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(c)Mary TV/Anthony Zubac
July 31, 2019
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Dear Family of Mary!

Yesterday, the first reading at Holy Mass was from Exodus 33 and 34, about Moses meeting with the Lord in the Tent of Meeting which was pitched outside of the camp. The Israelites had sinned and so the Lord no longer would come into their midst but would appear to Moses in the Tent outside of the camp. This was a significant change in God’s relationship to His people. Fr. John Kane gave a beautiful homily on this reading from Exodus, that I have transcribed. I think it will be a blessing for us all. You can also go to our English Mass Archives to listen to the homily yourselves, July 30, 2019.

Here is the transcribed homily of Fr. John Kane, given in Medjugorje at English Mass on July 30, 2019:
 
I was listening to the first reading and I suppose there was an element of sadness thinking perhaps why was it that the Tent of meeting was outside the camp? That Moses had to leave the people of Israel, God’s chosen ones ultimately, and yet to come out in order to speak to the Lord while all the people would stand or bow down at the entrance of their homes. And they would have to wait then for Moses to come back. He was like that mediator between God and His people.

But we know from this Exodus story that something terrible did happen. Because you know it wasn’t God’s plan that the Tent would be outside the camp. God’s plan was that for God’s people in every home there would be a Tent of meeting. In every home there would be a priest that would offer that sacrifice of praise to God on behalf of his people. But we know from this Exodus story something terrible did happen.

You remember the Golden Calf? Remember that story? Moses was up the mountain with the Lord and the Ten Commandments were being offered. And he was coming down off the mountain and he saw the apostasy. The people had returned to their pagan practices from Egypt. So quickly. So easily they fell back into their idolatry. And there was the Golden Calf before them all.

Immediately, what happens when we turn from God. We separate ourselves from His blessing, from His grace, from His presence, from His Tent. And so there must be this separation between God and us. And that is ultimately what happened in the desert with God’s chosen people. And what ultimately happened is that God had to make a concessionary plan where he would have to compromise with that original plan that He desired. And I think that is what God has done right throughout our salvation history. He has compromised with us. He has put up with us, because maybe He knows that we are all tainted by original sin.

We are incapable of true worship by our own means. That there is a need for someone to intercede on our behalf to make up for all that is lacking within us. How wonderful the mercy of God is! How wonderful God is that even though we are all sinners that God would make up for it all. I’m just thinking of the first time I came here, oh a long time ago.

How separated I really was from the Lord. I had no interest or desire to pray. I did everything instead of turning up here for Mass. All my intentions were self-centered. It was all about me. I thought I had it all figured out. I was looking at all of you guys and thinking, “Oh they haven’t got a clue.” Isn’t it terrible how we can be so critical?

And yet, God is so good. So merciful! It is as if He knew ahead. He could see ahead of all that pride and selfishness and ego, and He said, “Don’t worry, John, you will come to me eventually. I will break into your heart. I will reveal myself in the midst of your pain and suffering, in the midst of your ego-centered, self-centered way. Because I have a plan for you. A plan for peace and prosperity as our Scripture reminds us.

And He did, He brought me up that mountain. I don’t know how I ended up there. And Vicka was having an apparition. It was earlier on, it wouldn’t be a frequent now. And I saw this girl go into her ecstasy. And I actually didn’t know what was happening at that moment. I had to ask the tour guide what was going on. He said, “Our Lady is here.” I think I turned to him and said, “Who?”

So, for 10 minutes or so I had to witness this phenomenon of an apparition. This miracle of God, in which He would break into our existence. To reveal His Blessed Mother and the True God who is for us. And you know I came down that mountain and all I recall that in my heart all I felt was that I wanted to go home. I wanted to go home and tell my mother that my brother was ok. Because my brother had died, you see, six months previous through cancer.

So, there was a great pain inside me, a great grief. Suffering and unanswered questions. It was all so painful. It was deep and I was trying to hide it, maybe. I couldn’t hide my joy coming down that mountain. A joy that has never left me in 25 years, maybe.

And that’s the gift of God. You see, the truth of God is this, that God loves me first. God loves all of us first. He takes the initiative. Otherwise we would have no need of Him.

Grace is primary. Without it we would not exist. And so, God in His mercy touched my broken, wounded heart. Just as Moses interceded and heard the cry of his people, that’s what happens for all of us. Cry out to God. He is only waiting, waiting to break in and do something for us.

And you know, he did it for the people. Ultimately His plan would be fulfilled, even with all the compromises through history. Because He sent Jesus to make up for everything. You see, Jesus became the tent of meeting. He is the Temple. And He entered and came among us. It is like He returned to the camp. Because He sat with the sinners. He came to the tax collectors, the sinners, the poor, the lame, the weak. You see, that is what we are. We are all broken and wounded and sinful.

And God knowing that by ourselves we were incapable, He went through it all and He entered. “The Word became flesh and He dwelt among us.”

And so here we are today in 2019 in Medjugorje, invited to enter the Temple. To enter the Kingdom of God that is among us. And here is the plan of God today.   Because we are all called to become priests. We are all called to imitate Him who is the High Priest. The One who entered the Temple and brought the ultimate sacrifice of Himself. And the great mystery of Church, and that is what we are, God’s body…we are called to share in that prayer, that sacrifice, that offering.

Can you see the Mystery that we are all invited to? Called to? Created for? It’s called holiness. Jesus said, “Be holy. Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” But it is not now by our own strength, as we might think (as young Fr. John taught all those years ago). But it is when we learn to surrender our lives to the ultimate strength and rely on God. To humble ourselves before His power and mercy, and say, “Save me, I am a sinner. I need your forgiveness.”

Even this morning I was looking for a priest. Isn’t that incredible! To know one’s need for God is the great key that opens the door to that life that God wants for us. The Spirit that He wants to pour into our hearts. But if there is sin, if there is an obstacle to that grace, then we are incapable. We will remain outside the Tent. That separation between us and God remains.

Let’s not let these days go to waste. Let’s strive to encounter that mercy. Maybe we have to go to the mountain first to meet our brokenness. To become weak, so that we will run back down again and cue up for that confession again, and find that priest, and ultimately experience the free gift of God’s mercy. Who only desires to embrace us. Amen.
(Homily for English Mass, Medjugorje, July 30,2019 – Fr. John Kane)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
© Mary TV 2019   

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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Judie Brown column



Judie Brown
July 30, 2019

Sometimes when we hear conversations about medically treating the elderly and the dying, we miss key words because they sound so innocent. Words like palliative care, “unable to digest food,” and “refusing to eat” can be understood to mean that nothing can be done for the patient. In other words, death is inevitable.
But while we might overlook these words, the practice of overmedicating a person with pain relief medication (palliative care) or choosing not to administer food with a tube when a patient can no longer eat with utensils can lead to untimely and imposed death.

Such practices have been defined as the “third path” in the euthanasia triangle. This three-pronged abuse of the vulnerable includes intentionally euthanizing a patient; helping a patient kill himself; and failing to administer ordinary care such as nutrition, hydration, and ethical comfort care. The third path is the most insidious of all because it can go undetected until it is too late. Those abandoned in their old age have died because they had no one to advocate on their behalf.

 
 

 


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

To read the news, visit LifeNews.com.

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Every Democrat Running for President Opposes a Bill to Stop Infanticide, Just 10% of Americans Agree
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Every Democrat Running for President Opposes a Bill to Stop Infanticide, Just 10% of Americans Agree

The vast majority of likely voters support requiring doctors to provide medical care for babies who are born alive during botched abortions, according to a poll released Monday. 


Nancy Pelosi and Democrats Block Bill to Stop Infanticide For 80th Time, Refuse Care for Babies Born Alive

Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to refuse a request to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.

Joe Biden Wants to Force Americans to Fund Abortions, That Could Kill 60,000 More Unborn Babies Every Year

Ahead of the second round of Democratic presidential debates this week, former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the pack in polls, likely due to his reputation as a moderate.

In her first interview as interim CEO of Planned Parenthood, Alexis McGill Johnson said her organization is “proudly” pro-abortion.

 


CNN President Hosted “Power Breakfast” for Pro-Abortion Kamala Harris to Introduce Her to Media Elite

CNN boss Jeff Zucker was so impressed with then-District Attorney Kamala Harris that he hosted a 2009 “power breakfast” in order to “introduce her to ‘some of the leading movers and shakers in New York.”

Pregnant Woman’s Ex-Boyfriend Murders Her After She Refused His Demand to Have Abortion

Friends of a Mississippi student who allegedly was murdered by her ex-boyfriend said she recently told him that she was pregnant and refused to have an abortion.

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12 Comcast/NBC Execs Funded Kamala Harris’ Campaign Before Its June Debate

Not only did NBC debate moderators give California Sen. Kamala Harris extra time during its June debate, it turns out twelve executives from NBC Universal and parent company Comcast gave her campaign cash too.

 

Woman Charged With Manslaughter When Her Unborn Baby Dies After a Drinking “Bender”

A Minnesota woman is facing manslaughter charges this week after she allegedly drank so much alcohol while pregnant that her baby died.

Abortion Activist Pleads Guilty to Threatening Pro-Lifer: “I’m Going to Rape Your Daughter and Kill Your Family”

Pro-Life Advocates Will Protest Democrat Debate Because Every Candidate Backs Abortions Up to Birth

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Two Pro-Abortion Kansas Supreme Court Justices are Retiring

Joe Biden Flop-Flops on the Death Penalty: Opposes Executing Criminals, Supports Executing Babies

Judge Rules Against Nicholas Sandmann, Claims Washington Post Didn’t Falsely Smear Pro-Life Teen


 

(c)Mary TV/Anthony Zubac
July 30, 2019
St. Peter Chrysologus

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! My call for you is prayer. May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God…” (July 25, 2019)


When I first read this message, I wondered what Our Lady could mean by “a wreath which binds you to God.” For my English language ears, it seemed a bit odd. So, I did some investigating of the word “wreath” and I looked at some other translations of the message to see what words were used. Here is what I found:

Synonyms of the word “wreath”: garland, chaplet, circlet, coronet, crown…

They all can mean a circle of woven flowers or leaves into a round adornment. (One could make a wreath out of roses!) But some of these words carry another meaning as well. Chaplet reminds us of the circle of beads that we call the Rosary. And coronet or crown remind us that the Rosary is also associated with the Crown of Our Lady. So, it seems that this wreath alludes to the Rosary, the prayer of the Rosary!

Here are some translation versions:

Croatian:vijenac
French:  la couronne 

Italian:  una corona
German: der Kranz  

Spanish: una corona

 


All of these words refer to a wreath, but some of them carry with them the meaning of a crown. In Italian the Rosary can be called “la Corona del Rosario”. And that is what finally convinced me that Our Lady was referring to the Rosary as the wreath that binds us to God.

And isn’t it true! The Rosary is a strong prayer that brings so much peace when we pray it. It is a beautiful prayer that helps us open our hearts to the Holy Spirit. It is a simple prayer that in so many ways draws our hearts away from the complications of our modern world into a relationship of trust and surrender to the God who loves us. The Rosary is a deep prayer, in which we meditate on the mysteries of the life of Jesus. Those mysteries teach us so much about our fallen nature and the price that Jesus had to pay to save us, not to mention the joy of eternal life that awaits us. This wreath of prayer is a stronger bond than any earthly chain. It is made of roses, but those roses form an unbreakable bond with God.

May we pray our Rosary with all our hearts, with deep gratitude, because through the Rosary we are bound to God forever in bliss!

“…And to me, my children, give the gift of the rosary, the roses which I love so much. My roses are your prayers pronounced with the heart and not only recited with the lips. My roses are your acts of prayer, faith and love. When my Son was little, he said to me that my children would be numerous and that they would bring me many roses. I did not comprehend Him. Now I know that you are those children who are bringing me roses…” (December 2, 2017)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2019   

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


 


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Monday, July 29, 2019

 To read the news, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
Joe Biden Flop-Flops on the Death Penalty: Opposes Executing Criminals, Supports Executing Babies
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Judge Rules Against Nicholas Sandmann, Claims Washington Post Didn’t Falsely Smear Pro-Life Teen

A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled in favor of The Washington Post and against Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann over the paper’s mishandling of the January confrontation.

CNN Contributor Joe Lockhart Says Pro-Life Americans are Racist if They Voted for Trump

Appearing as a guest on New Day Sunday, liberal CNN contributor Joe Lockhart claimed that anyone who votes for President Donald Trump in 2020 is a “racist” no matter what their reasons are for doing so, even if they are pro-life.

Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris released her own Medicare-for-all proposal today.

 


Trump Admin Implements More Pro-Life Rules to Stop Research With Aborted Baby Parts

The Trump administration introduced additional rules this summer to restrict taxpayer-funded research that uses aborted babies’ body parts.

New National Poll Finds Americans are Pro-Life: 54% Want All or Most Abortions Made Illegal

A new national poll confirmed a majority of Americans oppose most or all abortions and want them made illegal.

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Ask Democrats During the Debate About Their Support for Infanticide and Abortions Up to Birth

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Pastor Slams Abortion, Calls Killing Babies a “Human Sacrifice to Demons”

A New Zealand pastor slammed abortion as a “human sacrifice to demons” this week in reaction to legislation that would expand the killing of unborn babies in the country.

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(c)Mary TV/Anthony Zubac
July 29, 2019
St. Martha

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! My call for you is prayer. May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God. Little children, trials will come, and you will not be strong, and sin will reign but, if you are mine, you will win, because your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus. Therefore, little children, return to prayer until prayer becomes life for you in the day and the night. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (July 25, 2019)


It seems to me on this beautiful feast of St. Martha, that we can see exactly what Our Lady means in her message of July 25, 2019. Let me share the Gospel story that we all associate with St. Martha:

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.

Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”

The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42)

Our Lady tells us she is calling us to prayer. “May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God.” In this Gospel we see Mary at Jesus’ feet, unable to pull herself away from His presence. She is in deep prayer. Her soul is completely open to His words. Her heart is responding with love. She has found her refuge in the Heart of Jesus!

But Martha has not yet encountered Jesus with her heart. It seems she is only relating to Him in a social way, being a good hostess. In this “work” she is doing, she is experiencing her own weakness. She is burdened with much serving. As Our Lady says in the message, “Trials will come, you will not be strong…” Martha was experiencing her own weakness in the trial of hosting Jesus. She was trying to meet the trial with her own strength. It is never enough.

And so Jesus tells Martha: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” What is that one thing? It is to realize exactly what Our Lady told us: “your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus.” In our trials and difficulties, we must remember this. Our refuge is in the Heart of Jesus. Yes, we will be weak in the days ahead. Yes, we will fail if we try to overcome our trials by our own strength. But if we run to the Heart of Jesus in prayer, and stay there, we will win! We will succeed in helping Our Lady and Jesus to save souls.

St. Martha learned her lessen well. She later professed great faith in Jesus, when he came to raise Lazarus from death. She knew that Jesus was her refuge and stayed within that refuge even in the face of the tragedy of her brother’s death.

We too must learn our lessen. We need to do as Our Lady has told us: “Therefore, little children, return to prayer until prayer becomes life for you in the day and the night.” Day and night, we must run to the Heart of Jesus in prayer, to find wisdom, strength, hope, power and love.

Saints Martha and Mary, pray for us.  Mother Mary, intercede for us in these days of trial.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2019

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



Judie Brown column



Judie Brown
July 26, 2019

We hear the word “racism” nearly every day. Yet, many don’t take the time to truly understand this term and examine the repercussions when it comes to abortion. If there ever were a racist practice in the United States today, abortion is it.
And if we had to identify a single organization as the prime mover in the racist abortion industry, it would unquestionably be Planned Parenthood. Michael Brown underscores this fact and says: “When an organization makes billions of dollars killing babies in the womb, it is clearly a bloodthirsty organization. And when a disproportionate number of those babies are black and Hispanic, it is clearly a racist organization.”
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