6/25/19

Medjugorje: The 38th Anniversary of Our Lady's Coming


  
    Thank you Dearest Mother!!!
  (c) Mary TV/ Anthony Zubac 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the
 June 25, 2019 Message (through Marija):
"Dear children! I am thanking God for each of you. In a special way, little children, thank you for having responded to my call. I am preparing you for the new times that you may be firm in faith and persevering in prayer, so that the Holy Spirit may work through you and renew the face of the earth. I am praying with you for peace which is the most precious gift, even though Satan wants war and hatred. You, little children, be my extended hands and proudly go with God. Thank you for having responded to my call."
 

And here is the Regular Annual Message through the visionary Ivanka:
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2019.  At her last daily apparition on May 7, 1985, Our Lady confided to Ivanka the 10th secret and told her that she would have an apparition once a year on the anniversary of the apparitions. It was that way also this year.

The apparition, which lasted 4 minutes (18:37h - 18:41h), took place at Ivanka's family home. Only Ivanka's family was present at the apparition. After the apparition, Ivanka said that Our Lady gave the following message:

"Little children, pray, pray, pray."


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

6/15/19

Celebration of Pentecost

St. Pius V Church holds weeklong celebration of Pentecost

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PROVIDENCESt. Pius V Church is holding a weeklong celebration of the Feast of Pentecost that includes guest preachers, lectures and other special events.
“Hopefully it hits most things that affect the life of a parish,” said Father James Sullivan, O.P., the pastor of St. Pius V.
The week kicked off with the Mass for the Feast of Pentecost and a homily by guest preacher Father Peter John Cameron, O.P., the founding editor-in-chief of Magnificat and author of a book on preaching. The scheduled events for the week included: a lecture by Providence College theologian Aurelie Hagstrom on depictions of the Holy Spirit at 7 p.m. on Tuesday; Scripture reading and songs about the Holy Spirit at 7 p.m. on Wednesday; as well as a conference on the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Dominican saints by Father Patrick Briscoe, O.P., slated for Friday at 7 p.m.
Several Masses are also listed in the church’s bulletin as being part of the celebration, including a Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Thursday.
“Our hope is that by dedicating a week to the Holy Spirit as a parish community, we might, all of us, be renewed,” said Father Briscoe, the parochial vicar at St. Pius V.
In his homily, Father Cameron described the Holy Spirit as “love in a person.” “This is the love that we’ve been made for,” Father Cameron said.
He said Pentecost was about this love “breaking through all the desolation … all the alienation, and all the isolation.”
“What’s the cause of so much of the misery in our life? Isn’t it the fear that we have to contend with? So the Holy Spirit comes to us to save us from our fear,” Father Cameron said.
Father Cameron also told the story of a teenage couple in New York City pregnant with conjoined twins who shared one heart. Despite the suggestion that they should have an abortion, the couple decided to proceed with the pregnancy. After their birth, the young father held his underweight little girls in his arms and said, “I’m here. Don’t be afraid. Daddy’s here.”
“Such a powerful beauty was manifesting itself that everyone in that room was changed,” Father Cameron said.
The new dad’s love for his newborn daughters reflected that of the Father. “This is the look of God the Father on us and on us at Pentecost,” Father Cameron said, quoting one of the Catholic doctors who witnessed the moment.
In the closing prayer, Father Sullivan reaffirmed Father Cameron’s message. “If you ever feel lonely, come here,” Father Sullivan said.
Afterwards, Father Sullivan told the Rhode Island Catholic that he hoped the weeklong series of events encourages parishioners to become more engaged with their parish — beyond merely attendance at Sunday Mass. “A parish is more than that. A parish is where you come to belong to something greater than yourself,” Father Sullivan said.
Pentecost, Father Sullivan said, is about the manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of the Church to the world through the power of the Holy Spirit. One inspiration for the series was the recent institution of the memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church on the Monday after Pentecost.
Father Sullivan said the events are intended to celebrate Pentecost, provide ongoing catechesis, deepen a sense of community at the parish and increase awareness of the Holy Spirit. The events are open to anyone from the public, not just registered parishioners.
St. Pius V’s Pentecost celebration mirrors the eight-day octaves surrounding Christmas and Easter, according to Father Sullivan. In the octave, every day is thought of as Christmas or Easter. “That mystery that we’re celebrating — whether it be the Incarnation at Christmas, the resurrection at Easter, the manifestation of the Church to the world or the manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost — cannot be contained in one Mass, one day. It fills out,” Father Sullivan said.
In the liturgical life of the Church, Pentecost is part of a process of gradual revelation that goes all the way back to the Feast of the Annunciation, Father Sullivan said. “Jesus is continually revealing these inner truths that are not at first apparent and so you have to stay with Him to the end when it all will be revealed,” he said.

6/14/19

With Out The Holy Spirit We Would Have Nothing

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A neighbor of mine this past week asked m
e why we Catholics don’t worship the Holy Spirit, why we priests never give a sermon on the Holy Spirit. He said he remembered the end of the Apostles Creed: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” “But what do we believe about the Holy Spirit?” he asked.
I wanted to say that without the Holy Spirit we would have nothing. I wanted to give him a copy of my brother John’s book called No Spirit, No Church, a phrase borrowed from Cardinal Suenens of Paris. Yes, in sacred scripture and tradition the Holy Spirit holds an· essential place. In the Acts of the Apostles the Holy Spirit is the source of the action 57 times. In St. Paul’s Letters, the Spirit is invoked 157 times. Indeed without the sending of the Spirit from God the Father and God the Son there is no church, no mission, no grace of salvation, no fulfillment of the work of Jesus Christ. As Jesus himself said to his apostles, it is to our great advantage that Jesus and his Father send his Spirit on the church.
In our baptism the Holy Spirit gives us the new life of heavenly grace, intimacy with God, the pledge of eternal life. In our Eucharist it is only by the invocation of the Holy Spirit that our gifts of bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, the food of everlasting life. Without the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation we would have no power to witness to Jesus and his Gospel. Without the Holy Spirit there would be no forgiveness of sins in Confession. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” said Jesus to the apostles. “Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven.” Without the Holy Spirit there would be only division and confusion in the church, for it is He that binds us together in love. Without the Holy Spirit we would have no understanding of God and the mystery of salvation; for it is He that gives us intelligence about the plan of God. Without the Holy Spirit we would be motionless in our own tracks, for it is He that directs our journey and points us in the right direction. Without the Holy Spirit we would be minced meat for our adversaries, for it is He that defends us from our enemies. Without the Holy Spirit, we could not pray, for it is He who prompts and enables us in prayer. Without the Holy Spirit, we would have no “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” for these are the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we would not be strengthened in these gifts, for it is He who confirms and seals us in the Sacrament of Anointing. Without the Holy Spirit there is no resurrection from the dead, for as St. Paul wrote: “the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will also raise our mortal bodies.” We begin and end our life in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We pass from death to life in the power of the Holy Spirit. We live and breathe each day in the love of the Holy Spirit. As my brother Father John wrote, No Spirit, No Church Or as our Sequence at Mass said: “Where you are not, we have naught, Nothing good in deed or thought.”
Why is it, then, that we do not give proper worship and honor to the Holy Spirit?
Is it not because we don’t read and study our Scripture? There we see Jesus commanding his disciples at his Ascension to pray and wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. There we hear Jesus say: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth ... and He will declare to you the things that are to come ... He will receive of what is mine and give it to you.” In the sacred scripture the Holy Spirit reveals to us the things of God and enables us to pray in union with the Saints of God. St. Luke in The Acts of the Apostles reveals the power of the Holy Spirit on the feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the church. Then the apostles “were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” All who heard the apostles preach in the power of the Holy Spirit that day understood “the mighty acts of God” and received new life in the birth of Baptism.
My friends, it is this same Holy Spirit that God the Father and his Son sends into his church every moment to pour forth God’s love into our hearts and to enable us to minister to each other the mercy, joy and peace of God. Our prayer today and each day is:
“Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of the faithful.” Come Holy Spirit, for without you we shiver and shake in trepidation. Come Holy Spirit, for with you we have courage and strength to stand up for the truth of Jesus. Come Holy Spirit, for with you we have “love, joy, peace” and understanding. Come Holy Spirit, for without you there is no Church. Come Holy Spirit, for with you there is “faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
It is the Holy Spirit that binds God the Father to God the Son. It is the Spirit that binds us to the heart of Jesus and to one another. It is the Spirit that distributes the evangelical gifts to the members of the Church. It is the Spirit that points and guides us to eternal life, to God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Praise and honor to God the Holy Spirit, the one sent and given to the world for our salvation and for the glory of God.
Alleluia, Alleluia. Amen.

6/13/19

Dancing Sun at Ngome


A deacon and his wife were on traveling back home at sunset after visiting the Ngome Marian Shrine in Zululand South Africa and recorded this strange phenomena of the sun which appears to be dancing and changing shape.

6/12/19

Father Peter Mary Rookey and his Miracle Prayer

 

Every now and then I learn about something and wonder: Why didn’t I know about this before?  Father Peter Mary Rookey falls into that category.  I learned about him after coming across the “Miracle Prayer,” written and promoted by him while he was alive. Although we cannot assume anyone is in heaven unless they are canonized a saint, (so we should still send up a prayer for them) it seems from Father Rookey's life that he would be a powerful intercessor.

Born in Superior, Wisconsin, on October 12, 1916. Father Rookey  grew up in  a family of thirteen. When he was eight years old, he was blinded by a Fourth of July firework. Despite being told there was no cure for him, his sight gradually  improved. He credited that to his mother leading the family in praying the rosary each evening "until little Peter's eyesight returns."
Father Rookey was ordained a priest with the Servite seminary on May 17, 1941 at the Servite Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago. He helped expand the Order to Ireland where he served from 1948 to 1953 as assistant master and then prior  Benburb Priory. He was fluent in seven languages and served as Assistant Master of Novices, at Mt. St. Philip in Granville, Wisconsin, and then as assistant pastor at Assumption Parish in Portland, Oregon.  
Healing Begins
It was while in Ireland that the healing began. Blessing people who requested it after Mass, not an uncommon request, miraculous healings began to occur. Word spread, and more and more people came for his blessings. 
TheChicago Tribune wrote about him in 1994. "’It was very humbling,’ Rookey says.  It appeared that many had experienced cures for life-threatening illnesses or injuries-unbeknownst to the young cleric. The priest's popularity did not escape his superiors' attention.”
The Tribune explained that the Church was cautious about all this attention and claims of miracles so by 1953 Rookey was assigned as assistant general of the Servite Order in Rome, putting his healing ministry on hold for more than three decades. “When asked how he felt about that, by the Tribune,  Rookey responded:  “I became a priest to be an obedient servant of God's will. I trust my superiors to make wise decisions about the use of my gifts."
During the late 1960s, after the Charismatic movement took hold and gained acceptance in the Church, Father Rookey's healing ministry became accepted and endorsed by the Church's hierarchy and his order. He became known internationally for miraculous healings and also for his life-changing Miracle Prayer and was the subject of three books. Father Rookey died in his sleep just short of his 98th birthday, on September 10, 2014.


The Miracle Prayer of Father Peter Mary Rookey
Lord Jesus, I come before you just as I am. I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In your name I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give you my entire self, Lord Jesus, now and forever. I invite you into my life, Jesus. I accept you as my Lord, God and Savior. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul, and spirit. Come, Lord Jesus, cover me with your precious blood, and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I Love You, Lord Jesus. I Praise You, Jesus. I Thank You, Jesus. I shall follow you every day of my life. Amen. 
Mary, Mother of Sorrows, Queen of Peace, St. Peregrine, the cancer saint, all you Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.
 Quotes from Father Rookey: “Say this prayer faithfully, no matter what you feel, when you come to the point where you sincerely mean each word, with all your heart, something good spiritually will happen to you. You will experience Jesus, and HE will change your whole life in a very special way. You will see.”  
"We all have weaknesses that affect our body, mind, and spirit. But it is our will to overcome them that decides how we live. ‘With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible,’” (Mt 19:26).

Medjugorje, prayer of healing and liberation of 11 June 2019



6/9/19

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

6/2/19

Medjugorje: Message from Our Lady :June 2, 2019


Mirjiana Soldo greets Our Lady today!
(c)Mary TV/ Anthony Zubac 2019


June 2, 2019
Dear Family of Mary!
Here is the June 2, 2019 message from Our Lady:

Dear children, only a pure and an open heart will make it such that you may truly come to know my Son and that all those who do not know His love may come to know it through you. Only love will make you comprehend that it is stronger than death because true love conquered death and made it so that death not exist.

My children, forgiveness is the most exalted form of love. You, as apostles of my love, must pray that you be strong in spirit and that you could comprehend and forgive. You, apostles of my love, by understanding and forgiveness, are giving an example of love and mercy. To be able to comprehend and forgive is a gift for which it is necessary to pray, and to nurture it.

By forgiveness you are showing that you know how to love. Just look, my children, how the Heavenly Father loves you with a great love, with understanding, forgiveness and justice-how He gives me, the Mother of your hearts, to you. And here I am among you to bless you with a motherly blessing, to call you to prayer, to fasting-to tell you to believe, to hope, to forgive, to pray for your shepherds, and above all to love without limits.
My children, follow me. My way is the way of peace and love, the way of my Son. It is the way that leads to the triumph of my heart. Thank you.  (June 2, 2019)

Video of Apparition  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42gfgXe4UEM 

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

5/29/19

Fr. Jozo's Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Fr. Jozo's Prayers to the Holy Spirit:
October 3, 2000 Siroki Brijeg
Come, O Most Holy Spirit, come to us today. We need your love, because we desire to go on the new way to return to the Father, to take the step to the Father. O Come, Holy Spirit, You who makes all things new. Today grant a miracle in us and through us. Change our hearts. Take from us our hearts of stone and give us a new heart, a heart that knows how to love, how to pray, how to forgive. A heart that knows how to embrace the cross and recognize the will of God and carry it to the end.


Come, O Most Holy Spirit, You who are our peace, come fill us with peace. You who are love, fill us with love and blessing and salvation. We are not here accidentally. We have been called, that we may be able to recognize our call and our mission. We ask You to come O Most Holy Spirit, that our masks may melt away, that our true face may be revealed before You.


  Come, O Most Holy Spirit, may a miracle happen today: the beginning of our conversion, the beginning of our true devotion. Come, O Most Holy Spirit pour out Your grace and Your strength on Your Church and convert us. Sanctify us. Change us.


  Come, O Most Holy Spirit, we are the Church united together in prayer with the Mother. As the disciples at the very beginning, united together with Her in prayer for the gift of Your Spirit, for the gift of love, that we may be freed from selfishness and hatred, that we may be freed from every evil, and that we may start to love, that we may start to forgive and to pray, that we may start to fast.


  Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come bless us. Come, change us.You who are prayer, come and anoint us with prayer that we may become the Church that believes in the power of prayer. Come, Most Holy Spirit, renew prayer in us, that we may become the renewers of family prayer.


  Come, O Most Holy Spirit, come heal us, come bless us, come convert us. O You who anoints with Your Peace, with Your Joy, with Your Love. Come anoint us. In the last message O Blessed Mother, You say, that the one who prays, lives joy and peace and love. O Blessed Mother, here is the Church in prayer, here is the Church who desires to renew itself in prayer, firm in prayer, come to fall in love with prayer. O grant that these days may be the renewal of our prayer, of our faith through prayer, of our love through prayer, of a Christian life in prayer. Come, O Most Holy Spirit. Come, pour Yourself out upon us. The Church united together with the Mother is praying to you, You who make all things new. Grant that this Church may become new. It may become a Church of prayer, a holy Church, a sign amongst nations, your city on the hillside, your light on the way, Your Self. 


Come, O Most Holy Spirit. Come and pour Yourself out upon us. Our Father who art in Heaven....Hail Mary, full of grace...Mother and Queen of Peace - pray for us. Mother of the Church - pray for us. Mother and Queen of the family - pray for us. Consolation of the Sorrowful - pray for us, help of Christians - pray for us, help of the sick - pray for us, gate of heaven - pray for us. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. 


*In the last message O Blessed Mother, You say, that the one who prays, lives joy and peace and love. O Blessed Mother, here is the Church in prayer, here is the Church who desires to renew itself in prayer, firm in prayer, come to fall in love with prayer. O grant that these days may be the renewal of our prayer, of our faith through prayer, of our love through prayer, of a Christian life in prayer.


 Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come, pour Yourself out upon us. The Church united together with the Mother is praying to you, You who make all things new. Grant that this Church may become new. It may become a Church of prayer, a holy Church, a sign amongst nations, your city on the hillside, your light on the way, Your Self. 


Come, O Most Holy Spirit, Come and pour Yourself out upon us. Our Father who art in Heaven....Hail Mary, full of grace...Mother and Queen of Peace - pray for us. Mother of the Church - pray for us. Mother and Queen of the family - pray for us. Consolation of the Sorrowful - pray for us, help of Christians - pray for us, help of the sick - pray for us, gate of heaven - pray for us. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. 

5/27/19

DECISION-MAKING

"It  is the decision of the Holy Spirit, and ours too." -Acts  15:28

Two  weeks from today, we will celebrate Pentecost. We will  have the possibility of  receiving in a new way the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, Whom the Father will  send in Jesus' name (Jn 14:26). The Spirit plans to instruct us in everything  and remind us of all that Jesus told us (Jn 14:26). This instructing and  reminding from the Spirit, if discerned and heeded, will have such an effect on  our lives that our decisions will also be the decisions of the Holy Spirit  (Acts 15:28). Therefore, our decisions will be correct, life-changing,  life-giving, miraculously wise, and fruitful for God's kingdom.

Some  of us may have messed up our marriages, finances, employment, family life, and  lifestyle by a series of bad decisions. The way out of this situation is to  make good decisions by the power of the Spirit. Therefore, we must receive the  Holy Spirit. We must go into the upper room of prayer, repentance, and  conversion. There we will receive the Spirit, Who will change our lives,  hearts, minds, and decisions.

Prayer: Father, may I be able to hear and discern what the Spirit wishes to tell me.

Promise: "The city had no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God gave it light, and  its lamp was the Lamb." -Rv 21:23

Praise: Alleluia!  Jesus is the Resurrection and the  Life!  (Jn 11:25)  All glory be to Him!

5/25/19

Medjugorje: May 25, 2019 Message


    
(C)Mary TV



May 25, 2019

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the May 25, 2019 Message:

"Dear children! God permitted me, out of His mercy, to be with you, to instruct and lead you towards the way of conversion. Little children, you are all called to pray with all your heart for the plan of salvation to be realized for you and through you. Be aware, little children, that life is short and eternal life waits for you according to your merit. Therefore, pray, pray, pray to be worthy instruments in God's hands. Thank you for having responded to my call." (May 25, 2019)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

5/22/19

Spinning Cross in Medjugorje


On Sunday, May 19, 2019 — our last day in Medjugorje, a bunch of us from our group witnessed the spinning, disappearing, pulsating of the giant cross on Mt. Krizevac. I’ve heard of this phenomena before, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen it… and was able to capture it on video. This cross is over 30 feet tall concrete on a mountain about a mile high that was carried up by hand in 1933. It has a relic of the True Cross in its base.
Cross starts spinning at 1 minute 25 seconds

5/12/19

Pope authorises pilgrimages to Medjugorje

date: 12.05.2019.
Pope Francis has decided to authorise pilgrimages to Medjugorje, which can now be officially organised by dioceses and parishes and will no longer take place only in a private capacity which as has so far been the case.
The announcement was made today during Mass, at the parish shrine which has become a destination for millions of pilgrims, by the Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Pezzuto in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the Holy See's Special Apostolic Visitator, as reported by the Vatican News.
Pope Francis has decided that this authorisation must be accompanied by "care to prevent these pilgrimages from being interpreted as an authentication of known events, which still require examination by the Church. Therefore,  care must be taken to avoid creating confusion or ambiguity from the doctrinal point of view regarding such pilgrimages.
This also concerns pastors of every order and level who intend to go to Medjugorje and celebrate or concelebrate there even in a solemn way", said the"ad interim" director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, responding to journalists' questions about the announcement on May 12, 2019.

5/3/19

Medjugorje: May 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana


"Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to respond to the great love of my Son, with pure and open hearts, with complete trust. I know the greatness of His love. I carried Him within me, the Host in the heart, the light and the love of the world. My children, also my addressing you is a sign of the love and tenderness of the Heavenly Father - a big smile filled with the love of my Son, a call to eternal life. Out of love, the Blood of my Son was shed for you. That Precious Blood is for your salvation, for eternal life. The Heavenly Father created man for eternal happiness. It is not possible for you who know the love of my Son and who follow Him to die. Life triumphed; my Son is alive. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, may prayer show you the way and the means of spreading the love of my Son - prayer in the most exalted form. My children, also when you strive to live the words of my Son, you are praying. When you love the people whom you meet, you are spreading the love of my Son. It is love that opens the doors of Paradise. My children, from the beginning, I prayed for the Church. Therefore, I am also calling you, apostles of my love, to pray for the Church and her servants - for those whom my Son called. Thank you."   Video of Apparition  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkR1gVsEtOE          

5/1/19

Be Guided by the Holy Spirit


Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, at the Vatican April 30, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
By Junno Arocho Esteves 
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must allow themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit if they expect to live a Christian life, Pope Francis said.
Only through the Spirit can men and women “rise from our limitations, from our deaths,” the pope said in his homily April 30 during morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
“A Christian life — or a person who calls himself or herself a Christian — that does not leave space for the Spirit and does not allow the Spirit to go forward is a pagan life, dressed as a Christian one,” he said.
The pope centered his homily on the day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus speaks to Nicodemus about the need to be “born of the Spirit.”
Listening to and understanding God’s will through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, is similar to hearing the sound of wind blowing, yet “you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.”
Jesus’ message to Nicodemus, the pope explained, is that “we need to be reborn” and “give way to the Spirit.”
“The Spirit is the protagonist of Christian life; (it is) the Spirit — the Holy Spirit — that is in us, that accompanies us, that transforms us and is triumphant within us,” he said.
Pope Francis encouraged Christians to heed Christ’s words to his disciples after his resurrection and “receive the Holy Spirit” who will “be your companion in Christian life.”
“Let us ask the Lord,” the pope said, “to give us this knowledge that we cannot be Christians without walking with the Holy Spirit, without acting with the Holy Spirit, without letting the Holy Spirit be the protagonist in our lives.”

4/25/19

Medjugorje: Our Lady's Message of Aprl 25, 2018

Today, April 25, 2019, Our Lady appeared to the visionary Marija and gave the following message for the world:

Dear children! This is a time of grace, a time of mercy for each of you.

Little children, do not permit that the wind of hatred and peacelessness rule in you and around you. You, little children, are called to be love and prayer.

The devil wants peacelessness and disorder, but you, little children, be the joy of the risen Jesus who died and resurrected for each of you. He conquered death to give you life, eternal life.

Therefore, little children, witness and be proud that you have resurrected in Him.

Thank you for having responded to my call.

4/21/19

Guideposts Classics: Actor Ernest Borgnine's Inspiring Good Friday Vision

In this story from March 1989, actor Ernest Borgnine recalls a divine vision he received while filming a scene for Franco Zeffirelli's acclaimed multi-part television film, "Jesus of Nazareth."
by  - Posted on Jul 9, 2012
Guideposts Classics: Ernest Borgnine's Inspiring Good Friday Vision
Back in 1975 I was offered a part in the film Jesus of Nazareth, which through the years has been shown at Easter time on NBC television.
Our cast, directed by the renowned Franco Zeffirelli, included Anne Bancroft as Mary Magdalene, and Olivia Hussey as Mary, mother of Jesus. I played the part of the centurion who was present at the crucifixion, the one whose servant had been healed by Jesus.
Much of the film was shot in Tunisia on the Mediterranean during January and February of 1976. A cold, damp wind continually knocked over floodlights and stung us with desert sand.
I was uncomfortable in my thick leather uniform. My neck ached under a ponderous metal helmet, and I even began to pity those ancient Roman soldiers who were called centurions because they commanded 100 men.
When it came time for my scene during the crucifixion, the weather was chill and gray. The camera was to be focused on me at the foot of the cross, and so it was not necessary for Robert Powell, the actor who portrayed Jesus, to be there.
Instead, Zeffirelli put a chalk mark on a piece of scenery beside the cameraman. "I want you to look up at that mark," he told me, "as if you were looking at Jesus."
"Okay," I said, moving into position and looking up at the mark as instructed.
"Ready?"
I hesitated. Somehow I wasn't ready. I was uneasy.
"Do you think it would be possible for somebody to read from the Bible the words Jesus said as He hung on the cross?" I asked.
I knew the words well from the days of my childhood in an Italian-American family in Connecticut, and I'd read them in preparation for the film. Even so, I wanted to hear them now.
"I will do it myself," Zeffirelli said. He found a Bible, opened it to the book of Luke and signaled for the camera to start rolling.
As Zeffirelli began reading Christ's words aloud, I stared up at that chalk mark, thinking what might have gone through the centurion's mind.
That poor Man up there, I thought. I met Him when He healed my servant, who is like a son to me. Jesus says He is the Son of God, an unfortunate claim during these perilous times. But I know He is innocent of any crime.
"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." The voice was Zeffirelli's, but the words burned into me—the words of Jesus.
Forgive me, Father, for even being here, was the centurion's prayer that formed in my thoughts. I am so ashamed, so ashamed.
"Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise," said Jesus to the thief hanging next to Him.
If Jesus can forgive that criminal, then He will forgive me, I thought. I will lay down my sword and retire to my little farm outside of Rome.
Then it happened.
As I stared upward, instead of the chalk mark, I suddenly saw the face of Jesus Christ, lifelike and clear. It was not the features of Robert Powell I was used to seeing, but the most beautiful, gentle visage I have ever known.
Pain-seared, sweat-stained, with blood flowing down from thorns pressed deep, His face was still filled with compassion. He looked down at me through tragic, sorrowful eyes with an expression of love beyond description.
Then His cry rose against the desert wind. Not the voice of Zeffirelli, reading from the Bible, but the voice of Jesus Himself: "Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit."
In awe I watched Jesus' head slump to one side. I knew He was dead. A terrible grief welled within me, and completely oblivious to the camera, I started sobbing uncontrollably.
"Cut!" yelled Zeffirelli. Olivia Hussey and Anne Bancroft were crying too. I wiped my eyes and looked up again to where I had seen Jesus—He was gone.
Whether I saw a vision of Jesus that windswept day or whether it was only something in my mind, I do not know. It doesn't matter. For I do know that it was a profound spiritual experience and that I have not been quite the same person since.
I believe that I take my faith more seriously. I like to think that I'm more forgiving than I used to be. As that centurion learned 2,000 years ago, I too have found that you simply cannot come close to Jesus without being changed.
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Faith and prayer have been a part of Ernest Borgnine's life ever since he was a boy growing up in Connecticut.
His grandmother taught him a little prayer in Italian that began with the words Signore, ti ringrazio per il giorno che mi hai datto (Lord, I thank You for the day You have given me), which he repeated every morning and evening.
Prayer continued to be part of his life—during 10 years in the U.S. Navy (which included serving as a gunner's mate in World War II), and in the postwar years as he labored in warehouses, attended acting school and appeared in plays and television dramas.
It was especially important to him during a lonely moment in 1951 when he was desperate for work. He'd heard that a film company was casting, so he showed up for a screen test.
But there were 40 people ahead of him, and so the casting director said, "Go and lose yourself for a couple of hours."
With only 15 cents in his pocket, he walked down Fifth Avenue and came to St. Patrick's Cathedral. He climbed the wide stone steps and sank down in a back pew. "Please, Father," he prayed, "I need the work. If You can possibly help me, I would appreciate it very much."
He got the part. It was Ernest Borgnine's first movie, The Whistle at Eaton Falls. That launched him on a career that saw him play the part of villainous Fatso Judson in From Here to Eternity and the lovable hero in Marty, for which he won an Academy Award in 1956.
Borgnine has never forgotten the prayer his grandmother taught him. It has stayed with him. Over the years, he has added to it prayer for those close to him.
And today he continues to maintain the daily routine of morning and evening prayers from which he says he feels refreshed and derives a sense of inner peace.

4/16/19

Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Henryk Hoser

Is Medjugorje approved by the Church?

Cardinal Camillo Ruini
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, head of the commission that investigated Medjugorje.
During the pontificate of Benedict XVI, the Vatican adopted direct jurisdiction over Medjugorje in an unprecedented move. A commission was appointed to assess the apparitions under Cardinal Ruini, and remarkably, the commission, which met from March 2010 to January 2014, concluded in 2017 that the first seven apparitions were authentic. This was an exceptional breakthrough in terms of official recognition of an apparition. It was also unprecedented because the phenomenon is still in progress. Although Pope Francis has yet to officially release the Ruini report, the Pontiff, himself, confirmed in an interview that the Commission had reached this conclusion. In point of fact, the Pope had actually stopped attempts by the then Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, to block this judgment. The pope also asked that the Ruini report be sent to him for a review and determination, as opposed to Müller, who was originally set to receive it.
Archbishop Henryk Hoser, Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje
Archbishop Henryk Hoser, Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje
On February 11, 2017, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Poland as his papal envoy to coordinate all matters relating to Medjugorje. In December of 2017, Archbishop Hoser shared the breaking news that the Vatican now permits official pilgrimages to Medjugorje. “Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages. It’s no longer a problem,” he said.[2] At a recorded Medjugorje press conference on April 5, 2017, the archbishop reconfirmed this fact.[3] Müller’s 2013 CDF statement that Catholics should not participate in any meetings in which the authenticity of the Medjugorje apparitions were taken for granted is now null and void. In Archbishop Hoser’s own words: “My mission was not to close Medjugorje, but to evaluate whether the pastoral ministry was proper, consistent with the doctrine and teaching of the Church, effective and well organized. I conclude that this is the case. On the pastoral side my assessment is very positive. Thus, the ongoing pastoral activities, liturgical order and conferences should continue.”[4]
*At the conclusion of the press conference, in which he urged everyone to bring the light of Medjugorje “to the world that is sinking into darkness. . . ,” he stated, “You, my dear friends, should be the carriers of the joyful news. Say to the whole world that in Medjugorje we can find the light again!”[5]
Archbishop Hoser on Medjugorje altar
Archbishop Hoser celebrating his first Mass in Medjugorje for throngs of pilgrims
The Church took another positive step toward Medjugorje when on May 31, 2018, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Hoser as Special Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje. The Vatican declared that Monsignor Hoser would take up residence in Medjugorje in his new role “for an indefinite period and ad nutum Sanctae Sedis,” which means “at the disposal of the Holy See.” In Medjugorje, where belief in the authenticity of the apparitions is long-held due to the daily conversions, long lines of confessions, and miracles constantly witnessed by the locals, the news of Archbishop Hoser’s new position was received with great joy.[6]
It can safely be said that Medjugorje now has received as much official recognition as it can receive, given that the phenomenon is still going on. It is well known that two of the most illustrious saints of recent times, St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta and St. Pope John Paul II, were ardent devotees of the Queen of Peace of Medjugorje. Thanks to them and millions of the faithful, Medjugorje’s message of repentance, reconciliation, peace, and penance has spread across the globe.
St. Pope John Paul II's handwritten words about Medjugorje
St. Pope John Paull II’s handwritten note about his gratitude for Medjugorje
St. Pope John Paul II, when addressing American bishops at the Philadelphia Eucharistic Congress five years before Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje began, stated:
We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. . . 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 a trial which the Church must take up!” 
Given that St. John Paul II understood that these days were those of the final confrontation, when he learned of Our Lady’s coming to Medjugorje and her words, “I have descended among you,” he knew her presence with us had now changed everything, victory was assured. To Monsignor Murilo Sebastiao Ramos Krieger, Archbishop of Florianopolis in Brazil, he stated, “Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world!” He told friends, including Cardinal Frantisek Tomasek, who made the words public, that if he weren’t Pope, he’d be living in Medjugorje as a priest, helping to hear confessions. In the Pope’s own hand, he wrote to friends in Poland:
I thank Sophia for everything concerning Medjugorje. I too go there every day as a pilgrim in my prayers. I unite in my prayers with all those who pray there or receive a call for prayer from there. Today we have understood this call better. I rejoice that our time is not lacking people of prayer and apostles. (See the picture of this note in St. Pope John Paul II’s original handwriting.)
St. Pope John Paul II fully believed and told us in his will that “Victory when it comes, will be a victory through Maria!”
“Dear children, my real living presence among you should make you happy because this is the great love of my Son. He is sending me among you so that, with a motherly love, I may grant you safety!”
            —Medjugorje message from Our Lady on July 2, 2016 
Denis Nolan
MaryTV.tv
Author of Medjugorje and the Church