Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sad Times: Disobedience against "For Many" in the Eucharistic Consecration

"For Many" Defeats "For All." But Some Are Not Giving Up

The new translation of the words of the consecration backed by the pope is about to arrive in Italy as well. But protests and disobedience have already been announced
by Sandro Magister


ROME, January 29, 2013 – As the Vatican “recognitio” of the new Italian version of the Roman missal is nearing its conclusion, the dispute over the translation of “pro multis" in the formula of the Eucharistic consecration has seen new developments.
The latest comes from the theologian and bishop Bruno Forte.
In an article in “Avvenire" on January 19, 2013, Forte once again sided decisively with translating “pro multis" as "per molti" (for many), instead of as “per tutti" (for all),, as has been done for more than forty years in Italy and is similarly done in many other countries.
“For many" is the translation that Benedict XVI himself is demanding be adopted in the various languages, as he explained in a letter to the German bishops in April of 2012.
For some time, in effect, the translation “for many” has been returning to use in various languages and countries, at the prodding of the Vatican authorities and the pope himself.
But resistance is also being seen.
It has been noted, for example, that in London, in Canterbury, and in other places in England various priests are intentionally modifying the “for many” of the new English version of the missal approved by the Vatican, and saying: “for many and many.”
In Italy, the new version has not yet entered into effect. But when here as well the “per molti" becomes law – as it surely will – protests and disobedience have already been announced.
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Tribulation Times


January 31, 2013   

(Mat 19:13-16) Then were little children presented to him, that he should impose hands upon them and pray. And the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said to them: Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to me: for the kingdom of heaven is for such. And when he had imposed hands upon them, he departed from thence. And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? 

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT: Catholic Schools and the Christian Mission


Pope honors St. John Bosco, explains what different generations can learn from him

CATHOLIC CULTUREDon Bosco, Seeker of Souls by Msgr. Paul E. Campbell, M.A., Litt.D., Ed.D.



The Three Prophecies of St. John Bosco
Don Bosco's Prophecy of the Two Columns
The Road to Hell (Prophetic Dream of St. John Bosco 1868 A.D.)

From a letter by Saint John Bosco, priest 

I have always labored out of love First of all, if we wish to appear concerned about the true happiness of our foster children and if we would move them to fulfill their duties, you must never forget that you are taking the place of the parents of these beloved young people. I have always labored lovingly for them, and carried out my priestly duties with zeal. And the whole Salesian society has done this with me.

My sons, in my long experience very often I had to be convinced of this great truth. It is easier to become angry than to restrain oneself, and to threaten a boy than to persuade him. Yes, indeed, it is more fitting to be persistent in punishing our own impatience and pride than to correct the boys. We must be firm but kind, and be patient with them.

I give you as a model the charity of Paul which he showed to his new converts. They often reduced him to tears and entreaties when he found them lacking docility and even opposing his loving efforts.

See that no one finds you motivated by impetuosity or willfulness. It is difficult to keep calm when administering punishment, but this must be done if we are to keep ourselves from showing off our authority or spilling out our anger.

Let us regard those boys over whom we have some authority as our own sons. Let us place ourselves in their service. Let us be ashamed to assume an attitude of superiority. Let us not rule over them except for the purpose of serving them better.

This was the method that Jesus used with the apostles. He put up with their ignorance and roughness and even their infidelity. He treated sinners with a kindness and affection that caused some to be shocked, others to be scandalized, and still others to hope for God’s mercy. And so he bade us to be gentle and humble of heart.

They are our sons, and so in correcting their mistakes we must lay aside all anger and restrain it so firmly that it is extinguished entirely.

There must be no hostility in our minds, no contempt in our eyes, no insult on our lips. We must use mercy for the present and have hope for the future, as is fitting for true fathers who are eager for real correction and improvement.

In serious matters it is better to beg God humbly than to send forth a flood of words that will only offend the listeners and have no effect on those who are guilty.

VIDEOSt. John Bosco

Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: Love of One's Neighbor, Charity, Humility

31. If you find yourself in an abyss of pride and of vain self-esteem, plunge yourself at once into the abyss of the humility of the Sacred Heart. There you must submerge all feelings of pride that are stirred up within you, so that by love of your own abjection you may clothe yourself with His sacred annihilations.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje       
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Our Lady beckons



January 31, 2013


Dear Family of Mary!


"Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. May your prayer be as strong as a living stone, until with your lives you become witnesses. Witness the beauty of your faith. I am with you and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (January 25, 2013)


How do our lives become witnesses? One day at a time, little by little, as we live Our Lady's messages, our lives begin to shine with the light of God. This is the way. But there is usually a beginning. A conversion. A meeting with God that takes place. Especially in Medjugorje this is true. Today and tomorrow I want to share a remarkable witness. This witness is a great example of what Our Lady wants of us:


The testimony of Roland Patsleiner. (as transcribed from "Fruit of Medjugorje, Episode 52)


Hello, my name is Roland (Patzleiner). I come from the very north of Italy, a small town. And I live here in Medjugorje now for about 10 years. I am doing the music ministry especially for the Italian pilgrims and also playing at Adoration, and helping at some services at the parish. I am very glad, also, to give this testimony, for what Our Lady, Queen of Peace, has done in my life.


When I was a teenager, I fell into drugs and alcohol. I tried to do my life as best I was able to do. I was filling my heart with all these things which were at the end, emptying my heart. One special thing....when I was a child my mother taught me to play the guitar. Since I was little I played guitar. But I wanted to just play heavy metal, hard rock, Satanic music, and I fell into drugs (as I said already) and I wasn't aware at that time how strong on a spiritual level these things are. I was used to living life, as I knew it. As a young boy I thought that you live life to have fun, to have all the things you like, without sacrifice, just having fun. On a spiritual level I was dying always more. I was building up myself, but with a big lack of the sense of life. I was very attracted by music and this kind of life which you know is not good, but you like it. I had a stronger desire to do these bad things than to do what was good to do.


And I remember that my mother was always praying a lot for me. And that testifies to the message of Medjugorje that invites us all to pray and to have faith, and to practice the faith, especially Rosary and Mass and Confession and all that Our Lady is reminding us to do because it has the same spiritual strength as the evil one has. I wasn't aware of it but the life I was living had very bad consequences in my life....not just losing my life on this earth, but also losing my eternal life. And so I say, that my mother (it was providential) at that time in the life of our family, met a Medjugorje prayer group in our home town, and she started to pray. The first thing she experienced in this group was the help of people who listened to her problem, and you know they helped her to carry this at the moment when she couldn't do anything concrete for me.


So she came to Medjugorje in a pilgrimage many years ago, and I say that she felt in her heart that Our Lady told her, "You have to bring Roland to Medjugorje." I remember the time when she came back from that pilgrimage, and she said to me....You can imagine I had long hair, I was very closed and angry, I had a bad relationship with my parents. They were the people who wanted to void my happiness, telling me what I had to do and what I couldn't do. So they were out for me. And she came back from Medjugorje and said, "Roland you have to go to Medjugorje. Our Lady is appearing there, it helps you." You can imagine my "interest" in Medjugorje...inside I had a strong a feeling, and I heard a kind of voice that said, "No, I will never go there..."


And so started a time when I kept on destroying myself with music and drugs and this evil environment. And my mother, in her suffering, kept on praying, with her group. And sometimes she would come to me and say, "Go to Medjugorje, Our Lady is appearing there." And I always got really upset and angry with her and I always said, "NO."


My mother got upset as time passed, and didn't know anymore what to do, because she saw that day by day, I was losing more and more my life. I wasn't able to do something good in my life. So she went to the leader of the prayer group (who was also the organizer of the pilgrimages) and she said, "You know when I went to Medjugorje that time, I felt in my heart that Our Lady had said that I had to bring him." I was already famous as a very desperate case. A lot of people were praying for me. And my mother said, "The more that I tell him to go to Medjugorje, the more angry he gets. He is getting worse, day by day. I don't know what to do anymore."


This lady answered my mother and said, "You know I have to go to Medjugorje in a few days. Go tell him it's for free. Maybe he will come." And so again, after many times, she came to me saying, "You have to go to Medjugorje. Our Lady is appearing." I got really angry, saying, "Let me alone, let me alone. I don't want to hear anything about it." And she said, "No you have to go because this organizer is offering this pilgrimage for free." When I heard it was for free I said to myself, this time I can't say no. It was a trip for free! So I said, "Ok, I will go there. And when I come back I don't want to hear anything more about it."


And so I went to Medjugorje in 1986 for the first time. Medjugorje was different than today, but you know! But I remember I arrived in the bus full of pilgrims and you know I was wearing these clothes, and I didn't want to talk to anyone. I just came here, and they put me in a small house where the group was divided into a few houses. I didn't move from there, I just waited until the bus went back home. And I remember that the only interesting thing here in Medjugorje at that time was the tobacco plants. So the only interesting thing for me was trying the different tobaccos. And then when I finished the pilgrimage finally, I was really happy about that, and I went back home and continued, worse than before.


Why do I remember this thing...because I thank God that my mother and this group didn't say anything like "Prayer and sacrifice doesn't help. See we did a lot when he went to Medjugorje, we were so excited and hopeful that when he went to Medjugorje he would change. He would go back and leave the bad company and what he was doing." But it was not like that at that time. So I really thank God that they kept on praying....(More tomorrow)


Roland thanks God that his mother and her prayer group did not stop praying for him, even when his first trip to Medjugorje seemed to be a failure. They continued to believe. They did not reject him. They prayed. This is important for all of us who are praying for "lost causes". No cause is lost in God's eyes. And by our patience and perseverance, we can ensure the salvation of those we love.


More tomorrow!


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

© Mary TV 2013


PS. Don't forget there will be another "Fruit of Medjugorje" .


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

[Video] Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for February 2013.

 Migrant Families.

Migrant Families
Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for February 2013.

[Video] Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Benedict's mission intention for February 2013.

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Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Benedict's mission intention for February 2013.

[Video] Today's Gospel: The Sower and the Seed.

The Sower and the Seed
Reflection for 1/30/13

The Lord wants His Priests to Pray the Divine Office

Tribulation Times


January 30, 2013   

(Mat 6:9-10) Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

FROM THE MAILBAG: Reflection by Father Ted - January 29, 2013 

My dearest Lord Jesus, today You allowed me to preach Your word not only at Mass but also to a group of Your beloved daughters who are members of Your Mother's Legion of Mary in the Cathedral parish of Bolgatunga in Ghana.

You wanted not only the members of my missionary group to hear Your message of love for all people but also for these holy women who live here in Bolgatunga.

You have been striving to teach the importance of each one of us becoming saints - which is by doing the Will of the Father.

When we agree to this calling You pour into our hearts the incredible love that You have for all people.

You first of all ask us to evangelize our brothers and sisters within our own Catholic communities.

We do this by becoming men and women, boys and girls of prayer. For prayer is the first step in getting to know You, Your Father, and Your Holy Spirit.

You have taught me to begin each day with four simple prayers - the Morning Offering, the Memorare, the Prayer to my Guardian Angel, and the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel.

If possible, You want me to offer Mass daily. Through Your Holy Father Pope John Paul II, You reminded me of this when he encouraged a group of American bishops on their Ad Limina visit with him to exhort their brother priests do so whether there was a congregation present or not. He did this back in 1998.

You want to feed us spiritually through Your Holy Words in Scripture and through the receiving of Your Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.

You want us to spend time with you in Adoration - if possible daily. You want us to pray the Rosary daily for Peace in the world. Isn't that why You sent Your Mother to the 3 children at Fatima just a week after the Holy Father in May of 1917 requested the Catholic World to "Pray to Mary, the Queen of Peace?" 

You want us, as ordained priests, to pray the Divine Office - not just Lauds and Vespers as many of our lay brothers and sisters do. This prayer life is so important if we are to be able to recognize the Truth that You have preserved within Your Roman Catholic Church, if we are to resist the many temptations that You allow the devil to use to test us and to help us to grow in holiness.

I recall what sadly happened in the 1960's when many of us clergy and religious bought the distortion of the powerful Motto of Saint Benedict, which is "To Pray and to Work". For we were being taught that work is our prayer. And when many of us accepted this teaching we dropped praying the Divine Office.

I know what happened to me and to many of my brother priests where I taught in the Archdiocesan high school. We were not able to accept the truths that Pope Paul VI proclaimed in his divinely inspired encyclical "Humani Generis". Many gave into their temptations. Many left the priesthood for diverse reasons. 

You know that I almost left the priesthood too, but mercifully You prompted several brothers and sisters to pray for me. And they did. As a result I did not leave as did so many of my friends - including many of my classmates.

Just two years ago You exhorted Pope Benedict XVI to tell his brother bishops in the United States during his apostolic visit to the United States - to daily spend time in adoration of the Eucharistic Jesus, to daily pray the Rosary, and to daily pray the full Divine Office.

If they had only done so; if they had only urged their brother priests to do so; if we priests had only urged our lay brothers and sisters to visit Jesus in His Eucharistic Presence in our Churches and to pray the Rosary daily for Peace in the world - imagine how different our situation would be today.

As our Lord declared on Christmas Day in one alleged apparition - " I am your Peace. Live My Commandments."

Jesus, help us to live Your Commandments. Help us to urge our lay brothers and sisters to become saints. Help them to pray for the sanctification of all our Christian brothers and sisters. Encourage all of us who are Your disciples to pray that all people may come to know You as the only Savior of mankind and to accept Your Father as our Father.

Father, may Your Will be done on earth, by us, as it is done in Heaven.

Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: Love of One's Neighbor, Charity, Humility

30. This divine Heart is naught but sweetness, humility and patience, therefore, we must wait... He knows when to act.

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St. Peter's Square     
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St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
"Upon this Rock I will build my Church"



January 30, 2013


Dear Family of Mary1


"Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. May your prayer be as strong as a living stone, until with your lives you become witnesses. Witness the beauty of your faith. I am with you and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (January 25, 2013)


There is another Scripture that comes to mind, when I read Our Lady's words. It is from Matthew, Chapter 16:


He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."   And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Mt 16: 15-19)


St. Peter (Rock) is one of the first "living stones" in the spiritual edifice of the Church. He was chosen by Jesus to become the Rock upon which the Church was built. He was the bedrock, the firm foundation necessary for the erection of the living Church.


And how did Jesus know that Peter was the one? He gave the apostles a pop quiz!"Who do you say that I am?" And Peter got 100%! "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."


Now what this says to me is that Peter must have had strong prayer, because he was hearing from the Father. He learned who Jesus was from the Father in heaven."Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." And so, Peter's prayer was "as strong as a living stone". Peter was equipped through prayer to bear the weight of the Church on his shoulders. He was hearing from the Father. It was the sign Jesus needed. Jesus had found "the living stone".


We know that Peter was not perfect. He went through many trials and humiliations before he was ready to carry the load of the Church. But, because of his "strong prayer" Jesus knew he would always find his way to the truth, to the good. And we now have the Church as our strong foundation, thanks to Peter, the Rock.


May our prayer be as strong as "a living stone"! May we be hearing from the Father in prayer! And may we all pass our pop quizzes!!


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2013


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

[Video] Franciscan Friars Minor re-elect Marco Tasca as successor to St. Francis.


Franciscan Friars Minor re-elect Marco Tasca as successor to St. Francis
After a ten day meeting in Assisi, the general chapter of the Order of the Friars Minor, more commonly known as the Franciscans, re-elected Marco Tasca from Padua, as the successor to St. Francis. As such, he remains the 119 successor to the founder of the Franciscan order.

Visalia mall sued for threatening arrest: Local elder tried to share faith


The following comes from a January 24 release issued by the Pacific Justice Institute.

Attorneys with the Pacific Justice Institute have filed suit against the Visalia Mall for violations of free speech and public accommodations laws.

The Complaint filed late last week in Tulare County Superior Court alleges that Mall management and security officers threatened to arrest John Vadnais, an elder at a local church, for sharing his faith with other mall visitors.

Until last January, Vadnais went to the Mall often to shop and eat. He also struck up conversations with other shoppers and discussed his Christian faith. Mall staff harassed and eventually summoned local police to intimidate Vadnais. Vadnais sought clarity from Mall management over several months in 2012 and was eventually told that talking to strangers at the Mall was off-limits if the subject was religion.

PJI won a groundbreaking ruling in 2010 against the Galleria Mall near Sacramento for its arrest of a youth pastor, Matthew Snatchko, who was sharing his faith with willing listeners. It’s not clear why the Visalia Mall seems to believe that decision, authored by the current Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, does not apply to them.

“We’re seeing a disturbing trend,” noted PJI Senior Counsel Michael Peffer, the lead attorney in the new suit. “In spite of more than 30 years of strong precedent, some malls still refuse to accept their legal obligations not to censor visitors’ speech based on its content.”

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Vatican Rosary begins live broadcast By Estefania Aguirre


Deacons from St. Paul's Seminary pray the rosary at St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 16, 2013. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA).- The Vatican is now broadcasting the Rosary live every weekday from St. Peter's Square.

The Vatican television outlet CTV and the Catholic internet portal Aleteia are broadcasting "A Moment with Mary," which is being held Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. outside St. Peter's Basilica.

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Vatican City, 29 January 2013 (VIS) – The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has published the calendar of celebrations that are due to be presided by the Holy Father in February and March.


Saturday 2: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the World Day of Consecrated Life. At 5:30pm in the Vatican Basilica: Mass with members of institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life.

Monday 11: At 11:00am in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace: Ordinary public consistory for several causes for canonisation.

Wednesday 13: Ash Wednesday. At 4:30pm in the Basilica of Sant'Anselmo: "statio" and penitential procession. At 5:00pm in the Basilica of Santa Sabina: blessing and imposition of ashes.

Sunday 17: First Sunday of Lent. At 6:00pm in the "Redemptoris Mater" Chapel of the Vatican Apostolic Palace: beginning of the spiritual exercises of the Roman Curia.

Saturday 23: At 9:00am in the "Redemptoris Mater" Chapel: conclusion of the spiritual exercises of the Roman Curia.


Sunday 24: Palm Sunday and the Passion of the Lord. At 9:30am in St. Peter's Square: blessing of palms, procession, and Mass.

Thursday 28: Holy Thursday. At 5:30pm in the Basilica of St. John Lateran: beginning of the Easter Triduum with the Mass of the Last Supper.

Friday 29: Good Friday. At 5:00pm in the Vatican Basilica: celebration of the Lord's Passion. At 9:15pm at the Colosseum: Way of the Cross.

Saturday 30: Holy Saturday. At 8:30pm in the Vatican Basilica: Easter vigil.

Sunday 31: Easter Sunday. At 10:15am in St. Peter's Square: Mass. At midday, from the central loggia of St. Peter's Basilica: "Urbi et Orbi" blessing.


[Video] Who Are My Mother and Brothers.


Who Are My Mother and Brothers
Reflection for 1/29/13

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The Rock is Christ, Our Lord.




January 29, 2013


Dear Family of Mary!


"Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. May your prayer be as strong as a living stone, until with your lives you become witnesses. Witness the beauty of your faith. I am with you and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (January 25, 2013)


Our Lady's reference to "a living stone" has been resonating! Here is a response from Rick:


Thanks Cathy, Denis, Rosie & Franjo ...Years ago my father and I built a cottage in northern Ontario, Canada where it is very rocky country and we dug down until we hit a large bedrock where we decided to start the footing for our cottage since we knew that the bedrock would serve to anchor our footing. Similarly, and as Our Lady states, we need to anchor our lives in Her Son. So I can really relate to Franjo's explanation of "living stone" and how it relates to Our Lady's recent message. Regards ... Rick B.


Thanks, Rick! It makes such sense to dig deeply, in order to find the most solid footing for a building. This digging down and finding the bedrock reminds me of a scripture:


"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it." (Matt 7: 24-27)


Jesus spoke these words at the end of his Sermon on the Mount. The "words" He was referring to are His teachings, the Beatitudes, and all the beautiful wisdom He shared in that sermon, i.e. about judging, the commandments, anxiety and worry, and so forth. Jesus poured out the wisdom of His heart from that mountain side. Anyone who would take His words to heart and live them would find their lives firmly based on the Truth and the Way. They would be safe and sound, no matter what storms came against them. (Sadly the opposite is also true, that those who hear but do not live Jesus' words will be washed away.)


When we pray with the heart, we open ourselves to the very same Jesus who spoke from the mountain side. The very same Jesus comes to us and communes with us, pouring out His heart to us, sharing with us His incredible wisdom. We have only to be silent and listen for His voice, and He will teach us. And His teaching will make our spiritual foundation strong. If we are hearing with the ears of our hearts, really opening ourselves to Jesus, we will be those who do the very things Jesus teaches us to do. To hear is to obey!! Truly hearing Jesus with the heart will help us to follow Him. Our spiritual houses will be built on rock!


Our Lady wants our prayer to be strong as "living stone". Our prayer is the basis for our lives. We want it to be strong as well. As we pray the Rosary, attend daily Mass, read the Scriptures, and take time for silent, personal prayer, maybe we can imagine ourselves seated on the hillside with thousands of others, enrapt as Jesus teaches us the wisdom of His Heart. As we sit and drink in His words, we will find our spiritual Rock. Jesus, Himself, will come and be our foundation.


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2013


Monday, January 28, 2013

In the Middle East, the Arab spring has given way to a Christian winter

Tribulation Times


January 29, 2013   

(1Co 12:26-27) And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it: or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ and members of member. 


POPE BENEDICT XVI:  "Many of you come from areas where Christians, as individuals and communities, face painful trials and difficulties which are a source of deep concern to us all. Through you, I would like to assure all the faithful of the Middle East of my spiritual closeness and my prayer that this land, so important in God’s plan of salvation, may be led, through constructive dialogue and cooperation, to a future of justice and lasting peace. All Christians need to work together in mutual acceptance and trust in serving the cause of peace and justice in fidelity to the Lord’s will. May the example and intercession of the countless martyrs and saints who down the ages have borne courageous witness to Christ in all our Churches, sustain and strengthen all of us in meeting the challenges of the present with confidence and hope in the future which the Lord is opening before us. Upon you, and upon all those associated with the work of the Commission, I cordially invoke a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s gifts of wisdom, joy and peace".

CRISIS MAGAZINEObama Ignores the Fears of Middle Eastern Christians

ACNHelping the helpless in Syria


People escaping violence and oppression in Syria are to receive urgent help from leading Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), which is making a series of grants across a region now gripped by a bitter winter.

ACN has approved an initial aid package of $207,100 to provide food, blankets and medicine for people struggling in below-freezing temperatures.

The aid, bound for refugees and displaced people in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, will be distributed through parishes and dioceses, with the expectation of more ACN help to come.

ACN’s announcement on Thursday, Jan. 24th builds on significant emergency help for the region given at regular intervals during 2012, when Christians and others were caught in the cross-fire and suffered deliberate attacks on their communities. 

In making the latest round of aid payments, ACN has responded to appeals for help amid reports of up to four million people in Syria alone lacking food, shelter and clothes.

ACN projects staff reported receiving requests for aid from the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, which has suffered months of violence, and the so-called Valley of Christians (Wadi al-Nasara) near Homs, where the situation facing displaced people is of great concern. 

With Vatican reports within the past month stating that more than 500,000 people have been fleeing Syria, refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan are struggling to cope with the influx of people and need more help, especially in the winter months.

ACN Middle East projects coordinator Fr. Andrzej Halemba described the situation as “increasingly critical,” adding that “the cold is hitting the people hard.”

He said, “Syria’s Christians live in fear. We get reports about how much the people are suffering from the fighting.”

“The tension is almost unbearable. Syria’s Christians do not have any prospects and their future in their own country is uncertain.”

“They rely totally on the Church. That’s why it’s so important to distribute the aid through the structures of the Church.”


REVIEWIn the Middle East, the Arab spring has given way to a Christian winter



Egyptian court sentences Christian family to 15 years for converting from Islam
Jerusalem bishop: "Syria sexual violence must end"
Persecution of Christians: natural effect of the Arab Spring
Iran sentences American pastor Saeed Abedini to 8 years in prison

OF INTERESTRace to save the language of Jesus: Aramaic in danger of becoming extinct as  number of speakers of ancient tongue plummets

Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: Love of One's Neighbor, Charity, Humility

26. I think that, according to what our Lord makes known to me, He does not wish to take away from you these feelings contrary to the virtue of humility; He leaves you something to fight against, so that He may reward your victories; and also, that you may be continually on your guard and have a great distrust of yourself.

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Fr. Charles: Hard for me to manage




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“I'm 82 years old and have been a Catholic priest for a very long time. I am a priest in good standing and have been retired for some time now. Because of my infirmities (I am also blind in one eye), I am no longer able to offer Mass or administer the sacraments at the local parishes where I would receive a stipend to help supplement my Social Security of $670. I am paying rent on a small apartment. We are a small diocese and have no money to give priests like me who can't work anymore at the parishes.


I have heard about your generosity to us priests. I know you have many more priests who are in greater need than me. Could you please help me with a monthly allowance to get by for food and electricity? I do have health insurance, but the co-pays for prescriptions and doctors visits are hard for me to manage. I am really afraid that I will have to stop taking my medicine.


I can pray my Holy Mass for you and your benefactors in my apartment, that is all I can offer!


Sincerely in His Name,


Father Charles”



The need is urgent and we are most grateful for any amount you could share with us for this priest who is in dire need.


God bless you,




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Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/28/2013

living rock in Medjugorje   
(c)Josip Zubac 2013
"A living Stone"




January 28, 2013

St. Thomas Aquinas


Dear Family of Mary!


"Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. May your prayer be as strong as a living stone, until with your lives you become witnesses. Witness the beauty of your faith. I am with you and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call."   (January 25, 2013)


With great consistency and simplicity, Our Lady calls us again to prayer. This call has been constant since June of 1981. Prayer is our life line. Prayer is our hope. Prayer is the Father's gift to us, the open line of communication He has established for us from the beginning. We have an open door with our Lord, because He never stops listening for us, never stops desiring to hear from us, never stops hoping we will speak with Him. Out of His great love, He waits for us to communicate with Him, and desires to speak to us as well. What a miracle of grace!


In the wonder of this great gift, Our Lady says something very special to us in this message. She gives us an image to help us understand the foundational importance of prayer. Franjo and Rosie Zubac offered to help those of us who are not Croatian to understand Our Lady's use of the metaphor of "a living stone". It turns out there is a meaning specific to the Croatian people.


Franjo and Rosie explain:


Hello Denis! I have just come back from filming "Tea with Rosie" and Franjo insisted I explain the words "living stone" in the Croatian language. Living stone is the name given when someone is digging for the foundation of a house. When they dig deep enough and find a strong stone which is strong enough to take the weight of the whole house, this stone is called "the living stone". So it is strong and immobile. I hope this helps you! God bless, Rosie and Franjo  



Yes indeed it helps! The "living stone" that Our Lady speaks about is that foundational stone upon which our Spiritual House can be built. It is the solid and strong base upon which all else will depend for stability. Our prayer is the foundation for everything else in our spiritual lives. If we are praying from the heart, speaking to God and listening to Him as well, we will be able to stand on our relationship with Him and not be moved. Our personal relationship with God happens through prayer. Our Lady has told us so, almost every month in her messages since she first came to Medjugorje. Prayer is the first message and the one to which she always returns.



We have to dig deep to find that living stone. Prayer must originate from deep within us, from our very hearts. Superficial prayer, prayer from our lips but not our hearts, will not stand the test of time. It will not cement us to our Creator. When the rain comes and the winds blow, we will find we are not founded on that Rock, and our house will fall! The Living Stone, who is Jesus, must be our dearest friend, our only Savior, our only love. Then our prayer will be strong.


There will be many extensions to be made from this metaphor. But for me, the Croatian understanding is perfect!


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2013


PS. "Fruit of Medjugorje" tonight! Don't miss it!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Courageous Priest: We are hiring . . .


We are hiring . . .

Hello Courageous Priest Here,

We are growing.  Our Lady has been very good to us and we are humbled.  We have branched out and are now a growing presence on Facebook and Twitter.  John has joined his twin brother, Dan, and created an Amazon Kindle best seller for Mariology called The Ultimate Saints Guide to the Immaculate Conception and created a Facebook community for Our Immaculate Mother that reached over 4,000 members in less than a month.  It is rather shocking to tell you the truth. Please join our communities by liking them here.

It is not easy for Jeff and me to ask this, but we need some help.  Are you feeling called to be part of the new evangelization and become part of our Courageous Priest team?  The monetary pay is terrible.  No, really it is.  The spiritual blessings can’t be measured here on earth.

Here is what we are looking for.

Prayer and penance support for our apostolate and our Priests.

  • Courageous Priest Facebook Administrator:  We are looking to create more of a community.  Jeff and I both work full-time and this is a sorely-neglected area for us.  We are looking for someone who is highly proficient in Facebook, with a sharing heart, a great ability to charitably talk to our community and has some basic photoshop skills.  No pay, but some small opportunities could hopefully come up.
  • Courageous Priest Administrator:  Another big part of blogging is getting involved in the community and building relationships with others for Jeff and me on the Courageous Priest site.  We need a knowledgeable and charitable person to respond to comments and questions as the need arises.  No pay, but some small opportunities could hopefully come up.
  • Courageous Priest Twitter Administrator:  Someone to keep up our Twitter presence.   You must have Twitter knowledge.   No pay, but some small opportunities could hopefully come up.
  • Article Submission:  We are always looking for good written content.  If you find an article please submit it to us.  Please, not just the names of courageous priests.  We don’t have time to research them and search for the material to put into an article.  We need something we can post directly to the site, direct links are great.  You can email us from the contact page at the top of the site.
  • Website Developer/Designer:  If you are good with websites can we contact you for help?  We are very challenged with the technical side of the site and would love a resource to talk to.  We would pay for work done for us.  Mainly, we just need free advice.
  • Editor/Graphic Design:  We are looking for an editor and Graphic Designer for some book projects.  This is a paid position, but unfortunately we cannot afford fair market value.

If you are interested in spreading the Truth about the Catholic Church and want to be part of Courageous Priest please send us an email at containing highlighting qualifications. One paragraph describing why you want the position and an example of your work would be great. We do not need a resume.


Thank you for everything and God bless,

John Quinn & Jeff Gares


Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Liturgy - From the Visible to the Invisible [Video]

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and HM Television present this production on the Liturgy. 

This current video contains the first 7 minutes of full 30 minute video. For more information on the complete version, visit:

There are 2 more videos coming soon, in the same series, on the Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.


[Video] Teaching Children to be Missionaries


EUROPE/SPAIN - A video on the internet explains to children what it means to be a missionary

Madrid (Agenzia Fides) - "What a missionary gives" is the title of a cartoon animation that aims to explain to the children what it means to be missionaries. The Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Spain have prepared this video, together with other material, on the occasion of Missionary Childhood Day, which is celebrated in Spain on Sunday, January 27. On this occasion, a Mass will be celebrated at the Blessed Sacrament School in Madrid, and will be broadcast on Spanish TV (La 2 ).
The note sent to Fides Agency by the PMS of Spain, Don Anastasio Gil, National Director of the PMS, explains the meaning of the video: "This is a way to show children and adolescents, not to mention adults, how the love for the needy is an opportunity to discover the missionary vocation and the source of happiness, and so they can transmit it to others. "

In the video, presented and put online since January 21, tells the story of a young man living in a big city. At the beginning it shows the protagonist leaving a shopping center full of parcels and envelopes that he has just bought. On the way home he runs into some poor people who ask for help, but he continues to walk without noticing. His attitude changes when he passes in front of a table and sees the work of the parish for the poor. He then began to give everything he had bought, to the point he had nothing left in his pockets. Only when the young man gave everything he has the feeling he is flying. He reaches the clouds and from there sees an African village, he then discovers his vocation: to go there to help the needy and bring the Good News. A voice concludes: "If you want to be truly happy, you have to give everything. But if what you really want is to fly, then you have to give yourself to God completely, as a missionary." (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 26/01/2013)


Friday, January 25, 2013

“Satan Has Not Yet Been Banished”

“May 31, 1955 Message”

My dear friends in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

In light of the gravely troubling worldwide “Signs of the Times” right now, at the outset of 2013, I believe the admonitions and directions of Mary, the Lady of All Nations, as contained in her May 31, 1955 “Message to the Nations” is as important now, if not more so, than when she first revealed it to the Dutch visionary, Ida Peerdeman (Church approval, May 31, 2002).

In this historic, paramount message, the Lady tells us: “I have come to warn the nations: Satan is not yet banished.” Our Blessed Mother then warns and instructs us on a number of globally crucial events. Please take a moment and just read the following one or two headline excerpts from the main themes of this extraordinary supernatural message:

Nations, be warned against false prophets…”

The Lady of All Nations is now permitted to come in order to banish Satan. She comes to announce the Holy Spirit…”

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