MARY, OUR MOTHER

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mary TV: October 18, 2017 Reflection - I speak to you as a mother...

 

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J.M.J

October 18, 2017
St. Luke
 
Dear Family of Mary!
Denis and I are home from Medjugorje! We are still jet-lagging, but so filled with gratitude for our time with Our Lady. It will take many days to discover all the gifts we have been given. But for sure, peace is one. We feel like babies that have just finished being fed, and are so limp and satisfied!! It is a wonderful feeling!

I thought we could revisit the October 2 message today. It takes time for Our Lady's words to sink in!! Denis and I were present when this message was received by Mirjana. I remember still the deep quiet that came over me when Our Lady appeared. It is again, that experience of peace we continue to enjoy:
Dear children,
I am speaking to you as a mother - with simple words, but words filled with much love and concern for my children who, through my Son, are entrusted to me. And my Son, who is of the eternal now, He is speaking to you with words of life and is sowing love in open hearts. Therefore, I am imploring you, apostles of my love, have open hearts always ready for mercy and forgiveness. According to my Son, always forgive your neighbors, because in that way peace will be in you.

My children, care for your soul, because it alone is what truly belongs to you. You are forgetting the importance of family. A family does not need to be a place of suffering and pain, but a place of understanding and tenderness. Families who strive to live according to my Son live in mutual love. While He was still little, my Son would say to me that all people are His brothers. Therefore, remember, apostles of my love, that all people whom you meet are family to you - brothers according to my Son.

My children, do not waste time thinking about the future, worrying.

May your only concern be how to live well every moment according to my Son. And there it is - peace for you!

My children, do not ever forget to pray for your shepherds. Pray that they can accept all people as their children; that, according to my Son, they may be spiritual fathers to them. Thank you!

Our Lady does speak to us as a mother. She is so gentle and personal with us. She points always to God the Father, to Jesus, to the Holy Spirit. She keeps us moving in the right direction, like any good mother does. Her advice is always timely and simple.
 
Let's let her speak to us today through her message, personally and intimately as our mother. No one is too old or grown up to need a mother! In our heart, deep down, each of us is still a child who needs mothering, and fathering for that matter! It is always good to hear Mother Mary's words and reflect on them. Ponder if you wish. We can ponder her words in our hearts and indeed they will help and heal us!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017





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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mary TV: October 14, 2017 Reflection - A Final reflection from Medjugorje!


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J.M.J

October 14, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

We are near the end of our pilgrimage in Medjugorje, so I want to send you one last reflection before we leave.  It has been a beautiful and fruitful time here in Our Lady's village.  

Yesterday, on the 100th anniversary of the miracle of the sun in Fatima, Denis and I were able to climb Cross Mountain early in the morning.  We were blessed to be joined by Steve D., our friend from Indiana who is part of the pilgrimage group.  We left at 6:00 am in the dark to walk to the base of Cross Mountain.  It was cold and dark.  Steve was our cheerleader!!  We couldn't have done the climb without him.

 

Steve and Denis on the way up Krizevac

There were very few pilgrims on the mountain, so we were able to linger at the stations, and pray out loud.  It was very special to share our spontaneous meditations with each other.  Steve was really good at focusing on Our Lady in each station. We felt her very near as we climbed.  

 

The 12th Station - Jesus dies on the Cross

The 12th station was very moving.  We noticed that the artist of the bronze relief stations had placed Our Lady at the foot of the Cross, holding Jesus' legs, much the same as the stained glass window in St. James had depicted her.  And so we recalled the Risen Christ Statute and the tears that flow from Jesus' legs. So beautiful!

 

Our Lady embracing Jesus' legs during His death on the cross.

We met an long time friend at the top, Gay from Malawi.  it was a great victory for all of us to climb again the mountain that brings us so close to Jesus' passion and death.  The victory at the top gave us all joy!  

 

Beneath the Cross, Me, Gay and Denis!

We prayed for you all up there, all your intentions.  We left our troubles and fears, our sorrows and pains, our hopes and petitions there at the foot of the Cross.  Jesus will hear our prayers, there where Our Lady prays for us.
 

The Cross on Krisevac!  So many graces!!!

Thank you for joining us in our time here.  We ask you all to pray for one thing, that we are given permission to again have our camera on the Blue Cross streaming on our web page.  So many of us find hope and strength from the cameras on the holy sites of Medjugorje.  And the Blue Cross is very powerful.  Please pray we will be given permission to stream there again soon.

We leave Medjugorje on Monday, October 16.  I will resume reflections later next week.  Thank you for you patience.  And may you be blessed by Our Lady and her Son with every blessing!


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2017




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Friday, October 13, 2017

Mary TV: October 13, 2017 Reflection - The Miracle of the Sun, 100 Years!


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J.M.J
October 13, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

August 25, 1991 "Dear Children! Today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realized. Satan is strong and wants to sweep away my plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in His decisions. Therefore, I call all of you, dear children, to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to self-renunciation for nine days so that, with your help, everything that I desire to realize through the secrets I began in Fatima, may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to now grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realized. Thank you for having responded to my call."

I am happy to write to you today from Medjugorje!  We are here celebrating Our Lady's presence and remembering the miracle that occurred in Fatima 100 years ago today.  We all know about the miracle of the sun that happened at Fatima.  Thousands of people gathered around the children, awaiting Our Lady's coming on that day.  And she came.  But with her came the miracle of the sun, dancing in the sky and plunging to earth.  It was spectacular.  

Our Lady came to Fatima to answer the prayer of the Church for peace.  She came with a program of penance and prayer so that the world could be saved from terrible trials.  She came to remind us that God is real, and hell exists.  She called us to pray and fast, do penance for peace in the world.  She also left secrets.  The 3rd secret was kept secret for many years.  But in 1981 something happened.  Our dear Saint John Paul II was shot on May 13, 1981.  

He called upon Our Lady, "Mother come, Mary come".  And she did, guiding the bullet away from his vital organs and saving his life.  The pope decided he needed to read the 3rd Secret of Fatima.  And after he did, from his hospital bed he directed the Church to pray this prayer of entrustment (on June 7, 1981):

"Mother of all individuals and peoples, you know all their sufferings and hopes. In your motherly heart you feel all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, that convulse the world: accept the plea which we make in the Holy Spirit directly to your heart, and embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord those who most await this embrace, and also those whose act of entrustment you too await in a particular way. Take under your motherly protection the whole human family, which with affectionate love we entrust to you, O Mother. May there dawn for everyone the time of peace and freedom, the time of truth, of justice and of hope."

You can read the whole document on the secrets of Fatima here:

It was a plea for help to Our Lady.  And I believe she answered that plea by coming to Medjugorje to the 6 visionaries on June 24, 1981, just 17 days after this entrustment was enacted.

I believe we see here in Medjugorje exactly what the Holy Father was asking Our Lady for.  In Medjugorje she has taken under her motherly protection the whole human family!  Here we are, from all corners of the earth, experiencing her motherly care.  Here she is bringing us the possibility of peace and love.  Here she is showing us the way to the Father.  

On a personal note, on October 13, 1987 (the 70th anniversary of the miracle of the sun) Denis and I were here in Medjugorje.  It was my first pilgrimage, his second.  On that day we looked over the valley towards St. James Church, at evening.  And there we saw a huge, beautiful rainbow arching over the steeples of the church.  We had wondered then if some kind of sign would happen, a sign for the 70th anniversary.  And a sign did happen, the sign of peace and hope that God gave to Noah after the flood.  It was a sign that God would not punish the world again, as He had with the flood. We felt that the Lord was telling us then that He intended to bring peace to the world through Medjugorje!  

So today, as we spend the day in prayer with Our Lady, thanking her for her presence and her motherly guidance, we will expect only good from our heavenly Father.  

At the end of the document, there are some words from then Joseph Card. Ratzinger.  They speak the truth even today.  We will believe in Our Lady's presence as a gift from God to save us and present us to God:

And so we come to the final question: What is the meaning of the "secret" of Fatima as a whole (in its three parts)? What does it say to us? First of all we must affirm with Cardinal Sodano: "... the events to which the third part of the 'secret' of Fatima refers now seem part of the past". Insofar as individual events are described, they belong to the past. Those who expected exciting apocalyptic revelations about the end of the world or the future course of history are bound to be disappointed. Fatima does not satisfy our curiosity in this way, just as Christian faith in general cannot be reduced to an object of mere curiosity. What remains was already evident when we began our reflections on the text of the "secret": the exhortation to prayer as the path of "salvation for souls" and, likewise, the summons to penance and conversion.  
 
I would like finally to mention another key expression of the "secret" which has become justly famous: "my Immaculate Heart will triumph". What does this mean? The Heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind. The fiat of Mary, the word of her heart, has changed the history of the world, because it brought the Saviour into the world-because, thanks to her Yes, God could become man in our world and remains so for all time. The Evil One has power in this world, as we see and experience continually; he has power because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God. But since God himself took a human heart and has thus steered human freedom towards what is good, the freedom to choose evil no longer has the last word. From that time forth, the word that prevails is this: "In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world" (Jn 16:33). The message of Fatima invites us to trust in this promise. 

We are praying for all of you today and everyday in Medjugorje!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2017




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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mary TV: October 12, 2017 Reflection - My morning on Apparition Hill


Our Lady overlooking the valley in the morning

J.M.J
October 12, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!
May 2, 2008 "Dear children, By God's will I am here with you in this place. I desire that you open your hearts to me and to accept me as a mother. With my love I will teach you simplicity of life and richness of mercy and I will lead you to my Son. The way to Him can be difficult and painful but do not be afraid, I will be with you. My hands will hold you to the very end, to eternal happiness; therefore do not be afraid to open yourselves to me. Thank you. Pray for priests. My Son gave them to you as a gift."

Yesterday morning I was able to climb Apparition Hill by myself!!  I had as much time as I wanted to pray and linger at the mysteries of the Rosary.  Oh it was glorious!!  I had time to pray for all of your intentions, and for all my family, and even just spend time with Jesus and Mary.  The hill was not crowded, so I was able to pray.  Know that I left you all there with Our Lady!

 

 



In the message above, Our Lady tells us that she is here in this place with us.  It is definitely true.  She is with us in Medjugorje, to help us on our way to Jesus.  As I climbed I could feel her with me, ever so gently guiding my steps over the rocks.  I was not lonely at all.  And she led me directly to her Son, Jesus.  Because as soon as I got to her statue, I felt compelled to climb a bit further to the wooden crucifix where Jesus awaits.  Like the Risen Christ statue, this Crucifix draws us pilgrims like a magnet.  We want to embrace Jesus, to kiss Him, to leave our hearts with Him.

 

Hours fly by on Apparition Hill.  I left you all on that Hill with Our Lady!

When I returned to the village, I went to the Mary TV Tea House, where Rosie greets pilgrims.  And who should I see but Linda and Greg Christie!!  Linda shared her amazing healing on Apparition Hill in Fruit Show 60.  Here is the link:  http://marytv.tv/?page_id=167

 

Here is Denis with Greg and Linda Christie at the Mary TV Tea House!


During our conversation I thanked Linda for sharing the great story of her healing on Apparition Hill!!  It is a fantastic healing!!!  And she said no need for thanks, because she has discovered that every time she shares her healing testimony from Medjugorje, she feels a little more healed, a little more strong and healthy!  Our Lady will not be out done!!  She really is with us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mary TV: October 11, 2017 Reflection - The Risen Christ Statue


The Risen Christ Statue last night as the sun was setting

J.M.J
October 11, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!
Yesterday I spent some time at the Risen Christ Statue which is behind St. James in a large area set aside for prayer.  This statue is huge, made of bronze and depicts Jesus at the moment of resurrection, still in the Cruciform.  Pilgrims line up to venerate this image of Jesus, Risen from the dead.  But as you can see in this picture, the only accessible part of Jesus' body is his legs and feet from the knees down.  


But there is more to this statue.  Not long after if was installed, pilgrims noticed a clear liquid flowing from the knee of Jesus' right leg.  This liquid has been flowing, drop by drop for many years now.  People collect the liquid on little napkins, on articles of clothing, or just anoint themselves with is.  


As you can see, there is an urge to just lean against Jesus, to just rest on Jesus, when you are near it.  I have always felt drawn to just rest my head on Jesus' leg, like a child with his father, just embracing him around the legs!!  It just feels like that, so much peace.

Some have wondered if the liquid that flows from Jesus' knee might have a connection with something that happened during His Crucifixion.  We know that Our Lady stayed near the Cross of Christ throughout His Passion.  She could not be torn away from her Son.  In fact the artist who created the stained glass windows in St. James Church in Medjugorje, created this window depicting the Crucifixion.  


Our Lady is embracing Jesus' legs, the only part of His body she could reach.  Her tears would have rolled down His legs much like the liquid is rolling down the legs of the statue.  Could this mysterious liquid by Our Lady's tears of love for her Son, shed for our sake, for our deliverance from sin and death?  It could be.

All I know is that the Risen Christ Statue draws me, calls me to come close and to hug Jesus' legs, to lean against Him, to rest on Him, to be quiet with Him, to stay a child with Him, and to love Him.  I am very grateful to the artist whose inspiration created this statue that now is blessing thousands of pilgrims in Medjugorje, one at a time.



In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2017




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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mary TV: October 10, 2017 Reflection - Vicka speaks again!


(The path we walked to Vicka's old home where she spoke to pilgrims yesterday)

October 10, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Today our group rose early in the morning and walked together, praying the Rosary, towards Apparition Hill.  Our destination was Vicka's family's ancestral home, where Vicka has resumed giving her witness to pilgrims on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  It is such a familiar spot, on the narrow road in Bijakovici, just before the entrance to the Apparition Hill climb.  When the pilgrims gather to hear Vicka, all traffic is stopped!  No one can get through!  


(Vicka stands under the grape vines on the stairs.)

Vicka will talk very slowly and carefully about what she has learned from Our Lady.  Here is a portion of her talk from this morning:

I am happy to share with you Our Lady's main messages.  The main messages of Our Lady are prayer, peace, conversion, confession, and fasting.  And Our Lady recommends that we pray all three parts of the Rosary daily.  And she recommends fasting every Wednesday and Friday on bread and water.  And a beautiful thing that Our Lady invites us to pray for is to pray for our strong faith. 

But when Our Lady invites us to pray, she doesn't want us to just move our lips.   But Our Lady would like for us day by day to open our hearts so that prayer may really become a joy for us so that we may succeed to pray with love.  

Our Lady gave a beautiful example when she said: All of you in your homes have a flower pot.  And if you put just a few drops of water in this pot every day you will see a beautiful flower growing.  The same example is our heart, because if you put a few drops of prayer in your heart you will see it become a beautiful rose.  And if just for a few days we do not give it water we will see the plant vanish as if it never existed.  And Our lady says that the same thing will happen to us if we do not pray one day, and we say I am tired so I will pray tomorrow.  But then when tomorrow comes we find another excuse, and then practically day by day we distance ourselves from prayer and our heart only gets implants from the bad side.  And Our Lady says, same as a flower cannot live without water, so we cannot live without God's grace...

Now we will remain united in silence in prayer.  I will pray for blessing for all of us, but it is very important for all of us to remain in silence.  Our Lady says, "Do not be afraid of silence because silence can bring forth so many beautiful and great things.  Our Lady has said more than once, "You people talk too much and you pray too little, so that is why we must change this attitude and pray more and talk less.  So it is very important to remain in silence in prayer...


We stood in silent prayer for more than 1/2 hour, drinking in the peace.

This is only a sample of what Vicka said, but you can hear the entire talk on our website soon.  Vicka prayed then in silence for a very long time.  One pilgrim told me that she felt drawn into prayer, as into a deep pool of water.  She was able to pray unusually well as Vicka prayed.  

Vicka is a luminous example of someone who is given over completely to God.  She suffers joyfully, offering all her suffering to the Lord.  And she witnesses such joy!  

We were so blessed to be with her in the early morning brightness, the air so cool and fresh.  What a blessing it was to pray with Vicka. It reminded me of this message:

April 25, 1987 "Dear children! Today also I am calling you to prayer. You know, dear children, that God grants special graces in prayer. Therefore, seek and pray in order that you may be able to comprehend all that I am giving here. I call you, dear children, to prayer with the heart. You know that without prayer you cannot comprehend all that God is planning through each one of you. Therefore, pray! I desire that through each one of you God's plan may be fulfilled, that all which God has planted in your heart may keep on growing. So pray that God's blessing may protect each one of you from all the evil that is threatening you. I bless you, dear children. Thank you for having responded to my call."

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2017


PS.  One of our pilgrims stayed behind to listen to Vicka again and again, almost all morning.  When Vicka was leaving, she had one of her helpers give him a rosary she was praying with.  it was so special to receive that rosary.  But he noticed a woman near the stair that Vicka had been standing on, begging that Vicka come back to just pray with her a little.  She was desperate.  But Vicka was exhausted and they couldn't ask her to return.  The woman was so sad.  So our pilgrim placed the rosary Vicka had given him into her hands and explained that it was Vicka's rosary.  He said she could have it.  She broke down in tears.  He found out she was very ill, and this rosary meant the very much to her.  She wept and wept.  

We have no idea what wonders God is working in us as pilgrims as we love one another.  In heaven we will know!!!  





"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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Monday, October 09, 2017

Mary TV: October 9, 2017 Reflection - A Quick Update



The Evening Program
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October 9, 2017
St. Denis and companions


Dear Family of Mary!

"...May your only concern be how to live well every moment according to my Son. And there it is - peace for you!..." (October 2, 2017)

We continue our pilgrimage in Medjugorje this week!  And I see the truth of these words of Our Lady.  While here in Medjugorje, it is much easier to live well every moment according to Jesus, because Our Lady is so near, and the life here is centered on Jesus and the Sacraments.  Being submerged in the graces of the Sacraments, we pilgrims can see much more clearly how to live each moment well, and the peace just flows. 

For instance, on Saturday evening, Denis and  decided to head over to the confessionals beside the church, to go to confession.  It was 5:00 pm and the priests make themselves available to confession then.  There were many priests in the confessionals, representing many language groups.  This side of the church is for the foreign pilgrims.  I wish I had taken a picture of the other side.  There were lines upon lines of Croatian speakers waiting to confess!!  Beautiful!!


(The Confessional lines Saturday evening)

I experienced such grace when I confessed.  It seems that the Holy Spirit just swoops down and intensifies the graces for confession here.  It was very healing for me.  Denis too!!  


Evening Mass, packed as usual!

After confession we headed to the back of church for the evening Mass.  It always amazes me how many people come for Mass in Medjugorje. Every bench was full.  Jesus comes to us in the Eucharist to feed us with His Body and Blood, strengthen our hearts and help us to embrace holiness, and to fill us with His love.  No one wants to leave!!


(This is the Mary TV camera capturing Holy Mass as usual! 
The camera man is in the coat with the big hood!)

I caught the beautiful sunset that occurred after Mass.  It looked like a glimpse of heaven, just a glimpse for us who are longing so for that place!


(Sunset in Medjugorje - Saturday Evening)

Then later that evening there was Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Again, in the complete darkness, the entire seating area was filled with adorers.  No one moves.  Everyone is motionless and quiet.  Only Jesus, in the huge monstrance, is lit up!


(Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament - St. James)

What an evening of grace!  Confession, Holy Mass and Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  It is a banquet of graces free for the asking!!  

I wish you were all here with us.  You are in our prayers!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2017  




"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
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