This blog was started on July 21st, 2015, after my Mary, Our Mother blog had mysteriously disappeared. I will post only Marian items, especially regarding Medjugorje and other Marian apparitions. Thank you for reading this blog. May it give great glory to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
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Monday, September 12, 2016
Mary TV September 12, 2016 Reflection - The Most Holy Name of Mary
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
September 12, 2016
The Most Holy Name of Mary!
Dear Family of Mary!
On this wonderful day we honor Most Holy Name of Mary! In Luke 1:27 it says "And the virgin's name was Mary"
salvation begins when an archangel speaks the name of Mary. To be
Christian is to carry on that Annunciation unceasingly. Saint Louis de
Montfort wrote that "the salvation of each individual is bound up with
the Hail Mary." This prayer that names the holy name of the Mother of
God brought to a dry and barren world the Fruit of Life. It will cause
the Word of God to take root in the soul and bring forth Jesus. The holy
name of Mary bears such power because of the unique bond between Mother
and Son. When God sent his Son born of a woman, he instituted a once
and for all order of salvation in which the union of Mother and Child
stands at the center" (Romanus Cessario). To accept the divine privilege
of speaking the name of Mary is to participate in that saving union.
(from Magnificat September 12, 2016)
have no idea how powerful the name of our Mother is! But I always love
to share this story of how Our Lady saved a priest's vocation"
Leonid, redemptorist from Ukraine province, participated in the 15th
International seminar for priests in Medjugorje and gave the testimony,
first to the other participants and then to Radio Station Mir
Medjugorje. We publish the testimony as it was given:
first pilgrimage to Medjugorje was related to my obligations and to my
occupation in the priest vocation. Namely, in 2005 local Church
entrusted me with huge responsibility and gave me heavy burden to carry
and that was service of exorcist. The first months and the very first
year were filled with God's love and grace, but also with great
difficulties and temptations.
of the major difficulties took place during one session of exorcism
over one possessed person. That person spoke to me in very rough voice,
full of horror in these words: "I am horrible, I am powerful, and I will
destroy you. I will destroy your priesthood and all of your life."
Although that was quite bad, I did not take that seriously at all. After
all, I believed in God completely and I did not have any reasons to
doubt that. I also knew that if I had fear in front of the Satan that
would be as if I already lost something. But God allowed this situation
to take place, and I am going to share with you how great and how mighty
his Mother is, and how Medjugorje is sacred ground.
I was in great pain, when I suffered and when I was tempted daily, I
was not able to pray at all. I would go to confession every single day,
but Satan tempted me all the times. The temptations were so strong that I
lost peace in my soul completely. And not only that, I also felt that I
lost my priesthood and my vocation. I felt that was complete and total
destruction of my life.
that difficult reality, while I was still unable to figure out what was
happening to me, somebody offered me to come to Medjugorje. And I came.
I was with a group of priests. I was just not able to pray, not even
when they prayed. During that pilgrimage I met one other priest, Father
Ambrosias from Slovakia. He completely sacrificed his life and his
vocation working with people from Ukraine in the region of Carpatho -
Ukraine. He traveled soon after a heart attack, and he also had
diabetes. He was a Franciscan priest who came to Medjugorje five times
before that. He
absolutely thrilled me with his life and humbleness. He became my
friend, I would help him around, take him by the hand, as he was older
man. It appeared as I was helping to him, but the truth was that it was
the other way round.
were once climbing up the Hill of Apparitions and it was to be the
apparition to one of the visionaries. Everything was packed with people,
priests. I sat next to Fr. Ambrosias and I turned my back to the
apparition site. I felt myself not worthy of being there at all. But
during the time of the Rosary, I felt a desire to look towards that
direction, to see what was happening there. At the same time, as I felt
that desire, another inner voice was saying to me not to look there. You
are failure and you will end up in hell, I heard. It was horrible.
first, positive feelings directed my look towards the apparition site. I
started to look and I was searching for a sign. Maybe I was to see
something at the end. Hope was being born in me slowly, but also more
new arguments about how my humiliation was not to be changed. But, I
believed in the crucial moment. Just for a moment. And in that very
moment, as the answer to all of the questions ever rose, I was able to
feel how Our Lady was coming down, from Heaven to this world. It was
horrible in that moment. Such a powerful perception, scent of the other
world I used to feel up to that point. And then, I was appeased by a
certain gentleness, light touch, like a gentle breeze of Our Lady's
was coming closer to me. And as She was closer to me, the power of evil
was disappearing. In my heart I experienced new revelation. I was able
to experience how powerful Her presence is, how she was humble. Then I
realized that She does not cast away evil spirits, but they ran
themselves. The are not able to bear Her purity and beauty of Her
presence. She does not humiliate them nor She sends them away. She
simply loves them and they can not stand that!
then, change of spirits within me took place. Spirit of Satan, spirit
that destroys, disappeared with all of his depressions and fears.
Instead of that spirit, Our Lady's spirit took place. In my heart, I
heard the voice: "Do not be afraid, I am your mother! I am your
guarantee that you will not be destroyed, that you will not fail."
Everything was changed. That experience of presence of Our Blessed
Mother became a miracle of love that saves me, my vocation and my life! I
started to feel Our Lady's presence in every exorcism I perform.
will just share one little example, since there are many similar ones.
Our priests were dealing with one possessed girl who came to confess in
front of one young priest who just returned after his studies in Rome.
And as he was saying the absolution words, that person, Satan in that
person hit that priest so hard that he fell down immediately. Then, the
same person started calling other priest in some strange voice. That
priest was scared and he called me. After a few moments that girl was in
front of me and I started to pray over her. As I began exorcism, I knew
the diagnosis straight away, the girl was severely possessed and I
invited five devoted faithful to pray as well.
I recited traditional prayers of exorcism, Satan just laughed. It spoke
to me in English language, humiliated me and constantly laughed at me.
Then, I began to pray to Our Lady. I was totally exhausted. I began to
be nervous as well. I felt that I need to finish my prayer, but the evil
spirit was not going away. It was the spirit of suicide. I began to
call Our Lady with all of my heart. In the same way as the child calls
his mom. And real screaming began at those moments: " I can not stay
here any longer, Our Lady is here, I need to go away." And the spirit
was just one situation and there are so many similar ones. During these
five years, as I have been entrusted the service of exorcism, I
experience many temptations and trials. I had those before; I know I
will have those in the future as well. But, Our Lady keeps me in Her
heart. I CAN NO LONGER LIVE WITHOUT MEDJUGORJE AND JERUSALEM. I need to
be in Medjugorje and Jerusalem every year. That is what faith is for me.
Here I have faith, blessing and grace.
am grateful to dear God that I am able to witness Our Lady's grace in
this way. I would like each one of us to want to love more our Blessed
Mother, Mother of God. She is our Mother. She loves Her children. She is
prepared to do anything Her children ask of Her. I feel that if it
wasn't for Her presence, we would all be destroyed. That is why we
should try to live every second of our lives with Her. I feel personal
invitation to help other people to come to Medjugorje. To bring here all
of those people who experience tremendous spiritual suffering."
At the end, priest Leonid blessed all of the listeners of Radio Mir.
believe Fr. Leonid. I believe that if it were not for her coming to us
in Medjugorje, being present to us there, we would be destroyed. In
light of this, I want to again recommend to you all to go to Medjugorje
if you can.
May the Holy Name of Mary be on our lips and in our hearts always!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
(c)Mary TV 2016
The pilgrimage that Mike Nolan is leading on October 3 - 14 still has
room. Pray about coming!! The air fares are quite low. If you have been
waiting for the right time to go to Medjugorje, this may be it!!
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