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!
November 2, 2016 "Dear children, to come to you and to make myself known to you is a great joy for my motherly heart. It is a gift from my Son for you and for others who are coming. As a mother I am calling you: love my Son above everything. In order to love Him with all your heart, you need to come to know Him. You will come to know Him through prayer. Pray with the heart and with your feelings. To pray means to think of His love and sacrifice. To pray means to love, to give, to suffer and to offer. I am calling you, my children, to be apostles of prayer and love. My children, it is a time of vigilance. In this vigil I am calling you to prayer, love and trust. As my Son will be looking in your hearts, my motherly heart desires for Him to see unconditional trust and love in them. The united love of my apostles will live, will conquer and will expose evil. My children, I was a chalice of the God-man; I was God's instrument. That is why I am calling you, my apostles, to be a chalice of the true and pure love of my Son. I am calling you to be an instrument through which all those who have not come to know the love of God - who have never loved - may comprehend, accept and be saved. Thank you, my children."
In these difficult days, it is very important to keep our hearts focused on Jesus. He is our hope and life, our future and our joy! Our Lady wants this for us, as she said in the message above. I found this beautiful litany of praise by William McDermott based on Scripture titles that honor and praise Jesus. This litany is one way to come to know Jesus, through prayer! Let the titles from Scripture in this litany fill your hearts with wonder and awe for our Risen Lord! It will help us to keep our gaze and heart upon the Lord!
A Litany of Praise
Lord Jesus Christ, we long to give you all thanks and praise for you are our God, our Savior, our King, our All in All! And so we praise you today:
Psalms 92:2 - It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praise to your name, Most High!
Response: We Praise You, Lord Jesus Christ
You are my life, my love.
You are the Name above all Names. (Ephesians 1:21) (Philippians 2:9)
You are Emmanuel, God with us.
You are the King of Kings.
You are the King of Creation. (John 1:10)
You are the King of the Universe.
You are the Lord of Lords.
You are the Almighty.
You are the Christ. (Mark 8:29)
You are Christ, the King.
You are the Lamb of God. (John 1:29)
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. (John 1:14, 17)
You are the Real Life.
You are the Wonderful Counselor.
You are the Prince of Peace.
You are the Light of the World. (John 1:4, 9)
You are the Living Word. (Hebrews 4:12) (John 1:14)
You are the Redeemer.
You are the Messiah. (John 4:25) (Mark 8:29)
You are the Anointed One. (John 4:25)
You are the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 12:6)
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. (John 4:10)
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. (John 4:26)
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. (Psalm 92:2)
You are the Lamb that was Slain. (Revelation 5:12)
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 the 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!
Psalms 150:1-6 - Hallelujah! Praise God in His holy sanctuary; give praise in the mighty dome of heaven. Give praise for His mighty deeds, praise him for His great majesty. Give praise with blasts upon the horn, praise Him with harp and lyre. Give praise with tambourines and dance, praise Him with strings and pipes. Give praise with crashing cymbals, praise Him with sounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath give praise to the LORD! Hallelujah!
(Adapted from A Litany of Praise - www.William McDermott.com)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 7:36-50:
A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?” Simon said in reply, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Now read this message from Our Lady, given through Mirjana Soldo:
May 2, 2013
"Dear children; Anew, I am calling you to love and not to judge. My Son, according to the will of the Heavenly Father, was among you to show you the way of salvation, to save you and not to judge you. If you desire to follow my Son, you will not judge but love like your Heavenly Father loves you. And when it is the most difficult for you, when you are falling under the weight of the cross do not despair, do not judge, instead remember that you are loved and praise the Heavenly Father because of His love. My children, do not deviate from the way on which I am leading you. Do not recklessly walk into perdition. May prayer and fasting strengthen you so that you can live as the Heavenly Father would desire; that you may be my apostles of faith and love; that your life may bless those whom you meet; that you may be one with the Heavenly Father and my Son. My children, that is the only truth, the truth that leads to your conversion, and then to the conversion of all those whom you meet - those who have not come to know my Son - all those who do not know what it means to love. My children, my Son gave you a gift of the shepherds. Take good care of them. Pray for them. Thank you."
Our Lady tells us not to judge, but to remember how much we have been forgiven and be filled with love and joy. Jesus demonstrated this very thing in the Gospel for today. The woman who had sinned greatly was able to be freed from her sins, because she understood the great love of Jesus, and His power to forgive her. In her deep humility, she received His forgiveness and was filled with love. Simon the Pharisee on the other hand had no idea of his own sins, because all he could do was preoccupy himself with thesins of the poor woman at Jesus' feet. He wasted precious time with Jesus by so doing. He could have been forgiven and freed by Jesus of all his sins that day, but his prideful and judging spirit blocked him from that moment of grace.
Our Lady wants us to follow Jesus and not judge but love! Why? Because she doesn't want us to end up like the Pharisee, lost in the blindness of his own self-satisfaction. May we listen to Jesus and Mary, and look only at our own sins, with the desire to be forgiven. Then we will be able to help others to find the same peace we will have.
On this day we honor Our Lady of Sorrows, remembering her brave and constant heart which endured the Passion of her Son, His death on the Cross, and His 3 days in the grave. We marvel at her strength and courage, her patience and long suffering. Our Lady loves with an incredible strength from God. And she wants to lead us into that same love. Listen to her call in this message:
February 2, 2013
"Dear children, love is bringing me to you - the love which I desire to teach you also - real love; the love which my Son showed you when He died on the Cross out of love for you; the love which is always ready to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. How great is your love? My motherly heart is sorrowful as it searches for love in your hearts. You are not ready to submit your will to God's will out of love. You cannot help me to have those who have not come to know God's love to come to know it, because you do not have real love. Consecrate your hearts to me and I will lead you. I will teach you to forgive, to love your enemies and to live according to my Son. Do not be afraid for yourselves. In afflictions my Son does not forget those who love. I will be beside you. I will implore the Heavenly Father for the light of eternal truth and love to illuminate you. Pray for your shepherds so that through your fasting and prayer they can lead you in love. Thank you."
Mother, please teach us how to love as you love. Please mold us with your Immaculate Heart into those who can love like you love. Teach us real love!
On September 12 ,2021, Fr. Goran Azinovic, a parish priest from Citluk, gave the homily for the Mass celebrated on Cross Mountain, in honor of the Triumph of the Cross. It was a beautiful day in Medjugorje, with a brilliant blue sky. The Cross on the mountain was white as snow, and the entire hill was packed with people! Pilgrims and parishioners were together, praying in that most holy spot.
Fr. Goran gave a powerful homily that day. It is more powerful to hear him speak than to read it. You can watch him speak at this link on the Mary TV website:
But I have transcribed a portion of his homily for you. Fr. Goran spoke powerfully about the glory and power of the Cross. Today in the broader Church we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Thanks be to God for the Cross, the sign of our salvation!!
Fr. Goran Azinovic - excerpt from his Homily
We need the people who built this cross. We need Wyszyński and Stepinac (holy martyrs of our time). For in the valley of the world we only worry about what we buy, what we have, everywhere in the world this is so. But that is why Our Lady has appeared on Podbrdo. And people are climbing to this Cross. Because Our Lady tells us to come out to the Hills from the valley and you will see that you have enough. God gave you even more than you need!
This Cross couldn’t be built in a valley. This Cross couldn’t be down there because people wouldn’t see it. Though it is about 8 ½ meters high, people wouldn’t see it if it was down in the valley. But here (on top of Mount Krizevac) people see it. Many times, I drive down from Citluk and I look up at it! As in the first reading for today, I say, “Jesus help me!”
This is the same cry as when the people in the desert were being bitten by the snakes. What are the snakes today? Career, money, lack of prayer, curses, those who say, “My son is living somewhere with someone. And when someone says, Mother, did you try to stop him? And she says that she didn’t want to fight.” Look, these are the serpents. Today we die because of these snake bites.
Sister Faustina was once called outside by the Lord – “Let me show you something!” Jesus said. She saw a fight behind her convent, between the angels and the devil, and Jesus said to her, “I need your prayer. If you do not pray and love and adore the Cross, your convent will be closed, and you will have to leave.” And she began to pray, humbly and sincerely. The same applies to you and your families. Outside your homes it is a constant fight between the angels and the devil, so if you do not pray you will lose the faith…
So many people live formally. They have a house but there is no home. There is no love, no living faith, no prayer. This Cross we built, that is the living faith. That is why the message to us parishioners here is that we cannot give up on the Cross. Everything would be much better if we loved and adored the Cross more, that the Cross would become the center of our life.
Often, we come to our house, and we look around and we see all we have, and we see the comfort, the big kitchen, two refrigerators, and we create comfort, but we will not be comfortable in the biggest house you can find, if Jesus is not inside. You will not have joy. Jesus wants you to make a home in which He can be present. That is why Our Lady says to make a little altar, put up a Cross, put the Bible there. More than ever, we need the Cross. Through the Cross the victory comes.
Father Marinko said about this Cross, “It was the women who were carrying the cement blocks up the mountain to build this Cross. Grandmas were bringing the cement blocks up this mountain so that this Cross would be built. That was the faith…. Our Lady said this Cross was in God’s plan. This was meant to be built so that you could continue to believe. So that you would remain united.
Now think of this, if every pilgrim who has come here had brought a little cement block, this Cross would go all the way up to heaven, through those 40 years…this Cross would reach Heaven. Why? Because that many people have passed through Medjugorje and that many people have converted. A priest once said, “It is Our Lady, using Cross Mountain and Apparition Hill, so that many, many people here are converted through the stones, not through us, priests. It is not us. If you ask pilgrims how they were touched, they will not say it was the food they ate, or the welcome they received from us, they will say, “Yes, it was Apparition Hill with the thorns, it was the Cross on Cross Mountain with the stones! It is Our Lady who is still today using the thorns and the stones. Why? We did not become prophets. We are not the ones evangelizing.
From this place, Gospa, Mary, Our Lady, thank you! Because despite the silence, You are the one speaking to us! Despite us, who are not witnessing, you are witnessing! Go try to make another hill, with a path, but people will not go there. Take any mountain in the world, but the people will not go there. No, it is this hill where people want to be broken before God. (The Hill where Our Lady has come.)
That is why Jesus said, “Every knee will bend before Me!” That is why you must make your decision! Will you give Jesus glory during your life, or when you die? If it is only when you die it will be too late.
That is why when you come home, as a Father or a Mother, and your child asks you what you are doing, you must kneel down. And the child will ask why? Before whom are you kneeling? Then put the Cross up and pray before the Cross. Say "I want to be mother or father to you, my child, in that you see I kneel before the Cross. I want you to do the same." The Cross is not a decoration. The faith is not in words but in deeds. So, show your deeds. Be holy!... Like Wyszyński, like Stepinac , like Fr. Slavko. Amen!