"In the middle of the Hail Mary, there is the word ‘Jesus’, the Word made flesh. He's encased within the words of Scripture, and the words of Tradition, for the Church says, 'Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.' And the rosary has got this wonderful prayer. And if we think about all the history of our salvation, it's all there in the rosary. We are taught by Our Lady to do whatever Jesus tells you, even though it might be silly, like filling jars of water when we need wine. We then say with him, 'Father, not my will but yours', even if it might need the crucifixion. But then there is that promise of resurrection. We will reign with Mary, she will bring us to heaven through the rosary."
Marie-Claire is from Malta.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd January 2015:
"Dear children, I am here among you as a mother who desires to help you to come to know the truth. While I lived your life on earth I had knowledge of the truth, and by this alone, a piece of Heaven on earth. That is why I desire the same for you, my children. The Heavenly Father desires pure hearts filled with the knowledge of the truth. He desires for you to love all those whom you meet, because I also love my Son in all of you. This is the beginning of coming to know the truth. Many false truths are being offered to you. You will overcome them with a heart cleansed by fasting, prayer, penance and the Gospel. This is the only truth and it is the truth which my Son left you. You do not need to examine it much. What is asked of you, as I also have done, is to love and to give. My children, if you love, your heart will be a home for my Son and me, and the words of my Son will be the guiding light in your life. My children, I will make use of you, apostles of love, to help all of my children to come to know the truth. My children, I have always prayed for the Church of my Son, and so I also ask the same of you. Pray that your shepherds may come to shine forth with the love of my Son. Thank you."
"Our Lady is my mother: very close to me and someone I turn to for any help I need, any advice I want, any troubles that need sorting out, she's the one that is closer to me than anyone."
Sister Barbara is from Cornwall in England.
"It’s been a very special grace being brought up in a place like Fatima, where Our Lady of Fatima appeared. Everyone that has been at Fatima has surely felt the motherly atmosphere and security, safety, in that place because, well, that's what it was all about: Our Lady being made known by three little humble children."
6th January - Solemnity of the Epiphany - the Villegas family
Marta: “La Madre de Dios. The mother of God.”
Jorge: “The Mother of God.”
Javier: “The Mother of God and our mother.”
Marta: "Me too."
Agustin: “The first Christian and the Mother of God.”
Ruth: “The mother who takes care of all of us.”
The Villegas family altogether: "Dios te Salve, María, llena eres de gracia, el Señor está contigo. Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús. Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén."
Agustin, Ruth, Marta, Jorge & Javier Villegas are from Spain.
"I love Mary very much. I’m saying my rosary every day and she’s protecting us very much. So we can have a lot of faith because she's our mother and she protects us.
Quelqu'un a dit que si Marie n'existait pas, on serait orphelin. Qui a dit ca? C'est magnifique et c'est tout à fait vrai. Voila. Elle est notre mère et elle nous protège et c'est un cadeau du ciel merveilleux."
Michel is from France & gives his response in English & French.
"When I was staying at a monastery in Galilee in Israel, when I was about 19 and just before I became a Catholic, there was a beautiful little grotto church with these hermits, which overlooked the Sea of Galilee. And in the small grotto church there was this most exquisite, very modern icon of Our Lady holding Christ, and she has the most unbelievably deep and profound look in her eye. Her face, it's a Palestinian woman - it's a representation of Mary that I've never really seen since but it's one that evokes the person of Mary, who was a Palestinian girl who God came to and revealed to us the salvation of the world."
Thomas is 23 & from the United Kingdom.
"Mary to me is a mother, a mother that even though she shows me so much love constantly, she's also this mother that just keeps me in check, and she reminds me whenever I'm sort of straying a little bit far from the path where I should be looking and it's towards her son, Jesus Christ."
Nazar is 20 & from England.
"Mary is the Mother of God and being his mother she's also the mother of all of us. For me, she's key in my life. She drives my life, she tells me where I have to be, how to do my thing. She taught Jesus and so she tries to teach us. That's Mary. Mary is love."
Paula is from Spain & gives her response in English & Spanish.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović on 25 January 2015:
“Dear children! Also today I call you: live your vocation in prayer. Now, as never before, Satan wants to suffocate man and his soul by his contagious wind of hatred and unrest. In many hearts there is no joy because there is no God or prayer. Hatred and war are growing from day to day. I am calling you, little children, begin anew, with enthusiasm, the walk of holiness and love; since I have come among you because of this. Together let us be love and forgiveness for all those who know and want to love only with a human love and not with that immeasurable love of God to which God calls you. Little children, may hope in a better tomorrow always be in your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Queridos hijos! También hoy los invito a vivir en oración su vocación. Ahora más que nunca, Satanás quiere sofocar, con su viento contagioso de odio y de inquietud, al hombre y su alma. En muchos corazones no hay alegría porque no está Dios ni la oración. El odio y la guerra crecen día a día. Los invito, hijitos, a empezar de nuevo con entusiasmo el camino de la santidad y del amor, porque por eso yo he venido entre ustedes. Juntos, seamos amor y perdón para todos aquellos que solo saben y quieren amar con el amor humano, y no con el inmenso amor de Dios al cual Él los invita. Hijitos, que la esperanza en un mañana mejor esté siempre en su corazón. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Anche oggi vi invito: vivete nella preghiera la vostra vocazione. Adesso, come mai prima, Satana desidera soffocare con il suo vento contagioso dell’odio e dell’inquietudine l’uomo e la sua anima. In tanti cuori non c’è gioia perché non c’è Dio ne la preghiera. L’odio e la guerra crescono di giorno in giorno. Vi invito, figlioli, iniziate di nuovo con entusiasmo il cammino della santità e dell’amore perché io sono venuta in mezzo a voi per questo. Siamo insieme amore e perdono per tutti coloro che sanno e vogliono amare soltanto con l’amore umano e non con quell’immenso amore di Dio al quale Dio vi invita. Figlioli, la speranza in un domani migliore sia sempre nel vostro cuore. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”
"For me, Mary is a big helper and I always can go ask her about everything. When I’m happy, when I’m sad, I’ve got a big friend."
Altona is from Poland & gives her response in English & Polish.