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Somethings about Mary in December 2014

Many, many thanks to Angela, Anne, Aoife, Carolyn, Charles, Christine Immaculate, Danni, Ed, Francesca, Hilda, Johannes, John, Joyce, Father Liam MHM, Liz, Manuela, Mary, Meta, Michael, Nawina, Rosamund, Sarah, Simon, Tina & Victoria for giving their 'something' about Mary this month.

This Madonna & Child is in Rome.

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1st December - Mary      

"Our Lady … I love her, I really love her."

Mary is from Sudan.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd December 2014:

"Dear children, remember – for I am telling you that love will win. I know that many of you are losing hope because around you, you see suffering, pain, jealousy, envy… But, I am your mother. I am in the Kingdom but am also here with you. My Son is sending me anew to help you. Therefore, do not lose hope, instead, follow me – because the victory of my heart is in the name of God. My beloved Son is thinking of you as He has always thought of you. Believe Him and live Him. He is the Life of the world. My children, to live my Son means to live the Gospel. This is not easy. This means love, forgiveness and sacrifice. This purifies and it opens the Kingdom. Sincere prayer, which is not only words but is a prayer which the heart speaks, will help you. Likewise fasting, because it is still more of love, forgiveness and sacrifice. Therefore, do not lose hope but follow me. I am imploring you anew to pray for your shepherds so that they may always look to my Son who was the first Shepherd of the world and whose family was the entire world. Thank you."

2nd December - Anne      

"I am a child of Mary, belong to many confraternaties of associated with Our Lady, and I'm the representative of the Living Rosary Association which is in response to Our Lady's request for the rosary to be said every day. So we say one decade each day and we've got 18 million members all over the world praying the rosary in response to Our Lady's request. … We're going to get into heaven holding Our Lady's hand and hanging onto a rosary."

Anne is from Ireland.

3rd December - Feast of St Francis Xavier - Angela      

"Mary for me is primarily a mother and is a shining example to me as the Mother of Christ as to how I should be to my children."

Angela is from England.

4th December - Feast of St John Damascene - Johannes      

"Mariam is the mum of Jesus .. I love Mariam."

Johannes is from Eritrea & gives his response in English & Tigrinya.

5th December - Carolyn      

"When my daughter was very ill with a brain tumour, I had an email from somebody and, at the bottom, she closed the email by saying 'I pray that Mary will comfort you at the foot of the Cross.' And I do want to share that that has happened. I felt that Mary invited me to kneel with her and to look at her son and hear the resonating words that Gabriel spoke to her: "Your son will be great, of his kingdom there will be no end." (And you know the story of all that Gabriel said to her.) And I knelt with her looking up at her son who was very dead on the cross. And I thought 'What faith this woman has! What faith does she have to see with her human eyes her dead son but to hear something in another, in a spiritual way, 'Your son will be great, of his kingdom there will be no end.'"

Carolyn is from Devon in England.

6th December - Rosamund      

"Our Lady is our mother, she watches over us. She is my guide, she's my life. She loves me and I love her. I can't live without her. I have a problem, she fixes it, and that is Our Lady to me, her son as well, her son Jesus Christ."

Rosamund is from Dominica.

7th December - Feast of St Ambrose - Father Liam MHM      

"My very first thing when I hear of Mary are bluebells and the scent of flowers because every year as a child, growing up in Ireland, we used to get loads and loads of bluebells from the fields up on the hills and make a grotto for Our Lady. So when I'm asked about Mary, I always think of the colour purple, and bluebells and primroses. .. Mary enjoys the flowers but from time to time I enjoy her company, and just sitting together, thinking about old times, and I pray to her, and to Joseph and to Jesus, the Holy Family."

Father Liam is a Mill Hill Missionary from Ireland.

8th December - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - Christine Immaculate      

"Mary is our mother and I believe that she is our mother because of the will of God. It's not just out of some human emotion. At the foot of the Cross Jesus gave her, and the intensity of the suffering and all that love he gave us, Mother Mary as our mother. So for me, that's very important, it's the will of God that Mary is our Mother. And she continues to protect us, she's obedient to God herself, to doing the duty as a mother for all of us. And I believe that, like her son, she is close to all our joys and sorrows."

Christine Immaculate is from Madras in India.

9th December - Feast of St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin - Sarah      

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer some years ago and 10 days after my operation I was in Lourdes. The surgeon told me that the type of tumour I had .. the cancer medication would have no effect. So I dedicated my life and I promised Our Lady that I would return to Lourdes for five consecutive years and she has taken care of me. I've never taken medication for the cancer and she's taken care of me every step of the way and that's 14 years ago. She's my mother and that's the highest thing I can say, that she's my mother and I love her. "

Sarah, born in Ireland, has lived since she was 16 in England & France.

10th December - Feast of Our Lady of Loreto - Ed      

"We are very much thankful to Mama Mary for all the love and protection that she has showered on me and my family."

Ed, who's 28 & from the Philippines, gives his something about Mary in English & Bisaya.

11th December - Michael      

"The Holy Mother is very important to me and very dear to me."

Michael is from England.

12th December - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Danni      

"Mama Mary is someone that has been in my life since I was younger but I really just prayed to her because I was told that she helped me so I just prayed, but I wasn't really there ... but there was a doubt in me. When Sister Cecilia was telling the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and she was talking about how scientists could actually come and take a look at this cloak and see that Mama Mary isn't actually drawn on, not painted on, it's a miracle, I'm like, 'She's just there!' She listens to you, she wants to draw you closer to her Son's heart. It's amazing!"

Danni is 22 and from Nigeria.

13th December - Liz      

"Mary is the greatest mother I will ever have, and she holds me and blesses me in all that I do and say."

Liz is from Great Britain.

14th December - Feast of St John of the Cross - Hilda      

"Mary is the mother of Jesus, she is very holy and pure. By the Holy Spirit she gave birth to Jesus. And she's my mother. Whatever I ask from her, she's praying to Jesus and giving to me. I really honour and respect her. I love her. She has great mercy."

Hilda is from India.

15th December - Nawina      

"Mary is the mother of Jesus."

Nawina is 12 & from Zambia.

16th December - Simon      

"Mary is the purest of women."

Simon is from England.

17th December - Joyce      

"Mother Mary means so much to me because every morning when I wake up, I pray to Mother Mary for protection, for guiding me, for loving others. .. I truly, truly love Mother Mary."

Joyce is from Zimbabwe.

18th December - Aoife      

"Mary is someone to aspire to be. She’s the person to follow."

Aoife is 20 & from England.

19th December - Tina      

"Our Blessed Virgin Mary is the mother of our Saviour. I got attracted to her through St Louis Marie de Montfort, who has taught me a lot of ways to consecrate myself to her. I prayed a lot and in doing that she has helped me with my personal life, she has helped me in all I can help others and I find that it is a great pleasure when people say to me 'Pray for me.' "

Tina is from Dominica.

20th December - Meta      

"I thank Mary for all the support and strength she has given me over the years."

Meta is from Limerick in Ireland.

21st December - Feast of St Peter Canisius - Charles      

"It just strikes me deep in my heart that Mary's one word, 'Yes', changed the entire world for us, changed the entire universe. That's a big thing. But for all of us we just get the chance sometimes to say yes. 'Yes' can change the world. Thanks be to God! Amen."

Charles is from the UK.

22nd December - Manuela      

"Our Lady of Fatima is my mother, mother of my children."

Manuela is from the island of Madiera, Portugal, and gives her response in English & Portuguese.

23rd December - Francesca      

"I think Mary is special because she is the Mother of God."

Francesca is 7 & from England.

24th December - Victoria      

"Mary is mother. She gives me peace in my heart. Thank you, Mother Mary. 

Mi Madre María que me da la paz es mi corazón."

Victoria is from Peru.

25th December - Christmas - John      

"For me, Mary is first of all the first Christian, she's the first person to evangelise (her cousin Elizabeth), and perhaps most importantly she is the woman who made Jesus the man that he was, and I'm hoping she'll do the same thing for me."

John is from Derry in Northern Ireland.

Our Lady's annual message to Jakov Colo in Medugorje, Christmas 2014:

"Dear children! Today, on this day of grace, I desire for each of your hearts to become a little stable of Bethlehem in which the Saviour of the world was born. I am your mother who loves you immeasurably and is concerned for each of you. Therefore, my children, abandon yourselves to the mother, so that she may place each of your hearts and lives before little Jesus; because only in this way, my children, your hearts will be witnesses of God’s daily birth in you. Permit God to illuminate your lives with light and your hearts with joy, so that you may daily illuminate the way and be an example of true joy to others who live in darkness and are not open to God and his graces. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović on Christmas Day:

“Dear children! Also today, in my arms I am carrying my Son Jesus to you and I am asking from Him peace for you and peace among you. Pray to and adore my Son for His peace and joy to enter into your hearts. I am praying for you to be all the more open to prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

“Queridos hijos! También hoy, les traigo en mis brazos a mi Hijo Jesús, y a Él le pido la paz para ustedes y la paz entre ustedes. Oren y adoren a mi Hijo, para que en vuestros corazones entre su paz y su alegría. Oro por ustedes para que cada vez estén más abiertos a la oración. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! Anche oggi vi porto tra le braccia mio Figlio Gesù e cerco da Lui la pace per voi e la pace tra di voi. Pregate e adorate mio Figlio perché nei vostri cuori entri la sua pace e la sua gioia. Prego per voi perché siate sempre più aperti alla preghiera. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”