Daily Reflections
by Cathy

November 6, 2019 Reflection – In my Mother’s Lap

child on mothers lap

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November 6, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

“Little children, I am with you, and I love you and I bless you and I wish for every one of you to be in my embrace...” (August 25, 1995)

Fr. Jacobson has captured the most wonderful image in this homily from Tuesday, November 5.  He shares with us exactly what it is about Medjugorje that we love so much, and need so very much:

Homily for English Mass in Medjugorje for November 5, 2019
Fr. Joseph Jacobson

I want to spend a few moments today on our Psalm for today (Psalm 131). Because it is a gem, it really is! I knew a very prominent man who died, and I was told this was his favorite Psalm. And you would never have guessed this about him, that this would be his favorite Psalm, given how successful he was. A name some of you would recognize if I told you. This was his favorite Psalm.

It is so short I am going to read it and comment on it just briefly.

Psalm 131
“Oh Lord, my heart is not lifted up.
My eyes are not raised too high.
I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me…

We might say with tongue in cheek when we come to Medjugorje – “I do not look for signs.” I don’t look for signs. I don’t expect a sign to be given to me. I’m just here close to the Heart of Jesus through Mary. I’m not here to expect great and marvelous and earthshaking stuff to happen to me.

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother.
My soul is like a weaned child in its mother’s lap…

Now let’s think about that one for a bit. A weaned child. What has that child been doing up until that point? Suckling on the mother’s breast, right? And that bond is incredibly strong. It lasts for a lifetime. Suckling on the mother’s breast. But now the mother has said the child can’t do that any longer. I’m expecting and your little brother or sister will need to nurse. So, you can’t do it anymore. I’m weaning you. Here is a bottle, or a little solid food…But… you can sit on my lap! You can sit on my lap!

That type of weaning is in contrast to my neighbor to the south – I live in a farming community in Central Alberta (Canada). When my neighbor to the south weans his calves in the fall, he’s got to do it because he is going to breed his cows so there will be more calves in the spring. And so those calves who have spent their entire life literally cheek to joule so to speak with their mother, are suddenly taken to a pasture far away where they can’t have any access to their mothers. And let me tell you if you live within a mile of that place you can’t sleep for two or three nights. The calves bawl and bawl and bawl, and the mothers bawl back. Bu eventually they get used to it and the alienation is complete and they go on with life. They begin to think well it isn’t the same of mother’s milk, but grass is ok.

But that’s not the way it is with Mary. She does want to wean us from that infant state, but she does not send us away. She weans us on her lap. And we, her children, are children who have developed to a certain point. We have a certain element of independence that we didn’t have before. But not independence to the point where we don’t need our mother.

That’s what is so beautiful about this Psalm. It tells us that even when we have reached the point when we have become humanly independent to a degree, our mother never rejects us. She’s got us on her lap. She’s holding us close to her breast, even if we can’t suck it anymore. She is there for us in every possible way. So, then I can end up as the psalmist does:

“Oh Israel, hope in the Lord, from this time on and forever more.” (Psalm 131)

It gives us such hope for the future that our Blessed Mother leaves us on her lap and holds us there, and holds us there as weaned children.

And now I will close with this point: You know Jesus tells us, Scripture tells us “Only a wicked and perverse generation seeks a sign.” But He also told us that a faithful generation will receive a sign. Many signs. So, the difference is between seeking a sign for its own sake or doing what God wants you to do and God confirming it with a good sign. He says, “Yah, you’re on the right track, you are doing the right thing.”

The whole history of the Church is filled with that. People who don’t seek signs, but seek the Lord receive signs all the time. You have too, haven’t you. Signs that keep us on the right track and keep us on the right way.

A number of our pilgrims yesterday had an extraordinary experience of the miracle of the sun. They were not looking for it. The are going to go home now even better equipped than they are now to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel, to draw people into the love of Mary so that they can come closer to Jesus, and to radiate in their own parishes wherever they have come from, something that brings life to people because of that beautiful gift that God gave them yesterday. It reinforces so much!

So God grant us all the grace today, we pray, to celebrate that we are weaned children on the lap of our Mother. (Fr. Joseph Jacobson, Nov 5, 2019 Medjugorje English Mass)

Well, I have to confess that Psalm 131 is my favorite Psalm as well.  And Fr. Joseph couldn’t have explained it better!!  Let’s all take great hope from the fact that we can remain on our Mother’s lap, no matter how old we become.  She will always be there for us, always.  And don’t we need her in these days!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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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.

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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!