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(c)Anthony Zubac
       December 6, 2018
St. Nicholas

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)


 Today we have a litany written by Blessed John Henry Newman! I think  the way to pray this litany is not to rush, not to rattle off the words  as if we are in a race. Instead, let's take each title as an invitation  to silent prayer, a moment to ponder what this title could mean. Our  Lady, when she was greeted by the Angel Gabriel, took a moment to  ponder, to let the words he spoke to her rumble around in her heart and  head, until she had inspected them properly. Only then could she  respond.    In the same we when we pray, especially prayers that are  written for us, we need to take some time with the words we say, let  them rumble around in our poor heads and hearts until we can make some  sense out of them. Then we need to present them to God for light. What  does this mean, and what do you make of it, Lord? Or in this case what  do you think of it, Mother? Then wait for light. Each title carries a  grace and a gift for us, because everything about Our Lady is a grace  and gift for us!
 

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(c)Mateo Ivankovic
       December 5, 2018
In Preparation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

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)

Again today we approach our Mother, Mary, with our hearts wide open  and full of love and trust. We pray with all our hearts, calling out to  Mary as children who need their mother. We are setting aside these few  days before the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, to pray with all  our hearts in simple faith to the Mother of Jesus and our Mother. She  will hear us, she cannot forget us, because she is our Mother:

St. Bernard encourages us:

 In the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I Trust
Look to the Star
Call upon Mary!
 

In danger, in difficulty
or in doubt,
think of Mary,
call upon Mary,
Keep her name on your lips,
Never let it pass out of your heart.
 

Following in her footsteps,
you will not go astray:
praying to her,
you will not
fall into despair:
thinking of her you will not err.
 

While she keeps hold of your hand,
you will not fall ...
you will not grow weary ...
you will have no fear ...
Enjoying her protection,
you will reach the goal.
(Saint Bernard)
 

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 (c)Mateo Ivankovic
          December 4, 2018
St. John Damascene

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. 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..." (December 2, 2018)
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Mirjana Soldo encounters Our Lady - December 2, 2018
 

 (c)Anthony Zubac
   
December 2, 2018
First Sunday of Advent Dear Family of Mary,
 

Here is the message to Mirjana Soldo of December 2nd, 2018: 

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