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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/30/2015



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September 30, 2015
St. Jerome
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Yesterday Mary TV was able to stream "An Evening of Prayer for Peace at St. Stephen's Cathedral". It was a beautiful evening of prayer. There were testimonies about the fruits of Medjugorje. Marija Pavlovic Lunetti shared about her experiences of Our Lady. The Rosary was prayed. And during that prayer, Our Lady appeared to Marija and blessed everyone. Then Cardinal Schoenborn and over 50 priests, concelebrated Holy Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The music was beautiful, with Melinda and Roland from Medjugorje! It was so prayerful and peaceful, and holy !
 
The homily was given by Cardinal Schoenborn, and I cannot resist transcribing it for you. It was simple but very insightful. (Thanks to our translator for working so hard to translate into English for us. It is never easy. But I believe we have a good translation of the Cardinal's words.) The Gospel yesterday was John 1:47-51, when Jesus calls Nathaniel.
 
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Homily for Holy Mass, September 29, 2015, St. Stephen's Cathedral:
 
Archbishop Andre, Fr. Marinko, dear Marija and brothers and sisters:
 
"How do you know me?" This is the question of Nathaniel, the question that made him later on an apostle. Each one of us can ask Jesus, "Rabbi, how do you know me?"
 
If I look now around the Cathedral, it is not usually as packed as it is now! Can each one of you here ask Jesus this question? "How do you know me?"
 
Jesus knows us. He knows me as no one else does. You who are married here...your husband or wife does not know you as well as Jesus does. Those who are not married, the old ones, the children can ask, "How do you know me?"
 
Jesus answered Nathaniel, "Before Philip called you I saw you under the fig tree." What was that? We do not know what kind of a moment that was. Only two people know that, Jesus and Nathaniel. And that is their mystery. It is their individual mystery. What did Nathaniel do under the fig tree? What was he doing under that tree? We do not know. But he (Nathaniel) knew immediately. "How do you know me? You do know me!"
 
Each one of us has such a mystery with Jesus. He knows me. Rabbi how do you know me? It is not so comfortable if someone knows someone this well. There are sides of us that we do not like to show to others, and it is uncomfortable when someone sees those sides of us. But with Jesus it is different. If He knows us, we do not need to be ashamed of anything.
 
It can hurt as it did when Jesus said to a woman, "Call your husband." And she said she did not have a husband. And Jesus said, "Yes you are right, you do not now have a husband." Jesus does say the truth about us, as he said to that woman. She was hurt when Jesus told her that the man she was living with was not her husband. But when she went home she told everyone that Jesus told her everything about her. Jesus said it. And she was liberated. "How do you know me?"
 
Brothers and sisters, I would like to invite you in this night, this prayer for peace, that we each, individually ask Jesus, 'How do you know me?' And with joy we will discover "Lord you know me as nobody does. There is nothing I can hide from you. You know my biggest secrets, my fears, my needs, my mistakes, my sins, you do know me. You are the one to whom I can say it all. That is something so big and beautiful, that even in the inner most secrets of my life, You know me. And I am able to know You."
 
Brothers and sisters, that is not all. It goes further. "Rabbi, it is you, you are the King of Israel." To know Jesus is the heart of our faith. Otherwise we are not Christians. Jesus says, "You will see even bigger and greater things." And that is what He says to all of us. We will see heaven opened.
 
What does it mean that "you will see heaven opened"? What does it mean? How is that possible? Have you ever seen heaven opened? I want to give you a few thoughts, but there are many experiences that complete that image. How can we see heaven opened?
 
Let's start with a little sign - what I received as a little present last Saturday. There was a little party here for my jubilee as Archbishop. And today is my 24th anniversary of being Archbishop. Today, twenty four years ago, I was sent here. I was made a bishop. A friend from Syria gave me a present. He explained it to me and all the people in the Cathedral. It is a hanging. On the front is Mary holding the little Child. And on the back is a Cross. This hanging came from a bishop, who had it always with him. He was martyred because of his faith. And the mother of that martyr ask that man to present it to me. (This is a sign of heaven opened for me,)
 
You will see heaven opened. Can you remember when it was said in Holy Scripture that heaven was opened?
 
First, here in front we can see St. Stephen. We can see above him Jesus, at the right hand of God. The big number of martyrs today make heaven open. St. Stephen with his lighted face, the face of an angel, looks up and says he can see heaven open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Opening heaven... to give witness to Christ opens heaven.
 
Second, we do not have enough room for everyone inside the Cathedral for Adoration tonight. Mary is the one who opens heaven to us. Through her heaven opens to us. It is unbelievable and wonderful that the Mother of God is always opening heaven, so we can enter heaven. If I think about the 60,000 young people who joined her in Medjugorje this year. It was very hot. But there was no beach. There were no tourist attractions. But the young people came. Why? Because they experience heaven open there. Wherever Mary is, heaven is open. Thanks to the Mother of God who brings us the fresh air from heaven, and as it is said, you will see the angels ascending and descending on mankind.
 
Third, when we see the Eucharist, we know that heaven is opened and the angels are ascending and descending. I cannot see it, maybe you cannot see it, but maybe someone here can see it. All the angels of heaven are here and heaven is open over us. Jesus is present. Heaven is open over us. And heaven opens over us when we are in Jesus' presence.
 
Finally, today we have a big challenge. Yesterday in Afghanistan, there was a town attacked by Taliban, and there are hundreds of thousands of refugees headed this way. It is not going to end soon. There is so much need in this world. And the question is not about statistics, but about us, individually, who see people in need, parents with their children, old people, young people, they are all people. Remember, "Whatever you have done for the least of these you have done it for me." This is a chance for us to serve our brothers and sisters. It is a great challenge for Europe. But Europe may see heaven open. If we turn from egoism, maybe Our Lord wants to open heaven for us through what is actually going on. Amen.

Let's take time today to ask Jesus, "How do you know me?"  He wants us to know how much He knows us.  It will liberate and heal us to be known by Jesus!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2015
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world." 
Saint John Paul II 
Be connected!
 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/29/2015




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September 29, 2015
Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
"Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God's will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (July 25, 2014)
 
According to the visionaries, Our Lady often comes to them accompanied by angels. She mentions in the message above that she intercedes for us with the saints and angels. Clearly she shares her mission with the angels! Imagine the strength of intercession through Our Lady and the angels!! They must win many graces for us!
 
Today, let's rely on that intercession as we attempt to live our lives for Christ. We have mighty helpers.
 
Here is a prayer to the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael:
 
Heavenly King, You have given us archangels
to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth.
Saint Michael is our protector;
I ask him to come to my aid,
fight for all my loved ones,
and protect us from danger.
Saint Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News;
I ask him to help me
clearly hear Your voice
and to teach me the truth.
Saint Raphael is the healing angel;
I ask him to take my need for healing
and that of everyone I know,
lift it up to Your throne of grace
and deliver back to us the gift of recovery.
Help us, O Lord,
to realize more fully the reality of the archangels
and their desire to serve us.
 
Holy angels,
pray for us.
 
Amen.
 
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015
 
PS. Today we have a change of schedule! We will move the Daily Rosary to 3:00 pm Medj time, 9:00 am EDT! Then at 3:45 pm we will begin our streaming of the Evening of Prayer for Peace at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. This program will extend until 9:30 pm Medj time, 3:30 pm EDT! It will include Testimonies, the Holy Rosary, Holy Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament!! A wonderful event! Join us, live, at www.marytv.tv
 
Again the schedule will be:
3:00 pm Medj time/9:00 am EDT - Daily Rosary
3:45 pm Medj time/9:45 am EDT - Evening of Prayer for Peace at St. Stephen's Cathedral
9:30 pm Medj time/ 3:30 pm EDT - Evening of Prayer concludes
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world." 
Saint John Paul II 
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/28/2015




"God" incidences!
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September 28, 2015
St, Wenceslaus
St. Lawrence Ruiz and companions
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
"Dear children! Also today I am praying to the Holy Spirit to fill your hearts with a strong faith. Prayer and faith will fill your heart with love and joy and you will be a sign for those who are far from God. Little children, encourage each other to prayer with the heart, so that prayer may fulfill your life; and each day, you, little children, will be, above all, witnesses of serving God in adoration and of your neighbor in need. I am with you and intercede for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (September 25, 2015)
 
Our Lady is praying to the Holy Spirit for us. She has a special relationship with the Holy Spirit. She is His spouse!! The Holy Spirit will do whatever she asks! So we should be very confident that her prayer will be answered.
 
How will this answered prayer be manifest in us? That is the question. And the answer is as unique and varied as we are unique and individual. Each of us has our own history with God. No two lives are identical. And so the Holy Spirit will approach each of us in the way that we will most understand and be open to.
 
I was talking to a dear friend yesterday and she was sharing with me her experiences in Medjugorje. She explained that she went to Medjugorje with no expectations. She actually was going along mostly because her husband and daughter were excited about going. She was happy to go, but did not have a deep urging. But while in Medjugorje she experienced a series of coincidences that surprised her.
 
One of these coincidences involved seeing the moon during daylight hours. She heard other people exclaiming that they could see Our Lady in the moon. She didn't see her. But when she looked again, she asked them if Our Lady was standing in profile looking to her left? They said yes!!! Then she realized she did see her. Other experiences followed!
 
Her pilgrim group told her these were not coincidences but "God" incidences! And she said those moments increased her faith.
 
I believe that God gives us little nudges, "God" incidences if you will, when He is encouraging us, speaking to our hearts, just letting us know that He is near. God likes to accompany us along our journey in life. He doesn't barge in with trumpets and tempests, but quietly sidles up beside us as we walk along, joining our mental conversation much like Jesus did with the disciples on the way to Emmaus. This is how gentle and respectful our God is. The Holy Spirit wants to join us on our way, giving us little nudges and "ah-ha" moments when we need them.
 
Our hearts will grow in faith and we will be strengthened if we attend to that almost silent companion, the Holy Spirit, as He pours His love into our hearts and shows us little signs of His presence.
 
Oh, Holy Spirit!! Come!!!!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015
PS.  A couple of schedule changes for next week:

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Mary TV will stream the Evening of Prayer at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.  Streaming will begin at 4:00 pm Medj time (10:00 am EDT).  This means that our Daily Rosary
will be bumped to an earlier time, 3:00 pm Medj time (9:00 am EDT) !!

On Thursday, October 2, 2015 Mary TV will record the Apparition to Mirjana, and post the recording on our website as soon as we can!  Check www.marytv.tv to see the recording of Mirjana's apparition!


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

Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015 Message - Our Lady of Medjugorje



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September 25, 2015
 
Dear Family of Mary!
The Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje for September 25, 2015:
 
"Dear children! Also today I am praying to the Holy Spirit to fill your hearts with a strong faith. Prayer and faith will fill your heart with love and joy and you will be a sign for those who are far from God. Little children, encourage each other to prayer with the heart, so that prayer may fulfill your life; and each day, you, little children, will be, above all, witnesses of serving God in adoration and of your neighbor in need. I am with you and intercede for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call."


In Jesus, Mary and  Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2015

PS.  A couple of schedule changes for next week:

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Mary TV will stream the Evening of Prayer at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.  Streaming will begin at 4:00 pm Medj time (10:00 am EDT).  This means that our Daily Rosary
will be bumped to an earlier time, 3:00 pm Medj time (9:00 am EDT) !!

On Thursday, October 2, 2015 Mary TV will record the Apparition to Mirjana, and post the recording on our website as soon as we can!  Check www.marytv.tv to see the recording of Mirjana's apparition!


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

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/25/2015

Beautiful Sky in Medjugorje
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September 25, 2015
 
Dear Family of Mary!

The 25th messages are part of our lives now.  We expect it, wait for it, receive it and pray over it.  Our Lady has not missed a beat!  Nor has Marija. The 25th messages were public messages, that began in January of 1987.  They were and are given through Marija Pavlovic Lunetti and are translated and disseminated through the parish on their website: Information Center MIR Medjugorje, http://www.medjugorje.hr

Here is the first message given on the 25th:

January 25, 1987-  The first apparition of the 25th of the month, given to Marija, for the parish: "Today I want to appeal to all of you to start living a new life from this day on. Dear children, I wish that you would understand that God has chosen each one of you to have a part in the great plan for the salvation of mankind. You cannot fully understand how great your role is in God's design. For that reason, pray, dear children, so that through prayer, you may be able to know your role in God's plan. I am with you, so that you may be able to realize it fully."

Our Lady was telling us that through her presence in Medjugorje and her messages on the 25th, she was choosing us to be part of her plan, the plan given her by God.  These messages were going to help us live that plan.  I feel that my life has been changed by these messages.  They constitute for me a great help in drawing closer to God.  They help me live the way our Lady wants me to live.  They also help me to focus on what the Holy Spirit is doing in my life.  Each month, my focus and direction is fine tuned, and I feel guided by the Lord and Our Lady.

Today we will receive a new message!  More fine tuning!!  Great!

In Jesus, Mary and  Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2015

PS.  A couple of schedule changes for next week:

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Mary TV will stream the Evening of Prayer at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.  Streaming will begin at 4:00 pm Medj time (10:00 am EDT).  This means that our Daily Rosary will be bumped to an earlier time, 3:00 pm Medj time (9:00 am EDT) !!

On Thursday, October 2, 2015 Mary TV will record the Apparition to Mirjana, and post the recording on our website as soon as we can!  Check www.marytv.tv to see the recording of Mirjana's apparition!

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

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/24/2015



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 September 24, 2015
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
The Gospel for today's Mass describes Herod's curiosity about Jesus and all He was doing. (Luke 9:7-9)  He ends by saying, "John I beheaded.  Who then is this about whom I hear such things?"  Herod was curious, he wanted to see Jesus.  But He was not seeking Jesus out of a deep need, out of a desire to encounter Him in an honest way.  No, Herod was bored with life, and just wanted to have a thrill.
 
Pope Francis spoke about this kind of curiosity in Evangelii Gaudium:
 
In a culture paradoxically suffering from anonymity and at the same time obsessed with the details of other people's lives, shamelessly given over to morbid curiosity, the Church must look more closely and sympathetically at others whenever necessary." (Evangelii Gaudium #169)
 
Morbid curiosity!  This kind of seeking of information leads us nowhere.  It is superficial, and treats the other as a means to an end, a source of entertainment at most.  Herod did not want to learn anything from Jesus, or change his life according to what Jesus would show him.   He wanted to be entertained.  Unfortunately, we can treat God in this way, only wanting spiritual experiences or information out of a self-centered desire.  Our Lady warned the Parish and the pilgrims about this kind of curiosity in the early days of the apparitions.  Here is what she said:

April 30, 1984 (Monday) Marija asked Our Lady: Dear Madonna, why didn't you give me a message for the parish on Thursday? Our Lady replied:
"I do not wish to force anyone to do that which he/she neither feels nor desires, even though I had special messages for the parish by which I wanted to awaken the faith of every believer. But only a really small number has accepted my Thursday messages. In the beginning there were quite a few. But it's become a routine affair for them. And now recently some are asking for the message out of curiosity, and not out of faith and devotion to my Son and me."

Our Lady nearly stopped giving messages because curiosity had taken hold in many hearts.  She knew how destructive this attitude would be, how it would ruin the parish.  And so she gave them this "wake up" call.  She told them to renew their faith and devotion to Jesus and Herself, or the messages would end.

As we await a message tomorrow, let's make an examination of our own hearts to be sure we are receiving Our Lady's messages out of our deep conviction that Our Lady is speaking, and that we are in great need of her words and her intercession.  If we are not convinced, we may be damaging her plan.  Our Lady's presence in Medjugorje is not a routine affair, but a matter of great importance for our own salvation and the salvation of the many souls we will impact. 

Oh Mary, our Mother and Queen of Peace, we await your message with open hearts, in great need of your help and guidance.  Come, Mother, Mary come!!
 
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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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/23/2015 - St. Pio, pray for us!





Stay with me, Lord!
(c)Mary TV 2014

September 23, 2015
St. Pius of Pietrelcina
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Today we remember St. Pius of Pietrelcina, the great contemporary mystic who suffered the stigmata for 50 years and cared for the sick both in body and soul. Padre Pio, as he was known, centered his life on the Eucharist. Everything he did flowed from his relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist. We can ask him to intercede for us today as we try to do the same. Here is a message from Our Lady in which she urges us to put the Eucharistic Jesus in the center of our lives:
 
"Dear children, I am continuously among you because, with my endless love, I desire to show you the door of Heaven. I desire to tell you how it is opened: through goodness, mercy, love and peace - through my Son. Therefore, my children, do not waste time on vanities. Only knowledge of the love of my Son can save you. Through that salvific love and the Holy Spirit He chose me and I, together with Him, am choosing you to be apostles of His love and will. My children, great is the responsibility upon you. I desire that by your example you help sinners regain their sight, enrich their poor souls and bring them back into my embrace. Therefore, pray, pray, fast and confess regularly. If receiving my Son in the Eucharist is the center of your life then do not be afraid, you can do everything. I am with you. Every day I pray for the shepherds and I expect the same of you. Because, my children, without their guidance and strengthening through their blessing, you cannot do it. Thank you." (June 02, 2012)
 
Here is a prayer that St. Pio prayed after Holy Communion. His prayer can help us to put Jesus in the very center of our lives:
 
Stay with me, Lord
(Prayer of St. Pius of Pietrelcina after Holy Communion)
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have
You present so that I do not forget You.
You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak
and I need Your strength,
that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life,
and without You, I am without fervor.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light,
and without You, I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice
and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You                                                       
very much, and always be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is,
I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of love.
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes;
death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength,
so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need you.

It is getting late and death approaches,
I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows.

O how I need you, my Jesus, in this night of exile!
Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers. I need You.
Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread,
so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness,
the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to you,
if not by communion, at least by grace and love.
Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it,
but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!
Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth
and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world." 
Saint John Paul II 
Be connected!
 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/22/2015



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September 22, 2015
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
"My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it." (Luke 8:21- Gospel for Sept. 22)
 
I have collected some of Our Lady's messages about living the Word of God, given over the years. These messages express very much the heart of Jesus' Mother! She was and is one of those who hear the Word of God and act on it. And that is what she is trying to teach each of us. Let these messages speak to you. They are in great harmony with today's Gospel:
"Dear children! Listen, because I wish to speak to you and to invite you to have more faith and trust in God, who loves you immeasurably. Little children, you do not know how to live in the grace of God, that is why I call you all anew, to carry the word of God in your heart and in thoughts. Little children, place the Sacred Scripture in a visible place in your family, and read and live it. Teach your children, because if you are not an example to them, children depart into godlessness. Reflect and pray and then God will be born in your heart and your heart will be joyous. Thank you for having for responded to my call." (August 25, 1996)

"Dear children! Also today I call you to be carriers of the Gospel in your families. Do not forget, little children, to read Sacred Scripture. Put it in a visible place and witness with your life that you believe and live the Word of God. I am close to you with my love and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (January 25, 2006)

"Dear children, In this restless time, anew I am calling you to set out after my Son - to follow Him. I know of the pain, suffering and difficulties, but in my Son you will find rest; in Him you will find peace and salvation. My children, do not forget that my Son redeemed you by His Cross and enabled you, anew, to be children of God; to be able to, anew, call the Heavenly Father: "Father". To be worthy of the Father, love and forgive, because your Father is love and forgiveness. Pray and fast, because that is the way to your purification, it is the way of coming to know and becoming cognizant of the Heavenly Father. When you become cognizant of the Father, you will comprehend that He is all you need. I, as a mother, desire my children to be in a community of one single people where the Word of God is listened to and carried out.* Therefore, my children, set out after my Son. Be one with Him. Be God's children. Love your shepherds as my Son loved them when He called them to serve you. Thank you."
*Our Lady said this resolutely and with emphasis. (June 02, 2013)

"Dear children, I love you all. All of you, all of my children, all of you are in my heart. All of you have my motherly love, and I desire to lead all of you to come to know God's joy. This is why I am calling you. I need humble apostles who, with an open heart, will accept the Word of God and help others to comprehend the meaning of their life alongside God's word. To be able to do this my children, through prayer and fasting, you must learn to listen with the heart and to learn to keep submitting yourselves. You must learn to keep rejecting everything that distances you from God's word and to yearn only for that which draws you closer to it. Do not be afraid. I am here. You are not alone. I am imploring the Holy Spirit to renew and strengthen you. I am imploring the Holy Spirit that, as you help others, you too may be healed. I am imploring Him that, through Him, you may be God's children and my apostles." (September 02, 2013)

The heart of Our Lady's messages is her desire that we become one with her Son, Jesus. The way to that unity is through hearing His word and acting upon it! Indeed, Jesus said that those who would do just that would be His family, as close as His mother and His brothers. So Our Lady tells us: "I, as a mother, desire my children to be in a community of one single people where the Word of God is listened to and carried out."  This is her desire for us. Let's respond to her call, and hear her Son's word and act on it!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015
 
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world." 
Saint John Paul II 
Be connected!
 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/21/2015



Fr. Leon at English Mass, 09/21/15

September 21, 2015
St. Matthew
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
"Dear children! Also today I am with you in a special way contemplating and living the passion of Jesus in my heart. Little children, open your hearts and give me everything that is in them: joys, sorrows and each, even the smallest pain, that I may offer them to Jesus; so that with His immeasurable love, He may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy of His resurrection. That is why, I now call you in a special way, little children, for your hearts to open to prayer, so that through prayer you may become friends of Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call." (February 25, 1999)
 
Fr. Leon has come to Medjugorje, to be the Shepherd of the English speaking pilgrims.  Welcome, Fr. Leon!!  We are so grateful for your presence in Medjugorje! 
 
I have transcribed his homily for Sunday, September 20, 2015.  It has valuable insights into how to pray, how to ask, and how to receive!
 
Fr. Leon- September 20, 2015, English Mass;
 
Last night at Adoration - I think most of you might have been there- and it started to rain about half way through.  We, the priests, were all safely inside the pavilion, sheltered.  And it wasn't just a feeling of guilt, but seeing everyone being rained upon, I was praying that the rain would cease.  And I said to the Lord, "Look, you want all these people here to adore you, why are you raining on them! Why are you scattering them?"  And it rained harder! (Laughter!)  Then I thought, this is so typical of my prayer life, so I decided to try Our Lady.  And I said, "You intercede, Blessed Mother."  And it stopped raining, or rather it slowed down to that sort of drizzle that in England we call a good summer. (More Laughter!)  So that was an answer to my prayer.
 
Now I certainly don't believe that God is not to be disturbed and then Our Lady sort of twists His arm, because she is His mother.  Not at all.  God wants us to ask Our Lady.  He wants us to expand our hearts.  He wants us to expand our prayer.  He wants us to ask each other for prayers.  Now isn't that peculiar, because He knows already what we want, and He is more than willing to answer it.  But He still waits for us to expand our hearts and our lives to our brothers and sisters, and also to our brothers and sisters and our Heavenly Mother, in heaven.
 
Now this isn't exactly what we always want.  We just want a quick answer to our prayers.  Think about what you heard about in the Gospel just now.  (Mk 9:30-37) Jesus tells His disciples of His impending death and they don't like it.  They don't understand, nor do they ask "What do you mean, Lord?"  They don't ask Him that at all.  And St. James tells us (James 3:16-4:3) "You do not have because you do not ask."  And Jesus gives them the opportunity to ask but they don't. 
 
And this is a wasted opportunity, much like our prayer lives.  We do not receive because we do not ask, and prayer is about being honest with God.  Now you might think, "How can you say that, Father?"  How can you say that I haven't asked?  Well I will say it to you in another way.  Do you have distractions in prayer?  Yes?  Anyone without distractions in prayer?  No, oh, there is one person!  Marvelous!  I'm delighted.  Well you and me both, then! 
 
Things we are distracted by in prayer...what are we thinking about, what sorts of things?  All kinds of things, trivial, important, distracting?  Those are the things that we should be praying about.  And we don't.  We want to tell God some nice words.  And the really important stuff, important to us, we keep hidden from Him.  Because we don't want to bother Him.  Oh no, we don't want to tell God, "I can't remember if I locked the house before I left for Mass."  "Why should I tell God that I am worried about having to call my sister this afternoon, because the last conversation with her was so awful that I am really dreading talking to her again?"  Why should I tell God things like this?  "Why should I tell God I can't wait till Mass is over so I can go and have my gin and tonic?"  Why should I tell God things like this?
 
Well, if they matter to me, they matter to God.  They matter, we have to tell Him.  He already knows, so why are we deceiving Him?  When we try to deceive Him we end up deceiving ourselves. 
 
God does not need our nice words, He wants our truth.  Because that is what He is, Truth.  And only in this way is our prayer purified.  When we see what we really want.  What are we really after when we drown our sorrows in drink or gambling, or in an illicit affair?  What do we want when we think, "I would be better off dead than endure my life as it is now?"  What are we after when we think like that? 
 
At the heart of all of these thing, all of these bad things is something we perceive as good.  Otherwise we wouldn't do all these things.  St. Thomas Aquinas tells us when we repent of our sins, we only repent of the fact of our sins.  Not of the pleasure we took in them.  Otherwise we would never have done them.  So when we do these things, what are we after?  In that extra drink, or in that affair, or thinking, "Well I might as well be dead."  We are thinking there is something good to be had in this.  Some kind of peace and escape from ourselves. 
 
Now that is a good thing, the good thing that we want.  But the means we use are evil.  They damage us and they limit us and they make us less than what we are and what we are meant to be.  So it is to this real good thing, the true good thing, the good thing that God always says "Yes" to.  You know, people always say that God always hears our prayers but He sometimes says "No."  But I don't think that is true.  God always hears our prayers, and He always says "Yes".   He always says "Yes" to every single prayer.  To the true good hidden in that prayer.  And that true good is what you and I must find.
 
What is it that we are after when we pray? 
 
There was a young boy, when I was a new priest, a few years ago, less than ten years ago.  And he had cancer, and I think we knew that he was dying.  His dad was London Irish. (I shouldn't give away many details to protect their anonymity.)  So an Irish Catholic family. But his mother was very much opposed to the Roman Catholic Church.  She refused to have him baptized.  And while he was in hospital - he was about 10 years old at the time - she summoned some kind of Protestant minister who belonged to a church I had never heard of.  And this woman came and baptized him. 
 
His grandmother was upset, and she wondered if it was even a valid baptism.  And I said, "Actually I agree with her. So we managed to persuade them.  I talked to the boy for ages, not just about baptism, about Star Wars, actually.  And about Confirmation.  And he decided he wanted to be confirmed.  And so I conditionally baptized him, and confirmed him, and gave him his first Holy Communion. 
 
Now all along we had been praying for that boy to be healed and saved.  And shortly after he received those sacraments, he very quickly faded and died.  And I wondered how this was an answer to my prayers.  But I had asked the Lord to save this boy, and God did.  He gave him the sacraments, He made him His child without any doubt, and He confirmed him, made him a soldier of Christ.  And He gave him with His Body and Blood, He fed him with the food of eternal life.  And He saved him.  Of course he didn't stay much longer in this life, but these things are not given to us.  We don't know how people turn out.  We don't know what they grow up to be.  That is not given to us.  But what is given to us is the choice for Jesus.  And if we choose that, and we make a good death...that is a life well lived.  That is a great blessing, if we can have that.
 
I said that God says "Yes" to the true good.  The reason I said that is that St. Augustine said something very shocking which I am going to repeat.  I want you to be shocked, if you are shockable.  He said, "The young man knocking at the door of the brothel is looking for God."  He said, "Caritas" the divine love, so he is looking for God.  Does that shock you?  Well if it shocks you, never mind!  That is true.  But notice, he said the young man knocking at the door of the brothel.  I wonder if he would say that the old man knocking is a sad old guy... (Laughter).   But he says the young man doing this is looking for God, not just for love, but for God.  This is what I mean by the truth hidden in the things we do.  And through prayer it must be purified and come to the surface so we can see what it is that we are actually asking for.  What is it that we are asking for when we ask for the rain to stop during Adoration?  Or when we ask for a young boy who is dying to be healed.  What it is that we ask for in our misery and pain?  What do we really want from God?  Unless it is God Himself, that He will certainly give to us.
 
Remember also in the Gospel what Jesus did today.  God's "Yes" always includes the Cross.  Because that is the way to life.  Unbounded life, the life of God's "yes" to us!
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Our Lady desires that we give her our slightest pain, our smallest distraction, so that she can lead us to Jesus, where it will be changed into joy!  She wants us to find the truth in all those things that pre-occupy us.  She wants us to find out the real truth we seek, the real good.  She will help us do what Fr. Leon tells us to do!  Let's not hesitate to pray in this way.  It will transform us!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015
 
PS  Fruit of Medjugorje, a new episode premiers today!!!  8:00 pm EDT!!
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world." 
Saint John Paul II 
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Friday, September 18, 2015

TWO MAJOR PRELATES TO SUPPORT MEDJUGOJRE VISIONARY IN VIENNA

TWO MAJOR PRELATES TO SUPPORT MEDJUGOJRE VISIONARY IN VIENNA | National Medjugorje Movement



A canon lawyer informs us ‘This is a slick move they’ve made –
whether they meant to or not it’s essentially put the Vatican in
stalemate. They are both hierarchical giants coming together from two
different -dare I say opposing- wings in the Church joining forces in
support of Medjugorje. If the Vatican intends on restricting the
visionaries this makes it very complicated for them now with such
hierarchal support. They effectively are standing as two pillars
protecting Medjugorje. Canonically speaking a cardinal is able to
override and invite whom he likes in his diocese, he effectively is a
pope of his own ecclesial territory and with the added support of Mgr
Leonard they are showing those who want the Medjugorje visionaries to be
silenced that it wont be as easy as they think. Our Lady has her secret
weapons…’twoprelatesvisionaries2
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Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/18/2015 - Thank God for the Church Ladies!!!


What made the sinful woman in Luke's gospel cry?!

Church Ladies

Thank God for the Church Ladies!!!

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September 18, 2015
 
Dear Family of Mary!

 "Dear children; I am calling you and am coming among you because I need you. I need apostles with a pure heart. I am praying, and you should also pray, that the Holy Spirit may enable and lead you, that He may illuminate you and fill you with love and humility. Pray that He may fill you with grace and mercy. Only then will you understand me, my children. Only then will you understand my pain because of those who have not come to know the love of God. Then you will be able to help me. You will be my light-bearers of God's love. You will illuminate the way for those who have been given eyes but do not want to see. I desire for all of my children to see my Son. I desire for all of my children to experience His Kingdom. Again I call you and implore you to pray for those whom my Son has called. Thank you."  (October 02, 2012) 
 
Today's Gospel is Luke 8:1-3.  It is very short, and mentions those who accompanied Jesus on his travels:
 
"Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who and been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources."
 
I have always marveled at these women who had the courage to just pick up and follow Jesus wherever He went, serving Him and paying for His needs out of their own pockets.  They must have been very brave to do that.  Or maybe they were just so filled with gratitude like the woman who washed Jesus' feet in yesterday's Gospel that it was the most natural thing to do. 
 
They remind me of the women in Regina's testimony who encountered her at the church on that big day when she had such a conversion experience:
 
The next day was our second to last day in Medjugorje.  I was sitting outside church before English Mass in the shade of a tree on my own, full of anger and pride, when six ladies from London came up and ask me if they could share the shade with me.  They thought I was younger than I was, and they were saying, "Aren't you very good to be in Medjugorje so young.  It is wonderful you are here."  But I snapped at them, "I am not that young and I am only here to keep my mother happy."  They asked me my name, and I told them my name."  They said, "Regina, we are going to our group Mass and we will offer you up in the Mass."  So I very sarcastically thanked them, and laughed, and off they went.
 
Little did Regina know that their intercession probably helped to win the graces she needed to meet the Heavenly Father during her group Mass.  But then Regina encounters them again:
 
And I had no intention of going to confession, I was still crying.   So I stood at the back of the queue, and even better, they were all French.  And so I'll stay quiet and I'll stay here and make sure the coast is clear.... And just as I was about to turn to leave I could hear this big shout of "Alleluia!  Praise the Lord!"  And to my horror it was those six ladies who I had met just before Mass, returning from their Mass.  And they saw me standing at the end of the queue for confession with tears flowing down my face.  And so they came to me and said, "Regina, these people are French.   Do you speak French?"  And I said, "No".  But every time I tried to open my mouth to speak to explain I couldn't because the tears would come again.   So they said, "Hold on to her.  We'll find her a priest."  And in the distance there was a man sitting on a bench reading a book.   And one of the women approached him.  And next she shouted, "Alleluia!" again.  She found a priest.  And I was brought to confession with two ladies on this arm, and two ladies on this arm, and I was trying to dig my heals in, and I was trying to say 'I don't want to go' but they didn't know, they didn't realize, because I couldn't speak.   And they left me on the bench with the priest. 
 
Not only did they intercede for Regina, who was blessed beyond telling during her Mass, but they also were used by the Lord to trundle Regina off to confession, whether she liked it or not!!  Of course this was Regina's conversion confession with Fr. Devine.  What a precious and grace-filled moment that was for her.

These ladies are heroes!!!  They helped the Lord in His plan to completely renew Regina in His grace.  I wish I was that kind of Alleluia lady!  The world needs many more of them.  They do accompany Jesus, even today, seeing to His needs and supporting His work. The also accompany Our Lady in her work to save souls!

God bless all the Church Ladies, and the Church men and all of God's little ones who provide for Jesus' needs from their own resources, who help the Gospa in her plans!! 

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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