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Christian names beginning with U, V, W, X, Y & Z

Father Valentine      

"Mary is our mother, she's a mother to me. She represents a great part of what it means to be a Catholic.... When you look at Our Lady, you remember simplicity, honesty and you remember that prayer is so crucial in the life of every Christian. What makes Mary so special to me is her life of prayer: prayer, prayer, prayer. 'Do what every he tells you.'"

Verity      

"Mary was the ultimate Mummy, and she still is. And I thank her yes, for bringing us proof, bringing us the resurrection, bringing us Jesus, the person, the man, the traveller, the sharer of all of our joy and sadness, and most of all for his perfection. So, I love Mary for all those reasons."

Veronica     

"I have known Our Lady since I was very little but I only came to really love her through Pope John Paul II."

Mary-Veronica was a pilgrim to Medjugorje 10 times in the late '80s       

"It is the most exceptional thing to be gathered with people from all over the world - they really have come from all over the world - and to be praying together. You get a very remarkable sense of the vigour and faith and unity that allows us to belong to each other because of the Holy Spirit's work in the body of Christ; it's very, very moving.

Of course the best and loveliest thing about going to Medjugorje is the realisation that Our Lady knows each of us individually and cares for us in a very powerful and maternal way; and that we can entrust our lives, our needs, our fears, our anxieties and our love to her, and all of this is relayed to Jesus Our Lord in such a perfect way. So my advice would be to anybody who's thinking of going to Medjugorje and who has perhaps thought that they didn't have time or that it wasn't really for them, that they should take this opportunity to say 'well we can't predict how long this miracle will be allowed by God', and not to delay and to go there, and to receive the graces that Our Lady has promised to bestow on all her children."  

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Veronica       

"I would urge everyone to say the rosary for world peace as the world is in such a mess at the moment and only through the love and blessings of our Mother Mary to Jesus will world peace come."

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Vicky

"With Mary, I feel protected and very close to my mother."

Victoria      

"Mary is the first person to say ‘yes’ and from that yes, that fiat, she taught us all to do his will."

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Victoria     ¤

"In our school play I was chosen to be Mary which was quite special to me and I think that her journey was pretty amazing and she must have been quite frightened when she saw the angel."

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Vincent    ¤

Vincent was first inspired by Cardinal Ratzinger when, as Dean of College of Cardinals, he gave the homily at the Mass  "for the election of the Roman Pontiff" in St. Peter's Basilica, before the conclave of Cardinals, (which went on to elect him as the new Pope on 19th April 2005).  

"How many winds of doctrine we have known in these last decades, how many ideological currents, how many fashions of thought? The small boat of thought of many Christians has often remained agitated by the waves, tossed from one extreme to the other.. 

Every day new sects are born and we see realized what St. Paul says on the deception of men, on the cunning that tends to lead into error. To have a clear faith, according to the creed of the Church, is often labeled as fundamentalism. While relativism, that is, allowing oneself to be carried about with every wind of "doctrine," seems to be the only attitude that is fashionable. A dictatorship of relativism is being constituted that recognizes nothing as absolute and which only leaves the "I" and its whims as the ultimate measure." - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger 

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Will     ¤

John 15 - There is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for his friends -"The fact that Jesus did it for me and he laid down his life for me and gave up everything for me."

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"I have a real passion for the Eucharist because it really is Jesus and sometimes when I just sit in adoration before Him I am just filled with such wonder and awe."

Father William SJ       

Father William Pearsall SJ describes how Blessed Rupert Mayer, a German Jesuit priest, was involved in his conversion:

"The priest who had most influence on me was a priest I never met … Rupert Mayer was like a parish priest to the whole of Munich in the 1920s and whose resistance to Naziism took him into prison and out of prison and then concentration camp .. This man's personality, his history, his resistance to evil, the pastoral quality of a man who could continue to function as a priest even when denied being able to speak publicly and who became a focal point for hope for the people of God .. this man was a presence in that room."

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William       

"The Mother of God is a mother to me; she's a mother to all human beings. Christ came to me through the Mother of God so I and we all should go to God through his Holy Mother. Praise God for God's humility in coming down to Mary's humility. Praise God for Mary's humility in rising up to the greatness of being the sinless Mother of God."

Sister Winnie      

"For me Mary is my best friend. Someone who is always there who I can turn to."

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Sister Zoe       

"Our Lady is very important to all Carmelites. She’s our sister as well as being our mother and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, she's the Lady of the Place, she's always there with us. And I've just heard a new title for Mary which I like very much and it was Our Lady of the Pirates. And I really like that because I'm one of those pirates, one of those people who certainly did shipwreck their lives."

Sister Zoe is in the Carmel at Ware in Hertfordshire.