Daily Reflections
by Cathy

July 22, 2020 Reflection – The Presence of God


In the Presence of God
(c) Mary TV
July 22, 2020
St. Mary Magdalene

Dear Family of Mary!

Today is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene! She is a wonderful saint. When she encountered Jesus, she became one of the women who followed Him, and took care of his needs out of their own means. She was present with our Lady at the foot of the Cross. And she was the first to see Jesus after the Resurrection, the one Jesus sent to announce the good news to the Apostles. St. Mary Magdalene represents one who is totally devoted to Jesus. And she is the patron saint of contemplatives.

In this message from August 2019, Our Lady seemed to call us to contemplation and a deep relationship with her Son. I think this message is very beautiful. As you read it, let the words speak to you of the Love of Jesus for you personally:

August 02, 2019″Dear children, great is the love of my Son. If you were to come to know the greatness of His love, you would never cease to adore and thank Him. He is always alive with you in the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is His Heart. The Eucharist is the heart of faith. He has never left you. Even when you tried to go away from Him, He has not left you. That is why my motherly heart is happy when I watch how you – filled with love – return to Him, when I see that you are coming to Him by the way of reconciliation, love, and hope. My motherly heart knows that when you set out on the way of faith, you are shoots – buds. But along with prayer and fasting you will be fruits, my flowers, apostles of my love; you will be carriers of light and will illuminate all those around you with love and wisdom. My children, as a mother I am imploring you: pray, think, and contemplate. Everything beautiful, painful and joyful that happens to you – all of this makes you grow spiritually, so that my Son may grow in you. My children, surrender yourselves to Him, believe Him, trust in His love, let Him lead you. Let the Eucharist be the place where you will feed your souls, and afterwards, will spread love and truth – will bear witness to my Son. Thank you.”

“Pray, think and contemplate…” Three beautiful steps to get closer to Jesus! I want to share some words of wisdom from Mother Immaculata, O.C.D. She speaks from the beautiful tradition of the Carmelite order about prayer and communion with God. Here is a beautiful paragraph about the prayer of recollection:

IV. Recollection and the Practice of the Presence of God

The cultivation of this habit of frequently returning to the remembrance of God or some mystery of the Incarnation, has traditionally been called the practice of the presence of God, although, strictly speaking, we cannot really practice the presence of God since God’s presence is something given to us. God is always present at all times and in all places. If He gives a person a constant awareness of His presence it is a pure gift of grace, so that when we use this term: “practice of the presence of God’ we are speaking of what we can do to train ourselves to remember that He is with us in many different ways. It refers to the use of our own God-given powers in a special exercise that will develop a habit of seeing Him everywhere and in every action, of looking to Him for guidance, of being aware of Him here or there, even when our minds are occupied, much the same as a wife is constantly aware of her husband in the room even while she is busy with her work. She is not always thinking directly about him, but she speaks to him from time to time, or by a touch or glance or smile maintains the warmth of their contact and communion.

Every one of our thoughts cannot always be directly on God. It is a matter of turning our minds lovingly to Him whenever we can do so, so that gradually we form a habit. A willingness and alertness to put out distractions is necessary. Gradually we come to abide in His love all the time and are able to be with Him without anxious strain to force our minds to think of Him constantly. Peace is always necessary to form this habit. All our efforts must be peaceful and gentle. We must not neglect to ask Him for the ability and grace to think of Him often and to stay with Him always. We must pray to be able to pray. (Sister Immaculata, O.C.D. “Communion with God, the Pathways of Prayer. p 28-29)

Mother Immaculata’s words remind me of Our Lady’s words in this message: “If you were to come to know the greatness of His love, you would never cease to adore and thank Him…” The more time we spend in prayer, thinking of Jesus, and contemplating His love, the more we will grow in communion with Him, and we will live more and more in His presence. I also find the idea of our being gentle with ourselves in this process very consoling and encouraging. We must know that Jesus wants us to approach Him throughout the day, and so we are encouraged to turn to Him peacefully and gently. This is the method of love.

May we find our way to the peace and joy of communion with Jesus, as Mother Immaculata and Our Lady both teach us…

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

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“Dear children, my real, living presence among you should make you happy because this is the great love of my Son. He is sending me among you so that, with a motherly love, I may grant you safety!”

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Vicka, one of the visionaries in Medjugorje, wrote the note (above) after Our Lady spoke with her during an apparition in Medjugorje in April, 1999, about Mary TV’s  plan to build a television facility in Medjugorje.

Vicka wrote to Denis: “Our Lady says that the plan is good – but you need to wait a little.  Now you can get prepared little by little, until Our Lady tells when the right moment is.  You don’t need to hurry, make haste, but to be patient.”

When Our Lady said this to Vicka, the technical genius in Medjugorje that she had her eyes upon, who would begin Mary TV’s live streaming from Medjugorje, was seven years old.

Totus Tuus (Totally Yours)

Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.

Our Lady gave this prayer 25 years before She started appearing in Medjugorje. This prayer is being answered through Our Lady’s presence in Medjugorje and through Her messages. Mother Immaculata writes: “This is Mary’s hour and She is about to crush Satan’s head. Her very being is like incandescent heat in the center of the Trinity and the manifestation of Her power is growing daily. The Immaculate Conception prayer (which is what Our Lady called the prayer she gave me for union with Her) has been used by exorcists who have told me that the devil reacts violently to it and is subdued by it. We are praying daily for the success of Mary TV!“

Our Lady Gives A Sign…


MARY TV was LIVE STREAMING Ivan’s May 24, 2013 apparition on Mt. Podbrdo (Apparition Hill) in Medjugorje. My wife, Cathy, was praying in front of her computer in the US, connected through the Internet, welcoming Our Lady along with everyone gathered on the mountain. She couldn’t see anything on her computer screen because it was late at night and Ivan had said, “No lights.” She found herself asking Our Lady for a sign – a little light – as a sign that MARY TV was on the right track and really serving her. Just after the apparition, when she went to give an account on Mary TV’s Facebook page, the page opened with this picture that she had never seen before, captioned: “MARY APPEARS OVER BUILDING IN MEDJUGORJE, PHOTO TAKEN BY PILGRIM.” Our Lady is standing directly over MARY TV’s studios, her feet right where we have two POV cameras STREAMING 24/7 LIVE TO THE WORLD Apparition Hill & Cross Mountain!


Our Lady spoke to Vicka during an apparition in Medjugorje in April, 1999, about the importance of Mary TV’s mission. At that time she told Vicka that she herself (Our Lady) would begin Mary TV! She did! But she didn’t do it alone. The generosity of her children made Mary TV a reality for her. Your generosity is needed now for it to continue!