Somethings about Mary in June 2014
Many, many thanks to Sister Agnes, Beth, Sister Brenda, Caroline, Daniele, Estella, Francis, Gerard, Father James OSB, John, Father John, Josephine, Josie, Leonora, Lucia, Lucy, Magdalena, Matthew, Nancy, Nathalie, Nerissa, Odile, Pilar Santa Maria, Primitiva, Sarah, Sebastian, Sister Tomasa, Tessa, Tom & Zenon for giving their 'something' about Mary this month.
This photo of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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1st June - World Day of Communications - Pilar Santa Maria
"I come from a country so very family orientated, where the mother is the pillar. So Our Holy Mary for me is the pillar of the family, of society, and always in silence, without us realising. She is the one who walks with us in this journey through life, as a loving person."
Pilar Santa Maria is from Spain & gives her algo de María in English & Spanish.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd June 2014:
"Dear children, I call you all and accept you as my children. I am praying that you may accept me and love me as a mother. I have united all of you in my heart, I have descended among you and I bless you. I know that you desire consolation and hope from me because I love you and intercede for you. I ask of you to unite with me in my Son and to be my apostles. For you to be able to do so, I am calling you, anew, to love. There is no love without prayer — there is no prayer without forgiveness; because love is prayer — forgiveness is love. My children, God created you to love and you love so as to forgive. Every prayer that comes out of love unites you with my Son and the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit illuminates you and makes you my apostles — apostles who will do everything they do in the name of the Lord. They will pray with their works and not just with words, because they love my Son and comprehend the way of truth which leads to eternal life. Pray for your shepherds that they may always lead you with a pure heart on the way of truth and love – the way of my Son. Thank you."
"Mary is the mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. She guides me all the time, I ask her always to guide me."
Leonora is from the Philippines.
5th June - Feast of Saint Boniface - Sebastian
"Our Lady is the Mother of God and so I don’t know how we can really hold God in our hearts without going through Our Lady first. First we must talk to her and give our lives to her, and then it seems that everything falls into place after that."
Sebastian is 25 & from England.
"What I want to touch base on about Our Lady is the hope and salvation that she has for Christians who are being persecuted, particularly in Egypt. There have been many instances over the years of Our Lady appearing to the Copts, particularly in Egypt, and helping them in their hour of need."
Gerard is from Ireland.
"Mother Mary, she’s our helper and she’ll listen to everything that we’re saying or praying. If you ask her, she gives you it. And everything I ask her, she helps me and she filled my dream."
Zenon is from Goa in India.
"Anyone honours their own mother, so we should honour the Mother of Christ. She is a great intercessor who we turn to for prayer and for intercession with her glorious son."
John is from the Isle of Dogs in London.
"I have a serious devotion for Our Blessed Lady."
Francis is originally from Nigeria.
"What can I say about Mary, Mama Mary? She’s our mother, the mother of Jesus Christ, who is very good and very holy."
Estella is from the Philippines.
"For me the Virgin Mary is someone who I met a couple of years ago and she’s been by my side ever since, and nothing is too big or too hard that I can't ask her. And she's always listening. And pray the rosary - it's the best thing that can happen to you. She's by your side, always.
Je trouve que quand on prie le chaplet, c'est une façon d'atteindre Dieu mais à travers Marie."
Nathalie is from France.
15th June - Feast of the Most Holy Trinity - Father John
"I just thank our Blessed Mother for Medjugorje, it has been key, I can't but mention it. I was very blessed, at a time in my life when I really needed I suppose help. I was lost in the grief of my older brother who had died of cancer a year previous to that at 23 years of age. I was 21 and I was wild in the world, very lost in so many ways and thinking the world might satisfy my loneliness. And yet Medjugorje just gave me the embrace of our Blessed Mother. And when one knows how special one is, when one experiences being loved in such a spiritual deep way, something has to change and my heart did change. I knew I had to come back, I knew I had to commit to my faith. And Our Lady I believe from Medjugorje gave me the tools, she gave me those things that I needed to bring me back on the true journey which Our Lord had for me. So thanks to our Blessed Mother for that."
Father John Egan is a Pallotine priest from Ireland.
"The way that Mary has been speaking to me in my life was by being more involved with the Community of the Marist Fathers (who run Notre Dame de France) but also to see the model of life in the way that my mother confronted cancer and died last year, and then my grandmother as well followed 6 months after.
J'ai perdu ma mère en Marseilles l'année dernière et six mois après ma grandmère, et je me rappelle très bien dans le film de Mel Gibson le personnage de Marie, comme quoi elle était très effacé, et au même temps elle montrait la souffrance qu'elle avait de perdre son fils."
Odile is from France.
"Mary is someone who I know is there for me, who prays for me and who loves me in the most purest form of motherhood. She is also someone who I want to get to know a lot more."
Tom is 25 & lives in London.
19th June - Feast of Corpus Christi - Beth
"Mother Mary to me is my heavenly mother, she is my peace and my hope. She is the one who holds me when things are not going great and she never fails to be present in my life, even when I don’t see her. She has become much more of a reality to me in the past year, and I recognise now how much she has influenced my life and how much beauty she shows I have within me because of how beautiful she is."
Beth is 23 & from England.
"Mary is my mother. She has been given us as Mother of all at the foot of the Cross. So, that's what I know and because of that I love the Blessed Lady and I joined the Legion of Mary. So I'm serving Our Lady to bring back souls for her son."
Nancy is from the Gambia.
"Mary for me, she means everything. She’s been my guardian, my angel, my mother, everything I can say. She’s always been there for me, she’s always held my hand when I’ve needed her."
22nd June - Corpus Christi Sunday - Daniele
"I think that Our Blessed Virgin Mary Lady is the most beautiful gift after Himself that God gives us. And I think that we will understand something of the glory of Mary when in heaven we see all the graces and all the good things that we have by her hands. And she is Mother of God but she is Mother of us as well.
Penso che la Beata Virgine Maria, che è nostra madre benedetta buona, è il dono più grande che a fatto Gesù, lei, la sua madre che è stato dato come madre anche a noi e che ci è stato dato proprio nel momento del più grande dono, quello della Croce."
Daniele is from Italy.
"Our Lady Mary is for me a protector of my children, she's mother to all of us and we pray.
Marie est la notre mère à tous et elle protège nos enfants."
Caroline is from France.
24th June - Feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist - Sarah
"It’s always Our Lady who’s inviting me, always Our Lady who’s attracting me, even when my mind doesn’t understand she has always been the one attracting me to goodness, attracting me to beauty, attracting me to the next step forwards."
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović on 25 June 2014:
(33rd anniversary of the apparitions in Medjugorje)
“Dear children! The Most High is giving me the grace that I can still be with you and to lead you in prayer towards the way of peace. Your heart and soul thirst for peace and love, for God and His joy. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray and in prayer you will discover the wisdom of living. I bless you all and intercede for each of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Queridos hijos! El Altísimo me da la gracia de poder estar aún con ustedes y de guiarlos en la oración hacia el camino de la paz. Vuestro corazón y vuestra alma tienen sed de paz y de amor, de Dios y de Su alegría. Por eso, hijitos, oren, oren, oren y en la oración descubrirán la sabiduría del vivir. Yo los bendigo a todos e intercedo por cada uno de ustedes ante mi Hijo Jesús. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! L’Altissimo mi dona la grazia di poter essere ancora con voi e di guidarvi nella preghiera verso la via della pace. Il vostro cuore e la vostra anima hanno sete di pace e d’amore, di Dio e della Sua gioia. Perciò, figlioli, pregate, pregate, pregate e nella preghiera scoprirete la sapienza del vivere. Io vi benedico e intercedo per ciascuno di voi davanti al mio Figlio Gesù. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”
25th June - 33rd anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions in Medjugorje - Tessa
"Mother Mary has been a real mum to me and she’s given me so much love. When I think of her I think of a beautiful pink rose that's glistening and it's got little dew drops on it, and I think of an amazing hug, and I think of sitting on her lap and she's got her arm around me, and just peace. So, yah, she means everything to me. I got these little Miraculous Medal earrings in Medjugorje. The first time I went to Medjugorje I was just blown away, and I thought Mother Mary is living in Medjugorje, I want to go there. It's just so beautiful, she loves us all so much, she wants us to come to know her son, she wants us to pray, she loves the rosary. It's such a beautiful gift, I carry a rosary here in my pocket - it's just so easy, she takes us to Jesus."
Tessa is from London.
26th June - Feast of St Josemaría Escrivá - Lucy
"Mary is my absolute ultimate mother. She has just always taken care of me when I’ve needed to be. One of my favorite prayers to her is ‘Cover me with your mantle’ and every time I do I completely feel at peace and cherished and loved with her."
Lucy is 23 & from the USA.
27th June - Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Sister Tomasa
"The devotion to Our Lady has always been very strong. It comes really from my mother - she used to say the 3 parts of the rosary every day. We always said the rosary together as a family before or after supper. And I always feel that Mary our Mother is always by our side to help us and to take us to Jesus. Who can take us to him better than Mary?"
29th June - Feast of Saints Peter & Paul - Father James
"Our Lady of Walsingham has always made a big impression, since my mother took me to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham when I was about 14 (& now I’m 64). I've always asked her prayers and the mother figure is very important to me, the divine motherhood is very important to me. "