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Something about Mary

Every day someone new from around the world tells us something about what Our Lady means to them.

This miraculous image is of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico). There are many more beautiful photos of Mary on Totus2us's Flickr page.
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With over 2000 responses since 8th September 2009, there's a podcast for each year: (1) Something about Maria - here on itunes (2) Something about La Madonna - here on itunes (3) Something about Our Lady - here on itunes (4) Something about the Mother of Jesus - here on itunes (5) Something about the Virgin Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help - here on itunes (6) Something about the Mother of God - here on itunes

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 Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd March 2018:

"Dear children, great are the works that the Heavenly Father has done in me, as He does in all those who love Him tenderly and who faithfully and devoutly serve Him. My children, the Heavenly Father loves you, and it is through His love that I am here with you. He is speaking to you. Why do you not desire to see the signs? Everything is easier alongside Him. Also, pain lived with Him is easier because faith exists. Faith helps in the pain, and pain without faith leads to despair. Pain lived and offered to God raises up. Did my Son not redeem the world through His painful sacrifice? As His mother I was with Him in the pain and suffering, as I am with all of you. My children, I am with you in life, in suffering, in pain, in joy and in love. Therefore, have hope. It is hope that makes you comprehend that life is there. My children, I am speaking to you, my voice is speaking to your soul, my heart is speaking to your heart. Oh, apostles of my love, how much my motherly heart loves you. How many things I desire to teach you. How my motherly heart desires that you be complete, and you can be complete only when your soul, body and love are united within you. I implore you as my children, pray much for the Church and her servants – your shepherds; that the Church may be such as my Son desires – clear as spring water and full of love. Thank you."

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 February 2018

"Dear children! In this time of grace I am calling all of you to open yourselves and to live the commandments which God has given you, that they may lead you through the Sacraments on the way of conversion. The world and worldly temptations are testing you, but you, little children, look at God’s creatures which He has given to you in beauty and humility and, little children, love God above everything and He will lead you on the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! En este tiempo de gracia los invito a todos a abrirse y a vivir los Mandamientos que Dios les ha dado, para que estos los guíen a través de los Sacramentos en el camino de la conversión. El mundo y las tentaciones del mundo los prueban; ustedes, hijitos, miren las criaturas de Dios que, en belleza y humildad, Él les ha dado, e hijitos, amen a Dios sobre todas las cosas y Él los guiará en el camino de la salvación. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! In questo tempo di grazia vi invito tutti ad aprirvi e a vivere i comandamenti che Dio vi ha dato affinché, attraverso i sacramenti, vi guidino sulla via della conversione. Il mondo e le tentazioni del mondo vi provano; voi, figlioli, guardate le creature di Dio che nella bellezza e nell'umiltà Lui vi ha dato, ed amate Dio, figlioli, sopra ogni cosa e Lui vi guiderà sulla via della salvezza. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

14th February - Ash Wednesday - Sam      

"I always beg for mercy and ask Our Lady for help and to be with us all the time, to never leave me and Sheila."

Sam is from England.

 Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd February 2018:

"Dear children, You whom my Son loves, you whom I love with an immeasurable motherly love, do not permit for selfishness, for self love, to rule the world. Do not permit for love and goodness to be hidden. You who are loved, who have come to know the love of my Son, remember that to be loved means to love. My children, have faith. When you have faith you are happy and are spreading peace; your soul trembles with joy. My Son is in such a soul. When you are giving yourself for the faith, when you are giving yourself for love, when you are doing good to your neighbour, my Son smiles in your soul. Apostles of my love, I am turning to you as a mother. I am gathering you around myself and I desire to lead you on the way of love and faith, on the way which leads to the light of the world. I am here for the sake of love, for the sake of faith, because with my motherly blessing I desire to give you hope and strength on your way – because the way which leads to my Son is not easy. It is full of renunciation, giving, sacrifice, forgiveness and much, much love. But this way leads to peace and happiness. My children, do not believe lying voices which speak to you about false things, false glitter. You, my children, return to the Scripture. I am looking at you with immeasurable love, and through God’s grace am making myself evident to you. My children, set out with me. May your soul tremble with joy. Thank you."

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 January 2018

"Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give you conversion. Open your hearts and read the Sacred Scripture, that through the testimonies you also may be closer to God. Above everything, little children, seek God and the things of God and leave earthly ones to the earth, because Satan is attracting you to the dust and sin. You are called to holiness and created for Heaven; therefore, seek Heaven and the things of Heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! Que este tiempo sea para ustedes tiempo de oración, para que el Espíritu Santo, a través de la oración, descienda sobre ustedes y les dé la conversión. Abran sus corazones y lean la Sagrada Escritura para que, por medio de los testimonios, también ustedes puedan estar más cerca de Dios. Hijitos, busquen sobre todo a Dios y las cosas de Dios y dejen las terrenales a la tierra, porque Satanás los atrae al polvo y al pecado. Ustedes están llamados a la santidad y han sido creados para el Cielo. Por eso, busquen el Cielo y las cosas celestiales. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! Questo tempo sia per voi il tempo della preghiera affinché lo Spirito Santo, attraverso la preghiera, discenda su di voi e vi doni la conversione. Aprite i vostri cuori e leggete la Sacra Scrittura affinché, attraverso le testimonianze, anche voi possiate essere più vicini a Dio. Figlioli, cercate soprattutto Dio e le cose di Dio e  lasciate alla terra quelle della terra, perché Satana vi attira alla polvere e al peccato. Voi siete invitati alla santità e siete creati per il Cielo. Cercate, perciò, il Cielo e le cose celesti. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

 Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd January 2018:

"Dear children, when love is beginning to disappear on earth, when the way of salvation is not being found, I, the mother, am coming to help you to come to know true faith – living and profound – so as to help you to truly love. As a mother, I am longing for your mutual love, goodness and purity. My desire is that you be just and that you love each other. My children, be joyful in your soul, be pure, be children. My Son used to say that he loves to be among pure hearts, because pure hearts are always young and joyful. My Son said to you to forgive and to love each other. I know that this is not always easy. Suffering makes you grow in spirit. For you to spiritually grow all the more, you must sincerely and truly forgive and love. Many of my children on earth do not know my Son, they do not love Him; but you who do love my Son, you who carry Him in your heart, pray, pray and in praying feel my Son beside you. May your soul breathe in His spirit. I am among you and am speaking about little and great things. I will not grow tired speaking to you about my Son – the true love. Therefore, my children, open your hearts to me. Permit me to lead you as a mother. Be apostles of the love of my Son and of me. As a mother I implore you not to forget those whom my Son has called to lead you. Carry them in your heart and pray for them. Thank you."

1st January - Solemnity of the Mother of God, Theotokos - Rafael      

"For me, Mary is the epitomy of trust. And when I don't trust, and when I lose confidence and lose faith, I ask her and I say 'Can I trust like you.' And that's what she is for me: she's my model and mother of trust in God."

Rafael is from Birmingham.

Pope Benedict XVI: "We do not praise God sufficiently by keeping silent about his saints, especially Mary, "the Holy One" who became his dwelling place on earth. The simple & multiform light of God appears to us exactly in its variety & richness only in the countenance of the saints, who are the true mirrors of his light. And it is precisely by looking at Mary's face that we can see more clearly than in any other way the beauty, goodness & mercy of God. In her face we can truly perceive the divine light."
(Homily, Feast of the Assumption, 2006)

Papa Benedicto XVI: "Nosotros no alabamos suficientemente a Dios si no alabamos a sus santos, sobre todo a la "Santa" que se convirtió en su morada en la tierra, María. La luz sencilla y multiforme de Dios sólo se nos manifiesta en su variedad y riqueza en el rostro de los santos, que son el verdadero espejo de su luz. Y precisamente viendo el rostro de María podemos ver mejor que de otras maneras la belleza de Dios, su bondad, su misericordia. En este rostro podemos percibir realmente la luz divina." (Homilía, fiesta de la Asunción 2006)

Papa Benedetto XVI: "Noi non lodiamo Dio sufficientemente tacendo sui suoi santi, soprattutto su "la Santa" che è divenuta la sua dimora in terra, Maria. La luce semplice e multiforme di Dio ci appare proprio nella sua varietà e ricchezza solo nel volto dei santi, che sono il vero specchio della sua luce. E proprio vedendo il volto di Maria possiamo vedere più che in altri modi la bellezza di Dio, la sua bontà, la sua misericordia. Possiamo realmente percepire la luce divina in questo volto." (OmeliaFesta dell'Assunta 2006)

Pape Benoît XVI: "Nous ne louons pas suffisamment Dieu si nous nous taisons sur ses saints, en particulier sur "la Sainte" qui est devenue sa demeure sur la terre, Marie. La lumière simple et multiforme de Dieu ne nous apparaît de manière juste dans sa variété et dans sa richesse que dans le visage des saints, qui sont le véritable miroir de sa lumière. C'est précisément en voyant le visage de Marie que nous pouvons voir, plus que par d'autres moyens, la beauté de Dieu, sa bonté, sa miséricorde. Nous pouvons réellement percevoir la lumière divine sur ce visage." (HomélieFête de l'Assomption 2006)

Papst Benedikt XVI: "Wir loben Gott nicht genug, wenn wir über seine Heiligen schweigen, insbesondere über »die Heilige«, Maria, die seine Wohnung auf Erden geworden ist. Das einfache und facettenreiche Licht Gottes erscheint uns in seiner Vielfalt und in seinem Reichtum allein auf dem Antlitz der Heiligen, die der wahre Spiegel seines Lichtes sind. Und vor allem im Antlitz Marias können wir die Schönheit Gottes, seine Güte und Barmherzigkeit mehr erkennen als auf andere Art und Weise. Auf ihrem Antlitz können wir das göttliche Licht wirklich wahrnehmen." (Predigt, Hochfest der aufnahme Mariens in den Himmel)

Papa Bento XVI: "Nós não louvamos a Deus suficientemente calando-nos acerca dos seus santos, sobretudo sobre "a Santa", que se tornou a sua morada na terra, Maria. A luz simples e multiforme de Deus manifesta-se-nos precisamente na sua variedade e riqueza somente no rosto dos santos, que constituem o verdadeiro espelho da sua luz. Exactamente quando contemplamos o rosto de Maria, podemos ver mais do que de outras maneiras a beleza de Deus, a sua bondade e a sua misericórdia. Podemos realmente sentir a luz divina neste rosto." (HomiliaFesta da Assunção)