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Friday, April 28, 2017

Mary TV: April 27, 2017 Reflection - By your witness and example...


       
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
April 28, 2017
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
"Dear children! Love, pray and witness my presence to all those who are far away. By your witness and example, you can draw closer the hearts that are far from God and His grace. I am with you and intercede for each of you so that, with love and resoluteness, you may witness and encourage all those who are far from my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call." (April 25, 2017)

"By your witness and example, you can draw closer the hearts that are far from God and His grace."  

Our Lady is calling us in this message and in all of her messages to truly strive to be her apostles, her devoted ones who are in a very special way set aside as her own. She is asking us to draw her other children into her heart, where she can mother them!
 
St. Louis de Montfort composed a list of characteristics that he felt describe those who live a true devotion to Mary. I think these characteristics are familiar to us all, because in Medjugorje Our Lady has been leading us into this kind of relationship with her.
 
See for yourself if these are not the example we are to give. Here are his five marks of a soul truly devoted to Mary:
 
Marks of authentic devotion to our Lady
 
After having explained and condemned false devotions to the Blessed Virgin we shall now briefly describe what true devotion is. It is interior, trustful, holy, constant and disinterested.
 
First, true devotion to our Lady is interior, that is, it comes from within the mind and the heart and follows from the esteem in which we hold her, the high regard we have for her greatness, and the love we bear her.

Second, it is trustful, that is to say, it fills us with confidence in the Blessed Virgin, the confidence that a child has for its loving Mother. It prompts us to go to her in every need of body and soul with great simplicity, trust and affection. We implore our Mother's help always, everywhere, and for everything. We pray to her to be enlightened in our doubts, to be put back on the right path when we go astray, to be protected when we are tempted, to be strengthened when we are weakening, to be lifted up when we fall into sin, to be encouraged when we are losing heart, to be rid of our scruples, to be consoled in the trials, crosses and disappointments of life. Finally, in all our afflictions of body and soul, we naturally turn to Mary for help, with never a fear of importuning her or displeasing our Lord.

Third, true devotion to our Lady is holy, that is, it leads us to avoid sin and to imitate the virtues of Mary. Her ten principal virtues are: deep humility, lively faith, blind obedience, unceasing prayer, constant self-denial, surpassing purity, ardent love, heroic patience, angelic kindness, and heavenly wisdom.

Fourth, true devotion to our Lady is constant. It strengthens us in our desire to do good and prevents us from giving up our devotional practices too easily. It gives us the courage to oppose the fashions and maxims of the world, the vexations and unruly inclinations of the flesh and the temptations of the devil. Thus a person truly devoted to our Blessed Lady is not changeable, fretful, scrupulous or timid. We do not say however that such a person never sins or that his sensible feelings of devotion never change. When he has fallen, he stretches out his hand to his Blessed Mother and rises again. If he loses all taste and feeling for devotion, he is not at all upset because a good and faithful servant of Mary is guided in his life by faith in Jesus and Mary, and not by feelings.
 
Fifth, true devotion to Mary is disinterested. It inspires us to seek God alone in his Blessed Mother and not ourselves. The true subject of Mary does not serve his illustrious Queen for selfish gain. He does not serve her for temporal or eternal well- being but simply and solely because she has the right to be served and God alone in her. He loves her not so much because she is good to him or because he expects something from her, but simply because she is lovable. That is why he loves and serves her just as faithfully in weariness and dryness of soul as in sweet and sensible fervour. He loves her as much on Calvary as at Cana. How pleasing and precious in the sight of God and his holy Mother must these servants of Mary be, who serve her without any self-seeking. How rare they are nowadays! It is to increase their number that I have taken up my pen to write down what I have been teaching with success both publicly and in private in my missions for many years.  (True Devotion to Mary, n. 105-110)
 
 
Thank you to all of you who are striving to live a true devotion to Mary. In these latter days, you are on the front line in the battle to save souls!!

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




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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mary TV: April 27, 2017 Reflection - Devotion to Mary is especially necessary...


       
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
April 27, 2017
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
"Dear children! Love, pray and witness my presence to all those who are far away. By your witness and example, you can draw closer the hearts that are far from God and His grace. I am with you and intercede for each of you so that, with love and resoluteness, you may witness and encourage all those who are far from my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call." (April 25, 2017)
 
This message is reminding me very much of the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort, in True Devotion to Mary. Our Lady is very concerned for her children who are far away from her and from her Son. She is giving us a mission. It is a mission for these days. She wants us to draw to her all those who are far away from her Immaculate Heart. She has been sent in these latter days to save the souls who are lost. The Father has sent her and she is now sending us. She needs us to live our deep devotion to her, our deep relationship with her, so that others will be moved to find her.
 
Here is a description that St. Louis wrote of the apostles of Our Lady in these latter days:    
Devotion to Mary is especially necessary in the latter times.
 
Finally, God in these times wishes his Blessed Mother to be more known, loved and honored than she has ever been. This will certainly come about if the elect, by the grace and light of the Holy Spirit, adopt the interior and perfect practice of the devotion which I shall later unfold. Then they will clearly see that beautiful Star of the Sea, as much as faith allows. Under her guidance they will perceive the splendors of this Queen and will consecrate themselves entirely to her service as subjects and slaves of love. They will experience her motherly kindness and affection for her children. They will love her tenderly and will appreciate how full of compassion she is and how much they stand in need of her help. In all circumstances they will have recourse to her as their advocate and mediatrix with Jesus Christ. They will see clearly that she is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus and will surrender themselves to her, body and soul, without reserve in order to belong entirely to Jesus. (n.55 of True Devotion to Mary by St. Louise de Montfort)
 
St. Louis was describing us! We are her children, who love her tenderly and appreciate how full of compassion she is and how much we need her help!! We are those who have recourse to her in every circumstance! We are those who understand how much we need her. And we see how she leads us directly to her Son.
 
May we draw many souls to Mary, many, many souls!! Amen, may it be so!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017




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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

From Sr. Emmanuel Maillard:

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"Dear children! Love, pray and witness my presence to all those who are far away. By your witness and example you can draw closer the hearts that are far from God and His grace. I am with you and intercede for each of you so that, with love and resoluteness, you may witness and encourage all those who are far from my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje:

April 25, 2017 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje: deaconjohn1987




       
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
April 26, 2017
St. Mark
Dear Family of Mary!

Here is Our Lady's message for April 25, 2017:
"Dear children! Love, pray and witness my presence to all those who are far away. By your witness and example, you can draw closer the hearts that are far from God and His grace. I am with you and intercede for each of you so that, with love and resoluteness, you may witness and encourage all those who are far from my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call."(April 25, 2017)

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




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Mary TV: April 25, 2017 Reflection - As we wait...


       
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
April 25, 2017
St. Mark
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Today we hope to receive another message from Our Lady. Let's recall her message of March 25 as we wait!   
"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
It is wonderful to know that Our Lady is thinking of our descendants!! She is with us to help us and to change the world. We can begin a new life, as of this moment. We can choose prayer and desire holiness through penance and love. This is the time; this is the moment. This is the first day of the rest of our lives.

Thank you, dearest Mother, for being with us according to the grace which the Most High has given you for us!!

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




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Monday, April 24, 2017

Mary TV: April 24, 2017 Reflection - A little teaching on prayer!


       
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
April 24, 2017
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
 
Dear Family of Mary!
May 25, 2002 "Dear children! Today I call you to put prayer in the first place in your life. Pray and may prayer, little children, be a joy for you. I am with you and intercede for all of you, and you, little children, be joyful carriers of my messages. May your life with me be joy. Thank you for having responded to my call."
 
We find ourselves in the Easter Season, having just celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday! So many graces have been poured out upon us!! So today I want to share with the transcript of Fr. Leon's Snippet for April 20 2017. It is brief but very much to the point. He teaches us about prayer. And prayer is at the heart of our response to the graces of these days. So enjoy!
 
Fr. Leon's Snippet from April 20, 2017:
 
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit! Amen!
 
Good morning everyone! I am going to talk to you today about prayer. Most people tell me that for prayer they ask God for things. But what is prayer? Prayer is the raising of our hearts and minds to God above. If you had a friend who only talked to you when they asked you for things, would they long be your friend? Would they remain friends with you for very long? No I guess not. You would get fed up with them if they only came round for a cup of sugar.
 
Now prayer is usually divided into four parts. The first is Adoration. Adoration means "ad ore" - to the mouth. It means to kiss. Adoration means to love. In Adoration we adore God because He is supremely adorable. He is worthy to be loved and praised. We don't tell Him he is marvelous so that we can get things out of Him or to flatter Him. We tell Him what He already knows! He does not need our praise but we need to praise Him. Do you see the distinction? God does not need anything from us, but we need to adore Him. To praise Him.
 
Then the second one is Contrition. Contrition does not mean sorrow alone, as though we say I am a terrible sinner. No. "Contristus" means a heart ground up by love. Completely ground up. So it is sorrow for sins, but for a special reason - "because You love me so much." So it is a confident trust in God's mercy.
 
Then the third one is Thanksgiving. I often tell my Confirmation kids, imagine you wake up tomorrow and all you have is what you thanked God for today! And many of them look frightened because they realize they would wake up dead! Thanksgiving! Remember the word "Eucharist", the Mass itself is Thanksgiving! Thanking God, because everything that we have is from Him. Our life, our being, everything is from Him.
 
And last of all, Supplication. Supplication means to ask for things. So notice that, asking for things comes last. It is the last part of prayer. And these four things spell out a little acronym, so you can remember it.
 
Adoration - "A"
Contrition - "C"
Thanksgiving - "T"
Supplication - "S"
 
ACTS!
 
Now you can remember it? Marvelous!
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! Amen!
 
Fr. Leon's snippets are the "back to basics" of the Catholic life! Don't miss them. The link is posted on our home page.
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017




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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mary TV: April 22, 2017 Easter Saturday - Divine Mercy Novena Day 9


       
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
Easter Saturday
Divine Mercy Novena Day 9
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Today we have a difficult job. We must pray for those who have become lukewarm to the love of Jesus. These souls are in great danger. Somehow they have been lulled to sleep and do not know the great mercy and kindness of the Lord. They are unaware that they exist due to His mercy. It may also be true that we ourselves are among their number. Lukewarmness creeps up upon us unawares.
 
Our Lady has cautioned us about being lukewarm:
November 20, 1986 "Dear children! Today also I am calling you to live and follow with a special love all the messages which I am giving you. Dear children, God does not want you lukewarm and undecided, but that you totally surrender to Him. You know that I love you and that out of love I long for you. Therefore, dear children, you also decide for love so that you will long for and daily experience God's love. Dear children, decide for love so that love prevails in all of you, but not human love, rather God's love. Thank you for having responded to my call."

We can decide for love, and decide to be on fire for God! And we can pray that that fire is lit in the hearts of all who have fallen to sleep in lukewarmness. 

Our Lord told St. Faustina about lukewarm souls, and how they hurt Him:

On a certain occasion, the Lord said to me, I am more deeply wounded by the small imperfections of chosen souls than by the sins of those living in the world. It made me very sad that chosen souls make Jesus suffer, and Jesus told me, These little imperfections are not all. I will reveal to you a secret of My Heart: what I suffer from chosen souls. Ingratitude in return for so many graces is My Heart's constant food, on the part of [such] a chosen soul. Their love is lukewarm, and My Heart cannot bear it; these souls force Me to reject them. Others distrust My goodness and have no desire to experience that sweet intimacy in their own hearts, but go in search of Me, off in the distance, and do not find Me. This distrust of My goodness hurts Me very much. If My death has not convinced you of My love, what will? Often a soul wounds Me mortally, and then no one can comfort Me. They use My graces to offend Me. There are souls who despise My graces as well as all the proofs of My love. They do not wish to hear My call, but proceed into the abyss of hell. The loss of these souls plunges Me into deadly sorrow. God though I am, I cannot help such a soul because it scorns Me; having a free will, it can spurn Me or love Me. You, who are the dispenser of My mercy, tell all the world about My goodness, and thus you
will comfort My Heart.  (580 Diary)
 
Divine Mercy Novena, Day 9
 
Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM,* and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.' For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.
Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.
 
Jesus, light within us the fire of Your Love! We long for You. Teach us to thirst for you as you thirst for us!

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

PS.  Tomorrow is the Feast of Divine Mercy!!  We have prayed our novena, and now we can enter into the graces of the Feast Day!! Here is what St. John Paul II decreed for a plenary indulgence on the Feast of Mercy:

A plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!")!

See you tomorrow at 3:00 pm Medjugorje time to pray for Divine Mercy!




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