Somethings about Mary in September 2014
Many, many thanks to Ann, Ann, Ann, Barbara, Barbara, Bernadette, Bridget, Bridget, Bridget, Christine, Elizabeth, Fouad, Jerry, Jimmy, Jothi, Kathleen, Father Lee, Liam, Louis, Margaret, Marianna, Nuala & Pat for giving their 'something' about Mary this month.
This statue of the Madonna & Child is in the Kerk O.L. Vr. Tenhemelopneming in Holland.
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Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd September 2014:
"Dear children, I, your mother, am coming anew among you out of love which has no end, from endless love of the endless Heavenly Father. And as I am looking into your hearts I see that many of you accept me as a mother and, with sincere and pure hearts, you desire to be my apostles. But, I am also the mother of those of you who do not accept me and who, in the hardness of your hearts, do not desire to come to know the love of my Son. And you do not know how much my heart suffers and how much I pray to my Son for you. I pray to Him to heal your souls because He can do so. I pray to Him to illuminate you with the miracle of the Holy Spirit so that you may stop, always anew, betraying, cursing and wounding Him. With all my heart I pray for you to understand that only my Son is the salvation and the light of the world. And you, my children, my dear apostles, always carry my Son in your hearts and thoughts. In this way you are carrying love. All those who do not know Him will recognize Him in your love. I am always beside you. In a special way I am beside your shepherds because my Son has called them to lead you on the way to eternity. Thank you, my apostles, for your sacrifice and love."
8th September - Feast of Our Lady's birthday - Marianna
"I love Mary. I love people. I love Mary."
Marianna is 2½ & from the USA. There's a special reason to her being today's entry: Marianna's mother, Erin-Therese, got in touch with Totus2us in early March 2011 (having been listening to Totus2us podcasts for about a year). On request, Erin did 3 recordings just like that & before any time was a member of the Totus2us team - a great gift from Our Lady, with all her wonderful encouragement, support & help. The following year, Marianna was born, and Erin & James asked Ruth to be Marianna's godmother - a godmother thanks to Totus2us!
Thank you, Mama Mary, for all that has come about through Totus2us - Happy Birthday to you!
"To me Mary is a shining light, like a woman that you would look to for trust and power, and she teaches you how to respect other people and how to look after your own mother."
Liam is 21 & from the United Kingdom.
"Mary is everything unto me, isn't she. She’s the mother of God, she’s the mother of me, she's the mother of my children, and she is my whole world, ain't she. She's just pure, there's not enough words I can say about her. I love her as much as I love my children."
Ann is 23 & from Britain.
"Mary is totally important in my Christian life because she is a way to meet God. I think it's impossible for one person who is a sinner not to have help to meet God. So Mary, she is a good way to meet her Son. In my life, my mother always prayed for her to help me and I consider that she is totally important in my Christian life. I need her and I could not live my Christian life without her."
Barbara is 26 & from Brazil; she gives her response in English & Portuguese.
"Our Lady is special and she is kind and she is beautiful."
Jimmy is 8 & from Britain.
13th September - Feast of St John Chrysostom - Fouad
"Originally I'm Egyptian Orthodox, I belong to the Coptic people. We love Saint Mary, we love her so much and we give her lots of respect because she brought Jesus Christ to the world."
Fouad is from Egypt and gives his response in English & Arabic.
14th September - Feast of the Triumph of the Cross - Kathleen
"Our Lady means to me a mother, someone that I can tell my troubles to, someone who keeps me safe and watches over my family. I can feel love when I think of Our Lady, It's like a mother's love and I'm just grateful for her every day, that she's here, that she's minding me and my family."
Kathleen is from London.
"Mary is for me a mother. Since I lost my mother when I was born (she was taken to heaven), I've looked upon Mary as my mother all my life and she has helped me, protected me and guided me as a true mother. Thank you, thank you Mother Mary, our Queen and our Mother but, as St Therese says, more a mother than a queen. Thank you, Mother Mary. Amen."
Nuala is from Ireland.
16th September - Feast of St Cyprian - Bridget
"Our Lady is showing me that she’s leading me not just to be a mother to my children but to those who have not got a mother, so in a spiritual ways too. She's the Queen of queens, the Mother of the King, and she's our mother."
Bridget is from the Midlands in England.
"Our Lady helps us get through to her son Jesus."
Ann is 12 (Bridget's second daughter) & from Birmingham in England.
"I like that Mary is holy."
Ann is 9 (Bridget's third daughter) & from England.
"Our Lady is beautiful."
Christine is 7 (Bridget's youngest daughter) & from England.
"A few years ago, as I was growing in my faith journey, I began to have a bit of a problem with Mary. Not in my heart, I knew that I loved Mary. But intellectually, I was studying about Jesus and it was all about Jesus, and I thought where does Mary fit in? I started to question it: why am I praying to Mary? Why not go straight to the main man? .. There's an old priest who's a very spiritual man in my diocese .. and I just asked him this question, 'Why Mary? What's the point? Why don't we just go to Jesus?' And he said 'The more we come to know Mary, the more we come to know Jesus.' And he said 'The more we come to know Jesus, the more we will understand Mary.' We take them together. When we come to know Jesus we'll come to understand Mary, because we can't separate them because it's through Mary that Jesus came into the world. And it's through Mary now, through God's plan, through God's desire, that we come to the Lord, that we come to know Jesus, that we come to know God. And it's been that way through history too."
Father Lee Marshsall is 38 & a diocesan priest from England.
"Without Our Lady and Christ in my life I wouldn't be having this joy of life, to bring the witness of Our Lady to everyone I meet."
Jothi is from Malaysia.
24th September - Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham - Ann
"I think there was only one truly blessed mother in the world and that was Mary. .. I found out this since I came to Walsingham - to pray for people like who do you wrong, who you think that done you wrong. .. After we spoke to Our Lady in the tent we're all going home, not angry, nothing, just happiness, because we prayed so hard to Our Lady."
Ann is from Waterford in Ireland.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović on 25 September:
“Dear children! Also today I call you to also be like the stars, which by their light give light and beauty to others so they may rejoice. Little children, also you be the radiance, beauty, joy and peace – and especially prayer – for all those who are far from my love and the love of my Son Jesus. Little children, witness your faith and prayer in joy, in the joy of faith that is in your hearts; and pray for peace, which is a precious gift from God. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Queridos hijos! También hoy los invito para que ustedes, del mismo modo, sean como las estrellas, que con su resplandor dan luz y belleza a los demás, para que se alegren. Hijitos, sean también ustedes resplandor, hermosura, alegría y paz, y especialmente oración para todos aquellos que están lejos de mi amor y del amor de mi Hijo Jesús. Hijitos, testimonien su fe y oración en alegría, en la alegría de la fe que está en sus corazones y oren por la paz que es un don precioso de Dios. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Anche oggi vi invito perché anche voi siate come le stelle che con il loro splendore danno la luce e la bellezza agli altri affinché gioiscano. Figlioli, siate anche voi splendore, bellezza, gioia e pace e soprattutto preghiera per tutti coloro che sono lontani dal mio amore e dall’amore di mio Figlio Gesù. Figlioli, testimoniate la vostra fede e preghiera nella gioia, nella gioia della fede che è nei vostri cuori e pregate per la pace che è dono prezioso di Dio. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”
"For me Mary is the Virgin so purity, and full of grace, so the one who was completely with God. So that's the biggest gift we can ask Mary is purity and the completeness of God.
Marie c'est la Vierge Marie, donc la pureté, et Marie qui est pleine de grâce. Donc pleine de grâce voulons dire qu'elle est vraiment toute avec le Christ, avec le Seigneur et qu'elle peut nous apprendre aussi à être complètement à Lui et vraiment dans la pureté, dans la verité et dans la grâce complète, ce qu'on peut même pas imaginer."
Louis is 27 & from Luxembourg.
"My mother has got a very big devotion to Our Lady, she loved Our Lady and I love her as well. She's done an awful lot of things. Without Our Lady I don't think we could ever go on, and her son Jesus. She really do help us all in every day, she really do."
"Our Lady means everything to me. She’s my mother. When I have any difficulty, I go to Our Lady and she do help me."
Margaret is from St Albans in England.
"Mary is our mother who is in heaven."
Pat is from Spain.