Monday, August 17, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 8/17/2015

Our Lady of Medj painting  
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August 17, 2015
Dear Family of Mary!
Thursday, August 6, 1981
"I am the Queen of Peace."

July 25, 1988 
"Dear children! Today I am calling you to a complete surrender to God. Everything you do and everything you possess give over to God so that He can take control in your life as the King of all that you possess. That way, through me, God can lead you into the depths of the spiritual life. Little children, do not be afraid, because I am with you even if you think there is no way out and that satan is in control. I am bringing peace to you I am your mother, the Queen of Peace. I am blessing you with the blessings of joy so that for you God may be everything in your life. Thank you for having responded to my call."

The Feast of the Assumption was powerful!  Knowing that Archbishop Sheen called our time the "Age of the Assumption" has helped me to understand our situation in a new way.  We live in a time of great spiritual darkness, a time when the faith is being violently opposed on every level.  And as Sheen said, this is exactly when the Church has been moved to proclaim the Assumption of Mary into Heaven (Pope Pius II declared it in 1950), because it is a declaration of hope and truth to counter this loss of faith. 
But it doesn't stop there.  At the end of this week, August 22, we will celebrate yet another feast.  It is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary!  And Pope Pius XII again can be thanked for this great feast.  He declared it in 1954, at the end of the Marian Year, as a fitting capstone to the Dogma of the Assumption. 
Pope Pius XII wrote these chilling words in the Encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam: 

2. Following upon the frightful calamities which before Our very eyes have reduced flourishing cities, towns, and villages to ruins, We see to Our sorrow that many great moral evils are being spread abroad in what may be described as a violent flood. Occasionally We behold justice giving way; and, on the one hand and the other, the victory of the powers of corruption. The threat of this fearful crisis fills Us with a great anguish, and so with confidence We have recourse to Mary Our Queen, making known to her those sentiments of filial reverence which are not Ours alone, but which belong to all those who glory in the name of Christian.

In 1954 the world was reeling from World War II and the great wave of atheistic Communism that was engulfing many nations.  The threat to the faith was dire.  And at that very moment, Pius XII was moved to declare Mary as our Queen, and to flee to her for help and protection.   He concluded the encyclical this way:
51. By this Encyclical Letter We are instituting a feast so that all may recognize more clearly and venerate more devoutly the merciful and maternal sway of the Mother of God. We are convinced that this feast will help to preserve, strengthen and prolong that peace among nations which daily is almost destroyed by recurring crises. Is she not a rainbow in the clouds reaching towards God, the pledge of a covenant of peace?[62] "Look upon the rainbow, and bless Him that made it; surely it is beautiful in its brightness. It encompasses the heaven about with the circle of its glory, the hands of the Most High have displayed it."[63] Whoever, therefore, reverences the Queen of heaven and earth - and let no one consider himself exempt from this tribute of a grateful and loving soul - let him invoke the most effective of Queens, the Mediatrix of peace; let him respect and preserve peace, which is not wickedness unpunished nor freedom without restraint, but a well-ordered harmony under the rule of the will of God; to its safeguarding and growth the gentle urgings and commands of the Virgin Mary impel us.
After such a plea, is it any wonder that Our Lady came to Medjugorje as the Queen of Peace?  Is it any wonder that God would send her to re-establish His Kingdom, and prepare us for the coming of His Son?  This is the Age of the Assumption, and indeed the Age of the Queenship of Mary.  We need her most desperately. 
Let's take this week as a time to pray to the Queen of Heaven and Earth with all our hearts.  She has been given to us in such a special way:
Mary, Mother of God and Our Mother, Queen of Peace!
You came to us to lead us to God.
Obtain for us the grace not only to say:
"Be it done to me according to Your will!",
but to live it, as You did.
Into Your hands we put our hands,
so that You may lead us to Him
amidst these afflictions and woes.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015

 PS. (You can read it here.  It is short and not complicated!  It will fill you with hope!    http://w2.vatican.va/content/pius-xii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xii_enc_11101954_ad-caeli-reginam.html 

"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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This is a rare photo of the Salus Populi Roman...
This is a rare photo of the Salus Populi Romani, crowned by Pius XII in 1953. After the renovation, the crown was deleted and is now in the museum of the sacristy of Saint Peter. The picture today in Rome exists therefore only without the crown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pius XII - Getty Photo

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