Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mary TV: May 24, 2017 Reflection - Confession!

  (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

May 24, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!
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."

Yesterday Fr. Glen Sudona gave a wonderful homily on Confession. I realize not all of you can go to the archives to listen, so I transcribed it! Thanks to Fr. Glen for such a beautiful exhortation!
Fr. Glen Sudano, CFR. Homily for English Mass in Medjugorje, May 23, 2017
One word that is very important today is the word, "confession." And you know that Medjugorje is really noted for healing. And while Lourdes is known for the healing of the body, here it is noted for the healing of the soul. And quite frankly if you had to choose a healing, choose the healing of your soul! Because we all have to give up the body some time. But the soul lives forever. And so it is all important that we make a good confession.
Outside in the confessional area you will see a statue of a priest, a Capuchin Franciscan. His name is St. Leopold of Mandic. Do notice that the statue is a life-sized statue. Fr. Leopold was 4foot 5 inches tall. A little man, but as the saying goes, great things come in small packages. And like St. John of the Cross and Mother Teresa and a number of saints, what they lacked in height they had in holiness.
And so for ourselves we want to grow in many areas in our life, so when we are young we want to grow up; then when you grow old, you grow out; and then you grow grey; then you grow deaf - I said, THEN YOU GROW DEAF! And we want to grow financially, and all these things are good things, and understandable things. But there is a growth in holiness. And that is often neglected. We want to grow in many areas, but not to grow holy.
So it's not a matter of the height, but of the depth of a person. This is why confession is all important, because Jesus says, "I am the vine, you are the branches." And the branches, He says, need to be pruned. Those of you who have a garden or know anything about gardening, know that you have to take away the weeds and the dead things in order to produce greater fruit or flowers. Same thing with the soul. We have to sever things from us that are sapping the life from the soul.
There are some people who are daily communicants, which is wonderful. But they don't go to confession. And this is why you can go to communion every day, and you know what is happening to your soul? Nothing! If you are in a state of mortal sin, something is happening and it is not good. However, if you put seed in sand, do you know what happens to the seed? Nothing. So it is important that we make a good confession.
We have this idea that the Church is sort of like a spiritual organization, and Jesus is alive, and that is sort of a spiritual thing. NO...Jesus rose from the dead. He told Thomas, "Touch me and see that I am not a ghost." Too many people, including Catholics, want the Church to be a ghost. They want it to be this ephemeral thing that doesn't really communicate, doesn't really say anything, or if it says anything you can't really trust it, so I will live my life...NO! Jesus has a body! A resurrected body, and this is the Mystical Body of Christ, and that is why we have to be united to the vine, physically. Not just simply spiritually.
Some people say, well I don't like going to church on Sunday. The priest is boring, and the choir is awful, so on Sunday I go to the beach, and I run along the beach, and I listen to my iPod, and I am inspired. I know the Bible better now, and I am just a better person. Fine, you want to do that, do that on Monday! Christ requires us, He wants us united to His Body. When you go to receive Holy Communion, the priest doesn't say "Spirit of Christ", "Wisdom of Christ", "Knowledge of Christ..." He says "The Body of Christ!"
When you go to confession you encounter the Body of Christ, through the priest. It's the Body of Christ. Saying your sins to the wall next to your bed may make you feel good for a little bit, but in the long run nothing ever happens. So this is why we have to go to confession and we have to unite ourselves to the Body of Christ. We have to go out. It is not just simply spiritual, but it is something physical and spiritual.
We celebrate and profess the Incarnation. "Carnes" in Latin means "flesh". Incarnation is God took on flesh in Christ. The Incarnation continues after the Risen Christ ascends into Heaven. It continues in a new body, the Church. Now it is true that sometimes the Body of the Church on a local level we may not like, but you know what, when Jesus appeared in the upper room, He appeared with wounds. The Church is wounded. But you know what? It still is the Mystical Body of Christ. This is why, as a Catholic Christian, we go to Confession.
The little sins, whatever, you say your act of contrition. As a matter of fact, at the beginning of Mass we have a little time for absolution for the venial sins. Alms giving. The reception of Holy Communion brings forgiveness of sins. But you know what, if you throw a leaf on a pond, it remains on the water. If you throw a stone on a pond, it sinks to the bottom. Heavy things sink to the bottom. So this is why it is important for us to understand the difference between that which just floats on the surface that can be skimmed off and that which goes down deep.
Go before the statue of St. Leopold of Mandic. And if you go to Padua, don't only visit St. Anthony, visit this man. His arm is preserved, because of the many times in which he gave Absolution. Go to St. Leopold and say, "St. Leopold, I know what is on the surface, you reveal to me what is in the center of my soul." And then go to Confession.   Anger, unforgiveness, ingratitude. God keeps all of us alive. And do you think he gets a thank you? Did you thank God for your eye this morning? Did you thank Him for your hearing? Did you thank Him that you are not in pain? How many thank Him, and yet He does all these things, and we are so ungrateful. Is that a leaf or is that a stone? To me it is a stone, because I like to be thanked. I like to be recognized. And I'm not God. God deserves it, I may not.
So brothers and sisters, do yourself a favor, do your spouse a favor, do your children a favor, do your parents a favor, do your neighbor a favor, make a very, very good confession. And when you finish, you will not only feel better, you will be better. May Christ be praised.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mary TV: May 23, 2017 Reflection - The power of the Hail Mary!

  (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

May 23, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!

June 12, 1986 "Dear children! Today I call you to begin to pray the Rosary with a living faith. That way I will be able to help you. You, dear children, wish to obtain graces, but you are not praying. I am not able to help you because you do not want to get started. Dear children, I am calling you to pray the Rosary and that your Rosary be an obligation which you shall fulfill with joy. That way you shall understand the reason I am with you this long. I desire to teach you to pray. Thank you for having responded to my call."

I was rereading St. Louis de Montfort's treatise, "True Devotion to Mary" and came across this passage in which St. Louis describes the power and value of praying the Hail Mary. His words stirred me to a deeper reliance upon that little prayer. I believe that the Holy Spirit wanted me to again realize what a gift the Angelic Salutation is for us poor sinners. By praying the Hail Mary, we recall the moment that Salvation broke into our temporal reality. In recalling that moment, we honor and praise God and thank Our Lady, and we call down great blessing and protection upon ourselves. For this was the moment that Satan was vanquished.

Here is what I read:

250. ...On the other hand, we know from experience that those who show positive signs of being among the elect, appreciate and love the Hail Mary and are always glad to say it. The closer they are to God, the more they love this prayer, as our Blessed Lady went on to tell Blessed Alan.
251. I do not know how this should be, but it is perfectly true; and I know no surer way of discovering whether a person belongs to God than by finding out if he loves the Hail Mary and the Rosary. I say, "if he loves", for it can happen that a person for some reason may be unable to say the Rosary, but this does not prevent him from loving it and inspiring others to say it.
252. Chosen souls, slaves of Jesus in Mary, understand that after the Our Father, the Hail Mary is the most beautiful of all prayers. It is the perfect compliment the Most High God paid to Mary through his archangel in order to win her heart. So powerful was the effect of this greeting upon her, on account of its hidden delights, that despite her great humility, she gave her consent to the incarnation of the Word. If you say the Hail Mary properly, this compliment will infallibly earn you Mary's good will.
253. When the Hail Mary is well said, that is, with attention, devotion and humility, it is, according to the saints, the enemy of Satan, putting him to flight; it is the hammer that crushes him, a source of holiness for souls, a joy to the angels and a sweet melody for the devout. It is the Canticle of the New Testament, a delight for Mary and glory for the most Blessed Trinity. The Hail Mary is dew falling from heaven to make the soul fruitful. It is a pure kiss of love we give to Mary. It is a crimson rose, a precious pearl that we offer to her. It is a cup of ambrosia, a divine nectar that we offer her. These are comparisons made by the saints.
254. I earnestly beg of you, then, by the love I bear you in Jesus and Mary, not to be content with saying the Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin, but say the Rosary too, and if time permits, all its fifteen decades, every day. Then when death draws near, you will bless the day and hour when you took to heart what I told you, for having sown the blessings of Jesus and Mary, you will reap the eternal blessings in heaven.
(St. Louis de Montfort. "True Devotion to Mary" n. 250-254)

I do believe that the Rosary, and especially the Hail Mary are gifts for our time. I find myself just saying Hail Mary's as I go about my work or even when I rest. I feel the need to protect my intellect and will, to put up a barrier of protection for my thought life. These days are full of spiritual activity, spiritual battle if you will. For us little ground troops the Rosary is our helmet and shield. The Rosary keeps us balanced and focused on God and what He is doing for save us.

"Hail Mary!!!! Full of Grace!!! The Lord is with thee!!! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus!!! Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us now and at the hour of our death!!! Amen!!!!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Mary TV: May 22, 2017 Reflection - Pray for the Family

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May 22, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! Also today I desire to especially call you, through this time, to pray for families. Pray, dear children, for families, for unity in families, for peace in families. I am interceding for all of you with my Son and I am praying for all of you. You must be persevering in prayer. Thank you, dear children, for also today having responded to my call."  (Message through Ivan on May 19, 2017)

Cardinal Caffarra was appointed the first head of the Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family which was begun by St. John Paul II in 1981.  The Cardinal had the idea to write to Sr. Lucia of Fatima to ask for her intercession in this very important mission. He told Aleteia.org:

And so, I thought to write to her. So I wrote, but simply saying: "The pope wanted this Institute. We are going through a very difficult time. I ask you only to pray." And I added: "I do not expect a reply." Her prayers were enough for me.

As you know, in order to have any contact with Sr. Lucia, even by letter, one needed to go through her bishop. So I sent the letter to the bishop, and he passed it on to Sr. Lucia.

To my great surprise, after not more than two or three weeks, I received a reply. It was a hand-written letter and quite long. I have given sworn testimony of what the letter said. The letter ended, saying (in 1983 or 1984): "Father, a time will come when the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family. And those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation. But do not be afraid, because Our Lady has already crushed his head."  (https://aleteia.org/2017/05/19/exclusive-cardinal-caffarra-what-sr-lucia-wrote-to-me-is-being-fulfilled-today/ )
We have all witnessed this terrible battle over marriage and the family over the past 35 years.  It is no wonder Our Lady gave Ivan the task of praying for the family.  And that task is ours as well.  We must see the terrible trials that the families of the world have undergone as part of the titanic struggle between Satan and the Woman - Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  We are to pray and fight with Mary for marriage and the family and a return to true reverence for the human person. (Please follow the link above to the article and read the full text of the Cardinals remarks.)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Mary TV: May 19, 2017 Reflection - Pure love...

(c)Matero Ivankovic 2016

May 19, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!
August 2, 2007 "Dear children, Today I look in your hearts and looking at them my heart seizes with pain. My children! I desire from you unconditional, pure love for God. You will know that you are on the right path when with your body you are on the earth, and with your soul you are always with God. Through this unconditional and pure love, you will see my Son in every person. You will feel in union with God. As a Mother I will be happy because I will have your holy and unified hearts. My children, I will have your salvation. Thank you."

Here is St. Faustina's experience of pure love for God:
The desires of my heart are so great and incomprehensible
That nothing can fill the abyss of my heart.
Even the most beautiful things, gathered from all over the world,
Would not for a moment fill Your place for me, O God.

With one glance, I penetrated the whole world,
And I found no other love like the love of my heart.
Therefore, I looked into the world of eternity because this one is too small for me.
My heart has desired the love of the Immortal One.

My heart has sensed that I am a royal child,
That I have found myself in exile, in a foreign land.
I see that the heavenly palace is my home;
Only there will I feel as in my own fatherland.

You Yourself have drawn my soul to You, O Lord;
O Eternal Word, You Yourself have stooped to me,
Giving my soul a deeper knowledge of Yourself.
Behold, the mystery of love for which You have created me!
Pure love has made me strong and brave.
I fear neither the seraphim nor the cherubim, standing with sword in hand,
And I pass over with ease where others tremble,
Because there is nothing to fear, there where love is the guide.
And suddenly the eye of my soul came to rest upon You,
O Lord Jesus Christ, stretched upon the Cross.
Here is my Love, with whom I will rest in my grave,
This is my Bridegroom, my incomprehensible Lord and God. (1632 Diaryof St. Faustina)
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mary TV: May 17, 2017 - Update from Denis - "This time is my time!"

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May 17, 2017
Dear Family of Mary,
I sense Our Lady's great joy these days. We can be assured everything is progressing according to the Father's plan. "This time is my time!" she told us in a message 20 years ago!!!! And just before the Pope's Envoy came to Medjugorje: "You are not alone; I am with you through the grace which the Most High gives me for you and your descendants."
Fr. Leon gave some light regarding the Pop's recent remarks in his "Snippet" before English Mass today (http://marytv.tv/?page_id=258 ), and went on to say more in today's "Tea with Rosie: News from Medjugorje": http://marytv.tv/?page_id=184  
The Pope ended his remarks on the plane flying back from Fatima to Rome by mentioning the trusted bishop that he had sent to Medjugorje, and that Bishop Hoser may have something to say on behalf of the Pope at the end of his mission this summer. Let's not forget what Archbishop Henryk Hoser has already said to us from Medjugorje:
archbishop Henryk Hoser SAC (Pallottine)
archbishop Henryk Hoser SAC (Pallottine) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"You should be carries of joyful news: you can say to the whole world that in Medjugorje there is a light... To invoke the Queen of Peace, the Mother of God, is important.  It is this aspect of Medjugorje which is utterly important.  That call that is so intense here is so important for the whole world... We need a heavenly intervention.  And the presence of the Blessed Mother is one of these interventions. It is God's initiative.  Therefore, I would like to encourage and fortify all of you on behalf of the Pope, as his emissary." Archbishop Henryk Hoser, Papal Envoy to Medjugorje, in April, 2017, addressing the Franciscans, parishioners and pilgrims in Medjugorje
God bless you!
Denis Nolan
PS. You might also like to note Andrea Tornielli's article on this subject that appeared in yesterday's "La Stampa," Rome's major newspaper:

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Mary TV: May 18, 2017 Reflection - Remain in my love....

  (c)Matero Ivankovic 2016

May 18, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!
Today's Gospel reading is one of the shortest of the year. But it is also one of the most profound:
Jesus said to his disciples:
"As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father's commandments
and remain in his love.
"I have told you this so that
my joy might be in you and
your joy might be complete." (Jn 15: 9-11)
There is a connection of love in God's economy. The Father loves Jesus. Jesus loves us as the Father loves Him. And we love them both back, by keeping their commandments. We love the Father and Jesus by having hearts like their hearts. Hearts that give, forgive, serve, and choose life. Our Lady has spoken about this chain of love:
January 25, 2016 "Dear children! Also today I am calling all of you to prayer. You cannot live without prayer, because prayer is a chain which brings you closer to God. Therefore, little children, in humility of heart return to God and to His commandments so that with all of your heart you are able to say: as it is in Heaven so may it be on earth. You, little children, are free to in freedom decide for God or against Him. See where Satan wants to pull you into sin and slavery. Therefore, little children, return to my heart so that I can lead you to my Son Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Living God's commandments is the way to align ourselves with Heaven! It is the way to put things right. And then we will live in God's love. Of course we can only do the best we can, but Jesus already knows that and provides what is lacking by His mercy.
Here is an interesting message from 2012:
December 25, 2012 Our Lady came with little Jesus in her arms and she did not give a message, but little Jesus began to speak and said: "I am your peace, live my commandments." With a sign of the cross, Our Lady and little Jesus blessed us together.

You see! Baby Jesus' words are so clear, so simple! He is our peace; we must live His commandments to enter that peace. Remaining in the love of the Father and the Son is peace. It is life on earth as it is in heaven. Our Lady is with us to bring us into that peace, to help us remain in God's love, to live the commandments. She is here to help us.

Let us remain in Jesus' love always.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Medjugorje Billboard

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First Billboard Goes Up and Two More Releases!

Two Releases May 16, 2017 A.D.


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For Immediate Release
May 16, 2017 A.D.

The first Winds of Change billboard went up last week on Interstate 65 South between Cullman and Birmingham, Alabama at mile marker 299. More are being printed and shipped for installation.
Winds of Change Billboard, Alabama
The 14’ x 48’ billboard on Interstate 65 South is illuminated at night. Be sure to continue checking the Medjugorje Billboard site for new locations as they begin to be placed.

In the Spirit of Reclaiming Our Lady’s Land
Help Reach Millions of People Without
Leaving your Home
While Driving

What other way can you reach thousands of souls each day that, through prayer, can have a life-changing encounter with the image of the Virgin Mary? Many have told us, in tears, that they did not know why they took a different route home from work but in their moment of despair they drove past a billboard and found the love of God they had been seeking through the Mother. Our Lady’s new efficacy makes reaching souls easier as never before. The following two new releases below are yet another opportunity to expose people to Our Lady.

Without Leaving Your Home
Many people have sponsored a billboard and the printing company is running around the clock to get the Winds of Change billboards up around the nation. By popular demand we have made the Winds of Change image available in a 4'×8' vinyl sign for you to attach to your house, barn, fence or workplace! These 4’ x 8’ signs are now available to ship. Live on a busy street? Put the Winds of Change image on your house, barn or fence to bring conversion to your own neighborhood. Be sure to have plenty of materials to feed the hungry souls that come to you. Caritas has books by a Friend of Medjugorje which cover every subject to help the spiritually needy come to Our Lady inquiring for materials. You can order the 4' x 8' vinyl sign online here, along with many other spiritual materials to help others.
Winds of Change, vinyl sign
4’ x 8’ vinyl signs can be placed anywhere. The sign has grommets every 2 feet for easy hanging.

While Driving
“Prayer Saves You, Prayer Saves the World.” is another profound statement made by Our Lady on April 2, 2017, which a Friend of Medjugorje stated on a Radio WAVE broadcast: “Lets make it a bumper sticker, that many can see.”

The Prayer Saves You… bumper sticker is now available to order online!
Prayer Saves You Bumper Sticker

Everyone that is following you to work or around town will see this sticker and want more. A simple but poignant statement of Our Lady that a Friend of Medjugorje made into a bumper sticker will get people to ask more. Be sure to stock plenty of Caritas Medjugorje materials to give to those in need. You can choose from many topics in our online store, or by calling Caritas in the U.S. at 205-672-2000

For information about billboard locations, or to make a donation visit the Medjugorje Billboard site here…
You can also call Caritas in the U.S. at 205-672-2000, in order to sponsor a billboard, order a vinyl sign, or bumper stickers. Call anytime between 8:30 AM and 5 PM Central. After hours, dial to extension 315 and leave a message.