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Our lineup for today includes:

100 crosses for 100 murders: St. Columba in Oakland holds ceremony Dec. 31

San Francisco Archbishop to inaugurate monthly Rosary Procession for Life: Archbishop Cordileone will say Mass and lead procession to Planned Parenthood on January 9

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Time to pick a saint!

Time to pick a saint!

December 31, 2020 Seventh Day of the Octave of Christmas St. Sylvester 1, Pope
Dear Family of Mary!
As 2020 draws to a close, and we enter into a New Year, this is a good time to choose a new saint for 2021! Our Mary TV family has a tradition of choosing a saint for the year, by printing out a list of saints which is then cut up, so that each saint is presented on a slip of paper. The saints are then placed in a container. On New Year’s Day the family or prayer group can gather and pray for each person for a blessing, and the person can then pick a saint from the container. That saint is the saint that chooses them!!
Our Lady has encouraged us to take the saints as our examples and to follow their example. Here is one message:
October 25, 2020 “Dear children, At this time, I am calling you to return to God and to prayer. Invoke the help of all the saints, for them to be an example and a help to you. Satan is strong and is fighting to draw all the more hearts to himself. He wants war and hatred. That is why I am with you for this long, to lead you to the way of salvation, to Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Little children, return to the love for God and He will be your strength and refuge. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
The saint that chooses us can become a daily example and help to us of how to live in the light, and an encouragement on the way to holiness. It is amazing how meaningful the saint that we receive can be.
Here is an example that I shared last year:
On the way out of church on Sunday, our parish had baskets of saints prepared for choosing a saint, and each parishioner was invited to choose a saint for 2020. It was wonderful to see the people praying and then diving into the container to receive their saint. One man was encouraging his children to choose a saint, and he seemed so excited. As we passed, he said to us, “This is just wonderful! I just chose my saint, and guess who it is!!!” Then he held up the paper and on it was written, “The Sacred Heart of Jesus”. His face was filled with joy and light!! Having Jesus as his saint for 2020 was an inexpressible joy!! He told us he was so very happy and stunned!! 
Choosing a saint can actually change your life! So if you haven’t started this tradition in your family or parish, I am including a PDF of our list of saints for 2020 (since I haven’t been able to update the list this year). You can print this list out, and cut it up, and then pray together for the saint that will choose you!!
Let’s not forget that tomorrow is the Feast of the Mother of God. This title of Mary is so important and earth shaking!! Let’s pray to understand it more and more! May 2021 be the year that the Mother of God will triumph in this sinful world and be crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth for all to see!!
In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c)Mary TV 2020
PS. Here is the PDF of the list of saints for 2020:   List of Saints for 2020 
And here is the link to find the list on our website:

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I am carrying to you little Jesus!

I am carrying to you little Jesus!

December 30, 2020 Sixth Day of the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
Dear Family of Mary!
“Dear children! I am carrying to you little Jesus who brings you peace, Him who is the past, present and future of your existence…” (December 25, 2020)
As we live these days of Christmas, we want to meditate on Jesus, the Son of God, who became Man to save us. There is so much to take in. Father Leon Pereira’s homily for Christmas Day offers us a beautiful meditation on the gift of God, Jesus, Incarnate. Enjoy!!
Homily, Christmas Day, English Mass in Medjugorje. Father Leon Pereira:
This season of Christmas highlights the rift between riches and poverty in our society, not just materially but spiritually. You can be poor despite having riches (in having all you want) and be rich despite your poverty (in having what you truly need).
Let’s contrast these two things: possessions and being, between presents and being present. We take possession of things. Even with gifts we can either receive them or refuse them. Taking is essential to possessions. Being or life, on the other hand, can’t (in this sense) be taken. It can only be sheer utter gift. Anyone can give a present – but not everyone can give the gift of being present…. Only a true friend can do that. In this time of isolation, poverty, antisocial distancing, the covering of faces and depersonalisation, in this time of economic and social stress, when purpose of life and goals are denied many people, we can see more clearly what matters, and what makes us truly rich.
We cannot speak of the literal riches of God because God does not have and could not have possessions. It is true that the Bible uses images, as though God possessed the earth: ‘In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His.’ But these are images of God, just like the images of God as a warrior or a rock or an eagle. They are not to be taken literally. We cannot speak literally of the possessions of God for He could not take anything to use for His own purposes. Nothing acts for the benefit of God because He needs nothing.
We cannot speak literally of the riches of God, but we can speak literally of the poverty of God. His poverty is, of course, not the same as our poverty, just as His wisdom is not like ours. God is literally poor because He simply and literally has no possessions. God takes nothing for His own use. He only has life and being. And, if you want to press the point, He does not even have life and being, just as he does not have wisdom or goodness. In God, being alive and being wise and being good are simply being God and nothing more, nothing extra he has. It is what He is. So, for us to aim at poverty, is to aim in the direction of the simplicity and poverty of God – is a move away from possessing to being.
When God creates all things it is an act of poverty, for God gains nothing by it. God makes without becoming any richer. His act of creation is simply and purely for the benefit of his creatures. If we ask what motive God had for making the world, the question is absurd. It is only created things which gain by God’s act of creating them. It is a purely gratuitous act of love, that characteristic act of love which is the giving of life – the very opposite of trying to possess.
When we aim at possessing, we think if only we had such and such, then we could be happy, or content. If only I had money or more money or the respect of my peers. If only I had a happy family, or a family at all. If only people did what I wanted. If only people admired me, my wit, my looks. We fall into depression when what we want to possess is threatened with being taken away. Christmas can become an exercise in possession. We strive to play Happy Families, even though such things do not exist. We struggle to have all our loved ones with us, even though it is practically impossible for most people, and not advisable for many. 
Or we can aim at poverty, at being, at what we need rather than what we want. The one who aims at poverty knows that we can only live by giving ourselves, as Jesus says, “Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Luke 17.33). We can’t live by building a buffer of possessions around ourselves, by controlling those we claim to love. We live by giving to others the space to live. To the extent we live as genuine friends, we imitate and share in the inner life of the Blessed Trinity. In our own created and finite way we can live by the free gift we make to others: the free gift of ourselves. It is a question of which direction we are aiming for.
The God we serve, the true and Living God, emptied Himself and became one of us, born poor, and cold, sheltering in a stable with His first worshippers: His mother Mary, His foster father Joseph, an ox, and an ass. He does not try to possess but gives Himself for our happiness. God, who needs nothing from us, becomes a baby, a baby who needs everything from us. And the baby Jesus needs us, not for His sake, but for ours. Don’t say you have nothing to offer him, because the truth is you have everything to offer Him, the most precious thing about you which you will only keep if you give it away. In the words of my favorite Christmas carol:
What can I give him, Poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb, If I were a wise man, I would do my part, Yet what I can I give Him — Give my heart.
Thank you, Father Leon! Merry Christmas everyone!
In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2020
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This article originally appeared on September 18, 2020, but it bears repeating as we near the end of 2020.

Love Heals Man’s Murderous Hatred by Judie Brown
This article originally appeared on September 18, 2020, but it bears repeating as we near the end of 2020. Read online and share:
Today’s world is filled with counterfeit actions and words. Some of what we witness reminds us of these words from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is about to vanquish it, that sin most clearly manifests its violence and its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery by the leaders and the people, Pilate’s cowardice and the cruelty of the soldiers, Judas’ betrayal—so bitter to Jesus—Peter’s denial, and the disciples’ flight. However, at the very hour of darkness, the hour of the prince of this world, the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly.” In those 94 words, the plague of our time is defined with perfection, as is the remedy. A culture that has rejected Christ denies that sin exists. And yet in the acknowledgement of our sin we can seek to receive mercy. So why is this lesson so difficult to understand? It’s not. Rather, people like those advancing the culture of death have quite simply rejected it. Too many have become so steeped in inhumane actions and self-satisfying egoism that their arrogance blinds them. Innocent people suffer and die as a result! Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen understood this, writing: It is a characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unconscious of the tragedy. Humanity in a crisis is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives.Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because it involves too much self-accusation and principally because they have no standards outside of themselves by which to measure their times. Such characteristics explain why society has condoned the direct killing of millions of precious preborn children, not to mention the indirect killings that have occurred through actions of various forms of contraception and in reproductive technology practices like in vitro fertilization. It is not political parties that make such murderous action occur; it is we the people in our drunken self-absorbed stupor. Why else would a Catholic healthcare worker be fired because she objected to contraception in a Catholic clinic? What other reasonable explanation does one need when billboards are erected that glorify murder by claiming that “abortion is healthcare”? Where else but in America would a feminist comedian write a movie about how funny aborting babies is? And only in this country’s universe of disdain for human beings would we learn about the “endemically racist” Population Council—an organization financially supported by philanthropists and your tax dollars. PC has an annual income of $88.7 million—$39.5 million of which comes from you. We also see that many medical experts of our day are involved in the harvesting of human organs. Mary Ann Kreitzer wrote about this in her recent article “Organ-Harvesting Means the Cause for Life Is Threatened Like Never Before.”Exposing the deceptive tactics of these organ harvesters who rob the bodies of living people, thus rendering them dead, she wrote: “There are, indeed, big rewards for game-players who shill for the abortion and organ transplant industries. They hide behind the language of compassion, but a compassion that involves deliberately killing one person for the supposed benefit of another.” These are all the signs of the decaying civilization Archbishop Sheen wrote about, warning us to be ever vigilant. Lest we lose heart in our struggle to defend the God-given right to life, we need only remember these profound words from the CCC: “At the very hour of darkness, the hour of the prince of this world, the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly.” May we never forget those words. May we strive to remind those who have rejected the truth. And may we strive to be more like Mary Lou Beers, whose husband had a stroke at 30 years of age. Beers lives the joy of loving others more than she loves herself and has said the very words that the architects of hatred toward Christ are loath to hear: “Love is loving the person for who God created them to be.” Amen, Mary Lou. Murderous hate can only be treated with the balm of unselfish love for others—and that balm is available to everyone through the mercy of Christ. DONATE NOW!

You have been chosen to be witnesses of hope!

You have been chosen to be witnesses of hope!

December 29, 2020 Fifth Day in the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
Dear Family of Mary!
“Dear children! I am carrying to you little Jesus who brings you peace, Him who is the past, present and future of your existence. Little children, do not permit for your faith and hope in a better future to be extinguished, because you are chosen to be witnesses of hope in every situation. That is why I am here with Jesus that He may bless you with His peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (December 25, 2020 Message)
Our Lady gave us this message on Christmas Day!! It is so beautiful and hopeful.
Our shipmate, Stefanie, transcribed Archbishop Henryck Hoser’s homily given on Christmas Eve at St. James Church. (Thank you, Stefanie!!!) His words are very powerful and insightful. He diagnoses the sad state of our world today. But he gives us reason to hope. Read it carefully, and then read the message once again! You will see that Mother Mary was listening to him and then gave us even more reason to hope!
The Nativity of the Lord Mass During the Night Christmas, December 24, 2020 Archbishop Henryk Hoser     HOMILY   The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.  Upon those who lived in the land of gloom, light is shown!  You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing!   Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The beginning of the first reading of the prophet Isaiah introduces us to the mystery of the Holy Night that we are now celebrating. 
Night in the history of salvation has a rich varied meaning. In the Bible, night indicates a time of danger; the time of fear; the time of sadness. Night can also correspond with the feeling of the absence of God. In the face of the presence of death, in adverse circumstances, the night brings visions and dreams, guidelines, something that is transmitting the Word of God. 
The author of the apocalypse, St. John, assures us that in the new time, in the time of the New Jerusalem, there will be no more night, because God will be together with His people. No night.
According to the old Biblical tradition, there were four major nights in the history of the world: the night of the Creation of Light; the Night of Abraham, who believed against all hope; the Night of the Exodus from Egyptian slavery; the Night of Bethlehem – the most important; because it is the night of the birth of the Son of God, among us, and for us. The Night of the Resurrection will come again, also full of light and full of joy.
So, we entered in Bethlehem in the middle of the night of our present life; everything seems asleep, paralyzed. Life is flowing slowly. Health restrictions have slowed down social and economic activity, immobilizing everyone. 
We can see this in Medjugorje as well. Medjugorje is an illustration of this. Medjugorje has always been filled with life, always echoing joyfully in various languages, always on the move. Our locality as a place of pilgrimage and of service still lives today. But it lives now, thanks to the faith and the hope of its inhabitants, the parishioners. 
Wherever darkness is present in this world, we can see many Christian countries that were Christian for centuries, have become now the pagan countries or rather neo-pagan countries, without faith, without morality. Churches in those countries are empty. Churches are being sold and turned into restaurants or night clubs. Very often, these would then be demolished. 
What is worse still, is that the destruction of the family progresses. Demoralization of youth increases. Life is not respected. There are many who are perhaps disturbed, who are weak, sinful, unproductive; they eliminate themselves from society, with euthanasia or abortion techniques. 
In our daily, personal, and family life, there is less and less peace. Social conflicts begin to dominate in rich countries. Terrorism paralyzes and threatens the life of poor countries, where killing innocent people is becoming common and banal. Local wars flourish on every continent and the world spends billions on armaments and means of mass destruction. 
This is the Night of the Light. The Lord has been through that Night. He has been through that Night in this world. During the Last Supper when Judas left the room to betray Jesus and hand him over to the executioner, it was dark; noted by John the Evangelist who witnessed this tragic moment. It was night. 
That same Night, in the Garden of Olives, Jesus was sweating blood and He was able to see the sins of the world from the beginning to the end. When Jesus was dying on the Cross, it was already around the 6th hour which was the moment when the darkness over the whole earth occurred until the 9th hour. Jesus knows our darkness. He knows our pain. He knows our suffering. 
But Jesus’ birth, as St. Paul says, was indeed the Grace of God which appeared. The Grace of God appeared saving us all! Training us to reject God-less ways and worldly desires, and to live temperately, justly, devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the Glory of the Great God and of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself to deliver us and all people from lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people who will be ready to do good deeds.
Christmas Carols are so beautiful. Most of all, they mark the Night of the Birth of the Holy Lord in Bethlehem. All over the world we sing:   Silent Night, Holy Night!  All is calm, all is bright.  Round yon Virgin Mother and Child, Holy Infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace! Sleep in heavenly peace.   The angel rushed to the shepherds, and shepherds were minding their sheep under the open sky. And he told them, “Do not be afraid. Behold! I am sending you good news for all people! Today in the City of David, a Savior is born to you who is Christ the Lord.” 
Who were the shepherds? They were the poorest, the simplest, anonymous, marginalized by others, who consider themselves superior. But it is precisely they who had the privilege of hearing the Good News first. God is among us. He is near. He is humble. He is a child. Therefore, He depends on us and He seeks the manger within our heart. A celestial choir of angels had just appeared, praising God, and singing:     Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth, Peace to Men of Good Will!   Later would come the others, the members of high society, those who were kings, those who were wise men, of this world; however, they recognized the supremacy of this King Child, of this Prince of Peace, of this Savior of the World; who was in the arms of His Immaculate Mother, the Queen of Peace; our Mother in Medjugorje! 
Let us follow them. Let us live in the light again and honor this Child who saves the world, who wishes to shine His light in us, to shine in our country, in our home, in our heart. 
And may Peace be with you! Amen.
Thank you, Archbishop Hoser and Dear Mother Mary! We will believe and hope and trust and shine like lights in this difficult time. You have encouraged us!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c)Mary TV 2020
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  Last week I wrote of how the nativity scene in Bethlehem sums up and celebrates the pro-life cause, illustrating the great dignity of the human person. Just as the Christ child, young and helpless, contains the fullness of the Godhead, so every human child is made in the image of that same God. Human dignity is not earned, it is baked into our very nature, the nature that God Himself chose to assume.   There is, however, another aspect of the nativity scene that always strikes me. And that is what I might call the extraordinary ordinariness of the scene. Now, it might seem paradoxical to call something “extraordinarily ordinary.” But that is how it seems to me: as if God chose to come into the world in a way that so ostentatiously unassertive, so remarkably unremarkable, so absurdly hidden and by-the-way, that we could not help but notice just how ordinary the whole thing was.   
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Sincerely yours in Christ, Image
Father Shenan J. Boquet
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Heaven hidden in the Newborn.

Heaven is hidden in the Newborn

December 28, 2020 The Holy Innocents, Martyrs
Dear Family of Mary!
“…God sent me to be joy and hope in this time, and I am saying to you: Without little Jesus you do not have the tenderness or the feeling of Heaven which is hidden in the Newborn…” (November 25, 2020)
Matthew 2:13-18
When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called my son.
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:
A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.
We celebrate the newborn Baby Jesus today. Heaven is hidden in Newborn Baby Jesus. Heaven is hidden in every newborn.  Let us offer our Rosaries, Masses, and sacrifices for all babies in the womb. And let us pray that the mercy of God would fall upon those who for any reason might be supporting Herod’s killing of babies today through abortion.  
In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2020
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She Was Born Premature at 27 Weeks, When Some Babies are Still Killed in Abortions

Looking at her chubby cheeks and angelic expression as depicted in the photo I saw, you would have thought she was just another baby about to celebrate her first Christmas. Pro-Life News Report

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My heart sank as she opened the door

It was only a few days before Christmas, and I was standing on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, handing out literature and trying to talk to the women going in. Most of the people were taking the flyers like a baton in a relay race, barely slowing down to say “Thank you” as they rushed to the front door.

Finally, a young black couple stopped and listened. They looked to be in their early 20s. He was in the military. She was early in her pregnancy, but did not know how far along she was. She had no other children. I told her that if she was lucky enough to have another child in the future, she would always wonder about this first child she could have had.

I told them that this baby was a unique person who could never be replaced and that this might be the only child they would ever have. I told them that having an abortion would ruin their relationship, and they would always regret it. The most important thing in life is family, and that while money and jobs will come and go, this child will always be there for them, if they let it live. I told her the most important gift she could ever give anyone is their life.

They did not say much, but listened for at least 20 or 30 minutes. I told her that having an abortion, particularly now, would ruin every Christmas for her for the rest of her life. I told them that all good things in life require work, and they will never feel like they are financially ready to have a baby, but God will help them and bless them for giving this baby its life.

Finally, I told them that a long time ago a woman named Mary chose life, and that is why Jesus was born on Christmas. I told them they should go home, hug each other, and talk about it. Planned Parenthood will be there tomorrow, but if they go inside, their baby won’t be.

The man nodded and looked over at her, but instead of leaving, they walked toward the front door of the abortion center. They stood outside the front door for several minutes, and with her back to me, I could see her wiping the tears from her eyes. Then she put her hand on the front door, and my heart sank as she opened it and walked in.

The man walked in my direction, and I fully expected him to look away and avoid eye contact, as men usually do when deciding to go through with the abortion. Instead, he walked up to me and thanked me for talking to them.  I told him it was not too late to go in there and bring her out. He said, “Oh, she’s coming out. She just went in there to cancel her appointment. It’s 90 percent we’re going to keep this baby.” He looked at me and said, “You know, I firmly believe that people are put in front of you for a reason. And maybe that’s why you are here now.”

She came back out a couple of minutes later, and I told them that God would bless them, I would be praying for them, and that this would be their happiest Christmas ever. The joy I felt when they left is the best Christmas present I could ever get.

Please remember them in your prayers.

The above came in a Dec. 22 email from the sidewalk counselors of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants San Diego.