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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/29/2013


Mirjana sees Our Lady  
  Mirjana's apparition at the Blue Cross
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J.M.J.
October 29, 2013

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Today I call you to open yourselves to prayer. Prayer works miracles in you and through you. Therefore, little children, in the simplicity of heart seek of the Most High to give you the strength to be God's children and for Satan not to shake you like the wind shakes the branches. Little children, decide for God anew and seek only His will - and then you will find joy and peace in Him. Thank you for having responded to my call." (October 25, 2013)

Prayer works miracles in you and through you...

Fr. Dominic Towey, from Scotland has been to Medjugorje over 40 times. He shared some of the miracles he has seen during those trips on "Fruit of Medjugorje, Episode 87:

Over the years we have brought umpteen people here. This year alone, and over the past few years our numbers average about 380 people coming from Scotland, organized by my own parish...which is incidentally is the parish of St. John the Baptist. Of course there is always a great connection between Our Lady, St. John the Baptist and his mother, St. Elizabeth. And in that time I have seen many, many miracles take place.

As a priest, hearing confessions is as wonderful experience. I would think that any priest that would have any doubts about what is happening in Medjugorje if he just came and sat in the confessional for an hour I think he would see the tremendous grace that is given to people to turn away from sin, to repent, and to start again.

I have also seen great conversions take place. For example, a few years ago we had a young girl come with us. She was the care giver for a very handicapped lady. And she came here, screaming and shouting. The last place she wanted to come was Medjugorje. She was involved in the Orange Lodge, and she would go to Ireland every year and take part in the 12th of July celebrations there. And we went to Cenacolo to hear a witness of one of the boys there. And the next day was Mirjana's apparition. And I remember, we went there again (to the Cenacolo meeting tent where the apparition took place) and she thought we were going to hear another witness. And she saw this girl come in, and she thought to herself, "What a shame, that poor girl. She must be so embarrassed." But it was Mirjana, and then Mirjana started praying, and the apparition happened. The change that took place in Linda (the girl I am sharing about) was amazing. She just knew that something very special, very unique was happening. And she changed her life completely. She came back to Scotland, and she lives within the boundaries of my parish. She joined the RCIA. She was received into the Catholic Church the following Easter. And just a few months later I had the joy of celebrating her marriage. And she took the name of Mary for her confirmation name because she found the Mother here in Medjugorje!

Another example would be a gentleman who had no faith, absolutely no faith. He was kidded along to come to Medjugorje by his wife who said he could just relax at the pool and read the daily newspaper. Of course when he came here there wasn't any pool in Medjugorje, and there weren't any daily newspapers. And it was amazing, because you could see a change was happening in him. And again, at Mirjana's apparition...this was a different year than Linda...he was outside the canvas (of the Cenacolo tent where the apparitions took place) and there was a hole in the canvas, and during the apparition he found himself staring at Mirjana. And during the apparitions he knew Our Lady was there. He just knew it. And when he returned to Scotland, he became a Catholic and he is a very, very active member in the parish now. Ready to do anything. A very humble guy. He is someone who is well known in Mary's Meals, because he gave up a very good job to take smaller pay, and do something worthwhile. He had found God; he had found Mary, through being here.

That is just two examples. At our parish we have every month a Medjugorje evening. We try to follow the program as it is here in Medjugorje, Rosary, Holy Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and prayers for healing. We get about 500 or 550 people every month. It is a tremendous blessing for the parish, because people come and want to pray and they want to experience a deeper relationship with God. One of the things that has happened is that there is a greater number of people going to the Sacrament of Confession, an increase in the number of people going to daily Mass. And a beautiful fruit of Medjugorje is that there are people wanting to spend time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We are very blessed to have an oratory in the church, dedicated to soon-to-be Saint John Paul II, where we have 12 hours of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. And people find so much comfort and so much joy to just be able to come and sit in the presence of Jesus and unburden themselves. As a result of this people are more involved in the prolife movement. People are more involved in life issues. They want to express their faith. In Medjugorje you really are renewed, and when you go back that renewal is something you want to keep but you also want to share. That is why every year so many people come to Medjugorje. Really about half of the people we bring each year are returning, some of them for the umpteenth time. But the other half is new people who have been touched by what they have heard.

Medjugorje is described as a school of prayer and that is very much what it is. It is a place where Mary gathers us as a mother gathers her children around the dinner table or around the desk to study. She gathers us to instruct us and to point us to Jesus. That is the beautiful thing about any Marian shrine. Mary doesn't seek glory for herself, she is always pointing to Jesus, as she did in Cana of Galilee, when she said, and "Do whatever he tells you." Mary is still pointing us to Jesus.

There is one phrase I love in the Magnificat, "My soul magnifies the Lord." Mary makes God more visible, easier to recognize. And that is what each of us is called to do, to make God more easily recognizable. That is something that happens here in Medjugorje. And it is happening all over the world, as a result of the number of people who have come here. Over 30 million people since the apparitions started over 32 years ago. We have been blessed to have Maria once and Ivan three times in our own church, to have the apparitions. Wonderful to have Our Lady visit, to have Our Lady come and bless us, and know that she is interceding for us.

In Medjugorje, miracles happen daily. They happen through Our Lady, because she is one who prays constantly. And they happen through Our Lady's children who are beginning to pray constantly as well. Prayer really does work miracles.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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