5/29/20

HAPPY PENTECOST SUNDAY


Happy Penecost Sunday. After Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to the apostles and, breath­ing on them, said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22).

“Lord Jesus, breathe on me and make me more alive to God. Come, Holy Spirit, and fill me with your life!”

The Holy Spirit is POWER

The Holy Spirit Has Been Given To Us

“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5)

In his great Epistle on justification, Saint Paul presents the Holy Spirit as the hero of the Christian life, whose full power has been unleashed by Jesus’ death and resurrection! The overarching theme of Paul’s letter to the Romans (chapters 1-8) is POWER leading to LIFE. Thus Paul says at Romans 1:16:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
This POWER flows from Christ’s resurrection:
“[Jesus] who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4).
The general condition of humanity before the Gospel is powerlessness, both for Jew and Gentile. “We have already brought the charge against Jew and Greek alike that they are under the domination of sin” (Romans 3:9). Even compliance with the “works of the law” in the Old Testament economy is insufficient for justification: “a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” (Romans 3:28).
Our reconciliation and justification comes from faith in Jesus Christ (chapters 4-5). “At the appointed time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for us godless men” (Romans 5:6). This justification by faith flows not only from Jesus’ sacrificial, atoning death, but also from the power flowing from his resurrection! “Jesus who was handed over to death for our sins and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25).
Moreover, flowing from this gift of justifying faith is HOLY SPIRIT POWER! “We have gained access by faith to the grace in which we now stand, and we boast of our hope for the glory of God….And this hope will not leave us disappointed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).
Paul then asks: does this grace of justification give us immunity from sin?, to which he essentially answers: absolutely not! “Are we to say, ‘Let us continue in sin that grace may abound?’ Certainly not!” (Romans 6:1-2). Why is this? Because through faith we have been baptized into the sin-forgiving death of Jesus and the new life giving resurrection of Jesus. “Through baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life” (Romans 6:4). “Do not, therefore, let sin rule your mortal body” (Romans 6:12).
We then come to chapter seven of Romans where we encounter this mysterious, representative man who is struggling so mightily with the power of sin in his flesh. He cries out: “For I do not what I want, but the very thing I hate (7:15), and, “when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand” (7: 21). Is Paul speaking of himself here, or of Israel, or of the “universal plight of all men” (ICSB)? Whichever the case may be, the powerlessness this man feels in the flesh (in his human weakness) has a solution: it is the HOLY SPIRIT who will give him – give us – victory over sin through our new life in the Spirit!
The flesh may be weak, but the Holy Spirit is POWER! And as Paul foreshadowed at Romans 5:5, the Holy Spirit has been given to us! We are not on our own in our fight against sin. We have a most powerful ally: the indwelling Holy Spirit. Here is the solution to the man’s problem in Romans 7: through faith in Jesus Christ, received in baptism, we have access to the Holy Spirit.
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin” (7:24-25). “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (8:1-2).
And if you think Paul is being subtle in pointing out the Holy Spirit as the solution to this man’s problem, think again! In chapter 8 of Romans, Paul makes reference to the Holy Spirit some 18 times! He uses the didactic method of repetition in order to drill into our minds that we have victory over sin in the power of the Holy Spirit! The following verses are representative:

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life  because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of  his Spirit who lives in you.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8: 5-14).

Conclusion: Do you know why St. Paul never allows even a shade of unethical conduct in his Epistles? Because the Holy Spirit empowers you to lead a holy life. Paul is utterly taken up by the reality of the Christian life. He is ablaze to the core with the Holy Spirit. The hero of the Christian life is the Holy Spirit. His full power has been unleashed, as Paul points out, by Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is a radical quality of Christian morality. God has given you the Holy Spirit! This is a supernatural reality made possible by Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is a reality perceived by faith, and received in baptism. Holiness is a POWER. The Gospel has come to you in POWER! You are justified, you are set right with God, because Jesus has given you access to the full power of the Holy Spirit, who gives you victory over sin, because of His indwelling, sanctifying presence in your soul. The power of the Holy Spirit is the principle of LIFE! The death and resurrection of Jesus is therefore the engine which carries us along to the state of justification. “Romans 8 unveils the solution to the problem laid out in Romans 7. It is a divine solution orchestrated by the Trinity. The Father sent the Son to redeem the world from sin (8:3) and sent the Spirit to raise the world from death to new life (8:9-13)” (ICSB). See the source for this conclusion under References below.
Thomas L. Mulcahy, M.A.
References: As you can see, I am relying on the notes in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. But primarily I am relying on notes I typed up years ago from a class on the Epistles of Saint Paul. I don’t even remember the name of the professor, but the entire conclusion above, and the whole theme of power leading to life, and of the Holy Spirit being the hero of the Christian life, comes directly from his lectures, and the notes I took. He was a Jewish convert, teaching at the St. Mary’s Campus in Orchard Lake Village, MI. Finally, I have also relied extensively on Dr. Scott Hahn’s excellent audio series on Romans.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“The grace of the Holy Spirit has the power to justify us, that is, to cleanse us from our sins and to communicate to us “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ” and through Baptism:
‘But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves as dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus’ [Romans 6: 8-11].
Through the power of the Holy Spirit we take part in Christ’s Passion by dying to sin, and in his Resurrection by being born to a new life; we are members of his Body which is the Church, branches grafted onto the vine which is himself:
‘[God] gave himself to us through his Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature. . . . For this reason, those in whom the Spirit dwells are divinized’ [Saint Athanasius].”   (nos. 1987-1988)

5/25/20

May 25, 2020 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje:




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May 25, 2020

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the May 25, 2020 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje:

"Dear children! Pray with me for a new life for all of you. In your hearts, little children, you know what needs to be changed. Return to God and His Commandments, so that the Holy Spirit may change your lives and the face of this earth, which is in need of renewal in the Spirit.

Little children be prayer for all those who do not pray; be joy for all those who do not see the way out; be carriers of light in the darkness of this peaceless time.

Pray and seek the help and protection of the saints so that you also could yearn for Heaven and Heavenly realities. I am with you and am protecting and blessing all of you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call."
 (May 25, 2020)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

5/11/20

Healing Oil --Fr. Joe Whalen

Healing Oil


We all like stories of the inexplicable and miraculous, and when it came to that, the late Father Joseph Whalen of St. James Church in Danielson, Connecticut, was not so much a font as a geyser. Ordained at the age of sixty-six, the marvelous followed him everywhere. His amazing story is below this article.
And though he died four years ago, the miracles have persisted, or so it is indicated to us.
He used to bless oil (with the patronage of Saint Raphael) by the hundreds of gallons, and many reported effects with it. It is still available. It has been sent to more than a hundred countries.
At any rate, his loyal assistant, Mary Ann Wichmann, reminds us of one such happening around Father Whalen.
“Do you remember Bill Baril?” she asked in a recent note. “He passed on this past January. He had been a bad alcoholic and was sitting on a park bench in the early 1990’s at his lowest point, asking God for a sign one cold winter day.+
“All of a sudden there was a gust of wind and a crumpled-up newspaper blew across the snowy park and stopped at his feet. He picked it up and uncrumpled it and it had an advertisement for a pilgrimage to Medjugorje with Father Whalen (a recovered alcoholic). He took it as a sign, called Father Joe, and the rest was history! He went on the pilgrimage, made a full conversion back to his faith, and Father Joe became his sponsor and spiritual director. He worked very hard for many years for Our Lord and Our Lady [in the oil ministry] until he died of cancer this year.”
According to Bill, who lived in Wakefield, Massachusetts, the priest blessed 300 five-gallon jugs of oil a year, each of them touched by the priest; the oil was then put into smaller, many of them half-ounce bottles (100,000 to 200,000). It took a crew of twenty-five volunteers to make the oil (which was heated and contained crushed rose petals) as the prayers were recited and the entire Book of Tobit read. (Blessing bottles en masse was first suggested by Father Whalen’s bishop.)
Mary Ann once related how oil was found exuding from a statue of the Archangel Michael in father’s office. “Just a side note,” she had said at the time. “I was cleaning Fr. Joe’s office yesterday and got to the table with his statue of St. Michael (about 24 inches high, between Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael and I placed my hands on either side of him to lift him up and move him so I could dust the table and my hands became covered with oil! The statue is exuding oil and a lot of it. I had to put him in a tray to catch the overflow. Father Joe and Father John say that oil has always been a sign of healing in the Bible but it is also a sign and consolation for us that He is with us and helping us, especially now.”
Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, he had been married and divorced before the priesthood (he baptized all his grandchildren and presided at his former wife’s funeral as well as those of seven siblings!). Father’s two credos were: “God writes straight with crooked lines” and “It’s never too late to live.”
[The following is his prayer that Mary Ann posted in Bill’s honor. It’s called, “For Help and Protection against Pestilence”:
[“Holy St. Raphael allow this healing balm, healing oil that was blessed in Heaven to flow through my  entire body and touch every organ and heal me of any known and unknown ailments, then + bless yourself with the oil +, St. Raphael protect us from any diseases, plagues, chastisements, flus coming upon the earth. Amen.”]
(Blessed oil is still available here or ask your priest)

4/30/20

Send your guardian angel

Send your guardian angel to Mass with this prayer

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When you can’t make it to Mass and are stuck at home, send your guardian angel to church to intercede for you!

Our daily life, whether we realize it or not, is surrounded by the protecting presence of angels!
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms“From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.’ Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God” (CCC 336)
Angels are here to help us and above all, guide us to eternal life.
Many saints would send their guardian angels on various errands, such as praying at a church for them when they were physically unable to do so. This works because angels are spiritual beings and are able to move about our world with relative ease, going from one place to another in less than a second.
This means that when we ask our guardian angel to attend Mass for us, being stuck at home, they will go instantly!
To attend Mass for them is a great joy, as “Christ is the center of the angelic world. They are his angels” (CCC 331). They love God and will gladly pray for us at Mass anywhere in the world!
The angelic world is mysterious, but we are encouraged to pray to them in faith and trust that they will do what they can to lead us closer to God.
Here is a beautiful prayer, often printed on prayer cards, that dates to the 1920s and sends your guardian angel to Mass when you are unable to attend the Holy Sacrifice.
O HOLY ANGEL at my side,
Go to Church for me,
Kneel in my place, at Holy Mass,
Where I desire to be.
At Offertory, in my stead,
Take all I am and own,
And place it as a sacrifice
Upon the Altar Throne.
At Holy Consecration’s bell,
Adore with Seraph’s love,
My Jesus hidden in the Host,
Come down from Heaven above.
Then pray for those I dearly love,
And those who cause me grief,
That Jesus’ Blood may cleanse all hearts,
And suff’ring souls relieve.
And when the priest Communion takes,
Oh, bring my Lord to me,
That His sweet Heart may rest on mine,
And I His temple be.
Pray that this Sacrifice Divine,
May mankind’s sins efface;
Then bring me Jesus’ blessing home,
The pledge of every grace. Amen

4/25/20



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April 25, 2020
St. Mark, Evangelist

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the April 25, 2020 message from Our Lady of Medjugorje, Queen of Peace:

"Dear children! May this time be an incentive for personal conversion for you. Pray, little children, in solitude to the Holy Spirit to strengthen you in faith and trust in God, that you may be worthy witnesses of the love which God bestows upon you through my presence. Little children, do not permit trials to harden your heart and for prayer to be like a desert. Be a reflection of God's love and witness the Risen Jesus by your lives. I am with you and I love all of you with my motherly love. Thank you for having responded to my call." (April 25, 2020)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

4/22/20

When the Lord gives us a suffering


Seer On How We Know It’s From God



[adapted from The God of Healing]
Vicka's Healing“When something comes from God, you have harmony, great joy, and a great peace,” said seer Vicka Ivankovic Matovic, the famous seer at Medjugorje.
“You can’t feel well if you have fear in your heart.
“When you feel fear, confusion, and anguish, it comes from the enemy. You can’t trust your feelings if you do not have inner harmony. For sure, suffering cannot be explained; it can only be lived in one’s own heart. When the Lord gives us a suffering—a cross, pain—this is really a big gift.
Medjugorje. One of the visionaries, Vicka. | Spiritual images ...“We often think, how can sickness be a gift? But it’s a big gift! Only God knows why He gives this gift and only He knows the reason for when He takes it back. It is only up to us how we are ready to accept this. It is enough to say, ‘Thank you God for this gift, that you still have something that you want to give to me, I am ready to receive it. I ask only your strength and courage so that I may carry on.’
“And also the Madonna has told us, ‘you don’t know how great is the value of your suffering in the eyes of God.’ There are different kinds of suffering: there is the suffering that God gives and there is the suffering that we make for ourselves, and these are two different things, they don’t have the same value. We must try to accept that which the Lord wants and we must give thanks and when one gives thanks for this great gift, then graces and fruits and everything come sooner. And then we can’t say ‘I’m suffering, I’m in pain,’ God knows this: accept it, don’t talk about it. One who is still able to speak isn’t suffering.
Suffering is to be lived in our souls and in our hearts. God is always ready to give healing. But for God it’s not so easy for him to give us this gift because there are problems. What are these problems? It is like this: many times when there is some difficulty or suffering for our children, a husband, or one of our neighbors, we beg God with great energy to heal their suffering; we are ready to accept anything, do everything, get on our knees, pray for hours but only for that particular moment.
“The Madonna is ready to give the grace that is being requested. And many times the grace is given in order to show that person that God is near. But the Madonna also said that those graces are not to be played around with, because the Madonna said that after receiving a miracle, some people behave worse than before and then the next time they need a special grace, they pray expecting tSources have reported that the Medjugorje visionary Vicka is ...o be satisfied a second time; they think, ‘You gave me [a healing] once before so must give me [a healing] again today.’ In this way we start playing around with these graces from God.
“Already the Madonna said to us, ‘there is no problem for graces; I am able to give them; through my Son I can pray for these gifts and give them; but the problem is with your hearts. You all ask for healing of everything in the body, but too few ask for healing of the heart. When your hearts begin to heal, then your bodies will begin to heal.’ We must pray to have a lively faith. We should pray every day for this gift and this gift will grow every day in our hearts.”

4/21/20

Missing Our Lady's apparitions in Medjugorje on April 2, 2020




Thank you Oh Holy Mother for being with us all these years and I know you will Never leave us. Blessed Mother Please, Please ask your Divine Son To Heal the world of this Evil virus. Let the Churches be Opened again, so that we may Receive Jesus in The Holy Eucharist. We Miss Him So Much!!! Praise You Jesus and Mary. Amen. Nr. Ireland.

4/19/20

Mirjana Speaks on Forgiveness

      The following was taken from a question and answer session with Mirjana in November of 2018.

     Q.     One of the men who interrogated you came back and apologized to you.
     A.     Miki [the translator]: "Many of them came back to apologize after the war.
     Q.     That was my question – whether others have come back to apologize for the harsh treatment?
Mirjana     A.     To be honest with you, I forgave them right away. Because Our Lady invites us to forgive. And She says that we cannot follow Jesus if we are not ready to forgive. And, while bad things were happening to me in Sarajevo, I used to forgive immediately. Maybe I was even a little selfish, because I wanted just love to reign in my heart. Not revenge. Not hatred. I just wanted Jesus in my heart. So, when the first person came to ask me for forgiveness, I didn't even know who that person was because I forgave so much that I completely forgot him. Only through his explanations, I comprehended, finally, what he was talking about.

Mirjana
     But, one of them was interesting. He brought me a cassette recording from an interrogation. And, on that one, I heard my voice as a little girl. And those policemen asked me, "What did you see?" I said, "I saw Our Lady!" And then a policeman told me, "You saw $#!%!" And I said, "No, $#!% is the one that I am looking at right now." But, in order to describe or explain this to you, I was not especially brave. But I was convinced that they would kill me anyway. It is better to be killed with my head up and not that they humiliate me. So, in a certain way, I was kind of proud, and I felt as if I was helping my Jesus to carry His Cross. And that policeman, when he brought this cassette recording, he said to me, "At that time, I already wanted to shake your hand, to tell you, 'Oh, congratulations!'... but I was not allowed to. But now I desire to do that."
     But, you see, it is not only visionaries who are like this. Everybody in the village was like that. Because in communism, you simply have to choose: God or power. Here, everybody decided for God. And they had to do everything on their own. Country never helped you. If you want to have a road, you have to build it on your own. If you want to have a telephone, if you want electricity, water – you have to do it on your own.
"Forgive and you will be forgiven"
(Lk 6:37).

     And also, many people simply disappeared overnight.
     They would be taken away by communists, and they would say to their wives, "If you even cry in public tomorrow, or if you dress in black, your son might disappear next night." But, in spite of this, nobody said, "I do not want God." Everybody went behind God. For example, when apparitions started, even military came into the village, and then they occupied the church with the automatic guns. Then our priest asked them, "Can I please enter and turn on the bells? (Because Masses do not happen.) They said, "Yes, you may." But if you turn on the bells, and people who are in the fields working heard bells, they said, "Our priest is calling us. Nothing else matters." All the soldiers saw like 1,000 people, unarmed, gathering around church. They couldn't shoot, because how would they explain this to the world? And then they reopened the church. I mean, I was not especially brave; everybody was brave at that time.

4/17/20



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"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. 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, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God's Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church takes up, and faces courageously..."   Saint John Paul ll  (1976 - Philadelphia Eucharistic Congress)



April  16, 2020
Easter Thursday
Dear Mary TV Shipmates,

Five years after addressing the Philadelphia Eucharistic Congress with the words above, Our Lady started coming to Medjugorje, prompting St. John Paul ll to recognize: "Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world." 
It could be said the Holy Father saw Our Lady's coming to Medjugorje as "the ace up the sleeve" of the Father for these times!

When on November 11, 2013 the Papal Nuncio to the US quoted those same words (at top) to the USCCB meeting in Baltimore, he said the Holy Father's words were "profoundly prophetic" because they were inspired by St. Faustina and Divine Mercy!  St. John Paul the Great, the Spark from Poland that was sent to prepare the world for Jesus' final coming, believed Divine Mercy to be the Church's most important mission today.  It is, he said, "a gift of God for our time!"
Divine Mercy through St, Faustina could be considered "the ace up the other sleeve" of the Father for these times! 
The spiritual center of the world, and the Church's most important mission in the world, cannot be separated! 

During his homily in St. James Church in Medjugorje at the beginning of this year the Papal Nuncio to Bosnia and Hercegovina said: "How can Mary be the Queen of Peace without being at the same time, Queen of Divine Mercy?  We are here in the temple of the Queen of Peace raised in Bosnia and Hercegovina.  Mary is the Queen of Peace because she is the Queen of God's Mercy, whose face is Jesus!"
Spread the video below to family and friends - spread it everywhere - before April 19th, Divine Mercy Sunday!  Let's do this for Our Lady!
Thank you and God bless you!
Denis Nolan
MaryTV.tv
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