MARY, OUR MOTHER

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mary TV: August 18, 2017 Reflection - My children, I need you!

 

 (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


J.M.J.
August 18, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!

Here is our homework for the weekend! I have gathered these messages in which Our Lady has told us that she needs us. I believe that she really does need us. As our world heats up with civil unrest and international discord, we are all feeling the urgency of Our Lady's call. She needs us now more than ever. She needs us to become carriers of her peace and love.

And so I offer these messages for our prayer this weekend. let's take our time, and read them carefully.  No hurry.  We want to respond to Our Lady's need! Let's allow her messages to help us to understand what it is she needs from us and how to respond to her call. Pray, pray, pray, little children!!

February 25, 1992 "Dear children! Today I invite you to draw still closer to God through prayer. Only that way will I be able to help you and to protect you from every attack of satan. I am with you and I intercede for you with God, that He protect you. But I need your prayers and your - "Yes." You get lost easily in material and human things, and forget that God is your greatest friend. Therefore, my dear little children, draw close to God so He may protect you and guard you from every evil. Thank you for having responded to my call!"
November 2, 2004 "Dear children, I need you. I call you and ask for your help. Make peace with yourselves, with God and with your neighbors. Then help me. Convert unbelievers. Wipe the tears from my face."
July 2, 2009 "Dear children! I am calling you because I need you. I need hearts ready for immeasurable love. Hearts that are not burdened by vanity. Hearts that are ready to love as my Son loved, that are ready to sacrifice themselves as my Son sacrificed Himself. I need you. In order to come with me, forgive yourselves, forgive others and adore my Son. Adore Him also for those who have not come to know Him, those who do not love Him. Therefore, I need you. Therefore, I call you. Thank you."
September 02, 2012 "Dear children, as my eyes are looking at you, my soul is seeking those souls with whom it desires to be one - the souls who have understood the importance of prayer for those of my children who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father. I am calling you because I need you. Accept the mission and do not be afraid, I will strengthen you. I will fill you with my graces. With my love I will protect you from the evil spirit. I will be with you. With my presence I will console you in difficult moments. Thank you for your open hearts. Pray for priests. Pray that the unity between my Son and them may be all the stronger, that they may be one. Thank you."
 
January 02, 2013 "Dear children, with much love and patience I strive to make your hearts like unto mine. I strive, by my example, to teach you humility, wisdom and love because I need you; I cannot do without you my children. According to God's will I am choosing you, by His strength I am strengthening you. Therefore, my children, do not be afraid to open your hearts to me. I will give them to my Son and in return, He will give you the gift of Divine peace. You will carry it to all those whom you meet, you will witness God's love with your life and you will give the gift of my Son through yourselves. Through reconciliation, fasting and prayer, I will lead you. Immeasurable is my love. Do not be afraid. My children, pray for the shepherds. May your lips be shut to every judgment, because do not forget that my Son has chosen them and only He has the right to judge. Thank you."
 
November 02, 2014 "Dear children, I am with you with the blessing of my Son, with you who love me and who strive to follow me. I also desire to be with you who do not accept me. To all of you I am opening my heart full of love and I am blessing you with my motherly hands. I am a mother who understands you. I lived your life and lived through your sufferings and joys. You who are living in pain understand my pain and suffering because of those of my children who do not permit the light of my Son to illuminate them; those of my children who are living in darkness. This is why I need you - you who have been illuminated by the light and have comprehended the truth. I am calling you to adore my Son so that your soul may grow and reach true spirituality. My apostles, it is then that you will be able to help me. To help me means to pray for those who have not come to know the love of my Son. In praying for them you are showing to my Son that you love Him and follow Him. My Son promised me that evil will never win, because you, the souls of the just, are here; you who strive to say your prayers with the heart; you who offer your pain and suffering to my Son; you who comprehend that life is only a blink; you who yearn for the Kingdom of Heaven. All of this makes you my apostles and leads you towards the victory of my heart. Therefore, my children, purify your hearts and adore my Son. Thank you."
 
May 02, 2015 "Dear children, open your hearts and try to feel how much I love you and how much I desire for you to love my Son. I desire for you to come to know Him all the better, because it is impossible to know Him and not to love Him - because He is love. I, my children, know you. I know your pain and suffering because I lived through them. I laugh with you in your joy and I cry with you in your pain. I will never leave you. I will always speak to you with motherly tenderness. And I, as a mother, need your open hearts to spread the love of my Son with wisdom and simplicity. I need you to be open and sensitive to the good and mercy. I need you to be united with my Son, because I desire for you to be happy and to help me to bring happiness to all of my children. My apostles, I need you to show everyone the truth of God, so that my heart, which suffered and today suffers so much pain, can win in love. Pray for the holiness of your shepherds, so that in the name of my Son they can work miracles, because holiness works miracles. Thank you."
 
March 18, 2010  "Dear children! Today I call you to love with all your heart and with all your soul. Pray for the gift of love, because when the soul loves it calls my Son to itself. My Son does not refuse those who call Him and who desire to live according to Him. Pray for those who do not comprehend love, who do not understand what it means to love. Pray that God may be their Father and not their Judge. My children, you be my apostles, be my river of love. I need you. Thank you."

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

 




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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mary TV: August 17, 2017 Reflection - Forgive yourselves, forgive others...




 (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


J.M.J.
August 17, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!
July 2, 2009 "Dear children! I am calling you because I need you. I need hearts ready for immeasurable love. Hearts that are not burdened by vanity. Hearts that are ready to love as my Son loved, that are ready to sacrifice themselves as my Son sacrificed Himself. I need you. In order to come with me, forgive yourselves, forgive others and adore my Son. Adore Him also for those who have not come to know Him, those who do not love Him. Therefore, I need you. Therefore, I call you. Thank you."

Our Lady tells us in this message that in order to come with her we have to forgive. She needs us to come with her. She is moving out to vanquish the enemy in these days and she needs her children to come with her. But we cannot come if we are burdened by vanity, unable to love, unable to forgive and be reconciled. We will not sacrifice ourselves if we are hanging on to unforgiveness, resentment, pride, jealousy, envy, etc. Forgiveness is incredibly important in releasing us from all our burdens and sins.
 
"Forgive yourselves, forgive others and adore my Son..." This is the formula for peace, for inner strength and purpose, for the freedom to follow Our Lady in these days.
 
Fr. Vojtech Kodet, O. Carm. wrote a powerful prayer of Contrition in his Novena to Our Lady, Untier of Knots. I have shared this prayer already, but I feel it is a prayer to be said every day for the rest of our lives. So here it is!!
 
Act of Contrition and Prayer Asking for Conversion
 
My Lord, I am heartily sorry for my sins;
Purify my heart with Your Holy Blood
I pray for Your Mercy;
Grant me the grace of a new conversion.
My Lord, By the power of Your Cross,
I wish to forgive every person who has hurt me.
Shortly before Your Death You prayed,
Father, forgive the, for they do not know what they are doing."
Merciful Lord,
Teach me mercy even when that seems to be impossible
I renounce every temptation to harden my heart;
I want to find no anger in my heart, no bitterness, no self-pity.
I renounce every desire to get even and to condemn;
I desire to bless everyone who in any way has harmed me.
I pray to be forgiven for everything I ever did to harm someone else,
Even those I harmed without knowing it.
My Lord,
Remove my heart of stone and give me a new heart, a heart of flesh.
Fill it with your humility and meekness;
Soften it with your mercy.
I fervently implore You,
Give me the Holy Spirit,
So that I might know how to love You and my neighbor,
so that I might fight the good fight and always choose to do what it truly good.
Grant that I not trust in my own strength alone
and that I not let disappointment quench my hope,
That hope that is anchored in Your strength and Your love.
Amen.
(From "Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots, by Vojtech Kodet, O.Carm. - Catholic Book Publishing Corp. New Jersey)
Lord, please hear our prayer and give us hearts of flesh to love you and to forgive and love ourselves and our neighbors. Amen, Amen, Amen!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

PS. Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots - Vojtech Kodet, O. Carm.
 




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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mary TV: August 16, 2017 Reflection - My Son is always with you...




 (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


J.M.J.
August 16, 2017
St. Stephen of Hungary

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is a beautiful message from Our Lady in which she spoke very deeply about our relationship to the Jesus in the Eucharist:
May 02, 2016 "Dear children, my motherly heart desires your true conversion and a firm faith so that you may be able to spread love and peace to all those who surround you. But, my children, do not forget: each of you is a unique world before the Heavenly Father. Therefore, permit the continuous working of the Holy Spirit to work on you. Be my spiritually pure children. In spirituality is beauty. Everything that is spiritual is alive and very beautiful. Do not forget that in the Eucharist, which is the heart of faith, my Son is always with you. He comes to you and breaks bread with you; because, my children, for your sake He died, He resurrected and is coming anew. These words of mine are familiar to you because they are the truth, and the truth does not change. It is only that many of my children have forgotten it. My children, my words are neither old nor new, they are eternal. Therefore, I invite you, my children, to observe well the signs of the times, to 'gather the shattered crosses' and to be apostles of the revelation. Thank you."

In this message Our Lady encourages us to be centered on our relationship with Jesus through receiving Him in the Eucharist. She says, "Do not forget that in the Eucharist, which is the heart of faith, my Son is always with you. He comes to you and breaks bread with you; because, my children, for your sake He died, He resurrected and is coming anew." How often do I forget that Jesus has come to me in the Eucharist? How long do I adore Him in my heart after Holy Communion? Do I realize that Jesus comes to break bread with me and bring the Father and the Holy Spirit with Him, to dwell in my heart?

St. Faustina wrote about her experience of receiving Holy Communion:

486. Jesus, when You come to me in Holy Communion, You who, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, have deigned to dwell in the little heaven of my heart, I try to keep You company throughout the day, I do not leave You alone for even a moment. Although I am in the company of other people or with our wards, my heart is always united to Him. When I am asleep I offer Him every beat of my heart; when I awaken I immerse myself in Him without saying a word. When I awaken I adore the Holy Trinity for a short while and thank God for having deigned to give me yet another day, that the mystery of the incarnation of His Son may once more be repeated in me, and that once again His sorrowful Passion may unfold before my eyes. I then try to make it easier for Jesus to pass through me to other souls. I go everywhere with Jesus; His presence accompanies me everywhere.  (Saint Faustina's Diary, 486)

Maybe St. Faustina's example will help us to begin to realize that we are each "a unique world before the Heavenly Father." Maybe we will allow Jesus, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit to "dwell in the little heaven of [our] heart[s]" throughout the day, and we will never leave them alone. Think what a difference it would make. We might become Apostles of the Revelation!

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




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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mary TV: August 15, 2017 Reflection - The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

     

 (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


J.M.J.
August 15, 2017
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

Dear Family of Mary!

Today is the great Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven!! Rejoice!!

Here is a prayer written by Pope Pius XII, who declared the Dogma of the Assumption in 1950! He ushered in a new era of Mary with that declaration, the Age of the Assumption, which brings the cure for all the atheism and despair of our time. Mary, assumed into Heaven, body and soul, is now interceding through and with Jesus to the Father for our salvation. What have we to fear!

In Honor of the Assumption
O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of men.
We believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal Assumption, both in body and soul, into heaven, where you are acclaimed as Queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; and we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures, and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.
We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, is filled in heaven with the vision of that Humanity glorified, and with the vision of Uncreated Wisdom; and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness.
And we, poor sinners, whose body weighs down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts, so that, while we remain here below, we may learn to see God, and God alone, in the beauties of His creatures.
We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to glance down upon our miseries and our sorrows, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of His beloved disciple: behold thy son.
And we who call upon you as our Mother, like John, take you as the guide, strength, and consolation of our mortal life.
We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes which wept over the earth, watered by the Blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world, held in the clutch of wars, persecutions, and oppression of the just and the weak.
And from the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance and tender mercy comfort for our aching hearts and help in the trials of the Church and of our fatherland.
We believe, finally, that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with the stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and of all the saints.
And from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed Fruit of your womb, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. (Pope Pius X11, 1950)
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017
 




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Monday, August 14, 2017

Mary TV: August 14, 2017 Reflection - The Age of the Assumption

    

 (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


J.M.J.
August 14, 2017
St. Maximilian Kolbe
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
(I wrote this reflection in 2015! I am re-sending it today because it is so important for us in these days!!)
 
Tomorrow is the Feast of the Assumption. I always think it is so great the St. Maximilian Kolbe's feast day is the day before the Assumption. He must love it too! I wanted to share something with you about the Assumption as we prepare for the feast. For some reason, as I prayed I felt drawn to a book I read quite a while ago, "The World's First Love, Mary, Mother of God" by Archbishop Fulton J Sheen. I looked through the Contents, and found the chapter on the Assumption. And when I began to read it, I saw that I had underlined almost every word of that chapter! It is a blockbuster!
 
But the last few paragraphs are really pertinent for us because Sheen points to something in a prophetic way that we are experiencing. "The World's First Love" was written in 1952, only two years after the Dogma of the Assumption was declared by Pope Pius XII. And yet, Sheen seems to see the plan of God in that declaration. Let's listen to him:
 
Within three decades the definition of the Assumption will cure the pessimism and despair of the modern world. Freud, who did so much to develop this pessimism, took as his motto; "If I cannot move the Gods on high, I shall set all hell in an uproar." That uproar which he created will now be stilled by a Lady as powerful as an "army drawn up in battle array." The age of the "body beautiful" will now become the age of the Assumption.
 
In Mary there is a triple transition. In the Annunciation we pass from the holiness of the Old Testament to the holiness of Christ. At Pentecost we pass from the holiness of the historical Christ to the holiness of the Mystical Christ or His Body, which is the Church. Mary here received the Spirit for a second time. The first overshadowing was to give birth to the Head of the Church: this second overshadowing is to give birth to His Body as she is in the midst of the Apostles abiding in prayer. The third transition is the Assumption, as she becomes the first human person to realize the historical destiny of the faithful as members of Christ's Mystical Body, beyond time, beyond death, and beyond judgment.
 
Mary is always in the vanguard of humanity. She is compared to Wisdom, presiding at creation; she is announced as the woman who will conquer Satan, as the Virgin who will conceive. She becomes the first person since the Fall to have a unique and unrepeatable kind of union with God; she mothers the infant Christ in Bethlehem; she mothers the Mystical Christ at Jerusalem; and now, by her Assumption, she goes ahead like her Son to prepare a place for us. She participates in the glory of her son, reigns with Him, presides at His side over the destinies of the Church in time, and intercedes for us to Him, as He, in His turn, intercedes to the Heavenly Father.
 
Adam came before Eve chronologically. The new Adam, Christ, comes after the new Eve, Mary, chronologically, although existentially He preceded her as the Creator a creature. By stressing for the moment only the time element, Mary always seems to be the advent of what is in store for man. She anticipates Christ for nine months, as she bears Heaven within her; she anticipates His Passion at Cana and His Church at Pentecost. Now, in the last great doctrine of the Assumption, she anticipates Heavenly glory, and the definition comes at a time when men think of it least.
 
One wonders if this could not be the last of the great truths of Mary to be defined by the Church. Anything else might seem to be an anticlimax after she is declared to be in Heaven, body and soul. But actually there is one other truth left to be defined, and that is that she is the Mediatrix, under her Son, of all graces. As St. Paul speaks of the Ascension of Our Lord as the prelude to His intercession for us, so we fittingly, should speak of the Assumption of Our Lady as a prelude to her intercession for us. First, the place, Heaven; then the function, intercession. The nature of her role is not to call her Son's attention to some need, in an emergency unnoticed by Him, nor is it to "win" a difficult consent. Rather it is to unite herself to His compassionate Mercy and give a human voice to His Infinite Love. The main ministry of Mary is to incline men's hearts to obedience to the will of her Divine Son. Her last recorded words at Cana are still her words in the Assumption; "Whatsoever He shall say to you, that do ye."
 
Archbishop Sheen clearly sees that Mary, in her Assumption, is the key to our age of despair. In Mary, humanity has hope. In her Assumption, life again has meaning. We are not creatures without souls, and without an eternal future. We are called to live forever with our God, who loves us, and Mary shows us the way.
 
I also find it interesting that in 1952 Archbishop Sheen would project that in three decades after the Dogma was declared "the definition of the Assumption will cure the pessimism and despair of the modern world." This is a huge claim. Sheen died in 1979, just shy of the three decades. What came next he could not have foreseen. Our Lady came to Medjugorje in 1981 and since then has been curing pessimism and despair in millions of her children. Through her presence, her messages and her intercession, Mary is reversing the terrible curse of atheism and despair in the world, one person at a time.
 
I believe that Our Lady in Medjugorje has set up camp, declaring that she is with us in our fight against Satan and all evil. She is with us to help us draw close to her Son and to learn to live Him. She is with us in these days to be Jesus' compassionate Mercy for us. She intercedes in our midst, in Medjugorje, to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven in us. The Dogma of the Assumption is bearing great fruit in our day, as Sheen said. It is curing pessimism and despair, and bringing us heaven through Our Lady's presence in Medjugorje!! If Sheen is right and Mary is the advent of all of God's great works, the Incarnation, the Passion, the Birth of the Church, and now Heavenly Glory, then her coming to Medjugorje must be the advent of the coming of her Son. She is here to prepare the way for His coming!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017
 




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Friday, August 11, 2017

Mary TV: August 11, 2017 Reflection -Homework in anticipation of the Assumption

   

 (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


J.M.J.
August 11, 2017
St. Clare

Dear Family of Mary!
 
We are approaching the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, August 15. I want to give you all some homework this weekend in anticipation of this powerful feast of Our Lady. Below is my reflection for the Assumption in 2016. Please read the article by Fr. Paul Scalia that I included (see the link below). It is a good way to begin to ponder this Feast and be ready for the graces!
 
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."
 
In this simple message given on the Feast of the Assumption in 1985, Our Lady showed her love. She blessed all those who were receiving her message. And she told us that she loves us. In her love she longed for us all to live her messages. She urged us! Why? Because she knew that in her messages we would find the way to peace, to unity with God and with each other. Her messages have continued to be a source of protections and salvation for us. She is drawing us back to her Son in these turbulent times. And then she blessed us with a "solemn blessing" given to her by the Father. Wow!! We want her solemn blessing today!!
 
I read an incredible article about Our Lady and her role in these days, written by Fr. Paul Scalia, the son of Chief Justice Antonin Scalia. Fr. Scalia obviously has his father's intellect, fueled by much study, and an inner compass that leads him to the depths of the truth. This article, in a few words, reveals the role of Mary in our world today! It will amaze you.
 
Here is the link to the entire article, found on "The Catholic Thing" website:
 
Maria Assumpta, ora pro nobis!!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©MaryTV 2017




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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mary TV: August 10, 2017 Reflection - Redemption is love and love has no end.

  

 (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


J.M.J.
August 10, 2017
St. Lawrence

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children!  According to the will of the Heavenly Father, as the mother of Him who loves you, I am here with you to help you to come to know Him and to follow Him. My Son has left you His foot-prints to make it easier for you to follow Him....Apostles of my love, harken to my voice within you, feel my motherly love. Therefore, pray, pray by doing, pray by giving, pray with love, pray in work and thoughts, in the name of my Son. All the more love that you give, so much more of it you will also receive. Love which emanates from love illuminates the world. Redemption is love, and love has no end..." (August 2, 2017)

St. Faustina lived the love with emanates from love. She helped to illuminate the world with the Mercy of God. Our Lady is calling us to the same love, that love for Jesus that never ends...


(1426) Christ, give me souls. Let anything You like happen to me, but give me souls in return. I want the salvation of souls. I want souls to know Your mercy. I have nothing left for myself, because I have given everything away to souls, with the result that on the day of judgment I will stand before you empty-handed, since I have given everything away to souls. Thus You will have nothing on which to judge me, and we shall meet on that day: Love and mercy.....
 
(1427) Hidden Jesus, life of my soul,
Object of my ardent desire,
Nothing will stifle Your love in my heart.
The power of our mutual love assures me of that.
 
Hidden Jesus, glorious pledge of my resurrection,
All my life is concentrated in You.
It is You, O Host, who empower me to love forever,
And I know that You will love me as Your child in return.
Hidden Jesus, my purest love,
My life with You has begun already here on earth,
And it will become fully manifest in the eternity to come,
Because our mutual love will never change.
 
Hidden Jesus, sole desire of my soul,
You alone are to me more than the delights of heaven.
My soul searches for You only, who are above all gifts and graces,
You who come to me under the form of bread.
 
Hidden Jesus, take at last to Yourself my thirsting heart
Which burns for You with the pure fire of the Seraphim.
I go through life in Your footsteps, invincible,
With head held high, like a knight, feeble maid though I be.

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




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