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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Mary TV: October 22, 2020 Reflection - St. John Paul II

 

 Today is the Feast Day of Saint John Paul II. One of the wonderful events of my diaconate was to serve as deacon at his Mass at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, N.Y. in 1995. I held a ciborium filled with hosts as he celebrated the Mass. Then I went to the upper level and distributed Holy Communion. My wife, Marianne (RIP), sat in the front near the altar. A great memory that I will never forget!
Deacon John

Pope John Paul II holds a public mass in Aqueduct Race Track in 1995

   



St. John Paul II, Pray for us!


October 22, 2020

St. John Paul II, Pope

Dear Family of Mary!

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. John Paul II, our beloved Pope who brought us into the 3rd Millennium with such great hope and faith. Fondly do we remember his brilliant pastoral encyclicals and letters. He fed our hearts, our souls, and our minds with the Faith. And he accompanied us through many tremendous difficulties and challenges in the world. He was a true father to us all. 

Today I would like to share a short excerpt from his letter: ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE- On the Most Holy Rosary! In these most difficult moments of the world and of the Church, we need to hear his fatherly voice, encouraging us to grasp the Rosary and pray with deep faith. I also am including a link to the entire text so that you may read it. Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, relied on the Rosary his entire life. Our Lady brought him through unimaginable difficulties and challenges with grace and strength. She will do the same for us. 

Paragraph 40 and the conclusion of paragraph 42 from “On the Most Holy Rosary”:

Peace
40. The grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new Millennium lead us to think that only an intervention from on high, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situations of conflict and those governing the destinies of nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter future.

The Rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the one who is “our peace” (Eph 2:14). Anyone who assimilates the mystery of Christ – and this is clearly the goal of the Rosary – learns the secret of peace and makes it his life's project. Moreover, by virtue of its meditative character, with the tranquil succession of Hail Marys, the Rosary has a peaceful effect on those who pray it, disposing them to receive and experience in their innermost depths, and to spread around them, that true peace which is the special gift of the Risen Lord (cf. Jn 14:27; 20.21).

The Rosary is also a prayer for peace because of the fruits of charity which it produces. When prayed well in a truly meditative way, the Rosary leads to an encounter with Christ in his mysteries and so cannot fail to draw attention to the face of Christ in others, especially in the most afflicted. How could one possibly contemplate the mystery of the Child of Bethlehem, in the joyful mysteries, without experiencing the desire to welcome, defend and promote life, and to shoulder the burdens of suffering children all over the world? How could one possibly follow in the footsteps of Christ the Revealer, in the mysteries of light, without resolving to bear witness to his “Beatitudes” in daily life? And how could one contemplate Christ carrying the Cross and Christ Crucified, without feeling the need to act as a “Simon of Cyrene” for our brothers and sisters weighed down by grief or crushed by despair? Finally, how could one possibly gaze upon the glory of the Risen Christ or of Mary Queen of Heaven, without yearning to make this world more beautiful, more just, more closely conformed to God's plan?

In a word, by focusing our eyes on Christ, the Rosary also makes us peacemakers in the world. By its nature as an insistent choral petition in harmony with Christ's invitation to “pray ceaselessly” (Lk 18:1), the Rosary allows us to hope that, even today, the difficult “battle” for peace can be won. Far from offering an escape from the problems of the world, the Rosary obliges us to see them with responsible and generous eyes, and obtains for us the strength to face them with the certainty of God's help and the firm intention of bearing witness in every situation to “love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col 3:14).

In Conclusion (42.):

May this appeal of mine not go unheard! At the start of the twenty-fifth year of my Pontificate, I entrust this Apostolic Letter to the loving hands of the Virgin Mary, prostrating myself in spirit before her image in the splendid Shrine built for her by Blessed Bartolo Longo, the apostle of the Rosary. I willingly make my own the touching words with which he concluded his well-known Supplication to the Queen of the Holy Rosary: “O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love which unites us to the angels, tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell, safe port in our universal shipwreck, we will never abandon you. You will be our comfort in the hour of death: yours our final kiss as life ebbs away. And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompei, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. May you be everywhere blessed, today and always, on earth and in heaven”.

Read the entire letter here:


St. John Paul II, pray for us!! Be near to us!! Guide us!!

In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Mary TV: October 21, 2020 Reflection - A Litany of Praise to Jesus!

 




Praise the Lord!!
Youth Festival 2020


October 21, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! I am with you for so long because God is great in His love and in my presence. I am calling you, little children: return to God and to prayer. May the measure of your [way of] living be love and do not forget, little children, that prayer and fasting work miracles in you and around you. May everything you do be for the glory of God, and then Heaven will fill your heart with joy and you will feel that God loves you and is sending me to save you and the earth on which you live. Thank you for having responded to my call." (September 25, 2020)

"May everything you do be for the glory of God!!”

I would like to share a beautiful "Litany of Praise to Jesus" which I think will help us to grow in our awareness of the Glory of God and give us a boost in living our lives for God’s Glory.

(I am adapting a Litany of Praise written by William McDermott. It can be found at this link: http://www.williammcdermott.com/LITANY_OF_PRAISE.pdf )

Litany of Praise to Jesus!

Lord have mercy…
Christ have mercy…
Lord have mercy!

Response will be: Glory to You, Lord Jesus!

You are my life, my love…
You are the Name above all Names…
You are Emmanuel, God with us…
You are the King of Kings…
You are the King of Creation…
You are the King of the Universe…
You are the Lord of Lords…
You are the Almighty…
You are the Christ…
You are Christ, the King…
You are the Lamb of God…
You are the Lion of Judah…
You are the Bright Morning Star…
You are our Champion and Shield…
You are our Strength and our Song…
You are the Way for our Life…
You are the only Truth…
You are the Real life…
You are the Wonder Counselor…
You are the Prince of Peace…
You are the Light of the World…
You are the Living Word…
You are the Redeemer…
You are the Messiah…
You are the Anointed One…
You are the Holy One of Israel…
You are the Good Shepherd…
You are the Sheepgate…
You are the Lord of Hosts…
You are the Rock of all Ages…
You are our Hiding Place…
You are the Savior of the World…
You are the Strong Tower…
You are the Mountain Refuge…
You are the Bread of Life…
You are the Font of all Holiness…
You are the Living Water…
You are the True Vine…
You are my Spouse, my Maker…
You are our Fortress…
You are the Deliverer…
You are our Victory…
You are our Salvation…
You are our Righteousness…
You are our Wisdom…
You are our Sanctification…
You are our Justification…
You are the Door…
You are the Great I AM…
You are the Great High Priest…
You are the Cornerstone…
You are the Sure Foundation…
You are our Joy…
You are our Portion and Cup…
You are our Healing and Wholeness…
You are our Covenant…
You are the Promise of the Father…
You are the Everlasting One.
You are the Most High God…
You are the Lamb that was Slain…
You are the Just Judge…
You are the Balm of Gilead…
You are the Mighty Warrior.
You are our Defense…
You are the Bridegroom...
You are our Patience…
You are our Solid Reality…
You are our Provider…
You are the Resurrection and the Life…
You are the Alpha and Omega…
You are the Beginning and the End…
You are all that I need…
You are all that I want…
You are worthy of all Praise!!!!

Psalm 34:2-4: I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall always be in my mouth. My soul will glory in the Lord; let the poor hear and be glad. Magnify the Lord with me; and let us exalt His name together!!
 
Amen!

In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020

 
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Mary TV: October 20, 2020 Reflection - For the Glory of God!

 





The Glory of God!


October 20, 2020
St. Paul of the Cross, Priest

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! I am with you for so long because God is great in His love and in my presence. I am calling you, little children: return to God and to prayer. May the measure of your [way of] living be love and do not forget, little children, that prayer and fasting work miracles in you and around you. May everything you do be for the glory of God, and then Heaven will fill your heart with joy and you will feel that God loves you and is sending me to save you and the earth on which you live. Thank you for having responded to my call." September 25, 2020
“May everything you do be for the glory of God, and then Heaven will fill your heart with joy and you will feel that God loves you and is sending me to save you and the earth on which you live.”

What does this mean: May everything you do be for the Glory of God. I must say that I have lost track of this sentiment in my daily life! But doesn’t the Deacon say at the end of Holy Mass: “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.” Certainly, this work of glorifying the Lord is important, even central to our lives. How could I forget it?

It occurs to me that if I lived in such a way that everything I did was for the glory of the Lord, then I would be constantly aware that somehow my behavior was a proclamation and a demonstration of how Good and Great and Wonderful God is!! Each moment could become a moment lived in the awareness that God is with me, and I am with Him, and I have the opportunity in each moment to give God the praise and thanks He is due, through my actions, my words, my thoughts, my prayers, and my desires. I would no longer be a “lone ranger” operating on my own behalf in a world that only belongs to me. I would be already in Heaven in that I would be present to God as He is present to me.

Maybe that is why Our Lady continued in the message saying, “then Heaven will fill your heart with joy, and you will feel that God loves you…” Living in the desire to glorify God in everything would naturally bring me into His presence, since I would be offering everything to Him as a gift. And then, I would receive the joy of Heaven in return, the Love of God. 

Well it sounds like a lovely way to live. Always living for the Glory of the Lord!! 

Notice that the end of that sentence says: “you will feel that God loves you and is sending me to save you and the earth on which you live.” When our hearts are filled with heaven, we see things from a different perspective. We see God acting in our poor world. We see what He is doing. And what He is doing is amazing. He is saving us and our measly planet through the coming of Our Lady. This is her Triumph. This is her time. And we are called to help her, by living our lives for the Glory of the Lord!
 
“May everything you do be for the glory of God, and then Heaven will fill your heart with joy and you will feel that God loves you and is sending me to save you and the earth on which you live.”

Maybe we could start practicing this way of living today. Before we begin a task, while we are doing the task, at the end of the task, may we offer it for the Glory of the Lord! It will make our every moment deeply meaningful and sweetly humble!

In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020
 
 


 
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Monday, October 19, 2020

Mary TV: October 19, 2020 Reflection - Grasp the Rosary!

 

 


Grasp the Rosary!


October 19, 2020

St. John de Brebeuf, St. Isaac Jogues, priests and martyrs

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Today, like never before, I invite you to prayer. Let your prayer be a prayer for peace. Satan is strong and desires to destroy not only human life, but also nature and the planet on which you live. Therefore, dear children, pray that through prayer you can protect yourselves with God's blessing of peace. God has sent me among you so that I may help you. If you so wish, grasp for the rosary. Even the rosary alone can work miracles in the world and in your lives. I bless you and I remain with you for as long as it is God's will. Thank you for not betraying my presence here and I thank you because your response is serving the good and the peace." (January 25, 1991)

In 1991 the war in Bosnia/Hercegovina was looming. It would break out in full force in 1992. But Our Lady was preparing her children for this coming time of trial. How did she prepare them? Through prayer for peace. Through dependence on God. Through the prayer of the Rosary. Through her Motherly presence. And though it was a terrible trial, in the end Medjugorje was spared violence, and peace was established. 

This message can also prepare us for the time ahead. We also face uncertainties in our nations and cities. But the remedy is the same. We can listen to Our Lady’s messages and live them now, just as the villagers did in 1991. Living Our Lady’s messages helps others as well as ourselves. Our prayers are not about politics, they are about mercy. Our prayers are for peace. 

Peace is the one thing necessary right now. The frenzy that the enemy of our souls is stirring up is deadly. It will do great damage. Our Mother brings peace, which is the beginning of a great reform of her children. Her peace is the peace of a heart at one with Jesus, a heart in complete harmony with Jesus’ heart. That is the remedy. 

Those who live in Our Lady’s heart become those who bring peace to others. The Rosary is a prayer of peace, a prayer that brings calm to the soul and trust to the heart and mind. In that peace, holiness is born, conversion happens, hope erupts, and true love is revealed. The prayers of the Rosary are perfect prayers, conveying to those who pray them everything they need.

The Rosary is a peace prayer because it refers everything to the Trinity and to Our Lady. It is the platform for peace, which is what is needed today. 

Pray for the whole world! Pray the Rosary for peace. “If you so wish, grasp for the Rosary. Even the Rosary alone can work miracles in the world and in your lives…”

In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
© Mary TV 2020

 
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