June 13, 2016
St. Anthony of Padua
Dear Family of Mary!
On Wednesday we will begin the Novena in honor of the 35th Anniversary of Our Lady’s coming to Medjugorje. The Novena will extend from June 15 to June 23. Each day the Parish will climb Apparition Hill, praying the Rosary, at 4:00 pm Medjugorje time. Mary TV will join the Parish, streaming the daily climb up Apparition Hill.
I will also be sending some Novena Prayers in my reflections. I will include five messages each day, that we can use as meditations between the decades of the Rosary in honor of the Anniversary.
The live streaming on the Mary TV channel will be adjusted to accommodate the Novena. Each day from June 15 to 23, we will broadcast the Daily Rosary at 3:00 pm Medj time (9:00 AM EDT). The Novena will be at 4:00 PM Medjugorje Time (10:00 AM EDT). Then at 6:00 PM Medjugorje time will be the Evening Rosary followed by the International Mass at 7:00 PM. We will not be doing the Hour of Mercy during the Novena.
We will remind everyone again of these changes!
St. Louis de Montfort tells us that another effect of True Devotion to Mary is that we are transformed into the Likeness of Jesus. Mary helps us to become more and more like her Son. St. Louis uses this image:
Please note that I say that saints are molded in Mary. There is a vast difference between carving a statue by blows of hammer and chisel and making a statue by using a mold. Sculptors and statue-makers work hard and need plenty of time to make statues by the first method. But the second method does not involve much work and takes very little time. St. Augustine speaking to our Blessed Lady says, “You are worthy to be called the mold of God.” Mary is a mold capable of forming people into the image of the God-man. Anyone who is cast into this divine mold is quickly shaped and molded into Jesus and Jesus into him. At little cost and in a short time he will become Christ-like since he is cast into the very same mold that fashioned a God-man. (St. Louis de Montfort. True Devotion to Mary. N. 219)
Instead of hammering away at us from the outside, Our Lady takes us into her heart, her womb, and nurtures us like her little child, gently correcting and forming us according to God’s love. But we have to be willing to be putty in her hands, to be totally surrendered to her, just as a child is surrendered to the mother, allowing her to decide everything for him. This is total consecration! We become her little ones, dependent upon her in everything, and then she disposes of us as is necessary for our holiness.
Our Lady loves to do this for us! She loves us into the image of her Son!
March 25, 1990 “Dear children! I am with you even if you are not conscious of it. I want to protect you from everything that satan offers you and through which he wants to destroy you. As I bore Jesus in my womb, so also, dear children, do I wish to bear you into holiness. God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature, and so many things which can only help you to understand that you must change the direction of your life. Therefore, little children, understand also the greatness of the gift which God is giving you through me, so that I may protect you with my mantle and lead you to the joy of life. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Thanks be to God that Our Lady is with us in these days, so full of danger. We want to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus through her motherly care.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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