Friday, April 18, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 4/18/2014

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April 18, 2014
Good Friday

Dear Family of Mary!
On this most solemn day we begin the Divine Mercy Novena, as requested by Our Lord to St. Faustina. (See the Dairy #699) We will pray together the novena prayers for each day, and recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We will also recall some of the words about Mercy given to us by Pope John Paul II, as we anticipate his canonization on Divine Mercy Sunday. We are asking for his intercession in a special way for all our needs including the needs of Mary TV! We will include a message each day from Our Lady of Medjugorje, as she is a most beautiful sign of God's mercy in these days.

We begin this Good Friday and with all our hearts we kneel beneath the Holy Cross of Christ, from whence all graces flow for mankind. In union with Mary, our Mother, and with Mary Magdalene and St. John, we pray: Jesus, I trust in You!

St. Faustina wrote:

Jesus, I trust in You...Novena to The Divine Mercy - Which Jesus instructed me to write down and make before the Feast of Mercy. It begins on Good Friday.

I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death.

On each day you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father. You will do this in this life and in the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls.

I answered, "Jesus, I do not know how to make this novena or which souls to bring first into Your Most Compassionate heart." Jesus replied that He would tell me which souls to bring each day into His Heart. (1186 Diary)

Divine Mercy Novena Day 1

"Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy! (Instructions for the chaplet are found in the PS below.)

We conclude with a message from Our Lady of Medjugorje, a quote from Pope John Paul II and a short prayer in honor of his canonization on April 27, 2014!

Our Lady of Medjugorje has said to us:

"Dear children! I call you to prayer. By means of prayer, little children, you obtain joy and peace. Through prayer you are richer in the mercy of God. Therefore, little children, let prayer be the life of each one of you. Especially I call you to pray so that all those who are far away from God may be converted. Then our hearts shall be richer because God will rule in the hearts of all men. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray! Let prayers begin to rule in the whole world. Thank you for having responded to my call. (August 25, 1989)

Pope John Paul II: 

In his encyclical "Dives In Misericordia" Pope John Paul II recognized the desperate need of mercy in the modern world. He said that all mankind is in need of mercy in these days:

The truth, revealed in Christ, about God the "Father of mercies,"  enables us to "see" Him as particularly close to man especially when man is suffering, when he is under threat at the very heart of his existence and dignity. And this is why, in the situation of the Church and the world today, many individuals and groups guided by a lively sense of faith are turning, I would say almost spontaneously, to the mercy of God. They are certainly being moved to do this by Christ Himself, who through His Spirit works within human hearts. For the mystery of God the "Father of mercies" revealed by Christ becomes, in the context of today's threats to man, as it were a unique appeal addressed to the Church...

In fact, revelation and faith teach us not only to meditate in the abstract upon the mystery of God as "Father of mercies," but also to have recourse to that mercy in the name of Christ and in union with Him. Did not Christ say that our Father, who "sees in secret,"  is always waiting for us to have recourse to Him in every need and always waiting for us to study His mystery: the mystery of the Father and His love?
I therefore wish these considerations to bring this mystery closer to everyone. At the same time I wish them to be a heartfelt appeal by the Church to mercy, which humanity and the modern world need so much. And they need mercy even though they often do not realize it.   (Dives In Misericordia. N.2)

A prayer to Pope John Paul II:

O Blessed Trinity, we thank You for having graced the Church with Blessed John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of Your Fatherly care, the glory of the Cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Spirit of love, to shine through him. Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal Intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with You. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, knowing that he will soon be numbered among Your saints. Amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014
PS. How pray the Chaplet (using the Rosary beads):
One Our Father

One Hail Mary


On the Our Father Beads say the following words:
"Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world".

On the Hail Mary Beads say the following words:
"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world".
In conclusion, after the five decades say three times:
"Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world".

PPS.  For those who wish, Mary TV will Pray this novena live at 3:00 pm EDT starting April 18, 2014 (today) and ending on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014!  Join us at !   

PPPS.  The parish will climb Krizevac doing the stations of the cross at 11:00 am Medjugorje time today, which is 5:00 am EDT!  We will stream it, but it will be early for those of us in America!   

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