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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mary TV March 29, 2017 Reflection - In this time of grace...


 
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J.M.J.
March 29, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!
 
"Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to open your hearts to God's mercy, to begin a new life through prayer, penance and a decision for holiness. This time of spring moves you to a new life, to a renewal, in your thoughts and hearts. Therefore, little children, I am with you to help you to say 'yes' to God and to God's commandments with resoluteness. You are not alone; I am with you through the grace which the Most High gives me for you and your descendants. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 25, 2017)
 
This message is a great word of encouragement!! We are in the middle of Lent. Our little Lenten practices are beginning to annoy us! Our spirits may be down. We may have failed to live up to our expectations for Lent. And so, here we are, needing to be lifted up.
 
Our Lady is doing just that. Listen to her motherly heart urging us to keep trying:
 
"In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to open your hearts to God's mercy, to begin a new life through prayer, penance and a decision for holiness." The first step is to open our hearts to God's mercy. Nothing will be achieved if we live this Lent on our own steam. We cannot change ourselves. Only God's merciful love can change us! But we have to ask for help, through prayer, penance and a firm decision to change. We have to ask for the grace to change. God will give it.
 
"This time of spring moves you to a new life, to a renewal, in your thoughts and hearts." Spring is a time of new birth. What better time to seek a new birth of faith in our thoughts and hearts. Our old habits, our old thought patterns, the self-defeating assumptions we have about ourselves and about life, all have to go. Spring tells us it is time to change!
 
"Therefore, little children, I am with you to help you to say 'yes' to God and to God's commandments with resoluteness." Our Lady tells us that she is with us. To help us! Help us to do what? To say 'yes' to God and His commandments. Who better to show us how to say 'yes' to God than Mary, the Mother of God. Her Fiat changed history. She can help us change our own histories! By saying 'yes' to God and His commandments, the rules He gave us to make us happy!
 
"You are not alone; I am with you through the grace which the Most High gives me for you and your descendants." And here is the best news of all. Our Lady is with us because God has sent her to us with graces galore for us, and not only for us but for our descendants!!! This is big news! Our Lady is giving us a future through God's grace. And our descendants will also have her by their side. We are not alone!!! Our Lady is with us!
 
So, if you are not too happy these days, cheer up! We have the Queen of Heaven with us to help us change, grow, learn to love, and live God's commandments!! We have a Mother who will not leave us. We are blessed!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mary TV March 28, 2017 Reflection - Hail Mary, Full of Grace!


 
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J.M.J.
March 28, 2017
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
"Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to open your hearts to God's mercy, to begin a new life through prayer, penance and a decision for holiness. This time of spring moves you to a new life, to a renewal, in your thoughts and hearts. Therefore, little children, I am with you to help you to say 'yes' to God and to God's commandments with resoluteness. You are not alone; I am with you through the grace which the Most High gives me for you and your descendants. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 25, 2017)
 
"Therefore, little children, I am with you to help you to say 'yes' to God and to God's commandments with resoluteness." There is no one else who can better help us to say 'yes' to God! Our Lady is the perfect example, held aloft by the Father for us to emulate. She can help us learn to say 'yes' to the Lord in every situation. We have only to turn to her for strength and discernment!
 
Fr. Leon gave an astounding homily on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. He explained so many things about Our Lady and Jesus so clearly. I would like to share the transcript today. It deserves a very careful reading!!
 
Fr. Leon Pereira, Homily at English Mass in Medjugorje, March 25, 2017:
 
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
 
The Liturgy around Christmas time calls Our Lady "You who have destroyed all the surrounding heresies." It is a very strange thing to say. But also a beautiful thing to say about Our Lady. Our Lady is the Destroyer of Heresies. And she is the Destroyer of Heresies by simply being who and what she is. Because she is the Mother of God. Full stop. Period, as the Americans might say. Because she is the Mother of God.
 
Now every heresy in the end is the denial that Jesus is truly human. Or it is the denial that He is truly God. Or a denial that He is both. Every heresy in the end boils down to this. But Our Lady is the guarantee of this truth. That the Word became flesh. Became flesh of her flesh, and was born of her. Therefore, she is the Destroyer of all Heresies. And we need her intercession especially in our own time when men, as Scripture says, have itching ears and run after all sorts of strange doctrines.
 
Now the idea that God became a baby is a strange one. In all the pagan kind of myths, the gods who become human - for example in Hinduism the Avatars as we say in English, the Avatarum in Sanskrit - it just means that they take on a human appearance, they live among human beings and have adventures, and when it is all done they go back up to heaven and abandon their physical bodies. So in a way it is not really an incarnation at all. It's kind of playing a little joke. And at the end of it you go back up. It's a bit like you as an adult when you are playing with children, you can be childish and play with them. And then when you finish the game you go back to being an adult. You were never a child; you were never one of them. Ever. (Well a long time ago but you have forgotten what it is to be innocent.)
 
But when God becomes a human being, He does this really and truly. In a serious way, He does not abandon His body. He rises again from the dead, still with the holes in His hands and feet. And then He takes His body and human soul up to heaven to the right hand of the Father at the Ascension. So Jesus shows that He takes our physicality seriously.
 
Why does He do this? Could God have saved us in another way? Did Jesus have to die on the Cross? Well He's God, right? And God can do anything? He can save us any way He wants. But what does Scripture tell us, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son." The word 'so' there meaning 'thus'. God loved the world 'this way', that He gave His Son to die for us on the Cross. That's how God loves us. He could have done it any way, but He chose this way.
 
And He shows us therefore, He shows us therefore that our bodies are serious matters. He takes our physicality seriously. It is not a joke to Him.
 
In Christian tradition we piously believe - you know the beginning of the Letter to the Hebrews, it says that God brings His Son forth and tells the angels, now let all the angels of God worship Him. And we piously believe that this is when Lucifer and all the angels that followed him rebelled. They said, "No, You shouldn't become a man! You shouldn't be born of a woman! Implicit in this is that Lucifer was saying, "I will never say to a woman, "Hail full of grace!" And this, we piously believe, is the rebellion of Satan and the demons. A rejection of the Incarnation!
 
So it is no surprise that in our world today, the blasphemies uttered against Our Lady arise because they are demon inspired, demon goaded. Terrible things said about Our Lady. But also the rejection of the Incarnation.  How is the incarnation rejected in our modern world?   Whenever you see body and soul divided, so they pretend that we are just mostly souls and our bodies are irrelevant, so they talk about reincarnation and all that sort of thing.  Or they pretend we are just bodies without souls: do what you like, more or less.  It's your body.  Your body is your instrument, do what you like with it, have a tattoo, pierce it in all sorts of disgusting places and all that business.  Or the separation of body and soul in our philosophies, in illnesses, anorexia, bulimia, in illnesses of the soul, pornography. All of these things are rejections of the Incarnation.  All of them are leaning towards the devil saying, "I will never say to a woman, 'Hail full of grace.' And that's why we say "Hail full of grace!  The Lord is with you."  The Lord is with you as a baby, with human hands and human feet and a human heart - a divine human heart. 
 
This is what we are saying: the glory and joy of being able to say a single Hail Mary.  Isn't it marvelous!  This is what the demons will not and cannot say.  But we, through the Holy Spirit can say this.  And we are made sharers of this joy.  Something new comes into being when Our Lady says, "Behold I am the Handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word." 
 
Do you remember, how does Genesis begin?  God says, "Let there be light."  "Fiat."  "Let there be light.  And a new creation comes into being.  When Our Lady says, "Let it be done to me," again "fiat."  A new creation comes into being. And just in case you've missed it, Luke tells us, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." Where have you heard that before?  The Holy Spirit will overshadow you.  It's one word in Hebrew... "RHP" (RaHap)....  It means: like a bird, a mother hen brooding over something - over her chicks, but in this case brooding over the waters.  Genesis: The Holy Spirit broods over the waters and everything comes to be.  In the same way, the Holy Spirit broods over Our Lady and a new creation comes into being when she says "Fiat". 
 
The Annunciation is an astounding dialogue.  It is a conversation between God - a courteous conversation - between God and a human being, saying, "Would you kindly be the mother of my Son?"  And she says, "I am your servant, I am your slave.  Be it done unto me according to your word."  It's a beautiful conversation.  And He tells us for our sake, He greets Our Lady for what she is.  He says, "Hail full of grace."  In Greek you could I suppose translate as, "Rejoice gorgeous! - Rejoice beautiful one! - Rejoice grace filled one!"  And He tells her this for our sake because through her God has destroyed all the heresies and will continue to destroy every single one of them until the end of time.  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen!         
You can listen to Fr. Leon give this homily at this link:
http://marytv.tv/?page_id=192
  Look for "English Homily 03/25/2017" in the play list.
 
One comment. What Father says is so powerful!! It occurred to me that the Rosary IS the most powerful prayer besides the Mass. With every Hail Mary, we are aiming a blow at the head of Satan, because we say and believe what He rejected. (The late Fr. Gabriel Amorth -exorcist- always said this!) He lost heaven and all hope because he could not accept the Incarnation nor the Woman who made it possible. And so our prayer of the Rosary is a great protection and weapon against evil. Isn't God amazing!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 




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Monday, March 27, 2017

Mary TV March 27, 2017 Reflection - The man born blind...


 
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J.M.J.
March 27, 2017
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
"Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to open your hearts to God's mercy, to begin a new life through prayer, penance and a decision for holiness. This time of spring moves you to a new life, to a renewal, in your thoughts and hearts. Therefore, little children, I am with you to help you to say 'yes' to God and to God's commandments with resoluteness. You are not alone; I am with you through the grace which the Most High gives me for you and your descendants. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 25, 2017)

Our Lady calls us to begin a new life, to open our hearts to God's mercy! The Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Lent was about the man born blind, and how Jesus gave him a whole new life when he gave him a new capacity for sight. We need to have such new sight in order to live our new life as well. Fr. Leon explained this process so well in his homily, that I had to transcribe it!
 
Fr. Leon Pereira's homily for March 26, 2017 in Medjugorje:
 
The Gospel we heard does not tell the healing of a blind man as we find in the other Gospels, but of a man blind from birth. What's the difference? I can imagine losing my sight. And though it is hard to appreciate the courage it would require to live in the world with the loss of what is so easily taken for granted. But how does a person born blind experience the world.   How does he imagine the other things perceived with the other senses? Things they have never seen or looked upon.
 
That the man in this Gospel is born blind is not a peripheral detail. He has not lost a capacity for light. He did not have it from the beginning. He does not deal with light, darkness, shadow and reflection. Jesus will not restore sight to this man. He will grace him with a capacity that he never had.
 
This miracle does not point just to the restoration of our human nature, but also to its total recreation. It says, "Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind." What Jesus is to do will bear resonance on the very beginning of creation. He will reach into the very origins of human beings, and do something that has never been done before. He will restore their capacity for the light which shines in the darkness.
 
Just as God made man from the dust of the ground, so Jesus makes the man who was born blind receive his sight through the dust of the Jerusalem street and forms him anew. Just as the first man, Adam, received the breath of life and became a living being, so this man is anointed with dust mixed with spittle from the mouth of Jesus, and becomes transformed beyond recognition.
 
His neighbors will ask of him, "Is this the man who used to sit and beg in our street?" As Jesus was manifested after his Resurrection, the man born blind, once he has his sight is not easy to recognize. So deep and profound is the transformation that has happened to him.
 
Now up until this time the man born blind is passive, he is a passive witness in the whole story. He is almost like the earth in Genesis, "formless and void." But now he has found his voice, he begins to speak for himself. His parents refuse to answer him. His present state is different from anything he received from them.
 
This is like ourselves. You have children and you give them life, even though you know that life doesn't come from you. And you bring them to church and have them Baptized, and they receive something they could never have received from you - eternal life! And later when they grow up and they are confirmed, they answer for themselves, just like the man born blind.
 
And the man born blind answers the questions of the Pharisees. Because with his sight he has an increase in insight into who Jesus is, without yet having seen Jesus. So the man who owes his new being not to his parents, or to his pedigree in the law of Moses, but to the sudden unearned gift of the encounter with Jesus. Falling down to worship Jesus, he recognizes Him not just as the source of his sight, but more importantly as the origin of a whole new way of being.
 
In Jesus, we are elevated to a new life. As the man born blind received a new capacity, a new way of experiencing the world, so too do we receive a new capacity for a deeper way of life. To come to experience the material world all around us in the unfamiliar light of Jesus who is forever the light of the world.
 
When we say the things we say, like "Our Father", this is one of the most extraordinary things we can say. Not simply because God is a father to us and we think we have a personal relationship with Him. But because when we say, "Our Father" it is literally true. God is not our father in a metaphorical sense alone, He really is our Father. We who are the creatures of his hand who never deserved anything from Him, who are made simply out of love, He makes his children, and by the Holy Spirit raises up to be friends with God. This is absolutely extraordinary! 
 
If we are friends of God, then everything we do in the world is suddenly different.  You see, sin is easy.  And sin is boring.  Everything under the sun is a repetition of what has come before.  We only take a mishmash of old stuff and put it in new configurations, and make what we think are new sins.  But they are the same old stuff.  The only thing that is new is the thing that comes from beyond the sun.  The Son of God Himself!  And if He gives us life, we truly have new life. 
 
Our first parents in the Garden had their eyes opened when they sinned.  They saw how far we had fallen from God.  They saw their nakedness and they were ashamed.  But we have our eyes opened in a new way, just as the disciples at Emmaus.   When they saw the Lord in the Scriptures and in the breaking of bread, and then they recognized Him.  And we perceive the new clothing of our humanity is with the Divine nature. 
 
These are not metaphors I'm using.  I mean this literally.  We are clothed with Divine nature.  What does that mean?  Ponder it.  Because it's the most extraordinary thing in the world.  We have received this new capacity for new life in our Baptism when the Lord Himself anointed us with His Holy Spirit.  But this capacity in us weakens through sin. 

Original sin is a bit like a straw.  If you bend it and it has a kink in it, it will always tend to bend in the same place again.  And so although our original sin is wiped away, that capacity, that tendency to sin remains in us, in the same place wherever that is for us.  And we therefore are more accustomed to darkness then to light.  And so each year we come back to this holy and joyful season of Lent when we open ourselves to the healing touch of Jesus, prepare ourselves once more by His grace to see the world anew in the blazing furnace of the Paschal fire.  A light lit in a darkened tomb two thousand years ago which will never more be put out.  Which cannot be overcome.  This is the new life we are given.  In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen      
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017




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Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje


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J.M.J.
March 25, 2017
 
Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the March 25, 2017 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje:
"Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to open your hearts to God's mercy, to begin a new life through prayer, penance and a decision for holiness. This time of spring moves you to a new life, to a renewal, in your thoughts and hearts. Therefore, little children, I am with you to help you to say 'yes' to God and to God's commandments with resoluteness. You are not alone; I am with you through the grace which the Most High gives me for you and your descendants. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 25, 2017) 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Mary TV: March 24, 2017 Update from Denis! - A Response to the National Catholic Register


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"Faithful Await Vatican Verdict on Medjugorje:
 Cardinal Francis Arinze, whose new book about Marian veneration will be released this month, tells the Register 'it's not so simple' for Rome to rule on the matter."  
 
It's puzzling that the March 14, 2017 National Catholic Register article (headline above) didn't cite anyone who was well-informed on Medjugorje.  The principal sources for the story were veteran anti-Medjugorje partisans Donel Foley and Bishop Ratko Peric (see:http://marytv.tv/?cat=5 ).  Perhaps things are "not so simple" because articles like this amplify and propagate the confusion they themselves create.
 
In an older variation of their assault on the apparition, Foley and Peric wield as their weapon early transcripts of conversations with the visionaries. 
 
These transcripts are "the key to understanding Medjugorje," Foley believes, as they "reveal the serious problems with accepting the visions as genuinely supernatural," an aspect he highlighted in his book.  Foley hopes that more people will pay attention to them, and he would like the Vatican to publish "an agreed and authentic" multilingual version of the transcripts to help the ordinary faithful "better understand the phenomena of Medjugorje."
 
What Foley does not mention, although he is well aware of it, is that the version of the transcripts he cites was produced at the beginning of the phenomenon by two local Communist Party members operating under orders to end the apparitions. The two members were the nephew and niece of Fr. Ivo Sivric, a Croatian priest who moved to the USA a long time ago.  When his relatives fell into disgrace for their efforts, Fr. Sivric sought to sabotage Medjugorje by publishing doctored versions of the transcript in English.  Foley, E. Michael Jones and others then built their whole case against Medjugorje around these transcripts.
 
The whole affair calls to mind the famous "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" produced by anti-Semites but publicized as having been written by Jews - and then used to justify attacks on the Jews. Anyone can write transcripts - and if it came from a declared enemy why should I trust them if I can't listen to the actual tapes?
 
All this "he said-she said" kind of argument may have left the debate in the same situation as that reported by the Register if not for one major recent headline not mentioned in the story or by Foley, Peric, et al.  Authentic transcripts of the actual tape-recorded conversations were recently published as Medjugorje: The First Days by Fr. James Mulligan.  The book has "a full, un-redacted transcript of 22 tape recorded interviews and on-the-spot commentaries with the visionaries." A comparison between these transcripts and the snarky Sivric version not only exposes the deceit of the latter but also testifies to the transparency and innocence of the visionaries in the first days of the apparition! They support the authenticity of the apparition rather than the other way around as Foley-Peric would have us believe.
 
In an additional attempt to cast aspersions on these events, the article draws attention to what it thinks reveals Pope Francis' negative opinion of Medjugorje:
 
Some believe he appeared to allude to the apparitions when, in a talk to 140 superiors general of male religious orders and congregations last November he said the real Madonna is not "at the head of a post office," every day sending "a different letter that says, "my children, do this, and then the next day do that."
 
It's more likely the pope was referring to the apparitions in San Nicolas, Argentina, with which he is very familiar, and not Medjugorje.   After returning from Rome last week, Bishop Hugo Santiago, of San Nicol├ís, declared the on-going messages being given by Our Lady there could no longer be disseminated (March 18, 2017, "Crux"). In sharp contrast the pope is sending his personal envoy to Medjugorje next week to oversee the pastoral care of pilgrims who are coming from all over the world.  And the Papal envoy hasn't concealed his joy! ("Archbishop Henryk Hoser to Aleteia: We should not be worried about Medjugorje!" Aleteia, March 15, 2017,  Read Article)
 
The Register's article notes:
 
For Cardinal Arinze, the pastoral effects of Medjugorje are "the most important thing.  If the effects are good," he said, "we rejoice." 
 
Important for Cardinal Francis Arinze are the positive effects Medjugorje has had on the faithful who visit. "One point that is not doubted is that people who go there actually repent.  They actually go to confession, go to Mass -- that is, they become better Christians.... So it is a shrine."      
 
On October 10, 2007 Cardinal Arinze thanked me for my book, "Medjugorje and the Church".  "May God bless you for the great diligence put into producing this well-documented work which I shall read with great interest."  For 25 years, readers of Catholic print media in the US have been bombarded with dishonest reporting on Medjugorje.  I suggest their readers take a look at my book (which carries a Nihil Obstat) to consider the other side.  (Medjugorje and the Church, Queenship Publishing) 
 
 
Denis Nolan
March 23, 2017
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Mary TV March 24, 2017 Reflection - Be it done unto me according to Your word!


   The Cenacolo Christmas Play - the Annunciation!
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J.M.J.
March 24, 2017
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Tomorrow we expect to receive the monthly message from Our Lady. It will also be the Feast of the Annunciation!!! What a great day to receive a message from Our Lady.
 
In preparation I suggest that we read and pray over again, the Gospel account of the Annunciation, and then the message we received on February 25. This way we can prepare to hear from Our Lady again, as we honor her as the great Mother of God!!
 

The Gospel for the Annunciation:

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;  
and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,  
and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; 
and of his kingdom there will be no end."
And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?"  
And the angel said to her,  
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,  
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; 
therefore the child to be born will be called holy, 
the Son of God.
And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1: 26-38)
And Our Lady's Message from last month:   
"Dear children! Today I am calling you to profoundly live your faith and to implore the Most High to strengthen it, so that winds and storms cannot break it. May the roots of your faith be prayer and hope in eternal life. Already now, little children, work on yourselves in this time of grace, wherein God is giving you the grace - through renunciation and the call to conversion - to be people of clear and persevering faith and hope. Thank you for having responded to my call." February 25, 2017
At the Annunciation, Our Lady had great courage built upon her great faith. She responded to the Angel Gabriel with honesty, candor, and purity. She was ready to give herself to God completely. And she did! This is the kind of faith that has deep roots and strong branches. May we grow to be like her, even a little bit, in our little lives. Who knows what God can do through us!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mary TV March 23, 2017 Reflection - Be vigilant and open for truth.


  
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J.M.J.
March 23, 2017
Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo
 
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! With a full heart I am asking you, I am imploring you children: cleanse your hearts of sin and lift them up to God and to eternal life. I am imploring you: be vigilant and open for truth. Do not permit for all that is of this earth to distance you from the true cognition of the contentment in the communion with my Son. I am leading you on the way of true wisdom, because only with true wisdom can you come to know true peace and the true good. Do not waste time asking for signs of the Heavenly Father, because He has already given you the greatest sign, which is my Son. Therefore, my children, pray so that the Holy Spirit can lead you into truth, can help you to come to know it, and through that knowledge of the truth that you may be one with the Heavenly Father and with my Son. That is the cognition which gives happiness on earth and opens the door of eternal life and infinite love. Thank you." (March 18, 2015)

Fr. Leon gave a powerful homily yesterday on how we interpret Scripture and how it can inform our lives, our choices. I thought I would reproduce it for you so you can chew on it. Fr. Leon is trying to help us understand how to discern the Truth. It is very good.

Fr. Leon Pereira's Homily on March 22, 2017:
 
If I were to give you all a copy of "The Wizard of Oz" and you read the book, there would be as many interpretations of this book as there you! Some of you would come away thinking that the wizard was a great man, some of you would think he is a megalomaniac, some of you would think he is a coward, or a frightened man. Some of you would come away loving the munchkins. Others would think they are a nuisance. But there would be as many interpretations as the number of pilgrims who had received a copy of "The Wizard of Oz" from me.
 
To read is to interpret. Therefore, when someone says to you something like, "Where is that in the Bible?", this becomes automatically one of the silliest questions they can ask. Because as soon as you read it you are interpreting it. So you have to say, "Well, how do I know that your interpretation is correct?" How do you know mine isn't better than yours? And how do you know that we are even able to read these things by ourselves and somehow magically come to an understanding?
 
Jesus is the lens through which we read the Scripture. We have Holy Mother Church to interpret the Scriptures for us. But Jesus is the lens through which we see and understand the Scriptures. What do I mean?
 
For example, in the Old Testament there is a law that adulterers are to be stoned to death. Why don't we stone adulterers? Because of Jesus, because of what He did. When the adulterous woman was brought before Him, He said, "Let He who is without sin cast the first stone." He didn't' say don't stone her. He just said to let whoever is without sin be the first. So He didn't abolish the law, He perfects the law and fulfills it. And that is why we don't stone adulterers. Mostly because we would be stoning ourselves. OK?
 
Think of another example. In the Old Testament Jesus says "Because of the hardness of your hearts, Moses gave the children of Israel divorce." You can divorce your wife and marry another for whatever reason basically, is what it boils down to. If she is displeasing in your sight. But Jesus says, "It was not so from the beginning." Then He completes and perfects the law. He says, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery and etc. If a divorced woman marries someone else, she commits adultery. This doesn't come from man, but from Jesus Himself. He completes and perfects the law.
 
It becomes difficult for us, because our lives are complicated. We make them complicated somehow. Through original sin, through our selfishness, through chance, through all sorts of reasons. But then to say therefore that Christ must meet me where I am, is a bit of a strange thing to say. Christ does meet us where we are, but imagine if where you are, is at the bottom of a well. If you say, God should meet me where I am, the Church should meet me where I am.  Come down to the bottom of the well and sit by me and we will drown together. That's not going to solve anyone's problems. Christ comes and meets us where we are so that He can lift us up to where He is. That is a very important point. We don't stay down there in the mud or in the depths of the well. But Christ comes to lift us up. And when we say it's impossible for man, Jesus says, "Yes I said that already. But all things are possible for God."
 
When people bandy around this catch phrase, "The Eucharist is not a reward for the strong, it is medicine for the weak." Then you have to ask yourself who is the strong person? It is the person who says, "I don't need to repent. I don't need the Eucharist. I'm not going to repent." That is the strong person. And the weak one is the one who's says, "I have sinned. Have mercy on me. Forgive me and help me."
 
So remember many people will come, lying to us and trying to falsify the Gospel. But Jesus is the lens through which we read and understand the Scriptures. He told us He is the Truth and He has come to bear witness to the Truth. And in these latter days, men will have itching ears, wanting all kinds of unsound teachings. Willing to run away as soon as a pied piper comes along with false teachings. But we know what Jesus Himself said, and we know that He is the Truth. And even if it is hard for us to live by the Truth, Jesus has the grace for us to live by it.
 
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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