Somethings about Mary in April 2013
Many, many thanks to Antonio, Father Armen, Bertha, Breen, Bruna, Carlo, Catherine, Charles, Father David, Frances, Francesco, Francesco, Francisco, Don Gabriele George, Guadalupe, Brother John, Kate, Kathleen, Louisa, Marco Antonio, Sister Maria Habiba, Marie-Madeleine, Mark, Matthew, Brother Raphael, Sister Rita, Rosemary, Sebastiana-Tiziana & Sister Therese for giving their 'something' about Mary.
If you'd like to give Our Lady a metaphorical bunch of flowers by saying your something about Mary, please, pretty please, contact the Totus2us team.
1st April - Easter Monday - Catherine
"J'aime la Vierge Marie. C'est une maman pour moi. C'est la Maman de l'Eglise, c'est la Maman du monde. Elle a un coeur miséricordieux. Elle nous écoute. Elle a souffert pour son fils Jésus. Elle a vue Jésus souffrir sur la croix fin à mourir. Donc, la Vierge Marie, c'est la Mère de l'Eglise, c'est la Mère du monde. Elle veut beaucoup qu'on prie. Elle nous demande à prier, la Vierge Marie. Il faut prier, il faut avoir la foi. Seule la foi t'aide à aller en avance.
La Madonna è la mia mamma. Io sono lontana della mia familia ma lei e la Mamma del mondo, Virgine santa, buona, la Mamma della Chiesa. Io la amo, io la amo, Lei è sempre con me, sempre con me."
Catherine is from Senegal & gives her quelque chose de Marie in French & Italian.
"Since I entered the convent I gave my life to Mary because without her I can't arrive to be like her Son. She will help me to be like her son and then I will be his spouse."
Sister Maria Habiba is from Egypt and after giving her response in English, she sings a song to Mary in Arabic.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd April 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."
4th April - Easter Thursday - Father Armen
"Our Lady is the Queen of Heaven, the Mother of the Church and the Mother of humanity. She is the one who can crush and does crush the head of Satan under her feet. God bless her."
Father Armen is from Armenia & gives his something about Mary in English & Armenian.
5th April - Easter Friday - Francisco
"The Virgin Mary, the Madonna, is the mother of all the world and is my mother, and all the time that I go travel, she is with me and she carries me nicely and gently.
La Virgen María es la madre de todos nosotros, es la Madre de Dios, es la Madre del mundo entero. Es no importa raza, credo ni color, ella es nuestra madre y nos trata a todos por igual."
Francisco is from Mexico & gives his Algo acerca de María in English & Spanish.
6th April - Easter Saturday - Guadalupe
"The Virgin Mary for me is everything. She's a mother, she's friend. Every time I feel sad, when I feel down, I always go to her and I always pray .. She's my everything because she's the one who's holding me in her hands, so what can I say? She's my mother and she's the mother of the whole world.
Nuestra Madre es la madre de todos."
Guadalupe is from Mexico & gives her algo acerca de María in English & Spanish.
7th April - Divine Mercy Sunday - Charles
"I have known the devotion to the chaplet of Divine Mercy for the last two years. Prior to that I have had a devotion to Mary. With the Divine Mercy chaplet, knowing that Jesus actually gave Saint Faustina the words have encouraged me to say and be more devoted to the chaplet of Divine Mercy every day."
Charles is from America.
8th April - Solemnity of the Annunciation - Don Gabriele
"La mia esperienza spirituale è segnata molto della presenza della Virgine Maria, specialmente dai miei numerosi pellegrinaggi a Lourdes nei quali ho sentito proprio una sensatione di maternità che solamente la Virgine Maria riesce a dare anche alla nostro fede in Dio."
Don Gabriele is 33 & a priest from the diocese of Verona in Italy; he gives his qualcosa di Maria in Italian.
"Mary is the Mother of God, she is our mother, she is the Queen of the universe. So she has a mother’s heart and a royal power. What an amazing gift that is for each one of us, her children."
Father David is from England (& is currently studying in Rome - the background organ music is from the end of the Mass in St Peter's Square with the inauguration of Pope Francis on the Feast of St Joseph).
"Maria è la mia gioia."
Francesco is from Italy & gives his qualcosa di Maria in Italian.
"I love Mary dearly. For me she is the perfect woman. I remember reading somewhere that she was the most beautiful woman who ever lived and I think it was more about the contents of her heart and her yes for the Lord that made that beauty so strong - that's what I see in her. I see her as the perfect example for every woman, for every mother, but most especially for someone who wants to faithfully follow Jesus and say yes every day to the Lord. "
Louisa is from Melbourne, Australia.
"The Virgin Mary is for me the big example for us about faith. First of all she was trusting in God about the message and then in all the life of Christ and, after that, she is with us."
Marco-Antonio is from Mexico & gives his algo acerca Maria in English & Spanish.
"I love you, Mary."
Sister Therese is from South Korea & gives her 메리에 대해 뭔가 in Korean & English.
"Maria è una creatura vicino a noi tutti."
Sebastiana Tizianna is from Sicily & gives her qualcosa di Maria in Italian.
"Mary our Mother is our protector and our refuge."
Breen is from Vancouver in Canada.
Pope Francis: "We pray to Our Lady to protect us, and in times of spiritual turbulence the safest place is under the mantle of Our Lady. She is the mother who takes care of the Church. And in this time of martyrs, she is the protagonist, the protagonist of protection: She is the Mother. (...) Let us state with faith: Mother, the Church is under your protection: Care for the Church." - 15 April 2013, at Morning Mass at the Vatican
"Mary is a mother to me and someone to help me pray for my children."
Rosemary is from the United States.
"Ringrazio Dio perché mi ha dato la possibilità di pregare mentre facendo le Quatri di Maria e le più belle sono quelle della Madre di Dio."
Carlo, from Italy, gives his qualcosa di Maria in Italian. Carlo Favini is a wood sculptor; his beautiful Stations of the Cross were recently on display in the Jesuit Church, Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesù all'Argentina, in Rome. For more info, visit his website.
"Maria è la donna per eccellenza del si. Ecco lei che, per non capendo, sia fidata della parola di Dio e a donato la sua vita per il suo figlio e ha insegnato a noi ad andare avanti per evitare le orecchie chiuse e gli occhi chiusi."
Bruna is from Italy & gives her qualcosa di Maria in Italian.
"Con la mia esperienza anche in mia vita ho visto Maria come la vera mia Mamma."
Antonio is from Korea & gives his something about Mary in Korean & Italian.
"Mary to me is the ultimate example of a mother. She gave everything: she sacrificed all her life and she obeyed."
Bertha is originally from Malta & gives her something about Mary in English & Maltese.
"La Madonna nella mia vita, che cosa ha fatto. Mi ha portato dei fuori del inferi, diciamo. E stata Lei che a traverso la sua materna bontà mi ha guidato in questo cammino di fede e che tutto gia mi ancora segue, io sento vicina."
Francesco is 22 & from Italy; he gives his qualcosa di Maria in Italian.
"Mary for me is an example of purity and I pray to her every day to help me to not only be pure in terms of chastity but to have a clean heart that’s just focused on God. And also she’s a source of comfort for me."
Kathleen is 20 & from the United States.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović, 25 April 2013:
“Dear children! Pray, pray, keep praying until your heart opens in faith as a flower opens to the warm rays of the sun. This is a time of grace which God gives you through my presence but you are far from my heart, therefore, I call you to personal conversion and to family prayer. May Sacred Scripture always be an incentive for you. I bless you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“¡Queridos hijos! Oren, oren, y sólo oren, hasta que su corazón se abra a la fe, como una flor se abre a los cálidos rayos del sol. Este es un tiempo de gracia que Dios les da a través de mi presencia, sin embargo, ustedes están lejos de mi Corazón, por eso los invito a la conversión personal y a la oración familiar. Que la Sagrada Escritura sea siempre un estímulo para ustedes. Los bendigo a todos con mi bendición maternal. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Pregate, pregate, soltanto pregate affinché il vostro cuore si apra alla fede come il fiore si apre ai raggi caldi del sole. Questo è il tempo di grazia che Dio vi da attraverso la mia presenza e voi siete lontani dal mio cuore. Perciò vi invito alla conversione personale ed alla preghiera in famiglia. La Sacra scrittura sia sempre l’esortazione per voi. Vi benedico tutti con la mia benedizione materna. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”
"Mary is first of all my mother, and the reason why she's a mother is because I do have a personal relationship with her but she brings me to Jesus. And, understanding her from a biblical point of view, she is the ark of the covenant, the new ark of the covenant, because she carried Jesus, the covenant, in her womb, and the reason why she was immaculately conceived was because she was going to receive Jesus. And I just love her because she's just 'Mama' to me. "
Kate is from London.
"Yo estoy siempre con el rosario y yo amo mucho la Virgen María, la Madre de Dios."
Brother Raphael is from the Dominican Republic & gives his algo acerca de María in Spanish & Italian.
"Mary has had a very big role in my life as the mother of Jesus Christ. She has always had a special place in my heart from when I was young but especially when I went into college I discovered a book written by St Louis de Montfort named 'True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin' which helped me to see the role that Mary plays in all of our lives, whether we know it or not, as she leads us all closer to her son Jesus. And so I'd have to say that definitely through the rosary but praying to her as my mother, as my sister and, one day God willing if I become a priest, as my spouse, Mary continues to spur me on to be more generous in love and to imitate her in leading people to her son Jesus."
Mark is a seminarian from South Dakota in the United States.
"Pour moi, Marie c’est une maman parce qu’elle prenne moi depuis que je suis toute petite et elle est toujours là dans l'épreuve."
Marie-Madeleine is from France, giving her quelque chose de Marie in French.