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Somethings about Mary in October 2015

Many, many thanks to ... for giving their 'something' about Mary this month.

This statue of Our Lady of Walsingham with the child Jesus is in Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, in Covent Garden, London.

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1st October - Feast of St Theresa of Lisieux - Beatrice      

"Everything in life, Mary is my pillar - because I call on her first thing in the morning, I ask her to ask her Son to bless me for the day. She's the mother of all mothers, the ark of the covenant. Our Blessed Mother is the Mother of all. She is always there, in times of trouble, in joy, in suffering, in everything you call upon her, she's there."

Beatrice is from Nigeria.

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

"Dear children, I am here among you to encourage you, to fill you with my love and to call you anew to be witnesses of the love of my Son. Many of my children do not have hope, they do not have peace, they do not have love. They are seeking my Son, but do not know how and where to find Him. My Son is opening wide His arms to them, and you are to help them to come to His embrace. My children, that is why you must pray for love. You must pray very, very much to have all the more love, because love conquers death and makes life last. Apostles of my love, my children, with an honest and simple heart unite in prayer regardless of how far you are from each other. Encourage each other in spiritual growth as I am encouraging you. I am watching over you and am with you whenever you think of me. Pray also for your shepherds, for those who renounce everything for the sake of my Son and for your sake. Love them and pray for them. The Heavenly Father is listening to your prayers. Thank you"

2nd October - Feast of our Guardian Angels - Andrew      

"I see Our Lady as being a personal friend, someone who I can confide in, someone who I talk to throughout the day, who gives me strength, comfort and reassurance."

Andrew is from Ireland.

3rd October - Gabriel      

"Mary is responsible for keeping us all blessed."

Gabriel is from London.

4th October - Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi - Dorathy      

"Our Blessed Mother Mary is very dear to my heart and she has been a loving mother. She is a mother who never forgets us, no matter how unfaithful we are to God she is always there, and each time we call upon her she is always there to answer us and also assist us in pushing our prayer to Our Lord Jesus Christ, her son."

Dorathy is from Nigeria.

5th October - Feast of St Faustina Kowalska - Ivan      

"Mary is my mother."

Ivan is from Ireland.

6th October - Nicole      

"The Virgin Mary for me she’s my queen and my mother, but mostly first my mother. One thing that just strikes me so much about her is not only has she brought me so intimately close to Jesus but, whenever I'm going through a difficult problem, reading Scripture just in any event in her life I'm amazed by how much she has actually experienced what I've experienced. ..  She's experienced so many things that I think it's easy to forget that she was human. Everything that we've gone through she has actually gone through in many concrete ways. So I thank the Lord for her and what a gift that that was the final and last gift that he gave us was her."

Nicole is 26 and from the United States of America.

7th October - Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary - Mary      

"My name is also Mary and I didn’t realise at the time [of being a child] how beautiful the name is and half the time I really don't deserve it. I think, especially for October, everyone should try and say even a decade of the rosary in honour of Our Lady."

Mary is from Ireland.

8th October - Rosemary      

"We must pray for Mary and with her as she stands at the foot of the Cross."

Rosemary is from England.

9th October - Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman - Laura      

"For me I think the closer I have got to Our Lady, the more I’ve understood my own faith and the closer I've got to the Church and the closer I have got to Jesus. I think the more and more we get to know her, she can only ever direct us towards her son, she can only ever shine more and more light on that. So we need to have a devotion to Our Lady if we're going to understand ourselves and the Church and Jesus."

Laura is 25 & from England.

10th October - Luis      

"To me Mary is the way to the Lord. 

Para mí María es el camino al Señor."

Luis is from Spain.

11th October - Feast of Pope St John XXIII - Stefan      

"I would say that Our Lady is a very special person for me. Through all my life I've been praying to Our Lady and there is the flavour in her life which I'm trying to implicate in my life and it means so much for me."

Stefan is from Slovakia and speaks in English and Slovak.

12th October - Luci      

"Mary is someone really important in my life and in my family. I believe that she strongly protects me and drives my life, so I feel very fortunate to have her inside of my heart always."

Luci is 35 and from Brazil; she gives her response in English and Portuguese.

13th October - Helen      

"Mary is a lot to me. 'Santa Maria always' we come to tell her, my family. She's fantastic to us, she answers back to us all the time … We love her, we love her. She's so sweet."

Helen is from Ethiopia and speaks in English & Tigrinya.

14th October - Christina      

"I love Mariam. I love Mariam so much and I love her until the bottom of my heart."

Christina is 7 and from Ethiopia.

15th October - Feast of St Teresa of Avila - Delina      

"I love Mary so much, she’s amazing and she means a lot to me. And I pray a lot for her and ask her very nice questions like ‘How are you?’ and ‘Are you fine?’"

Delina is 8 and from Ethiopia.

16th October - Feast of St Margaret Mary Alacoque - Maria      

"I love Mother Mary. I pray to her every day and she's our help and our guide everytime, so blessed Mary, Mother!"

Maria is from Goa in India.

17th October - Feast of St Ignatius of Antioch - Femi      

"Mother Mary is the mother of us all, she helps us in all things and I've prayed to her three times today already!"

Femi is from Lagos, Nigeria.

18th October - Michael      

"We named our daughter Mary in honour of Mother Mary."

Michael is from Singapore.

19th October - Audrey      

"When I thought I couldn’t have children I prayed to Mother Mary and she gave me two beautiful daughters so that I could name one of them after her."

Audrey is from Singapore.

20th October - Jane      

"The things Our Lady has done for me as a mother are just unbelievable, she brought me through every day of my life ...  I just love praying to Our Lady because she's the mother you don't see but she's the mother that truly is there for you and truly listens and truly intervenes to her son Jesus for us."

Jane is from London.

21st October - JJ (John James)      

"I started wearing a scapular in 2007 and from then on I would say the Blessed Mother has been a special companion when things are really difficult .. For me, when things are hard she's the one who leads the way, when it's dark she's the candle that burns, and she's just closer to the Lord."

JJ is 29 and from the Netherlands; he gives his response in English and Dutch.

22nd October - Feast of Pope Saint John Paul II - Susan      

"Mary is to me a mother and just the very thought of her consoles me. I see her role as God’s mercy in action."

Susan is Nigerian by origin but 'born and bred' in England.

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

"Dear children! Also today, my prayer is for all of you, especially for all those who have become hard of heart to my call. You are living in the days of grace and are not conscious of the gifts which God is giving to you through my presence. Little children, decide also today for holiness and take the example of the saints of this time and you will see that holiness is a reality for all of you. Rejoice in the love, little children, that in the eyes of God you are unrepeatable and irreplaceable, because you are God´s joy in this world. Witness peace, prayer and love. Thank you for having responded to my call"

“Queridos hijos! Mi oración también hoy es para todos ustedes, especialmente para aquellos que se han vuelto duros de corazón a mi llamado. Ustedes viven días de gracia y no son conscientes de los dones que Dios les da a través de mi presencia. Hijitos, decídanse también hoy por la santidad y tomen el ejemplo de los santos de estos tiempos y verán que la santidad es una realidad para todos ustedes. Regocíjense en el amor, hijitos, porque ustedes son únicos e insustituibles ante los ojos de Dios, porque son la alegría de Dios en este mundo. Testimonien la paz, la oración y el amor. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! La mia preghiera anche oggi è per tutti voi, soprattutto per tutti coloro che sono diventati  duri di cuore alla mia chiamata. Vivete in giorni di grazia e non siete coscienti dei doni che Dio vi da attraverso la mia presenza. Figlioli, decidetevi anche oggi per la sanità e prendete l'esempio dei santi di questi  tempi e vedrete che la santità è  realtà per tutti voi. Figlioli, gioite nell'amore perché agli occhi di Dio siete irripetibili e insostituibili perché siete la gioia di Dio in questo mondo. Testimoniate la pace, la preghiera e l'amore. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”