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 The Youth Festival in Medjugorje
Participants singing and dancing for the Lord!
(c) Tony Zubac 2018       

 

December 13, 2018
St. Lucy   Dear Family of Mary!
 
 

“…Apostles  of my love, along with prayer and sacrifice, may your hearts be  illuminated with the love and the light of my Son. May that light and  love illuminate all those whom you meet and bring them back to my Son. I  am with you…” (December 2, 2018)

 “May your hearts be illuminated with the love and the light of my Son…”  Our Lady has said this quite often to us. She wants the love and light  of Jesus to shine through us somehow! It can sound rather mysterious.  How does the light of Jesus shine through us?

This question has been central to the writings of Caryll Houselander.  She is a spiritual writer who lived in the first half of the 20th  century. She had a difficult childhood and she lived through World War  II in London! So she understands suffering. When she writes about Jesus,  she speaks from a deep understanding of His love for her and for all  people, and a deep understanding of His suffering for all of us. That  suffering is what saved Caryll from despair and set her feet on level  ground as an adult.

Here is an excerpt from Caryll’s letters (found in the Magnificat for December 2018, P 56)

Now he comes to be born in the narrowness of our lives, to be  incarnate in us, to give his love to the world through us, through our  flesh and blood. That is one meaning of the Incarnation.

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 The Tilma of St. Juan Diego        December 12, 2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe

(I am sharing a reflection I wrote in 2016 for this feast. I hope you  don’t mind. It says everything I would want to say today!!)

Dear Family of Mary!   Today is the Feast of Our Lady of  Guadalupe!! St. Juan Diego received a miraculous image of Our Lady on  his simple Tilma, while presenting to his bishop the miraculous roses  that bloomed on Tepeyac Hill in December. He thought that the roses  would be proof to the bishop that Our Lady had appeared to him. But Our  Lady had an even more amazing sign to give. She appeared to the bishop  when Juan Diego opened his Tilma! She left her image on the poor Tilma  of poor Juan Diego!   There is much written about the  miraculous image, too much for me to list. But Our Lady staked her claim  in Mexico that day, coming to save the little ones, the natives who  needed her so much. It seems that if Our Lady could leave such an  amazing sign in Mexico City, a Tilma that should have decayed hundreds  of years ago upon which an image floats of a Woman with Child, clothed  with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of 12 stars, and  all kinds of other incredible signs embedded in it, then she can easily  leave another sign in Medjugorje. She has promised to do so. We can  depend on her!
Thursday, October 22, 1981

After many people saw the cross on Mt. Krizevac transform itself into a light, and then into a silhouette of Our Lady, she said:

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  (c)Anthony Zubac 2018
        
December 10, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

 

"  ...I know that you desire to have a strong faith and to express it in  the right way. What my Son asks of you is to have a sincere, strong and  deep faith - then every way in which you express it is proper. Faith is a  most wonderful mystery which is kept in the heart. It is between the  Heavenly Father and all of His children; it is recognized by the fruits  and by the love which one has towards all of God's creatures..." (December 2, 2018)
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(c)Anthony Zubac
 December 7, 2016
St. Ambrose
First Friday

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! When you come to me, as to a mother, with a pure and open heart, know that I am listening to you, encouraging you, consoling you and, above all, interceding for you with my Son..." (December 2, 2018)

Tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception! One more day to prepare. I thought today we could let the prayer that Our Lady taught Jelena Vasilj speak to our hearts and help us to pray properly. Jelena was very young when Our Lady taught her this prayer. And you can tell that Our Lady was speaking to a young person. The words are simple and straightforward and they can open us up to Our Lady in a truly childlike way.

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(Given by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilj, 11/28/1983)

O Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Overflowing with goodness,
Show us your love for us.
May the flame of your heart, Oh Mary,
Descend upon all peoples.
We love you immensely.
Impress in our hearts a true love.
May our hearts yearn for you.
Oh Mary, sweet and humble of heart,
Remember us when we sin.
You know that all mankind are sinners.
Through your most sacred and maternal heart,
Cure us from every spiritual illness.
Make us capable of looking at the beauty of your maternal heart,
And that, thus, we may be converted
to the flame of your heart. Amen

Our Lady tells us:

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