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St. Louis de Montfort taught that the goal of Marian consecration is “holiness”: the gradual sanctification of the soul, so focus turns away from self-love and towards the love of God through Mary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

J.M.J.

May 29, 2016
Feast of Corpus Christi (US)
Day 32
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
We are nearing our day of Consecration! Today and tomorrow we listen to St. Louis de Montfort explain how we can best love and serve Jesus, Our Lord. This is the heart of his method. Today we ponder doing everything through Mary and with Mary:
 
From True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 257-260
There are some very sanctifying interior practices for those souls who feel called by the Holy Spirit to a high degree of perfection. They may be expressed in four words, doing everything through Mary, with Mary, in Mary, and for Mary, in order to do it more perfectly through Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus, and for Jesus.
 
Through Mary
258. We must do everything through Mary, that is, we must obey her always and be led in all things by her spirit, which is the Holy Spirit of God. “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God,” says St. Paul. Those who are led by the spirit of Mary are children of Mary, and, consequently children of God, as we have already shown. Among the many servants of Mary only those who are truly and faithfully devoted to her are led by her spirit. I have said that the spirit of Mary is the spirit of God because she was never led by her own spirit, but always by the spirit of God, who made himself master of her to such an extent that he became her very spirit. That is why St. Ambrose says, “May the soul of Mary be in each one of us to glorify the Lord. May the spirit of Mary be in each one of us to rejoice in God.” Happy is the man who follows the example of the good Jesuit Brother Rodriguez, who died a holy death, because he will be completely possessed and governed by the spirit of Mary, a spirit which is gentle yet strong, zealous yet prudent, humble yet courageous, pure yet fruitful.
 
With Mary
We must do everything with Mary, that is to say, in all our actions we must look upon Mary, although a simple human being, as the perfect model of every virtue and perfection, fashioned by the Holy Spirit for us to imitate, as far as our limited capacity allows. In every action then we should consider how Mary performed it or how she would perform it if she were in our place. For this reason, we must examine and meditate on the great virtues she practiced during her life, especially: 1) Her lively faith, by which she believed the angel’s word without the least hesitation, and believed faithfully and constantly even to the foot of the Cross on Calvary. 2) Her deep humility, which made her prefer seclusion, maintain silence, submit to every eventuality and put herself in the last place.

Our Lady spoke to us about how much she wants to work through us and with us!  We can respond by wanting to do everything through her and with her!

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.”
 
November 25, 1995 “Dear Children! Today I invite you that each of you begin again to love, in the first place, God who saved and redeemed each of you, and then brothers and sisters in your proximity. Without love, little children, you cannot grow in holiness and cannot do good deeds. Therefore, little children, pray without ceasing that God reveals His love to you. I have invited all of you to unite yourselves with me and to love. Today I am with you and invite you to discover love in your hearts and in the families. For God to live in your hearts, you must love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
 
Let’s ponder what it means to do everything through Mary and with Mary. She is inviting us to immerse ourselves in Her presence, through prayer, so that she can be intimately involved in our lives. We are the most blessed of children!


Let us pray:
 
TOTUS TUUS
(Totally Yours)
 
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.  © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

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After decades of catastrophic birth rates — the consequence of birth control and abortion, disdain for the natural family, the rejection of God and natural law, and population decline paralleled by an aging society — Europe is facing a cultural, demographic, and economic crisis. This does not only impact the lives of Europeans; it also has far reaching global repercussions.
It is said that North America is 10-15 years behind Europe. What we see dramatically unfolding in Europe is a potential forecast of what we are to face, if unchanged. The United States is on a collision course with reality if we don’t learn from Europe’s mistakes. The U.S., for example, has seen the total fertility rate in the last several years sink below replacement level.
In February 2003, the first 15 draft articles of the constitution for the European Union were released. They contained references to member countries’ national identity and to human rights, as well as commitments to social justice and the environment, but they contained no mention of God or religion. As Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict, and others pointed out, it was a clear rejection of Europe’s fundamental root in Christianity.
Pope John Paul was not surprised at the draft. Like millions in Europe, he experienced first hand the consequences of an ideology that rejected God, the Church, and Christian anthropology. In November of 1982 he called upon Europe to reclaim its identity:
I, Bishop of Rome and Shepherd of the universal Church, from Santiago, utter to you, Europe of the ages, a cry full of love: Find yourself again. Be yourself. Discover your origins. Revive your roots. Return to those authentic values which made your history a glorious one and your presence so beneficent in the other continents.
– Santiago de Compostela, Spain November 9, 1982
These challenging words of Saint John Paul II addressed to King Juan Carlos of Spain and representatives of European organizations and universities reminded them that Europe could still be a beacon of civilization to the world if she reclaimed her proper identity. Europe’s history is fundamentally rooted in the spread of the Gospel. Her history is incomprehensible without Christianity, which shaped her culture, expansion, and global influence. Her soul is Christian, and her land eventually became the home of religious freedom, justice, liberty, respect for life, and the dignity of the human person.
Sadly, western and central Europe, as recently witnessed with Ireland’s legalization of homosexual unions and allowance of abortion in certain cases, continues to reject its Christian roots and embrace secularism. She places excessive weight upon economic “progress” through individualism, materialism, and hedonism.
Slovakia_s 2016 March for Life

Eastern Europe, on the other hand, continues to show signs of transformation. In Romania, a petition was submitted recently with three million signatures demanding that natural marriage be protected in law. Poland has elected a Christian and patriotic government, and finds itself under attack from the West for exercising its democratic rights. My own recent mission trips to Slovakia and Belarus also reveal hopeful signs of a culture radically attempting to reclaim its root identity in Christianity and the centrality of life and the natural family. Having had radical atheism and the evils of contraception and abortion imposed upon them by ideological systems opposed to God, Eastern Europe is emerging from under this shadow.

The United States has, even at the local level, unfortunately embraced the secular mentality of western and central Europe.
– At East Liverpool High School in Ohio, graduating students were refused the ability to pray the Lord’s Prayer in their commencement ceremony – a 70-year tradition. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, forced the removal of the prayer from the program. Courageously, Valedictorian Jonathan Montgomery ignored the totalitarian mandate and led his classmates in the prayer. The response of the school board president is to have a non-denominational service next year.
– To honor the fallen heroes remembered during the up-coming Memorial Day celebration, a display of 79 handmade crosses were erected in Hiram, Georgia, representing the 79 Paulding County residents who died defending America’s freedom. One anonymous caller voiced discontent with the Christian display – the use of crosses – prompting the City Manager to have them removed.

– Even the mighty State of Texas is not exempt from the onslaught against religious freedom. Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Corpus Christi wanted to build the tallest cross in America on their campus, but an atheist activist, Patrick Greene, objected. Greene filed suit in district Court, insisting that the 230-foot cross to be erected off of Interstate 37 gave preference to religion. Abundant Life Fellowship had to explain in court why it was perfectly constitutional to build a cross on church grounds; fortunately, Judge Missy Medary agreed and tossed out the claim.

From these local battles to President Obama’s insane Soviet-like diktat forcing all public schools to allow boys to use girls’ bathrooms or lose funding, we have ample reason for grave concern. The ultimate consequences of such bombardments are unknown; however, we have seen through the US judicial system, state and federal legislation, and executive mandates from the President, a rejection of constitutional rights to religious freedom. The Obama administration’s legal war against the Little Sisters of the Poor may have failed, for now, but the intention of our political class is clear.

As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend we rightly give thanks for the sacrifices of those who gave all to defend our country and our freedoms. Gratitude and humility are the only just responses when one learns of the tremendous sacrifices of our military and their families. A further response demanded of us, however, is courage and perseverance. We owe it to those who died for these freedoms, those who enjoy what remains of them today, and those who will come after us, to fight for them however we can, given our state in life. Let us first, however, pray for wisdom and peace — the true peace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ — to be our goals.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
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As Augustine discovered, the restlessness of the human heart is not satisfied by the lusts of this world, but rather by the burning love of Christ, for He longs for each person to be one with Him, a union that can only be realized fully in Heaven. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who is an Augustinian theologian, discusses this divine burning love in the first part of his encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. Benedict opens his encyclical by noting the problem of using the word “love” in a multitude of ways, to the point that it is impossible to know the differences between the definitions. – continue
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Bishop Paprocki: We Ask You to Use the Correct Bathroom

Bathrooms Now Legislated? Who knew?

by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, Catholic Times:

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Once again common sense has been turned on its head in our culture, this time by transgender activists agitating for people to be able to use the bathroom that they feel corresponds emotionally to their self-identified gender rather than the anatomical gender of their biological sex. The issue has emerged prominently in recent national and local news.

Obama and the Civil Rights of Transgender People

In North Carolina, in response to an ordinance adopted in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use whatever bathroom they wanted, the state legislature passed a law in March blocking local governments from enacting rules that grant such privileges to transgender people. A similar law recently passed in Mississippi allows people to withhold services from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals on religious grounds. In response, President Barack Obama has said that these laws in North Carolina and Mississippi are “wrong” and “should be overturned.” The Obama administration used the Department of Justice to warn the state of North Carolina that its new law limiting bathroom access violated the civil rights of transgender people.

Here in Illinois, in response to a federal complaint, the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 in suburban Chicago earlier this year granted a transgender student, who was born male but identifies as female, limited access to the girls locker room at Fremd High School. Similarly, a transgender student at a Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 school has been granted access to a locker room designated for the opposite sex. The Chicago Public Schools have announced that their students, teachers and staff could use whichever restroom matches their self-selected gender identity.

Nearby in central Illinois, a transgender student at Williamsville High School who was born with female anatomy but identifies as a male recently resolved a complaint filed in October with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. The school had previously provided a private bathroom for the transgender student, who complained that this was unacceptable, saying, “It made me feel like I was being treated differently and ostracized.” So now all transgender students at Williamsville High School will have access to the restroom and locker room facilities of the gender they identify with emotionally, not the biological gender that they were born with.

Earlier this month, a group of Illinois students and parents sued the Obama administration over its stance on transgender students’ access to school bathrooms and locker rooms, arguing that the U.S. Department of Education is illegally forcing local authorities to let children use facilities that correspond to their subjectively chosen gender identity. The complaint alleges that the federal government has violated students’ fundamental right to privacy and parents’ constitutional right to instill moral standards and values in their children.

It is a Mental Illness

The transgender activists would have you believe that their politically correct ideology is based on science; however, the American College of Pediatricians has pointed out that transgenderism is classified as a mental illness and therefore has warned legislators and educators that conditioning children to accept transgenderism as normal is child abuse. They advised, “When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind, not the body, and it should be treated as such.”

Dr. Paul McHugh, psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, was so concerned about the psychological origins of gender-identity disorder that he halted the practice of sex-reassignment surgery at his institution. He concluded that the research demonstrated that Johns Hopkins should no longer participate in what he called “unusual and radical treatment” for “mental disorders.”

Destroying the Very Essence of the Human Creature

The Catholic Church has some clear teachings on transgender issues. Catholics are called to treat everyone with compassion. Yet the church maintains that people may not change what Pope Benedict XVI called “their very essence.” In a speech at the Vatican on Dec. 23, 2008, Benedict directly addressed transgender issues by cautioning Catholics about “destroying the very essence of the human creature through manipulating their God-given gender to suit their sexual choices.”

Your Gender is a Gift from God

Similarly, in his encyclical Laudato Si, issued last year on the environment, Pope Francis called for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a gift from God which should not be manipulated. “The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home,” the pope wrote, “whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation” (no. 155).

In his recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis warns that gender ideology “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences … It is one thing to be understanding of human weakness and the complexities of life, and another to accept ideologies that attempt to sunder what are inseparable aspects of reality. Let us not fall into the sin of trying to replace the Creator. We are creatures, and not omnipotent. Creation is prior to us and must be received as a gift. At the same time, we are called to protect our humanity, and this means, in the first place, accepting it and respecting it as it was created” (no. 56).

Here in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, we ask that people respect these teachings of the Catholic Church in their use of facilities in our churches and schools. People who are confused about their gender identity — especially children and adolescents — should be treated with compassion and provided counseling rather than being further confused by activists promoting their political ideology.

May God give us this grace. Amen.

 




Judie Brown
Judie Brown
May 28, 2016
In today’s world, we don’t often see men fighting for the truth at great personal cost. Let us keep this real hero in our prayers.

The story of David Daleiden, founder of The Center for Medical Progress, has recently developed a new twist. Best known for his investigative journalism, Daleiden, with the help of collaborators, used hidden cameras to document the untold story of Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts business. The CMP document How Planned Parenthood Profits from Fetal Tissue ‘Donation’contains copious footnotes and reads like a textbook case of discovery regarding how the business is conducted.

To read the article, click here:
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/brown/160528
 

 

Madonna of humility by Fra Angelico, c. 1430.

Madonna of humility by Fra Angelico, c. 1430. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

J.M.J.

May 28, 2016
Day 31
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Day 31 of our consecration. We are still in week three, when we pray for a deeper knowledge of Jesus. St. Louis talks today about the incredible fact that Jesus chose to be completely dependent upon Mary as His mother on earth. He writes: “That we might honor and imitate the wondrous dependence which God the Son chose to have on Mary, for the glory of his Father and for the redemption of man. This dependence is revealed especially in this mystery where Jesus becomes a captive and slave in the womb of his Blessed Mother, depending on her for everything.” (True Devotion. No. 243)
 
Jesus chose to be Mary’s child. He put himself in her hands, from the moment of His conception. He received His humanity from her! And He placed Himself under her care in all things for most of His life on earth. This alone is amazing. It tells us something about Jesus. Jesus was meek and humble, He was lowly and docile, and He trusted Mary completely. In this manner He grew in wisdom and strength. He became a strong man, capable of bearing His role as our Savior. Jesus grew strong under Mary’s care.
 
And so we are called to imitate Jesus. Yes, we must imitate His virtue, His courage, and His sacrificial love. But we will be wise if we first imitate His complete dependence on Mary. She will bring us up to be capable of loving like Jesus. She will help us to grow in wisdom and strength. She will lead us forward into joy!
 
May 2, 2008 “Dear children, By God’s will I am here with you in this place. I desire that you open your hearts to me and to accept me as a mother. With my love I will teach you simplicity of life and richness of mercy and I will lead you to my Son. The way to Him can be difficult and painful but do not be afraid, I will be with you. My hands will hold you to the very end, to eternal happiness; therefore, do not be afraid to open yourselves to me. Thank you. Pray for priests. My Son gave them to you as a gift.”
 
April 2, 2012 “Dear children, As the Queen of Peace, I desire to give peace to you, my children, true peace which comes through the heart of my Divine Son. As a mother I pray that wisdom, humility and goodness may come to reign in your hearts; that peace may reign; that my Son may reign. When my Son will be the ruler in your hearts, you will be able to help others to come to know Him. When heavenly peace comes to rule over you, those who are seeking it in the wrong places, thus causing pain to my motherly heart, will recognize it. My children, great will be my joy when I see that you are accepting my words and that you desire to follow me. Do not be afraid, you are not alone. Give me your hands and I will lead you. Do not forget your shepherds. Pray that in their thoughts they may always be with my Son who called them to witness Him. Thank you.”
 


Let us pray:
 
TOTUS TUUS
(Totally Yours)
 
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.  © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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Friday, May 27, 2016

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Top Stories
Every Single Planned Parenthood Affiliate Now Kills Unborn Babies in Abortions
• Pro-Abortion “Comedian” Sarah Silverman Jokes About Abortion, Semen at Charity Event for Kids
• Ted Cruz: I’ll Fight to Keep the Republican Platform Pro-Life, “You Have My Word”

• Only 19% of Pro-Life Voters Say Donald Trump Shares Their Views on Abortion

More Pro-Life News
• Cecile Richards on New Planned Parenthood Clinic: “We Definitely Built This to Do Abortions”
• Planned Parenthood Pushes Bill Making It Illegal to Record Undercover Footage Like David Daleiden Did
• 60-Year-Old Woman Wants to Use Her Deceased Daughter’s Eggs to Give Birth to her Grandchild
• West Virginia Becomes Latest State to Ban Dismemberment Abortion Tearing Off Baby’s Limbs

• Is Abortion Okay When the Mother’s Life is in Danger? A New Video Has Answers
• Indiana University Sues to Stop Pro-Life Law So It Can Use Aborted Babies in Research
• Why Do They Call Them “Fetus” and “Vegetables” When Certain People are “Unwanted?”
• Two-Year-Old Cries When She Sees Her Sister’s Ultrasound Photo: “I Love Her So Much”
• Church Speaks Up Against New Abortion Biz Opening Next Door: “Killing Babies is a Crime”
Pro-Abortion Play “Remarkably Normal” Tries to Make Aborting Babies Look Perfectly Fine
Pro-Euthanasia Film “Me Before You” Panned by Disability Rights Campaigners
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Every Single Planned Parenthood Affiliate Now Kills Unborn Babies in Abortions
Abortion is mandatory at Planned Parenthood. In 2011, the abortion business began requiring that all of its affiliates do abortions; and this week, the effects of that mandate continued with a new mid-west merger.

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Pro-Abortion “Comedian” Sarah Silverman Jokes About Abortion, Semen at Charity Event for Kids
Comedian Sarah Silverman appears to be on some sort of sick mission to convince Americans that aborting an unborn baby is funny. This week, however, her raunchy comedy routine backfired.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Ted Cruz: I’ll Fight to Keep the Republican Platform Pro-Life, “You Have My Word”
Former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says he will pull out all the stops to keep the Republican Party platform pro-life. His decision comes as a response to presumptive nominee Donald Trump who said in April that he “absolutely” wants to change the Republican party’s current pro-life platform to promote abortions in cases of rape or incest.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Only 19% of Pro-Life Voters Say Donald Trump Shares Their Views on Abortion
The past few weeks have been kind to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Several polls have shown that his favorability rating has been increasing among Republicans from a range of demographic groups. Indeed, a recent Gallup poll finds that 66 percent of Republicans now view him favorably.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Cecile Richards on New Planned Parenthood Clinic: “We Definitely Built This to Do Abortions”
Is Planned Parenthood about selling abortions or women’s health care? Well, the CEO of the abortion business, Cecile Richards, cleared that up yesterday aft the grand opening of a new abortion facility in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Planned Parenthood Pushes Bill Making It Illegal to Record Undercover Footage Like David Daleiden Did
The Planned Parenthood abortion business s fighting David Daleiden and pro-life advocates on all fronts after his organziation released undercover footage showing top abortion business officials at multiple locations discussing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of unborn babies for profit. Now, in California, the abortion giant is pushing a bill that would make recording such undercover footage illegal.

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60-Year-Old Woman Wants to Use Her Deceased Daughter’s Eggs to Give Birth to her Grandchild
A 60-year-old British woman is in the midst of a court battle over her late daughter’s frozen eggs. The BBC reports the mother, who is unnamed in the report, wants to use the eggs to give birth to her grandchild.

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West Virginia Becomes Latest State to Ban Dismemberment Abortion Tearing Off Baby’s Limbs
Sunday, May 29, marks the 90th day since final passage in the West Virginia legislature of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act (SB 10). It will now take effect.

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  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

J.M.J.

May 27, 2016
St. Augustine of Canterbury
Day 30
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
There can be no knowledge of Jesus without the Cross. From the Cross Jesus taught us everything about Himself. On the Cross Jesus gave us everything that He intended us to have, for our salvation. This was the moment of Triumph. And yet it seemed the moment of defeat. The world was turned upside down by Jesus’ death on the Cross.
 
Jesus tried to make His disciples understand the necessity of His crucifixion, but they could not get it:
 
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.” Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt 16:21-25)
 
Even Peter was clueless about Jesus’ mission. When Jesus spoke of His approaching death, Peter tried to change His mind! Jesus had to make it clear, the Cross was His destiny, and it would be theirs as well. Their logical minds must have been reeling. But it was not until the Resurrection that all was clear. Here was a victory that no one could have predicted. Here was a way that was never trod before. Through death to life!
 
Our Lady has called us to follow Jesus, bearing our crosses as well:
 
February 25, 2016 “Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to conversion. Little children, you love little and pray even less. You are lost and do not know what your goal is. Take the cross, look at Jesus and follow Him. He gives Himself to you to the death on the cross, because He loves you. Little children, I am calling you: return to prayer with the heart so as to find hope and the meaning of your existence, in prayer. I am with you and am praying for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
 
If our lives have no meaning it is because they have no crosses. If we follow Jesus, we must stand against the evil that threatens us, never flinching, but walking the way of love and peace. We must pray, hope and love. Jesus will lead us to give our lives for others because we love like Him. Then the wonder will appear, that death leads to life, and sacrifice leads to joy. This is real meaning! This is knowing Jesus!
 
Let us pray:
 
TOTUS TUUS
(Totally Yours)
 
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.  © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016

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

Mary TV, P.O. Box 899, Notre Dame, IN 46556


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