Somethings about Mary in September 2012
Many, many thanks to Sister Agnes, Alfons, Audrey, Axer, Cathy, Cheryl, Deirdre, Diana, Elizabeth, Harris, Josephine, Kathleen, Leanne, Leigh, Lily, Margaret, Margaret, Sister Maria, Mary, Mary-Anne, Mekaela, Michele, Mikey, Richard, Sara, Sarah, Terry, Thelma, Toyin & Veronica for giving their 'something' about Mary.
This photo is of the Black Madonna, Our Lady of Jasna Gora, Częstochowa.
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"Mary is important to me in my life because she's like a second mother to me; I pray to her every day. Since she is the mother of Jesus, I feel like I've got a connection to her. In the Bible, when God told her that she was gonna have His Son, she accepted it with open arms. I find that really kind, and I want to be more like that. Mary plays an important place in the Catholic faith coz she holds the three secrets of Fatima. And if God can like reveal to her those three secrets, she must be really, really important and I'm just really happy that she's there. "
Axer is 14 & from France; he gives his queque chose de Marie in English & French.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Međugorje, 2nd September 2012:
"Dear children, as my eyes are looking at you, my soul is seeking those souls with whom it desires to be one – the souls who have understood the importance of prayer for those of my children who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father. I am calling you because I need you. Accept the mission and do not be afraid, I will strengthen you. I will fill you with my graces. With my love I will protect you from the evil spirit. I will be with you. With my presence I will console you in difficult moments. Thank you for your open hearts. Pray for priests. Pray that the unity between my Son and them may be all the stronger, that they may be one. Thank you."
3rd September - Feast of St Gregory the Great - Lily
"I had a conversion from Our Lady 8 years ago in Medjugorje. I had been recently bereaved and I had gone there not really as a pilgrimage but more as a healing. And I felt Our Lady reach out to me in Medjugorje on that particular time. It was a shock to me because I had never really thought too much about Our Lady at the time, but I felt the presence of Our Lady. On going back to Scotland, I felt totally transformed, it was a conversion if you like. And from there I've been back several times but I personally feel that Our Lady drew me to Our Lord her Son in the Divine Mercy, and my faith has deepened through Our Lady and led me so much to her Son in His Divine Mercy, especially here in Poland."
Lily is from Scotland.
"From when I was very young, I always believed that Our Lady was our mother in heaven. So I knew that your mother always was there for you, so I used to say a Hail Mary to her that she would guide me and help me through me life, keep me from all bad company, sin and evil. I've always said that from when I was very young."
Kathleen is from Ireland.
"Mary for me is the Mother of mankind. As I work in a communist country or a Buddhist country, Mother is very meaningful for me in proclaiming the Gospel …. Especially during Christmas, we can talk about Mary easier than talk about Jesus, and they understand Jesus through Mary. She is the Mother of mankind really and she can bring them to Jesus afterwards. It's up to her and she will do it."
"When I was about 10 I went to Fatima and I couldn't speak, and the doctors thought I was disabled and how my dad paid for me to see like helpers and things like that. I remember the evening when we went to Fatima for like the pilgrim thing with my aunt, I went and lighted a candle for Our Lady, and I cried. When I woke up, I was speaking and I was reading and like everybody was shocked. So I went to the doctors and they asked like what happened and my mum said 'She asked Mary and Mary interceded for her.' So this is kind of like my connection with Mary."
Mekaela is 16 & from London.
8th September - Our Lady's Birthday - Michele
"Mary, she is my everything. She is my mother. She always tells me and she speaks to me, and she is the Mother of All Nations. She is the best, she is so kind, she is so patient, and she always listens and she always directs me. She is my everything. I am always happy to do the 1000 Ave Marias because it's one of the prayers I always believe it helps and it heals. She is everything in the world.
Thank you, Mother Mary, you are the best. I am your number 1 fan! Thank you so much.
Maman, je te remercie de tout mon cœur de tout mon âme, parce que tu es belle, tu es gentille, tu es patiente, tu es ma mère. Merci Maman and je t'aime de tout mon cœur."
Michele is from Cameroon & recently made this beautiful cake in celebration of our Blessed Mother's feast day.
"For me Mary is just the most kind and precious person."
Mary is from Scotland.
"Mary is an inspiration. She is very easy to pray to and she is always there to listen to us."
Leigh is 19 & from London.
"Mary's presence has always been in my life and will always be there, and my love of her is growing through everyone else's love as well."
Deirdre is from London.
"For me, Our Lady is really my mother. She is always with me, anytime, even when I am happy, sad, suffering. Every time, everything, she is my everything to me."
13th September - Feast of St John Chrysostom - Margaret
"As a child, I always felt that Mary was my mother, my spiritual mother. I had an earth mother but Mary was my spiritual mother. A number of years ago I was introduced to the Divine Mercy and through the Divine Mercy, I went to Medjugorje and came closer I felt to Our Lady. I still participate in the Divine Mercy and then it was through that that I came to Poland. It is now the 4th time I've been here and my faith just goes deeper each time I come and I feel so close to our Mother Mary and her son Jesus."
Margaret is from Scotland.
14th September - Feast of the Exultation of the Cross - Josephine
"Our Lady just teaches you about her son. She wants you to see how merciful and kind and beautiful He is, and how much He loves us. And she is the greatest teacher of Jesus, because she is his mother. She is the daughter of the Father, the bride of the Holy Spirit and the mother of the Son, and who else knows the Trinity better than Our Lady. And you just ask her if she will start a relationship with you, and you will learn to participate and learn to pray, and she gives you joy. She gives such abundant joy. Even in your darkest moments, you have this depth of knowledge that everything is fine."
Josephine is from Scotland.
"As to what we've learnt about Mother Mary, she is a woman who was conceived without any sin, she's someone who has been blessed by God with a really special gift."
Leanne is from India.
17th September - Feast of St Robert Bellarmine - Terry
"I ended up in Medjugorje and had amazing experiences of Our Lady there and she really came close to me personally, and I experienced the Lord in all of that, and I just never looked back from that time. So she has a special place in my heart, and so does Jesus of course. She has led me step by step to have a personal, deeper relationship with Jesus, her son, which is probably why I've ended up here in Krakow at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, because that's where she has led me."
Terry is from Scotland.
"For me in that like beginning again to know my faith, it was very important the role of Mary, because I started to pray the rosary again, to be able to know that Mary was my mother. I didn't know that and that sounds incredible but really changed my life and I think she was the path to Jesus, to be again in the Catholic Church, to be able to stay in the Catholic Church, because when I started at the age of 15 to rediscover my faith, I never turned back. I am a Catholic, now I'm a lay missionary, I'm serving the Church and I think Mary was the key to be able to do that."
"When I've difficulties and problems, I always go to Mary because I find that she's always the one that answers my prayer."
Cheryl is from South Africa.
23rd September - Feast of St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina - Sara
"It's hard to describe who Our Lady is to me but I call her 'Mummy'. She's just the perfect example of the woman, the human being, who knows how to forgive. And she grants us the grace to forgive because she forgave those who killed her son. She is incredibly close because, at the same time, she loves us so much she was willing to partake with God in giving her own son, her true love, up for us, and yet she is one of us. And she has amazing tenderness so one is guaranteed that, if you are at her school, she will embrace you with enormous tenderness, and she really encourages us to pray the rosary and I have seen miracles by praying the rosary."
Sara is from Italy; she gives her qualcosa su Maria in English & Italian.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović, 25 September:
"Dear children! When in nature you look at the richness of the colours which the Most High gives to you, open your heart and pray with gratitude for all the good that you have and say: ‘I am here created for eternity’ – and yearn for heavenly things because God loves you with immeasurable love. This is why He also gave me to you to tell you: ‘Only in God is your peace and hope, dear children.’ Thank you for having responded to my call."
"¡Queridos hijos! Mientras miran en la naturaleza la riqueza de colores que el Altísimo les da, abran el corazón y oren con agradecimiento por todo el bien que tienen, y digan: he sido creado aquí para la eternidad, y anhelen las cosas celestiales, porque Dios los ama con un amor infinito. Por eso, El también me dio a ustedes para decirles: solamente en Dios está vuestra paz y esperanza, queridos hijos. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado.."
"Cari figli! Quando nella natura guardate la ricchezza dei colori che l’Altissimo vi dona, aprite il cuore e con gratitudine pregate per tutto il bene che avete e dite: sono creato per l’eternità e bramate le cose celesti perché Dio vi ama con immenso amore. Perciò vi ha dato anche me per dirvi: soltanto in Dio è la vostra pace e la vostra speranza, cari figli. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."
"Our Lady is a gift. She's a mother. She's a friend to me. I started my devotion to her long ago and she's never let me down. I know that she's the path to Christ because Christ came through her. .. She's always there praying for the Church and for everybody who calls upon her. She doesn't refuse us anytime and she doesn't fail. She's our protector."
Elizabeth is from Nigeria.
"I love Our Lady because she brought Our Lord into the world by saying 'yes' to God."
Harris is from England.
"I know that Our Lady is always there with me and I love her so much."
Mary-Anne is from Scotland.
"We thank Mary for all our blessings but most importantly for our families."
Michael is from Great Britain.
"Before I was even born, my grandmother had this habit of consecrating all her grandchildren to Our Lady of the Holy Trinity, so I was consecrated before I was even born. And I think Our Lady took that very seriously because she was the one who helped me to try to really take ownership of the gift of faith that was given by my family, she is the one who pushed me to really make it my own. Even though I am led astray all the time, she is always there as a Mum, to catch me and to call me back."
Audrey is from France.