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Somethings about Mary in September 2017

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

This statue of Our Lady with the child Jesus in the Church of Our Lady in St John's Wood, London.

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

"Dear children, Who could speak to you about the love and the pain of my Son better than I? I lived with Him; I suffered with Him. Living the earthly life I felt pain because I was a mother. My Son loved the thoughts and the works of the Heavenly Father, the true God. And, as He said to me, He came to redeem you. I hid my pain through love, but you, my children, you have numerous questions. You do not comprehend pain. You do not comprehend that through the love of God you need to accept pain and endure it. Every human being will experience it to a lesser or greater measure. But with peace in the soul and in a state of grace, hope exists; this is my Son, God, born of God. His words are the seed of eternal life. Sown in good souls it brings numerous fruits. My Son bore the pain because He took your sins upon Himself. Therefore, you, my children, apostles of my love, you who suffer, know that your pain will become light and glory. My children, while you are enduring pain, while you are suffering, Heaven enters in you and you give a piece of Heaven and much hope to all those around you. Thank you. "

8th September - Our Lady's birthday - Sister Andy      

"I would like to say, “Holy Mary, I love you with all my heart.”"

Sister Andy is from Taiwan and gives her response in English & Mandarin Chinese.

15th September - Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows - Tricia      

"It was prophesied that a sword would pierce Mary's heart through and yet at the same time it was through Our Lady that many hearts would be opened as well. So whenever we're called to follow Christ in our life we have to endure some degree of suffering, some challenges. And she knew this and yet she answered God fully in how He called her and did the best that she could to follow God, to be open and willing to go wherever He led her. And through her obedience, her beautiful obedience to the Lord, we are blessed to have a Saviour. And I owe so much to her for that and that is something beautiful and I'm grateful. There are times in my missionary journeys where I do struggle and I can find comfort in turning to her and asking her to provide a sense of consolation and comfort and encouragement, because she has been there too."

Tricia, from the United States, is Catholic lay missionary in Asia. For more info, visit the St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society website.

24th September - Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham - Father Peter      

"I have a particular devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham and I think of her as the home maker. I think that when Our Lord was a child he was very much as he was when he was an adult, and as a child I think he would have gone out into the streets of Nazareth, befriending the hungry and the homeless, the lonely and the sad. And what would he have done with them? He'd have brought them home to his Mum. And Our Lady wouldn't have known from one moment to the next who on earth her divine Son was going to bring home. But we may be sure that all of his friends found a welcome in her house. And I'm sure she did that when she later kept house for St John and the apostles came home from their missionary journeys with tales of triumph and disaster and they would have found that maternal welcome waiting for them there. And in Walsingham today Our Lady continues to extend that ministry of love and welcome."

Father Peter, from Britain, lives in Colombia, providing a home for children who live and work in the streets of Medellin, one of the poorest & most violent cities in South America. For more info about his work, visit Let the Children Live website.

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

"Dear children! I am calling you to be generous in renunciation, fasting and prayer for all those who are in temptation, and are your brothers and sisters. In a special way I am imploring you to pray for priests and for all the consecrated, that they may love Jesus still more fervently; that the Holy Spirit may fill their hearts with joy; that they may witness Heaven and Heavenly mysteries. Many souls are in sin, because there are not those who sacrifice themselves and pray for their conversion. I am with you and am praying that your hearts may be filled with joy. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! Los invito a ser generosos en la renuncia, en el ayuno y en la oración por todos los que están en la prueba, y son sus hermanos y hermanas. De manera especial, les pido que oren por los sacerdotes y por todos los consagrados, para que amen con más fervor a Jesús, para que el Espíritu Santo llene sus corazones de gozo; para que testimonien el Cielo y los misterios celestiales. Muchas almas están en pecado, porque no hay quienes se sacrifiquen y oren por su conversión. Yo estoy con ustedes y oro por ustedes para que sus corazones puedan estar llenos de alegría. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! Oggi vi invito ad essere generosi nella rinuncia, nel digiuno e nella preghiera per tutti coloro che sono nella prova, e sono vostri fratelli e sorelle. In modo particolare vi chiedo di pregare per i sacerdoti e tutti i consacrati affinché con più ardore amino Gesù, affinché lo Spirito Santo riempia i loro cuori con la gioia, affinché testimonino il Cielo e i misteri celesti. Molte anime sono nel peccato perché non ci sono coloro che si sacrificano e pregano per la loro conversione. Io sono con voi e prego per voi perché i vostri cuori siano riempiti di gioia. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”