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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mary TV: December 14, 2017 Reflection - I am inviting you to a complete surrender to God.




        

    
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

December 14, 2017
St. John of the Cross

Dear Family of Mary!

May 25, 1988 "Dear children! I am inviting you to a complete surrender to God. Pray, little children, that satan may not carry you about like the branches in the wind. Be strong in God. I desire that through you the whole world may get to know the God of joy. By your life bear witness for God's joy. Do not be anxious nor worried. God himself will help you and show you the way. I desire that you love all men with my love. Only in that way can love reign over the world. Little children, you are mine. I love you and want you to surrender to me so that I can lead you to God. Never cease praying so that satan cannot take advantage of you. Pray for the knowledge that you are mine. I bless you with blessings of joy. Thank you for having responded to my call."

In this message Our Lady makes it clear that we need to surrender our whole lives to her, making a complete surrender to God through her. But in the same message she warns us that Satan wants to carry us about like the branches in the wind. She tells us that Satan wants to take advantage of us. He does this through temptation.
 
Our Mother knows that we are safest when we have given our entire lives over to God, when we have surrendered all to Him. We received a powerful example of this very situation from Camilla. She wrote this email yesterday:
 
Dear Cathy,
I would like to give you a testimony of something important that happened to me in the last 48 hours.
 
I need physiotherapy these days because I hurt my ankle. So I called a friend for the phone number of her massage therapist whom I then called.
 
He told me that his massage would not only to me good physically, but that it would be a spiritual experience, in which through body hypnosis, I would be disconnected from reasoning and brought into a state of deep meditation. I thought to myself that this was nothing more than fashionable new-age language, and took two appointments with him.
As soon as I had hung up I started to become restless, and this restlessness kept steadily increasing. Although I knew that this restless feeling came from what that man had told me, I didn't want to cancel the appointments because my curiosity of mind didn't allow me to and because I didn't want to give in to fear and restlessness. I kept saying to myself, "It's only a massage. There's nothing wrong with it". But my restlessness kept on growing. This morning, I woke up at 3 o'clock and started to pray. And my prayer, which is usually a source of peace and joy, became all fuzzy, like a radio which is badly tuned.  
 
So I decided to open my email and do whatever inspiration I would get from your daily reflection. As soon as I saw the surrender prayer you proposed, before I even started reading it, I immediately knew that I had to cancel those appointments on the spot. I immediately and clearly realized that I belong to our Mother Mary, body, spirit and soul, and through her to God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. As well as all my desires, all my imagination etc., in sickness and in health. And that everything that is outside God is completely incompatible because it doesn't exist. And that all my longings are to be focused on God alone. And my peace and joy immediately returned!
 
I thought you needed to know this.
Lots of love,
Camilla
 
Thank you Camilla! I think we all needed to hear this testimony. Indeed, it is our surrender to Jesus and Mary that keeps us safe from the enemy, from his deceptions and lies. It is our surrender that gives us light, helps us walk in the right direction towards Heaven, and keeps us safe from evil. God loves us and can protect us when we place our lives in His hands.
 
Let's all thank the Lord for His protection for Camilla! I remember writing that reflection! I didn't know what I would write, and sat a long while in prayer, not knowing. But then it occurred to me to look for a good surrender prayer online. In my first attempt, the beautiful prayer I sent out yesterday popped up! It was meant for Camilla. But it is very good for all of us too!! Here it is again, so we can pray it today.
 
A prayer of Surrender from St. Vincent's Parish -
 
 
SURRENDER PRAYER
God, my Father, I thank you for all that you are, and all that you do for me through your Son Jesus Christ. I praise you for my life, for your mercy and for your Eucharist. In Jesus' name, Father, I place myself entirely in your Heart. I surrender to you my whole self, my heart, my mind, my memory, my imagination, my will, my emotions, my passions, my body, my sexuality, my desire for human approval, my weaknesses, my desires, my sins.
 
I surrender every person in my life to you. I surrender every situation in my life to you. I surrender every relationship I am in to you. I surrender every concern I have to you. I surrender every fear I have to you. I surrender every doubt I have to you. I surrender all confusion I have to you. I surrender all sadness I am experiencing in my heart to you. I surrender all my wounds to you. I surrender all anxiety and worry I have to you. I surrender all that deceives me in my heart to you. I trust you to care for me and others in a perfectly loving way.
 
As I have emptied myself, and surrendered everything to you, I ask you now, Father, to fill me with your Holy Spirit and all the gifts and fruits of your Spirit. Holy Spirit you are the source of love, hope, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, tenderness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. Purify my desires. Help me to open my heart to you. Help me to become perfectly receptive as a pure child. Help me to believe in your love for me. Help me to hope in your love. Help me to receive from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus all grace and virtues necessary for me to become the person you created me to be. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, Your son, God Almighty Father.
 
O Most Holy Immaculate Virgin Mary. I entrust this prayer to your Heart, and ask you to press it to your wounded heart and intercede for me to your Son Jesus. Please help me to be as you are, a perfect disciple, an obedient servant, a true child of God. Amen.
 
Tomorrow we begin the Christmas Novena with the Parish! You can pray, live, with those climbing Apparition Hill at 2:00 pm Medjugorje Time. Our Novena prayers will be sent out in the Daily Reflection, and also prayed during the Hour of Mercy that directly follows the Climb.
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017
 
 
PS. Mike Nolan has produced two new CDs: (Still time to order for Christmas!!)   
 
"Oh Jesus, We Adore You!" (A collection of songs used for Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Medjugorje.  It is very prayerful and peaceful!) 
 
"The Mary TV Soundtrack!" (A joyful compilation of the music used on Mary TV! )

CDs are $15.00 each, and you can order them directly from Mike Nolan


 

 




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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mary TV: December 13, 2017 Reflection - With complete trust give me your hearts...

  
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
 
December 13, 2017
St. Lucy
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
June 2, 2007 "Dear children! Also in this difficult time God's love sends me to you. My children, do not be afraid, I am with you. With complete trust give me your hearts, that I may help you to recognize the signs of the time in which you live. I will help you to come to know the love of my Son. I will triumph through you. Thank you."

Our Lady is with us, so close to us, so near, that we have only to whisper to her and she hears us. She is near because this is a "difficult" time. This is a time of intense spiritual battle in which many souls hang in the balance. Mary is here with us as the Queen of this army, her Son's army.
 
God's love has sent her. God's infinite love knew just who to send at this time. He sent the Immaculate Mother to lead the battle against the enemy of our souls. She is equipped. She is strong and she can defeat him.
 
But she needs our cooperation. And so she asks us to give her our hearts, with complete trust, without fear. She needs our hearts, surrendered to her and to Jesus, so that she can fill them with light, the light of her Son. With this light we will recognize what is really going on in this difficult time. We will not be fooled. We will see the victory of her heart approaching.
 
Our job is to surrender. I found this beautiful prayer of surrender to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit which is also directed to Mary, on a parish website in England! St. Vincent's Parish! I share it with you here, and I will give the link so you can go to the site yourselves to print it off. It is very beautiful, and will help us to truly surrender everything in our hearts to Jesus and Mary, so that we will recognize the signs of the time we live in, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart!
 
A prayer of Surrender from St. Vincent's Parish -

SURRENDER PRAYER
God, my Father, I thank you for all that you are, and all that you do for me through your Son Jesus Christ. I praise you for my life, for your mercy and for your Eucharist. In Jesus' name, Father, I place myself entirely in your Heart. I surrender to you my whole self, my heart, my mind, my memory, my imagination, my will, my emotions, my passions, my body, my sexuality, my desire for human approval, my weaknesses, my desires, my sins.
 
I surrender every person in my life to you. I surrender every situation in my life to you. I surrender every relationship I am in to you. I surrender every concern I have to you. I surrender every fear I have to you. I surrender every doubt I have to you. I surrender all confusion I have to you. I surrender all sadness I am experiencing in my heart to you. I surrender all my wounds to you. I surrender all anxiety and worry I have to you. I surrender all that deceives me in my heart to you. I trust you to care for me and others in a perfectly loving way.
 
As I have emptied myself, and surrendered everything to you, I ask you now, Father, to fill me with your Holy Spirit and all the gifts and fruits of your Spirit. Holy Spirit you are the source of love, hope, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, tenderness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. Purify my desires. Help me to open my heart to you. Help me to become perfectly receptive as a pure child. Help me to believe in your love for me. Help me to hope in your love. Help me to receive from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus all grace and virtues necessary for me to become the person you created me to be. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, Your son, God Almighty Father.
 
O Most Holy Immaculate Virgin Mary. I entrust this prayer to your Heart, and ask you to press it to your wounded heart and intercede for me to your Son Jesus. Please help me to be as you are, a perfect disciple, an obedient servant, a true child of God. Amen.
 
Amen and Amen!!
 
I am excited that we can all draw very close to Mary's heart, and through her to the Heart of Jesus. There we will find the Blessed Trinity, with every blessing and gift we need to help Our Lady's heart to triumph!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

 
PS. Mike Nolan has produced two new CDs: (Still time to order for Christmas!!)   
 
"Oh Jesus, We Adore You!" (A collection of songs used for Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Medjugorje.  It is very prayerful and peaceful!) 
 
"The Mary TV Soundtrack!" (A joyful compilation of the music used on Mary TV! )
 
CDs are $15.00 each, and you can order them directly from Mike Nolan
 
574-335-9952
mnolan6@me.com
 
 
 
 




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Saint John Paul II
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mary TV: December 12, 2017 Reflection - Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe 
The miraculous image on the Tilma of Juan Diego
Our Lady of Guadalupe
 
December 12, 2017 
Our Lady of Guadalupe
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
"Am I not here who am your Mother?" (Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego)
 
"Dear children! Today I invite you to come still closer to me through prayer. Little children, I am your mother, I love you and I desire that each of you be saved and thus be with me in Heaven. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray until your life becomes prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call." (Our Lady of Medjugorje, August 25, 1998)

Today is the beautiful Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Especially for those of us in the Americas, this feast is central, for it was through Our Lady of Guadalupe that our hemisphere was won for Christ. What would have taken centuries for missionaries, took only a few years for Mary. She converted and saved millions of her children through her image on the Tilma of Juan Diego!

Here is a brief account of that miraculous event which changed the Americas forever:
Two days later, on December 12, as he was going to the Church at Tlatelolco in order to bring a priest to his dying uncle, Juan Diego was stopped by the Lady, who had come down from Tepeyac Hill to meet him in the road. She listened quietly to Juan's excuse for not having kept his appointment with her the day before. When he had finished speaking she said, "It is well, littlest and dearest of my sons, but now listen to me. Do not let anything afflict you and be not afraid of illness or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Are you not in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need? Do not fear for your uncle for he is not going to die. Be assured... he is already well."
Having heard these words, Juan Diego rejoiced and asked for the sign he was to take to the Bishop. He was told to climb to the top of the hill where she had spoken to him on three previous occasions. She said he would find many flowers blooming there which he was to cut and bring to her. Juan Diego did as he was told though he knew no flowers had ever bloomed before on the stony summit. He discovered a marvelous garden of dew-fresh blossoms which he cut as she had asked. Placing them in his rough cloak, or tilma, he brought the flowers to the Lady who rearranged them and told him to take them to the Bishop; that this was the sign to persuade him to carry out her wishes.
When Juan Diego, radiantly happy, stood before Bishop Fray Juan de Zumarraga and told him of the fourth encounter with the Lady, he opened his tilma to show the Bishop the sign; the flowers cascaded to the floor - but to the astonishment of the Bishop and Juan Diego, there appeared upon the coarse fabric of the Indian's mantle a marvelously wrought, exquisitely colored portrait of the Blessed Virgin, just as Juan Diego had previously described her.  (from this article: http://queenoftheamericasguild.org/history-of-the-apparitions/  )


Coming on the heels of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, this beautiful event shows the power and compassion of the Mary, Mother of God. The Immaculate One came to save her little children in Mexico, and no one could stop her! Today she comes anew, to save her children, now throughout the whole world, and again, no one can stop her. Like Juan Diego, we should be radiantly happy as we stand before our families and communities, with the sign of Our Lady of Medjugorje not on our tilmas, but in our hearts and on our faces. That sign is the peace and love of God!
 
Our Lady (in Medjugorje) says to us, even as she said to Juan Diego, "Am I not here, who am your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish?"
 
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017
 




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Monday, December 11, 2017

Mary TV: December 11, 2017 Reflection - Gay Russell and Our Lady's Plan for Malawi

      
Malawi Medjugorje Shrine!!

 
December 11, 2017
St. Damasus I
 
Dear Family of Mary!

The Fruit of Medjugorje testimony that was introduced last week is a very special one. Gay Russell shares the remarkable events that led to the establishment of a Medjugorje Shrine in Malawi, Africa!! Here is a short version of her testimony that was published in the book, "Medjugorje and the Church" by Denis Nolan.
 
Gay Russell of Malawi writes: "In September, 2000, I was given a ticket to make a pilgrimage to Rome and Medjugorje...I was agonizing with Jesus for three days preparing for the trip before the Blessed Sacrament, 'Why Me, Lord? Why am I blessed to go again? What about all the Malawians who can never go?'...On the third day the phone rang, and a voice, obviously long distance, said to me 'Is that Gay Russell...You don't know me. My name is Tony Smith. I love Medjugorje and I want to talk to you about this idea I have...I was hoping to build a replica of Krizevac for all the people in England who could not go, but...last night I heard clearly in my heart: "Build it in Malawi for all the Malawians who can never go". Now I am asking if you could find a mountain near Blantyre on the summit of which we could build the Krizevac Cross and then place the Stations of the Cross up the mountain just like in Medjugorje. I hope you don't think I am crazy, but it could become a Medjugorje for the Malawians.'"
 
The Forestry Department gave permission for a replica of the Cross on Krizevac to be built on Mount Michiru and the Archbishop gave permission for the shrine. The bronze plaques depicting the Stations of the Cross were done by Carmello Puzzolo in Italy, identical to the ones he did that are on Krizevac in Medjugorje. (His Rosary plaques, identical to the ones he did for Medjugorje, will soon be placed on an adjoining hill.)
 
On August 5, 2006, Archbishop Tarcisio Ziyaye of the Blantyre Archdiocese, assisted by Bishop Remi St. Marie of Dedza Diocese and Bishop Peter Musikuwa of Chikwawa Diocese, together with 21 priests from various parishes in the southern region, formally consecrated the new Church, "as an incredible gift from God for all those who cannot go to Medjugorje." More than 5,000 of the faithful attended the first Mass in St. James Church in Blantyre. "Now that the church is complete the keys can be handed over," proclaimed Fr. Kanjira, the Diocesan Administrator who was Master of Ceremonies for the celebration. Mr. Armenio Da Costa (the builder) presented them to Gay Russell (the Medjugorje Pilgrim who had overseen the project to its completion), who presented them to Tony Smith (the benefactor), who in turn presented them to the Archbishop, who joyfully handed them over to Fr. Mwapuwa, the parish priest. "At this point great jubilation and ululating broke out in the church; the choir began singing the Gloria, and the church bells rang out loud and clear for the first time. It was wonderful to experience the overwhelming joy!"
 
The new St. James Church is identical to St. James Church in Medjugorje in every way! St. James Church in Malawi lies at the foot of Mt. Michiru (about the same height as Mt. Krizevac in Medjugorje) with a cross on the summit identical to the one on Mt. Krizevac, and about the same distance from the church.
 
Gay states: "I believe that this has been given to Africa since it is now almost impossible for any group from here to get to Medjugorje. To acquire the proper visa African passport holders have to travel to Johannesburg or Cairo for a personal interview beforehand. It is believed one day this will become a very special place of pilgrimage for all peoples of Africa, our tie with the grace of Medjugorje!"
 
Gay's beautiful testimony can be found at this link on the Mary TV website:
 
 
Testimony 293
 
Thank you, Gay, for your many years of serving Our Lady!! You are an inspiration to all of us! And to Tony and all those who made the Malawi Medjugorje Shrine possible, a big thank you!!

Denis and I (with our buddy Steve) climbed Krizevac on October 13, 2017 early in the morning, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima, and who should be we meet on the way up but Gay Russell!!  Here is our picture together at the Cross!!  What a joy!

 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017
 
 




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Friday, December 08, 2017

Mary TV: December 8, 2017 Reflection - Great news from Archbishop Hoser for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception!

    
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

December 8, 2017
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Dear Family of Mary!

On this wonderful feast day celebrating our Mother's Immaculate Conception, let's pray a prayer of consecration to her Immaculate Heart, which she dictated to Jelena. We want to give ourselves to her, completely!!
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(Given by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilj, 11/28/1983)

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, overflowing 
with goodness, Show us your love for us. 
May the flame of your heart, Oh Mary, 
Descend upon all peoples. 
We love you immensely. 
Impress in our hearts a true love. 
May our hearts yearn for you. 
Oh Mary, sweet and humble of heart, 
Remember us when we sin. 
You know that all mankind are sinners. 
Through your most sacred and maternal heart, 
Cure us from every spiritual illness. 
Make us capable of looking at the beauty of your maternal heart, 
And that, thus, we may be converted 
to the flame of your heart. Amen

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017
PS. Here is some interesting news that just came out yesterday, through Aleteia. 
Archbishop Hoser shares significant news with us about Medjugorje's status in the Church. This is also a gift to Our Lady on her Feast Day!
Official pilgrimages to Medjugorje are being authorized, confirms Pope Francis' envoy. 
By Jesús Colina | Aleteia News | Dec 07, 2017
Archbishop Henryk Hoser tells Aleteia that it still falls to the pope to make final decision on commission's report about veracity of reported apparitions.

"The devotion of Medjugorje is allowed. It's not prohibited, and need not be done in secret," confirmed Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga, Poland, now some months after being sent to Medjugorje by Pope Francis to evaluate not the veracity of the apparitions, but the state of the pastoral care being provided to the thousands of pilgrims who flock to the site every year.

Formerly, pilgrimages to the site were not to be organized by official Church groups, though the faithful could make them privately or through other organizations. Now, the stance on officially-organized pilgrimages will open.

"My mission is precisely to analyze the pastoral situation and propose improvements," the archbishop told Aleteia, about his assignment at the shrine in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has attracted millions of people since Marian apparitions reportedly began there in 1981.

"Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages. It's no longer a problem," explained the archbishop, speaking to us from his residence in a Warsaw neighborhood. "Pope Francis recently asked an Albanian cardinal to give his blessing to the faithful present in Medjugorje," he added.

"I am full of admiration for the work the Franciscans are doing there," the Polish prelate reported. "With a relatively small team-there is only a dozen of them-they do a huge job of welcoming pilgrims. Every summer they organize a youth festival. This year, there were 50,000 young people from around the world, with more than 700 priests."

"There is a massive number of confessions. They have about 50 confessionals, which are not enough. These are very deep confessions," he said.

"This is a phenomenon. And what confirms the authenticity of the place is the large amount of charitable institutions that exist around the sanctuary. And another aspect as well: the great effort that is being made at the level of Christian formation. Each year, they organize conferences at different levels, for various audiences (priests, doctors, parents, young people, couples ...)"

"The decree of the former episcopal conference of what used to be Yugoslavia, which, before the Balkan war, advised against pilgrimages in Medjugorje organized by bishops, is no longer relevant," he said.

There are other cases of locations of apparitions, like Kibeho, in Rwanda, where the diocesan bishop agreed to allow the devotion, and then continued the analysis for the recognition of the apparitions.

The archbishop revealed that the conclusion of the Commission for the analysis of the apparitions of Medjugorje, which Benedict XVI had entrusted to Cardinal Camillo Ruini, appears to be favorable.

"What I find touching is that all the seers have turned to family life," Archbishop Hoser reflected. "In our day and age, the family is of enormous importance. All of them have a family. Those who were teenagers at the time, are already grandmothers; 37 years have passed!"

"But this decision will have to be made by the pope. The file is now at the Secretariat of State. I believe the final decision will be made," concluded Archbishop Hoser. (From Aleteia, December 7, 2017-  https://aleteia.org/2017/12/07/official-pilgrimages-to-medjugorje-are-being-authorized-confirms-pope-francis-envoy/#.WinZepSjB3w.email






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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Mary TV: December 7, 2017 Reflection - And to me, my children, give the gift of the Rosary.

   
 
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 
December 7, 2017|
St, Ambrose

Dear Family of Mary!
"And to me, my children, give the gift of the rosary, the roses which I love so much. My roses are your prayers pronounced with the heart and not only recited with the lips. My roses are your acts of prayer, faith and love. When my Son was little, he said to me that my children would be numerous and that they would bring me many roses. I did not comprehend Him. Now I know that you are those children who are bringing me roses when, above all, you love my Son, when you pray with the heart, when you help the poorest..." (December 2, 2017)

Jesus told Our Lady many things, it seems, that she could not understand because they were to happen in the future. Our Mother shares one of those little prophecies of Jesus in this message.

" When my Son was little, he said to me that my children would be numerous and that they would bring me many roses. I did not comprehend Him."

How could she know that there would be a prayer called the Rosary? How could she know that she would become our Mother, before Jesus gave her to us on the Cross? But of course she never forgot a word He told her. And so she says:

"Now I know that you are those children who are bringing me roses when, above all, you love my Son, when you pray with the heart, when you help the poorest..."

We are those children!! We bring her roses!! It is our prayer of the Rosary, prayed with the heart, prayed with love and offered for the poor souls in need of grace. How cool is that!!!
But Our Lady says that our prayer of the Rosary must not be purely exterior.

" My roses are your prayers pronounced with the heart and not only recited with the lips."

We cannot rattle off our prayers while we are totally distracted. What kind of gift is that? But we are so tempted to distraction and superficiality by our modern cultures. So we need to be taught how to pray with the heart.

Saint John Paul II did just that in one of his final Apostolic Letters, "On the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary." I will share below some of his wise counsel on praying the Rosary correctly!!

From "On the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary"
In effect, the Rosary is simply a method of contemplation. As a method, it serves as a means to an end and cannot become an end in itself. All the same, as the fruit of centuries of experience, this method should not be undervalued. In its favor one could cite the experience of countless Saints. This is not to say, however, that the method cannot be improved. Such is the intent of the addition of the new series of mysteria lucis to the overall cycle of mysteries and of the few suggestions which I am proposing in this Letter regarding its manner of recitation. These suggestions, while respecting the well-established structure of this prayer, are intended to help the faithful to understand it in the richness of its symbolism and in harmony with the demands of daily life. Otherwise there is a risk that the Rosary would not only fail to produce the intended spiritual effects, but even that the beads, with which it is usually said, could come to be regarded as some kind of amulet or magic object, thereby radically distorting their meaning and function.

Announcing each mystery
29. Announcing each mystery, and perhaps even using a suitable icon to portray it, is as it were to open up a scenario on which to focus our attention. The words direct the imagination and the mind towards a particular episode or moment in the life of Christ. In the Church's traditional spirituality, the veneration of icons and the many devotions appealing to the senses, as well as the method of prayer proposed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises, make use of visual and imaginative elements (the compositio loci), judged to be of great help in concentrating the mind on the particular mystery. This is a methodology, moreover, which corresponds to the inner logic of the Incarnation: in Jesus, God wanted to take on human features. It is through his bodily reality that we are led into contact with the mystery of his divinity.

This need for concreteness finds further expression in the announcement of the various mysteries of the Rosary. Obviously these mysteries neither replace the Gospel nor exhaust its content. The Rosary, therefore, is no substitute for lectio divina; on the contrary, it presupposes and promotes it. Yet, even though the mysteries contemplated in the Rosary, even with the addition of the mysteria lucis, do no more than outline the fundamental elements of the life of Christ, they easily draw the mind to a more expansive reflection on the rest of the Gospel, especially when the Rosary is prayed in a setting of prolonged recollection.

Listening to the word of God
30. In order to supply a Biblical foundation and greater depth to our meditation, it is helpful to follow the announcement of the mystery with the proclamation of a related Biblical passage, long or short, depending on the circumstances. No other words can ever match the efficacy of the inspired word. As we listen, we are certain that this is the word of God, spoken for today and spoken "for me".

If received in this way, the word of God can become part of the Rosary's methodology of repetition without giving rise to the ennui derived from the simple recollection of something already well known. It is not a matter of recalling information but of allowing God to speak. In certain solemn communal celebrations, this word can be appropriately illustrated by a brief commentary.

Silence
31. Listening and meditation are nourished by silence. After the announcement of the mystery and the proclamation of the word, it is fitting to pause and focus one's attention for a suitable period of time on the mystery concerned, before moving into vocal prayer. A discovery of the importance of silence is one of the secrets of practicing contemplation and meditation. One drawback of a society dominated by technology and the mass media is the fact that silence becomes increasingly difficult to achieve. Just as moments of silence are recommended in the Liturgy, so too in the recitation of the Rosary it is fitting to pause briefly after listening to the word of God, while the mind focuses on the content of a particular mystery.
 

St. John Paul II, please pray for us to learn to pray ever more deeply this wonderful prayer of the Rosary. We want to give our Mother many roses!!!

Tomorrow is the great Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary! May we give her many roses tomorrow and always!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017




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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Mary TV: December 6, 2017 Reflection - "I turn to you as your mother."

  
 
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 
December 6, 2017
St. Nicholas
 
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children, I turn to you as your mother, the mother of the just, the mother of those who love and suffer, the mother of those who are holy. My children, you too can be holy - this depends on you. Those who are holy are those who immeasurably love the Heavenly Father, those who love Him above all. Therefore, my children, always strive to be better. If you strive to be good you can be holy even though you may not think so of yourselves. If you think that you are good, you are not humble, and arrogance distances you from holiness. In this peaceless world full of threats, your hands, apostles of my love, should be extended in prayer and mercy..." (December 2, 2017)

Our Lady says she is turning to us as our mother. Have you ever had your earthly mother turn to you? I remember some of the times I as a mother turned to one of my children. They were times when I really needed help. I would look one of my children in the eyes and ask him or her to "Please set the table, now!" or "Go find your brother, he is loose in the neighborhood." When I turned to one of my children, they knew I meant business!

I think Our Lady means business too! She is turning to us in this Advent time, and looking us in the eye and saying "Strive to be better! If you strive to be good you can be holy even though you may not think so of yourselves." She needs us to be just, to love and suffer and to be holy! She needs us to back her up! She is in a gigantic fight for souls, and she needs us to be her back up team!!

She also warns us that if we think we are already good, we are in trouble. The first complacent thought we have should be stamped out! Pride and complacency lead us away from holiness. And she needs her children to be apostles of love through prayer and mercy.

In 1936 Our Lady turned to another of her special children, St. Faustina, and asked her to prepare for the Feast of Christmas in a special way, much like Our Lady has done for us. Here is St. Faustina heard:

November 29, [1936]. The Mother of God has taught me how to prepare for the Feast of Christmas. I saw Her today, without the Infant Jesus. She said to me:
My daughter, strive after silence and humility, so that Jesus, who dwells in your heart continuously, may be able to rest. Adore Him in your heart; do not go out from your inmost being. My daughter, I shall obtain for you the grace of an interior life which will be such that, without ever leaving that interior life, you will be able to carry out all your external duties with even greater care. Dwell with Him continuously in your own heart. He will be your strength. Communicate with creatures only in so far as is necessary and is required by your duties. You are a dwelling place pleasing to the living God, in you He dwells continuously with love and delight. And the living presence of God, which you experience in a more vivid and distinct way, will confirm you, my daughter, in the things I have told you. Try to act in this way until Christmas Day, and then He himself will make known to you in what way you will be communing and uniting yourself with Him. (Diary 785)

This beautiful teaching from Our Mother to St. Faustina may help us in our striving to be holy. The interior life that Our Lady taught St. Faustina is exactly what we need! To be holy we need to be filled with Jesus, aware of His presence and in love with Him. So beautiful!

Two days until the Feast of the Immaculate Conception!! Wow!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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