Somethings about Mary in June 2012
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"Mary to me is not only the Mother of the Church, she is a model for imitation, particularly around the gifts and the fruits of Our Lord. When it comes to humility and grace to offering ourselves up wholly to the Lord, she's someone I seek to imitate, as well as a mother to seek counsel in."
Diana is 32 & from Australia.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Međugorje, 2nd June 2012:
"Dear children, I am continuously among you because, with my endless love, I desire to show you the door of Heaven. I desire to tell you how it is opened: through goodness, mercy, love and peace – through my Son. Therefore, my children, do not waste time on vanities. Only knowledge of the love of my Son can save you. Through that salvific love and the Holy Spirit He chose me and I, together with Him, am choosing you to be apostles of His love and will. My children, great is the responsibility upon you. I desire that by your example you help sinners regain their sight, enrich their poor souls and bring them back into my embrace. Therefore, pray, pray, fast and confess regularly. If receiving my Son in the Eucharist is the center of your life then do not be afraid, you can do everything. I am with you. Every day I pray for the shepherds and I expect the same of you. Because, my children, without their guidance and strengthening through their blessing, you cannot do it. Thank you."
"I always keep Mary for me. She's a favourite for me: she's my mother, she is the mother of all."
Louis is 82 & from the Seychelles.
"Our Lady has been there for me in many a dark hour but I think the thing I think about most is something a nun in Lourdes said to me once. She said "If ever you are in need of Our Lady, you must pray to her and you must say 'Our Lady, be a mother to me now.' And she will be, always.""
Maggie is from England.
"Mary is one of the most important things in life because she's Jesus's mother and Jesus is God. And every night I say a prayer to her."
John is 9 today (Happy Birthday, dearest John) and from England.
"I lost my mother when I was about 7 years old and the Virgin Mary always presents my mother. In Mary, when I pray to her, I always see my mother and the Virgin Mary together, and that comforts me a great deal."
Margarete is from Prussia, East Germany.
"I always think of Our Lady as the loving Mother of God and my loving mother, and that's the greatest praise that I can give her."
Marian is from England.
"Mary is absolutely important to my faith because she said yes to God and, doing that, everything she has done ever since has been to draw us closer and closer to her son. With her you cannot go anywhere else except going to her son."
Charles is 33 & from Nigeria.
"I want to thank Our Lady for the many wonderful trips we've had to Lourdes, I want to thank her for St Peter's Woolwich, where Our Lady of Woolwich is so active, bringing so many blessings to the people that go there, and I want to pray that we go to Medjugorje. So thank you very much for all you're doing on this earth and may we all be together in heaven one day."
Elizabeth is from England.
13th June - Feast of St Anthony of Padua - Francis
"The words I heard was not the elm
But someone else who spoke to me
Who loves the rustling of leaves amongst a million, million trees
And everything that lives and breathes in heaven directed harmonies.
Her head is crowned with stars that shine
Beyond reach of space and time
She wears the sun and treads the moon.
May I obey her late and soon."
Francis is 81 & from England.
"That's kind of the beauty of the faith is that it represents humanity, it's grounded in humanity, and Mary is kind of the anchor of that, she's the human mother of God. She's able to be conversed about, to be related to, and really just to be loved truly humanly, because she is human, she is one of us. So it gives me great hope because God came down and gave us access to Him through humanity and especially through Mary."
15th June - Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Paschal
"I was staying with a community in Rome and one of their mottos was 'Through Jesus to Mary and through Mary, more deeply and fully to Our Lord Jesus.' And I prayed to Our Lady, asking her to reveal to me more who she was in my life. As I was thinking about it, I reflected on Mary being a companion, somebody who, every day when I pray the rosary, journeys with me more fully into the mysteries of the Gospel and in who she is, showing me what I'm called to be: somebody whose soul and life magnifies the Lord."
Paschal is 22 & from London.
"Mary to me is a wonderful role model of being a mother and I have the privilege and blessing of having 4 children, so I look to Mary for her guidance and role model."
Patti is from the United States.
"Mary is Mother to me. She's where I go when I need help; she's where I go when I need strength; she's where I go."
Francis is from the United States.
"Hail Mary is the cause of my joy and I wish I will be with her all eternity."
Marriline is from Sri Lanka.
"Mary, when I think of Mary, I think of kindness, and I think she's very kind and looks after us."
Ella is 9 & from the United States.
"Mother Mary was waiting for us. She is always there. When you call her, she will be there for you."
Marina is from Tanzania.
24th June - Birthday of St John the Baptist - Clare
"I rely on Mary to lead me to her son. She's the person that I turn to in every situation and she immediately gives me stability and strength. She is my mother and I know that she'll lead me in the right direction. She never lets me down."
Clare is from England.
25th June - 31st anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions in Medjugorje - Olivia
"Our Lady is the reason that I am a Christian because, when I was at university, I went to a pilgrimage place called Medjugorje where it was said that she was appearing to some children. As soon as I got there, I found I believed it. I felt her presence and ever since then she has pointed the way to her son, Jesus. I would say really that my relationship now is focused on her son. I feel really very blessed that I have friends that took me to that place, because it changed everything. I am very, very thankful to her because I don't really feel I know her that well but I do feel that she has helped me to know her son. "
Olivia is from England.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović, 25 June 2012:
"Dear children! With great hope in the heart, also today I call you to prayer. If you pray, little children, you are with me and you are seeking the will of my Son and are living it. Be open and live prayer and, at every moment, may it be for you the savour and joy of your soul. I am with you and I intercede for all of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call."
"¡Queridos hijos! Con gran esperanza en el corazón, también hoy los invito a la oración. Cuando oran hijitos, ustedes están conmigo y buscan la voluntad de mi Hijo y la viven. Estén abiertos y vivan la oración, y que en cada momento ella sea para ustedes condimento y alegría de su alma. Yo estoy con ustedes e intercedo por todos ustedes ante mi Hijo Jesús. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Con la grande speranza nel cuore anche oggi vi invito alla preghiera. Se pregate figlioli, voi siete con me, cercate la volontà di mio Figlio e la vivete. Siate aperti e vivete la preghiera; in ogni momento sia essa sapore e gioia della vostra anima. Io sono con voi e intercedo per tutti voi presso mio Figlio Gesù. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."
27th June - Feast of St Cyril of Alexandria - Margaret
"For me, Our Lady is the person who is there to go to whenever you have a problem. She is just a great resource and a great comfort and you feel when you go to her you'll get an answer, you'll get some kind of response from her, so it's never in vain that you go to her and tell her your problems."
Margaret is from Australia.
29th June - Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul - Damian
"Speaking in very simple terms, I see Our Lady just as a mother and a great strength and guide, certainly somebody to go to when in any sort of anxiety or anguish or temptation. In those sorts of moments it's a great moment to go to Our Lady and she never lets me down. So, Ave Maria."
Damian is from Britain.
"I think Mary will remain ever in my lay person's life now the best school to follow Jesus, and I will try to imitate her day by day, and to imitate, to receive from her her faithfulness, her love, her humility. Mary, pray for us. Mary, pray for me."
Augustin is 21 & from France.