4/18/17

Two Words

On Easter, two words you can say to Jesus



FILE -- March 26, 2005: A cross is silhouetted against the sun in Pinellas Park, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (AP)
I was five years old when I walked into my mother's bedroom and told her I wanted to give my life to Christ. We got down on our knees beside the bed and I asked Jesus into my heart.. After that, I proudly told everyone that Jesus had saved me, but my pride slowly diminished over the years. 
As I got older, the more I questioned the efficacy of my salvation prayer because, let's be honest, the five-year-old motives behind it didn't exactly demonstrate any depth of understanding about what I was doing.
On the one hand, my parents taught me a lot about the Bible, so by that age, I really had developed a childhood affection for the miracle-working Savior who held little kids in His lap and then died to save them.
On the other hand, I wanted to be born again because I would get to take the grape juice and cracker during communion at our Baptist Church — not to mention the most important reason of all: I would avoid going to hell. These reasons didn't seem like very good ones for wanting to commit my eternal life to God, so I eventually began to wonder if perhaps I hadn't actually been saved after all.
Maybe you won't go to church this Easter — maybe you don't even want to. Maybe you're a believer who's insecure about your salvation. Maybe the idea of praying about something as monumental as your eternal salvation seems intimidating to you — you wouldn't even know where to start. Start here: "Remember me."
My insecurity about my salvation inspired me to repeatedly redo my salvation prayer, but it never seemed like it was enough. I wanted something more official. I needed a prayer that would unquestionably provide my eternal connection to Jesus. But there was a vignette in the Easter story that provided the security that a prayer for salvation never could.
A Thief's Last Words
As Jesus was hanging there and His life was almost over, He had a brief conversation with one of the two thieves hanging on either side of Him. The gospel of Matthew tells us that this thief had actually been mocking Jesus earlier in his crucifixion. But Luke tells us the rest of the story: With the clock ticking down on his life, the thief had a sudden change of heart and made a simple request: "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom."
The man was a low-life, a common criminal attempting a desperate deathbed conversion, and all he could utter was a request that wasn't exactly profound: "Remember me."
Jesus didn't do an inventory of the man's good or bad deeds before He responded. He didn't ignore him or wait until the man said the perfect words. "Remember me" was more than enough. In the final minutes of their lives, Jesus responded, "Truly I say to you, today you'll be with Me in Paradise."
Maybe you won't go to church this Easter — maybe you don't even want to. Maybe you're a believer who's insecure about your salvation. Maybe the idea of praying about something as monumental as your eternal salvation seems intimidating to you — you wouldn't even know where to start. Start here: "Remember me."
It doesn't matter if your motives are self-interested or if you've never shown any desire to follow Jesus. It doesn't matter how many mistakes you've made and how many more you're likely to make. He's there willing and waiting to take you home with Him.
Call out to Him. Trust that He's willing to welcome you into His kingdom. Ask Him to remember you today. His certain response will have nothing to do with your worthiness and everything to do with His unfailing love.

Joshua Rogers is an attorney and writer who lives in Washington, D.C. You can follow Joshua on Twitter @MrJoshuaRogers and Facebook, and read more of his writing at JoshuaRogers.com.

4/16/17

A Happy Easter to you all

Talk given by Father Jozo Zovko on April 9, 2008


I Implore You, Do Not Come to Medjugorje Again-Fr. Jozo Wednesday April 9, 2008 

Fr. Jozo – The following is part of the talk that Fr. Jozo gave to a group of English-speaking pilgrims on March 31, 2008

Welcome. A Happy Easter to you all – to you, to your loved ones, to your families. An abundance of peace and joy and Easter blessings to you all.

When Jesus appeared to His disciples, the Mother, before them, saw Him. And Mary Magdalene also saw Him before the disciples. Thus, we the sinners also have a chance. We are called to meet the Mother, to meet Jesus, to meet the Church, to meet the new better life of the Church that believes, the Church that prays, the Church united with the Mother. That is what Medjugorje is - for twenty-seven years where we recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread; that temple were Jesus draws with His own blood, where He forgives the sinners. How beautiful it is to kneel in Medjugorje and confess, to enter into the river, this current of God’s mercy to be purified, cleansed. I ask you to look here to your left. You see the image of the Divine Mercy? That mercy of God bids each one of us and frees us from every evil, every woe. And we feel well. Why? Because God becomes so near to us, so close. Perhaps you as a priest or a lay person did not meditate on the message of Our Lady, Her message of the last month, where as it shocked me. You might say, “I am a Christian already, I go to church regularly. I celebrated Easter.” Do you remember what Our Lady said a week ago? “Dear children, work on your personal conversion.”In this springtime, you will see where a person abandoned his field or his garden. And everyday it grows worse and worse. All the weeds will grow, showing that the owner does not love the land to work on it. Our Lady wants us to work on ourselves. God wanted us to work the ground and bear fruit. And even more so we are called with our life, our soul, our marriage. Our Lady says work on your conversion. If you only knew what conversion was. If only the grace that took place, and God would illuminate our hearts – that as priests and lay people, as parents, when they recognize what conversion is. What is to convert? It is a wondrous call. The first call of Our Lady was for conversion. And twenty-six years and 8 months, Our Lady again says convert. Work on your conversion, thus saying that you have neglected your heart and soul. You have neglected the spiritual values that are so abundant. They (the heart and soul) are full of weeds. They are full of fruitlessness. You are not sowing the good and fertile soil. To sow the seed, much needs to be prepared. The soil needs to be cleared, plowed, nurtured, and only then the seed is planted and again must be nurtured and cared for. Because as Jesus said, if the seed falls upon the rocks, if it falls amongst the thorns, if it falls on rock, road, or thorns, it bears no fruit at all. When does the seed bear its fruit? When it falls on the good, prepared soil. On good and noble soil, every grain bears fruit – one thirty fold, another 60 fold, another yet 100 fold yield. Let us try to reflect on what that means.


Fr. Jozo’s passionate testimony is as strong today as it was 27 years ago when the events of Medjugorje first began. He, like John the Baptist, is a herald in the wilderness for our times, urging Our Lady’s children to live Her messages with deep commitment and responsibility as Her witnesses to the world.
More than 40 years ago, I took time to seriously contemplate this parable. I came to the field where I grew up. I took one grain of wheat and placed it on my left palm. And with that grain in my heart, I saw the life and the fruit from the seed. Then I piled around that one grain, thirty other grains as a parable of Jesus. And my eyes were opened. Thirty grains is a lot. It is almost that I couldn’t even distinguish the one grain in the center. My entire palm was full of grains. To get 60, I added 30 more grains. And nearly my palm and fingers were full. And to get 100, I had to add over 30 more. I remember when there were so many grains in the palm of my hand and fingers, they started to fall, one by one. My entire palm and fingers were not enough to hold 100 grains. And all I could say was, “My Master, what an incredible teacher you are. You have opened my heart. I recognize your parable.” I feel that this is conversion. Because Jesus says in the Gospel, the Father wants you to bear fruit, then your fruit will remain. The Father is glorified when you bear much fruit. But if I do not work on my conversion, then I am a rock. Then I bear weeds. Then I permit the enemy to bring darnel and plant it therein. It is terrible when the darnel, the weeds come about, because Jesus says, it must not be uprooted because then the wheat will be uprooted with it. Much time has past when the harvest is finally separated. How necessary it is to understand Jesus’ parable. Am I asleep? Am I working on myself? Or am I just asleep, like the owner of the field that sowed the seed and went to sleep, thinking this is wonderful. I have done my job. But didn’t count on that the enemy would come and plant and sow darnel…We stand here before Our Lady, the parable of Jesus and before the words of Our Lady. We stand before Her message, “work on your personal conversion.” What does that mean? In twenty-seven years, She has built the theme of conversion in many of Her messages. And a week ago, again She said, “you are far from meeting with God in your heart.” What does it mean, far? It doesn’t mean that you are close. Father (a priest) comes from Chicago. Chicago is far from here. He has to cross the entire Atlantic to come. He has to cross much of the American continent to come. They came far. And from that far away, we need to take a step in order to meet God. Why? Because we are far away. Who is saying this? She, She who sees where we are, that we may not be deceived. Our Lady is not speaking to those who are not on pilgrimage. She’s, first of all, speaking to us who are on pilgrimage. You are far away. Why? Because you take the messages irresponsibly. I feel that in my heart. Many of you feel that Medjugorje to be just some kind of news, some kind of an information, insignificant. But Our Lady in Her messages, in Her apparitions, says that they are important for the entire world – for the entire world. I know that the sun is important for the entire universe. If it were to be extinguished we would never be, there would no longer be life. Imagine something that is so important for the entire world as Her apparitions, as Her messages, as Her time among us. Those of you who live so close to the Anglicans, Protestants, those who have lost the love for the Blessed Virgin, thinking that She is no longer important. They think that they can turn Her aside and only convert through Jesus. That is over – No. She wants to give birth to you. She desires to find you each day anew. Behold your Mother. It is better not to come to Medjugorje at all, than to be here superficially. That is why I implore you, do not come again if you do not want to listen to Our Lady. It is better not to come. Because there are people who do not come, there are Bishops who do not come, there are also priests who do not come because they are afraid. They are afraid because Our Lady says fast. It is easier for them to say, “I have not accepted Her messages.” And perhaps it will be easier on the surface for you because Our Lady is calling you to fast, and you yourself are saying, “I can’t.”…That is why you are far away, you are irresponsible for the messages. And that is why the Church, us, we are showing our immaturity. You do not know Her voice, you do not know Her sigh. You do not know Her call to Her children. We act in ignorance…You are far away. You say you are Christian. No, we are not. You celebrated Easter after Lent, but Easter is not a calendar event. Easter is life. It is a meeting with God. Who exits, Who is, Who is responding to you, Who desires to give you the gift of every grace. I cannot receive the gift if I am dead. Therefore, I must be around so that He may say to me through my priest in confession, “I absolve you from your sins. I raise you to new life.” It is He Who died for you…


Pictured above with Fr. Jozo is well known speaker Wayne Weible, along with Nancy Latta, Fr. Jozo’s translator. Wayne was recently in Medjugorje, and on this day, March 31, 2008, Fr. Jozo invited him to give his testimony of conversion through Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje to the pilgrims gathered. Wayne Weible and Caritas Founder, A Friend of Medjugorje, have been good friends for many years, since they both became involved in Medjugorje during the mid-80’s, more than 20 years ago. Wayne told us that he checks out mej.com everyday.
God gave us His commandments. And God gave a means of how we are to live. We don’t need somebody else to say to us, “I believe better than this or that. Yes, our weakness says to ourselves, “Yes, it is easier not to fast. It is easier to sleep than to pray. It is easier to sit than to kneel.” I know that you have thrown away the kneelers in your churches because the Risen Jesus is no longer with us. We don’t have anyone to kneel before. Both of our last Popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict) implore us as a Church to return Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in six documents. What are we doing? We are listening to what is easier for us. Not to reply is sleeping, through the lips of the Blessed Virgin Mary, through the lips of our Church. Let us reflect on what it means to work on our own conversion. It really means to stop before the mirror. And I see this as our mirror. This is a measure of our love, Jesus Crucified, the measure of God’s goodness towards us. And as we stand before this mirror, you have to admit that you do not love, that love is not love, that you really do not believe. When you stand before this mirror of the Crucified, you will see that you are an unbeliever. And as St. Francis, you need to ask. He heard the voice of Jesus saying, “Francis, my church is falling apart. My church is falling apart in divorces, in those lost in darkness, in arguments, immorality, sloth. My church is falling apart.” “Lord, what do you want me to do?” “Help me to rebuild my church.” Is it possible to rebuild the Church? Is it possible to have Jesus? It is a gift to help Jesus. It is a blessing to help Jesus. And we desire to fear. This mother who raised Him, and for twenty-seven years has been educating and raising us that we may become a light. She says to us, “You are far away.” For three days, Jesus went far away from Her. Her eyes could not see where He was lost. She set out to seek Him, and today She is seeking us. She is looking for us, and we must recognize that and return home with Mother. How? Is that possible? Yes, that is why She is here among us because it is possible - to hear the Mother, to meet with the Mother, to love the Mother…http://www.medjugorje.com/

4/14/17

4/7/17

Featured article from April's Spirit of Medjugorje

Homily at English Mass, June 21, 2014
     The following is a transcription of a homily from the English Mass in Medjugorje on June 21,2014. We thank Cathy Nolan for taking the time to transcribe it. Cathy said the priest was from Ireland, but she did not know his name. You can view the homily in the archives of homilies at the English Masses at www.marytv.tv.

     A number of years ago, when I was a student, I met a priest from one of the South American countries. We were talking, and I asked him about his country, and I asked him what percent of the population was Catholic. He said it is 100% Catholic, but 95 % of the people believe in
     Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the other 5% believe in God. One of the things that has struck me so forcefully since coming to Medjugorje is that in all of the messages of
     Our Lady, and in everything that happens here, the focus is always drawn to Her Son. That is what She wants. I saw it yesterday in the beautiful Veneration of the Cross. We saw it so movingly on Thursday, the Feast of Corpus Christi, with the beautiful and moving Corpus Christi procession, and the reverence that there is here for Jesus, present in the Eucharist.

     As we were walking around the streets on Thursday night [in the procession], I thought about something that I read a number of years ago. Many of you here may have heard of Sr. Briege McKenna. Briege McKenna is an Irish Franciscan Sister who, in her own life, had an extraordinary experience of healing. And as a result of that, she has dedicated her life to traveling the world, sharing the message of the Gospel. And a number of years ago, she wrote a wonderful book called Miracles Do Happen. And in one of the chapters of that book, called "The Transforming Power of the Eucharist," she describes an incident. She was in South America and a priest that she knew invited her to his parish, and he asked her to come with him on a journey. It took them hours to get there on very rough terrain, to a community in a very poor area, where he was able to go only once a year to celebrate Mass.

     She describes the scene as they arrive on the mountain side area...there is no church, no semblance even of a church...there is a broken down table for an altar. But there are hundreds and hundreds of people walking towards this spot for this one Mass that they have every year. She describes the poverty and the squalor, and she was really disturbed by it. In her own words, she said she had been a daily communicant since she was twelve years of age, but this one Mass changed her life. And the reason for that was that just before the Mass, she noticed an old woman coming with a little bundle in her arms, and she went up to this woman, thinking this was a gift she was bringing for the priest, and the woman opened the bundle and inside was a little boy who was very badly burned and was screaming with pain. Then the priest and Sr. Briege said a little prayer with him and the priest suggested that the lady place the little boy under the make-shift altar for the Mass. That she did.
Irish Priest Giving the Homily
The Irish priest giving the homily
     Briege goes on to describe the extraordinary reverence with which these people prayed, particularly when it came to the Consecration. When the Mass was over, Briege went up to see this woman, and to see the little boy, but he was nowhere to be seen when she got to the altar. And she met the woman and she said, "Where is the little boy?" And she pointed to him. He had crept out from under the altar and was playing with the other little children. And
     Briege McKenna looked at the woman and she just couldn't believe it. She said, "What happened?" And the woman said, "Sister, what do you mean, what happened. Didn't Jesus come?"

     I read that passage a few times and I thought I had missed something here. Then I realized it was my own lack of faith that didn't allow me to believe what those people in their poverty had no difficulty believing – in the healing power of Jesus in the Eucharist, that that could happen and did happen. So I am very conscious of that here. We have this privilege of celebrating the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. He comes to us in the most intimate way, and comes to all of us, whatever our state in life. Whatever state our life is in, in our brokenness, in our pain, in our grief, in our sinfulness, He wants to be intimately united with us.

     One last little thought – a few months ago, as you will probably remember, President Barak Obama paid a visit to Pope Francis in the Vatican. The next day it was worldwide news, and there was one picture in particular of these two powerful men meeting together in the Pope's study, sharing a joke. Their faces were filled with laughter. And that morning, I visited one of the schools in my parish at home, in a little village called Aral, a beautiful little school with beautiful children. And in one of the classrooms, the teacher was showing them that picture on a white board screen of the two men meeting each other. And he said to the class, "Which of those men do you think is the most powerful man in the world?" And one little girl…spoke up and said, "Sir, it's neither of them. It's the Guy hanging on the Cross behind them." 

     That to me is what Medjugorje does. It reminds us it's the Guy on the Cross; it's the One present to us in the Word of God today; it's the One present here in the congregation. But most of all, it's the One present here on the altar every time we come to Mass. Because every time we come to Mass, heaven and earth meet together in the most powerful way. That is the message of Our Lady of Medjugorje. It is also the message of St. John the Baptist, whose feast day we celebrate next week, and who is so important here in this village. He was the one who gave us the line, "Behold the Lamb of God. Behold Him who takes away the sins of the world." I think if we could all go away from here, those of us who have been privileged to be invited to this beautiful place, if we could go away from here with just our faith in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, strengthened just by a morsel, that would make His mother very happy.

4/6/17

Bishop Hoser “Medjugorje is a place of true Marian devotion.

Medjugorje can “quench the thirst for the sacred,” says pope’s special envoy

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“The greatest miracle of Medjugorje is Confession.”

VATICAN CITY — The Marian shrine of Medjugorje can help to quench the “holy thirst” of the 2.5 million pilgrims traveling there annually, Bishop Henryk Hoser, special envoy of the pope, said on Wednesday.
The prelate held his first press conference today, following his March 29 arrival in the village (located in Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Recalling the “crisis of faith” present in the world today, Bishop Hoser stressed that the shrine of Medjugorje can quench pilgrims’ “thirst for the sacred, and for prayer.”
The prelate observed that, through their experience in Medjugorje, pilgrims “discover and rediscover” the ordinary means of sanctification: “the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the transmission of the Word of God, and the sacraments.”
“Here people receive what they no longer receive at home,” he said. According to the papal envoy, “in many regions, individual confession does not exist; there is no worship of the Blessed Sacrament, or the Way of the Cross; and the rosary is not recited.”
“The greatest miracle of Medjugorje is Confession,” he added, before thanking “all the priests who come to hear confessions here.”
This bears witness that worship and prayer at the shrine “is profoundly Christocentric,” said Bishop Hoser.
The pope’s special envoy highlighted the importance of the 2.5 million pilgrims who travel to Medjugorje each year, compared to the 6 million who went to the sanctuary in Lourdes (France), the latter having existed for more than 150 years.
The pilgrims “sense the sacred in Medjugorje, also through the Blessed Virgin Mary’s care,” he observed.
Bishop Hoser added: “Medjugorje is a place of true Marian devotion.”
The prelate did not attempt to make any sort of definitive pronouncement regarding the Marian apparitions that are alleged to have taken place there for 36 years. The mission entrusted to him by the pope, he said, is purely pastoral.

Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser gave a positive review

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    Papal envoy compares Medjugorje to officially approved Lourdes

    Speaking to the media after his first visit to the site of alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser gave a positive review, saying that even though there are challenges, the pilgrimage site offers many of the 2.5 million people who arrive each year things they no longer find at home, ranging from Eucharistic adoration to confession.
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4/3/17

Archbishop Hoser Celebrates Mass in Medjugorje!

Special envoy of the Pope, Archbishop Hoser

Archbishop Hoser Celebrates Mass in Medjugorje!

On April 1st, the whole parish of Medjugorje could witness an exceptional event!  After almost 36 years of apparitions, the special envoye of the Pope, Archbishop Hoser, has celebrated the international evening mass at St. James!  We were all wondering what he would say in his homily. It was beyond our expectation!  Mgr. Hoser actually meant to not only encourage us, but to comfort us!  He spoke (in French) about the presence of the Queen of Peace. You may listen to an extract of his homily by clicking here:
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Here are the most striking words he said:
"This worship, which is so intense here, is extremely important and necessary for the entire world.... Let us pray for peace, because today the destructive forces are immense... It takes an intervention from Heaven. Now, the presence of the Holy Virgin, this is an intervention! It is an initiative from God! Therefore, I would like to encourage you and comfort you as the special envoy of the Pope...!"

If you want to listen to the whole homily, you may click here: 
 
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This phrase was followed with a very strong applause. Many were weeping for joy (and I was too!).

 Sr Emmanuel +

4/2/17

Medjugorje: Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo of April 2nd, 2017




Mirjana encounters Our Lady on April 2, 2017
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017


J.M.J.
April 2, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo of April 2nd, 2017:

Dear children!
  Apostles of my love, it is up to you to spread the love of my Son to all those who have not come to know it; you, the little lights of the world, whom I am teaching with motherly love to shine clearly with full brilliance. Prayer will help you, because prayer saves you, prayer saves the world. Therefore, my children, pray with words, feelings, merciful love and sacrifice. My Son has shown you the way - He who became incarnate and made of me the first chalice, with His exalted sacrifice He has shown you how you need to love. Therefore, my children, do not be afraid to speak the truth. Do not be afraid to change yourself and the world by spreading love, by doing everything for my Son to be known and loved by loving others in Him. As a mother I am always with you. I am imploring my Son to help you for love to reign in your life - love that lives, love that draws, love which gives life. I am teaching you such love - pure love. It is up to you, my apostles, to recognize it, live it and spread it. Pray with feeling for your shepherds so that they can witness my Son with love. Thank you.

Video Of Apparition  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI3mxQkzEws

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 

4/1/17

The Signs Remain


Words by Fr Jozo Zovko ofm, parish priest of St James in Medjugorje when the claimed apparitions of Our Lady first began in June 1981.

The Medjugorje Message: Developing Medjugorje as a place of devotion

The Medjugorje Message: Developing Medjugorje as a place of devotion: “This place of prayer is now famous in the whole world, and Holy Father is very interested in the development of devotion of faithful that ...

3/25/17

March 25, 2017 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje:

"Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to open your hearts to God's mercy, to begin a new life through prayer, penance and a decision for holiness. This time of spring moves you to a new life, to a renewal, in your thoughts and hearts. Therefore, little children, I am with you to help you to say 'yes' to God and to God's commandments with resoluteness. You are not alone; I am with you through the grace which the Most High gives me for you and your descendants. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 25, 2017) 

3/20/17

Prayers Answered

Prayers Answered for a Deathbed Conversion

 I believe my prayers contributed to a deathbed conversion. There were surely other prayers at work, but mine were in the mix. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working, (James 5:16).

A Catholic I knew had a relative across the country that had been fighting cancer for a long time before she slipped into a coma. Doctors did not expect the woman, whom I’ll call Barbara, to come out of it. Anyone who knew Barbara, knew of her passionate liberal views especially about advocating abortion. She herself had and abortion many years earlier. 
Although Barbara was Catholic, it was often a sordid relationship she had with the Church, frequently disparaging it. The years of cancer had done nothing to loosen Barbara’s liberal opinions.
She needs Last Rites, I thought when I learned about Barbara’s situation. Last Rites prepare Catholics for death with the sacraments of ConfessionHoly Communion, and the Anointing of the SickAll but one of Barbara’s adult children had left the Church, however, and the one Catholic lived far away. The idea of getting a priest to visit Barbara in the hospital was not something her nearby children or her sort of-Catholic husband would arrange. And besides, a woman in a coma cannot go to Confession.
I began praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for Barbara, every day, and convinced her relative to join me. I knew from reading St. Faustina’s Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul, that it was powerful prayer for conversion and to prepare people for death.
During St. Faustina’s revelations in the 1930s, Jesus appeared and asked her to pray theChaplet of The Divine Mercy for sinners and the dying, saying:
“Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties, obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least. Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer. You know the whole abyss of My mercy, so draw upon it for yourself and especially for poor sinners. Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul." (Diary of St. Faustina, 1777)
Jesus told her: "My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. ... Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior," (Diary, 1541).
St. Faustina wrote of a time she was praying for a dying man:  "'My daughter, help Me to save a certain dying sinner. Say the chaplet that I have taught you for him.' When I began to say the chaplet, I saw the man dying in the midst of terrible torment and struggle. His Guardian Angel was defending him, but he was, as it were, powerless against the enormity of the soul's misery. A multitude of devils was waiting for the soul. But while I was saying the chaplet, I saw Jesus just as He is depicted in the image. The rays which issued from Jesus' Heart enveloped the sick man, and the powers of darkness fled in panic. The sick man peacefully breathed his last. When I came to myself, I understood how very important the chaplet was for the dying. It appeases the anger of God" (Diary, 1565).
 After a couple of weeks of praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Barbara, I learned that she had unexpectedly came out of her coma and was coherent for several days. Her children from near and far were able to gather around her and through very circumstantial events, (too complicated to explain here) a priest came by and gave her Last Rites. Barbara had spent a long time with the priest.
Later, she shared with her Catholic child, that many of her opinions were now drastically changed.  A few days later, Barbara passed away.  The family had a beautiful Catholic funeral.  Her husband, who lived another 7 years, became a daily communicant and prayed the rosary daily.
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3/18/17

Dear Family of Mary

 

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J.M.J.
March 18, 2017
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
March 18, 2017 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje through Mirjana Soldo:
 
"Dear children! My motherly desire is for your hearts to be filled with peace, and for your souls to be pure so that in the presence of my Son you could see His face. Because, my children, as a mother I know that you thirst for consolation, hope and protection. You, my children, consciously and unconsciously are seeking my Son. I also, as I passed the time on earth, rejoiced, suffered and patiently endured pains, until my Son, in all His glory, removed them. And that is why I am saying to my Son: help them always. You, my children, with true love, illuminate the darkness of selfishness which all the more envelopes my children. Be generous. May both your hands and heart always be open. Do not be afraid. Abandon yourselves to my Son with trust and hope. As you look towards Him, live life with love. To love means to give oneself, to endure, and never to judge. To love means to live the words of my Son. My children, as a mother I am speaking to you: only true love leads to eternal happiness. Thank you."

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

3/17/17

Dear Family of Mary

   

 

(c)Mary TV 2015


J.M.J.
March 17, 2017
St. Patrick
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Dear children, With motherly love I am coming to help you to have more love and that means more faith. I am coming to help you to live with love the words of my Son, so that the world would be different. Therefore, apostles of my love, I am gathering you around myself. Look at me with the heart, speak to me as to a mother about your pains, sufferings and your joys. Ask me to pray to my Son for you. My Son is merciful and just. My motherly heart would desire for you also to be like that. My motherly heart would desire that you, apostles of my love, speak of my Son and of me to all those around you with your life; so that the world would be different; that simplicity and purity would return; that faith and hope would return. Therefore, my children, pray, pray, pray with the heart, pray with love, pray with good works. Pray that everyone would come to know my Son, so that the world would change, that the world would be saved. With love live the words of my Son. Do not judge, instead love one another so that my heart could triumph. Thank you. (March 2, 2017)
I want to share the conversion account of a pilgrim in Medjugorje named Joe Campo. He gave his testimony along with Fr. Glen Sudano in Fruit Show 171. I was watching their testimonies on the channel today, and was mesmerized. But Joe Campo has a beautiful conversion testimony that happened through Our Lady of Medjugorje. Listen to his words:
 
When Joe was in Medjugorje for the first time, he experienced something special:
 
I fell asleep in the afternoon and I missed the apparition that was at about 6:45 pm at that time. And it was in the choir loft. I had missed that. And I woke up and I said, "Just like me to miss the apparition! I come all the way here and I miss the apparition." And I wasn't too happy with myself. But some time later I went into the kitchen and I looked out the window and I could see that there were people - actually there were lights - going up the mountain. There were thousands of lights going up. So I asked the people in the kitchen what is going on?
 
They said, "Well there is a special apparition tonight. You didn't hear about it?" And I said, "No, I was sleeping!" So I immediately got up and got my flash light and I followed the crowd right through the vineyards, and I made it to the base of the mountain rather quickly. Then I started to climb.
 
It was already pretty late at that time. It was probably 9:30 or quarter to 10. And I started to climb the mountain and I literally flew up the mountain. Now I was climbing over rocks. People were singing in all these different languages. It was very inspiring. But I literally flew up the mountain. And when I got to the top of the mountain I asked someone in English, "Where are the visionaries?" I knew I was at the top, and there were thousands of people all over the place. And they said, "You're standing with them." And I looked and I realized that I was standing with the visionaries! So I took a seat close by, I just backed up a little bit. I found it very inspiring. You can hear singing in all the different languages. And you can hear people praying the Rosary in all different languages. And again, I was very inspired by all of this.
 
And at 11:00 o'clock at night we heard everybody go, "Shhhh Shhh!" She's arriving. And the visionaries were already down. And I am telling you that at 11:00 at night with all those people, at the moment she appeared there was complete silence. Complete silence. There was no more singing. There were no more crickets. There was no more anything. Just silence.
 
And I watched the visionaries, and all of a sudden something overwhelming happened to me. Some thoughts came into my head, and I was experiencing conversion. And I didn't know what a conversion experience was, quite frankly. And I just put my head down and I started to cry. And I was probably crying for about 20 minutes.
 
Some of the reasons I was crying I knew, but others I didn't. But at the same time I felt a tremendous amount of peace. A tremendous amount of joy. And I think I felt love for the first time...real love...real love.
 
Before I came to Medjugorje I was very much into the world. I had my own company. Money was very important to me. Material things were very important to me. I was always a true believer in God, but I didn't go to church!! I was always a true believer in God, but I didn't follow the Ten Commandments. I believed in God, that is all there was to it. I always knew there was a God and I knew I wasn't Him. But did I follow Him, no.
 
But one of the things I learned during my conversion experience when Our Lady appeared, was that everything I learned about the Catholic Church was true! It was the truth! And I had been searching for the truth my whole life. And it was answered right there. I was completely changed at that moment.
 
And although I was crying at that moment, so people were saying, "Are you OK?", I was saying "I've never been better!!" This is great. These two emotions going on at the same time. And I also felt a tremendous amount of sorrow for my sins, and I really knew what they were for the first time. I wasn't happy with myself, and I knew I had to change. And I also knew I was being given the opportunity to change. And even in all of my sinfulness I also knew that God forgave me. And I also knew that I didn't deserve it.
 
All this information was overwhelming. And I also knew that this wasn't just about me. I knew that I had to change but I also knew that this was big. This wasn't just about me, or New York, or Medjugorje. This was big! This was about the planet, the entire world. And I really felt humbled that Our Lady would come to me.
 
(Rosie asked him; You could feel that individual attention and love from Our Lady, but also know it was worldwide.)
 
Yes, at the same time. I had heard people ask, do you have a personal relationship with Christ. I thought that was ridiculous. But I did have that relationship now. It wasn't out of fear. He loved me. He loved me in my sinfulness, and I was given the chance, the opportunity to become a better person. And I wanted to take that opportunity.
 
I believe that Joe is right, that what he experienced was indeed for him personally, but that it is also part of a plan to change the world that Our Lady is enacting in Medjugorje. I think he is right. This is big. Very, very big. Our Lady is with us to change the world!!
 
We are in the middle of Lent, and Lent is all about conversion. Thank you, Joe, for sharing your conversion experience. May we all encounter Our Lady this Lent and be changed!!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017


PS.  Today, a very helpful article/interview was published by Aleteia.  Archbishop Henryl Hoser spoke to them about his assignment as special envoy to Medjugorje by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.  Here is the link to his beautiful interview:

http://aleteia.org/2017/03/15/archbishop-henryk-hoser-to-aleteia-we-should-not-be-worried-about-medjugorje/

 PPS.  We are approaching the Annunciation of the Lord!  Somehow I think it is very important this year.  As a preparation, maybe we could pray the words of the Annunciation from Luke's Gospel ( Luke 1: 26-38) every day until the 25th.  Just an idea!! 





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