Friday, August 22, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 8/22/2014 Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Ivan's Statue of Our Lady in his chapel
Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth
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August 22, 2014
Feast of the Queenship of Mary!

Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady is a Queen. She is comfortable with this title. When introducing herself to the visionaries in Medjugorje, she called herself a queen:

"I am the Queen of Peace." (Thursday, August 6, 1981)   
She is comfortable with this title because she was given it by God the Father! And she has received her position as Queen of Heaven and Earth due to her election as Mother of Jesus, the Savior and King of the Universe! Fr. William Most explains it very well in a short article found on the EWTN website. He quotes Pope Pius XII:

The solidly theological reasons for her title of Queen are expressed splendidly by Pius XII, in his Radio message to Fatima, Bendito seja (AAS 38. 266): "He, the Son of God, reflects on His heavenly Mother the glory, the majesty and the dominion of His kingship, for, having been associated to the King of Martyrs in the unspeakable work of human Redemption as Mother and cooperator, she remains forever associated to Him, with a practically unlimited power, in the distribution of the graces which flow from the Redemption. Jesus is King throughout all eternity by nature and by right of conquest: through Him, with Him, and subordinate to Him, Mary is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular choice [of the Father]. And her kingdom is as vast as that of her Son and God, since nothing is excluded from her dominion."
(You can read his entire article here: )

Pretty awesome!! Don't you just love it! "Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular choice [of the Father]." God the Father is the maker and breaker of kings and queens, and He has chosen Our Lady to be the Queen of Heaven and Earth. And I love the added reason, that she is queen by "right of conquest". This conquest was the victory over sin and death that Our Lady contributed to by her submission to Jesus and her courageous cooperation with Him. Our Lady chose to suffer with Jesus, and to go the way of the Cross with Him, so that all could be saved by Him. She cooperated perfectly with Jesus' act of redemption. And so she has the "right of conquest". Wow! She really is a mighty queen.

I wish we had been able to do a novena in honor of this feast today! Maybe today we can honor Our Lady by saying nine times the Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen)! We love you, dearest Queen, and we submit to you all that we are and have, so that your rule will prevail in our hearts, and we can serve Jesus, our King, through your help.

Hail, holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee to we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, Who by the working of the Holy Spirit didst prepare both body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mother, Mary, that she might deserve to be made a worthy dwelling for Thy Son, grant that we who rejoice in her memory, may, by her loving intercession, be delivered from present evils and from lasting death, through the same Christ our Lord. 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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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 8/21/2014

Fr. Petar Ljubicic
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August 21, 2014
St, Pius X

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is Part Two of the talk by Fr. Petar Ljubicic given in Medjugorje earlier this year. He tells of some powerful stories about pilgrims in Medjugorje. Fr. Petar is convinced that Our Lady is acting in a powerful way in Medjugorje. Here is Part Two:

The great message here is that message of conversion. Our Lady says that if we desire to have peace in ourselves every day, then every day we have to convert. And to convert it means to change, to be better. To be at peace with God and with our brothers and sisters. To be at peace with yourself. That means to renounce the sin and to stop committing sin, and every day to do that. Conversion for us is always a feeling that God is here and that He desires to make us happy and desires to change me. That is why God, all the time, is calling us and searching for us. Truly conversion is God's gift that He gives to every person who is looking for it.

In the same way, conversion is a conviction that God can change us and that He can come to us. Conversion is a permanent search for God. To convert it means to understand that God exists and that He is the greatest value of your live. If someone has experienced God and understood that God is the most important for him, then that person is on the right pathway. That means that my life has meaning and my life is in accordance with the plan of God for me. God's plan for each one of us, for each one of you is that you get to know Him and Love Him, to abandon yourselves completely to Him and that you expect everything from Him, and in return He will give you joy satisfaction and peace. The essence of conversion is to admit that I am weak, sinful, and I make mistakes. That is why I repent sincerely, and I say to God, "Lord help me to become different." When we receive forgiveness from God we can live a new life.

How many people have experienced their conversion here?   Only God knows that number!! Many have said that they do not know what would have happened to them and their lives if they hadn't come to Medjugorje and experienced conversion and a new life here. It is important to allow God to change us. God can't wait to give us new life and to help us!

One young Italian shared with me the following: He was an addict, a great sinner, he thought he was the greatest sinner of the world. When His friends said that Mary was appearing here, it was his last hope. He desired to come here. Three times he wanted to commit suicide, but here in this place he understood that God wanted him to live. He came to Medjugorje and prayed before the statute of Our Lady, and he prayed, "Jesus, I implore you to help me. Our Lady, you are the Mother of Jesus, pray to your Son to help me. I am your disobedient, sinful child. But I know that your Son has helped many. He came to the world because of sinners and the sick. Help me, help me. Pray, so that your Son will have mercy on me."  

He heard in his heart a voice that said "Go to confession". He found a priest and he went to Confession. He said he would never forget those moments of Confession because in the Confession he saw in the priest, Jesus Christ, who had love and a heart for him. He felt that Jesus was happy because he was becoming a new man. "I shared all my sins with the priest and I had the feeling that Jesus was forgiving me and saying to continue to mention the list of my sins. In that confession I really experienced that God is love and mercy. That is the Love that loves you and forgives you. The Love that saves you and sets you free. That is our God and our Faith. That young man said to me "I am happy that I am here and that God gave me a new life, and every year I come back here to give Him thanks." That is what Medjugorje is about, a place where man meets God and where he starts living a new life.

That is why we should be grateful to God. Many experience here not only their conversion but also their spiritual healing. Many have decided to abandon themselves completely to God. Above all it is important that we are always open to God's grace. That every day we read the Sacred Scripture. Our Lady in a special way said that in the families, and I believe most of you live in families, that every family has to say their family prayers and read the Sacred Scripture and go to Holy Mass. We see that families nowadays are in crisis. There is less and less love in families. It is quite rare nowadays to find a happy family. These moments are difficult for families, and crucial moments for families. Since families are wounded, unhappy and sick. We have to pray for families to be healed. We have to pray so that they overcome the crises they are in.

One lady, Anna Katerina, said that she was a woman who went regularly to the disco. For a few hours she said she was happy. Then after that she would be sad and unhappy. And Her brother was addicted to alcohol. Her mother heard about Medjugorje, and she asked them to come with her to this place. "We came here as a family. And here we experienced how many people were praying and going to Confession. We decided to stay for a few days and to prepare ourselves for that moment [Confession] with God and we did it. And I experienced a meeting with God. I found Jesus, and in Him I found happiness and joy and I discovered how much Jesus wanted to make me happy. Then I decided to consecrate my life to God. My whole family now praises the Lord. My brother is freed from addiction to alcohol."

These apparitions are helping each one of us to think about our own salvation and our own return to God. Do not be afraid to surrender yourselves to God for Him to guide you. If you know every moment of your life why you are here on earth and what your task is, you can be sure of your salvation. Our Lady says that Jesus loves us immensely and she loves us with the same love. That is why she says "I want all of you to come to heaven. Come with one gift, the gift of holiness." And the one who is on the way of holiness is a happy man. He doesn't have to be afraid of anything. To be holy doesn't mean anything else but to do the will of God always. As we say in the Our Father, "May your will be done.' Then you can be a happy person.

And God, when you pray to Him, gives you even more than you could wish for yourself or pray for yourself. The will of God is His eternal plan for each one of us and the entire humanity. The will of God is his eternal love for us. Each one of us is the will of God. He wanted us to be born and to live. That is why never rebuke to God that your life is difficult and full of crosses. But give thanks to God for everything and allow God to be glorified through your pain and suffering.

Nancy L. came to Medjugorje and she was sick. She came from America. She was in a wheel chair. Four difficult surgeries were performed on her but they did not good, in fact they made her worse. She prayed during an apparition to Ivan, and she prayed, "Our Lady, I know that you love me. And I know that you are appearing here. And I love you too. Help me to get to know the will of God. To say to God 'Lord let your will be done with my difficult life.'" And at the time of the apparition, that lady was healed. She even said that she prayed for one little boy who was 5 years old and had cancer. She was saying for 8 years I have been suffering and in pain, but Lord save this little boy. Heal this little boy. So when you pray for someone else and you desire that God will give to someone else what you desire for yourself, pray, pray, and you will be given all you ask from the Lord. But pray with faith and trust. God will hear your prayer and will hear your promises.

We pray that the Lord may hear all your prayers and intentions, and all your desires will be heard. We pray through the intercession of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, that God will give you all that you desire, all that you need and is for your good. May he save you all!

Conversion, prayer, Holy Mass, Confession, and the Word of God in Scripture...these are the elements of a happy life, a fulfilled life, a life with God. These are the gifts we receive in Medjugorje. Our Lady is with us to bring us into the fullness of life! Thank you, dear Blessed Mother.

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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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Parents of beheaded journalist drawing on faith

Tribulation Times
August 21, 2014  

(2Ti 3:1-3) Know also this, that in the last days shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness,...

CHALDEAN ARCHEPARCH OF MOSUL NONA:  “Our sufferings are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of myapostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.”

ICEJISIS Issues Bloody Challenge as Recruitment Surges

The Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS) terror militia posted a video on Tuesday entitled "A Message To America," apparently showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley, who disappeared while covering the conflict in Syria two years ago. IS gunmen also appeared in the video threatening Steven Sotloff, another missing US journalist they claimed to be holding and declared that he would be executed next unless their demands, including a cessation of US military strikes on their positions in northern Iraq, were met. The authenticity of the video could not be immediately confirmed. Meanwhile, a leading Moslem cleric in Saudi Arabia declared IS to be an “enemy of Islam” on Tuesday, but the group continued to attract thousands of new recruits from all over the world, according to witnesses in Syria and Iraq.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh, Saudi Arabia’s most senior Sunni cleric, issued a public statement that IS and Al Qaeda were the worst enemies of Islam, adding that Moslems were always their first victims.

Despite this statement and similar proclamations from Moslem authorities in Egypt and other countries, the ranks of IS continue to swell. Witnesses in Raqqa, the IS stronghold in Syria, told Reuters this week that as many as 6,300 new recruits have joined IS in the last month, with many coming from other Islamist rebel groups which have been battling the regime of President Bashar Assad for the last three years.

Meanwhile, Islamist terrorist groups in other countries, including one in the Philippines, have pledged their allegiance to IS in recent days.

USA TODAYParents of beheaded journalist drawing on faith

Account after account describes the Foleys as determined, faithful people. After their son disappeared in 2012, they launched the website to serve as a clearinghouse for information that might lead to his release. In October 2013, they joined Today's Matt Lauer to wish their still-in-captive son a happy 40th birthday and to keep his cause alive. Even when interviewers noted that Foley's career took him to many volatile places, his father was quick to defend him.

"He's not reckless," John Foley said. "He's been doing this conflict reporting for almost eight years."

The Foleys said Wednesday that their son was the oldest of their five children and that his attraction to reporting from wartorn areas came from having brothers who served in the military.

They appear to be family held together by faith. In their appearance in front of their home on Wednesday, John and Diane Foley made frequent references to God. Their local paper, Foster's Daily Democrat, reported that their pastor, Rev. Paul Gousse of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, visited the family after word spread of Foley's death. Journalist Max Fisher of Vox described Foley as a person of quiet but strong faith.

Fisher said "Jim's faith was something we all agreed not to discuss publicly while he was held in Syria, but it was the wellspring of his generosity," Fox reported.

VIA Jim McCrea: What St. Thomas Aquinas said about Islam 

"On the other hand, those who founded sects committed to erroneous doctrines proceeded in a way that is opposite to this. The point is clear in the case of Mohammed. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the contrary, Mohammed said that he was sent in the power of his arms - which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants. What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning. Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Mohammed forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms. Nor do divine pronouncements on the part of preceding prophets offer him any witness. On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimonies of the Old and New Testaments by making them into fabrications of his own, as can be seen by anyone who examines his law. It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. It is clear that anyone who places any faith in his words believe foolishly."

St. Thomas Aquinas - Summa Contra Gentiles - From book 1 Chapter 6

EDITORIALWATCH: What Stands Behind the Cruelty of ISIS?

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC REVIEWQ&A: Why Sunni Extremists Are Destroying Ancient Religious Sites in Mosul

IRAQ UPDATE: CNEWA Rushes Aid to Displaced Iraqi Families


A Priest's Eye-Witness Account of Fleeing the Islamic State
Islamic extremists launch attack on last Syrian army position in eastern province

Her Five Sisters Taken By ISIS to Be Sold or Worse

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Discretion

48. Poemen said, 'If a man sins and denies it, saying, 'I have not sinned," do not correct him, or you will destroy any intention he might have of changing. If you say, "do not be cast down, my brother, but be careful about that in the future," you will move his heart to repent.'

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ISIS, James Foley and the President’s Tepid Response to the “Religion of Peace”

From the Desk of Richard Thompson

ISIS, James Foley and the President’s Tepid Response to the “Religion of Peace”  
ISIS BEHEADS American Journalist James Foley in Video Message Released By ISIS

As ISIS videotaped the brutal beheading of an American journalist, its spokesman, in perfect English, warned President Obama and the American people that more deaths are coming if the US does not submit to their demands. The President’s tepid response this afternoon was disappointing.
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A Priest Twenty Years Wrongly Imprisoned in America By Fr. Gordon J. MacRae

A Priest Twenty Years Wrongly Imprisoned in America s
Was it to satisfy justice that Fr Gordon MacRae spent the last 20 years in prison, or was it to satisfy contingency lawyers, insurers, and diocesan risk assessors?
Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Father James Valladares, Ph.D, a priest of 46 years in the Archdiocese of Adelaide, South Australia, and author of the acclaimed book, Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast, a Research Study on Procedural Justice for Priests.

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Mary TV Daily Reflection 8/20/2014

Fr. Petar Ljubicic speaks about peace!
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August 20, 2014
St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

Dear Family of Mary!

I want to share with you the transcript of a talk by Father Petar Ljubicic, given at St. James church earlier this year. He is the priest chosen by Mirjana to announce the secrets as they unfold. He speaks of the main messages and how they enable us to find peace. This is "Part One" of his talk:

She has come to us as the Queen of Peace, to bring us peace. We all are in a great need of peace. We can't be happy without peace. That is why we desire to pray the way Our Lady prayed. We desire to be like her. No one but her in that fullness fulfilled the will of God. No one like her, loved God above all things. And we also desire in the same way to love our God.

That is why we ask you, Jesus, to lay your divine hand upon everyone present here. Just say that Word, and that Word is powerful. It is divine. Your Word can set us free. Your word can heal us. Your word can save us. You are our only and true way. You are the only truth that sets us free. You are the fullness of life. Thank you Jesus for that. Mary, pray for us and pray with us. So that we could have in your Son what our heart desires. And that is joy and peace, happiness and salvation. Glory be....

Here you are on holy ground in the place where Our Lady has been appearing for so long. Why so long? Thirty two years. We do not know that in any other place there were apparitions happening so long and to so many visionaries. We know how she appeared in Lourdes. She appeared to one visionary and for a brief period of time. In Fatima she appeared to three visionaries, and it was also for a brief period of time. When the difficult moments for the Church and for humanity come, Jesus sends his Mother. Because He desires to encourage us and to help us, to show us the way out of this chaos that we find ourselves in.

Never was humanity in a greater crisis than now. Never before were we so unhappy and unsatisfied. Never before were we as sinful and sick as we are now. So then, we must expect help to come to us. Our Lady comes to us as the Queen of Peace. The world doesn't need anything more than it needs peace. Our soul needs peace. Our heart needs peace, and our life needs peace. We could have everything and yet if we do not have peace, we feel unsatisfied.

Our Lady, our Mother, she knows all that and that is why she is bringing true peace for us. Peace is truly the gift of God. Peace is the work of the Holy Spirit. God gives that gift without expense. But we have to fulfill conditions to enable our heart to search for peace and for God. The person who purifies his heart from evil and sin is the one who can have peace. That is why we have Holy Confession. In Holy Confession we can speak to God about our problems, our restlessness and our sins. We can talk about our failures and about our sins. Our Divine Savior is merciful, He forgives us. We repent and He forgives us when we repent. That is why Holy Confession, our spiritual resurrection, brings us peace and joy.

With sin, we broke our connection with God and when we go back to God through Confession, with every word we receive peace. This place has become the confessional of the world. To come here and to go to confession means to find peace and to find Jesus. Many here have found their peace and happiness and joy because they went to have a good confession. What joy when a person says to you that "all my life I was searching for peace and when I went to confession, I received it."  People often say "I was waiting for 40 years to come here and through confession to give all I have to the Lord." When I hear these things, truly my heart is full of love for God and my heart is joyful. God is so close to us in this Sacrament of Mercy.

Our Lady has come to invite us to Confession, and to go to Confession often, every time we feel there is a burden of sin in our soul. She said it would be good to go to Confession on a monthly basis. We have to clean our houses from time to time, we have to clean ourselves from time to time. But also in that same way we have to purify our soul. When we go to bed, we have to repent of our sins. When we go to Holy Mass we do that. But we have to be all the time with the Lord, so we repent so we can be full of joy and happiness. That is the fullness of life!

Peace is more than when we say "Oh, I'm at peace with everyone. I don't owe anyone anything." That is why we must pray for peace. To get peace here it means to receive and find the meaning of life. In order to have peace, Our Lady has been calling and telling us that only God can give peace. That is why she says to us "I have come to wake you up in faith, so that you may understand that to believe in God means to give the first place in your life to God." Faith is having trust in God. We must surrender ourselves to God. We pray to the Lord to give us strength and encouragement. That is why to believe in God means as Our Lady says to us, to abandon ourselves completely to God and put ourselves at God's disposal and to be able to believe in Him. To believe in our heart, our thoughts and our reason, to be close to God. If we open ourselves this way to God we enable God's will to come into us. And then we bear the fruits that God desires. With every act of faith, Jesus I believe in you. Through that act the power of God comes into us and His Spirit enables us to do His work. We know that through Faith God dwells in our heart. And because of that we feel saved and joyful.

Our Lady has been teaching us for more than 32 years how to believe. Faith is a gift, a grace, but we have to nourish it and cherish it. When we celebrate Holy Mass with joy and we pray, especially the prayer of the Holy Rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, in love, when we receive Jesus Christ during Holy Communion, then our faith is stronger and our faith grows. Our Lady has said to us, "Dear children, believe and pray so that God may multiply your faith." Then she said, "Search and look for all that you need. God will give you everything, because when you are far from God you cannot experience God's closeness." With our living faith we come to God and we can experience God. Our Lady said in one of the messages that every day she prays for us and desires for us to come closer and closer to God. But she can't bring us closer if we are far away and we do not want it. That is why she said, put your life in God's hands. 

It is very important to preserve our faith and to fight any doubt. Sometimes we do have difficulties when it comes to faith. Sometimes some people have great temptation of doubt. In those moments it is good to recall Thomas, who did not believe, and to say, "Lord help my weak faith."  

A few years ago I met a young man in here in Medjugorje and he said that because of Medjugorje, he was given a gift of faith. He started to live the life of a Christian. He said, "I lived without faith and without God. Then a book came to my hand that spoke about Our Lady in Medjugorje and her apparitions. For me that was good news. There is heaven. And there is Our Lady. And she is appearing to someone. And she speaks about Jesus Christ, about the Savior. When I spoke to a priest, he said to me that he had been in Medjugorje and he believed that Our Lady was appearing here. Then I asked him if he could help me to become a Catholic too. And then the priest prepared him for almost a year. And during that time the young man said he was reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Sacred Scripture, and he admitted that this helped him to become a Catholic. That was a great gift for him. And he said, "Now I know why I live and where I will go after death. Faith is truly an enormous gift of God." And the young man said "Now I wonder how it was possible to live my life for 25 years without God. Now I have come here to give thanks to Our Lady and Our Lord for my life!"

Fr. Petar speaks with authority about the messages. He is convinced of the power that comes to us when we live Our Lady's main messages. Confession and the gift of faith together give us tremendous peace and strength to live. Like the young man we may all say, "Now I wonder how it was possible to live without God, without out the gift of faith and the Sacrament of Confession!"

Part two of Fr. Petar's talk will follow tomorrow!

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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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

“Special Gem”-Satanists announce plan to desecrate stolen Host at "Black Mass"-August 19, 2014

“Special Gem”-Satanists announce plan to desecrate stolen Host at "Black Mass" in OK City September 21
Let all 12,000 of us pray this prayer every day as often as we think of it to stop this incredible abuse of our Lord.  “Father, in Jesus name, by the merits of His Blood and Wounds  and through the power of the Holy Spirit by the intercession of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary show your Divine Power and halt this sacrilege and black massFather, we are gathered in His Name and repent of all our sins.  Please honor your Son!”

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Catholics Are Born For Combat!


Spiritual Warfare Is Not For The Faint Of Heart!

Father Richard Heilman - “The time is now to prepare an elite fighting force, surrendering to God and then allowing His grace to invade every aspect of our lives.” Admission into Christ’s elite fighting force begins by knowing that by your baptism you have been commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill a most dramatic mission; it is the mission of saving souls. This mission cannot be accomplished without entering into conflict with ‘the world, the flesh and the devil.’ It is not a mission for the fainthearted or for those who wish to take the wide road to heaven. It is the path of warfare, of spiritual battle.
“Holiness,” wrote Benedict XVI, “has its deepest root in the grace of baptism, in being grafted on to the Paschal Mystery of Christ, by which His Spirit is communicated to us, His very life as the Risen One.” Jesus Christ is the one Whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and established as priest, prophet, and king. The whole People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them. (CCC 783).
From the very first days of our membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, we are, in essence, commissioned officers in the Church Militant. In other words, the power of the Holy Spirit to combat evil and rescue souls proceeds precisely through the three offices of Christ: Priest, Prophet, and King.
Office Of Priest
The first office we receive in baptism is that of priest (the priesthood of the laity). Fr. Robert Barron says, “A priest prays for others, intercedes, and performs sacrifices. Priests are border walkers. They walk the border between heaven and earth. They are mediators as friends of God and friends of the human race. They bring divinity and humanity together. It means you must be a person of prayer — intercessory prayer — prayer on behalf of others. It pleases God to channel His providential care precisely through us and through the instrumentality of our prayer.”
Whether it’s a Navy SEAL or a Saint, we admire those who put it all on the line — go “all in!” — those who are totally dedicated to the mission. In the military, this dedication is revealed in the “Warrior Ethos,” four simple lines embedded in the Soldier’s Creed:
  • I will always place the mission first.
  • I will never accept defeat.
  • I will never quit.
  • I will never leave a fallen comrade.
The last line of the Warrior Ethos, “I will never leave a fallen comrade,” is really striking. When I read this, I think of recent Medal of Honor recipients who reportedly ran through a hail of bullets to rescue their comrades from the clutches of the enemy. It is very similar in the spiritual realm.
When our loved ones are “dead in sin,” they are not only separated from God, but they lose their desire to seek God. Some become so far removed from God that they find repulsive all things spiritual. So, prayer, Holy Mass, spiritual reading, etc. all become boring and, to some, even detestable when they are dead inside: no Divine Life. They are, quite literally, caught behind enemy lines (imprisoned in their worldliness) with no way out unless some campaign of search and rescue is launched.
Pope Francis refers to the Church as a “field hospital after the battle.” Does our love, care, and concern for them extend to their eternal salvation? Pray unceasingly for them!
Remember the Warrior Ethos: “I will never leave a fallen comrade!”
Office of Prophet
The second office we receive in baptism is that of prophet. Fr. Robert Barron says, “A prophet is someone who speaks for God. Their task is to speak God’s word, in season and out (whether that word is popular or not). It means you should be a reader of theology and spirituality so that you might, as St. Peter put it, ‘give a reason for the hope that is in you.’ We’re living in a time when religion is under attack. If someone challenged you, could you give a reason for the hope that is in you?”
For Pope Leo XIII, to be a prophet means we are “born for comb
Pope Leo XIII in 1898.
Pope Leo XIII in 1898. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. The only ones who win when Christians stay quiet” he says, “are the enemies of truth. The silence of Catholics is particularly disturbing because frequently a few bold words would have vanquished the false ideas.”
The element of surprise often catches us off-guard when faced with an opportunity to defend the faith from attacks or admit why our faith is so important to us. Those moments often come and go rather quickly. This is why it is essential for us to make the necessary preparations by developing short but powerful statements or quotes that really leave, in a brief moment, a spiritual mark on the recipients. In the public relations world, these are called “talking points.” Or, as Pope Leo XIII called them, “a few bold words.”
A talking point in a debate or discourse is a succinct statement designed to persuasively support one side taken on an issue. Such statements can either be free-standing or created as retorts to the opposition’s talking points. Yes, you should study theology and spirituality but, like arrows in your quiver, you must have these talking points prepared and memorized, ready to fire. More than anything else, before ever opening your mouth, take a deep breath and ask the Holy Spirit to speak through you in love.
Office of King
The third office we receive in baptism is that of king. A king is someone who leads others to God. A good king is someone who leads by example. A good king is someone who puts those in his charge ahead of himself. Christ the King said, “I have not come to be served, but to serve.” And then He got down on His hands and knees and washed the dirty feet of His disciples. He told them, “You want to be great? Then be the slave of the rest.” (Mt 20:27-28, Jn 13:4-5)
As Jean-Baptiste Chautard recounts in his book “The Soul of The Apostolate”, Pope St. Pius X was conversing with a group of his cardinals one day. The pope asked them: 
“What is the thing we most need, today, to save society?”
“Build Catholic schools,” said one.
“More churches,” said another.
“Still no.”
“Speed up the recruiting of priests,” said a third.
“No, no,” said the pope. “The most necessary thing of all, at this time, is for every parish to possess a group of laymen who will be at the same time virtuous, enlightened, resolute, and truly apostolic.”
Chautard continues, “Further details enable us to assert that this holy pope at the end of his life saw no hope for the salvation of the world unless the clergy could use their zeal to form faithful Christians full of apostolic ardor, preaching by word and example, but especially by example. In the diocese where he served before being elevated to the papacy, he attached less importance to the (count) of parishioners than to the list of Christians capable of radiating an apostolate. It was his opinion that shock troops could be formed in any environment.”
“Shock troops” (or assault troops) is actually a military term that refers to infantry formations, along with supporting units, created to lead an attack. Consider the Allied Forces of World War II moving toward the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. That first wave of men knew full well that their chances were extremely poor of ever leaving that beach alive, but they knew somebody needed to go first. It is no less than profound that the holy Pope St. Pius X would use a military term, shock troops, to describe the most necessary need of our times. The pope was resolute in acknowledging that we are in spiritual warfare as he calls for an uncommon valor willing to be the tip of the spear, the vanguard.
In other words, we need warrior saints unafraid “to lead.”
Originally posted at: One Peter

from Courageous Priest 

Mary TV Daily Reflection 8/19/2014

Pray for Peace!!
 (c) Mary TV 2014  

August 19, 2014
St. John Eudes

Dear Family of Mary!

The live streaming of Marija's August 15, 2014 apparition was a beautiful event. Mary TV began streaming at Marija's house as the pilgrims were gathering. The Rosary was prayed very reverently, in several languages. And a message from Our Lady was read between the decades. It was a beautiful gift to give Our Lady, all that prayer and holy singing.

After the apparition, Marija shared a little about her encounter with Our Lady. Here is what she said;

"At the moment of the apparition Our Lady came and I recommended all of your intentions, and Our Lady prayed over us.  I recommended especially those people who had asked our prayer in a special way, all the sick people and the people who are suffering in our prayer.   And Our Lady prayed over us and she blessed us.  Our Lady came, like always on a feast because today is a big feast, in a golden dress, very rich and very beautiful."

Our Lady always prays for our intentions, according to the visionaries. She is solicitous of all our needs and sufferings. She is a mother!

I also want to share a message that the visionary Ivan received at an evening of prayer at the Church of the Holy Crown in Vicenza, Italy on August 17, 2014, just two days ago:

"Dear children, today in a special way I invite you to pray for peace. Open yourself to the Holy Spirit, dear children, so that the Holy Spirit may guide you. Particularly at this time, dear children, pray for my beloved Holy Father; pray for his mission of peace. I pray with you; interceding with my Son for each of you.  Thank you dear children, because even today you have responded to my call."  

(Message to Ivan Dragicevic, August 17, 2014 as reported at )  

It is said that after Ivan shared this message he said that Our Lady particularly wanted to emphasize the peace mission of Pope Francis.

This message speaks loudly to all of us. The entire world seems to be engulfed in violence and hatred. We all feel quite helpless in the face of it all. But Our Lady does not want us to be helpless. She is showing us the way to help! She says, "Pray for peace." And she goes further. She asks us to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit so that He can guide us. The Holy Spirit knows what we can do. He knows exactly what is possible for each one of us to do in the face of evil. If we pray and open our hearts to His guidance, He will show us exactly what to do in our own sphere of influence. We will not be helpless!!

And so, Our Queen who came in gold, wants to encourage us. She wants us to become her agents of peace, supporting our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in his mission of peace. We each have a role to play. We are not helpless, but helpers for peace! Come Holy Spirit!

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

PS.  "Fruit of Medjugorje" Episode 127, which aired last night at Mary TV, is a talk by Fr. Petar Ljubicic.  He addresses the need to pray for peace with Our Lady.  This talk will help us to respond to Our Lady's message through Ivan on August 17.  See how the Holy Spirit is ready to lead us!!!  Wow!!  You can watch this Fruit show !    

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