Somethings about Mary in November 2013
Many, many thanks to Adiro, Alexander, Anne, Anne, Bassia, Brother Bob, Cinzia, Emma, Estafania, Fosca, Garibaldi, Giacomo, Giuseppe, James, Joseph, Kerri, Brother Leonhard, Father Liam MHM, Maria, Michael, Paul, Pedro, Pedro Antonio di Maria, Peter, Rita Robert, Rosanna, Rosann, Sjoerd, Takao & Vincenzo for giving their 'something' about Mary.
This painting of the Madonna with the child Jesus holding the Cross is in the Chiesa di San Benedetto in Rome, in the little chapel where St Benedict used to live.
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Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd November 2013:
"Dear children; Anew, in a motherly way, I am calling you to love; to continually pray for the gift of love; to love the Heavenly Father above everything. When you love Him you will love yourself and your neighbour. This cannot be separated. The Heavenly Father is in each person. He loves each person and calls each person by his name. Therefore, my children, through prayer hearken to the will of the Heavenly Father. Converse with Him. Have a personal relationship with the Father which will deepen even more your relationship as a community of my children - of my apostles. As a mother I desire that, through the love for the Heavenly Father, you may be raised above earthly vanities and may help others to gradually come to know and come closer to the Heavenly Father. My children, pray, pray, pray for the gift of love because ‘love’ is my Son. Pray for your shepherds that they may always have love for you as my Son had and showed by giving His life for your salvation. Thank you."
"I’m a brother in the Apostolate of the Suffering Silent workers of the Cross. Our apostolate is a Marian apostolate, our founder was inspired by the Blessed Mother's messages, especially at Fatima and Lourdes. At Lourdes her message was penance, penance and penance, and pray for the conversion of sinners. At Fatima she repeated this message in many ways but probably never as emphatically as when she said so many souls are lost because there's no one to pray to offer sacrifice for them. So we in the Apostolate of the Suffering encourage the suffering people, the sick people, to offer their prayers because they are very, very valuable."
Brother Bob is from Massachussets in the United States.
4th November - Feast of St Charles Borromeo - Brother Leonhard
"When I was 15 years old I consecrated myself to Mary. It was a very special thing and I think I did not know what happened exactly but I think Mary took very seriously my consecration to her. I really noticed how she was leading me to different shrines: I was in Guadalupe in Mexico, I was in Altötting in Germany. I really feel her presence. Every day before I go to bed, I make a visit to her, at this very important moment for me to be in front of the statue of Mary. And I just close my eyes and I know now I am speaking to my mother. I enjoy this moment a lot - like 10 or 15 minutes being with Mary and just laying my life into her hands and really knowing that she will help me to be faithful until tomorrow."
"Our Lady, Mary, is the mother of everybody. She's our mother, she's the holy mother, she raised Jesus."
Rita is from Lebanon & gives her something about Mary in English & Arabic.
"Maria nella mia vita è tutto. Mi ha indicata la via di Gesù, del cuore di Gesù, mi ha portata nel cuore di Gesù. Grazie Maria, grazie Gesù. Grazie Maria, grazie Gesù."
Rosanna is from Rome & gives her qualcosa su Maria in Italian.
"I am ‘all Maria’ because of St Louis Grignion de Montfort. It is very important that people read his book because Papa John Paul II was 'totally Mary' because he read this book and it changed his life. Totus Tuus."
Pedro Antonio di Maria is from Mexico & gives his something about Mary in English & Spanish.
"I really appreciate the strength and beauty of Mary. I think a lot of times we look at Mary like this very humble woman, which she was, but she was also very strong. My favourite description of Mary that I've ever heard is in G.K. Chesterton's Ballad of the White Horse and Our Lady appears to a man on the battlefield and he says 'Seven swords were in her heart but one was in her hand.' And I just love the strength that that portrays of Our Lady of Sorrows."
Kerri is from the United States.
"We belong to a movement of the Church called Teams of Our Lady and Our Lady is really showing us the way always. And our movement is devoted to sanctifying the couples. We are a movement in the Church devoted to the couples and Our Lady is our guide."
Giacomo & Rosann are from Brazil & give their something about Mary in English & Portuguese.
"I like the Mother of God very much because she's also my mother, and I know her and I'm very thankful because she shows me a lot and mostly she shows the way to Jesus, and that's great."
Alexander is 21 & from Germany; he gives his something about Mary in English & German.
"What Mary means to me - she is so very special. She's seen me through the last two and a half years with cancer twice, and she's the first person I turn to for help and the first person I pray to. I always ask her to intercede for me to her Son for all the help that I need. And she has helped with my children because she is a mother and she understands what it is to be a mother. And I love her so much."
Anne is from Northern Ireland.
"Holy Mary is my true mother, my only true mother.
La Sainte Vierge est ma maman. la maman qui me donne le plus d’amour."
Garibaldi is from France.
"Maria mi guida ogni giorno con amor infinito and con la sua luce.
Marie me guide tous les jours, elle me guide avec un amour extraordinaire. "
Cinzia is from Italy.
"La Virgen de Coromoto es la madre de nosotros."
Pedro is from Venezuela & gives his something about Mary in Spanish.
"Holy Mary is a precious woman who gave birth to the Saviour. In fact she needs to be treasured. It was not a simple thing but she made it."
Fosca Ashepet is from Uganda & gives her response in English & Ateso.
"I have a great devotion to our Blessed Lady. I’ve been to Lourdes many times and last Saturday I went to Tre Fontane where her recent apparition took place in 1947 as Our Lady of the Revelation. Again she says 'Pray. Pray for the conversion of sinners, pray for peace in the world.' So it's a very inspiring place, a very simple place. But the person who saw Our Blessed Lady, he was converted through that apparition: somebody who'd wanted to kill Pope Pius XII, he was a communist and a Seventh Day Adventist, and he became a Catholic through Our Lady's apparition."
"Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus, pray for us sinners, today and forever. Amen."
Adiro is from Uganda & gives her something about Mary in English & Ateso.
"Mary inspires me with the spirit of contemplation in her position at the foot of the Cross, in the silence of Calvary."
Joseph is from Oxford in England.
Estafania is 28 & from Spain; she gives her qualcosa su Maria in Spanish & Italian.
"I notice here in Rome there are a lot of beautiful statues of the Blessed Mother and it's nice coming from New York seeing such special devotion to Our Lady because she brought Jesus into the world and she also brings us on that narrow road to heaven. That's always special to remember that, if she brought Jesus into the world that means she brings us into the world that God made for us. "
Michael is 32 & from Brooklyn, New York.
"I’ve been to Medjugorje and it is the most loving place in the world. When I go there, I get such a lovely feeling. Our Lady is with me all the time and she lifts me into her arms. I feel I never want to leave it, I'm so happy."
Peter is from Donegal in Ireland.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović, 25 Nov 2013:
“Dear children! Today I call all of you to prayer. Open the doors of your heart profoundly to prayer, little children, to prayer with the heart; and then the Most High will be able to act upon your freedom and conversion will begin. Your faith will become firm so that you will be able to say with all your heart: ‘My God, my all.’ You will comprehend, little children, that here on earth everything is passing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Queridos hijos! Hoy los invito a todos a la oración. Abran profundamente la puerta del corazón, hijitos, a la oración, a la oración con el corazón, y entonces el Todopoderoso podrá obrar en vuestra libertad y comenzará la conversión. La fe llegará a ser tan firme que podrán decir con todo el corazón: ‘mi Dios, mi todo`. Comprenderán, hijitos, que aquí en la Tierra todo es pasajero. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Oggi vi invito tutti alla preghiera. Aprite profondamente la porta del cuore, figlioli, alla preghiera, preghiera del cuore e allora l’Altissimo potrà operare nella vostra libertà e inizierà la vostra conversione. La fede diventerà forte così che potrete dire con tutto il cuore: ‘Mio Dio e mio tutto’. Comprenderete, figlioli, che qui sulla Terra tutto è passeggero. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”
"Mary, she’s a saint .. She’s the mother of Jesus. She has the privilege that God chose her among all virgins. So I'm grateful to know her as a woman."
Bassia is from Nigeria.
27th November - Feast of St Catherine Labouré - Anne
"I’ve always felt close to Mary, particularly because my grandfather gave me a miraculous medal when I was a little girl. On the front there is an image of Mary and she's standing there with rays shining down from her hands and he explained to me that this means that Mary is full of grace and all we need to do is to pray to her and ask for this grace. She is so pure and spotless that grace just flows through her like a channel. So she'll always be there to listen, to be a mother to us and to be with us."
Anne is 23 & from England.