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FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST



From Dutch Book of Prayers from the mid-fifteenth century.
Saint Hermes is the figure in the back, in armor.
Other saints pictured include Saint James the Great, Saint Joseph,Saint Ghislain, and Saint Eligius.


SAINT AUGUSTINE

Bishop and Doctor of the Church

SAINT HERMES

Martyr

DOUBLE / GREEN

Human weakness requires help in sharing the weight of life's distress. In what manner should one person bear the burdens of another? First of all, there should be compassion, a suffering-with, in view of each one's own weakness and many failures. A sense of personal superiority often poisons well-meant pity and renders it worse than useless. Secondly, there should be meekness in any sort of counseling; not ridicule or harshness. Finally, one should begin with persons who are united in Christian belief. All of this charity, done for Christ, who is the greatest bearer of mankind's burdens, is a continual spiritual sowing for an eternal harvest.


INTROIT Ps. 85:1, 2-3

Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me. Save Your servant who trusts in You. Have pity on me, O Lord, for to You I call all the day.

Ps. 85:4. Gladden the soul of Your servant, for I have lifted up my soul to You, O Lord.

V. Glory be . . .


COLLECT
O Lord, let Your abiding mercy purify and defend the Church. Govern her always by Your care, for without Your assistance she cannot remain safe. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT AUGUSTINE

Monica had instilled into the heart of her son Augustine (353-430) the truths of Christian belief, but the young man fell into bad company and was drawn to heresy. At Milan he met the great bishop Ambrose, who guided his way back into the true Faith. Augustine then returned to North Africa, his birthplace, was ordained to the priesthood, and was consecrated bishop and placed over the see of Hippo at the age of 41. He became the author of enduring Christian classics, and wrote a rule of religious life that strongly influenced the development of Western spirituality. The numerous heresies of his time had in St. Augustine an untiring foe.


Hear our petitions, O Almighty God. Your love has given us hope; let Your unfailing mercy protect us through the intercession of Your blessed confessor and bishop Augustine. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT HERMES

Probably during Diocletian's persecution, St. Hermes, a prominent citizen of Rome, was beheaded, together with several other Christian martyrs.

O God, it was Your strength that kept the blessed martyr Hermes unfaltering under suffering. May we follow his example in spurning earthly riches for love of You and in fearing no worldly harm. Through our Lord . . .

EPISTLE Gal. 5:25-26; 6:1-10

Brethren: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be made desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, and if a man be overtaken in any fault, you, who are spiritual, instruct such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens: and so you shall fulfill the law of Christ. For if any man think himself to be some thing, whereas he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every one prove his own work: and so he shall have glory in himself only and not in another. For every one shall bear his own burden. And let him that is instructed in the word communicate to him that instructeth him, in all good things. Be not deceived: God is not mocked. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit of the spirit shall reap life everlasting. And in doing good, let us not fail. For in due time we shall reap, not failing. Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the faith.


GRADUAL Ps. 91:2-3

It is good to praise the Lord, and to sing to Your name, O Most high.

V. To proclaim Your mercy in the morning and Your truth throughout the night.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Ps. 94:3

For the Lord is a great God, and a great king over all the earth. Alleluia!


GOSPEL Luke 7:11-16

At that time, Jesus went into a city that is called Naim: and there went with him his disciples and a great multitude. And when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother: and she was a widow. And a great multitude of the city was with her. Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with mercy towards her, he said to her:"Weep not." And he came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it stood still. And he said: "Young man, I say to thee, arise." And he that was dead sat up and begun to speak. And he gave him to his mother. And there came a fear upon them all: and they glorified God saying: "A great prophet is risen up among us: and, God hath visited his people."


OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 39:2, 3, 4

I have waited and waited for the Lord, and He inclined toward me and heard my cry. And He out a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God.

SECRET
O Lord, may Your Sacrament safeguard and defend us always against the attacks of the devil. through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT AUGUSTINE

O Lord, let the blessed bishop and doctor Augustine always help us, and through his intercession accept our offering and pardon our sins. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT HERMES
We offer You, O Lord, this sacrifice of praise in memory of Your saints, and pray that just as it was the source of their glory, it may be our help toward salvation. Through our Lord . . .


COMMUNION ANTIPHON John 6:52

The Bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world.


POSTCOMMUNION
Let the grace of your Heavenly gift rule our minds and bodies, O Lord, that we may overcome the unruly impulses of our nature. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT AUGUSTINE

O Lord, may this Sacrifice bring us closer to our salvation through the intercession of Your blessed bishop and illustrious doctor Augustine. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT HERMES

We are filled with the blessings of heaven, O Lord. May the holy martyr Hermes intercede for us, so that we may sensibly feel the effects of this Sacred Rite that we have humbly celebrated. Through our Lord . . .


St. Joseph Calasanctius' last Communion.


SAINT JOSEPH CALASANCTIUS
Confessor

SEVEN JOYS OF THE BLESSED
VIRGIN MARY
[Historical]


DOUBLE / WHITE
Joseph Calasanctius (1556-1648) was born in Aragon, Spain. He went to Rome after his ordination to the priesthood, and in the Eternal City he was dismayed by the vice and ignorance of the children of the poor. In order to provide for the religious education of these neglected youngsters, he founded the Order of Clerks Regular of the Pious Schools, also called Piarists. In the latter years of his long life, he had much to suffer in persecutions by members of his own order. Yet he died full of hope and peace, saying, "My work was done solely for the love of God."

INTROIT Ps. 33:12
Come, children listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Ps. 33:2. I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall ever be in my mouth.
V. Glory be . . .


COLLECT
O God, in the person of Your blessed confessor Joseph You provided the Church with new help to train the young in wisdom and holiness. Grant that we may be led by his example and prayer so to work and teach that we may gain an everlasting reward. Through our Lord . . .


LESSON Wisdom 10:10-14
The Lord conducted the just through the right ways, and shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of the holy things, made him honourable in his labours, and accomplished his labours. In the deceit of them that overreached him, he stood by him, and made him honourable. He kept him safe from his enemies, and he defended him from seducers, and gave him a strong conflict, that he might overcome, and know that wisdom is mightier than all. He forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: he went down with him into the pit. And in bands he left him not, till he brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: and shewed them to be liars that had accused him, and gave him everlasting glory.


GRADUAL Ps. 36:30-31
The mouth of the just man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justly.
V. The law of God is in his heart and his steps do not falter.


Alleluia, alleluia! V. Jac. 1:12
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been tried, he will receive the crown of life. Alleluia!


GOSPEL Matt. 18:1-5
At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: "Who, thinkest thou, is the greater in the kingdom of heaven?" And Jesus, calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them. And said: "Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven. And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me."


OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 9:17
The Lord has heard the desire of the poor; Your ear has heard the prayer prepared in their heart.


SECRET
We place our gifts in offering upon Your altar, O Lord. May they win us Your mercy through the prayers of Your saint, whom we have given as our intercessor and helper. Through our Lord . . .


COMMUNION ANTIPHON Mark 10:14
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for of such is the kingdom of God.


POSTCOMMUNION
We are made holy by this life-giving Rite, O Lord; may we advance toward more perfect holiness through the intercession of Your blessed confessor Joseph. Through our Lord . . .




FEAST DAY OF THE SEVEN JOYS OF
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
[Historical]


The Franciscans celebrate this feast August 27 and the Conventuals on August 26. Pope St. Pius X authorized them to celebrate this feast in 1906. The original day was the Sunday after the octave of the Assumption, but in 1914 it was transferred to the octave day itself; and in 1942, when the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was assigned to that day, that of the Seven Joys was moved to August 26 or 27. The Franciscans wear the Rosary of the Seven Joys on their cord.



ON THE FRANCISCAN CROWN
1.  The Blessed Virgin herself pointed out that the Franciscan Crown, like the Dominican rosary, is a devotion pleasing to her. The annuals of the order state that a young man - it is generally believed to be James of the Rosary - who entered the order had been a fervent client of our Blessed Lady and had decked her statue daily with a wreath of flowers. Since he was not permitted to continue this practice in the novitiate, he thought of leaving the order. But first he knelt before the statue of Our Lady to say a prayer.
There the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and said: "Remain here, and do not grieve because you can no longer weave a wreath of flowers for me. I will teach you how you can daily weave a crown of roses that will not wither and will be more pleasing to me and more meritorious for yourself."  And she taught him the rosary of seven decades.  From that incident we can learn not to be selfishly attached to pious practices, and that prayer is of greater value than perishable decorations.
2.  Consider the fragrant roses that make up the Franciscan Crown. This rosary consists of seventy-two Hail Marys, and originally these were said in honor of the seventy-two years which Our Lady spent on earth according to the more probable opinion and tradition. As such, it was certainly in existence during the first half of the fifteenth century, for St. Bernardin and St. John Capistran both promoted it. It was not until the seventeenth century apparently that the children of St. Francis began to recite the seven decades of the crown also in honor of the seven joys of Our Lady.  The seven joys are as follows: The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Adoration of the Magi, The Finding of Jesus in the Temple, The Resurrection of Our Lord, The Assumption and Coronation of Our Lady.  At each decade it is well to reflect on the sweet joy Our Lady experienced on the occasions indicated. Said in this way, the rosary will be very pleasing to Mary, and you will learn to love it more and more.
3.  Consider how effectual this rosary has proved to be. The servant of God James experienced its good effects even in his lifetime, and throughout the history of the Franciscan Order blessed results have been so often achieved in various necessities, that at the request of the superiors of the order the popes have attached rich indulgences to its recitation. It is urgently recommended that all members of the order recite it at least every Saturday.  Make that a rule for yourself. You may then rest assured that you will participate in the joys of Our Lady in heaven.
From THE FRANCISCAN BOOK OF SAINTS edited by Marion Habig, ofm


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Friday, August 26, 2016

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

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Two years ago on a winter morning, Jay Hendry suffered massive brain injuries in a car crash while driving his son to school.

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August 26, 2016

Dear Friend,

A controversial sex education program—supported by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family—is getting a lot of criticism.

We took a close look and found that it includes morally offensive images and other inappropriate content that “compromises the innocence and integrity of young people.”

“Catholic parents and educators should not assume that this program in its current form is suitable for a faithful Catholic education simply because of its association with the Pontifical Council for the Family,” reads The Cardinal Newman Society report on The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People.

Please read our full report here, as well as Patrick Reilly’s article about the program at National Catholic Register.

Also:


Please keep our important mission to promote and defend faithful Catholic education in your prayers. May God bless you and your family!

In Christ,

 Adam Cassandra
 Editor
As Donald Trump Courts the Black Vote, Day Gardner, President of National Black Pro-Life Union Encourages the Black Community to Leave the Democratic Party | Deacon John's Space

As Donald Trump Courts the Black Vote, Day Gardner, President of National Black Pro-Life Union Encourages the Black Community to Leave the Democratic Party

Contact: Day Gardner, National Black Pro-Life Union, 202-834-0844

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — The following is submitted by Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union:

It has finally happened. The Republican nominee for the highest office in the land is reaching out to Black Americans and actually asking for our vote.

The Democratic Party has had its talons plunged deep in the flesh of Black Americans for eons. Their playbook promises are the same every election season and include: The promise of funding for education, yet schools are still failing and others continue to close in the poorest minority neighborhoods throughout the country; funding for big government handouts which keep minorities dependent on the big government ‘plantation’ and continued funding for abortion–the number one killer of blacks which decimates the black community as a whole.

Wasn’t it Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson who said : “I’ll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years?”

Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office on...

Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office on Air Force One following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Also, regarding voting rights LBJ was heard to say: “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference…”

Guess what? Whether those quotes are actual LBJ quotes or not, the bottom line is, that’s exactly what the Democrats have been doing for over 50 years! They drop a crumb here, a rotten potato peel there–just enough to keep us sniffing around like dogs. We wag our tails while lapping up the crumbs–and all is well until the next election season.

The Democratic machine has Blacks exactly where they want us, tucked snugly in their back pockets where they can sit on our votes year after year – tossing stale crumbs out to us while offering fresh loaves to potentially ‘new’ voting blocks.

The result of failed policies can be seen in every Democrat controlled city across America where families are devastated and jobless-poverty, crime and violence are rampant.

It’s infuriating that in this high tech day and age, many of my black brothers and sisters are of a ‘stepford’ mentality, sleep walking in a politically robotic-like existence. I want to shake them and say, wake up, smell the roses and the coffee! Stop voting for the same old politicians while hoping for different outcomes-face it … it’s not working!

My 87 year old mother was a life long Democrat and Obama supporter, but this coming election, she has decided to forgo the usual crumbs strewn by Democrats – opting for porterhouse instead.

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This November, my courageous mother will cast her vote for Donald J. Trump for President and I will be right there beside her.

SAINT ZEPHYRINUS (217 A.D.); OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA

SAINT ZEPHYRINUS
Pope and Martyr

OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA
[Historical]

SIMPLE/RED
A native of Rome, Zephyrinus was Pope from 199 to 217. During part of his rule, the Church endured the bloody persecution of Emperor Septimus Severus. Pope Zephyrinus rejoiced in the triumphs of the martyrs, but he had much to suffer from current heresies and apostasies. It was his glory that the heretics called this holy Pope the principle defender of Christ's divinity.

Introit
Ps 83:10-11
Behold, O God, our Protector, and look upon the face of Your Anointed. Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere.
Ps 83:2-3
How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Behold, O God, our Protector, and look upon the face of Your Anointed. Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere.


Mass of a POPE, except

COLLECT

O Eternal Shepherd, who appointed blessed Zephyrinus shepherd of the whole Church, let the prayers of this martyr and supreme pontiff move You to look with favor upon Your flock and to keep it under Your continual protection. Through our Lord . . .

Lesson
Lesson from the first letter of St Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
1 Cor. 15:1-10
Brethren: I recall to your minds the Gospel that I preached to you, which also you received, wherein also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold it fast, as I preached it to you - unless you have believed to no purpose. For I delivered to you first of all, what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and after that to the Eleven. Then He was seen by more than five hundred brethren at one time, many of whom are with us still, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by the Apostles. And last of all, as by one born out of due time, He was seen also by me. For I am the least of the Apostles, and am not worthy to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace in me has not been fruitless.
R. Thanks be to God.


Gradual
Ps 27:7
In God my heart trusts, and I find help; then my heart exults, and with my song I give Him thanks.
V. To You, O Lord, I call; O my God, be not deaf to me; depart not from me. Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 80:2-3
V. Sing joyfully to God our strength; acclaim the God of Jacob. Take up a pleasant psalm with the harp. Alleluia.


Gospel
Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Mark
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Mark 7:31-37
At that time, Jesus departing from the district of Tyre came by way of Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the district of Decapolis. And they brought to Him one deaf and dumb, and entreated Him to lay His hand upon him. And taking him aside from the crowd, He put His fingers into the man’s ears, and spitting, He sighed, and said to him, Ephpheta, that is, Be opened. And his ears were at once opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak correctly. And He charged them to tell no one. But the more He charged them, so much the more did they continue to publish it. And so much the more did they wonder, saying, He has done all things well. He has made both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
S. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.


SECRET
We have offered our gifts to You, O Lord. Let Your light graciously shine upon Your Church, so that this flock may everywhere prosper, and its pastors under Your guidance, may be truly pleasing to You. Through our Lord . . .

POSTCOMMUNION
O Lord, govern the Church, which You have been pleased to nourish with Your Heavenly Food. Guide her by Your powerful direction so that she may enjoy greater freedom and remain unshaken in the fullness of faith. Through our Lord . . .


English: The Black Madonna of Czestochowa Pols...
English: The Black Madonna of Czestochowa Polski: Ikona Matki Boskiej z Jasnej Góry w Częstochowie zwana Czarną Madonną (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Feast Day: August 26 - Our Lady of Czestochowa

History:
The origin of this miraculous image in Czestochowa, according to tradition, the painting was a portrait of Our Lady done by St. John sometime after the Crucifixion of Our Lord and remained in the Holy Land until discovered by St. Helena of the Cross in the fourth century. The painting was taken to Constantinople, where St. Helena's son, the Emperor Constantine, erected a church for its enthronement.  During the siege by the Saracens, the invaders became frightened when the people carried the picture in a procession around the city; the infidels fled. Later, the image was threatened with burning by an evil emperor, who had a wife, Irene, who saved it and hid it from harm. The image was in that city for 500 years, until it became part of some dowries, eventually being taken to Russia to a region that later became Poland.

After the portrait became the possession of the Polish prince, St. Ladislaus in the 15th century, it was installed in his castle. Tartar invaders besieged the castle and an enemy arrow pierced Our Lady's image, inflicting a scar. Interestingly, repeated attempts to fix the image, artistically have all failed.
Tradition says that St. Ladislaus determined to save the image from repeated invasions, so he went to his birthplace, Opala, stopping for rest in Częstochowa; the image was brought nearby to Jasna Góra (bright hill")and placed in a small wooden church named for the Assumption. The following morning, after the picture was carefully placed in the wagon, the horses refused to move. St. Ladislaus understood this to be a sign from Heaven that the image should stay in Częstochowa; thus he replaced the painting in the Church of the Assumption, August 26, 1382, a day still observed as the Feast Day. The Saint wished to have the holiest of men guard the painting, so he assigned the church and the monastery to the Pauline Fathers, who have devoutly protected the image for the last six hundred years.
Having survived two attacks upon it, Our Lady's image was next in peril by the Hussites. The Hussites successfully stormed the Pauline monastery in 1430, plundering the sanctuary. Among the items stolen was the image. After putting it in their wagon, the Hussites went a little ways but then the horses refused to go any further. Recalling the former incident that was so similar, the heretics threw the portrait down to the ground, which shattered the image into three pieces. One of the plunderers drew his sword and slashed the image twice, causing two deep gashes; while attempting a third gash, he was overcome with a writhing agony and died.
The two slashes on the cheek of the Blessed Virgin, together with the one on the throat, have always reappeared after artistic attempts to fix them. The portrait again faced danger in 1655 by a Swedish horde of 12,000, which confronted the 300 men guarding the image. The band of 300 routed the 12,000 and the following year, the Holy Virgin was acclaimed Queen of Poland.


Prayer
(to be said each day upon rising)
HOLY MOTHER of Czestochowa, Thou art full of grace,
goodness and mercy. I consecrate to Thee all my thoughts,
words and actions----my soul and body. I beseech Thy
blessings and especially prayers for my salvation.
Today, I consecrate myself to Thee, Good Mother, totally
 ----with body and soul amid joy and sufferings to obtain
for myself and others Thy blessings on this earth and
eternal life in Heaven. Amen.
Imprimatur: Cardinal O' Boyle, Washington, DC
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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Thursday, August 25, 2016

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
• Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece Blasts Abortion: “If Black Lives Matter, They Should Matter in the Womb”
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Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece Blasts Abortion: “If Black Lives Matter, They Should Matter in the Womb”
When the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says “Black Lives Matter,” she means all black lives.

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Lawyers for StemExpress, Which Sold Planned Parenthood Aborted Baby Parts, Want to Quit
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Planned Parenthood Opening New Abortion Business Next Week Next to an Elementary School
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MARIAN INSPIRATIONS: August 25, 2016 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje

      (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ
August 25, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
Here is the August 25, 2016 Message through Marija:


"Dear children! Today I desire to share Heavenly joy with you. You, little children, open the door of your heart so that hope, peace and love, which only God gives, may grow in your heart. Little children, you are too bound to the earth and earthly things, that is why, Satan is rolling you like the wind rolls the waves of the sea. Therefore, may the chain of your life be prayer with the heart and Adoration of my Son Jesus. Give over your future to Him so that, in Him, you may be joy and an example with your lives to others. Thank you for having responded to my call."


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

PS.  The next reflection will be Monday, August 29.  Peace!!




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All your children shall be taught by the Lord; great shall be the peace of your children. ~ Isaiah 54:13

Dear Friends,

Meet Megina. She’s 5, feisty, and lives in Côtes-de-Fer, Haiti. Born without fully formed arms, she doesn’t seem to notice her disability at all. When we met her earlier this year, she was busy pulling a friend around on a makeshift sled. Her mom said, “Nothing can stop her.”

Well, almost nothing...
You see, Megina is desperate to go to school with her friends, but because of her disability the local school will not admit her – they don’t have the resources or training to meet her needs.

“It’s so hard for me to see her so sad when she watches her friends go to school and she cannot go. She becomes a different girl.”  - Megina’s mother

When children like Megina are denied the opportunity to go to school, it increases their chances of continuing to live in poverty and dying younger. Girls are often the first to be excluded.

Today, I wanted to let you know that a generous friend to the poor has offered to match your gift to children in need. That means that your love and devotion for children like Megina goes even further.

Thank you for all that you do to help alleviate the suffering of those less fortunate. It is in these actions, motivated by love, that we see God's grace here on earth. Today, more children can be given the chance to learn and experience the life-changing impact of education because of you.

On behalf of Megina, and the 91,013 children we served last year, thank you, and God bless you.
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In His grace,


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      (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ
August 25, 2016
St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz
Dear Family of Mary!
July 25, 2016


"Dear children! I am looking at you and I see you lost; and you do not have prayer or joy in your heart. Return to prayer, little children, and put God in the first place and not man. Do not lose the hope which I am carrying to you. May this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Since today we receive another message, I thought we could reflect on last month's message one more time. As I read this message I see that Our Lady has given us everything we need to endure the difficulties of our time.
"Dear children! I am looking at you and I see you lost; and you do not have prayer or joy in your heart." How often do we feel lost, forget to pray, or lose our joy? It is pretty easy to get thrown off course. Our world comes barreling in on us through the media constantly. Our fears mount, we question our faith, and we get depressed. So fast!
"Return to prayer, little children, and put God in the first place and not man." Step one: to save ourselves from this downward spiral, we must pray, and in prayer put God on the throne of our hearts. NOT MAN! NOT THE THINGS OF MAN! NO WAY!
"Do not lose the hope which I am carrying to you." Like a child sent off to school with his lunch money in hand, Our Lady tells us to hang on to our hope, the hope she has brought to us. Without hope we will be prey to all sorts of sadness.
"May this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in the silence of your heart..." Instead of surrounding ourselves with the constant din of the news and entertainment media, we can seek out silence. And in that silence, we can seek God. He will be found.
"...and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy for you." Once we have found God in the silence of our hearts, we can just stay there, and talk to Him for as long as we want. He will listen. He always listens. And He will solve all our problems, calm our fears, show us His plan for us, and bring us joy!!
That is all we need to make it through this stormy time.
Thank you, dearest Mother, for responding to our call, and coming to us in Medjugorje!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016




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