5/23/17

THE CONTRARY SPIRIT

"They had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia they tried to go on into Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them." -Acts 16:6-7

Six days from today, the Church begins the Pentecost novena. In this way, we prepare our hearts and open them to the Holy Spirit. Although the Holy Spirit is our Joy, our Hope, and the Desire of our hearts, the Spirit, being God, has ways and thoughts that are very different from ours (Is 55:8-9). Therefore, we naturally are resistant to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit proves the world wrong about sin, justice, and condemnation (Jn 16:8). The Spirit insists that we constantly realize that Jesus has chosen us out of the world and that therefore we don't belong to the world (Jn 15:19). The Spirit would convict us as "enemies of the cross" if we are set on the things of the world (Phil 3:18-19).

Because the Spirit is all-knowing and we are not, the Spirit repeatedly must restrict us from going to certain places and doing certain things (Acts 16:7). This is frustrating for us because we feel the Spirit is treating us like children. Yet the fact is that in many ways we are and will always be like children due to our human weaknesses and limitations.

To receive the Holy Spirit, we must choose to be crucified to the world and the world to us (Gal 6:14). To receive the Holy Spirit in a deeper way, we must be humble and painfully realistic. Come, Holy Spirit!

Prayer: Holy Spirit, I decide to humble myself before You.

5/22/17

Holy Cloth for Mom

Father Justin (next to his mother) and Father Joshua Waltz (next to his father), shown with their parents, Herb and Theresa. Bishop Paul Zipfel presided at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, North Dakota. Below, framed <i>manutergia</i> in the Waltz home: one is behind, showing around the edges.
Father Justin (next to his mother) and Father Joshua Waltz (next to his father), shown with their parents, Herb and Theresa. Bishop Paul Zipfel presided at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, North Dakota. Below, framed manutergia in the Waltz home: one is behind, showing around the edges. (Courtesy of the Waltz family)
CULTURE OF LIFE  |  MAY. 21, 2017
Holy Cloth for Mom: Custom of Giving Manutergium Renewed by Priests
There is an old custom of presenting the manutergium, used to soak up the chrism oil after the bishop anoints a new priest’s hands, to the priest’s mother.
When guests walk into the home of Herb and Theresa Waltz of Bismarck, North Dakota, immediately to their left is an unusual wall hanging. Two white cloths, one on top of the other, with spots yellowed by oil, are framed under glass. It may seem like an odd piece of décor, but to Waltz, it is a precious reminder that her two sons — her only two children — are Catholic priests.
The cloth, called a manutergium (from the Latin manu and tergium = hand towel), is used to soak up the chrism oil after the bishop anoints a new priest’s hands.
Priestly hands are holy.
The hands of the priest hold up the bread and wine when they are changed to the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ during the consecration of the Mass. Their hands also make the Sign of the Cross while absolving sins, anointing the sick and dying, baptizing, praying and serving their flocks in so many ways. 
During the anointing, the bishop prays: “The Lord Jesus Christ, whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit, empower, guard and preserve you, that you may sanctify the Christian people and offer sacrifice to God.”

A Gift to Mothers
There is an old custom of presenting the manutergium to the priest’s mother, who keeps it throughout her lifetime and then is buried holding it in her hands. According to tradition, when she comes before Our Lord, he says to her: “I have given you life. What have you given to me?” She hands him the manutergium and responds, “I have given you my son as a priest.”  At this, Jesus grants her entry into paradise. 
It is understood, however, that this is a symbolic custom, and there is no free pass into heaven. It was lost for a time, but is making a comeback among young priests.

The Waltz Family
Father Joshua Waltz, the vocation director for the Bismarck Diocese in North Dakota and son to Theresa, explained in an interview with the Register that when he heard about the custom, he wanted to add even more symbolism for his mother.
Before his ordination in 2007, while on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, the site of apparitions to St. Bernadette Sourbirous, inspiration struck. “I bought a small corporal [linen cloth that covers the altar] and then I immersed it with me into the baths,” he said. “I was giving it to my mother so I wanted the Mother of All Mothers to be a part of it.”
Father Joshua said that, in prayer, the words Jesus spoke to his Mother while hanging on the cross kept coming to him: “Mother, behold your son.”  
“When my mother looks at me celebrating Mass, she’s also looking at Christ, which happened at the ordination rite,” he said. “The corporal is where the sacrificial mystery of the re-presentation of the Crucifixion takes place and where Our Lady stood and received those words from Jesus.”
Father Joshua took the cloth with him to the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and the North American College seminary in Rome. He found a little Italian grandmother to embroider the words: “Woman, behold your son” on it.
Father Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo’s Church in Minot, North Dakota, was ordained the following year. He also prayed about how to make his manutergium special for his mother. “I started wondering what it was like when my parents got married,” he said. 
When he learned that his mother still had her wedding dress and did not plan to do anything with it, he got his grandmother to give it to him. Father Justin brought the entire dress back with him to seminary in Ohio at the Pontifical College Josephinum and asked sisters at a nearby convent to cut and hem a piece from it.
“It was symbolic of my parents’ marriage, and the fruit of that was two priests,” Father Justin said. “From the time my mother wore the wedding dress until the time she holds themanutergium in her hands and is buried with it, it’s a symbol that the sacrifices she made were of God and pleasing to him, and salvation has come through it.”
Theresa said the framed manutergia represent three generations to her. She and her mother and her grandmother used to pray the Rosary that there would be a priest in the family. Her mother lived to see the ordination of her two grandsons. 
“I put a piece from both cloths in my mother’s hands when she died in 2008, so she was buried with them,” Theresa said. “When I look at them on the wall now, it reminds me of the ordinations and how deeply touching they were and that, hopefully, we will all be together in heaven one day.” 

Two Other Stories
Msgr. Charles Pope an author, dean and pastor in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., as well as Register blogger, has written about this custom and shared his own story of presenting the manutergium to his mother 28 years ago. “It was very rare in those days for a priest to do so, but I had read of this tradition and was taken by it,” he explained.
When his mother died unexpectedly, Msgr. Pope found the manutergium stored in her dresser. “I sadly but proudly placed it in her hands at the funeral home, and she carried it to her grave,” he said. “I wept as the casket was closed, but the last sight I had was of my mother carrying that manutergium to present to the Lord.”
Father David Simonetti, associate pastor at St. James Catholic Church in Sauk Village, Illinois, and maker of Communio pasta sauces for charitable causes, presented a specially embroidered manutergia to his mother, JoAnn, upon his ordination in 2005.
At his first Mass, Father Simonetti said he felt his three mothers converging for the glory of God: his earthly mother, JoAnn, who gave him life and nurtured him; his mother the Church, who gives him supernatural life through the sacraments; and his heavenly mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“The manutergium is quite sacred and special,” he said. “It is reminiscent of a child being clothed in the white garment of grace at baptism; the woman’s son is now being wrapped once again more deeply into the death of Christ to rise configured to him as a priest.”

Patti Armstrong writes from North Dakota.

5/17/17

VATICAN REPORT ON MEDJUGORJE!
Proposes it become Pontifical Sanctuary
The Findings of the Ruini Report on Medjugorje
Esteemed by the Pope Francis, the report is positive on the first appearances, much less on the current ones while it proposes to turn the church into a pontifical sanctuary. Doubts from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that discussed the phenomenon in 2016.

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY
Thirteen votes in favor of recognizing the supernatural nature of the first seven appearances in Medjugorje, one vote against and one "suspensive" ballot, which will give a final answer later. A majority of suspensive votes and many doubts instead, concerning the apparition phenomenon from the end of 1981 to today.
These are the results of the work done by the commission on Medjugorje established in 2010 by Benedict XVI and chaired by Cardinal Camillo Ruini.  
Pope Francis mentioned this report in the press conference on the return flight from Fatima when he revealed the distinction between the first apparitions and the later ones, saying, "A commission of good theologians, bishops, cardinals. Good, good, good. The Ruini report is very, very good. It is well known that the signal emerged from the Pontiff's words is positive about the spiritual fruits and the conversions ("people who go there and convert, people who meet God, who change life"), but is negative with regard to the current apparitions "I prefer Our Lady Mother, and not the head of the telegraphic office, who sends a message every day". 
A commission wanted by Ratzinger  
 From 17 March 2010 to 17 January 2014, a commission chaired by Ruini was set up for the will of Benedict XVI. In addition to the former chairman of the CEI, Cardinals Jozef Tomko, Vinko Puljic, Josip Botanic, Julian Herranz and Angelo Amato took part. The psychologist Tony Anatrella, the theologians Pierangelo Sequeri, Franjo Topic, Mihaly Szentmartoni and Nela Gaspar, the Mariologist Salvatore Perrella, the anthropologist Achim Schutz, the canonist David Jaeger, the speaker of the causes of the saints Zdzisław Jozef Kijas, the psychologist Mijo Niksic and the official of the Doctrine of the Faith Krzysztof Nykiel. Their task was to "collect and examine all the material" about Medjugorje and to present "a detailed report" followed by a vote on the "supernatural nature or not" of the apparitions as well as the most appropriate "pastoral solutions". The committee met 17 times and screened all documents filed in the Vatican, the parish of Medjugorje and the archives of the secret services of the former Yugoslavia. The commission heard all the seers and witnesses involved, and in April 2012, they carried out an inspection in the village of Herzegovina. 
Positive Findings on First Appearances  
The commission noted a very clear difference between the beginning of the phenomenon and its following development, and therefore decided to issue two distinct votes on the two different phases: the first seven presumed appearances between June 24 and July 3, 1981, and all that happened later. Members and experts came out with 13 votes in favor of recognizing the supernatural nature of the first visions. A member voted against and an expert expressed a suspensive vote. The committee argues that the six young seers were psychically normal and were caught by surprise by the apparition, and that nothing of what they had seen was influenced by either the Franciscans of the parish or any other subjects. They showed resistance in telling what happened despite the police arrested them and death threating them. The commission also rejected the hypothesis of a demonic origin of the apparitions. 
The doubts about the development of the phenomenon  
With regard to the second phase of the apparitions, the commission took note of the heavy interference caused by the conflict between the bishop and the Franciscans of the parish, as well as the fact that the apparitions, pre-announced and programmed individually for each seer continued with repetitive messages. These visions continued despite the youngsters had said they would end, however that actually has never happened. There is then the issue of the "secrets" of the somewhat apocalyptic flavor that the seers claim to have been revealed from the apparition. On this second stage, the committee voted in two steps. Firstly, taking into account the spiritual fruits of Medjugorje but leaving aside the behaviors of the seers. On this point, 3 members and 3 experts say there are positive outcomes, 4 members and 3 experts say they are mixed, with a majority of positive, effects and the remaining 3 experts claim there are mixed positive and negative effects. If, in addition to the spiritual fruits, the behaviors of the seers is also taken into account, eight members and four experts believe that an opinion cannot be expressed, while two other members have voted against the supernatural nature of the phenomenon. 
The Pastoral Solution  
Having noted that Medjugorje's seers have never been adequately followed on the spiritual side, along the fact that for a long time they have no longer been a group, the commission has endorsed the end of the ban on pilgrimages organized in Medjugorje. In addition, 13 members and experts out of the 14 present voted in favor of the constitution of "an authority dependent on the Holy See" in Medjugorje as well as the transformation of the parish into a pontifical sanctuary. A decision based on pastoral reasons - the care of millions of pilgrims, avoiding the formation of "parallel churches", clarity on economic issues - which would not imply the recognition of the supernatural nature of the apparitions. 
The doubts of the Doctrine of the Faith  
Francis mentioned them on the airplane. The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith led by Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller expressed doubts about the phenomenon and about the Ruini report, considered an authoritative contribution to be compared with other opinions and reports. In 2016 a "Feria IV", the monthly meeting of Dicastry members, was summoned to discuss the Medjugorje case and the Ruini report. Each of the cardinals and bishops who members of the Feria IV received the text of the commission but also other material in the hands of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. During the meeting, members were asked to give their opinions. However, Pope Francis, unwilling to have the Ruini report, which he esteems, to be put up for "auction", decided that the opinions of the Feria IV members had to be sent directly to him. And that's exactly what happened. 
Francis' decision  
After examining the Ruini report and the opinions of the members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Pope decided to entrust to the Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser a "special mission of the Holy See" to "acquire more in-depth knowledge of the pastoral situation "In Medjugorje, and "above all, the needs of the faithful who come to pilgrimage" to "suggest any pastoral initiatives for the future." By summer 2017 the Polish Archbishop will deliver the results of his work with which the Pope will make a decision.
http://www.medjugorjeweible.com/


5/15/17

Dear Family of Mary


(C)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
May 15, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!
 
Ivan Dragicevic met with his prayer group on Apparition Hill on Friday night, May 12, 2017. Here is an unofficial translation of his comments and the message from Our Lady:
 
Message from Our Lady through Ivan, on Apparition Hill - May 12, 2017
Our Lady came tonight, joyful and she greeted us tonight with her Motherly greeting, "Praised by Jesus, my dear children."
After that for a longer time she prayed over all of us. In a special way she prayed over all of us who are sick.
After that Our Lady said,
"Dear children.  Also today, in this time of grace, I desire to call you to open yourselves, open your hearts.  Especially I call you to pray more in your families.  That you renew your families.  Open yourselves, dear children, to the Holy Spirit, that He may lead you, that He may lead your families.  You are needed.  Therefore, pray and open yourselves.  Thank you dear children for also today having responded to my call."
After that Our Lady blessed all of us with her Motherly blessings.  She blessed all the articles you brought here to be blessed.  I recommended all of you, all of your needs, your intentions, your families, and in a special way the sick.  After that Our Lady continued to pray for all of us here, in the illuminated sign of the cross, with the greeting, "Go in peace, my dear children."
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

5/11/17

Dear Children of Medjugorje

From Sr. Emmanuel Maillard While
On Mission in Ireland
May 11, 2017
 
Dear Children of Medjugorje, praised be Jesus and Mary!

1. On May 2, 2017, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross in the midst of a big crowd. After the apparition, she shared the following message from Our Lady: 

"Dear Children, I am calling you to pray, not to ask for but to offer sacrifice - sacrificing yourselves. I am calling you to reveal the truth and merciful love. I am praying to my Son for you, for your faith which is all the more diminishing in your hearts. I am imploring Him to help you with the divine spirit, as I also desire to help you with my motherly spirit. My children, you must be better. Only those who are pure, humble and filled with love sustain the world - they are saving themselves and the world. My children, my Son is the heart of the world. He should be loved and prayed to, and not always betrayed anew. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, spread the faith in the hearts of people by your example, your prayer and merciful love. I am beside you, I will help you. Pray for your shepherds to have all the more light, so as to be able to illuminate all those who live in darkness. Thank you."
 
See a video of Mirjana receiving the apparition here!
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0016s2nDrS2RL1y39m-Q7V-tw7D1jKOC29NDKinFoDadkWWAQfLIfbRDhh6FmG429XUuLvAkegWvmr3gFX1CTKhsRvTzJ2m8M_M7FTMW-EtpLX_7YqTferusnPPH9sX_6PwLbMnhTNzli1mHcM2_afEd1-EWXwVP3B6sHQzm6qODqArTm2nYMfpkZwMEIPqTeMWsBj8fh8qrCg=&c=JXNG1zLKvL2dTmgQs58DTwJ84PQHn9wXFlAMlJF-T9PJ0g8nX-udhg==&ch=ZDpatofETLsuIQTNnWz3yDtu1GNanM0zYRMwgu285ymN1viynDbkkA==

2. Long Live the Queen of the Rosary!
 
It is so sad today to see that some religious communities have to close down because of the lack of vocations coming to its doors! Is there a solution to avoid such a catastrophic situation? 

Let me give you an example of one that I just learned about while on mission in Israel. It happened in 1984 in Quito, Ecuador.
 
A Carmelite Convent named "Carmen Alto" was very poor, and was languishing because of a lack of vocations. All the sisters were old, and the novitiate had been closed for quite a long time. For many years there had not been a single vocation on the horizon! The Prioress, Mother Maria Helena Del Corazón de Jesus, heard about Medjugorje and began to hope again.
 
One day, an Italian nun of the Dorothea Community, Sister Luicela, visited "Carmen Alto" and mentioned to the Prioress that she was going to Medjugorje with a group of pilgrims. Mother Maria Helena seized the opportunity, and begged Sister Luicela to pray for vocations to their Carmel while she was there. (She was hoping that Sr. Luicela could speak to one of the visionaries and pass the intention on to the Blessed Mother. She heard that you could write letters to Mary and receive an answer from her in your heart during prayer, and that sometimes Mary even answered questions.) So the Carmelite Prioress entrusted a letter to Sr. Luicela with her intention. Such a problem was not new for Sister Luicela because the Dorothea Order also lacked vocations. She gladly accepted the job.
 

Unfortunately, Sister Luicela was not able to meet with a visionary while in Medjugorje, but she was able to be present during an apparition. When the visionaries shared what the Gospa had said during the apparition, the Sister was amazed! In fact, Our Lady had answered her request before she even expressed it! This is the message Our Lady gave that day: "I will take care myself of the communities that will pray together the full Rosary (all 3 parts) every day for the intentions of my Immaculate Heart, and I will choose their vocations."
 
When Sr. Luicela returned to Quito, she delivered the message to the Prioress of the Carmel, who felt in the depths of her heart that this message was for her. At first, she was wondering what Our Lady meant by "the intentions of my Immaculate Heart," but then she realized: 'It is clear! The intentions of the Blessed Mother are those of God!'
 
During the next community chapter meeting, the Prioress suggested to the sisters that they pray the 3 parts of the Rosary together every day. They gladly welcomed Mary's request. They changed their daily schedule in order to introduce this new feature, and they also prayed the Rosary while they worked. This initiated a period of great Marian fervor in the Carmel.

A few months later, the first vocation arrived, Sr. Maria de Los Angeles, followed by other vocations. So many postulants entered the monastery that the Prioress had to found another Carmel, the Carmel of Santo Domingo in Ecuador, 18 years ago. 

As a rule, when a Carmelite Convent reaches a number of sisters greater than 21, they had to found another Carmel. This time in Panama. It goes without saying that in these new Carmelite communities, the tradition of praying daily the 3 parts of the Rosary together remained alive!
 
During my recent mission in Galilee, the young Carmelite sister who told me this story in Haifa said to me: "I am a fruit of this message and of these rosaries, because I joined the Carmel of Santo Domingo!"

A few years ago, Mother Maria Helena visited a monastery of Poor Clares. After hearing this testimony, the sisters decided to adopt this prayer as well, following Mary's message in order to obtain vocations. Needless to say that a little while later, new vocations of the Poor Clares started coming in!

This gives us a better understanding of why Our Lady so often says to us "Dear children, I invite you to live my messages!" Today, the issues of the Church and of the world are immense. Not a single path to victory is to be neglected! May this key given by Mary Queen of the Rosary inspire many of her children who are today burdened with problems and losing courage! Mary would never fail in her promises! 
3. Blessed Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima will be canonized on May 13th at Fatima.


Blessed Jacinta and Francisco will be canonized at Fatima on May 13th. There will be great graces associated with this canonization, combined with the Centenary of Mary's apparitions to the 3 little shepherds. They were very innocent and enthusiastically willing to do everything the Virgin asked. Here is an example: 

The Blessed Virgin told them to pray for "La Russia". She insisted to such a degree that the children believed that "La Russia" was a very great person who was a sinner doing many evil things. And so they prayed and made sacrifices for her. 

Only well after the apparitions did they find out that La Russia was a big country and not a woman! Let us pray to Francisco and Jacinta to protect the innocence of children who are being so severely abused in our day!                                      
                                                 
In order to welcome the graces of this Centenary and not let them go to waste, take some time to read and meditate on the beautiful messages that Mary gave at Fatima, and reaffirmed in Medjugorje.


If they had been followed, it would have saved millions of lives in World War II, (not to mention many other disasters)! She said:
 
"Pray the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war."
 
"Jesus wishes to use you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world."
 
"Pray, pray very much and make sacrifices for sinners. Many souls are going to hell because there is no one to sacrifice themselves or pray for them."
 
"When the time comes to say it, do not hide. Tell everyone -  
  • That God grants us His graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary;
     
  • That we should ask her for them;
     
  • That the Heart of Jesus wants us to venerate with Him the Immaculate Heart of Mary;
     
  • And that we should ask the Immaculate Heart of Mary for peace because God entrusted it to her.
"Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He might send you? For this would be an act of reparation for the sins that offend Him and also a plea for the conversion of sinners. "

"Oh," said one of the visionaries. "If only I could spread in everyone's heart the fire burning within me that makes me love the Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary so much!"

4. The next live broadcast in French


The next live broadcast in French will take place on June 3rd at 9 p.m. I will talk about the message of the 2nd. The May 3rd live broadcast can be seen at:  
Dearest Gospa, Our hearts are wide open to welcome the very special graces of this 100th Anniversary of you apparitions in Fatima! We deeply desire to collaborate with you for the Triumph of your Immaculate Heart!
Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French)

5/9/17

Dear Family of Mary

 

(C)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
May 9, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!

Dear children, I am calling you to pray, not to ask for but to offer sacrifice - sacrificing yourselves. I am calling you to reveal the truth and merciful love. I am praying to my Son for you, for your faith which is all the more diminishing in your hearts. I am imploring Him to help you with the divine spirit, as I also desire to help you with my motherly spirit. My children, you must be better. Only those who are pure, humble and filled with love sustain the world - they are saving themselves and the world. My children, my Son is the heart of the world. He should be loved and prayed to, and not always betrayed anew. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, spread the faith in the hearts of people by your example, your prayer and merciful love. I am beside you, I will help you. Pray for your shepherds to have all the more light, so as to be able to illuminate all those who live in darkness. Thank you. (May 2, 2017)

Our Lady asks us to offer sacrifice. She has asked this in Medjugorje from the early days. She said in 1985:

July 4, 1985 "Dear children! I thank you for every sacrifice you have offered. And now I urge you to offer every sacrifice with love. I wish you, the helpless ones, to begin helping with confidence and the Lord will keep on giving to you in confidence. Thank you for having responded to my call."

It is very easy to overlook her call to sacrificial love. We live in a world that knows nothing of this love. Our Lady in Fatima also asked for sacrifice. I found this very good summary of her call to penance and sacrifice on the webpage rosoary-center.org.
PENANCE 
In the Gospels the word penance means a conversion of one's life, a turning away from sin, and a turning back to God. As Our Lady insisted at Fatima: "Men must amend their lives, and ask pardon for their sins. . . . They must no longer offend Our Lord, Who is already so much offended." The Fatima message is a call for men to give up sinful practices which grieve God and draw down His chastisements on the world, and to make reparation for them. Commenting on Our Lady's request for penance, Sr. Lucia wrote: "The part of the last apparition which has remained most deeply imprinted on my heart is the prayer of our heavenly Mother begging us not to offend any more Almighty God, Who is already so much offended."
Jacinta, too, shortly before her death remarked: "If men only knew what eternity is, how they would make all possible efforts to amend their lives . . . mortification and sacrifice give great pleasure to Our Divine Lord."
In August of 1917 Our Lady told the children, "pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to Hell because there is no one to make sacrifices for them." As to the kinds of sacrifices Our Lady was asking, she revealed to Sr. Lucia on one occasion: "The good Lord is allowing Himself to be appeased . . . but He Himself complains most bitterly and sorrowfully about the small number of souls in His grace who are willing to renounce whatever the observance of His laws requires of them."
"Many persons," Sr. Lucia explained, "feeling that the word penance implies great austerities, and not feeling that they have the strength for great sacrifices, become discouraged and continue a life of lukewarmness and sin." Then she said Our Lord explained to her: "The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My law. This is the penance that I now seek and require."
In this materialistic culture in which we live, almost heroic virtue is required to be faithful to the duties of the Christian life. Yet, over and above those sacrifices "required of every person," the children of Fatima practiced many little acts of mortification and renunciation on their own initiative. It is hoped that many devotees of Our Lady will not be content with the minimum required and will not pass up opportunities of voluntary mortification, placing in the hands of Our Lady the fruits of the little trials, frustrations and irritations of each day accepted with patience and resignation.
It was in this same spirit that the Angel spoke to the children in 1916: "Offer up everything in your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners . . . More than all else, accept and bear with resignation the sufferings that God may send you." http://www.rosary-center.org/fatimams.htm

It is interesting that Lucia was told by the Lord: "The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My law. This is the penance that I now seek and require." It is often just living a truly Christian life that will be the cause of many sacrifices! Our Lady in Medjugorje continued this call to sacrifice, even in small things:

July 4, 1985 "Dear children! I thank you for every sacrifice you have offered. And now I urge you to offer every sacrifice with love. I wish you, the helpless ones, to begin helping with confidence and the Lord will keep on giving to you in confidence. Thank you for having responded to my call."
March 13, 1986 "Dear children! Today I call you to live Lent by means of your little sacrifices. Thank you for every sacrifice you have brought me. Dear children, live that way continuously, and with your love help me to present the sacrifice. God will reward you for that. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Little sacrifices, little acts of love for Jesus and Mary, that is enough! We have now idea what graces will be gained by such little acts of selflessness.
February 25, 1988 "Dear children! Today again I am calling you to prayer to complete surrender to God. You know that I love you and am coming here out of love so I could show you the path to peace and salvation for your souls. I want you to obey me and not permit satan to seduce you. Dear children, satan is very strong and, therefore, I ask you to dedicate your prayers to me so that those who are under his influence can be saved. Give witness by your life. Sacrifice your lives for the salvation of the world. I am with you, and I am grateful to you, but in heaven you shall receive the Father's reward which He has promised to you. Therefore, dear children, do not be afraid. If you pray, satan cannot injure you even a little bit because you are God's children and He is watching over you. Pray and let the rosary always be in your hand as a sign to satan that you belong to me. Thank you for having responded to my call."
Actually, to sacrifice our lives for the salvation of the world ultimately means to just love God with our whole heart, our whole mind, our whole soul and our whole strength! Like Lucia, Jacinta and Francesco, we can respond to Our Lady's call to love God and pray for souls.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

5/2/17

Our Lady's message for May 2, 2017, given through Mirjana Soldo:

 
       
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
May 2, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!

Here is Our Lady's message for May 2, 2017, given through Mirjana Soldo:

Dear children, I am calling you to pray, not to ask for but to offer sacrifice - sacrificing yourselves. I am calling you to reveal the truth and merciful love. I am praying to my Son for you, for your faith which is all the more diminishing in your hearts. I am imploring Him to help you with the divine spirit, as I also desire to help you with my motherly spirit. My children, you must be better. Only those who are pure, humble and filled with love sustain the world - they are saving themselves and the world. My children, my Son is the heart of the world. He should be loved and prayed to, and not always betrayed anew. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, spread the faith in the hearts of people by your example, your prayer and merciful love. I am beside you, I will help you. Pray for your shepherds to have all the more light, so as to be able to illuminate all those who live in darkness. Thank you.

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

PS.  The video of today's apparition will be posted at www.marytv.tv  

4/29/17

President Donald Trump has named a pro-life leader to a top post

President Donald Trump has named a pro-life leader to a top post at the Department of Health and Human Services, which often oversees and implements policies related to abortion.
But the good news doesn’t end there, as the new pro-life appointee replaces a staunch abortion advocate who is now a vice president at the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
President Donald Trump on Friday said he would name Charmaine Yoest, the former president of Americans United for Life, one of the most prominent pro-life organizations in the county, to a top communications post at HHS. Yoest would become the assistant secretary of public affairs — a position that shapes communications efforts for the entire agency.
“Yoest is an HHS political appointee but her appointment does not require Senate confirmation. She succeeds Kevin Griffis, who was recently named vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood,” Politico reports.
The appointment continues president Trump’s pro-life record that he started in January with reinstating the Mexico City policy defunding International Planned Parenthood and continued with defunding the pro-abortion UNFPA and signing a bill to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood abortion company.
Yoest, a former vice president at Family Research Council, is well-respected within the pro-life movement. and has frequently spoken out against the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
“Over the last 45 years, Planned Parenthood has become the expert in making money from ending lives,”she has said.
Yoest told LifeNews.com: “Unlike the national trend observed by theAssociated Press last week, the Centers for Disease Control, and everywhere else that abortions are on the decline, at Planned Parenthood abortion sales are up – meanwhile its overall patients and other services are down. This is as a result of a move to create abortion mega-centers to mass-produce abortions at an even deadlier rate.”
“Planned Parenthood deceptively holds itself out as protecting women’s health, as it cuts legitimate health care in favor of abortion sales, while lobbying for more taxpayer largesse,” she said. “The time is now for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and invest taxpayers’ hard-earned money in real healthcare that saves lives and safeguards women’s health.”

4/25/17

Medjugorje: Our Lady's message for April 25, 2017:


"Dear children! Love, pray and witness my presence to all those who are far away. By your witness and example, you can draw closer the hearts that are far from God and His grace. I am with you and intercede for each of you so that, with love and resoluteness, you may witness and encourage all those who are far from my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call." (April 25, 2017)

4/23/17

The Great Day of Divine Mercy



Divine Mercy Sunday

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O Lord, our God. We place our trust in You, Because you are mercy itself. We repent of our sins and turn to You for mercy. We trust You to provide for our every need, according to Your will. Help us to forgive others as You forgive us. We promise to be merciful by our deeds, words and prayers. Though we have fears because of human weakness, we rely on Your infinite goodness and mercy. We entrust to You the future of our planet, our Church, our nations, our families and all our needs. With loud cries we implore your mercy on us and on the whole world. Look upon us, created in your image and likeness. Form us in the Heart of Mary by the power of your Holy Spirit into the living images of mercy. May all come to know the depth of Your mercy and sing the praises of Your mercy forever. Amen!

Revelation given to Saint Sr. Faustina.
You will prepare the world for My final coming. (Diary 429)
Speak to the world about My mercy ... It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of My mercy. (Diary 848) 

Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near. (Diary 965).I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation. (Diary 1160)
Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy. (Diary 1588)
He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice. (Diary 1146).
In addition to these words of Our Lord Sr. Faustina gives us the Words of the Mother of Mercy, the Blessed Virgin,
You have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for granting mercy. (Diary635).
It is clear that, like the message of Fátima, the urgency here is the urgency of the Gospel, "repent and believe." The exact timing is the Lord's. However, it is also clear that we have reached some critical phase of the end times that began with the birth of the Church. To this fact Pope John Paul II alluded at the consecration in 1981 of the Shrine of Merciful Love in Collevalenaza, Italy, when he noted the "special task" assigned to him by God "in the present situation of man, the Church and the world." In His Encyclical on the Father he urges us "to implore God's mercy for humanity in this hour of history ... to beg for it at this difficult, critical phase of the history of the Church and of the world as we approach the end of the second millennium." (Rich in Mercy 15)
http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/index.htm.............http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7jej5Y74bE

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.