Somethings about Mary in April 2011
Many, many thanks to Andrea, Christopher, Claudius, Irma, Karl, Kevin, Kevin, Laura, Lucy, Magdalna, Maria, Paul, Raymond, Richard, Rochelle, Rosemary & Sylvia for giving their 'something' about Mary this month.
This picture of the Madonna and child Jesus is by Duccio.
If you'd like to give Our Lady a metaphorical bunch of flowers by saying your something about Mary, please do contact the Totus2us team.
"I have a particular to Our Lady of Fatima. I consider Our Lady, Mary, to be, as well as being the mother of God, a valuable advocate before Our Lord, and a loving and a gracious mother. I follow the advice of the Holy Fathers of the Church through all the ages of always running to Our Lady. She is our greatest protector against sin, as well. Therefore, to Jesus through Mary."
Kevin is 30 & from England.
2nd April - 6th anniversary of the death of John Paul II - Sylvia
"Mary is for me my mother. She brought me personally, grabbed me by my hand and brought me to her Son, long before I even believed in him, because I met her, my mother, when I was 15 years old and I had a conversion of heart at the age of 27. So she brought me all along and made it happen for me."
Sylvia is 31 and from Poland; she gives her something about Mary in English & Polish.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana, Međugorje, 2 April 2011:
"Dear children; with motherly love I desire to open the heart of each of you and to teach you personal unity with the Father. To accept this, you must comprehend that you are important to God and that He is calling you individually. You must comprehend that your prayer is a conversation of a child with the Father; that love is the way by which you must set out - love for God and for your neighbour. That is, my children, the love that has no boundaries, that is the love that emanates from truth and goes to the end. Follow me, my children, so that also others, in recognizing the truth and love in you, may follow you. Thank you."
Once again Our Lady called us to pray for our shepherds, our priests, and said: "They have a special place in my heart. They represent my Son.""
"I think Our Lady is in a way the door to Christ, the portal to Christ, and a very important person for intercessions for the whole world."
Karl is 19 and from Austria.
"The Mother of God is someone who is always waiting for me, who is always there for me, to listen about my worries, about my happiness, about all the moments in my life, she is always there. And I trust her. I trust her that she is listening to me, that she is always there, that whatever I need she will ask her Son to help me with my problems. She is just someone very special; what I feel about her is that I feel her goodness. She is someone special, her heart is so clean that she is just clean goodness."
Magdalna is 25 and from Poland.
"Mary is a symbol of all that is good and pure to me and her holiness is something that I use as inspiration."
Kevin is from the United States.
"Mary, the Mother of God, to me is an example of selfless love and devotion."
Christopher is from England.
"Our Lady is always there for me; she always helps me in all my ways of life. For me, I always say thank you to her, and I always thank Jesus through Mary."
Maria is from the Philippines; she gives her something about Mary in English & Tagalog.
"I think Mary is the personification for us women to aspire to be really - a mother, a wife a daughter, a niece - a true inspiration in all our actions."
Laura is from England.
"Really this seemed to be very simply a sign, a gift, and a miracle from Our Lady. And I took it as a sign of her benediction and a sign somehow of the reality of her place in God's plan and the reality of her intercession and the reality of her mission to draw us closer to God and closer to Christ her son."
Richard is from England.
"I am very grateful for the guidance that the Holy Family and God have given me and my family."
Rochelle is from Australia.
"Mary is the mother of Our Lord so she is the mother of all Christian people everywhere."
Raymond is from England.
"I love to say the rosary because I have discovered that in praying the rosary it is like comparing this holy cord to the umbilical cord of the mother's womb that feeds the baby in her womb. Our Lady, through these great mysteries, feeds us and conforms us more and more to the image of her son."
Rosemary is from Ireland.
"For me, Our Lady is very special. She is an example, in terms of accepting wholly and fully God's will, without any hindrance or second thoughts."
Paul is 39 & from Nigeria.
"Our Lady, she is my mother, she is everything to me. I have been praying to her every time, and I see what I get, I get the results."
Lucy is from Kenya.
"To me Mary is someone who always directs me to Christ… When I think of her, I think of her direction towards Christ. She is also the most loyal disciple, the golden example of discipleship, where she stood by the Cross waiting for Jesus and keeps directing us towards Christ. And all the worries, all the questions that she has throughout her life, bearing the child that is the Son of God, she always keeps them in her heart ... It also teaches me to keep things in my heart and only to discuss it with Our Lord and to be patient and to be listening as well."
Irma is 28 & from Indonesia; she gives her something about Mary in English & Indonesia.
17th April - Palm Sunday - World Youth Day - Claudius
"Even though I am not at all worthy of any of the graces that I receive, yet Mary seems to help me all the time and I just want to say thank you to her for that, and that I love her completely and I have complete undying devotion and loyalty to her."
Claudius is 24 & from London.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija, 25 April 2011:
"Dear children! As nature gives the most beautiful colours of the year, I also call you to witness with your life and to help others to draw closer to my Immaculate Heart, so that the flame of love for the Most High may sprout in their hearts. I am with you and I unceasingly pray for you that your life may be a reflection of Heaven here on earth. Thank you for having responded to my call."
"Cari figli, come la natura dà i colori più belli dell'anno, così anch'io vi invito a testimoniare con la vostra vita e ad aiutare gli altri ad avvicinarsi al mio Cuore Immacolato perché la fiamma dell'amore verso l'Altissimo germogli nei loro cuori. Io sono con voi e prego incessantemente per voi perché la vostra vita sia il rilfesso del paradiso qui sulla terra. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."
"¡Queridos hijos! Así como la naturaleza muestra los colores más hermosos del año, también yo los invito a que con su vida testimonien y ayuden a los demás a acercarse a Mi Corazón Inmaculado, para que la llama del amor hacia el Omnipotente brote en los corazones de ellos. Yo estoy con ustedes y sin cesar oro por ustedes para que su vida sea reflejo del Paraíso aquí en la tierra. ¡Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado!"