Daily Reflections
by Cathy

Novena to Our Lady, Assumed into Heaven – Day 8

Ivan sees Our Lady on Jan 31, 2012
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Ivan encounters Our Lady in 2012
August 13, 2019
Novena for the Assumption of Our Lady Day 8

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady appeared to Ivan yesterday evening (August 12) at the Blue Cross. Here is his account of the encounter as shared by Ana Shawl of the IIPG prayer group.

Tonight, Our Lady said she would meet everyone at the Blue Cross.

Ivan said: 
This is the most important part of this meeting with Our Lady. 

She came very happy and joyful and she greeted us with her motherly greeting, “Praised be Jesus, my dear children.”   

After this she prayed for a longer time over all of you, especially those present who were sick.

After this she said,

“Dear Children, in this time of mercy, in a special way, I wish to call you to prayer – perseverance in prayer.   So many times, I have said that my Son has allowed me to stay here together with you because I wish to teach you and to raise you – educate you – because I wish to lead you to my Son.  Therefore, decide for Him.  Put Jesus in the first place in your families, pray in front of Him, so that you can receive graces. The mother prays for all of you and intercedes for you to her Son.”

Then Our Lady blessed all of us with her motherly blessing. She blessed everything we brought for blessing.

Then she left in prayer and in the sign of the light and the cross, saying: “Go in peace, my dear children.”
Thank you to Ana for sharing this message with us! I think it is helpful for us as we prepare for the Assumption. Why? Because the apparitions are evidence of Our Lady’s presence with us in Medjugorje. They are evidence that she who has been assumed into heaven can now return to be with us on earth.

It is a great grace to be present for an apparition. Our Lady manifests herself during the apparition, through the encounter that the visionary has with her. The visionary is taken out of space and time during the apparition! Because Our Lady exists out of space and time, at least as we know it. But she comes into our space and time to bless and help us. It is miraculous!! The conversation they have is inaudible, and yet so very real. The facial expressions of the visionary are evidence of Our Lady’s presence at that moment!

We should really take this message to heart. She told us, “So many times I have said that my Son has allowed me to STAY HERE TOGETHER WITH YOU…” She stays here with us, body and soul. Jesus allows her to come! She is present to us in a miraculous way, because she loves us and wants to help us to draw close to Jesus, who is our only hope.

Let us thank Our Lady for coming to us in Medjugorje with our novena prayer:
Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
by Pope St. Pius X

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of humanity, we believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of his beloved disciple: “Behold your son,” and we who call upon you as our mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life. 
We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.

We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb.

O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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