1st March - 2nd Sunday of Lent - Glenda
"Mary led me to her son Jesus. I know she comforts me when I am a little down, she’s always at my side, she's always with me. If I don't follow the light which is her Son, she always brings me back to the light. She is a mother who I will always turn to when I have any questions and, well, she answers me because I know she answers me through my heart. She's all for me. I cannot do without her. And I love her very, very, very much. She is a true mother."
Glenda is from Trinidad and now lives in Sweden.
"Mary represents a beacon of faith to me since I was a child."
Camilla is from the United Kingdom.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd March 2015:
"Dear children! You are my strength. You, my apostles, who with your love, humility and silence of prayer are making it possible for one to come to know my Son. You live in me. You carry me in your heart. You know that you have a mother who loves you and who has come to bring love. I am looking at you in the Heavenly Father - your thoughts, your pains, your sufferings - and I offer them to my Son. Do not be afraid and do not lose hope, because my Son listens to his mother. Since He was born He loves and I desire for all of my children to come to know that love. I desire that all those who left Him because of their pain and misunderstanding may return to Him and that all those who have never known Him may come to know Him. That is why you are here, my apostles, and I as a mother am with you. Pray for the firmness of faith, because love and mercy come from firm faith. Through love and mercy you will help all those who are not aware that they are choosing darkness instead of light. Pray for your shepherds because they are the strength of the Church which My Son left to you. Through my Son, they are the shepherds of souls. Thank you."
"The Virgin Mary is the holy symbol for warmth and family .. and purity.
La Vergine Maria è il simbolo di affetto, di calore, di famiglia e di purezza."
Daniele is from Italy (& plays the piano beautifully :o)
"For me, Our Lady is our mother who's always able to help me and, whenever I have trouble, then she's the first person that I always come to."
Kristian is 21 & from Poland; he gives his response in English & Polish.
"Mary represents sort of a feeling of accomplishment and she helps me get through pain."
Stephanie is 24 & from the UK.
"For me Mary represents strength, strength to overcome difficulties and the strength to share your love with everyone and put everybody first before yourself."
Ian is 30 & from Spain (& I bet'ya is a brilliant viola player); he gives his response in English & Spanish.
"My relationship with Mary is a long one, a nice one. My mother taught us to pray the rosary and I think it seriously began when they dragged us to Medjugorje the first time. We went there 11 times and learnt to pray the rosary there. And then we went there more rarely, and then when my wife and I were beginning to consider whether we could get married, we decided to make a pilgrimage together and we went to Medjugorje. More or less, the morning after we arrived there we got engaged (after 2 months knowing each other). That went really well. So basically our marriage is in the hands of Mary and so are our 6 children."
Edward is from Austria & gives his response in English & German.
"For me Mary is just a mother I have here on earth because my mother died a lot of years ago. She is my mother and she's very gentle with me and so, as I'm a very fearful person (I'm afraid of nearly everything), she is just the best mother for me because she takes me by the hand and she's never harsh."
Marie-Therese is from Austria & gives her response in English & German.
"Our Lady is my greatest support. She’s my life and my backbone. Whenever I need something, I go to her. When I need something from Our Lord, I also go to her."
Daniel is from London.
"Mary, she’s my mother. I don’t know if there’s a better way to describe it! If you need help, she helps; if you need someone to say whatever, she's the one to go to. You know we can't hug her but she's there and she makes her presence felt, for me and I guess for everyone else who tries."
Betty is 26 & from Venezuela; she gives her response in English & Spanish.
Our Lady's annual message to Mirjana in Medugorje, 18 March 2015:
"Dear children! With a full heart I am asking you, I am imploring you children: cleanse your hearts of sin and lift them up to God and to eternal life. I am imploring you: be vigilant and open for truth. Do not permit for all that is of this earth to distance you from the true cognition of the contentment in the communion with my Son. I am leading you on the way of true wisdom, because only with true wisdom can you come to know true peace and the true good. Do not waste time asking for signs of the Heavenly Father, because He has already given you the greatest sign, which is my Son. Therefore, my children, pray so that the Holy Spirit can lead you into truth, can help you to come to know it, and through that knowledge of the truth that you may be one with the Heavenly Father and with my Son. That is the cognition which gives happiness on earth and opens the door of eternal life and infinite love. Thank you."
19th March - Feast of Saint Joseph - François
"Mary represents a mother to me. She's been very kind to listen to me and to guide me. She's been a great teacher to guide me to Christ. When I turn myself to Mary I can feel spontaneously a great love and a great mercy. I feel very confident as soon as I hear the name of Mary or as soon as I pray to Mary. .. She is a motherly figure to me, to guide me to Christ, to make me pure in my heart and more humble. And I will never, ever find enough words to thank Mary. Ave Maria.
La Vierge Marie représente pour moi une mère. À chaque fois que je me tourne vers la Vierge Marie, je sais qu'elle m'écoute à chaque instant et qu'elle répondra à mes prières. Elle me guide, elle m'enseigne comment me comporter afin d'amener vers le Christ. C'est une figure très importante dans ma vie car je sais que à chaque instant je peux me tourner vers la Vierge Marie, dans mes moments les plus difficiles ou dans mes joies, et qu'elle sera toujours là pour m'écouter et me consoler. A chaque fois que je prie la Vierge Marie je ressens une paix intérieure, une douceur et une miséricorde."
François is from France.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović, 25 March 2015:
"Dear children! Also today the Most High permits me to be with you and to lead you on the way of conversion. Many hearts have shut themselves to grace and have become deaf to my call. You, little children, pray and fight against temptation and all the evil plans which the devil offers you through modernism. Be strong in prayer and with the cross in your hands pray that evil may not use you and may not conquer in you. I am with you and pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."
“Queridos hijos! También hoy el Altísimo me permite estar con ustedes y guiarlos por el camino de la conversión. Muchos corazones se han cerrado a la gracia y han hecho oídos sordos a mi llamado. Ustedes, hijitos, oren y luchen contra las tentaciones y contra todos los planes malvados que el diablo les ofrece a través del modernismo. Sean fuertes en la oración y con la cruz en las manos, oren para que el mal no los utilice y no venza en ustedes. Yo estoy con ustedes y oro por ustedes. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Anche oggi l'Altissimo mi ha permesso di essere con voi e di guidarvi sul cammino della conversione. Molti cuori si sono chiusi alla grazia e non vogliono dare ascolto alla mia chiamata. Voi figlioli, pregate e lottate contro le tentazioni e contro tutti i piani malvagi che satana vi offre tramite il modernismo. Siate forti nella preghiera e con la croce tra le mani pregate perchè il male non vi usi e non vinca in voi. Io sono con voi e prego per voi. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”
"Saint Mary to me is really important. She's my role model. She's always like helped me and my family - when my mum was ill, she healed her. What I've realised is that they help me towards the end, of like when I'm starting to lose hope, that's when they start to help me. So just don't lose hope and just have faith."
Maria is 18 & from Egypt (& China); she gives her response in English & Arabic. (Her beautiful response has gone up today as she has an interview to study medicine at university today ... We're praying for you, dear Maria, & wishing you especial blessings.)
"Mary for me is almost like a guidance figure. She's a woman that I feel like empowered by. Everyone else follows like celebrity people whereas Mary for me was the more inspiring: she managed to have Jesus and she managed to bring him up and later on watch him die on the cross. The strength that she must have had to overcome that is quite really powerful and really speaks to me because it helps me to overcome my own daily problems, coz my own problems can't live up to the sort of problems that she had. It really inspires me to keep on going and never give up."
Karolina is 19 & from Poland; she gives her response in English & Polish.