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Somethings about Mary in October 2017

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

This photo was taken in the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, the home of the Dominicans in Tavistock Hill, London.

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1st October - Feast of St Therese of the Child Jesus - Joanna      

"Our Lady to me is first of all my mother and the perfect example of how to be a woman and how to receive Christ and God into our lives, and the perfect example of humility and she gives me peace. I just feel peace when I speak to her."

Joanna is 25 and from England.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd October 2017:

"Dear children, I am speaking to you as a mother – with simple words, but words filled with much love and concern for my children who, through my Son, are entrusted to me. And my Son, who is of the eternal now, He is speaking to you with words of life and is sowing love in open hearts. Therefore, I am imploring you, apostles of my love, have open hearts always ready for mercy and forgiveness. According to my Son, always forgive your neighbours, because in that way peace will be in you. My children, care for your soul, because it alone is what truly belongs to you. You are forgetting the importance of family. A family does not need to be a place of suffering and pain, but a place of understanding and tenderness. Families who strive to live according to my Son live in mutual love. While He was still little, my Son would say to me that all people are His brothers. Therefore, remember, apostles of my love, that all people whom you meet are family to you – brothers according to my Son. My children, do not waste time thinking about the future, worrying. May your only concern be how to live well every moment according to my Son. And there it is – peace for you! My children, do not ever forget to pray for your shepherds. Pray that they can accept all people as their children; that, according to my Son, they may be spiritual fathers to them. Thank you!"

4th October - Feast of St Francis of Assisi - Sandra      

"With our life today we are facing so many challenges and sometimes we can question our faith, by saying like 'Where is God?' But we rather look at Mary because even though she was God's mother she also went through so many trials. So we should ask her to intercede for us.   

Malgré les situations que nous rencontrons nous devons jamais questioner notre foi au Dieu vivant parce que Marie, elle avait Jésus avec elle, mais elle a rencontré ses obstacles et elle a continué en avant et nous aussi de même nous devons toujours croire en Dieu, ne jamais nous décourager et implorer son intercession."

Sandra is 26 and from DR Congo.

6th October - Maddy      

"To me Our Lady is an accessible image of peace."

Maddy is 17 and from England.

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

"For me I guess Mary is about protection and safety, and feeling that no matter whatever challenge you have that somehow you will be looked after and knowing that there's always a way out."

Patricia is originally from the United States.

11th October - Feast of Saint John XXIII - Mara      

"The Virgin to me is the holy, perfect mother who we can look up to."

Mara lives in America & is from London.

12th October - Feast of Our Lady of Aparecida - Wagner      

"My first call to the priesthood is very connected to Mother Mary. Once I was at the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, the Patroness of Brazil, when I was 17. I felt Our Lady telling me that my place was on the altar and this strong message was coming from her statue there in that basilica. The first moment, I was really surprised by that interior call ... And since then, I feel that she is always with me, she is the one who teaches me to pray and her presence in my life is very important. Always when I'm feeling like lost or lonely, I just start praying the rosary and ask her presence and feel very comforted and supported by Mother Mary."

Wagner, from Brazil, gives his response in English & Portuguese.

13th October - 100th anniversary of Our Lady's last apparition in Fatima & the miracle of the sun - Shauna      

"Recently I went to a healing Mass and here I really experienced the powerful intercession of Our Lady and a real experience of healing and the presence of the Holy Spirit. She really undid a lot of knots in my relationship with Jesus and brought me closer to Jesus, where I learnt that there's no fear within his presence and there's no fear surrendering in his arms."

Shauna is 27 & from London.

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 October 2017

"Dear children! I am calling you to be prayer in this time of grace. You all have problems, afflictions, sufferings and lack of peace. May saints be models to you and an encouragement for holiness; God will be near you and you will be renewed in seeking through your personal conversion. Faith will be hope to you and joy will begin to reign in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! En este tiempo de gracia los invito a que sean oración. Todos ustedes tienen problemas, aflicciones, sufrimientos e inquietudes. Que los santos sean para ustedes modelo y exhortación a la santidad. Dios estará cerca de ustedes y serán renovados en la búsqueda por medio de su conversíón personal. La fe será esperanza para ustedes y la alegría comenzará a reinar en sus corazones. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! In questo tempo di grazia vi invito ad essere preghiera. Tutti avete problemi, tribolazioni, pene e inquietudini. I santi vi siano modello ed esortazione alla santità, Dio vi sarà vicino e voi sarete rinnovati con la ricerca e la conversione personale. La fede sarà per voi speranza e la gioia regnerà nei vostri cuori.Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."