Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 11/11/2015

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November 11, 2015
Veterans Day
St. Martin of Tours
Dear Family of Mary!
 "Dear children! I am calling you anew: begin the battle against sin as in the first days, go to confession and decide for holiness. The love of God will begin to flow through you into the world, peace will begin to rule in your hearts and God's blessing will fill you. I am with you and intercede for all of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call."  (March 25, 2014)
The waters flowing from the Temple bring healing and wholeness to all the lands they touch. This wonderful promise from Ezekiel 47 is for our time as well. Confession is so important for opening up these streams of life giving waters, so that they can flow from each believer's heart.
But the image of flowing waters from Ezekiel also bring to mind another image associated with Medjugorje. There was an image given to Sr. Briege McKenna back in 1981 that was about Medjugorje, but which she received before the apparitions even began! Here is a transcription of her witness given on Fruit of Medjugorje, Episode 30:
I was invited to go to the International Conferences for Priests, and because I am in the ministry for priests I was asked by the priests, "Please, Sr. Briege would you pray with us." So we put them into groups from the different countries they were in. So I met with a group of priests from what was then Yugoslavia. Of course, these countries were under communism. (You know the memory is a great computer, and when the right button is pressed it comes up!) I remember this friar in his Franciscan habit, saying to me that he was very frustrated because he was the youth director for the Diocese of Mostar - I never heard of Mostar- and he went on to tell me that the youth were being seduced by the communists, with propaganda to draw them away from Christ and what he was trying to do for them. And he asked me to pray with him that he could find the way.
One of the things about my ministry is that it is good not to know too much about the person before I pray with them. I tell priests, "Father you don't have to tell me everything about yourself. It's not that I don't want to hear your story. But we are human and we can be influenced by what we hear. So I tell them that I don't trust myself, and it is better not to know anything before I pray with them.
But it happened on that day as I prayed with him. (I get these images. People say that the imagination can run away with you, but the Lord can use the imagination like an overhead projector. He can throw images out there that can really be a key for that person.) And what I saw was this Father sitting in the main celebrants chair in on the altar. And he was looking into the body of the church and it was packed with young people. And from behind him on the altar there were streams of water, like rivers, flowing. And the young people were cupping it and drinking, and as they were drinking they would go out and bring others in.
So I said to him, "You know Father, you don't have to worry, because many young people will come to your church. And I told him that I could see this church that had two huge steeples! When he heard this, almost immediately up came Fr. Emile Tardiff, who was a Sacred Heart Father, a missionary whom I knew, and who has died since, God rest him. But he got this prophetic word, and he could not have heard what I said to Father, but he walked over and he said, "You know, Father, Our Lady is going to visit your church."
The extraordinary thing was that this priest was not in Medjugorje yet. Medjugorje hadn't happened. None of us knew about the two steeples on the church. He must have thought this was bizarre. What does this all mean?
Later he told that when he was sent there by the bishop, when Fr. Jozo went to prison, and being the brilliant man that he was I am sure his hope was that he would find out that this event wasn't true. And like any of us would do he had seen the external signs, but there is a difference from seeing from the outside which doesn't always make you believe - you can see things and still not believe. And so one of the things he did was that he prayed and said to God, "Please God show me." And when he prayed this way he heard my voice like a gramophone and then he remembered the image (of the waters flowing from the altar, and the two steeples...) and he remembered the French priest telling him that Our Lady would come to his church. And at that moment he was convicted and he realized like in the Old Testament, he had to make a decision because he had been given a message from God.
Well, it is very exciting to know that even before the apparitions began, God was preparing the way. He showed Sr. Briege this powerful image, which even to our day is true. The graces are just flowing out of St. James Church, graces of conversion, faith, hope, love, truth, vocation, and forgiveness and healing. God's plan in Medjugorje has only increased over the years. And it is a plan to rejuvenate the faithful and bring them to life in grace! The graces that flow from St. James also flow from our hearts, for we are each of us temples of the Holy Spirit. And we are part of the great flood of grace that is being poured out through Our Lady to the world.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015

"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world." 
Saint John Paul II 
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