11/21/14

The Medjugorje Message: Recognising our time of visitation...

The Medjugorje Message: Recognising our time of visitation...: As Jesus drew near Jerusalem and came in sight of the city, he shed tears over it and said, “If you in your turn had only understood on this...

Miracle? Fire destroys church, but crucifix is discovered intact


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Photo: Gary Reyes / Bay Area News Group
The morning after the spectacular fire, the Rev. Firmo Mantovani and bleary-eyed members of his parish were stunned by the wondrous sight inside the burned out shell of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
“I can’t believe what I’m seeing,” said Sam Arlotta, a parishioner for all of his 86 years.
“Milagro!” added Cecilia Calderon, using the Spanish word for miracle. “God loves us very much.”
Standing on Jackson Street in the city’s Northside neighborhood, they gazed through a fence and the open front doors at the heavy, 10-foot-tall, Italian-made gilded wooden crucifix that somehow survived the four-alarm fire Sunday afternoon. Like Arlotta and Calderon, Mantovani figured the crucifix and everything else inside the century-old church had been incinerated.
That’s important as a sign that the church should be rebuilt,” Mantovani said. “But a miracle? That is a question of semantics. It is a miracle, but it was also a real possibility.”
San Jose fire Battalion Chief Richard Toledo couldn’t explain it either.
“I wish I could tell you,” he said. “It was open to all of the elements — the fire and smoke and the collapsing roof, and yet it’s there in almost perfect shape.”
What started the blaze is unknown, but fire officials suspect it ignited near the organ. Though fire department spokesman Capt. Reggie Williams said the church was salvageable, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of San Jose said that no decision had been made yet on whether it would be rebuilt.
To remove the crucifix, Toledo called in a crew trained to use ropes in rescue situations. As the pastor and parishioners watched from the street, a half dozen firefighters carefully probed the charred beams holding up the cross. The day before, about 20 firefighters had battled the blaze from inside before making a hasty retreat.
Monday, a lone firefighter lowered a special rope from a tall fire engine ladder into the gaping hole above the altar and crucifix. Firefighters below carefully fastened the rope around the arms of the image of Jesus nailed to a cross and guided the crucifix upward as the engine pulled.
Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2014/11/miracle-church-destroyed-by-fire-but-crucifix-is-discovered-intact/#ixzz3JkcQW9DR

11/18/14

THE NECESSITY OF PRAYING ALWAYS


"Jesus asked him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' " -Luke 18:40-41

Jesus spoke of "the necessity of praying always and not losing heart" (Lk 18:1). We are to never stop praying (1 Thes 5:17). Many centuries ago, a Christian went on pilgrimage and asked holy person after holy person how it could be possible to pray always. The answer he finally received was what is called the "Jesus prayer." This prayer is a combination of Luke 18:39 and Luke 18:13. The Jesus prayer is: "Lord Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me, a sinner." The prayer is sometimes shortened to "Lord Jesus, mercy" or even to only the name "Jesus." The Christian pilgrim was taught to pray this many times, to pray it almost with every breath to the point that he was thinking of Jesus even when he was not praying it. Thus, he was obeying the Lord's command to pray always.

Be like the Christian pilgrim. Try to learn to pray always. Keep trying no matter how long it takes. Even if others discourage you, cry "out all the more, 'Son of David, have pity on me!' " (Lk 18:39) Because there is the necessity to pray always, there is the necessity to learn to pray always. The Holy Spirit will teach you (Jn 14:26). Pray in the Spirit (see Jude 20). Pray always.

Father, by the Holy Spirit, may I not only have a life of prayer but a life of praying always.

 "Happy is the man who reads this prophetic message, and happy are those who hear it and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near!" -Rv 1:3

11/16/14

NOT GOOD, NOT BETTER, BUT BEST


"Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant. Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share your master's joy!" -Matthew 25:21

The Lord doesn't call us to do good. "No one is good but God alone" (Mk 10:18). He doesn't call us to do better - better than others or even better than before. The Lord doesn't like to compare. He simply wants us to do our best. Our best may not be better. It may not even be that good. Nonetheless, the Lord is pleased with our best. It is a sacrifice acceptable to Him.

We all can do our best any time we want to. Our best doesn't require ability, skill, training, or even maturity. A little boy can do his best. A feeble elderly man can do his best. We can always do our best. It's just a matter of trying our best. The Lord is not concerned with how many talents we start with (Mt 25:15). He just wants us to do our best with what we've got. Ten talents are pleasing to Him if they're our best. A thousand talents are displeasing if they're not our best.

So "whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men" (Col 3:23). To do our best, we must give our all. This is the first commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind" (Lk 10:27).

 Father, may I not have good days but best days for Your glory.

 "We belong neither to darkness nor to night; therefore let us not be asleep like the rest, but awake and sober!" -1 Thes 5:5-6

 Praise the risen Jesus, teaching us to pray (Lk 11:2) and baptizing us in the Spirit (Mk 1:8).

To Praise You


Lord, my God, this I pray all my life to Praise You.

11/15/14

Angel is Real! Boy Survived from Ski Jet Accident - Josiah Lamb


A 12 year old boy might had died from ski jet accident if God and angel did not intervened.

The Medjugorje Message: A message for you...

by Bernard Gallagher
http://crownofstars.blogspot.com/
The Medjugorje Message: A message for you...: The annual Medjugorje prayer meeting at Vienna’s St Stephen’s Cathedral has become one of the largest religious events in Austria. This ...

The Medjugorje Message: Ivan gives testimony in Paderborn, Germany

The Medjugorje Message: Ivan gives testimony in Paderborn, Germany: Yesterday evening, before travelling on to Vienna today, Ivan Dragicevic gave witness to the Medjugorje phenomenon in front of a congregatio...

11/9/14

Dear Apostles of Our Lady of Medjugorje



    

On Saturday, November 15, 2014,  
Mary TV will Live stream in English  
the Evening of Prayer with Cardinal Schoenborn  
and Medjugorje visionary Ivan Dragicevic  
in St. Stevens Cathedral in Vienna...  
The evening begins at 4:00 pm Vienna time,  
10:00 am EDT in the US...   


November 7, 2014

Dear Apostles of Our Lady of Medjugorje,

"Never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided!"

*Satan came to collect what he owned. The devil owned 20 year-old Don Calloway.  
Having just become aware of Medjugorje - at the moment he felt himself leaving his body he called out "Mary!" She came immediately! "Donnie, I am so happy!" (Fr. Calloway's relates this experience at 47:10 into his testimony: http://marytv.tv/video-library/testimonies/fr-calloway-testimony)

"Never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided!"

We're grateful to those who have been praying a Novena of Memories for Mary TV to have the funds to continue bringing Medjugorje Live to the world - also on iPhones and all smart phones - helping make the grace of Medjugorje available to Our Lady's children.

The sad truth is that many are living lives like that of young Don Calloway - as if God doesn't exist. They could find themselves in the terrible situation he found himself in... It could turn out that many, having become aware of Medjugorje through modern communication technologies, will call on her name at their own critical moment, and be saved too! Your donations are making it possible for us to reach them with this good news.

"Never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided!"

Nodding to our camera in St. James Church in Medjugorje, the priest giving the homily at today's English Mass said, "There's going to be a lot of people around the world looking at this Mass!"
 


Today Angela M. emailed from Pennsylvania:  "I recently discovered Mary TV...So far I have been able to be present during two of the live apparitions and honestly feel so blessed and like I am actually in Medjugorje...completely amazing!!!!"

In a letter I received today from Delaware, Joan writes: "I feel that Mary TV is a lifeline of hope to those of us who feel at times hopeless. I find it comforting and in a way, healing to pray with you!" Mary TV is putting Our Lady's children around the world in touch every day with the LIVE prayer taking place in Medjugorje.

Today M. Christina emailed us from San Diego: "I continually get on Marytv.tv... so much Grace is pouring down from our Blessed Mother Mary...I used to have a glass or two of wine every day and looked forward to it, feeling that it was a necessary relaxant, but through the continuous support of Marytv.tv and its recordings, I have given the "every day" up and now look forward to my Rosary instead because I want to love and sacrifice for our Lord in these small ways and feel better about myself about doing the right thing. I grew up going to private Catholic School, but now after so many years, am beginning to embrace the true beauty of Catholicism and through YOUR HELP because of what you put out there on this Marytv.tv... It is amazingly wonderful and I want to THANK YOU!"

Our Lady wants to thank you! It's your donations that allow us to continue LIVE streaming.....And now that Mary TV is becoming an Internet TV channel, we want to set our sights on finishing the TV station in Medjugorje!

Towards that end I'm asking us to go one step further in our mission together, for each of us to become a fund raiser for Mary TV! Go out and find donors. Together we can do this! Our Lady just told us we're headed towards the victory of her heart (Nov. 2, 2014 message).

Thank you & God bless you!

Denis Nolan
www.MaryTV.tv 

PS. Please spread this email to family and friends - to all the addresses in your email list. You can copy and paste, but if you forward this email, only do so by clicking on the Constant Contact forwarding option below, labeled "Forward Email"....Otherwise your own email address could inadvertently be deleted from my email list...    





"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world!"   
Saint John Paul II  -
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MISSION STATEMENT: MARYTV is a lay apostolate founded to put at the Gospa's service (Our Lady's service) modern communication technologies to bring her presence in Medjugorje - and her school in Medjugorje - to the world.

11/8/14

Champion of Medjugorje Shrine


Priest, scholar and champion of Medjugorje shrine

John Chisholm: January 25th, 1922 - October 25th, 2014

Fr. John Chisholm



When a person with a richly layered life dies, the phrase “ renaissance man” is often deployed to unite the whole.
With the passing of John Chisholm, a more apt summation of his 92 years might be that he was a “man for all seasons”.
First there was his priesthood – his was a traditional Catholic faith – but also his interest in choral music, his philosophy and theology, and a body of significant historical research.
His hobbies included gardening, growing fruit and vegetables and making jam, watch and clock repairing and overseeing building projects for members of his family.
A polyglot who proudly sported a gold fáinne, his other languages included a good mastery of Croatian, in which he heard confessions. He died while on a visit to the Marian shrine at Medjugorje, in Bosnia Herzogovina, where he had been ministering to pilgrims from Ireland during the last decades of his life.

Decision to serve

For John Chisholm, it was all part of the decision to serve that dates from when he made his vows as a member of the Holy Ghost (Spiritan) order in 1941. Europe was in the throes of the second World War and Ireland, though not a combatant, was struggling to understand and to heal the wounds of its own recent turbulent past.
John Chisholm was born in 1922 in Dublin to Mary (née Brennan) and Edward Chisholm. After attending O’Connell CBS in Dublin, he entered the Spiritan order and was awarded a BA in philosophy by UCD in 1944.
He taught for a while at Blackrock College in Dublin, obtaining a diploma in education. He was ordained in 1949, and taught theology and philosophy to student missionaries at the Spiritan house in Kimmage, Dublin.
Leading the choir there, he expanded its repertoire to include ancient Irish sacred music, inviting leading composer Seóirse Bodley to arrange material. Televised broadcasts included the annual Christmas midnight Mass.

Academic career

In January 1966 he began a 22-year teaching career in UCD in the department of ethics and politics and, subsequently, in the department of metaphysics and in the department of psychology. In 1976 he was appointed statutory lecturer in philosophy. He was awarded a doctorate in philosophy by the NUI in 1978.
Anxious to learn more about the troubled “birth of the nation” Chisholm interviewed survivors of the notorious Kilmichael ambush in November 1920, as research leading to participant Liam Deasy’s memoir Towards Ireland Free (1973), which Chisholm edited.
Historian Peter Hart later relied in part on the “Chisholm interviews” to support his assertion that IRA leader Tom Barry had ordered the killing of helpless prisoners. This is hotly contested, but Chisholm’s timely research remains an essential source for a difficult period.
More recently, when lesser men were winding down, he switched track from academic work to pastoral ministry.
His energetic promotion of the Marian devotion at Medjugorje, where six local people are said to be in communication with the Mother of God, who bade them to pray and do penance, brought him into conflict with bishop of Mostar Pavao Zanic. The local prelate had little time for apparitions, whether they occurred in the Pyrenees or Portugal in the 19th century or 20th centuries or Bosnia in the 20th and 21st.
Some of Chisholm’s published work is still cited in academic publications. He gave public lectures in Oxford – including at the International Conference for Patristic Studies – Ireland, Fribourg in Switzerland and Rome.

Irish martyrs

He was vice-chairman of the Irish-Arab Society in the 1970s, and took an active interest in the cause of the Irish martyrs, persecuted for their faith in the 16th and 17th centuries.
His formal retirement took place in 1988, but this was really a fiction – he carried on trying to find new ways of doing what he believed in until the day he died. John E Chisholm is survived by a sister, Helen, and his brothers, Patrick and Cyril.         The Irish Times

11/6/14

A Young Man's Last Day of Life, In Medjugorje


Featured article from November's Spirit of Medjugorje
Alan’s Wish
By June Klins
     Every Monday evening, the website, marytv.tv broadcasts a wonderful program called “Fruit of Medjugorje” at 8:00 P.M. Each episode features the testimony of one or more people whose lives have been changed through Our Lady of Medjugorje. All of the programs can be accessed in the archives on their website. The following testimony was taken from Episode #133, which was originally aired on September 29, 2014. This is the testimony of Barbara Labrosse.

     As she introduced herself, Barbara explained that she wanted to share a story that happened to her brother, Alan. She began by saying that her family was from a town in Northern Ireland called Ballymena. Her mother was Catholic and her father was Protestant. After her mother’s first pilgrimage to Medjugorje in the 1980s, she began leading pilgrimages there, and after 25 years of going there and praying, her father converted to Catholicism.

     In 2009, Alan, the youngest of Barbara’s three brothers, was invited to go on a pilgrimage with his cousin and aunt. Alan protested, “I’m not going there among those holy rollers.” But his cousin did not want to go without him, so he finally agreed.
     His aunt attested that Alan was the first one to come up with the deposit. Barbara was surprised at that, because Alan, who was 29 at the time, spent what little money he had for partying.

Ave Maria” spelled out in stones on Cross Mountain

     The first day that Alan arrived in Medjugorje, he climbed Cross Mountain. He did the same on the second day. He said that he did not know why he was in Medjugorje, but he knew that there was a reason. On the third day, he mentioned to someone, “If there was anywhere I’d like to die in the world, it would be here.” On that same day, he climbed Cross Mountain again, while his friends waited for him in the café below. He asked them to keep an eye on him because it was very dark. He sent a text message which read, “I knew I was meant to come here. This is the most beautiful place on earth.” When he descended the mountain, he met his friends in the café.
     As he was leaving, Alan phoned his mother, Teresa, in Ireland. He told her, “I love it here. It is the most beautiful place. I was meant to come here.” His mother said that he sounded happy and said that he had had a full Confession – a good Confession. His mother was pleased because he had not been attending Mass and had not gone to Confession for many years, although he had been brought up in the faith. His mother said, after that, there was a pause, as if he wanted to tell her something. But they hung up, and she went to bed at midnight, after saying her prayers. At 2:45, Teresa was awakened to use the facilities. Upon her return to the bedroom, she heard a voice she described as coming from the Holy Spirit, clearly say, “Teresa, you must pray for Alan’s soul.” She really didn’t think much of it, because she had just spoken with Alan hours before and he sounded good. Nevertheless, she prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet for him, and then went back to sleep.
     The next morning, Barbara’s aunt went to awaken Alan and her cousin, who were sharing a room. As her cousin tried to wake Alan, he realized that Alan was no longer alive.
     Barbara’s aunt called two priests in Ireland with the news and they came to the house to break the news to Teresa and her husband. Barbara was living in England at the time, so she flew back to Ireland. She tried to make some phone calls to find out about Alan’s body, but it was difficult with the language barrier. Finally she was able to connect with someone who spoke English. They explained to her that Alan’s body could not be released until an autopsy was done. Alan died on Saturday, September 26, 2009. The following Wednesday, they got a phone call saying that Alan’s body was sent to Mostar for the autopsy and would be sent home after that.
     The undertaker who most of the Catholics in Ballymena used, Wally John, came to see Barbara and her family and explained that they would not be able to see Alan because he would not be embalmed. He said that in Bosnia, they do not embalm the bodies and usually bury them within a day because of the heat. Teresa and her husband were very distressed. Teresa cried, “I will not accept that. I need to see his face. I need to see that it was my son!” So Wally John explained that all he could do was put a glass thing over his face and under a special light, and they could see him for 10 minutes.
     In the meantime, Barbara’s aunt was still in Medjugorje, and she shared with the people there how distressed Teresa was because she would not be able to see the face of her son. People in Medjugorje they didn’t even know started to fast and pray that Barbara’s mother and father would be able to see the face of their son.
     After the autopsy in Mostar, Alan’s body was flown to Vienna and then on to Heathrow. His body stayed overnight there in a car and was brought to Belfast the next day, where it was picked up. It had been seven days now since Alan’s death. His body, which had not been embalmed, had traveled in the heat through all those different countries and climates.
     When Wally John, the undertaker, arrived at their house, they were surprised to see a smile on his face. He brought the body into the sitting room. While they sat in another room waiting, Barbara dreaded what would happen when her parents would see their son. Soon Wally John called the family into the room and opened the coffin. They were all shocked when they saw that Alan had no signs of rigor mortis. There was not a mark on him. Barbara related, “He actually was dressed and looked like a saint. He had a black suit on him, a white shirt, and a black tie.” Wally John the airport that morning. Apparently a gentleman in Mostar dressed her brother. He personally bought the suit. On the pocket it said, “To my Mama.” This gentleman wrote a letter to explain that he wanted Alan’s mother to see her son in a beautiful suit to go home.
     Wally John said that he couldn’t understand – that this was a miracle – a miracle due to the people’s prayer and fasting in Medjugorje. He said that after 25 years of being an undertaker, he could only describe it as a miracle. Alan was laid out until the third day. He was buried on the feast day of St. Faustina, October 5.
     As if this were not incredible enough, Barbara said there was more to the story. When they got the autopsy report, it said that Alan had died of natural causes. It is called “Sudden Death Syndrome.” He did not have a heart attack; his heart just stopped beating. The report said that he had died between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning, but the pathologist in Mostar said that his heart stopped beating at 3:00 A.M. When Barbara told her parents this information, her mother jumped off the sofa and was hysterical. After she calmed down, Teresa related that the night that Alan died, she was praying at 3:00 A.M. for her son’s soul as Our Lord had requested, as He was coming for him. Here she was thousands of miles away, praying for his soul as he passed away!
     Theresa passed away 18 months later. Up until that time, she had been to Medjugorje 60 times! She had witnessed many miracles, but this one was the greatest. Barbara said, “And the greatest thing that Our Lady repaid her back for was my mother needed to see the face of her son. And [through] Our Lady – due to the people of Medjugorje praying and fasting and believing – she got her wish. She didn’t just get to see his face – she got to spend three beautiful days with him.” Barbara repeated that Alan was sent home looking like a saint – no marks or embellishments. She concluded her testimony: “And in his pocket, when his body was taken from the hotel where he had passed away – there was a medal. And on this medal was the Divine Mercy. It was sent home with him in his coffin. Amen.”
     Following Barbara’s testimony was the testimony of a funeral director from Ireland. He said: “My name is Martin and I’m a funeral director in Ireland and I just listened to Barbara’s testimony and I’m just giving a professional opinion in regard to the human remains being dead for 10 days. We’re sitting here [in Medjugorje] at the minute and it’s into the middle of September, and it’s quite warm. The human body can start to break down quite quickly after death– within a very short period of time, discoloration of the body. The more the body is moved, the more discoloration takes place… I think the family has received a great grace from the prayers and fasting of the people of Medjugorje, that [they] were able to see their brother [and son], which is a very important part of Irish culture – to be able to see this body before burial. Our Lord came back to the apostles to let them see Him after the Resurrection. I think that tells us as human beings that a loving God has given them a great grace where he has allowed the family to do their goodbyes.”
http://www.spiritofmedjugorje.org/index.php

Video--Fruit of Medjugorje Episode #133 Barbara Labrosse Testimony--http://marytv.tv/fruit-of-medjugorje-episode-archive/1445-fm132-9-29-14  

11/4/14

The Medjugorje Message: What does Our Lady say about Purgatory?

Photo by Bernard Gallagher
http://crownofstars.blogspot.com/
The Medjugorje Message: What does Our Lady say about Purgatory?: We all want to believe that our deceased friends and loved ones are now happy and at peace with God in Heaven, and yet the Catholic Church t...

11/2/14

Pope Francis, Pray for the forgotten souls


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“Dear children, I am with you with the blessing of my Son, with you who love me and who strive to follow me. I also desire to be with you who do not accept me. To all of you I am opening my heart full of love and I am blessing you with my motherly hands. I am a mother who understands you. I lived your life and lived through your sufferings and joys. You who are living the pain understand my pain and suffering because of those of my children who do not permit the light of my Son to illuminate them; those of my children who are living in darkness. This is why I need you – you who have been illuminated by the light and have comprehended the truth. I am calling you to adore my Son so that your soul may grow and reach true spirituality. My apostles, it is then that you will be able to help me. To help me means to pray for those who have not come to know the love of my Son. In praying for them you are showing to my Son that you love Him and follow Him. My Son promised me that evil will never win, because you, the souls of the just, are here; you who strive to say your prayers with the heart; you who offer your pain and suffering to my Son; you who comprehend that life is only a blink; you who yearn for the Kingdom of Heaven. All of this makes you my apostles and leads you towards the victory of my heart. Therefore, my children, purify your hearts and adore my Son. Thank you.”

11/1/14

Maria Vallejo-Nagera, Her new book for Spanish readers

My new book for Spanish readers.



Maria Vallejo-Nágera
WEB:           www.mariavallejonagera.com
email:         mvnz@sotemar.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnl6N04sa0o
Maria's Conversion video in English

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kzWfY3Rb1o
Maria's Conversion video in Spanish

Son sees image of Jesus on a tree

Son sees image of Jesus on a tree on sixth anniversary of father's death

Published 30 October 2014  |   
(Photo: ValleyBreeze.com)
The marking on the tree that Brian Quirk and his mother believe resembles Jesus
One resident of Rhode Island is convinced that an image of Jesus has appeared on a silver maple outside his home in North Providence.
Brian Quirk was returning from visiting his father's grave on October 12 - the sixth anniversary of his death - when he spotted the image.
While others might walk past the 3-inch marking and give it no further thought, Quirk and his mother believe it resembles Jesus.
And while others might not agree, Quirk and his mother are happy to believe it.
They see it as particularly meaningful because the tree marks a special place for Quirk's father prior to his death.
Quirk, who is recovering from open heart surgery, told The Valley Breeze: "Curiously, it is in the same area where my father would sit outside during his last few months before losing his battle with cancer."
He described it as a "natural organic phenomenon to the faithful" and added that his devout Catholic mother "finds comfort knowing the image is there".
"Its ability to evoke a spiritual sense of awe is immeasurable," he said.