Message October 25, 2017
Message of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“Dear children! I am calling you to be praying in this time of grace. You will have problems, afflictions, sufferings, and lack of peace. May saints be models to you and an encouragement for holiness; God will be near you and you will be renewed in seeking through your personal conversion. Faith will be hope to you and joy will begin to reign in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call."
I wanted to share with you something beautiful I heard in Medjugorje. Medjugorje is a beautiful place where Mary has been appearing since 1981. It is a peaceful place surrounded by hills and mountains and the air is clean and the wind is gentle. Mary chose a great place.
When I am in Medjugorje, I love that everything is either PRAYER or about prayer, you can't escape prayer; I love taking my children! Every evening, there is 3 hours of prayer in Medjugorje, first the Rosary, then Mass, then an hour of Adoration or Veneration of the Cross. During the day, there are different talks. Before you know it, the whole day has been PRAYER. When I want to spend time in prayer, I go to Medjugorje, and then I am not trying so hard to find time to pray.
One of the talks I have enjoyed so much, among many (ex. Patrick and Nancy), is the talk of Fr. Leon, a priest who saw Our Lady and She gave him a message for all of us.
He is very funny, too. He said, that Our Lady told him all his sins in a most positive way.
In his words, "every little lack of charity, every unkind comment, every dishonest thought... they all count ..." When he asked her who she was, she told him, "I am your Mother and the Mother of God. I want you to tell everyone you meet that I am their Mother and I love them." Fr. Leon says that when she said, "I am their Mother" it felt to him that she gave birth to everyone. And when she said, "I love them", he described it as if he felt crushed with HER LOVE, to feel it. He said about how she looked at him. "She absolutely adores you, she looked at me like I was the only person in the whole universe and that is how she looks at everyone."
Mary is a reflection of God's Love, of Heaven, and that spoke to my heart not only how much Mary loves me but how much God loves me, how He loves us.
I have written my experience of surviving the genocide in Rwanda back in 1994 and how I came to forgive the killers of my family, in my book, "Left To Tell".
When I think back, it really happened because at a certain moment, I felt God’s immeasurable LOVE through what He suffered for me and for us. Everything else, every bad feeling seemed slippery in the face of such feeling of LOVE. I wanted to keep thinking of that love that felt like LIFE itself that everything else seemed like a loss of time and energy.
You can't feel LOVE and anger at the same time.
If you have felt God's love, share with others your experience, you might be saving them from a sleepless night, a headache. God loves you and Mary does as a Mother.
Rooting for you, lmmaculee!
Join her on Pilgrimage to Kibeho, Rwanda, Africa November 24-Dec 2 for Anniversary of Church Approved Apparitions. Visit her website: Immaculee.com
“Have we lost sight of this world being a pilgrimage? It’s a journey.
You’re not home yet.
A Christian must never lose sight of this passing reality of life.” Mother M. Angelica
Fatima 100 -- An Invitation
We are so very grateful that at a critical time in the history of our world, Our Blessed Mother Mary came to three children who were guarding their sheep in Fatima, Portugal. The young children were Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jucinta Marto. This happened on May 13, 1917. Our Blessed mother returned each month for the next five months appearing only to them.
The message from Mary to the children was for them to tell others to pray the Rosary, to pray for peace, and to go to the sacrament of penance for the reparation of people's sins. If people throughout the world would do this, there would then be peace. The last vision was on October 13, 1917. This is when 70,000 people gathered at the site where Mary had visited the children. While they were there, they had all witnessed a miracle of the sun that appeared to be changing in color, rotating in the sky, and getting larger and larger as if it were coming to the earth. This was a spectacular sight that could be seen for more than 30 miles away. Mary's message at Fatima was a very important invitation that could change the world from its path of evil to Jesus's way, truth, and life.
Many obeyed Mary's loving directives and invitation; and many ignored her words. One hundred years later her invitation from Fatima shouts even more clearly to us than ever before. Her invitation is to go to Jesus in prayer and to invite her to be with you as you pray the Rosary and make reparation for the sins of humanity. Mary invites us to pray for peace and she wants us to say 'yes' to every invitation that comes from Jesus to us.
The invitation from our Lord Jesus Christ is to frequently receive Him in the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist-the Mass... Come every Sunday in order to be nourished and strengthened for a happier journey ahead of us.
Father Mark Mastrian, St. Joseph, Force, PA
October 2, 2017
“Dear children, I am speaking to you as a mother - with simple words, but words filled with much love and concern for my children who, through my Son, are entrusted to me. And my Son, who is of the eternal now, He is speaking to you with words of life and is sowing love in open hearts. Therefore, I am imploring you, apostles of my love, have open hearts always ready for mercy and forgiveness. According to my Son, always forgive your neighbors because in that way peace will be in you. My children, care for your soul because it alone is what truly belongs to you. You are forgetting the importance of family. A family does not need to be a place of suffering and pain, but a place of understanding and tenderness. Families who strive to live according to my Son live in mutual love. While He was still little, my Son would say to me that all people are His brothers. Therefore, remember, apostles of my love, that all people whom you meet are family to you - brothers according to my Son. My children do not waste time thinking about the future, worrying. May your only concern be how to live well every moment according to my Son. And there it is peace for you! My children, do not ever forget to pray for our shepherds. Pray that they can accept all people as their children; that, according to my Son, they may be spiritual fathers to them. Thank you!"
To hear Our Lady's Message, very early by phone, call: 1-814-787-5683 (LOVE). The Holy Family, Inc. PO Box 442, St. Marys, PA 15851-0442
The True Christian
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
In this catechesis, I want to address the theme of "Missionaries of Hope today”. I am pleased to do so at the start of October, the month which the Church dedicates especially to mission and also on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, who was a great missionary of hope!...There is a "plus" which embodies Christian life and that cannot be easily explained by fortitude or great optimism. Faith, our hope, is not just optimism. Faith, our hope, is not just optimism; it is something else, more! It is as if believers have an additional "piece of heaven" over their heads. This is beautiful: we are people with an extra piece of heaven over our heads; accompanied by a presence which some are not even able to sense.
Thus, the task of Christians in this world is to open spaces for salvation, like regenerative cells, capable of infusing the blood of life to what seemed lost forever.
When the sky is cloudy, it is a blessing for someone who knows how to talk about the sun. Here then, the true Christian is like this: not whiny and angry, but convinced through the power of the Resurrection that no evil in infinite, no night is without end, no man or woman is definitively wrong and no hatred is impervious to love.
Certainly, at times the disciples would pay a high price for this hope given to them by Jesus. Let us think about the many Christians who did not abandon their people when the time of persecution began. They stayed there where even the morrow was uncertain and where no plans of any kind could be made. They remained, hoping in God. And let us think about our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who bear witness to hope and offer their lives for this witness.
They are true Christians! They bring heaven into hearts. They look beyond. They always look beyond. Whoever has had the grace of embracing the Resurrection of Jesus can still hope in the unhoped for. The martyrs of all times, with their fidelity to Christ say that injustice does not have the final word on life. In the Risen Christ we can continue to hope. The men and women who have a "reason" to live; resist better than others in times of misfortune. But those who have Jesus at their side do not fear anything. And this is why, Christians, true Christians, are never easy and accommodating people. Their meekness should not be confused with a sense of insecurity and submission. Saint Paul spurred Timothy to suffer for the Gospel, and he said the following: "God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power and love and self-control" (2 Tim. 1:7). When they fall, they always rise again.
This is why, dear brothers and sisters, the Christian is a missionary of hope, not by his or her merits, but thanks to Jesus, the grain of wheat which fell to the earth, died and bore much fruit (cf. Jn 12:24). Pope Francis, At the General Audience on Wednesday, October 4.
To The Refugees: "Fighters of Hope"
I come among you because I want to bring your eyes into mine - I have seen your eyes - your hearts into mine. I want to keep your faces with me which ask to be remembered, helped, I would say "adopted", because after all, you are searching for someone who will put their stakes on you and trust you, help you find that future which you hoped in and that hope brought you all the way here to find.
Do you know what you are? You are ''fighters of hope"! Some of you did not make it here because they were swallowed by the desert or by the sea. People do not remember them, but God knows their names and he welcomes them beside him. Pope Francis , Oct. 1.
....the Pontiff joined some 1,000 poor people from various countries for lunch. Among them were refugees, the elderly, the homeless, detainees, former drug addicts and the disabled.
Speaking to them before the meal, the Pope said the Church is a “home for everyone, particularly for the poor". We are "all wayfarers, mendicants of love and of hope and we need this God who is close to us reveal himself in the breaking of the bread”. L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO 10—6- 17
"Do not tell God how big your storms are in life, tell your storms how big your God is." Fr. Ralph A. DiOrio, Jr.