What Will Matter: - Ready or Not, someday it will all come to an end.

What Will Matter:

Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Today's Daily Encounter is by Michael Josephson

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave. What will matter is not your success but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone. What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what. Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to live in light of eternal values so that my life will not be wasted but invested in the lives of others for all eternity so that my life will matter. 

Mirjana, What does Our Lady say about the end times?

November 4, 2009
Question: Mirjana, What does Our Lady say about the end times?

Well, the one who dies tomorrow, for that person the end of the world will happen tomorrow. That person will encounter God tomorrow. So it is not important to talk about it at all. It is important to talk about ourselves, to think of myself. What is my soul like? Is it ready to encounter God now, this very moment?

I would like to recommend to you do not talk about chastisements, because Our Lady came in Medjugorje to help us and not to destroy us. What She said is, “What I started in Fatima, I will finish in Medjugorje. My heart will triumph.” If our Heavenly Mother’s heart will triumph, what to fear?


8-Year-Old Girl Prays With Police Officers at Restaurant in Heartwarming...

Published on Jul 9, 2017
A photo of a little girl praying with a group of police officers has been touching hearts around the country. 8-year-old Paige Vazquez says when she saw the officers eating in a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas she wanted to offer them a blessing. The officers were moved by the act of kindness because they were still mourning the loss of a fellow officer who was killed in the line of duty last month. InsideEdition.com's Mara Montalbano (https://twitter.com/MaraMontalbano) has more.


Come Holy Spirit--Spirito Santo Medjugorje

International Seminar for Priests

The International Seminar for Priests concluded with the Holy Mass

date: 09.07.2017.
On Saturday, July 8, the 22nd International Seminar for Priests was concluded in Medjugorje and 253 priests, deacons and seminarians from 25 countries gathered for this event. The seminar began with the evening prayer programme on Monday, July 3, and Fr. Ivan FIlipovic was the main celebrant on these days, the spiritual director of Cenacolo community and the lecturer of this seminar.
The theme of this International encounter coordinated by Fr. Marinko Šakota, the parish priest, was „That your love may increase more and more“. The participants listened to the lectures, took part in the regular evening prayer programme and climbed Apparition Hill on early Thursday morning for the prayer of Rosary and on Friday they climbed Cross Mountain for the Way of the Cross.
Fr. Ivan Perković, parish assistant in the parish of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kistanje (Zadar Diocese, Croatia), member of the Eucharistic Community of Priests of the Heart of Jesus and Heart of Mary, came for the fifth time for this event and told us the following on this occasion: „Ever since I was ordained as a priest five years ago, I’ve been coming here for this seminar. I graduated medicine before my vocation and then, the Lord invited me to become a priest. Gospa plays huge role in my spiritual life and in my vocation, she helped me to answer this calling, as I had major doubts. I always gladly come to Medjugorje.“


Featured article from July's Spirit of Medjugorje

My Special Rosary from Medjugorje
By Joe Kohler
     Last fall, I received a special grace through the love and mercy of Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother that I feel I am supposed to share. 
     I was in a motorcycle accident on October 10, 2016 at 2:00 in the afternoon. I was hit by a Jeep Patriot, thrown in the air, and my head struck and destroyed the windshield. My head hit the windshield so hard that I was knocked out and unconscious for about 30 minutes. I did receive a mild concussion along with two cracked ribs and three fractured lumbar vertebrae. The only visible evidence was a contusion on my lower back and multiple bruises. 
     I was carrying my rosary that day. I always carry my very special rosary in my pocket. I have had it for over 10 years and it was a gift from Medjugorje. In addition, I also wear a Miraculous Medal and a Brown Scapular around my neck. I have a very strong devotion to Mary, our Blessed Mother. 
     I do not remember anything about the accident, but I was told my full face helmet saved my life. When I first came home from the hospital two days after my accident, I began to realize the miraculous nature of what had happened to me. My arms and legs were not broken and I sustained no crippling injuries. Although I had intense pain, I was alive and I could think clearly and reflect on the whole event. The nurses in the trauma unit at the hospital told me that they had never seen anyone walk out of the hospital two days after a motorcycle accident. This comment enabled me to reflect more. I could have easily died. If you ever doubt the power of Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, ask me! My survival and lack of serious injuries were truly miraculous. I walked out of the hospital unassisted in less than 48 hours! I am thankful, and overwhelmed by the love, mercy, and goodness of God. 
     As soon as I got home, I realized my special Medjugorje rosary was missing and I was depressed. My clothes had been cut off of me in the emergency room because they did not know if I was badly hurt. The rosary was in my pocket. I called the hospital immediately, and they told me they would look for it and call me back if they found it. This was Wednesday, October 12, 2016. They never called back. I began grieving for my rosary! 
     The next day, October 13, 2016 was the 99th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima. Although I did not realize the significance of that day then, a woman who I had been seeing for a couple of months broke off the relationship with a text message that day. The hurt, and pain from my accident and the fact that I was home alone recovering from injuries was only compounded, and I was getting depressed. I now realize that Mary through Jesus was ending a relationship that was comforting and seemed significant to me. As Paul Harvey used to say, "The rest of the story" was about to unfold.
Joe's Rosary

Joe's Rosary
     On Sunday, October 16, 2016, I felt like washing some clothes. By this time, only six days after the accident, I had already mastered the stairs again in my home. Another miracle! I went to the laundry room downstairs, loaded the machine and went back upstairs. I had several loads to do. With the first load done, I went downstairs, opened the washing machine and to my utter amazement, there was my Medjugorje rosary lying on top of the spun clothes! As anyone knows, spun clothes cling to the sides of the washer. My rosary was lying in an open position, like you would see with a deceased person holding a rosary in a casket. It was clearly visible on top of all of my clothes. I did not have to separate my clothes to retrieve it. 
     Tears welled up in my eyes! My thoughts were all over the place. I knew immediately that Mary through Jesus had saved my life on October 10, 2016. She also returned my rosary to me even after it was lost in the hospital's emergency room. I was immediately inspired that I was not to keep this miracle to myself, but to share it with others. Praise God and our Blessed Mother! Our God is an awesome God and HE can do the impossible! 
     Today, I am back to work, and I am 100% recovered from my injuries. I have no physical limitations and I can do anything I did before my accident. I share this story because the blessings I have received for having gone to Medjugorje in June, 2016 are ongoing. I wake up every day and I am thankful for another day. 
     I will close with these thoughts. If you have never been to Medjugorje, GO! It is a place of miracles, and not all of them happen while you are there. Go to Mass daily, if possible, and receive the Eucharist. Carry a blessed rosary with you at all times and pray it daily. Wear the Brown Scapular and the Miraculous Medal around your neck. Go to Confession monthly. Live a life being thankful to God, and love others in your daily walk. Finally, listen to the monthly messages from Medjugorje and live them. Miracles can and will happen in your life when you have the eyes of faith. When you need Our Lady's protection the most, She will love and guide you to Jesus when you are in most need of His grace and mercy. 
     Editor's note: Joe is a local dentist who lives in Erie, PA. His injuries did not impair his ability to practice dentistry. He shared his story with me back when it happened, and I had asked him to write it up when he had time. One morning, Joe told me he could not sleep, so he got up, wrote the story and emailed it to me. We realized while talking that the day he wrote and sent it was a Marian feast day – the Feast of the Visitation!


Archbishop George Pearce speaks of Medjugorje.

Msgr. George Hamilton Pearce, retired archbishop of the Fiji Islands, came with a group of American pilgrims on a private visit to Medjugorje at the end of September / beginning of October 2002. He has already been in Medjugorje in the eighties and in the nineties: he believes in the apparitions and in the authenticity of Our Lady’s messages. Msgr. Pearce is a religious, member of the Congregation of Marist Fathers. Since retiring from active Episcopal service, he lives and serves in the Archdiocese of Providence, Rhode Island, USA, where - in the cathedral - he leads a Marian prayer group. Fr. Mario Knezovic spoke with him.

Father Archbishop, when someone mentions the word “Medjugorje”, what do you think about and what do you say about this place?
I have no doubt about its authenticity. I have been here three times already and I say to any priest who asks about it: just go and sit in the confessional, and you will see miracle after miracle after miracle… through Mary’s intercession and the power of God. We were told: “By their fruits you will know them”. Certainly, the heart and soul of the Medjugorje message is the Eucharist and the sacrament of the reconciliation.

Father Archbishop, the Church still examines the events of Medjugorje. What is your personal position? Do you believe in the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in this place and in the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary generally?

I have no doubts whatsoever. This is the work of God. As I said: you cannot but believe when you stand a little time in the confessional. Signs and wonders are merciful gifts of God too, but this is the greatest of all miracles for a priest to see the people around the altar of the Lord. I have been in several shrines, I have spent quite a bit of time in Guadalupe, I have been about eight times at Fatima, and also in Lourdes, it’s the same Mary, the same message, but here at Medjugorje this is the “now” word of Our Lady for the world. There is so much anguish and suffering. Our Lady has been with us all the way through, and in a special way in Medjugorje.
Do you know that, in the world, there are several thousands of prayer groups inspired by Our Lady’s messages from Medjugorje? There are more than a thousand groups in your country, the USA… How much is this a sign that the Church recognises God’s words in the words of Our Lady?

We had many humorous remarks from the Pope John Paul II. Somebody asked him why he had not been to Medjugorje yet, and he answered: “It has not been approved yet!” Mirjana told us this morning that he told her that, if he were not Pope, he had been to Medjugorje long ago! We have a little group in the Cathedral in Providence, where I am. They call it “Little St. James”. They meet every evening; they have exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, benediction and Holy Mass.
We see that there is much tension in the world. America has felt the violence of the terrorism. How much America today can listen to the message of Peace and work on a just peace in the whole world?
I think that we have not got the message yet. There was a great turn to the Lord right after September 11th, but we need more then that, I think, before that country really turns to the Lord. So we just pray for that day, we hope we will turn to the Lord before we have to learn too many lessons, but this is also an act of the mercy of God. Everything is an act of the mercy of God. We know very well that God in his merciful love, in his permissive Providence, will take all the means possible that none of the least of his children will be totally lost. That’s all that really matters.

Father Archbishop, what would you say to those who want to come to Medjugorje? What would you say to those who doubt?
I would say: come in the spirit of an open mind, in prayer, entrust your journey to Our Lady. Just come and the Lord will do the rest.

Note-THE MOST REVEREND GEORGE H.Pearce SM, 94, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Suva (Fiji Islands) died on Sunday, August 30, 2015.


My heart is suffering

    (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


July 4, 2017
St. Elizabeth of Portugal
Dear Family of Mary!
"My heart is suffering. Sins are multiplying, they are too numerous. But with the help of those of you who are humble, modest, filled with love, hidden and holy, my heart will triumph." (July 2, 2027)
Mirjana told us that Our Lady was sad. Our Lady, herself told us that her heart is suffering. She sees the world from heaven, she knows the choices being made, the sins that are being committed, the sorrows that are being multiplied. Her compassionate heart must be breaking. But she is courageous. She turns immediately from that sorrow to the hope of her plan. With our help, with the help of chosen souls who are humble, modest, filled with love, hidden and holy, she says that she can win against evil. Her heart will triumph.
Our Lady's hope is for us. We are the army that Our Lady is building, an army of those who are humble, modest, filled with love, hidden and holy. We can see how over these years of Our Lady's presence in Medjugorje she has been forming us in humility, love, hiddenness and holiness. Her messages are a school of holiness. She has taught us to pray with the heart, to live our whole lives for Jesus, to fast, to stay close to the Sacraments, to be humble children of Mother Church. We are her army.
I found a passage from St. Faustina's Diary in which Jesus describes the chosen souls who are hidden but shine brilliantly, dispelling the darkness.
The Lord has given me to know how much He desires the perfection of chosen souls.
Chosen souls are, in My hand, lights which I cast into the darkness of the world and with which I illumine it. As stars illumine the night, so chosen souls illumine the earth. And the more perfect a soul is, the stronger and the more far-reaching is the light shed by it. It can be hidden and unknown, even to those closest to it, and yet its holiness is reflected in souls even to the most distant extremities of the world. (Diary 1601)
Jesus and Mary are calling us to be hidden, modest, humble, filled with love and holy, so that we can bring about the triumph of their hearts in this dark and sorrowful world. It doesn't matter if anyone ever knows our efforts to become holy, the effect will be the same. The light of Christ will penetrate souls and save them, if we do our job.
May the Triumph happen! May it be so!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017


Medjugorje - Aparición a Mirjana del 2 de julio de 2017

Message of July 2, 2017, given through Mirjana at the Blue Cross

  Mirjana greets Our Lady on July 2, 2017 
  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


The Message of July 2, 2017, given through Mirjana at the Blue Cross

"Dear children, thank you for continuing to respond to my invitations and for gathering here around me, your heavenly mother. I know that you are thinking of me with love and hope. I, too, feel love for all of you, just as my most beloved Son also feels it: He who, through his merciful love, is always sending me to you anew; He who was man; He who was and is God - one and triune; He who suffered in body and soul for your sake; He who made Himself bread to feed your souls and thus to save them.

My children, I am teaching you how to be worthy of His love, to direct your thoughts to Him, to live my Son. Apostles of my love, I am covering you with my mantle, because as a mother I desire to protect you. I am imploring you to pray for the whole world.
My heart is suffering. Sins are multiplying, they are too numerous. But with the help of those of you who are humble, modest, filled with love, hidden and holy, my heart will triumph. Love my Son above all and the whole world through Him. Never forget that each of your brothers, within himself, carries something precious - the soul. Therefore, my children, love all those who do not know my Son, so that through prayer and the love which comes through prayer, they may become better; that the goodness in them could win; that souls could be saved and have eternal life.

My apostles, my children, my Son told you to love one another. May this be inscribed in your hearts and with prayer, try to live that love. Thank you." (July 2, 2017)
Mirjana said that Our Lady was sad.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2017


Message given through Ivan

  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


June 27, 2017
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Dear Family of Mary!
Here is a message given through Ivan Dragicevic on June 23, 2017. He met with his prayer group on Apparition Hill that night at 10:00 pm. (I happened to be viewing our POV Camera at that time, and saw all the flash lights and cameras blinking like stars on the hill.  I guess I was present for the apparition!)  Here is his account of the encounter with Our Lady:
After the Apparition Ivan said that he would like to describe what is most important from the encounter with Our Lady. He said that Our Lady came joyful and happy and she greeted everyone with Her Motherly greeting, 'Praised be Jesus, my dear children.'
She prayed over everyone present with her arms extended, and especially the sick present for a while. Then Our Lady gave the message to Ivan:
"Dear children, I came, I came to you and presented myself as the Queen of Peace. Also today, I desire to call you to pray for peace. May there be peace, dear children. May peace begin to reign in the world.
Dear children, be persevering in prayer. Fight against evil and against sin and the idols of today's world which seduce you. Be firm; be strong in faith. And to be strong in faith - pray. Pray, and through prayer meet with my Son, for Him to grant you strength, for Him to grant you the grace. Be open.
The Mother prays for all of you and for all of you intercedes before Her Son. Thank you, dear children, for also today having responded to my call."
After that she blessed all with Her Motherly Blessing and all our religious articles. Ivan said that he recommended all of us, our needs and intentions, our families and in a special way the sick.
Our Lady continued praying over all present and She left in that prayer, in an illuminated Sign of the Cross and She said, "Go in peace my dear children"
I am struck with the similarities between this message through Ivan and the 36th Anniversary message through Marija. Here is that message again, so you can ponder them together:
"Dear children! Today, I desire to thank you for your perseverance and call you to open yourselves to profound prayer. Prayer, little children, is the heart of faith and is hope in eternal life. Therefore, pray with the heart until your heart sings with thanksgiving to God the Creator who gave you life. I am with you, little children, and carry to you my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call." (June 25, 2017 through Marija)
More to follow!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2017


June 25, 2017 36th Anniversary Of Our Lady's presence in Medjugorje!

  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017


June 25, 2017
36th Anniversary Of Our Lady's presence in Medjugorje!
Dear Family of Mary!
June 25, 2017 Message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace on the 36th Anniversary of her coming!
"Dear children! Today, I desire to thank you for your perseverance and call you to open yourselves to profound prayer. Prayer, little children, is the heart of faith and is hope in eternal life. Therefore, pray with the heart until your heart sings with thanksgiving to God the Creator who gave you life. I am with you, little children, and carry to you my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call."

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2017


Trump admin tells United Nations: Abortion is not ‘family planning’

June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The new U.S. delegation to the United Nations has rejected a resolution on violence against women because it called for abortion to continue in countries where it's legal. 
Canada introduced the resolution, which was adopted by consensus.
The U.S. said they supported it in "spirit," but not its call for "comprehensive sexual and health-care services" and "safe abortion where such services are permitted by national law." 
"We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance," said U.S. First Secretary to the U.N. in Geneva Jason Mack. The U.S. "must dissociate from the consensus," he said as reported by Reuters.
The Canadian government has made the "elimination of violence against women" a foreign policy priority. In its outline of what this means, there is no mention of gendercide. 
Gendercide is the systematic killing of girls in the womb or after birth because of their gender. There are over 37 million missing girls in China because of gendercide. It's a problem in India and other countries as well. In 2012, a Live Action investigation revealed that abortion facilities in America are willing to participate in sex-selective abortions.
In April, the Trump administration pulled funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) over its cooperation with China's forced abortion regime. President Trump also reinstated the Mexico City Policy preventing U.S. taxdollars from funding abortion and the promotion of abortion overseas.
Trump picked the former governor of South Carolina, pro-life Nikki Haley, to serve as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. 


(c)Mateo Ivankovic  2017

June 14, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!
"Apostles of my love, the world is in such need of your arms raised towards Heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father..." (June 2, 2017)
This wondrous sentence from Our Lady's June 2, 2017 message has set me to wondering. Our Lady seems to be letting us in on something very important to her. The whole world needs something from us. And we are ready to respond. But what does she ask of us? "The world is in such need of your arms raised towards heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father..." What can this mean?
Those in the Charismatic Renewal (which just celebrated its 50th Anniversary) would recognize this posture of raised arms as a posture of prayer and praise. It is a regular part of a prayer meeting, to raise one's arms and spontaneously praise the Lord. This is very possibly one understanding of Our Lady's plea.
But I wanted to look at Scripture, to find out what the roots are to this kind of gesture in prayer. I came across an article which listed several Scripture citations that mention lifted hands (which I think is much the same as lifted arms). The citations are listed below so that you can pray over them, and possibly go to the Bible chapter and read them in context. The lifting of hands (or arms) seems to be a sign of respect, praise, and also supplication. Most of these citations are from Psalms that are laments, in which the Psalmist is begging God for mercy, deliverance and help. The gesture of raised hands is one of submission and supplication.
Psalm 28:2
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help,
As I lift up my hands towards your Most Holy Place
Psalm 63:4
I will praise you as long as I live,
And in your name I will lift up my hands.
Psalm 88:9
My eyes dim with grief, I call to you,
O Lord, every day: I spread out my hands to you.
Psalm 134:2
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
And praise the Lord.
Psalm 141:2
May my prayer be set before you like incense:
May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Psalm 143:6
I stretch out my hands to you;
My Soul longs for You, as a parched land.
And from the New Testament:
I Timothy 2:8
Therefore, I want the men in every place to pray,
lifting holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
In 1 Timothy 2:8 we see St. Paul instructing men to pray in this way, with lifted hands, but also with pure hearts. So the early Christians also used this gesture in prayer.
I feel myself that Our Lady is telling us that the world needs our prayer of intercession, a deep intercession that borders on lamentation, a cry to the Father and the Son to have mercy on us all. She sees souls on the brink of damnation, and she wishes so much that we, her Apostles, would join her is lifting our arms to the Father and the Son for those most in need of mercy in these days.
Lifting our arms in prayer is a sign of deep dependence upon the Lord, much like a little child lifts his arms to his father, asking to be picked up. We all feel the need to be picked up by our heavenly Father. Let's lift up our arms, our hands, to Him who loves us and loves the whole world. We can ask for mercy for them all.
PS. I think we can lift up our arms in prayer simply by praying with the heart in deep supplication, praying the Rosary for the salvation of the world, going to Adoration, Holy Mass, and to prayer meetings. I feel this is a gesture of the heart! It is intercession!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

Special Guest

Cardinal Ernest Simoni at the evening Holy Mass in Medjugorje

date: 14.06.2017.
Fr. Marinko Sakota had opportunity to welcome one truly special guest at the end of Holy Mass on Tuesday, June 13, celebrated by Fr. Iko Skoko with 24 priests concelebrating. This was Cardinal Ernest Simoni from Albania, who suffered great deal during the time of the communist regime in Albania. When Holy Father visited Albania in September 2014, Fr. Simoni met with him and publicly shared his testimony. This was one of the most moving moments in the pontificate of the Holy Father, and all media spoke about that. It was because of his life of suffering for Christ and Church, that Holy Father appointed him as Cardinal in Rome in November 2016.
Cardinal Simoni on this occasion briefly spoke to the faithful gathered here and he spoke about Our Lady’s role in the history of salvation and about the immense love towards the sinners.



(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

June 8, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

"My children, be ready. This time is a turning point..." (June 2, 2017)

This part of Our Lady's message has resonated with many of us. We feel the spiritual battle becoming more and more intense. The opposing forces in the world are in a critical confrontation.

In 1976, Cardinal Karol Wojtyła (St. John Paul II) gave a speech during a visit to America in which he described very boldly the situation the world was facing in the days ahead.  He said:
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.
"We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time." - Bicentennial talk given in the United States by the future St. John Paul II, then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Kraków, Poland (1976)

(I got the quote from an article on The Catholic Thing - It is worth reading!
https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2014/06/01/the-final-confrontation/ )

St. John Paul's words came true even for himself, in that he was attacked in 1981 by a gunman in St. Peter's Square, suffering terribly from his wounds. He was saved, as he said, by Our Lady's hand, guiding the bullet.
But what interests me is that St. John Paul told us to be ready...ready for what? To give up even our own lives, and [to make] a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. This is what being ready meant to him. I believe this is what Our Lady intends as well.
Our Lady has spoken before about being ready. In this message from 2013 she made it very clear what being ready is all about:
April 02, 2013 "Dear children, I am calling you to be one with my Son in spirit. I am calling you, through prayer, and the Holy Mass when my Son unites Himself with you in a special way, to try to be like Him; that, like Him, you may always be ready to carry out God's will and not seek the fulfillment of your own. Because, my children, it is according to God's will that you are and that you exist, and without God's will you are nothing. As a mother I am asking you to speak about the glory of God with your life because, in that way, you will also glorify yourself in accordance to His will. Show humility and love for your neighbour to everyone. Through such humility and love, my Son saved you and opened the way for you to the Heavenly Father. I implore you to keep opening the way to the Heavenly Father for all those who have not come to know Him and have not opened their hearts to His love. By your life, open the way to all those who still wander in search of the truth. My children, be my apostles who have not lived in vain. Do not forget that you will come before the Heavenly Father and tell Him about yourself.Be ready! Again I am warning you, pray for those whom my Son called, whose hands He blessed and whom He gave as a gift to you. Pray, pray, pray for your shepherds. Thank you."
"Always be ready to carry out God's will and not seek the fulfillment of your own." This is the challenge for us, to seek out and understand God's will for us in these times. This is the only way we can be of some help to Our Lady in this turning point.

"Do not forget that you will come before the Heavenly Father and tell Him about yourself. Be Ready!" We are ready when we are reconciled with God. When we have tried to live our lives in His will and His love, and have followed the teachings of the Church, we will be ready. We will be ready for whatever comes. Being ready is being at peace with God.
We have a great example to follow in St. John Paul II. And we have the best of Mother's in Our Lady. These two guides will help us to be ready, and to face this turning point with faith, hope and love!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

Featured article from June's Spirit of Medjugorje

My Life Has Never Been the Same
By Marie-Adele Hayes
      My life was upside down and I was a mess, when a gentleman approached me after Mass one evening and said that Our Lady wanted me "to have these rosaries." I started to cry because they reminded me of my deceased husband's, which I buried with him. The man returned shortly with material about Medjugorje, and invited me to their meetings, where I met many wonderful people. 
     After some time, even though I didn't really believe in it, I decided to go to Medjugorje. I wanted to see what it was all about. After all, all my new friends had gone and couldn't stop talking about it. On this trip, everything that could happen did, and then some! Every fear I ever had materialized – and I found the Lord is the only one that you can trust. 
     This was about thirty years ago, and Yugoslavia was still under Communist control. I made the arrangements and was to meet up with a tour group in Chicago. We were to fly on a Yugoslavian plane to Zagreb and then on to Dubrovnik. On the plane from Dallas to Chicago, I experienced excruciating pain in my upper jaw. I found out later that one of my implants had just come away from the bone. This pain continued on and off through my two-week trip. Then when I reached Chicago, I could NOT find any one in my travel group. (My tour group never did materialize!) 
     When it came time to board the plane, they informed us that we would need to board a bus to get to the plane. I was the last person on the bus, so I was the closest one to the door. When the door opened, there stood a very large Jordanian plane with Arabic writing on the sides. At that time, they were hijacking Jordanian planes and even had killed some of the passengers. Needless to say, no one wanted to get off the bus. We were told it was all right, just to go get on the plane. My sister later asked me, "Why did you go? You were still in the U.S." I don't know; it never occurred to me to stay. 
     We soon realized that the Yugoslavian crew members couldn't read Arabic. The plane appeared to be very old; you could actually see outside in some of the cracks along its insides. Later in the flight, an attendant came back and took about 12 of us up front temporarily to the first class compartment. When I asked why, he said that they needed to balance the weight. I also asked him what was going on up front, and he told me it was better I didn't ask any more questions. We were never given anything to eat or drink on this 13-hour journey. At one point in the flight, I was speaking to a Protestant girl who was also on her way to Medjugorje. She was trying to learn the Hail Mary so she could say the Rosary. While I was helping her, suddenly the plane dropped about 1,000 feet. Everyone was screaming, including me (this had been one of my worst fears). My new friend turned to me and said, "Why are you yelling? The angels have surrounded this plane."
Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain)
Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain)
     We finally landed in Zagreb, and my luggage had not made it to the plane. All the other people boarded a plane for Dubrovnik, but my ticket had me on another flight at a later time. As I sat waiting, I just watched the soldiers with their guns, all through the airport. Finally I was off for Dubrovnik. When I arrived, a gentleman was waiting with another couple and said that he would place us on a bus for Medjugorje. The bus ride was about two hours, and when we got to Medjugorje, we found out that they didn't have any room for us! We were sent to Citluk for the night and they told us that they would find a place for us the next day. I was glad to have an American couple with me, especially a man, because the Communists didn't seem to have respect for women. I was becoming weak – I hadn't had anything to eat or drink since I left the States over 24 hours previously. The man at the hotel desk called a cab, and he took us to a restaurant. We all had a gourmet meal for about $3.00 each. I couldn't believe it. Back at the hotel I took a shower and realized that all I had to sleep in was my underwear. (My clothes never did arrive until the night before I was supposed to leave. I just washed things out every night and miraculously they were dry the following morning.) 
     The next morning, a police car arrived to take us back to Medjugorje. The man would not speak other than to open the car door and say "IN" in a very disdainful voice. Looking back, I wonder why I wasn't afraid – I was in a very dangerous situation. The Communist policeman took us to a small house, where I was to stay for a week. It was Holy Week and I couldn't have been in a holier place, but neither did I know or care back then. I was thinking only of myself, and I was not very happy about what had already happened. I just wanted this week to pass and get back home. 
     I awoke the next morning only to be able to see a Cross on the top of the mountain. It was a beautiful sight to see every morning. I couldn't get over the peace that is in the village of Medjugorje. I climbed Mt. Krizevac, went to Adoration, said the Rosary, and went to Apparition Hill. I also was able to visit Father Jozo in a neighboring village and hear him preach. All of this I thought was wonderful, but it didn't seem to make a great impression on me, at least not at that particular time. The family I stayed with was lovely, even though they didn't speak any English. They couldn't have given me more – they shared everything, and if they didn't have enough they would make sure we got first servings. It's hard to believe how these poor people were so very generous. I watched so many elderly women working in the fields and grape orchards. They would be there early in the morning and still there late in the evening. What really stayed with me was that outside of Medjugorje, no one seemed to smile and I never saw any children playing. They would walk in the street in a straight line with their hands behind their backs. It all seemed very strange to me – almost like a dream. If this was what Communism offered, why would anyone want to be a part of it? 
     The other couple left and I was alone again for the rest of the week. I spent my time climbing the mountain, praying in church and looking in a few store windows. I couldn't believe how, with all these soldiers all over, there still was an unbelievable peace in Medjugorje. I never felt afraid. I ran into my friend that I had met on the plane, and she told me that she had seen blood coming from the Cross on Mt. Krizevac. I had heard this had happened to a very few individuals, and I was delighted for her. She seemed like a saint. I have often wondered what happened to her, as I never saw her again.
     The night before I left, there was a full moon. It was breath-taking. I associate the full moon with blessings, as all my children were born on a full moon. I went to Mass on Easter morning and then got ready to leave. A guide was to take me to Dubrovnik, show me around the town, and get me to my hotel where I would spend the night before my flight the next morning. In the afternoon, he arrived and the woman of the house started yelling at him, but I didn't know what all the fuss was about. When I got in the cab, another young lady was sitting in the front. I was happy, thinking that I now had company again. She said nothing, so I assumed that she couldn't speak English. When we finally got to Dubrovnik, after my guide had checked me into the hotel, he told me we would then go into town. I left with both of them and my hotel key (thank God) with the name of the hotel on it. When we got into town, he told me that the girl was his girl friend, and they were going to spend a few days together. He showed me the bus I was to take that would take me back to the hotel. After he left, I started to get afraid, as I didn't speak the language and didn't know where to go. The town looked beautiful, but for me, all I wanted to do was to go back to the hotel. I found an English-speaking cab driver and showed him my hotel key and asked him to take me there. When we got back to the hotel, he asked for much more money than the meter called for. I told him that I didn't have that and the meter didn't say that amount. He became very, very angry and said that it was double on Sunday. I was about to cry. He locked all the doors so I couldn't get out. I saw some people walking toward the hotel, so I unrolled the window and started to yell. He told me to get out. I threw some money at him and ran as fast as I could. Shaking, I went up to my room and locked the door. After I had gathered my senses back, I decided that I would call down to the lobby for a sandwich, as I didn't want to leave my room. The phone was dead! All night long I kept praying, "I believe in God, etc." I prayed that prayer over and over again all night long. Finally, dawn came, and I went downstairs to get my passport from the desk clerk and tell him to call the cab for the airport. 
     When I got to the counter at the airport, the clerk looked at my ticket and just said, "Sit down." He was trying to show me something in a book. They had no computers, just loose-leaf books. When I tried to tell him my plane was about to leave, he just repeated, "Sit down!" Now I was close to tears and was shaking. As the airport lobby thinned out, I saw what looked like a cafeteria and decided to sit there. I got a cup of coffee and started praying – I don't believe I have ever prayed that hard before or since. I kept asking the Lord to PLEASE HELP ME! After sitting there for what seemed like eternity, a man came up to me and, in perfect English, asked if HE COULD HELP ME. I started to cry. I told him of my situation, and he said I needed to get to a computer, which was in the basement of the airport. He took me downstairs to the computers, and he and a woman started talking in some language that I didn't understand. He started yelling and she was yelling right back. Finally, she started typing and then handed him another ticket. He told me I had a seat on the plane and I would be going home. I really started crying then. Back upstairs, he asked me if I wanted something to eat, and I realized I again hadn't eaten in over 24 hours. He took me to a restaurant in the airport and we ordered breakfast. Then it really got weird! He didn't have any money, and after I paid the bill, he told me that he was from Germany and was there just for the weekend and didn't have any luggage. He told me to stay in the airport and not to leave, no matter who or what tried to get me to go outside. He said I was safe as long as I stayed in the airport. He asked me to walk him to his plane and act as if I had known him for years. He also wanted to carry my luggage, but I wouldn't allow him. He had his arm around me and kept asking me to join him. I thanked him and repeated that I just wanted to go home. He asked me to stay there and wave to him as the plane took off. After the plane left, I returned to the lobby of the airport. It was almost deserted then. I sat there and a policewoman came and sat a few feet from me. She followed me wherever I went in the airport, even to the bathroom. 
     Around 2:00 that afternoon, I heard English being spoken. I could never express what a beautiful sound that was to me. I ran to meet them – a group of Jewish couples who had been touring Europe and heading back to the States. I told them briefly what had happened. They said not to worry, that I was with them now, going back to the United States. The Lord had heard me and I was going home! The trip back was wonderful. I sat beside a nun who introduced me to a famous healing nun who was also on the plane. I kissed the ground when I got back and thanked God for all His goodness and also allowing me to be born and raised in the United States. I thank you, Jesus, for all your blessings and forgiveness. 
     From the time I got back home from Medjugorje, my life changed for the better. I have met so many wonderful and blessed people. I no longer travel in the fast lane, but I enjoy life like never before. I have a peace that didn't exist for me before, and I do everything I can to keep it. I know now that Jesus is in control of everything, and nothing is going to happen unless HE allows it. What happened on that trip had to happen; otherwise I would not have attempted to change. I trusted no one and believed in nothing. 
     I did ask my cousin, who is a Jesuit priest, about the gentleman in the airport. He thought he was a spy for both countries, who probably thought that I might be one also, because a woman would never travel in a Communist country by herself. Angel or spy, he got me out of there, and my life has never been the same. God works in mysterious ways! 
     Editor's note: Marie-Adele lives in Plano, TX.


2017.06.03 Pentecost Vigil

Streamed live on Jun 3, 2017
INTERNATIONAL SOUND Pope Francis takes part in the Pentecost Vigil organized by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Today is the great feast day of Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit

THE GREATEST PENTECOST" - All were filled with the Holy Spirit." —Acts 2:4

Today is Pentecost. It is not merely a reminder of a past event, but a continuation of the Spirit renewing the face of the earth (Ps 104:30). Today's Pentecost will not be a shadow of the first Pentecost, rather the first Pentecost is a shadow of today's Pentecost. God's grace is abounding all the more (see Rm 5:20). The Spirit is not diminishing His work in our world, but increasing it. It will not be only thousands who come to Jesus today (see Acts 2:41), but millions. The waters of the Spirit become deeper as they flow further around the world and into history.

Totally surrender your life to Jesus. Renounce Satan and all His works. Repent of sin. Ask for the Spirit. Ask Spirit-filled believers to lay hands on you. Receive the Spirit. As you receive prayers for the Spirit, express your love for the Lord by praising Him in your native language and in other languages. Go out and tell others about your love for Jesus. Pentecost begins by taking little steps of repentance, prayer, praise, and evangelization. If you obey the Lord, you won't stifle the Spirit. Pentecost is now. The greatest Pentecost is now. Come, Holy Spirit!

Father, give me the gifts to praise You in tongues, to prophesy, and to evangelize.


Medjugorje: Our Lady's message to Mirjana of June 2, 17

“Dear children, as in the other places where I have come to you, also here I am calling you to prayer. Pray for those who do not know my Son, for those who have not come to know the love of God, against sin, for the consecrated - for those whom my Son called to have love and the spirit of strength for you, for the Church. Pray to my Son, and the love which you experience from His nearness will give you the strength to make you ready for the works of love which you will do in His name. My children, be ready. This time is a turning point. That is why I am calling you anew to faith and hope. I am showing you the way by which you need to go, and those are the words of the Gospel. Apostles of my love, the world is in such need of your arms raised towards Heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father. Much humility and purity of heart are needed. Have trust in my Son and know that you can always be better. My motherly heart desires for you, apostles of my love, to be little lights of the world, to illuminate there where darkness wants to begin to reign, to show the true way by your prayer and love, to save souls. I am with you. Thank you.”
Video of Apparition  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2BP1TOW4e0


I am offering to you the light of the Truth and the Holy Spirit

Medjugorje:   Photo taken by  Barbara Goodier on October 2nd, 2010 at the time of Mirjana's apparition. A few of us were praying the Rosary at the Crucifix on Sr. Immanuel's property. We were looking towards the Blue Cross on Apparition Hill and saw the sun spinning. That's when I took the picture. May you receive a special blessing from the Lord today!

Dear children! As I call you to prayer for those who have not come to know the love of God, if you were to look into your hearts you would comprehend that I am speaking about many of you. With an open heart, sincerely ask yourselves if you want the Living God or do you want to eliminate Him and live as you want. Look around you, my children, and see where the world is going, the world that thinks of doing everything without the Father, and which wanders in the darkness of temptation. I am offering to you the light of the Truth and the Holy Spirit. According to God's plan I am with you to help you to have my Son, His Cross and Resurrection, triumph in your hearts. As a mother, I desire and pray for your unity with my Son and His works. I am with you; you decide. Thank you. Medjugorje message of(June 2, 2011)

"I am offering to you the light of the Truth and the Holy Spirit." Mother Mary wants to give us the divine flashlight, the light of the Holy Spirit, the light of Truth. Without this light we cannot see things as they really are. We live in a world of darkness, of sin. We may be too used to the dark. We have to shake ourselves free of the darkness. We cannot see the loving actions of God unless they are illuminated by the Holy Spirit, because we are so blinded by darkness, even darkness within. We need light. And so Mother Mary offers us the divine flashlight, the gift of the Holy Spirit. We have only to receive it. And what better time than penecost?

St. Basil the Great, Bishop, wrote about the Holy Spirit in terms of light in the Office of Readings for Tuesday, the 7th week of Easter:

"The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth...Like the sunshine, which permeates all the atmosphere, spreading over land and sea, and yet is enjoyed by each person as though it were for him alone, so the Spirit pours forth his grace in full measure, sufficient for all, and yet is present as though exclusively to everyone who can receive him. To all creatures that share in him he gives a delight limited only by their own nature, not by his ability to give."

*How beautifully put! The Spirit offers his light to us, to each mind, according to our ability to receive him. He wants to show us so many things. He wants to show us how much we are loved by the Father and the Son. He wants to show us how beautiful we are, how much the Father wanted to create us, how the Father designed us perfectly to answer the call He has for us, and how possible it is to become holy and happy. The Spirit wants to light up our hearts with party lights, full of joy and excitement and hope. He wants us to see the Father and the Son in all their glory, loving us! And this is just the beginning!

The Spirit truly does shine on each one of us as if He is meant for each one alone. Each individual is uttermost in the mind of the Spirit. He loves each one of us as if we were the only person alive! And it is this love that actually is the Light. Love lights up our minds like fireworks. Love makes sense out of everything. God is love and he loves us, infinitely. That is true light!

So, as we approach Pentecost, let's take up Our Lady's offer and ask for the light of Truth and of the Holy Spirit. I hope we can endure the joy!

In Jesus and Mary and the Holy Spirit and the Father!!!!

Cathy Nolan
Charismatic Catholics arrive in Rome


Where Are We Heading


Where have people hidden their faith—or do they have any left? Do you remember who God is or Our Lady? It seems as if no one wants to even talk about Heaven, God, miracles, faith or belief. Our Churches are becoming empty with no children attending.
It takes a tragedy or a life hanging on the line for some to look up to Heaven and pray to God. We want what we want NOW and in our time and way. When we don’t get our prays answered right away or our way, we think that there can’t be a God. He’s the one who answers in His time and way, not ours.
Yes, I was one of them, way back in 1998 taking my trip to Medjugorje in Bosnia with a stranger. I had walked away from the Church, when I had a small breakdown at a Mass. I went down the aisle for Communion and felt all sweaty, had weak and shaky knees, my hands shook, and my heart raced in my chest. I didn’t think I’d make it up to the priest to receive, but I did. After taking the Host, I ran back to my seat, got my two young daughters, and ran out of church. I didn’t go back until fifteen years later.
I blamed God for my breakdown that left me frightened to death to go into a closed area again after the episode. It took years to realize that I had pushed my mind and body beyond what it could take with trying to keep my marriage together and our family, putting up with an alcoholic husband’s behavior.
My enabling brought him deeper into his addiction going into blackouts. We lost Richard, and twenty years later, I watched one of my daughters die from the same disease of cirrhosis of the liver from drinking. They were buried together.
It wasn’t until my trip to Medjugorje in Bosnia, watching four out of six visionaries having apparitions with the Blessed Mother, and miracles she showed me with this pilgrimage, that I realized that it’s us that move away from God. He stays at our door waiting for us to unlock it, and allow him into our hearts. It’s God who waits for us to realize that He is all loving and merciful. He made each and everyone of us because He wanted to share His love with us.
Why we lose loved ones, make the wrong mistakes, choose the wrong person, go with the wrong crowd, we will never know. Maybe when God calls us home, we will understand His actions.
I wrote about my pain losing my father, Brigadier General, Albert L. Gramm, Sr., from cancer at eighty years old in A Spiritual Renewal; A Journey to Medjugorje. His death brought me back to God after seeing what my father believed in while dying. His faith reached my heart, and I unlocked the door.
I talk about the miracles that brought me to this holy land in my book. I call Medjugorje “A Sampler of Heaven.” God has a path for us to travel down, and if we do open our hearts, we let Him lead us there.
Our Lady says she calls each person to Medjugorje herself. She has a reason, which I didn’t come to know until years later. I became a speaker and author from my pain. That’s what Mary wanted me to do. I reach out to substance abusers, their families and the public to do God’s work to try and help the ones lost. I tell them what I had done wrong with trying to help my husband and daughter. All my actions brought them deeper into their habits. My books are more than memoirs. Their books of lessons.
Read about our lives in all my books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira. I love reviews and emails.
Alberta Sequeira
Website: http://www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com
Email: alberta.sequeira@gmail.com


Medjujorje: Our Lady's message to Marija of May 25, 2027

May 25, 2017 message to Marija

"Dear children! The Most High has permitted me to call you anew to conversion. Little children, open your hearts to the grace to which you are all called. Be witnesses of peace and love in this peaceless world. Your life here on earth is passing. Pray that through prayer you may yearn for Heaven and the things of Heaven and your hearts will see everything differently. You are not alone; I am with you and intercede before my Son Jesus for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

A Little Reflection
When Our Lady identified herself as the Queen of Peace, she said that peace would come about in the world when each person was at peace with God, ones self and ones neighbor. This peace would only come about as each person experienced conversion - conversion through prayer, fasting, penance and faith. As one experiences daily conversion to a deeper relationship with God, one's life changes. It is the changes in our lives, which speak to others. They notice our peace in times of trial, our reliance on God's love and mercy and a greater love for brothers and sisters and friends. This is how we witness to others.  Another way for us to witness, as Our Lady states, is to yearn for heaven. Through prayer, this yearning will help us to have a different perspective in life, which will lead us to a greater peace as we realize the fleeting nature of the things of this world. I am grateful that Our Lady is with me as I try to live her messages. 
               by Sr. Isabel Bettwy

Come, Holy Spirit

"Paul was pressed in the Spirit." -Acts 18:5, KJV

Friday May 26,  begins the Holy Spirit novena, nine days of intense prayer to prepare for receiving the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like St. Paul, we are to be absorbed, that is, totally occupied with the coming of the Spirit, as if the Spirit was pressing upon us from all sides (Acts 18:5). Like the apostles and Mary in the upper room, we are to live and breathe for the purpose of receiving the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:14).

The nine days of a novena can be compared to the nine months of a pregnancy. A pregnant mother is completely preoccupied with the baby growing in her womb. She is in tune with the movements of her baby. As the months pass, the baby grows within her and presses more firmly upon her. Near the end of the pregnancy, all she can think of is "Come, Baby."

We need the Holy Spirit novena in order to become ever more attuned to the movements of the Holy Spirit. This is a time to come to Jesus and beg Him for the grace to thirst for the Spirit (see Jn 7:37-38). No matter how much we want the Holy Spirit, it's not as much as God desires us to want the Spirit. By the end of the nine days, we should constantly be thinking "Come, Holy Spirit." Desire to receive the Holy Spirit more than a mother with a full-term baby wants to give birth. "Come, Holy Spirit!"

Prayer: Father, pour out the Spirit in my life like a tidal wave. Carry me in the Spirit anywhere You wish.