Somethings about Mary in December 2011
Many, many thanks to Adeline, David, Dina Maria, Ed, Georgy, James, Jan, Jerome, Joelle, Katarina, Leo, Leonidas, Marco, Maria, Maria, Mary, Maryrose, Michal, Miguel, Patrick, Rachel, Rita, Sam Sannida & William for giving their 'something' about Mary.
This icon of the Madonna and Child is in the Chapel of Reconciliation at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (in Norfolk, England).
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"Mary, what does she mean to me? Primarily, she's safety, love, motherly love, she represents beauty, and just peace and protection mostly. And she gives me peace in my heart and comfort and tranquility as well."
David is from England.
"Our Lady has always been there for me. She's been my bestest mother and bestest friend and I love her so much."
Maryrose is from South Africa.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Međugorje, 2 December 2011:
"Dear children, As a mother I am with you so that with my love, prayer and example I may help you to become a seed of the future, a seed that will grow into a firm tree and spread it's branches throughout the world. For you to become a seed of the future, a seed of love, implore the Father to forgive you your omissions up to now. My children, only a pure heart, unburdened by sin, can open itself and only honest eyes can see the way by which I desire to lead you. When you become aware of this, you will become aware of the love of God - it will be given (as a gift) to you. Then you will give it (as a gift) to others as a seed of love. Thank you."
"From my father I learnt that Our Lady will never let me down. .. What I've learnt through life is that when I've had difficulties I've often just really on autopilot said the 3 Hail Marys and I tend to agree with my Dad, Our Lady didn't ever let him down and she's certainly never let me down."
Maria is from England.
"I pray to Mary by praying the rosary and it has always been with me, as far as I can remember, even before I actually understood it, its importance. .. The rosary is a powerful prayer that has appeared in my life and it's just there. It is there and I'm glad that it is there."
Patrick, who's 29 & from Poland, gives his coś o Maryi in English & Polish.
"Our Lady to me represents a mother and a good friend."
Dina Maria is from Portugal.
7th December - Feast of St Ambrose - James
"I came to know Our Lady more deeply through Youth 2000, at the age of 30, where I increased my devotion to her through praying the rosary. She has drawn me closer to the Lord and shown me how necessary it is for me to go to Mass each day and to be drawn ever closer to God. So I would just like to thank Our Lady for her loving plan in my life, and for the many graces that she has bestowed on me from Our Lord. Amen."
James is from England.
8th December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Leonidas
"The Virgin Mary is by far the most important person in the Kingdom of God after Christ. Everything has been given to her and she's the perfect example of her Son within the love of the Father. This is something that both unites the Church with mankind and mankind with the Church. Insofar as our mother Mary was made immaculate, we must realise that this is the greatest gift that humanity can be made, because we all essentially need a spiritual mother who is immaculate in order to be able to live of the fullness of God."
Leonidas is from Greece.
9th December - Feast of St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin - Rachel
"For me Mary is a surprise, because there was never a devotion to Mary in my very Catholic upbringing, and in the last few years I've discovered that she is the one woman that even God put his confidence in. She was able to give a yes that resounded through the ages that I can cling to when I can't say yes to anything, she was obedient when I find myself rebellious and she's the one who understands every suffering because she stood beneath the Cross. Because she's now rejoicing in heaven and she will never forget us and she'll love us to the end, I can place all my hope in her intercession."
Rachel is from England.
"Our Lady is like a mother to me, more than a mother to me. She was with me in all my happiness and sufferings; I can share everything with her. Every time I have cried in front of her, she had an answer for me. "
Maria is from India.
"For me, Mary is an inspiration for life. She is whom I turn to in times of trouble, in times of sorrow, also in times of happiness. She is the one who guides me in my life in its tribulations and in all its wonders, and I thank Mother Mary every day of my life."
Georgy is from India.
12th December - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Mary
"I thank you Mary, I thank you Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is our patron for our prolife group, I thank you for everything you have done for me in my life, and I ask you to bless the prolife work and bless especially all mothers and young women who are growing up. Thank you, Mary. Amen."
Mary is from Scotland.
"The Blessed Virgin Mary to me is a great gift; a great gift that was brought to me as a child. My mother and father had great devotion to her and that's carried on through my life and I feel that she's been always the handmaiden to my requests to God for things that I need for my children, my friends, whatever."
Ed is from America.
"Mary is to me, as she is to everyone else, Mater Mediatrix, Mother of Constant Help. She is always there for me and can be for anyone. "
William is 20 & from Canada.
"I am very Catholic and I am very devoted to the Virgin Mary. I've loved her since I was a child, because my mother taught me how to love her. I think that through her I have found the Sacred Heart of Jesus in my heart. I would like to give her thanks for her intercession in everything that I have got in my life."
Miguel is from Colombia and gives his algo de María in English & Spanish.
"Mary is for me the person I can rely on when I cannot. Through all my problems, I know that she is holding me, my hands. She is the mother."
Katarina is 28 & from Slovakia.
"Our Lady is the mother of Jesus and a massive inspiration for me.
Maria, la mamma di Gesù, è una ispirazione incredibile per me."
Marco is from Italy.
"Our Lady is the mother of God and for me is emblematic of Christian family values."
Leo is 28 & from London.
"For me Our Lady is like a mother and she intercedes for me a lot and she's the one I can really rely on and helps me when I'm struggling with things like school and everything. "
Jan is 19 & from Slovakia; he gives his something about Mary in English & Slovak.
"In my stressful life, I know Mary stands by me. I imagine it every time I'm in church or when I think of my life and I know somebody stands by me all the time, and that's her."
Michal is 28 & from Slovakia.
"I feel that Mary is a real role model for women in the Catholic Church, in the Catholic faith. We are all equals and she had such an important job in the role of Catholicism and making sure that Jesus was able to do what he did for all of us. So I think Mary is for me not only somebody who has helped us to become closer to God and know just how much God loves us, but also she's somebody who, as a woman, inspires me in everything that she's done and something that I aim to hopefully become a fraction of."
Adeline is 30 & from England.
"I think Mary is really inspirational to me because she was chosen by God to receive Jesus, which in itself is really, really good. And Mary to me is a really kind person and she is my hero and she leads the way, and when I need help I pray to her, and she is a really good person. "
Sannida is 12 & from India.
25th December - Christmas Day - Joelle
"My relationship with Jesus started through Mary. One day when I was really upset and sad and honestly I was feeling really depressed and I asked Saint Mary to take my heart and to give me her heart so I would feel happy. And suddenly, when I was praying, out of nowhere I felt this peace and this happiness in my heart that I can never, never, never describe. And since that day I decided to start a close relationship with Jesus because of Saint Mary."
Joelle is 24 & from Lebanon.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija, 25 December 2011:
"Dear children! Also today, in my arms I am carrying my Son Jesus to you, for Him to give you His peace. Pray, little children, and witness so that in every heart, not human but God's peace may prevail, which no one can destroy. It is that peace in the heart which God gives to those whom He loves. By your baptism you are all in a special way called and loved, therefore witness and pray that you may be my extended hands to this world which yearns for God and peace. Thank you for having responded to my call."
"Cari figli, anche oggi vi porto tra le mie braccia il mio figlio Gesù affinché Lui vi dia la Sua pace. Pregate figlioli e testimoniate perché in ogni cuore prevalga non la pace umana ma la pace divina che nessuno può distruggere. Questa è quella pace del cuore che Dio da a coloro che ama. Attraverso il battesimo tutti voi siete chiamati e amati in modo particolare, perciò testimoniate e pregate per essere le mie mani tese in questo mondo che anela a Dio e alla pace. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."
"¡Queridos hijos! También hoy les traigo entre mis brazos a mi Hijo Jesús para que El les dé su Paz. Oren hijitos y testimonien para que en cada corazón prevalezca, no la paz humana sino la paz divina que nadie puede destruir. Esa es la paz del corazón que Dios da a aquellos que ama. Todos ustedes por medio del Bautismo son llamados y amados de manera especial, por eso, testimonien y oren para que sean mis manos extendidas en este mundo que anhela a Dios y la paz. Gracias por haber respondio a mi llamado."
Our Lady's annual message to Jakov in Medugorje, 25 December 2011:
"Dear children! Today, in a special way, I desire to take you to and give you over to my Son. Little children, open your hearts and permit Jesus to be born in you, because only in this way, little children, you yourselves will be able to experience your new birth and set out with Jesus in your hearts towards the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call."