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Mary TV: May 20, 2018 Reflection – The Feast of Pentecost

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
May 20, 2018
The Feast of Pentecost
 
Dear Family of Mary!


We have arrived at Pentecost!  Today we receive an outpouring of the Holy Spirit through the ministry of the Church!  Our Lady wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  She has said:

November 8, 1984 “Dear children! You are not conscious of the messages which God is sending you through me. He is giving you great graces and you do not comprehend them. Pray to the Holy Spirit for enlightenment. If you only knew how great are the graces God is granting you, you would be praying without ceasing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
April 25, 2015 “Dear children! I am with you also today to lead you to salvation. Your soul is restless because your spirit is weak and tired from all worldly things. You, little children, pray to the Holy Spirit that He may transform you and fill you with His strength of faith and hope, so that you may be firm in this battle against evil. I am with you and intercede for you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


And so today we will pray the Litany to the Holy Spirit, to ask for all the graces we can possibly receive!!!

Litany to the Holy Spirit


Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Father all-powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us.

Holy Spirit, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Spirit, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.

Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us.
Author of all good, [etc.]
Source of heavenly water 
Consuming fire
Ardent charity
Spiritual unction
Spirit of love and truth
Spirit of wisdom and understanding
Spirit of counsel and fortitude
Spirit of knowledge and piety
Spirit of the fear of the Lord
Spirit of grace and prayer
Spirit of peace and meekness
Spirit of modesty and innocence
Holy Spirit, the Comforter
Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier
Holy Spirit, Who governest the Church
Gift of God, the Most High
Spirit Who fillest the universe
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God

Holy Spirit, inspire us with horror of sin.
Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Spirit, shed Thy light in our souls.
Holy Spirit, engrave Thy law in our hearts.
Holy Spirit, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Spirit, open to us the treasures of Thy graces.
Holy Spirit, teach us to pray well.
Holy Spirit, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Spirit, lead us in the way of salvation.
Holy Spirit, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Spirit, inspire in us the practice of good.
Holy Spirit, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Spirit, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Spirit, be Thou our everlasting reward.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Send us Thy Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.

V. Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful,
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Let us pray. Grant, O merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, forever and ever.

R. Amen.


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

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Saint John Paul II
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Mary TV: May 19, 2018 Reflection – The Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 9

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

May 19, 2018
Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 9
 
Dear Family of Mary!

Our Lady once told us: “Dear children! Today I wish to call you to work in the Church…” (October 31, 1985). She went on to tell us: “I love all the same and I desire from each one to work as much as is possible. I know, dear children, that you can, but you do not wish to because you feel small and humble in these things.” She encouraged us to have courage and do what we could. I think we all know what she means. We do feel small and humble. It is hard to take the risk of failing, and so we don’t step forward to help in the Church. But, we have a secret power that we don’t even know about!! It is the Holy Spirit! He is with us to help us to live out our role in service to others.

And so today we ask to understand how the Holy Spirit will work through us for others:

“Dear children! Today I invite you to open yourselves to God by means of prayer so the Holy Spirit may begin to work miracles in you and through you. I am with you and I intercede before God for each one of you because, dear children, each one of you is important in my plan of salvation. I invite you to be carriers of good and peace. God can give you peace only if you convert and pray. Therefore, my dear little children, pray, pray, pray and do that which the Holy Spirit inspires you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (May 25, 1993) 


St. Paul explains how the Holy Spirit operates in us, working through each of us:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. (1 Cor 12: 4-11)

And so we pray:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

We have finished our Novena to the Holy Spirit! Tomorrow we will pray with the entire Church to receive the Holy Spirit anew, with a fresh out pouring of grace! Come Holy Spirit!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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Life Issues Forum: Avengers: A Pro-Life Conversation Starter

 

This edition of the Life Issues Forum is available in English and Spanish, and has been posted to our website.
The Life Issues Forum is a bi-weekly column by Pro-Life Secretariat staff addressing the latest issues on the culture of life. Columns may be reprinted as they appear here (in full and without alteration) without further permission.
In Christ,
The Pro-Life Secretariat
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Avengers: A Pro-Life Conversation Starter                                          May 18, 2018
 
By Anna Rose Riccard
Pro-lifers, take note. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War* recently had the biggest opening weekend of any movie ever. It has already made over 1.6 billion dollars worldwide, and if you haven’t seen it, you certainly know someone who has. This blockbuster has captivated the culture and provides a perfect opportunity to start a pro-life conversation.
For those unfamiliar with the story, the movie’s villain, Thanos, is on a quest to put together the Infinity Gauntlet. This will let him obliterate half of all life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. He once watched his own civilization crumble, apparently from overpopulation and lack of resources; ever since, he has traveled to different planets, murdering half of their inhabitants so the same fate cannot befall them. To Thanos, it is better that half a population die so that the rest can prosper.
This villainous character is an exaggerated comic-book personification of a cold utilitarianism behind many of the anti-life sentiments we see today. How many abortion supporters claim that we live in a zero-sum world where it is better to kill some of the unborn rather than strain our finite natural resources supporting them all? How many politicians have campaigned for the “right” of the terminally ill to commit suicide in order to free up valuable resources for healthier people?
While most people would not murder half the population of the universe for the “greater” good, this idea progresses naturally from a logic that many find compelling today. It is here that a conversation with our friends who are against or apathetic to the pro-life position can begin. If they’ve seen the movie, we can ask them why they believe it’s wrong for Thanos to deliberately kill so many people, thinking it will save others. Then we can build on our friends’ natural human revulsion to the villain’s callous attitude towards genocide. If it turns out that their only objection to his plan is its scale, we might invite them to get specific: how many deaths is an acceptable number to trade for prosperity and plenty?
From here, the conversation can go in several productive directions. Why are some lives considered more valuable (to the fictional characters in the movie and to us) than others? Who, if anyone, should make that judgment? Why would we choose to eliminate people in need rather than working to meet the needs of all people?
Avengers: Infinity War can be an opportunity to engage friends in a subtly pro-life conversation that they might otherwise shy away from. With a little thought about these themes ahead of time, we can start from a place of common ground (“Wasn’t the new Avengers movie interesting?”) and lead into a friendly and fruitful discussion. It’s a low-pressure way to plant seeds of truth that every life is inherently valuable and worth protecting.
*References do not indicate endorsement.
Anna Rose Riccard (photo) is Program Associate for the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information on the bishops’ pro-life activities, please visit www.usccb.org/prolife.
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LifeNews: This Man Donated Blood Every Week for 60 Years and Saved 2.4 Million Babies

This Man Donated Blood Every Week for 60 Years and Saved 2.4 Million Babies

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Friday, May 18, 2018

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

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President Donald Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding

The Trump administration is announcing new regulations today to partially defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses of tens of millions of tax dollars.

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Abortionist Admits She Loves Killing Babies: “This is My Dream”

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Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

Pro-Life Groups Praise President Trump for Defunding Planned Parenthood Again

Leading pro-life organizations and pro-life members of Congress are thinking President Donald Trump today for partially defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

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This Man Donated Blood Every Week for 60 Years and Saved 2.4 Million Babies

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Mary TV: May 18, 2018 Reflection – The Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 8

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
May 18, 2018

Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 8

 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Pray with the heart! Our Lady has consistently requested that we pray with the heart, that we come before the Lord with our hearts open and ready. But how often do we realize that prayer is not something we can do on our own? As St. Paul says, “we do not know how to pray as we ought!” We need help! Today we will ask the Holy Spirit to come to our aid. We will ask for the Holy Spirit to actually pray in us, for us, with sighs too deep for words!
 
Our Lady said:
 

“Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. Renew your personal prayer, and in a special way pray to the Holy Spirit to help you pray with the heart. I intercede for all of you, little children, and call all of you to conversion. If you convert, all those around you will also be renewed and prayer will be a joy for them. Thank you for having responded to my call.”   (May 25, 2003)

 
St. Paul gives us good advice:
 
Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.(Rom 8: 26-27)
 
The Holy Spirit does not leave us on our own in prayer. God Himself comes to us to pray in us, to pray with us, to show us how to pray. The Holy Spirit wants us to succeed in prayer! The Father wants to connect with us, and Jesus wants us to know how special we are to Him. So we only have to ask the Holy Spirit to come, and He will come, and He will pray in us with a sweetness we will never want to stop. This is prayer with the heart!  And so we pray:
 
Come Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, come
Let thy bright beams arise,
Dispel the darkness from our minds,
And open all our eyes.

Revive our drooping faith,
Our doubts and fears remove,
And kindle in our breasts the flame
Of everlasting Love. Amen!

 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
Be connected!
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LifeNews: Abortion Activist Cecile Richards Receives Human Rights Award – Woman Flying Home to Ireland to Vote Against Abortion Because the “Most Fundamental Human Right is Right to Life”

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Thursday, May 17, 2018

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

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Abortion Activist Cecile Richards Receives Human Rights Award

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Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

Support for Legalizing Abortion in Ireland Collapses, Less Than Half Want to Overturn 8th Amendment

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Mary TV: May 17, 2018 Reflection – The Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 7

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
May 17, 2018
Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 7
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Today we call upon the Holy Spirit to be our Guide. Jesus called the Spirit the Paraclete, which can be translated “The one who accompanies…” I like this idea. The Holy Spirit is so gentle and loving that we might not even realize He is with us. But He comes to guide us into holiness and God’s plan for us, if we will let Him. Our Lady lived a life of complete union with the Holy Spirit and so she knows how He operates. She wants us to be led by the Spirit too.
 
Our Lady spoke about the guidance of the Holy Spirit:
 

“Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer and sacrifice, to prepare yourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Little children, this is a time of grace and so, again, I call you to decide for God the Creator. Allow Him to transform and change you. May your heart be prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in His plan for each of you. Little children, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you on the way of truth and salvation towards eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (May 25, 1998)

 
And St. Paul also lived by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He wrote:
 
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,” God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what person knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. (1 Cor 2: 9-13)
 
Cardinal John Henry Newman wrote a famous poem about the guidance of the Holy Spirit:
 
Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)  – Lead, Kindly Light
 
Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home-
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene-one step enough for me.
 
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.
 
So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
Be connected!
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