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Somethings about Mary in December 2015

Many, many thanks to Alan, Anne, Brian, Christina, Florencia, Hilary, John, Karen, Kathleen, Kevin, Maria, Maria Vittoria, Margaret, Marlene, Mark, Michelle, Paulina, Sandra, Sean, Stefan, Stefano, Tobias, Tommaso, Ursula and Vincenzo for giving their 'something' about Mary this month.

This photo of Our Lady in Piazza di Spagna, Rome, was taken on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December 2015 (the beautiful flowers are given to her atop her pillar by the firemen of Rome).

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1st December - Feast of Bl Charles de Foucauld - Christina      

"I would say Mary is another mother for me, of my own. Seriously now like, you know, I mean that."

Christina is from Ireland.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd December 2015:

"Dear children. I am always with you because my Son entrusted you to me. And you, my children, you need me, you are seeking me, you are coming to me and you are bringing joy to my motherly heart. I have, and always will have, love for you; for you who suffer and who offer your pains and sufferings to my Son and to me. My love seeks the love of all of my children, and my children seek my love. Through love, Jesus seeks unity between Heaven and earth; between the Heavenly Father and you, my children - His Church. Therefore, it is necessary to pray much, to pray and love the Church to which you belong. Now, the Church is suffering and needs apostles who by loving unity, by witnessing and giving, show the ways of God. The Church needs apostles who by living the Eucharist with the heart do great works; it needs you, my apostles of love. My children, from the very beginning the Church was persecuted and betrayed, but day by day it grew. It is indestructible because my Son gave it a heart - the Eucharist, and the light of His resurrection shone and will continue to shine upon it. Therefore, do not be afraid. Pray for your shepherds that they may have the strength and the love to be bridges of salvation. Thank you."

2nd December - Vincenzo      

"Cara Madonna, continua a proteggere tutte le persone che hanno veramente bisogno di aiuto."

Vincenzo is from Rome.

3rd December - Feast of St Francis Xavier - John      

"Mary is a witness to me of loving Christ deeply, loving him more and more. Through that love for Him, I can become a better missionary, I can share Him more effectively, I can be a better instrument, I can allow myself to be used more in the spreading the Good News."

John is 23 & from England.

4th December - Feast of St John Damascene - Paulina      

"Para mí, la Virgen es una Mamma … Mamita Maria."

Paulina is from Mexico & gives her response in Spanish.

5th December - Maria      

"To me, Mary is a mother … who brings the best out of you."

Maria is from Canada.

6th December - Stefano      

"La Madonna ci aiuti sempre."

Stefano is from Rome & gives his response in Italian.

7th December - Feast of St Ambrose - Sandra      

"Madonna - Madre."

Sandra is from Naples & gives her response in Italian.

8th December - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception & the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy - Karen      

"Mary to me is many things, but mostly she is my mother. … As I’ve grown, my love for Mary has increased but it’s nothing compared to the love that she has for me. A few years ago I was blessed to go to the Holy Land and I was so overcome with beautiful emotion and really felt her presence and understood that, no matter what I've suffered, what she's suffered as the mother of my Saviour and being there at the foot of the Cross will always be my inspiration."

Karen is from the United States.

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

"What Mary has been to me is always been my mother. I was certainly blessed growing up; the only approved Marian apparition in the US, about 15 minutes east of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and we used to go there for days of recollection  .. I look back to those days and Mary leading me and guiding me even when I didn't know it, and probably in particular leading me to this vocation of the priesthood to follow her son in a very particular way."

Mark is from America.

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

"For me, Mary is the first fruit of the mercy of Jesus, the way for our salvation.

Per me, Maria è il primo frutto della misericordia e la via della nostra salvezza."

Tommaso is 26 & from Italy.

11th December - Michelle      

"Mama Mary for me is not just my mother but she saved me. She's been guiding me every day, she has been there for me every time. I don't plan anything but I know she's there always and she showed me how to pray back again, to spiritually connect to Jesus, to her Son. Every day somehow she's just there, she's my loving mother and I love her ever so much."

Michelle is from the Philippines.

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

"Mary: Mother dearest, my refuge, my all, my protector. I don’t know I just call on her for every need that I have; my intercessor because I firmly believe that her Son has promised anything she asks of him will not be denied so I call on her all the time to intercede for me and my family and friends and whoever else is in need."

Hilary is from Trinidad in the Caribbean.

13th December - Stefan      

"Mother Maria for me is the door to Jesus and the door for hope, the door for love, and it's my home."

Stefan is from Schoenstatt in Germany. He gives his response in English and German.

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

"For me Mary is mostly a mother with everything that that means, looking after me."

Florencia is 33 & from Australia. She gives her response in English and Spanish (she was born in Argentina).

15th December - Margaret      

"I like Our Lady of Knock because when the people of Ireland were starving Our Lady appeared."

Margaret is from Ireland.

16th December - Alan      

"Mother Mary is Mother of all of us and we love her."

Alan is 21 & from Sri Lanka.

17th December - Kevin      

"For me Mary has always been a mother and a protector but really since coming here to Rome and seeing Pope Francis's devotion to Our Lady under the title of 'Undoer of knots', Mary has really has become an undoer of the knots in my life that prevent me from giving myself completely over to her Son."

Kevin, from the USA, is a seminarian from the archdiocese of Boston currently studying in Rome.

18th December - Anne      

"I ask Mary for any favours, will she ask her son a favour for me. I always go through the mother."

Anne, from Sligo in Ireland.

19th December - Ursula      

"I can't imagine my life without Our Lady, without Our Christ .. She is my teacher, she is the person who helps keep me on line, who shelters me, who has built up my life since I connected to her."

Ursula is from Schoenstatt in Germany. She gives her response in English and German.

20th December - Brian      

"The Virgin Mary, she is a mother for me … I know in my heart she is my mother."

Brian is 29 and from the Philippines.

21st December - Sean      

"What strikes me about Mary is her standing at the foot of the Cross of Christ. Being Jesus's mother and loving him so much, she really was participating in his own sacrifice to the Father."

Sean is from the USA.

22nd December - Marlene      

"Our Lady, Our Mother, pray for us and for the whole world."

Marlene is from Malta and gives her response in English & Maltese.

23rd December - Kathleen      

"Mary is our heavenly Mother, she minds and protects every one of the travelling people and she protects the world. She’s all our mother, she loves us very much and we love her."

Kathleen is from the travelling community and lives in England.

24th December - Maria Vittoria      

"La Madonnina rimane sempre una figura potente e luminosa e grandiosa per la salvezza di tutto il mondo."

Maria Vittoria is an artist from Rome & gives her something about Maria in Italian.

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 December 2015:

"Dear children! Also today I am carrying my Son Jesus to you and from this embrace I am giving you His peace and a longing for Heaven. I am praying with you for peace and am calling you to be peace. I am blessing all of you with my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! También hoy les traigo en mis brazos a mi Hijo Jesús y desde este abrazo les doy Su paz y el anhelo por el Cielo. Oro con ustedes por la paz y los invito a ser paz. Los bendigo a todos con mi bendición maternal de paz. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! Anche oggi vi porto mio figlio Gesù tra le braccia e da esse vi do la Sua pace e la nostalgia del Cielo. Prego con voi per la pace e vi invito ad essere pace. Vi benedico tutti con la mia benedizione materna della pace. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”

25th December - Solemnity of the Nativity - Christmas Day - Tobias      

"Mary has just always kind of been a strong and constant presence. She's been there to guide me, to watch over me, even been there faithful to me when I haven't been faithful to her. She's always just been there, taking care of me, and I feel her motherly presence with me often. So, praise God for her, in giving her to me as a mother and a protectress."

Tobias is from the United States & currently a deacon, studying in Rome for the priesthood.

Our Lady's annual message to Jakov Colo in Medugorje, Christmas 2015:

"Dear children! All these years that God permits me to be with you are a sign of the immeasurable love which God has for each one of you and a sign of how much God loves you. Little children, how many graces the Most High has given to you and how many graces He desires to give to you. But, little children, your hearts are closed and live in fear, and do not permit Jesus to have His love and His peace overcome your hearts and to begin to reign in your lives. To live without God means to live in darkness and never to come to know the Father’s love and His care for each of you. Therefore, little children, today in a special way pray to Jesus that as of today your life may experience a new birth in God and become a light which will radiate from within you, and thus that you may become witnesses of God's presence in the world to every person who lives in darkness. Little children, I love you and daily intercede before the Most High for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."