Somethings about Mary in September 2013
Many, many thanks to Ann, Anouska, Brother Antony, Atif, Bob, Carol, Eileen, Eli, Flavia, Gabriel, Geraldine, Joyce, Longinus, Sister Lucienne, Marie des Neiges, Maureen, Nicola, Rita, Rosanna, Sacramenta, Tsehaya, Ugo & Zhanna for giving their 'something' about Mary.
This beautiful Madonna and Child is in the Baptistry of St John Lateran in Rome.
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Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd September 2013:
"Dear children; I love you all. All of you, all of my children, all of you are in my heart. All of you have my motherly love and I desire to lead all of you to come to know God’s joy. This is why I am calling you. I need humble apostles who, with an open heart, will accept the Word of God and help others to comprehend the meaning of their life alongside God’s word. To be able to do this, my children, through prayer and fasting you must learn to listen with the heart and to learn to keep submitting yourselves. You must learn to keep rejecting everything that distances you from God’s word and to yearn only for that which draws you closer to it. Do not be afraid. I am here. You are not alone. I am imploring the Holy Spirit to renew and strengthen you. I am imploring the Holy Spirit that, as you help others, you too may be healed. I am imploring him that, through him, you may be God’s children and my apostles. For the sake of Jesus, for the sake of my Son, love those whom he has called and long for the blessing only from the hands which He has consecrated. Do not permit evil to come to reign. Anew I repeat – only along side your shepherds will my heart triumph. Do not permit evil to separate you from your shepherds. Thank you."
8th September - Feast of Our Lady's birthday - Rosanna
"Our Lady is my mother, she’s my guiding light, she’s my queen. .. Every day I say the rosary; every day the first thing in the morning when I walk to the tube station and during my travelling. I feel protected, it's amazing. I don't know why but before saying the rosary every day I could feel the temptation and I could not resist. But since I say the rosary, I can feel the temptation but I can resist the temptation. So I feel very protected by her. And I also did the consecration to Our Lady, the 33 days consecration of St Louis de Montfort and that is amazing."
Rosanna is from Italy & gives her qualcosa di Maria in English & Italian.
"I love Our Lady and Our Lady has done so much in my life. And I would say my knowledge about the Church, it was Our Lady who taught me about Christ her Son, who is the Saviour of the world. I would encourage everybody to come closer to Our Lady, because the more you come closer to Our Lady, the more you know about Christ and the teachings of the Church."
Longinus is from Nigeria.
"I think Mary was obviously the chosen one, but I think she was the simplest woman ever."
Zhanna is from Latvia.
"Mary is the Mother of hearts, she sees the lonely, the sick and the broken-hearted. If anybody does go to her, she does listen."
Rita is from Hungary.
"I pray to Our Lady every day to thank her for telling us she loves us all unconditionally."
Joyce is from England.
14th September - Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross - Eli
"She is like my mum. And all the time, all my years like, I know Mary from when I was 10 years old. All the time I pray to her."
"Our Lady for me is everything, I can say. When I received my First Communion back at home, after that by the grace of God the Lord gave me to pray the rosary daily. And Our Lady is helping me: many trials I pass by the grace of Our Lady, many temptations come, by the grace of Our Lady I passed them all and still until this time she is guiding me, helping me. Especially I see when I am reading the Scriptures, she's helping me. Many things that happen, she brings me to the Lord. I don't have any, many words to speak about Our Lady because she is everything to me."
Tsehaya is from Eritrea & gives his something about Mary in English & Tigrinya.
16th September - Feast of Saint Cyprian - Marie des Neiges
"Mary our Mother protects us and she is always there to help us in difficulties.
Je suis allé à Lourdes plusieurs fois. C'est vraiment là que j'ai pu rencontrer Marie et avec elle faire un engagement. Tous les matins, je prie Notre Dame de Lourdes qui me protège, qui nous protège tous et qui guérit tous les ans de nombreuses personnes."
Marie des Neiges is from France.
"Just to say thank you to Our Lady for all the gifts and blessings she has bestowed on me after I say a prayer to her."
Eileen is from Scotland.
"Mary is the person that can help us and she is the most perfect creation of God, to be able to house and give birth to Jesus. So she is the most perfect creation in the world, so she's very venerable and I love her."
Bob is from the United States.
"Mary to me is totally amplified in the Pieta and when I look at the Pieta and see Mary caring for Jesus as a mother, she set such a wonderful example for motherhood and sacrifice and grace and all of those things that are very special and important."
Carol is from the USA.
"I’ve recently joined what is called ‘The Apostolate of the Legion of Mary’. So I’m very pleased to know the Virgin Mary more and for her to be my mother and I want to serve her, and I love her."
Flavia is from England.
23rd September - Feast of St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina - Br Antony
"I’m very thankful for having Our Lady in our hearts and our minds so that we can think of her as Mother of God, being the highest creature we could have in the world because she went without sin. Jesus Christ was without sin but she had to ponder it all the way through her life."
Brother Antony, from Wales, is a lay brother of the Montfort Missionaries.
24th September - Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham - Anouska
"My latest experience of Our Lady is when I went to a retreat in Walsingham and, while a lady was praying with me, she saw a vision of Our Lady giving me a sceptre and a veil above my head, and I immediately felt her protection. When I feel alone, I relive that experience and then I remember she is with me and that she is a mother like no other and that all my prayers will be directed to her son."
Anouska is from London.
"With Christ, Our Lady is the removal of all my chains and you know the bearer of all my fortitude. And I would like to thank her because she's really the Queen of Heaven, the Morning Star, and every good and perfect gift comes to us from God through the intercession of Our Lady."
Ugo is from Nigeria.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović, 25 September 2013:
“Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. May your relationship with prayer be a daily one. Prayer works miracles in you and through you, therefore, little children, may prayer be a joy for you. Then your relationship with life will be deeper and more open and you will comprehend that life is a gift for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Queridos hijos! También hoy los invito a la oración. Que vuestra relación con la oración sea cotidiana. La oración hace milagros en ustedes y a través de ustedes, por eso hijitos, que la oración sea alegría para ustedes. Así entonces, su relación con la vida será más profunda y más abierta, y comprenderán que la vida es un don para cada uno de ustedes. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Anche oggi vi invito alla preghiera. Il vostro rapporto con la preghiera sia quotidiano. La preghiera opera miracoli in voi e attraverso di voi perciò figlioli la preghiera sia gioia per voi. Allora il vostro rapporto con la vita sarà più profondo e più aperto e comprenderete che la vita è un dono per ciascuno di voi. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”
"My relationship with Mary I suppose is about her being a woman who will teach me how to love Jesus in the best way that I can because she loved him the best. And was also, as well as loving as well as any human being can love another person, she allowed herself to be loved most perfectly by God, so for me she's the person who, of anyone, can teach me that."
Nicola is from England.
"If I’m saying about Saint Mary, I’m saying she's Mother of God, and she has blessed me and my family and my shop."
Atif is from Egypt & gives his something about Mary in English & Arabic.
"Mary is Mother of Mercy for me."
Soeur Lucienne is from Burkina Faso & gives her something about Mary in English & Mòoré.
"Our Lady has been my inspiration. She’s been there whenever I’ve been in trouble and recently when I lost my mum and my brother, she's been there. She's guided me and helped along, and given me the strength to do what I'm doing right now, like my cake decorating."
Sacramenta is from Goa in India.