Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Too many interests behind Asia Bibi’s case: the truth of the facts are covered up

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - "There are too many interests at stake behind Asia Bibi’s case. Too many vested interests and too much pressure that, in the end, cover up the truth of the facts", said in an interview with Fides Agency, Haroon Barkat Masih, Director of the "Masihi Foundation", working in Pakistan to improve Christians lives and also in the defense of Christians falsely accused of blasphemy. Following the judgment of appeal that upheld the death sentence for a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, the Director told Fides: "We continue to hope because, as Christians, our faith nourishes hope. We continue to pray for Asia Bibi and for her release, so that the Lord protects and comforts her", said Masih. "But there are many elements that are not conducive to optimism".
According to Barkat, "international pressures and mobilization can be useful", but above all "the political will of the government and of the highest authorities in Pakistan is needed" if one wants to put an end to a history marked by obvious injustices. But current Premier, Nawaz Sharif, "in the past gave ample space to extremist groups and approved the blasphemy law for political calculation: therefore he does not seem the most appropriate to take a stand against these pressures". "Corruption and the desire to exploit the case for economic purposes is another current aspect" adds Haroon Barkat. The director finally recalled that the Supreme Court judgment of conviction can be overturned and that, even in the event of conviction, the President of Pakistan has always power to grant pardons. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 21/10/2014)

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Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/21/2014

Blessed are those servants...
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October 21, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

In today's Gospel we learn something about discipleship:

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants."
(Lk 12: 35-38)

Lesson 1: Being a disciple means commitment to Jesus.
Jesus compares discipleship to being a servant, one who waits upon the master and serves him at home. Each servant has his own job to do, and a good servant will be ready to do it, anytime of day or night, as needed. This is a whole life commitment. And disciples are called to just such a commitment to Jesus.

Lesson 2: Being a disciple requires vigilance.
It seems that a servant does not always know his master's business, and must wait for his order, wait for his master to return, wait for an encounter with the master. Disciples are in the same situation. We must learn to wait with watchfulness and be at the ready for the call from the Lord. He may call us to action in the morning, or afternoon, or evening, or even during the night. So we have to have one ear always open, waiting for the summons, the knock on the door of our hearts when it comes. Jesus says we will be blessed if we are vigilant!

Mother Mary has taught us about vigilance as well. Take this message:

November 25, 1988 "Dear children! I call you to prayer, to have an encounter with God in prayer. God gives Himself to you, but He wants you to answer in your own freedom to his invitation. That is why little children during the day, find yourself a special time when you could pray in peace and humility, and have this meeting with God the creator. I am with you and I intercede for you in front of God, so watch in vigil, so that every encounter in prayer be the joy of your contact with God. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Our Lady teaches us that an encounter with God is priceless. We should wait, with watchful anticipation for such a meeting with God. And so she calls us to "watch in vigil" during our prayer, so that our encounters with God will be filled with the joy of contact with Him! Like the good servants, we must be watchful each day, waiting for the Lord to knock on the door of our heart and come in. To do this we need a special time to pray and we need peace and humility of heart, so that God can reveal Himself to us. Vigilance in prayer is part of being a good disciple!

"Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival." Indeed, blessed are we when the master finds us waiting for Him in prayer, with great expectation and love and longing, because then He can give to us all the graces and healing and insights and wisdom and spiritual gifts and love that He has prepared for us. If He finds us waiting for Him with great desire for an encounter with Him upon His return, He will gird Himself, have us recline at table, and He will wait on us, feeding us with His own Body and Blood, and nurturing us with care. Blessed are we when we wait with watchfulness and vigilance in prayer for the coming of our Lord!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1020/2014 - St. Paul of the Cross

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October 20, 2014
St. Paul of the Cross

Dear Family of Mary!

Tuesday, November 29, 1983 To Jelena: "Pray!"
For the intention of the group:
"I am your mother full of goodness, and Jesus is your great friend. Do not fear anything in His presence. Give Him your heart, from the bottom of your heart. Tell Him your sufferings, thus you will be invigorated in prayer, with a free heart, in a peace without fear."

Today is the Feast of St. Paul of the Cross, the founder of the Passionists. St. Paul felt that constant prayer was essential for a Christian, and that the Passion and Death of Jesus teaches us everything we need to know to grow in holiness.

I found an article about St. Paul by Fr. David Colhour, CP., who wrote this about St. Paul:

A third and very strong faith conviction which Paul operated under was the belief that God is doing something in everybody's life every single moment of every single day.  We may not always be conscious of it, but below the surface there is always some kind of divine presence and activity sometimes encouraging us and sometimes prodding us.  We may find ourselves fully participating with it, or we may find ourselves even resisting.  Nonetheless, God's presence is there at work.   Paul writes, "Remain in the divine presence in everything you do.  If you are busy at work with your hands, let your mind and heart be inwardly on God".  And in another place, "Be at peace in your sufferings without trying too hard to understand them in your mind.  A true servant of God is praying always.  I don't mean kneeling down, but with loving attention to the divine presence.  In so far as this involves a lack of feeling of God's presence, so much the better."  Strong faith certainly has very little to do with making one  feel okay, rather it is more about finding obedience in a relationship of divine love that is perpetually calling us.   

St. Paul's words are full of comfort and hope. I really feel drawn to the idea that God is constantly at work in our lives, moment by moment, whether we know it or not. I believe we are never left alone by God. Even though we may not feel Him near us, He never leaves us. The Father watches over us, Jesus lives within us, and the Spirit guides and protects us day in and day out. Our job is to believe this, and remain mindful of it, no matter what. "Loving attention to the divine presence!" That is how we can pray always!

I had an experience of the divine presence actively working in my life this past weekend. Denis and I attended a beautiful conference given by Totally Yours Pilgrimages in St. Charles, IL. At one point during a conference session, I discovered that my purse was missing. I looked everywhere and asked all the kind people around me if they had seen it. It was nowhere to be found. As you can imagine, I was really upset. Most of my identity was in that purse. I began to panic. I was just shaking and thinking the worst. But all the people around me began to pray. They were awesome. And Denis stayed calm and prayed as well. So I made the decision to pray, and the thought came to me that the Lord could use this situation for my good, that He can use any situation to bless me and that I should trust Him and be at peace.

Within a few minutes of that grace-filled moment, Denis came walking up with my purse! He found it under a table that we had searched under several times. It was inexplicable. But there was the purse, intact! I cannot describe the relief that washed over me to see my purse. But even more, the peace and joy that I experienced in seeing God's hand at work. He taught me a good lesson. He was working in me and around me throughout that little trial. And He changed everything in a moment. Truly, the Lord made His presence known to me through that experience. He worked through the wonderful people who helped me, through Denis who never gave up, and through even my poor heart by speaking words of great hope when I was the most distressed! I felt I had been given a new life!

St. Paul said: "Be at peace in your sufferings without trying too hard to understand them in your mind.  A true servant of God is praying always.  I don't mean kneeling down, but with loving attention to the divine presence." I experienced the fruit of giving loving attention to the Divine Presence yesterday. Truly Jesus is our friend, and we should fear nothing in His presence!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

From Mark Mallett: Steady as She Goes

Steady as She Goes



I have spent the day mostly in prayer, listening, speaking with my spiritual director, praying, going to Mass, listening some more… and these are the thoughts and words which have been coming to me since I wrote The Synod and the Spirit.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

From Mark Mallett: The Synod and the Spirit

The Synod and the Spirit


AS I wrote in my daily Mass meditation today (see here), there is a certain panic in some quarters of the Church on the heels of the Synod’s somewhat abstract post discussion report (relatio post disceptationem). People are asking, “What are the bishops doing in Rome? What is the Pope doing?” But the real question is what is the Holy Spirit doing? For the Spirit is the one Jesus sent to “teach you all truth.” The Spirit is our advocate, our help, our consoler, our strength, our wisdom… but also the one who convicts, enlightens, and exposes our hearts so that we have the opportunity to always move deeper toward the truth that sets us free.
My spiritual director asked me to begin sharing thoughts on the Synod. And so, I want to reflect in a broader sense on what is happening, touching on various themes that I will address more specifically in the days ahead. There are so many nuances that it is impossible to speak of them in one place without writing a book. So I am going to do this in bits and bites, and more frequently, since I know you don’t have time to read long treatises. But I pray you take a few minutes each day to reflect with me now on what the Spirit is saying to the Church at this hour, asking the Lord to give us the wisdom we need to be faithful to His voice.
The perfect place to begin is in today’s Gospel…
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Friday, October 17, 2014

From Mark Mallett: The Storm at Hand


Important Changes


BROTHERS and sisters, things are beginning to move very fast in the world with events, one on top of the other… like the winds of a hurricane nearest the eye of the Storm.1 This is what the Lord showed me would happen several years ago. But who of us can prepare for these things outside of God’s grace?
As such, I have been inundated with emails, texts, phone calls…. and I can’t keep up. Furthermore, I sense the Lord is calling me to more prayer and listening. I feel I am not keeping up with what He wants me to say! Something has to give…
As of today, I am going to shift my focus to answering the questions and concerns that are being raised, it seems, by the hour—starting with the Synod. But there are other things I have to say… things that have been several years in the coming, and it’s time.
There is a lot of fear out there… fear of the Pope; fear of Ebola; fear of war; fear of economic collapse; of empty stores shelves; of terrorism… of so many things.
Tonight, a friend texted me regarding an Ebola outbreak in a major Canadian city (not yet in the news). He said he and his wife are praying about fleeing their home. I was standing in a store while he was texting me, punching the credit card pin pad that hundreds of others had held during the day. And I thought… who knows? The virus could already be here. We just don’t know it yet.
With these and other heavy thoughts on my heart, I listened as “The Bird Dance” suddenly began to play on the loudspeaker above us. I was standing there with four or five other people, so I looked at them and said, “Come on everyone!” All of sudden we were all laughing, doing that ridiculous bird dance in the middle of Walmart.
Dear friends, that’s how we’re going to get through the days and hours ahead: through a spirit of joy and trust in Our Lord. If I contract Ebola tomorrow, I will look toward Heaven and say, “Jesus, I’m coming home! Make me ready to see you face to Face.”
Yes, the “bird dance” is going to get us through the apocalypse. That, and Psalm 91. Pray it with your family. Recall it often. God is our refuge. And He gave us His Mother to bring us safely to Him.
So today’s daily Now Word on the Mass readings is the last in that format for now, until I can catch up on the other things I need to write. And I will do so frequently. Funny… last week, I sensed the Lord saying that I needed to start writing “special reports.” When I went online to do my daily news run, I stopped by Spirit Daily. Michael Brown announced that morning that he was going to start writing “special reports.” It’s my guess that the other “watchmen” in our times are all feeling the same as me—that our time to speak is short. Truly, I don’t know how much longer I will be able to write to you like this. So one day at a time.
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Please remember to pray for me, as I do each day for all of you.

P.S. In January of 2012, a question rose up in my heart during prayer that did not seem to be my own:
How much longer, Father, until your right hand falls upon the earth?
And the answer, that I promptly shared with my spiritual director, was this:
My child, when My hand falls, the world will never be the same. Old orders will pass away. Even the Church, as she has developed over 2000 years, will be radically different. All will be purified.
When the stone is recovered from the mine, it looks rough and without brilliance. But when the gold is cleansed, refined, and purified, it becomes a brilliant gem. That is how drastically different My Church will be in the Era to come.
And so, child, do not cling to the dross of this era, for it will be blown away like chaff in the wind. In a day, the futile treasures of men will be reduced to a heap and that which men adore will be exposed for what it is—a charlatan god and an empty idol.
How soon child? Soon, as in your time. But it is not for you to know, rather, for you to pray and intercede for the repentance of souls. Time is so short, that Heaven has already drawn in its breath before Divine Justice exhales the Great Storm that will ultimately purify the world of all wickedness and usher in My Presence, My rule, My justice, My goodness, My peace, My love, My Divine Will. Woe to those who ignore the signs of the times and do not prepare their souls to meet their Maker. For I will show that men are mere dust and their glory is fading as the green of the fields. But My glory, My Name, My divinity, is everlasting, and all will come to adore My Great Mercy.
—from The Storm at Hand

  1. cf. The Seven Seals of Revolution []
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Sister Emmanuel's Newsletter from Medjugorje, October 2014

From the Desk of Sr. Emmanuel Maillard
  October 15, 2014 
Feast of Teresa of Avila

Dear Children of Medjugorje, praised be Jesus and Mary!

1.  On October 2, 2014, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross, surrounded by a large crowd. After the apparition, she gave the following message:

"Dear children, with motherly love I implore you, love one another. May there be in your hearts, as my Son desired from the very beginning, love for the Heavenly Father and for your neighbour in the first place - above everything of this world. My dear children, do you not recognise the signs of the times? Do you not recognise that all of this that is around you, all that is happening, is because there is no love? Comprehend that salvation is in true values. Accept the might of the Heavenly Father, love him and honour him. Walk in the footsteps of my Son. You, my children, my dear apostles, you are always gathering around me anew, because you are thirsty. You thirst for peace, love and happiness. Drink out of my hands. My hands are offering to you my Son who is the spring of clear water. He will bring your faith back to life and purify your hearts, because my Son loves pure hearts and pure hearts love my Son. Only pure hearts are humble and have firm faith. I ask for such hearts of you, my children. My Son told me that I am the mother of the entire world. I ask of those of you who accept me as such to help me, with your life, prayer and sacrifice, for all of my children to accept me as a mother-so that I may lead them to the spring of the clear water. Thank you. My dear children, as your shepherds offer you the Body of my Son with their blessed hands, always in your hearts give thanks to my Son for the Sacrifice and for the shepherds that he always gives you anew." 
2.  The Synod in Rome. To save the Family, Mary has been giving us, for 33 years, again and again the surest remedies! She tells us, "Satan wants, as never before, to destroy your families."

Satan's first plan is to destroy the family (the second is the destruction of the Church). She also says, "Dear children, prayer in the family is THE remedy to heal today's world."

Mary invites us to pray at home every day together with members of the family. Why is prayer in the family so powerful? Jesus tells us in the Gospel, "When two or three are gathered in my name, I am in their midst."

If we pray every day together at home, Jesus ends up living with us and he accomplishes his divine work of restoration among us. With him, so many impossible situations would be avoided, so many tears, so many tragedies, so many divorces and despair!

Mary tells us, "The goal of prayer in the family is to have Jesus arrive in the midst."  The Word of God is LIFE and if we want to have life in our families real Life, the one that gives birth to love, respect, forgiveness and peace, let us welcome the Giver of Life into the center of our families!

"Dear children, put my Son Jesus at the first place in your families, then you will have a safe pathway with Him!" That's the key to "Security," that which we all search for and which is so cruelly missing in our families. "Dear children, you search for happiness where it is lost."

True happiness has a first name: Jesus. We can't make it without Him nor without prayer, haven't we already tried that?

I don't know what the conclusions of the Synod will be. I pray that our society and the whole Church put God in his rightful place, the 1st place, so that no time is wasted with makeshift solutions. "Renew prayer in the family, have children pray with their parents, parents with their children, and thus united in prayer, Satan will be powerless against you."

3.  Doudou! One of our dearest brothers just left us, Jean-Fran├žois Callens, called Doudou, after a very painful cancer. An airplane pilot before joining my community of the Beatitudes, he was consumed with the fire of the Word of God, and he was a master of evangelization. He had prepared a message for his friends, to be read at the time of his birth in Heaven, and I think this letter will touch each one of you. This is it:

"Hello, my friends! I just 'landed' in Heaven! (At 22:33, Oct. 14.) If I tried to make my Paul's words to Timothy, 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith', (2 Tim 4.7), yet do not stop praying for me, I can still be in quarantine, and then you'll make efficient my intercession work in your favor (COCC 958). And I promise you, I will do all I can for each one of you! I entrust to you my Evelyne (his wife), a true widow, without children in this world, without parents, reminding you that the widow's tears run down God's cheeks and that her cry overwhelms the one who causes them (Eccl 35.15) I translated, I did not find the passage in my NRSV Bible. I deeply and sincerely ask forgiveness from everyone, for not having corresponded to the one I should have been, considering the graces I did not use. Put that on the account of incompetence and temper, and not on the deliberate intention to hurt anyone. I left with no debt towards any of you.  But if unknowingly I have any debt, please remit it for the love of God. And now real life begins, at last! Rejoice for me! I will give a kiss to Mary for you, very soon I hope! I do not say, 'See you soon', you might become afraid! But if you knew... A Dieu! JFC (Doudou)
4.  All Souls' Day is coming.  Rather than pre- occupy ourselves with pumpkins, witches' stories, or other fictitious characters that introduce subtle viruses in children's little hearts, let's make these hearts vibrate with the lives of saints through CDs, movies, comics, etc. and draw on the magnificent treasures the Church offers us. Children love them.  Saints are real, strong and exciting!

Through their examples, they are extraordinary springboards to plunge into the heart of God and to help us shape our own holiness, the one the Creator has been dreaming of all eternity for us. Mary told us that "God gave us the gift of sainthood." She does not say, "He will give it to you", in the future. No, the gift has already been made, we have to take it. There are two ways of receiving a gift: (1) I receive a box of chocolates, I say 'thank you', then forget about them and leave them in a cupboard. (2) I receive the box of chocolates, I say 'thank you', and I eat the chocolates. In both cases, I received the present, but only in the second case do I use it. It is the same with holiness, we received the gift at the moment of our conception, but what do we do with it?

St. Therese, the Little Flower, gives us an example that illustrates her choice of holiness in her daily life. In her Carmelite convent, there was a nun who irritated her about everything, and for whom she felt a deep natural antipathy. But Therese had chosen the path of holiness. So she decided to try out true charity towards the nun, charity that does not consist in feelings but in works.  She writes, "I applied myself to doing for this nun what I would have done for the person I love the most. Each time I met her, I prayed to God for her, offering him all her virtues and merits. Not only did I pray a lot for the person who caused me so many internal struggles, but I tried to help her as often as I could, and when I was tempted to answer her back in an unpleasant way, I was content with giving her my most friendly smile, and I tried to change the conversation.

Also, during the working hours, since I had contact with that nun at work, I would run away like a deserter whenever my struggles became too violent.  As she was quite unaware of what I felt for her, she never suspected the reasons for my behavior and she remained convinced that I found her character pleasant.

One day during a recess, looking very happy, she said to me, "Would you please tell me, Sister Therese of the Infant Jesus, what attracts you so much to me? Every time you look at me, I see you smile." What attracted me was Jesus hidden at the depth of her soul... Jesus who makes the bitterest things sweet." (Adapted from Little Flower's Autobiography, Story of a Soul)
Dearest Gospa, your teaching is enlightening! Help us to seize it and place our families in security under your maternal mantle! 
                Sister Emmanuel +

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PS 1. My latest book "Peace will have the last word" is published in French at
www.editions-beatitudes.frSr. Briege McKenna wrote the foreword. Translation is in progress for Italian, English, Dutch, Polish, Spanish, Croatian, Romanian, German and Arabic.

*We are looking for a Portuguese translator. Please contact

PS 2. Caution! An old false message is still going on the net: Ivan denies having received the alarming message on The Middle East. The Blessed Mother gives clear messages for the whole world in her messages on the 25th and the 2nd of every month. Why should she speak behind the scenes to give a message so stressing? In addition, the message is obviously not in the style of the Gospa. Please make sure you refute this error! This false message was circulated 6 years ago. It is all made up.  Our Lady has been inviting us for a long time to pray for peace, and without spreading fears, she shows us the true and most efficient ways: "Only by fasting and prayer can we prevent wars, stop wars, and suspend natural laws."

PS 3. Please pray for our upcoming missions this Fall, in Italy and Asia. 
Last month in Spain we visited 11 cities, and God's blessing was flowing everywhere! Thank you for your prayers, so necessary as long as there are people who do not know yet the love of God! 

PS 4.  A call to families!  
If you have innocent stories from little children please send them to me at

PS 5. View the Medjugorje celebrations live, at home! 
PS 6. Read and circulate "News from Medjugorje" by Sr. Emmanuel each month! 
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Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/17/2014

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October 17, 2014
St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Dear Family of Mary!

As the Extraordinary Synod on the Family nears its end, there has been great confusion in the media, especially about the 11 page report issued by a small committee. This report is a preliminary report, not a finished document. And apparently there are problems with some of the translations, all hurriedly done. But yesterday, Fr. Devine gave a very measured and pastoral homily on the Synod and this report, to help us get some perspective. I found his homily very helpful, and so I have transcribed it.

Our Lady has been very seriously directing us to pray for our shepherds, and not to judge them over the past several years. Here is one example:

On June 2, 2013 Mirjana said that "with great concern" Our Lady concluded her message: " For the sake of Jesus, for the sake of my Son, love those whom He has called and long for the blessing only from the hands which He has consecrated. Do not permit evil to come to reign. Anew I repeat - only along side your shepherds will my heart triumph. Do not permit evil to separate you from your shepherds. Thank you."  

Our Lady has seen the turbulent waters that the ship of the Church is entering upon, and she has wanted us to be firmly connected to the Church, supporting her with our prayers and good will. Our Lady's desire is that her children will be a strength and spiritual support to the pastors of the Church in these days. I am grateful to her for this constant direction she has given us. If we listen to her voice, we will help her in these days to protect the Church and bring in her triumph.

Here is Fr. Devine's homily for October 16, 2014 at English Mass at St. James Church, Medjugorje:

Hopefully you are all well aware that the leaders of our Roman Catholic Church have been gathered in Rome and wrapping up now two weeks of constant review and communications with one another on the whole issue of the family and the Church of God.

The background - Pope Francis, whose whole approach is one of total pastoral involvement, being a shepherd of all the people of God...Pope Francis, over a year ago, sent out a questionnaire to the whole world. He said, "I have listened to everybody else, but now to the most important ones, the people of God yourselves! I want you to tell me what is on your mind."

Over a long period of time the questions were discussed at the local level. And finally the results were examined together in Rome. And one of his most trusted Cardinals was asked to study them carefully with a committee and then write a report. When Cardinal Kasper completed his report, it was so confidential in certain areas, that he felt it should be shared only with the leading Cardinals. But after he presented it and there was a lot of disagreement with what he was saying i.e. looking at, the Holy Father intervened and in effect said to Cardinal Kasper, "You may not want to publish it but you have worked on it on your knees in prayer, and it is filled with valuable input." So it is suspected that the Holy Father insisted that it be published. I say that because the small pamphlet that was finally published had only one introduction by Pope Francis himself.

At any rate, that report was given to the Cardinals as a preparation for the Synod that has been underway for the last two weeks and will be wrapped up in a few more days. And only the other day a report of 11 pages was issued by the Synod, and that too is incredibly controversial.

However in preparation for the Synod, the Holy Father in his opening remarks made a few elements clear. 1. I want you to speak of what you are convinced of, and to speak forth bravely and honestly. But after you have made your presentation to be just as open in listening to the other presentations. And even though there will be disagreement, let's also try to focus on the positive as we speak out to the families of the world. Let's have a positive presentation.

The Holy Father then picked a committee to meet together as the Synod progressed and to draw up a report which was released a couple of days ago. And that too is supposed to be and indeed in many ways is a very positive presentation, a pastoral one, reaching out not merely to those who are living peacefully and with great harmony, but to those who are in turmoil or far from perfect.

And in their report, I have parts of it here, is the most controversial part of all, unfortunately it is in a very blurred copy, but I will try to pick out just a few of the elements. So you get a flavor of what is going on.

It is a report presenting the ideal, but also indicating constructive elements for those situations that do not yet correspond to that ideal. And as he wants to speak out to those who are not living up to the ideal, he first addresses the Christian community and points out that the Church is called on to be the House of the Father, with doors always wide open, where there is a place for everyone with all their problems. So he is saying let's not only speak to those who are already living a Christian, full happy marriage, but to those who have great problems for one reason or another.

Then in the next section it is even addressed caring for wounded families, the separated and divorced who have not remarried, the divorced who have remarried." And somewhere in the beginning of this presentation the issue of spiritual communion is brought up. In other words, those who are in invalid marriages and are Catholic, are encouraged always to make a spiritual communion at the time the Eucharist is distributed at Mass. And the phrase used here, "If spiritual communion is recognized and encouraged in all circumstances, a few of the fathers at the Synod have said that if that is possible why not bring them into the fullness of the Sacrament of Communion? There are many problems with that, but it is worth further consideration." That is what is in this document.

Along with that there is one of the most positive statements for me...Because two years ago the American State Department sent its principle representative around the world, around Christmas time, and had one message, especially as she traveled to the underdeveloped parts of the world, that any aid that will be provided to you as a nation will be very much dependent upon you as a nation recognizing gay marriage. And the Fathers in one sentence addressed that. "It is not acceptable that pressure be brought to bear on pastors or international bodies, making financial aid dependent upon the introduction of regulations inspired by the gender ideology." That for me personally meant so much, as a tax payer in America, being taxed very heavily. But the point is that I always thought foreign aid was to be dependent upon the need of the nation for special help to rebuild. And to have it hooked up very clearly in the press and in announcements in America saying that unless the nation recognizes the gender ideology, they may not get very much foreign aid.

At any rate the whole approach, and I just pulled out a few passages, was meant to be a pastoral one, complementing those who are living completely by the teachings of the Church, but also insisting that we are a Church that is open to all.

The committee as I said, was chosen by the Pope, issued its findings in that eleven page statement. It led to tremendous controversy. Someone like the American Cardinal Burke saying that the whole report was confused and erroneous. But rather than go into his reasons which are well worth listening to, I will instead try to follow through with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Cardinal Archbishop of New York. And what he insists on is, what everyone insists on, that the report of a few days ago is a preliminary report that needs major over working. It was a rushed report because of the constraints of time, trying to get something out in the middle of the conference. And now that it is out there, it is time to sit down and really rework it. And Cardinal Timothy Dolan with his great sense of humor was interviewed yesterday, and he is in the center of the square there, and the sun is beating down on him, and he is being interviewed by reporters who are sitting in their studio in New York, and he said, "All that we have in the report so far is the antipasto. He made a remark that he was on the way to lunch. So he was saying, all we have in this report is the antipasto, and let's pay as much attention to the main course which will be coming out in a few more days.

What he immediately picks up on in all of the headlines that say that the Church is welcoming all of human family, even the person with same sex attraction. And Cardinal Dolan says that is not news. The Church has always welcomed every member of the human family. And I know in New York we have some churches that make it clear that they welcome all, especially those with same sex attraction. And as I say, Pope Francis affirms and wants a positive embrace and a calling to be made even more dynamic to every member of the human family. And what he is looking for as Cardinal Dolan says, is the common ground. There is a remarkable unity in their attempt to reach out and incorporate all the ideas in the Synod, to hash them out in the next year, so that by this time next year they can truly issue a statement that is a thoroughly hashed out and reliable statement.

And the Cardinal emphasizes that there is a remarkable unity in the attempt to reach out to the whole human family. There will be reworking, and perhaps Cardinal Dolan's idea, the main idea behind a lot of the document is that the Catholic Church has been stereotyped for years as only saying "no, no, no..." But the Catholic Church led by the very pastoral Holy Father is trying to get across that our greatest work is reaffirming the dignity of every single human being. And so as we reach out in this Synod to those who are not quite achieving the ideal, we are trying to get across that you are welcome. The image that is so powerful is the image of Emmaus, of how Christ walked the whole of Easter Sunday with two disciples who were wandering and confused and had no idea what was happening, that the Church is reaching out today to those who are wandering and confused. And the phrase that the Holy Father used was that the role we have is accompanying the modern disciples as Christ accompanied the disciples of Emmaus.

I have felt the gentle love and support of many priests, who have accompanied me along the road. I am grateful for their consistent love and protective care. This is truly the great grace of the Church. May that accompaniment be extended to all! May the Church grow strong in love and may we be only a help to her in this mission!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/16/2014

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October 16, 2014
St. Hedwig, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Dear Family of Mary!

"Accept the might of the Heavenly Father, love Him and honor Him..." (October 2, 2014)

This admonition is found in the middle of Our Lady's October 2, 2014 message. In this message she is trying to wake us up to the "Signs of the Times". Our world is falling into chaos because there is very little love left in the hearts of me. Societies have lost true values. We are hurting ourselves and each other through sin. Her answer? Find true values. Find God the Father and Jesus, His Son. Follow them.

God the Father is the Creator. He holds the universe in His mighty hands. He is all powerful. If we truly understood this, we would cling to the Father with all our might. And God the Father has revealed to us through Jesus that He loves us unconditionally. He has loved us first, by sending Jesus to save us, long before we ever realized we needed saving. And He is such a King that He deserves all honor!

The key to being saved from this terrible hour is faith and hope and love in the Heavenly Father. We can respond to Our Lady's admonition through prayer. I found this wonderful litany to God the Father that will help us to accept His might, love Him and honor Him. Let us pray:

The Litany of God the Father
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Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity One God,
have mercy on us.  

Father, First Person of the Most Blessed Trinity,
have mercy on us.
Father of the Only-begotten Son,
have mercy on us.
Father and Son, from Whom proceeds the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Father of the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
have mercy on us.
Father of her most chaste Spouse,
have mercy on us.
Our Father in Heaven,
have mercy on us.
Father eternal,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Father, infinite majesty,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Father, infinite holiness,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Father, infinite goodness,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Father, infinite happiness,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Father, all-powerful,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Father, all-knowing,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Father, present everywhere,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Father, all-just,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Father, all merciful,
hallowed be Thy Name.  

Father, creating Heaven and earth,
Thy kingdom come.
Father, promising a Savior,
Thy kingdom come.
Father, revealed by the Son,
Thy kingdom come.
Father, willing the passion of Jesus,
Thy kingdom come.
Father, accepting the Sacrifice of Calvary,
Thy kingdom come.
Father, reconciled with mankind,
Thy kingdom come.
Father, sending the Paraclete,
Thy kingdom come.
Father, in the Name of Jesus,
Thy kingdom come.
Father of Nations,
Thy kingdom come.  

Father of Love, cherish us.
Father of Beauty, protect us.
Father of Wisdom, direct us.
Father, Divine Providence, watch over us.  

Father of the poor,
Thy Will be done.
Father of orphans,
Thy Will be done.
Father of widows,
Thy Will be done.
Father of the exiled,
Thy Will be done.
Father of the persecuted,
Thy Will be done.
Father of the afflicted,
Thy Will be done.
Father of the infirm,
Thy Will be done.
Father of the aged,
Thy Will be done.  

Father, we adore Thee.
Father, we love Thee.
Father, we thank Thee.
Father, we bless Thee.  

In joy and in sorrow, may we bless Thee.
In sickness and in health, may we bless Thee.
In prosperity and in adversity, may we bless Thee.
In consolation and in desolation, may we bless Thee.
In life and in death, may we bless Thee.
In time and in eternity, may we bless Thee.  

Father, hear us.
Father, graciously hear us.
Lamb of God, well-beloved Son of the Father,
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, commanding us to be perfect as the Father,
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Our Mediator with the Father,
have mercy on us.

Let Us Pray.   
Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come; Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014

"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II
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