MARY, OUR MOTHER

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mary TV: April 24, 2018 -I am calling you to be with me in prayer!

   
(c)Mater Ivankovic 2018
  
  
April 24, 2018
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
 
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! I am calling you to be with me in prayer in this time of grace when darkness is fighting against the light. Pray, little children, confess and begin a new life in grace. Decide for God and He will lead you towards holiness; and the cross will be a sign of victory and hope for you. Be proud that you are baptized and grateful in your heart that you are a part of God's plan. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 25, 2018)

Tomorrow we will receive the 25th of the month message. I always like to review the message from the previous month, in preparation for the new message.
 
Our Lady said to us, "I am calling you to be with me in prayer in this time of grace when darkness is fighting against the light." She asked us to be with her! To be with her! When someone asks you to be with them, it is usually because they need your comforting presence, or your strengthening presence, or just your company! To be with someone is to be in communion with them, to be a support in a trial, or a helper in a task. To be with Mary in this time of grace for us is a call to accompany our Mother in her mission to save souls.
 
She needs us. Mary needs us to stay close to her. She doesn't want to be alone. This mission is a titanic one. She is taking on the enemy, to win back souls for her Son. And she wants us to be with her, to be with her in prayer.
 
I propose that we consciously decide to pray with Our Lady. We all pray to Our Lady every day, asking for her help. But do we pray with Our Lady? Do we draw close to her and pray with her for the conversion of sinners, for the salvation of those who do not know her Son? Do we take on her petitions, and pray with her for God's plan to be fulfilled?
 
I suspect that if we each try to pray one Rosary (5 decades) each day with the intention of praying with Our Lady in this time of grace so that God's plan for Our Lady would be fulfilled, we will begin to see the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart sprouting here and there all over the world. Maybe we can try it.
 
"I am calling you to be with me in prayer in this time of grace when darkness is fighting against the light." Let's pray with Our Lady for what she needs, staying close to her so she won't be alone in this apocalyptic battle. She needs us.
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018




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Monday, April 23, 2018

Mary TV: April 23, 2018 - My Son has permitted me to stay this long!

   
(c)Mater Ivankovic 2018
  
  
April 23, 2018
St. George
St. Adalbert
 
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! Also today I desire to say to you that my Son has permitted me to remain this long together with you because I desire to educate you, teach you and lead you to peace. I desire to lead you to my Son. That is why, dear children, accept my messages and live my messages. Accept the Gospel, live, live the Gospel! Know, dear children, that the Mother always prays for all of you, intercedes for all of you before her Son. Thank you, dear children, for also today for having responded to my call!" (Message given through Ivan, 04/20/18)
 
Our Lady told us in this message that Jesus has permitted her to remain this long with us because of a desire she has! Jesus has been and is listening to Our Lady and giving her permission to do as she desires! She has told us that before:
 
December 25, 2002 "Dear children! This is a time of great graces, but also a time of great trials for all those who desire to follow the way of peace. Because of that, little children, again I call you to pray, pray, pray, not with words but with the heart. Live my messages and be converted. Be conscious of this gift that God has permitted me to be with you, especially today when in my arms I have little Jesus - the King of Peace. I desire to give you peace, and that you carry it in your hearts and give it to others until God's peace begins to rule the world. Thank you for having responded to my call."
 
Our Lady desires to give us peace, to bring Jesus to us, to lead us on the way of holiness and prayer. God supports Our Lady's desire, and is permitting her to come to us in these days to help us to respond and convert.
 
It has indeed been a long time now! Almost 37 years!! But her desire remains the same. "Accept my messages and live my messages. Accept the Gospel, live, live the Gospel!"  She wants us to become saints! She wants us to become holy and live in the peace of holiness. Way back in 1987 she told us:
August 25, 1987 "Dear children! Today also I am calling you all in order that each one of you decides to live my messages. God has permitted me also in this year, which the Church has dedicated to me, to be able to speak to you and to be able to spur you on to holiness. Dear children, seek from God the graces which He is giving you through me. I am ready to intercede with God for all that you seek so that your holiness may be complete. Therefore, dear children, do not forget to seek, because God has permitted me to obtain graces for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Our Lady wants to spur us on! To be our shepherdess, who guides and urges her flock to safety. She has continued to spur us on all these years, month after month, with messages that speak to our hearts and move us forward in conversion. She wants to do this!! God is permitting her to do it! She is free, as we are all. And in her freedom she is coming to us, choosing us in this time to be her little ones. She wants to take care of us, as a good mother, a good shepherdess does!!

All I can say is this continuing choice of Our Lady to be with us through Medjugorje, through her apparitions, through her messages and through her presence in that holy place, is a massive grace! Just watch the Fruit of Medjugorje testimonies on our web page. One after another, we see the fruit of Our Lady's desire to be with us, each one of us, in Medjugorje!! It is mind-blowing!

Let's thank Mother Mary today for desiring to come to us, teach us, educate us, and lead us to peace, to her Son. She desires to gather us in. She loves us. Thank you, Mother Mary!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018
PS. Here is the link to the Fruit of Medjugorje window:
 
 
Just start watching them! They will change your life for the good!
 




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Friday, April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018 - Our Lady's apparition to Ivan

 
Picture taken April 20,2018 during the prayer group meeting with Ivan.
  
  
April 20, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!
Ivan's prayer group met for prayer around the statue of Our Lady on Mount Podbrdo on April 20, 2018. At about 10:00 pm Our Lady appeared to Ivan. After the apparition, Ivan shared his experience with Our Lady and her message. Here are his words:
 
As after every meeting with our Lady, also tonight I would like to bring closer to you what is the most from tonight's meeting. Also tonight Our Lady came to us joyful and happy and at the beginning she greeted all of us with her motherly greeting, "Praised be Jesus, my dear children!" Then with her arms extended over us here, for a longer time she prayed and then in a special way she prayed over those who are present who are sick here. And after that she said:
 
'Dear children! Also today I desire to say to you that my Son has permitted me to remain this long together with you because I desire to educate you, teach you and lead you to peace. I desire to lead you to my Son. That is why, dear children, accept my messages and live my messages. Accept the Gospel, live, live the Gospel! Know, dear children, that the Mother always prays for all of you, intercedes for all of you before her Son. Thank you, dear children, for also today for having responded to my call!'
 
Then Our Lady blessed all of us with the Motherly blessing. She blessed everything that you brought to be blessed. And then I recommended all of you, your needs, your intentions, your families, in a special way all of those who are present who are sick.
 
After that Our Lady, for a while in a special way, prayed for peace. And after that prayer she left in an illuminated Sign of the Cross with the greeting, "Go in peace, my dear children!"   Thank you.   (Onsite English translation by Nancy Latta)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018




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Mary TV: April 20, 2018 Reflection - Be the first!!

 
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018
  
  
April 20, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!
"...Apostles of my love, you must pray much and cleanse your hearts so that you may be the first to walk on the way of my Son..." (April 2, 2018)

I have had several people ask me what Our Lady means by this phrase, 'that you may be the first to walk on the way of my Son." Does she want us to be the "best" or the most renowned? Doesn't she urge us to humility?
 
Good question.
 
In this part of the message Our Lady first of all calls us to "pray much". She wants us to really give time to prayer. Over and over again, she has called us to prayer in almost every message. She has used the word pray or prayer over 2000 times in her messages. Surely prayer is at the top of her agenda for us. And with good reason. Without prayer we have no communication with God. We have no avenue for the Holy Spirit to travel on into our hearts. Prayer provides the possibility for communion with Jesus.
 
And she calls us to cleanse our hearts. She wants us to be pure, free of habitual sin, delivered of all evil inclinations and healed of the consequences of our sins. She wants us free to be children of God. Renunciation, fasting, and confession are the tools for such cleansing!
 
And then we get to the troublesome part of this message. "...so that you may be the first to walk on the way of my Son..." Once we have prayed much and cleansed our hearts, what will we be like? Will we be the greatest of those who walk the way of her Son? The best, the smartest? No, we will be the "first" to walk on the way...we will be the quickest of all to respond to the call of Jesus. We may not be the best, the smartest, the holiest to walk on the way of Jesus. But we will be the fastest to respond to Jesus when He calls us. We will be so devoted to Jesus, so ready to hear His call, that we will respond to His inspirations with alacrity. There will be no impediment to our "yes" to the Holy Spirit, nothing will be gumming up the works!

We can take St. Paul as an example. In today's Mass, the first reading is from Acts 9:10-20. It is the account of St. Paul's conversion. After his encounter with Jesus in the desert, St. Paul is blinded, and spends three days fasting and praying. It is a crash course in cleansing of the heart!! Then he is healed, baptized and immediately gets to work, "He began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God." St. Paul did not hesitate, he was the "first" to walk the way of Jesus, spreading the Gospel. And he never stopped for the rest of his life on earth.
 
I think that is what it means to be the first! We must be totally surrendered to Jesus, so that whatever He asks of us, we will do. No hesitation. No balking. Always yes!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018




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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mary TV: April 19, 2018 Reflection - The communion which emanates from my Son!


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018
  
  
April 19, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!
"...Apostles of my love, you must pray much and cleanse your hearts so that you may be the first to walk on the way of my Son, that you may be the just who are united with the justice of my Son. My children, as apostles of my love, you must be united in the communion which emanates from my Son, so that my children who do not know my Son may recognize the communion of love and may come to desire to walk on the way of life, the way of unity with my Son. Thank you." (April 2, 2018)

I must admit that I have not quite comprehended what Our Lady is asking in these lines from the April 2, 2018 message. Being cleansed and praying much makes sense. But then she talks about the justice of her Son, and being united in the communion which emanates from Jesus. This has been mysterious to me.

But I was led to a very beautiful passage from St. Faustina's Diary that I think explains it to me. I think Our Lady very much wants us to develop a relationship with Jesus that is a complete surrender to Him. It is a giving of ourselves that makes us sacrifices to His love. We become surrendered in such a way that we live His will out of love for Him, and keep nothing for ourselves. This creates a communion, because Jesus loves us in the very same way, giving Himself completely to us. But let's read St. Faustina's account of this communion between Jesus and herself:
135 During the third probation, the Lord gave me to understand that I should offer myself to Him so that He could do with me as He pleased. I was to remain standing before Him as a victim offering. At first, I was quite frightened, as I felt myself to be so utterly miserable and knew very well that this was the case. I answered the Lord once again, "I am misery itself; how can I be a hostage [for others]?
You do not understand this today. Tomorrow, during your adoration, I will make it known to you. My heart trembled, as did my soul, so deeply did these words sink into my soul. The word of God is living.
When I came to the adoration, I felt within my soul that I had entered the temple of the living God, whose majesty is great and incomprehensible. And He made known to me what even the purest spirits are in His sight. Although I saw nothing externally, God's presence pervaded me. At that very moment my intellect was strangely illumined. A vision passed before the eyes of my soul; it was like the vision Jesus had in the Garden of Olives. First, the physical sufferings and all the circumstances that would increase them; [then] the full scope of the spiritual sufferings and those that no one would know about. Everything entered into the vision: false suspicions, loss of good name. I've summarized it here, but this knowledge was already so clear that what I went through later on was in no way different from what I had known at that moment. My name is to be: "sacrifice."

When the vision ended, a cold sweat bathed my forehead. Jesus made it known to me that, even if I did not give my consent to this, I could still be saved; and He would not lessen His graces, but would still continue to have the same intimate relationship with me, so that even if I did not consent to make this sacrifice, God's generosity would not lessen thereby.

136 And the Lord gave me to know that the whole mystery depended on me, on my free consent to the sacrifice given with full use of my faculties. In this free and conscious act lies the whole power and value before His Majesty. Even if none of these things for which I offered myself would ever happen to me, before the Lord everything was as though it had already been consummated.
At that moment, I realized I was entering into communion with the incomprehensible
Majesty. I felt that God was waiting for my word, for my consent. Then my spirit immersed itself in the Lord, and I said, "Do with me as You please. I subject myself to Your will. As of today, Your holy will shall be my nourishment, and I will be faithful to Your commands with the help of Your grace. Do with me as You please. I beg You, O Lord, be with me at every moment of my life."
137 Suddenly, when I had consented to the sacrifice with all my heart and all my will, God's presence pervaded me. My soul became immersed in God and was inundated with such happiness that I cannot put in writing even the smallest part of it. I felt that His Majesty was enveloping me. I was extraordinarily fused with God. I saw that God was well pleased with me and, reciprocally, my spirit drowned itself in Him. Aware of this union with God, I felt I was especially loved and, in turn, I loved with all my soul. A great mystery took place during that adoration, a mystery between the Lord and myself. It seemed to me that I would die of love [at the sight of] His glance. I spoke much with the Lord, without uttering a single word. And the Lord said to me, You are the delight of My Heart; from today on, every one of your acts, even the very smallest, will be a delight to My eyes, whatever you do. At that moment I felt transconsecrated. My earthly body was the same, but my soul was different; God was now living in it with the totality of His delight. This is not a feeling, but a conscious reality that nothing can obscure.

138 A great mystery has been accomplished between God and me. Courage and strength have remained in my soul. When the time of adoration came to an end, I came out and calmly faced everything I had feared so much before. When I came out into the corridor, a great suffering and humiliation, at the hands of a certain person, was awaiting me. I accepted it with submission to a higher will and snuggled closely to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, letting Him know that I was ready for that for which I had offered myself. (St. Faustina's Diary 135-138)
 
St. Faustina was invited to make of herself a complete offering to Jesus, so that all of her actions would be from now on subject to His will. She said that when she made that offering, she entered into communion with the incomprehensible Majesty! As Our Lady said: "My children, as apostles of my love, you must be united in the communion which emanates from my Son..." Like St. Faustina, we are being offered a life of surrender to Jesus that creates a communion of love between each of us and Jesus. This communion of love radiates from our souls to others, strengthening them and drawing them to Jesus. This communion is similar to the communion that the Father offered Our Lady at the Annunciation. When she said, "Be it done to me according to Thy word", the communion of love was established in a spectacular way. God's will was for Mary to be the Mother of Jesus. And a communion of love was forged that day between Mary and the entire Trinity that would reverberate throughout history. The love that radiates from that communion has drawn us all to Jesus. Our little communions with Jesus will be extensions of that great communion of love!

Well, St. Faustina said that after her yes to God, "God was now living in [my soul] with the totality of His delight. This is not a feeling, but a conscious reality that nothing can obscure." St. Faustina was totally changed by this communion of love that she received through her yes to Jesus' invitation. She now was conscious of God within her. It was not just a hope or desire but a reality.
 
I believe that Our Lady is moving us towards this kind of relationship with Jesus, a surrender to Him that will bond us to Him in the deepest of manners. We will become praise! We will become bearers of light and hope, because Jesus will be living within us.
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

 




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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mary TV: April 18, 2018 Reflection - Become yourself a hymn of praise!


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018
 
 
April 18, 2018
Dear Family of Mary!

"...My children, you are those who, along with prayer, need to completely surrender to my Son so that you may no longer live but my Son may live in you - so that all those who do not know my Son may see Him in you and come to desire to know Him.
Pray that in you they may see resolute humility and goodness, a readiness to serve others; that in you they may see that you live your vocation in the world with the heart, in communion with my Son; that in you they may see meekness, tenderness and love for my Son as well as for all brothers and sisters..." (April 2, 2018)

Our Lady wants us to radiate her Son, to be signs of His presence and love for all those who do not yet know Him. She wants us to be as much like Jesus as we possibly can. We must be meek, tender, humble, good, ready to serve, loving, and clearly united to Jesus in our hearts, if we are to help others to find Him. Really our lives must become hymns of praise for Jesus, so that everything we do will point to Him as the source.

St. Augustine speaks about our life with Jesus as a song of praise in the sermon used for the Office of Readings, Third Week of Easter, Tuesday. I just love the concluding paragraphs of this sermon:

My dear brothers and sons, fruit of the true faith and holy seed of heaven, all you who have been born again in Christ and whose life is from above, listen to me; or rather, listen to the Holy Spirit saying through me: Sing to the Lord a new song. Look, you tell me, I am singing. Yes, indeed, you are singing; you are singing clearly, I can hear you. But make sure that your life does not contradict your words. Sing with your voices, your hearts, your lips and your lives: Sing to the Lord a new song.
Now it is your unquestioned desire to sing of him whom you love, but you ask me how to sing his praises. You have heard the words; Sing to the Lord a new song, and you wish to know what praises to sing. The answer is: His praise is in the assembly of the saints: it is in the singers themselves. If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise.
This is what Our Lady is saying to us. We must BE a hymn of praise to Jesus through our lives, lived like His. We can show others Jesus, by praising Him with our lives, through our actions, our choices, our service, our kindness, our humility, and our love. We will become a hymn of praise to Jesus by serving Him on earth, and that hymn of praise will draw others to Him as well.

"Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise!"

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

PS. One of our shipmates, Dr. Jen Prins, has initiated a new ministry out of her response to Our Lady's call in Medjugorje. She has begun a movement designed to attend to the practical needs of our priests, especially parish priests, who have very busy schedules and find it hard to take good care of their own needs. Jen hopes this outreach will bring needed support to our priests through works of mercy and service!
Here is how Jen describes this beautiful movement of love:   

A fruit of Medjugorie, the mission Priests Thriving Not Surviving, Inc. is to:
 ·      Encourage and empower Catholic priests to adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle, and engage in good self-care.  (Jen is preparing a wonderful cook book designed to help our priests cook healthy meals with minimal fuss.)
·      Raise awareness among the lay faithful of the temporal and spiritual needs of priests, and promote works of mercy for our priests.


To raise awareness, we are selling T-Shirts!


These shirts are great gifts for your pastor or can also be worn to spread the word about this new ministry of love.
To make a donation, purchase a fundraising t-shirt, or learn more visit:
www.customink.com/fundraising/prieststhrivingnotsurviving

 
*Savings Tip: order shirts as a group when possible to minimize shipping cost (no additional shipping costs for orders > 4 shirts).
Thank you, Jen, for this wonderful movement of love in response to Our Lady's call! Let's pray for her mission and join in!
 
 




"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mary TV: April 17, 2018 Reflection - Live your vocation in the world with the heart!


 
Live your vocation in the world with the heart!
  
April 17, 2018

Dear Family of Mary,
Dear children! Through the great love of the Heavenly Father I am beside you as your mother and you are beside me as my children, as apostles of my love whom I ceaselessly gather around me. My children, you are those who, along with prayer, need to completely surrender to my Son so that you may no longer live but my Son may live in you - so that all those who do not know my Son may see Him in you and come to desire to know Him. Pray that in you they may see resolute humility and goodness, a readiness to serve others; that in you they may see that you live your vocation in the world with the heart, in communion with my Son; that in you they may see meekness, tenderness and love for my Son as well as for all brothers and sisters. Apostles of my love, you must pray much and cleanse your hearts so that you may be the first to walk on the way of my Son, that you may be the just who are united with the justice of my Son. My children, as apostles of my love, you must be united in the communion which emanates from my Son, so that my children who do not know my Son may recognize the communion of love and may come to desire to walk on the way of life, the way of unity with my Son. Thank you.  (April 2, 2018)

I have been praying about this message and wondering what could possibly be said about it!  I think I realize now that there is nothing I can say about it!  Our Lady is calling us to be saints!  She wants each one of us to surrender completely to Jesus, and become saints in our everyday vocations, our everyday lives.  This is how we will be able to help her change the world.  I can't explain it. We all must live it!

Today I was led to a short video produced by the Knights of Columbus about a young man named Joe Reali.  Our shipmate, Sue, had told me about him over the past three years.  Joe was the son of her friend and he died unexpectedly in 2015 of an enlarged heart.  Well, after he died, the stories about Joe and how he blessed everyone he knew began to roll in and everyone could see how Joe had been living his faith to the full.  And so the Knights have made a short video about Joe and his impact on his family and community. It struck me that Joe did everything that Our Lady is calling us to do in this message.  He surrendered completely to Jesus, he lived his vocation in the world with the heart, he lived in communion with Jesus.  He did it!

So I want to offer you the link to the Knights of Columbus video about Joe Reali.  It is part of a series called, "Everyday Heroes."  https://kofceverydayheroes.org/episode1/ 

Thank you to the Reali family for allowing the Knights of Columbus to share Joe's story with all of us!  We will pray for you!  What a help it is to us!

I think you will see what I mean.  Joe lived a normal life, but in deep communion with Jesus. And this is a good example of what Our Lady is hoping we will do in our lives as well.  Just become those who deeply love God and live it. 

This is unusual for me but I feel so happy to share this beautiful story of holiness with all of you.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018





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Monday, April 16, 2018

Mary TV: April 16, 2018 Reflection - Pray for your priests!


Pray for our priests!
 
April 16, 2018
 
Dear Family of Mary!
August 15, 1985 "Dear children! Today I am blessing you and I wish to tell you that I love you and that I urge you to live my messages. Today I am blessing you with the solemn blessing that the Almighty grants me. Thank you for having responded to my call."
 
Today I want to share a wonderful homily given by Fr. Alwyn Furtado, CSSp., (not pictured above!) in Medjugorje at the English Mass, April 14, 2018. Fr. Furtado shares so much wisdom, the kind of wisdom that comes from many years as a priest. He has lived the messages of Medjugorje for many years, as you will see. And His words will help us navigate the days ahead.
 
Fr. Alwyn Furtado, English Mass, April 14, 2018:
 
I did not introduce myself at the beginning of Mass, so I just want to tell you that my name is Fr. Al Furtado, although I have been called worse things than that! I owe my vocation really, or I should say the training for my vocation to the Irish missionaries. I studied in Ireland and was ordained in Dublin. I am a Holy Ghost Father. I worked for 22 years in the missions in East Africa.
 
Now we are no longer called Holy Ghost Fathers because after Vatican II we gave up the Ghost and are now called "Holy Spirit Fathers", or "Spiritans".
 
My message to you today is firstly, prayer for priests. In so many of her messages Our Blessed Mother has asked to pray for priests. And you know, somebody said to me once, "Why do priests need prayer? There they are on the altar, celebrating Eucharist, the Sacraments and all. Do they really need to be prayed for?"
 
I answered, "Well look at the words of St. Paul. 'Taken from among men to the things that pertain to God. And he prays for the people, but also for his own sins.'"   Priests face many, many trials and crosses. Just about six years ago I was in East Africa. I was there for Ash Wednesday. Actually I had worked there for many years. And this priest, a secular priest, who worked in the Cathedral there, and I were distributing ashes. I got back to California, because I now live there, on the first Sunday of Lent, which was about four days later, and I got word that this priest was getting out of his car to visit one of our mission stations that was way out of town, and as he was getting out of his car, he was shot three times in the head. As you know, East Africa, Mombasa, Zanzibar, is very Islamic. But it is not the local people, who are very friendly. In the Catholic school there, about 75 % of the children enrolled are Muslim. About two years later another priest who was walking in the marketplace, had acid thrown on his face. So you see that today, even in missionary endeavors, priests have to face so many tribulations in order to give witness, or one might say in order to accept the great command which was given by Christ, that you heard on the Sunday after Easter, "Go and teach all nations."
 
So priests, not only missionary priests, but all priests face many, many tribulations today. And so you need to keep them in your prayers in answer to Our Blessed Mother, in so many of her messages.
 
My second message to you would be, well I just finished reading the book "My Heart Will Triumph" by Mirjana. I just finished the book actually. And what amazed me was when she met Our Holy Father, St. John Paul II, he said to her in the private audience that she had with him, in answer to her, "Go and take care of Medjugorje. I would go to Medjugorje if I was not Pope."
 
Now we think that the Pope can do anything. No he cannot. He is caught up in the protocol of the Vatican. And so his hands are really tied. Even Pope Francis today would like to do a lot of things the best way he can, but he has to follow protocol.
 
And then the Pope said to Mirjana, "Medjugorje is the hope of the entire world." If you can get hold of that book, you can read it, "My Heart Will Triumph." He said Medjugorje is the hope of the entire world.
 
Now I know that many of you will be buying Rosaries, and articles that we will bless after every Mass. You will be taking them home with you to your friends. I wonder how many of these friends will use them? They may take the Rosaries and put them in a drawer. Leave them there. But you could do something more to make that hope a reality. And you may say, how can we do that? Answering the call of Medjugorje in your life.
 
When you are here you receive special graces and blessings from the Blessed Mother. When you go back after a week, after a month you will really strive to do all the things, the promises you make. I would advise you here to write them down, what you are going to do.
 
So when you go back, and you have these Rosaries, invite one or two of your friends, invite them some time during the week and say the Rosary together. Then have a cup of tea or something and make it a sort of a prayer meeting. We started one of these and 28 years later in California, in the archdiocese, it is still going on. And the prayer group has grown quite a bit, quite a few families. And it has helped the children too, to have the spirit of prayer.
 
And we come to the Bible, to reading the Bible. Now for a long time many have thought that reading the Bible is a Protestant practice. And there we have Our Blessed Mother telling us to open the Bible! And you know St. Jerome said, "To know the Bible is to know Christ."
 
But we may wonder when are we going to read the Bible? First of all, get a Bible! Put it in a place, maybe on the dining room table, or in the sitting room where it is evident to all. There is a story told of a priest who was invited to dinner and he went to the house. And the husband left a note on the table, "Mary, don't forget to dust the Bible for the Pater is coming to dinner." And the priest saw the note. So there you are.
 
You know it is so very important. Keep it and read it. It is important. Especially the life of Christ. The letters of St. Paul. Now you might find the Old Testament very hard to understand. But there we have the actual words of Jesus.
 
And the other thing we can to is to reach out to people. And have prayer in the family. I was in Dublin last year, and as you know they were preparing for a visit from Pope Francis, who is coming to Ireland. And one of the things will be an emphasis on the family. Well I know it is very hard today, but have prayer in the family. It brings that spirit of unity. So often we hear the injunction of Fr. Peyton, "The family that prays together, stays together." So why do we have this great disruption, the breakdown of the nuclear family? That is because of the lack of prayer.
 
But even in society, the family is the nucleus of society. Those of you who are from Ireland are praying for this 8th Amendment. But many of you ten years ago would have said this would be impossible to happen in Ireland. But it did not happen overnight. It happened because we stopped praying. The family stopped praying. The children grew up without knowing the prayers. They grew up in an environment that was so secular. And so when secularization comes into our society, it becomes harder and harder to live the message of Christianity. And especially to live the message of Mary.
 
So my brothers and sisters, these two messages today, pray for your priest, and secondly, make that hope, make that realization that Medjugorje is the hope of the entire world, bring it into realization by responding to what Our Blessed Mother has requested.
 
And my Mass this morning is offered for your intentions, as we pray together to the Blessed Mother, for yourselves, for your families, and as you pray for healing of soul and body, and there we have it in the Eucharist itself. So let us pray for a greater devotion to the Eucharist because that is as you know, the center of our Christian lives. So with that I say, have a wonderful pilgrimage, God bless you, but take the message of Medjugorje with you and live it. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
 
Thank you, Lord, for Fr, Al!! Thank you for our priests who help us to live Our Lady's messages. We need them to guide us. Let's pray for our priests!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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