Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Monday, January 16, 2017
Newsletter From Medjugorje January 2017
From the Desk of Sr. Emmanuel Maillard
January 15, 2017
Dear Children of Medjugorje, Praised be Jesus and Mary!
1. On January 2, 2017 Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross in the
midst of a large crowd willing to entrust the New Year 2017 to the
Blessed Mother. After the apparition, she shared this message that Mary
is giving all of us:
"Dear children, my
Son was the source of love and light when He spoke on earth to the
people of all peoples. My apostles, follow His light. This is not easy.
You must be little. You must make yourselves smaller than others; with
the help of faith to be filled with His love. Not a single person on
earth can experience a miraculous experience without faith. I am with
you. I am making myself known to you by these comings, by these words; I
desire to witness to you my love and motherly care. My children, do not
waste time posing questions to which you never receive an answer. At
the end of your journey on earth, the Heavenly Father will give them to
you. Always know that God knows everything; God sees, God loves. My most
beloved Son illuminates lives, dispels darkness; and my motherly love
which carries me to you is inexpressible, mysterious but real. I am
expressing my feelings to you: love, understanding and motherly
benevolence. Of you, my apostles, I am asking for your roses of prayer
which need to be acts of love. To my motherly heart these are the
dearest prayers. I offer these to my Son who was born for your sake. He
looks at you and hears you. We are always close to you. This is the love
which calls, unites, converts, encourages and fulfills. Therefore, my
apostles, always love one another and above all, love my Son. This is
the only way to salvation, to eternal life. This is my dearest prayer
which fills my heart with the most beautiful scent of roses. Pray,
always pray for your shepherds that they may have the strength to be the
light of my Son. Thank you."
2."Return to the Rosary"!
2017, the centennial anniversary of the apparitions in Fatima,
is a vitally important year for believers. Let's take a careful look at
the message that Mary gave the 3 little shepherds, a message that shown
across the entire 20th century like a beam of light. Mary presented herself asOur
Lady of the Rosary. She revealed to us the path toward a lasting peace
for the whole world, and she specifically gave us a sure way of ending World War I, namely to pray the Rosary!
There is certainly a major reason why the Blessed Virgin, in
all of her appearances throughout the Church's history, strongly insists
that we pray the rosary every day. Why does she constantly reiterate
this tender supplication? As a Mother, she knows best how to guide her children toward happiness.
Many have never practiced this prayer. Some do not even know
it, while others have stopped praying it. It has to be said that the
hidden treasure of the rosary is not always very easy to find. That is
why I propose to give you a little explanation.
There are 2 ways of praying the Rosary, the good way and the bad way. Or...Let's rather say: the weak way and the powerful way.
The weak way:Suppose that I carry a heavy burden on my heart because one of my relatives is dying in hospital and is in great pain.
So I decide to say a Rosary for this intention, in the hope of
obtaining a healing for that person or at least some tangible relief. So
I start reciting myHail Mary's pretty mechanically, while
my mind is anxiously focused on the suffering of this person. I wonder
how I am going to be able to deal with this very difficult situation. It
goes without saying that this Rosary will still bear a little fruit,
but it will leave me more tired and stressed than before I prayed. It's a pity, because I've spent some time praying it!
The powerful way: The Blessed Mother has taught us to
pray the Rosary for the past 35 years with great precision. Suppose
that the same problem is bothering me and it hurts: one of my parents is
dying in hospital and is in great pain. So I am going to share this
concern with my Mother in Heaven. Instead of locking my mind on that
problem, I am going to completely get rid of it, let it go, throw it and
abandon it in her Immaculate Heart.
Image published by RL George: http://www.rlgeorge.com/our-lady-of-fatima/ I
may tell her: "MOM, now this is YOUR problem! The burden is too heavy
for me, please take care of it since you're my mother. Aren't you
all-powerful on the heart of God? He can't say no to you!"
I know she is good at taking care of her children's problems,
so while she is busy with my problem, my heart is relieved and free to
pray with serenity. With deep trust in her, I can now focus on Jesus
wholeheartedly and contemplate the various situations in His life that
the mysteries talk about.
Of course, before pronouncing the prayers of the Rosary, I
take some time to go in spirit to the place where the mystery has
happened. At that point, it's always a good idea to read
the relevant part of the Gospel. With all my heart and using my
imagination, I am going to look at Jesus in this situation, enter the
scene and participate in what is happening.
A concrete example:when I pray the
5th luminous mystery, the institution of the Holy Eucharist during the
Last Supper, I go in spirit to Jerusalem, I enter the Upper Room in the
Cenacle and I sit down at the table among the Apostles in order to
participate in the meal.
When Jesus gave his
friends his Body and his Blood, he was already thinking of me, because
in his divine spirit he already knew all the Holy Communions that I was
going to receive, as well as those of all men of all time. So I am not a
distant outsider, rather I fully become part of this event that involves
me directly. This extraordinary event is not an old story that is
disconnected from my life. No, this action of Jesus is something he does
for me again today. While I am watching him in prayer, I receive the same grace from Jesus that he poured out
2000 years earlier to his friends. Because "we become what we
contemplate", everything that lives in the heart of Jesus at this moment
penetrates into my own heart. I become filled with his treasures and my whole being is enriched by the burning love which emanates from him.
This example enables us to understand why such a prayer fills us with who Christ is and increases our love for others. This love will then be transformed into action, because it is solid. As Our Mother says:"Of
you, my apostles, I am asking for your roses of prayer which need to be
acts of love. To my motherly heart these are the dearest prayers." (In
the Rosary, each Hail Mary is a new rose which we offer to Mary)."Always
love one another and above all, love my Son. This is the only way to
salvation, to Eternal Life. This is my dearest prayer which fills my
heart with the most beautiful scent of roses."
3. A Narrow Escape!
A few years ago, one of my sisters from my community came to fetch me
from Split airport. We decided to pray the Rosary on our way to
Medjugorje. That winter was very cold and the road was very slippery and
icy in places. It was pitch black. We were not going very
fast, but suddenly our car swerved to the left towards the huge
mountainous rocks which form the inside of the roads here. On the right
side was a ditch that we managed to avoid; and
fortunately, along the left side of the road below the rocks, there was a
small wall (about 20 cm high), curved like you see on a racetrack.
Without hitting the rocks, our car went over the small wall, skidded
along and ended by going back in the right direction on the road without
any damage. We had had a narrow escape!
We owed this protection to the Blessed Mother, to whom we
were praying, and to the many Angels of whom she is the Queen. We warmly
thanked them! But the most surprising part of the story unfolded a few
days later when I had to drive on the same road back to Split.
Since I knew exactly where the event had happened, I took a
close look at the place because I had never seen a road with a curved
retaining-wall except in films which showed racing-car scenes. To my
amazement the retaining-walls were not there! They actually never
Along the rocks there was an average small wall
that is perpendicular to the road (90°), like on other roads everywhere
else in the country. I understood that, on that night, Our Lady had
looked after us in a way we never could have imagined!
Not only had she protected us from a freefall down the
precipice on the right and from crashing into the rocks on the left, but
she made sure that there was a curved sidewall in place so that we
could come back home safe and sound in a car free from bumps! Thank you
Mary, thank you for the power of the Rosary! I hope many of your
children will adopt it while driving their car, and not only in the car!
Dearest Gospa, please, don't let us fall into spiritual
laziness, help us seize all the means you are giving us to finally enjoy
true peace and divine protection!
Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French)
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