! Isn’t it like a mother, to want her children to love their father? From the first moment, the mother shares the baby with its father. He is far less physically attached to the child than she is, but his love for the child is real and powerful. And so, she encourages the father to hold the baby, speak to him, comfort him, and attend to his needs. This bond is vital for the child.

And so is our bond with our Heavenly Father equally vital. We need Him more that the air we breathe. But that relationship needs to be nurtured as well. And so, both Jesus and Mary have taught us about our Father, drawing us closer and closer to Him, through their human presence in our lives. They know Him and they want us to be so close to Him, so bonded to Him, that we can’t live without Him.

The prayer that Jesus taught us offers us a way to bond with the Father, if we pray it very intentionally. I can see the beautiful bouquets of roses in this prayer!

Our Father...Jesus invites us to call His Father, Our Father. He invites us into the family. He encourages us to approach the Father in an intimate way. We are wanted and loved.

Who art in Heaven…The Father is near us, but we need the eyes to see Him. He is in Heaven. This earth where we live is created for us, as a place of gestation. We grow here in order to be ready to be birthed into Heaven. Very much like our earthly birth, it is after our birth into Heaven that we will see Our Father.

Hallowed be Thy Name…Jesus always said the name of His Father with such love. He teaches us to understand how absolutely loving and lovable our Father is. To say His Name with love!

Thy Kingdom come…Just as an earthly father has his own little domestic kingdom, the Heavenly Father has a Kingdom that cannot be matched. His Fatherly leadership will make our lives Heavenly.

Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…The will of our Father in Heaven is all good, only good, and eternally good. His will makes our lives all joy, freedom and peace. This is the kind of Father we have.

Give us this day our daily bread…We can look to our Heavenly Father for our sustenance. And if we take it day by day, we will have the peace that a child has when cared for by a wonderful father.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…With such a Father, forgiveness is constant and complete. Forgiveness is the most necessary part of our relationship with God the Father. Because we will fall, we will hurt others and ourselves, but through forgiveness, all can be made right.

And lead us not into temptation… (some translations say “do not bring us to the test”) The Father may need to give us tests in order to make us stronger. But we can always ask for His help. We do want to mature and become strong. But only with the Father teaching us.

But deliver us from evil…The Father sent us Jesus to do that. And Jesus did it all through the Cross. Every time we make the Sign of the Cross, we should weep for joy, because the Father made a way for us to escape our enemy. Jesus, crucified, is our shield from all evil.

Where are the roses? They are in the love. Each phrase of the Our Father shows us the Father’s love, and when we accept that love with pure hearts and return it, there are Roses!!

May we live always in the Father’s love, the Father’s protection and care, the Father’s guidance and wisdom, the Father’s providence. Then Our Lady will be at peace for us, and she won’t have to worry so much for us!!

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

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Mirjana greets Our Lady today!
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March 2, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the message for March 2, 2020 from Our Lady, Queen of Peace:

Dear children,
 
Your pure and sincere love draws my motherly heart. Your faith and trust in the Heavenly Father are fragrant roses which you offer to me-the most beautiful bouquets of roses which consist of your prayers, acts of mercy and of love.
 
Apostles of my love, you who sincerely and with a pure heart strive to follow my Son, you who sincerely love Him, you help; you be an example to those who have not yet come to know the love of my Son-but, my children, not only with words but also with acts and pure feelings through which you glorify the Heavenly Father.
 
Apostles of my love, it is a time of vigilance, and of you I am asking for love, that you not judge-anyone. Because the Heavenly Father will judge everyone.
 
I am asking that you love, that you convey the truth; because truth is old, it is not new, it is eternal, it is truth. It testifies to God’s eternity. Bring the light of my Son and keep breaking the darkness which all the more wants to seize you. Do not be afraid. Through the grace and the love of my Son, I am with you. Thank you.


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

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Prayer with the heart!
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March 2, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

June 25, 2017 “Dear children! Today, I desire to thank you for your perseverance and call you to open yourselves to profound prayer. Prayer, little children, is the heart of faith and is hope in eternal life. Therefore, pray with the heart until your heart sings with thanksgiving to God the Creator who gave you life. I am with you, little children, and carry to you my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call…”

As we await the message given through Mirjana today, I want to share a beautiful homily given by St. John Chrysostom, Bishop – Oh so many years ago. It captures so much of what Our Lady has told us about prayer with the heart!

From a Homily by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop:

Prayer and converse with God is a supreme good: it is a partnership and union with God. As the eyes of the body are enlightened when they see light, so our spirit when it is intent on God, is illumined by his infinite light. I do not mean that prayer of outward observance but prayer from the heart, not confined to fixed times or periods but continuous throughout the day and night.

Our spirit should be quick to reach out toward God, not only when it is engaged in meditation; at other times also, when it is carrying out its duties, caring for the needy, performing works of charity, giving generously in the service of others, our spirit should long for God and call him to mind, so that these works may be seasoned with the salt of God’s love, and so make a palatable offering to the Lord of the universe. Throughout the whole of our lives we may enjoy the benefit that comes from prayer if we devote a great deal of time to it.

Prayer is the light of the spirit, true knowledge of God, mediating between God and man. The spirit, raised up to heaven by prayer, clings to God with the utmost tenderness; like a child crying tearfully for its mother, it craves the milk that God provides. It seeks the satisfaction of its own desires, and receives gifts outweighing the whole world of nature.

Prayer stands before God as an honored ambassador. It gives joy to the spirit, peace to the heart. I speak of prayer, not words. It is the longing for God, love too deep for words, a gift not given by man but by God’s grace. The apostle Paul says: We do not know how we are to pray but the Spirit himself pleads for us with inexpressible longings.

When the Lord gives this kind of prayer to a man, he gives him riches that cannot be taken away, heavenly food that satisfies the spirit. One who tastes this food is set on fire with an eternal longing for the Lord: his spirit burns as a fire of the utmost intensity.

Practice prayer from the beginning. Paint your house with the colors of modesty and humility. Make it radiant with the light of justice. Decorate it with the finest gold leaf of good deeds. Adorn it with the walls and stones of faith and generosity. Crown it with the pinnacle of prayer. In this way you will make it a perfect dwelling place for the Lord. You will be able to receive him as in a splendid palace, and through his grace you will already possess him, his image enthroned in the temple of your spirit. (St. John Chrysostom – Office of Readings for Thursday after Ash Wednesday)

May our spirits reach out to God today and always!

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

PS. I will send out today’s message as soon as I can!

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February 28, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! In this time of grace, I desire to see your faces transformed in prayer. You are so flooded by earthly concerns; you do not even feel that spring is at the threshold. You are called, little children, to penance and prayer. As nature fights in silence for new life, also you are called to open yourselves in prayer to God, in Whom you will find the peace and warmth of the spring sun in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (February 25, 2020)

This wonderful message is a call to joy! Our Lady wants us to be transformed by our prayer, freed from our earthly concerns, filled with new life and basking in the peace and warmth of the spring sun, Her Son, in our hearts. She wants us to live the joy and peace of a relationship with God. That is what our Lenten practices are meant to accomplish.

And so she tells us we must pray and do penance. It sounds quite dire, but in fact prayer and penance lead to joy!!

Let’s pray Psalm 51 together to help us respond to Our Lady’s call to prayer and penance!

Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to thy steadfast love;
according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
and done that which is evil in thy sight,
so that thou art justified in thy sentence
and blameless in thy judgment.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill me with joy and gladness;
let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence,
and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors thy ways,
and sinners will return to thee.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
thou God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.

O Lord, open thou my lips,
and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
For thou hast no delight in sacrifice;
were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on thy altar. Amen

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

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February 27, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

As we begin our Lenten pilgrimage, we are called by God to make a choice. It is the choice for life or for death. It is up to us. Each one of us. Do we want to accept the gift of life He has given us, or do we turn from God and His ways, which means choosing death? For truly there is only life in God, to reject Him and His ways removes us from our life source.  We have free will. It is vital we choose. Here is the first reading for today’s Mass from Deuteronomy 30:

Moses said to the people:

“Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.

If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen, but are led astray and adore and serve other gods, I tell you now that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Dt 30: 15-20)

Our Lady speaks in the same way in these two powerful messages:

March 25, 1996 “Dear children! I invite you to decide again to love God above all else. In this time when due to the spirit of consumerism one forgets what it means to love and to cherish true values, I invite you again, little children, to put God in the first place in your life. Do not let satan attract you through material things but, little children, decide for God who is freedom and love. Choose life and not death of the soul, little children, and in this time when you meditate upon the suffering and death of Jesus I invite you to decide for life which blossomed through the Resurrection, and that your life may be renewed today through conversion that shall lead you to eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call…”


March 18, 2003 “Dear children! Particularly at this holy time of penance and prayer, I call you to make a choice. God gave you free will to choose life or death. Listen to my messages with the heart that you may become cognizant of what you are to do and how you will find the way to life. My children, without God you can do nothing; do not forget this even for a single moment. For, what are you and what will you be on earth, when you will return to it again? Do not anger God; but follow me to life. Thank you for being here.”
 

  What a blessing it is that we who hear these words are alive today. We can choose once more the gift of life God has given us and choose to support life for our brothers and sisters, from the newly conceived to the oldest among us. “I call you to make a choice. God gave you free will to choose life or death.”

Dearest Mother, help us to understand that life is a beautiful gift from God that we must choose to accept. God wants us to be partners with Him in the path of life which can only happen if we obey Him. Help us to choose life!

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

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February 25, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! In this time of grace, I desire to see your faces transformed in prayer. You are so flooded by earthly concerns; you do not even feel that spring is at the threshold. You are called, little children, to penance and prayer. As nature fights in silence for new life, also you are called to open yourselves in prayer to God, in Whom you will find the peace and warmth of the spring sun in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (February 25, 2020)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

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Signs
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February 24, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

March 18, 2015   “Dear children! With a full heart I am asking you, I am imploring you children: cleanse your hearts of sin and lift them up to God and to eternal life. I am imploring you: be vigilant and open for truth. Do not permit for all that is of this earth to distance you from the true cognition of the contentment in the communion with my Son. I am leading you on the way of true wisdom, because only with true wisdom can you come to know true peace and the true good. Do not waste time asking for signs of the Heavenly Father, because He has already given you the greatest sign, which is my Son. Therefore, my children, pray so that the Holy Spirit can lead you into truth, can help you to come to know it, and through that knowledge of the truth that you may be one with the Heavenly Father and with my Son. That is the cognition which gives happiness on earth and opens the door of eternal life and infinite love. Thank you.”


Our Lady has given us many signs of her presence and love, but she doesn’t want us to stop at signs, but to move forward in her love. She wants us to recognize the greatest sign, which is Jesus! Fr. Bill Elder gave a very beautiful homily on this subject, signs. It was on February 18, 2020, and Stephanie has transcribed it for us!! I share it here and you can also hear Fr. Bill give the homily in the English Mass in Medjugorje archive.

Fr. Bill Elder:
 
Every day as Catholics, we enter into, rejoice in, and are puzzled by the mystery of who Our Lord Jesus Christ is. And, in St. Mark’s gospel, we are presented with scene after scene of people puzzled by who Our Lord is. You and I know – and it is a constant source of wonder and astonishment – you and I know that Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God. He is the Word of God. He is the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. He is the One through whom the whole universe is created and held in being. And we also know that He is a human being. We know that He is truly God and truly man. And that mystery unfolds in the Gospel of St. Mark. And we see that happening in this eighth chapter of St. Mark’s gospel that we have been listening to for the past several days.

It begins with this stupendous scene; the scene of the four thousand hungry people. And, St. Mark tells us that Our Lord said, “My heart is moved with pity.” So, this scene begins with the revelation of God’s Mercy. The Heart of God, which is also – and this is the mystery – it’s also the human heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, is moved with pity for the crowd. They are hungry. And, of course, we know, and the Gospels tell us, they are hungry, and we are hungry, for more than physical food. But they are hungry. And the Lord performs a miracle. He multiplies the bread and the fish; and they are fed. A great miracle! A revelation of God’s Mercy and Love; and the feeding of all these people.

In St. John’s gospel, these types of miracles are referred to as “Signs.” Immediately after – and St. Mark constructs this chapter in a very clear way – immediately after this Great Sign – this revelation of God’s Mercy and His power to feed us, to take care of us – immediately after, the Pharisees come forward (yesterday’s gospel) and say, “We want a sign.” And, from a human point of view, we can just imagine Our Lord’s human nature saying, “Excuse me? What did I just do for you? What was this?” And it was very clear to Him that they were not the least bit interested in anything He would do for them, because their hearts were hardened.

And now we see, in a very human way – but also, it is a reflection of the Divine reality in Our Lord’s Being – we see Our Lord just getting angry; just getting angry. Remember yesterday’s gospel, a very short gospel. The Pharisees come forward, they begin to argue with Our Lord – right after this miracle – they begin to argue with Our Lord and they demand a Sign. And His reaction is, St. Mark tells us, He sighed from the depth of His Spirit. He sighed from the depth of His Spirit. The anger; I think it was just the Anger of God, at this, just, absolute rejection by the Pharisees. He sighs from the depths of His Spirit and says, “Why do you seek a Sign? I’m not giving you any Sign.” “I’m out of here,” is essentially what He says. And St. Mark tells us, He left them, got into the boat again, and went off all the way across the Sea of Galilee to the other shore. He couldn’t get far enough away from them; He was so upset.

Today’s gospel, we’re in the boat going to the other shore of the Sea of Galilee. And, in the confusion, the disciples realize, they didn’t have enough bread, ironically, after Our Lord had just fed the crowds. They only had one loaf with them in the boat. So, they go to the Lord, “We need more bread.” And you can see from a human point of view, Our Lord’s reaction must have been something like, “Bread? You mean, leaven? Watch out for the leaven of those Pharisees!” He’s still fuming at the Pharisees! “(Guard against) Watch out!” he says, “Guard against the leaven of the Pharisees, and the leaven of Herod!”

And what is “the leaven?” Leaven is a little substance that transforms the whole mass of dough. The leaven of the Pharisees is this attitude of hardness of heart; this refusal to allow their hearts to be open to the reality of God in their midst. The leaven of the Pharisees: It keeps one’s heart closed.

And Our Lord is so upset about this. He is more upset about this than anything else. He tries to do-He does! – so many things for the crowds. He does so many things for you and for me. And yet so often, our hearts are closed. And He goes on to say now, to His own disciples, “You, too?! Do you not yet understand or comprehend?! Are your hearts hardened?! Do you have eyes and not see? Ears and not hear?” (quoting the Prophet Isaiah) And then He says, “Remember these miracles? Remember the five loaves for the five thousand; how many wicker baskets you picked up? The seven loaves for the four thousand?” And then He says, “Do you still not understand? I’m revealing to you who I am. But your hearts are hardened.” It’s not just the Pharisees; it’s His own disciples. It’s not just the Pharisees; it’s you, and it’s me.

Are our hearts hardened? Our Lord is doing so many things for us all of the time. I remember years ago, I was here in Medjugorje and I heard a talk by Father Slavko. And Father Slavko was getting, like Our Lord himself, kind of impatient with people seeking signs. And he referred, almost sarcastically, to people who would say – I remember his demeanor now, and those of you who knew Father Slavko would remember his demeanor – and he said, at one point, “Well, sometimes people come to Medjugorje, and they say, ‘Oh, I saw the sun spin.’ And they get all excited, and they start crying, and all of that.” And he was almost – not really, but almost – lampooning them.

And then he pointed out to us that the greater miracle is, the fact that the sun exists. The greater miracle is the fact that we exist. The greater miracle is the fact that there is creation. God is all around us. He is doing things for us all of the time. We have to be very careful about being too selective about the ways in which we will allow the Lord to speak to us. He’s speaking to us all the time with many things in our lives.

Humorous situations in our lives; humor – genuine humor, good humor – comes from the Lord. Watch out in your life for situations of gentle humor. I have found in my life that very often that is the Lord speaking to me, in a very gentle way, pointing out something to me, a little bit ironically. And I begin to get it. I was asking the Lord yesterday to guide me about certain things, and then at one point, I said, “But I’m not asking for a sign! I want that clear; I’m not asking for a sign!” Because I realized I was going to be speaking about that precise problem. But the Lord shows us in so many ways; people in our lives – just gentle ideas, even, that come to us as we are praying quietly in front of the Blessed Sacrament, or just quietly, even, in our own rooms or wherever. The Lord is asking us to allow Him to speak to us.

What is Our Lady saying here in Medjugorje? “Open your hearts!” That’s what Medjugorje is all about in a nutshell. Open your hearts, to the reality of God’s presence in your lives. Open your hearts, to all that the Lord wants to say to you. Open your hearts, to all that the Lord wants to do for you.

And it’s not the easiest thing in the world, to open our hearts. We might think we have hearts that are opened, but things get in the way. We get so preoccupied with all the problems in our lives, sometimes; that it’s hard for us to calm down, and listen, and begin to understand what the Lord is saying to us, and how the Lord is present in all of this. And sometimes, quite frankly, like the Pharisees, and some others, quite frankly, sometimes, we’re not particularly interested in what the Lord wants to say to us. We might have our own ideas. We might be involved with some kind of sin. And so, we don’t want to hear what the Lord has to say.

But the Lord wants us to have open hearts. So, what do we do? The first thing we need to do, regularly, frequently, is, go to Confession! What a tremendous gift Our Lord has given to us, this gift of healing! This gift that just clears us out. So many times in my own life, I’ll find that I’m confused about things, I’m kind of down about things. I won’t be conscious – with God’s grace – of any really grave sin; but I know things are not the way they should be. I’ll go to Confession, and there’s peace.

Go to Confession. Our Lady asks us for something that’s very traditional in Catholic practice, to go to Confession at least once a month. When I was a child, that was the norm for just average Sunday Catholics. And if you were striving for something more, you would go to Confession more often than once a month. But at least once a month. It’s, I think, it’s the key to everything else. After Baptism, we need Confession, to renew our Baptism. We need Confession, to clear us out, to clean us out; so that we can be open to Our Lord’s presence. So that we can have hearts that are truly open to all that He says to us, and all that He wants to do for us.

Let’s ask Our Blessed Mother, as we are continuing our pilgrimage here – or for those of you who are blessed to live here, as you are continuing your lives here in Medjugorje – let’s ask Our Blessed Mother to help us, day by day, to be open to all that God says to us, and all that He does for us, by not looking for spectacular signs and wonders, but looking for the Lord’s presence in the ordinary circumstances in our own lives. (English Mass Homily – February 18, 2020 – Fr. Bill Elder https://marytv.tv/english-mass-in-medjugorje/  )

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020
 
PS. (I know I keep sharing this information, but I want to be sure everyone sees this beautiful opportunity!!)   Mike Nolan is leading a pilgrimage to Medjugorje from April 13 to 22, 2020!  Denis and I will be joining the group!  There is still room for more pilgrims. Join us!!   Here is Mike’s contact information and website:

Mike Nolan:
mnolan6@me.com
574-335-9952

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Confession!
(c)Mary TV


February 21, 2020
St. Peter Damian, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

Dear Family of Mary!

Friday, August 6, 1982 (Feast of the Transfiguration) A response to questions which were asked concerning Confession:
“One must invite people to go to Confession each month, especially the first Saturday. Here I have not spoken about it yet. I have invited people to frequent Confession. I will give you yet some concrete messages for our time. Be patient because the time has not yet come. Do what I have told you. They are numerous who do not observe it. Monthly Confession will be a remedy for the Church in the West. One must convey this message to the West.”

Fr. Leon speaks about the 5 Stones of Our Lady – the Fifth Stone – Confession:

The last stone is Holy Confession. Our Lady says: “Got to Confession at least once a month. Make a sincere and humble confession of all our sins. If the West went to Confession at least once a month, whole regions of the West would be converted.”

Now, to confess your sins, I have a little formula that will help you. All you have to do is remember these three words and you will know how to confess. The sentence is: CONFESS YOUR SINS. And by emphasizing each word you will see.

1. Confess. It has to be a confession. If you come and say “Father, maybe I did this, maybe I did that.” The priest may be thinking: “Maybe I absolve you, maybe I don’t.”  

2. Confess YOUR sins. They must be yours. “Father, my husband makes me so mad. He’s such an idiot. I think he does it deliberately. Still he is not as bad as my daughter-in-law. Oh, I don’t like her. I don’t like the way she is raising my grandkids. Still she’s a saint compared to my pastor. He’s doing all these old-fashioned things; I don’t like it.” OK. You only confess other people’s sins, I am happy to absolve them, but you can go to hell…Remember, confess YOUR OWN sins. Life is too short.

3. Confess your SINS. Do not confess emotions, feelings, sentiments. Confess sins. “Father, my brother is an addict, and I didn’t give him any money. Now I feel so bad.” Father says, “You did the right thing.” “I know but I feel so bad.” “Well you did the right thing.” “I know, but I still feel so bad.” “Well you need therapy.” Do not confess feelings.

Resist the temptation to tell stories. (I’m saying this on behalf of all the priests.) “Father, last Tuesday, no I tell a lie, it was Bingo night, I remember. The doorbell rang and I went to look through the peep hole, and it was my friend, Betty. And I was so frightened I went out my back door, and put on my brown shoes, not my black ones, then I leapt over the hedge into the alleyway. And in the meanwhile, Betty ran around back, and she caught me, and she said, ‘Oh Mildred, you are wearing your brown shoes, not your black shoes.'” You know while you do all this, the poor priest is there thinking, why are you telling me this, was it a fashion faux pas? Just confess your sins. You don’t have to tell the whole story.

And one last thing. I want you to remember that confession is not just the forgiveness of sins, it is God giving us His grace, to change us. It is really like a spiritual ATM Machine. What if an ATM was just throwing out all this money? And you can take as much as you can carry. If you knew this how often would you go? How many would go every day? A few honest people. Everyone would go every day!! If you would do this for rotten treasure, how much more would you go for treasure in heaven, where thieves cannot break in and steal, and moths cannot destroy.

So, remember that in Confession God gives us the grace to change our lives. Don’t be afraid of Confession. The priests do not care about your sins. We don’t remember you. We don’t look at you and think, “Oh your dirty past, I know what you have been up to.” No, we do not. I’ll tell you the truth, when someone confesses their sins, I think how holy they are. When someone comes in and tells me how holy they are, it makes me sad. Then you are closed to grace. And people do that. They tell you “I’m amazing!!” Don’t do that. Just confess your sins humbly.

If you find it hard to confess it is probably because you are not going often enough. If I go skiing every 7 years, am I going to be a world class skier? No! If you don’t confess your sins regularly, you are not going to be good at confessing. But don’t be afraid of it. And do not worry about what the priest thinks. We do not care. And besides all of you go to the next parish to confess, right? I know. I was a pastor once.

These are the Five Stones:

Pray with the Heart. Pray the Rosary from the Heart.

Holy Mass. Prepare for it and make a thanksgiving. Receive Christ in a state of grace.

Holy Bible. Read it every day.

Fast on Wednesdays and Fridays. Pray for the grace to be able to fast. And in case you are wondering, she means 24 hours – all of Wednesday, all of Friday. Bread. People ask me can I have raisins on it, or oatmeal. Bread (which is not cake) and water (which is not vodka or gin).

Confession. At least once a month, or if you need to go more often, then more often. Humbly confess all your sins.

These are the Five Stones. The are Our Lady’s simple way of converting us. And actually, if you look in the Catechism, in the section on conversion, you will see the Five Stones listed there. But she said this before the Catechism was written. Our Lady has a very simple way to lead us to Jesus. Don’t think of it as boring or difficult. Do it! Do it while you have the time. Because we don’t know how much time is left to us. I’m not talking about the apocalypse; I just mean that you might be crossing a road and be knocked down and die. It could be the end of the world for us personally any day, today. It could be my last day. But live in such a way that you are ready to go. Whenever that moment might be. Then you might find that you are living without worrying about anything anymore.

God bless you. God love you.

(https://marytv.tv/fruit-of-medjugorje/    Fruit show 355)

Thank you, Fr. Leon! Such practical advice to us as we review the Five Stones. Confession is a hallmark of Our Lady’s program in Medjugorje. It is as if the Heavenly ATM is pouring out forgiveness non-stop all around the Church! Here are some messages in which Our Lady calls us to Confession. This Stone is a hidden treasure for us all. Confession is Fantastic!!!

March 24, 1985 (Sunday) “Today I wish to call you all to confession, even if you have confessed a few days ago. I wish that you all experience my feast day within yourselves. But you cannot experience it unless you abandon yourselves completely to God. Therefore, I am inviting you all to reconciliation with God!”


January 25, 1995 “Dear children! I invite you to open the door of your heart to Jesus as the flower opens itself to the sun. Jesus desires to fill your hearts with peace and joy. You cannot, little children, realize peace if you are not at peace with Jesus. Therefore, I invite you to confession so Jesus may be your truth and peace. So, little children, pray to have the strength to realize what I am telling you. I am with your and I love you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


November 25, 1998 “Dear children! Today I call you to prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus. In a special way, prepare your hearts. May holy Confession be the first act of conversion for you and then, dear children, decide for holiness. May your conversion and decision for holiness begin today and not tomorrow. Little children, I call you all to the way of salvation and I desire to show you the way to Heaven. That is why, little children, be mine and decide with me for holiness. Little children, accept prayer with seriousness and pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


November 25, 2002 “Dear children! I call you also today to conversion. Open your heart to God, little children, through Holy Confession and prepare your soul so that little Jesus can be born anew in your heart. Permit Him to transform you and lead you on the way of peace and joy. Little children, decide for prayer. Especially now, in this time of grace, may your heart yearn for prayer. I am close to you and intercede before God for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


February 25, 2007 “Dear children! Open your heart to God’s mercy in this Lenten time. The heavenly Father desires to deliver each of you from the slavery of sin. Therefore, little children, make good use of this time and through meeting with God in confession, leave sin and decide for holiness. Do this out of love for Jesus, who redeemed you all with his blood, that you may be happy and in peace. Do not forget, little children: your freedom is your weakness, therefore follow my messages with seriousness. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


November 25, 2012 “Dear children! In this time of grace, I call all of you to renew prayer. Open yourselves to Holy Confession so that each of you may accept my call with the whole heart. I am with you and I protect you from the ruin of sin, but you must open yourselves to the way of conversion and holiness, that your heart may burn out of love for God. Give Him time and He will give Himself to you and thus, in the will of God you will discover the love and the joy of living. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

 
March 25, 2014 “Dear children! I am calling you anew: begin the battle against sin as in the first days, go to confession and decide for holiness. The love of God will begin to flow through you into the world, peace will begin to rule in your hearts and God’s blessing will fill you. I am with you and intercede for all of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


July 2, 2007 “Dear children! In the great love of God, I come to you today to lead you on the way of humility and meekness. The first station on that way, my children, is confession. Reject your arrogance and kneel down before my Son. Comprehend, my children, that you have nothing and you can do nothing. The only thing that you have and that you possess is sin… Be cleansed and accept meekness and humility. My Son could have won with strength, but He chose meekness, humility and love. Follow my Son and give me your hands so that, together, we may climb the mountain* and win. Thank you.”


July 2, 2011 “Dear children; today I call you to a difficult and painful step for your unity with my Son. I call you to complete admission and confession of sins, to purification. An impure heart cannot be in my Son and with my Son. An impure heart cannot give the fruit of love and unity. An impure heart cannot do correct and just things; it is not an example of the beauty of God’s love to those who surround it and to those who have not come to know that love. You, my children, are gathering around me full of enthusiasm, desires and expectations, and I implore the Good Father to, through the Holy Spirit, put my Son faith, into your purified hearts. My children, obey me, set out with me.”


I know this list is long, but I couldn’t leave one of them out!! We can pray over these messages this weekend. Thank you for joining in this review of the Five Stones!! May Our Lady bless you abundantly!

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






 
PS. (I know I keep sharing this information, but I want to be sure everyone sees this beautiful opportunity!!)   Mike Nolan is leading a pilgrimage to Medjugorje from April 13 to 22, 2020!  Denis and I will be joining the group!  There is still room for more pilgrims. Join us!!   Here is Mike’s contact information and website:

Mike Nolan:
mnolan6@me.com
574-335-9952