Somethings about Mary in February 2012
Many, many thanks to Amelia, Ana, Anna, Azahara, Bernard, Charles, Clara, Collette, Dennis, Edmund, Eucharist, Frederico, Helen, Helena, Ian, Ileana, Jacqueline, Martin, Mary, Moira, Nicole, Oliva, Rob, Samuel, Sandra, Senam, Seyram, Teresita & Yesenia for giving their 'something' about Mary.
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"To me, Mary is the best example of trust and how to give ourselves to the other. She is the Mother of God and our mother."
Frederico is 24 & from Portugal; he gives his algo sobre Maria in English & Portuguese.
2nd February - Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple & 16th Day of Consecrated Life - Rob
"My conversion to like really become Catholic was through the Virgin Mary, the Virgin of Fatima. She's the person who showed me the light, who took me from the darkness and really has been beside me ever since, taking me in like a baby and she's just really been an inspiration and just unbelievable. She's been there for me always, ever since."
Rob is from London.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, in Italy, 2 February 2012:
"Dear children; I am with you for so much time and already for so long I have been pointing you to God’s presence and His infinite love, which I desire for all of you to come to know. And you, my children? You continue to be deaf and blind as you look at the world around you and do not want to see where it is going without my Son. You are renouncing Him - and He is the source of all graces. You listen to me while I am speaking to you, but your hearts are closed and you are not hearing me. You are not praying to the Holy Spirit to illuminate you. My children, pride has come to rule. I am pointing out humility to you. My children, remember that only a humble soul shines with purity and beauty because it has come to know the love of God. Only a humble soul becomes heaven, because my Son is in it. Thank you. Again I implore you to pray for those whom my Son has chosen - those are your shepherds."
"Mary is like a mother and an example for me and everything that I can only hope to be and strive for in life."
Sandra is from Singapore.
"I come to Mary because she is my mother, she is the mother of us all."
Helena is 21 & from Germany; she gives her Verrückt nach Maria in English & German.
"I'm just about to give birth and just feeling really close to Mary in these sorts of moments where she feels really here and fulfilling of love, and bringing me closer to God whenever I go far away from him, especially in these sorts of moments where you're about to give life, which is so special.
Je vais donner naissance dans quelques jours et c'est un moment très particulier pour moi, donner la vie, et c'est pour ca que je venais pour dire 'Merci. Merci pour tout ce qu'elle a pu me porter pour me rapprocher de Dieu dans les moments un peu difficile, surtout en cette période très, très forte."
Ileana is from France; her baby is due today, so they're both very much in our prayers today ♥
"For me Mary is the way to get to Jesus Christ, she is my mother."
Azahara is 22 & from Spain; she gives her algo de María in English & Spanish.
"I love Mary because for me she's like my mother. I go to her and tell her everything about me, and I know she already knows but I need to thank her for all that she does for me. At the same time there is always something I want to ask her, because I think she is very near to Jesus and she can be a connection with him, so that I am sure that when I talk to her, he listens too.
Sono devoto di Maria, perché per me lei è la grande madre .. "
Oliva is from Italy.
"Mary to me, really, pure and simple, has always been a mother in my life and somebody who I can go and ask for things. She is also somebody who I feel is interceding on our behalf to God and who I hope will help me in my hour of death. She is also somebody who I find immensely comforting whenever I've been in any trouble, I've been able to turn to in prayer."
Amelia is from the United Kingdom.
"I had great devotion to Our Lady when I was a child: I used to pick little primroses and my mother had a little altar. During the month of May I used to decorate it with the veil and the flowers, but over the years I strayed away and it was the blessed lady who brought me back again to Jesus. I went on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje and it changed my life. Her greatest contribution to me is that she's like the refuge of holy love, the protectress of the faith and I pray to her every day to protect my faith because I never want to lose it again; it's the most precious thing I have."
Helen is from Ireland.
"I've been to Lourdes since a little girl and I have a great connection with that place and the peace Mary gives you as our mother, no other person can do that. And it's not about her, she does it to bring us to the Lord, to show us her son, and that's the greatest gift any mother could give somebody: the gift of Our Lord and Saviour."
Collette is from England.
"I just want to say about Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary: she is the Mother of all nations, whatever your religion."
Teresita is from the Philippines & gives her response in English & Tagalog.
"We honour Mary as our Mother of Perpetual Succour, ever ready to help us, always there when we need her and ever gracious in listening and answering our prayers."
Charles is half English, half Colombian.
14th February - Feast of Ss Cyril & Methodius - Ana
"For me the Virgin Mary is the perfect role model for a woman, not only for women but for all humanity, for all her children because we are all her children. And she's the mother of Christ. She gave us so much love to give us her only son and that shows how much she loves and cares for her children and for her Church, because she is also the mother of our Holy Church. I admire her purity, her nobility in all sense of the word, the love she has for all of us, and her sense of giving herself completely for the salvation of mankind, with her divine son. And I think we should follow her example, praying to her and asking her to give us all her strength to do the will of God while we're here on earth and to afterwards be with Our Lord and Our Lady in heaven. Glory be to God. Amen."
Ana is from Peru.
"Our Lady to me is our mother and she's all beautiful and forgiving and wonderful. And I like to sit and talk to her and tell her my troubles, and how much she means to me. I find it very comforting and it makes me feel a lot better after I've spoken to her and my troubles seem a lot lighter and, yes, she means a lot to me."
Clara is from Mauritius.
"I pray regularly to Mary in response to the Holy Family when, as an active part of my prayer, I offer prayers of thanks and of perhaps listening to the Holy Family, and within that context I think very specifically of Mary, being the mother of Jesus Christ."
Ian is from Ireland.
"Mother Mary is our light, our guidance and our love and I keep her very close to my heart and she is my every day guidance.
La Virgen María es nuestra madre, nuestro guía, nuestra luz y nuestro amor."
Yesenia is from Ecuador.
"My devotion for Mary is always from my mother and my brother. From a young child, I've always seen them pray to Mary. They pray so powerful, their prayers are so powerful that I started to learn from them. Since from a little child I've been praying the rosary and I really, really enjoy praying it, because it makes me feel like I'm getting closer to Mary each and every day."
Nicole is 10 & from Dominica.
"My devotion to Mary, through praying the rosary, developed over time, and I came to have a greater love for Mary through growing up. And that love was my desire to love Mary as much as my mother loves her, and because I love my mum and I love Jesus, I would also love to love Jesus' mum as well. And so I began to pray the rosary more often and I developed a devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and I prayed to her for my spiritual conversion, for me to become closer to God, to Jesus, through Mary."
Samuel is 19 & from Dominica.
21st February - Feast of St Peter Damian - Jacqueline
"Nothing can ever surpass the beauty of our mother. Every time when I pray the rosary I feel so close to Mary because I know that she is listening to me, she's like a mother. I am a mother so I know how she is nurturing, always wanting to make sure that we are ok, to make sure that we can make amends so that we can be united with her son. I think ultimately that is what she wants for all of us. So I love Mary with all my heart and it's a pleasure saying that about my Mary."
Jacqueline is from Dominica.
"I feel very, very privileged to have the same name as Mary our mother, and it makes me feel safe really, and very happy having the same name as her. And when I think of Mary I feel very calm and peaceful, and when there's a lot of chaos around, I just need to think of her and I feel rested."
Mary is 30 today (Happy, happy, blessed birthday, dearest Mary) & from England.
"Mary is somebody who is so special, very important, and I think without Mary the whole world would be in chaos, because Christ came out of Mary, that's why Christ came. She is so holy, she lives according to God's will and through that she finds favour with God and through her prayers, everybody will cry 'Blessed' because the Mighty God has done great things through her and Mighty is His name. Christ came, through Mary we have Christ, Christ came and changed the world: to bring peace, bring forgiveness, bring love."
Dennis is from Ghana.
"Mary means a lot because she is the ideal woman who you can look up to and she understands you and she is a source of consolation and she helps to bring you to God… It's really nice to know that she loves me and she's protective and, yeh, she's a really good mother and she does help a lot."
Seyram is 21 & from Ghana.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović, 25 February 2012:
"Dear children! At this time, in a special way I call you: 'pray with the heart'. Little children, you speak much and pray little. Read and meditate on Sacred Scripture, and may the words written in it be life for you. I encourage and love you, so that in God you may find your peace and the joy of living. Thank you for having responded to my call."
"Cari figli! In questo tempo in modo particolare vi invito: pregate col cuore. Figlioli, voi parlate tanto ma pregate poco. Leggete, meditate la Sacra Scrittura e le parole scritte in essa siano per voi vita. Io vi esorto e vi amo perchè in Dio troviate la vostra pace e la gioia di vivere. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."
"¡Queridos hijos! En este tiempo de manera especial los invito: oren con el corazón. Hijitos, ustedes hablan mucho pero oran poco. Lean, mediten la Sagrada Escritura y que las palabras allí escritas sean vida para ustedes. Yo los exhorto y los amo, para que en Dios puedan encontrar vuestra paz y la alegría de vivir. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"What I think about Mary is that she's the special someone in a Christian's life. I see her as the mother of God, mother of Jesus and the wife of Joseph. And I think Mary is just like a mother to us Catholics, she is very special to me and I think that we should honour her."
Senam is 13 & from Ghana.
"For me Our Lady is the intercessor that carries the prayers that I have for my family."
Edmund is 35 & from the UK.