September 24, 2019
33 Day Consecration – Day 21
Dear Family of Mary!33 Day Prayer of Consecration to Our Lady of the Rosary – Day 21
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit!
Receive our Consecration Prayer, O dearest Mother Mary!
Today we continue examining a conversation that Sr. Lucia of Fatima had with Fr. Fuentes in 1957, Part 5:
“…Finally, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Mother, consists in considering Her as the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon and as the sure door through which we are to enter Heaven.”
Yesterday, at English Mass, Bishop Vincent Horan shared with us what Mary, Our Mother, is doing in Medjugorje to meet the challenges to the faith in our world today. He is spot-on, and very clear: Our Lady is maintaining a spiritual Field Hospital for her wounded children who have suffered in this terrible “war zone” of our modern world. She truly is the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and a sure door through which we are to enter Heaven!!
Homily at English Mass in Medjugorje – given by Bishop Vincent Horan:
Within a short time of assuming the Papacy, Pope Francis gave us an image of the Church as that of a field hospital in a war zone. Those in the front lines would be brought to the hospital with various injuries, or just for a time of recuperation. When better, they would return to the battle lines to take up their mission again.
In many ways, Medjugorje fits into this image of Pope Francis. We have all come here with our various ailments: physical, psychological, and spiritual. Some have come to rest with the Lord, as they feel that they are in a war zone with our modern world. Whether as priests, religious, or lay people, we often find that we seem to be losing the battle to keep the presence of Christ alive in our various societies, in the laws and customs of our countries. Like the Jewish people in exile in Babylon, we almost seem to be exiles in our world, to be cut off from the joys of our Christian faith, as we experience it here in Medjugorje during these days of pilgrimage.
But as we have seen in our first reading today, God did not leave His people in exile forever. The Lord roused the spirit of Cyrus to begin the work of reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem, so that the chosen people could return to their beloved homeland, purified and humbled by their punishment for their sins and unfaithfulness.
With the benefit of hindsight, we can see that the 38 years since the apparitions of Our Lady began here in Medjugorje on the 24th of June 1981, more or less coincides with the most ferocious attack on the Church since the day of Pentecost. With the shocking revelations of sexual abuse by bishops, priests, religious and other Christians, the Church almost collapsed completely. For our punishment, we have been sent into exile to the margins of our societies.
But God has not abandoned us. As Mary was with the Apostles in the Upper Room, in the background, praying and supporting the ones chosen by her Son, so now Mary is among us now, especially here in Medjugorje, helping us to rebuild the temple of the Church on new foundations: on the foundation of humility, on the foundation of a personal commitment to Christ, Her Son.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, do you have a personal relationship with Jesus and with His Mother? Have you established a personal relationship, perhaps with one of His saints? Like Padre Pio, for example, whom we are celebrating today. We can bring the peace of Medjugorje back to our homes, parishes and societies, only if we have a deeply personal and intimate relationship with Jesus.
Our faith is a love story. The more we give ourselves to Jesus in our various vocations, the more He gives Himself to us. With the love of Jesus in our hearts, with the peace of Our Lady, Queen of Peace in our hearts, we shall be a light to others; even when we are not intentionally wishing to be a light. That light, however, may both inspire others, or it may challenge others; as nothing can remain hidden before God’s light forever.
To return to the image of Medjugorje as a field hospital, I think we who come here on pilgrimage for a week or so, must take responsibility for the maintenance and work of this spiritual hospital. Obviously, Satan is not pleased with what is taking place here between the two hills. I ask that each one of us, as we return to our homes at the end of our pilgrimage, that each day we would pray for Medjugorje, for the Franciscan friars, for the sisters, for the visionaries, for the guides and helpers at the Shrine, and for all six-and-a-half thousand people who live now here in Medjugorje, that God would preserve their energies, that God through the intercession of Our Lady, would keep them zealous, and never allow them to become lukewarm, so that the treasure of Medjugorje may grow from strength to strength and become the New Jerusalem of our Christian faith, for the glory and praise of the most Holy Trinity.
Our Lady has called us to come close to her Immaculate Heart because there she can minister to us and lead us:
Dearest Mother, thank you for your Immaculate Heart which is for us the Seat of Mercy, Goodness and Pardon. Through you we can find our way to God. We can be healed of all our wounds and become ready for Heaven. May the Field Hospital of Medjugorje grow stronger and stronger, as there are so many wounded children in this world.
August 25, 2012 “Dear children! Also today, with hope in the heart, I am praying for you and am thanking the Most High for every one of you who lives my messages with the heart. Give thanks to God’s love that I can love and lead each of you through my Immaculate Heart also toward conversion. Open your hearts and decide for holiness, and hope will give birth to joy in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Supplication to the Queen of the Holy Rosary:
“O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love which unites us to the angels, tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell, safe port in our universal shipwreck, we will never abandon you. You will be our comfort in the hour of death: yours our final kiss as life ebbs away. And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompei, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. May you be everywhere blessed, today and always, on earth and in heaven”. (Blessed Bartolo Longo)
We commit ourselves to praying the Rosary for your intentions, dearest Mary, our Mother, as You enter this final battle with Satan, for the sake of souls. We will take up the Rosary as an obligation that we will fulfill with great joy! Together we will pray for Your Triumph over Satan, and for the coming of a New Time of Peace which has been given to us through You, Oh Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary!! Amen
Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit! As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
Now we pray our Rosary for today! The sorrowful mysteries!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2019
PS. Mike Nolan is taking a group to Medjugorje on October 8, 2019 with an optional extended trip to the Holy Land departing on October 1!! He has room left in his group for anyone who is feeling called to Medjugorje, and possibly the Holy Land! It is an opportunity not to be missed!!