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Somethings about Mary in June 2017

Many, many thanks to ... for giving their 'something' about Mary this month.

This photo is of the chapel of Our Lady of Fatima in Cova da Iria, Fatima.

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1st June - Feast of St Justin - Luz      

"I believe in Mary a lot. I pray every day the rosary, every day because it’s important for my sleeping. If I don't pray the rosary, I don't sleep properly."

Luz, from Colombia, gives her response in English & Spanish. It is her birthday today - here's wishing you a very blessed, happy birthday, dearest Luz ♥

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd June 2017:

"Dear children, as in the other places where I have come to you, also here I am calling you to prayer. Pray for those who do not know my Son, for those who have not come to know the love of God, against sin, for the consecrated - for those whom my Son called to have love and the spirit of strength for you, for the Church. Pray to my Son, and the love which you experience from His nearness will give you the strength to make you ready for the works of love which you will do in His name. My children, be ready. This time is a turning point. That is why I am calling you anew to faith and hope. I am showing you the way by which you need to go, and those are the words of the Gospel. Apostles of my love, the world is in such need of your arms raised towards Heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father. Much humility and purity of heart are needed. Have trust in my Son and know that you can always be better. My motherly heart desires for you, apostles of my love, to be little lights of the world, to illuminate there where darkness wants to begin to reign, to show the true way by your prayer and love, to save souls. I am with you. Thank you."

2nd June - Tsegreda      

"Mary is my Saviour's mother, my mother, my children's mother, all of our's mother. She's sweet, I love my Mary. .. She's my beloved Mother, my loving Mummy."

Tsegreda, from Eritrea, gives her response in English & Tigrinya.

3rd June - Grace      

"Our Lady to me, she is my treasurer of grace. She is the treasurer of all graces. She has a mission from God to dispense the grace to whoever, whenever, whatever, in any quantity, in any time, in any place. She is the sole treasurer of all graces and because of her intercession all the graces I received, I offer my sincere gratitude to her. It is through her intercession that I receive my grace from God our Father, Jesus our Lord and our Holy Spirit. Thank you, Mama. Thank you."

Grace is from Hong Kong & gives her response in English & Cantonese.

4th June - Feast of Pentecost - Father Conan      

"Celebrating Our Lady, Our Lady as Queen, Queen of the clergy, Queen of all Christians. She is indeed the Christian par excellence, she is the greatest model, witness of the faith. But also I like to refer to her as the New Ark of the Covenant, indispensable but also appointed and specially selected role to bear the Lord. And so, similar to the old ark, but par excellence Mary therefore brings to all Christians the power, the beauty, the wonder, the grandeur, the victory of her Son Jesus Christ. The battle is the Lord's but through, with, in Him and through the intercession of Our Lady, there is victory in her Son Jesus Christ."

Father Conan is from Dominica.

5th June - Feast of St Boniface - Hilda      

"La Vierge pour nous, c'est notre mère, c'est la mère de tous les chrétiens. C'est le devoir d'une mère: on demande qu'elle nous protège, qu'elle nous aide, qu'elle nous donne tout le temps la foi. C'est ce qu'on demande d'une maman."

Hilda is from Lebanon.

6th June - Leonor      

"Our Lady to me is a gift that God gave me because she gave me the biggest ‘yes’ I’ve ever listened to in my whole life."

Leonor is 16 & from Portugal; she gives her response in English & Portuguese.

7th June - Emily      

"To me, Mary is a guide through what it means to be a woman, especially someone in love with God."

Emily is 24 & from Canada.

8th June - Sandra      

"La Vierge Marie pour moi, c’est ma deuxième maman et c'est la deuxième maman de tout le monde pour moi, je pense. On a tous besoin d'elle et on lui demande beaucoup de choses mais on lui dit aussi beaucoup merci parce qu'elle fait beaucoup de très belles choses et elle nous aide à grandir dans la foi."

Sandra is 30 & from Lebanon.

9th June - Feast of St Ephrem - Michael      

"Our Blessed Mother is my heavenly mother. I have been consecrated to her for more than 20 years now and her role in my life has been one of maternal solicitude for my salvation. I can't quite put into words what she has done for me but in short I would say she's very solicitous for my salvation and, as a mother, she knows what is best for her children."

Michael is from Nigeria.

10th June - Inés      

"For me Mary is the person to go to when I feel that I can't go to Jesus because I feel that he's too high up for me. So she's my mother."

Inés is 24 & from Spain; she gives her response in English & Spanish.

11th June - Feast of the Most Holy Trinity - Anaïs      

"To me Mary is definitely mother first of all, and she also just teaches me how to love Christ better and how to love God the Father as his daughter and how to be attentive to the Holy Spirit."

Anaïs is 22 & from Canada.

12th June - Chiara      

"The Virgin Mary for me is simply my Mum - I love her as she were my Mum.  

La Vergine Maria per me è la mia mamma."

Chiara is 29 & from Italy.

13th June - Feast of Saint Anthony of Lisbon & Padua - Marta      
100th anniversary of Our Lady's 2nd apparition in Fatima

"I think my devotion to Our Lady of Fatima began when I was really young because my grandmother always had a little statue of her and here in Portugal everywhere we go we have little figures of Our Lady. I always had an interest and always thought 'Why does everyone love her so much and take such a great interest in her?' I have been to Fatima several times but one of the last times I went, I went in a pilgrimage and it took us five days to get there (and usually it just takes us two hours). So I went walking for five days and it was such a great relief and I was so full of friendship and happiness when I saw Our Lady and we prayed altogether. It was such a special moment and I got why people loved her so much."

Marta, who's 16 & from Portugal, gives her response in English & Portuguese.

14th June - Aran-Rafael      

"Mother Mary means a very lot to me, this is the Mother of God. She's pure and I pray to her through God for the conversion of sinners."

Aran-Rafael is from Turkey.

15th June - Feast of Corpus Christi - Niall      

"Our Lady means a lot to me: not only is she my mother but I've entrusted my vocation to her. At a stage of my life, I had decisions to make regarding entering seminary and what I did was I'd always a devotion to Our Lady but I consecrated myself to Our Lady and I entrusted all my past achievements and all my past experiences and all my future experiences and any of my future decisions, I entrusted them all to her. Since I did this I had a radical change in my life in terms of not only my devotion to her but also my devotion to Jesus, because anything that I've asked with a contrite heart Our Lady has provided for me and it has strengthened my relationship with Jesus, my devotion to the rosary daily, also it strengthens my faith. Our Lady has become a mother for me, a spiritual mother in many, many ways."

Niall is 33 & a seminarian from Galway in Ireland.

16th June - Anne      

"Our Lady for me, she is our mother and protectress and she loves us all and she helps us get to Jesus."

Anne is from England.

17th June - Henryka      

"Mary is a very, very, very important lady and the Queen of heaven and all earth and all people."

Henryka is from Poland & gives her response in English & Polish.

18th June - Corpus Christi Sunday - Bess      

"My first significant encounter with Mary came when I was 17 and I was on a French exchange and my French exchange's family had a house in  the south of France and when I arrived, they said 'Next week you girls are going on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.' ... Lourdes was a complete revelation and what really struck me about it and surprised me was the grotto: that it didn't matter how many people were there, how crowded it was, there was just this sense, a tangible sense, of peace and that really struck me. And I really had a sense that if I were ever in difficulty after that time in Lourdes, I could ask Our Lady for help and she was reliable and she would look after me. And I would say that was turning point in my adult life as a Christian; that was the time or the moment when I chose to follow Catholicism out of my own will rather than going along with it because of family tradition. And my faith just grew and grew after that. And what I would say now is that my experience has really born out what the Church teaches, which is that Our Lady leads us to Christ."

Bess is from England.

19th June - Jijo      

"Through Mother Mary we can achieve anything and Jesus Christ will listen to our prayer through Mary."

Jijo is 32 & from India.

20th June - Anil      

"I'm used to wearing the rosary from when I knew about Mary till now (more than 20 years). I usually pray the rosary every single day and all my family believe in Mary through God."

Anil is 33 & from India.

21st June - Mary      

"Mary to me is our mother and she is very special.

Mary is from the US.

22nd June - Feast of St John Fisher & St Thomas More - John      

"I have a very special devotion to Mary which comes to me through my family. ... I think of Mary as our mother in heaven, the Queen of Peace. I have a strong devotion to St Therese of Lisieux who said 'She's more a mother than a queen'."

John is from Los Angeles.

23rd June - Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - Manami      

"Our Lady is for me my everything. Whenever I have a problem, I always ask for her intercession and everything about her I love and I believe. Our Lady, we love you, we trust in you and we live in you."

Manami is from Japan and gives her response in English & Japanese.

24th June - Feast of the birth of St John the Baptist - Emily      

"I don't know what my next steps with Mary are but I'm sure she'll carry me all the way through, through many decades. I wish I'd started to pray the rosary in earnest, properly, like a few years ago, because she is so good and she brings such peace, and she brings you right back to Christ, all through his life. - so through his birth, through his death, through his resurrection, through every part of his life she's there and so she helps you to be there as well."

Emily is 25 & half English, half American.

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 June 2017 - 36th anniversary of the apparitions

"Dear children! Today, I desire to thank you for your perseverance and call you to open yourselves to profound prayer. Prayer, little children, is the heart of faith and is hope in eternal life. Therefore, pray with the heart until your heart sings with thanksgiving to God the Creator who gave you life. I am with you, little children, and carry to you my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! Hoy quiero agradecerles por su perseverancia e invitarlos a abrirse a la oración profunda. Hijitos, la oración es el corazón de la fe y de la esperanza en la vida eterna. Por eso, oren con el corazón hasta que su corazón cante con gratitud a Dios Creador que les ha dado la vida. Yo estoy con ustedes, hijitos, y les traigo mi bendición maternal de paz. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! Oggi desidero ringraziarvi per la vostra perseveranza ed invitarvi ad aprirvi alla preghiera profonda. Figlioli, la preghiera è il cuore della fede ed è speranza nella vita eterna. Perciò pregate col cuore fino a che il vostro cuore canti con gratitudine a Dio Creatore che vi ha dato la vita. Figlioli, io sono con voi e vi porto la mia benedizione materna della pace. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”

25th June - 36th anniversary of reported apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje - Ella      

"Mary grabbed my hand way back in 2000. I knew a community who had a great love of Mary and with the introduction of a brother we started to pray a rosary together and it was my first full rosary. Then I went to Medjugorje and then I went again and again. Since 2001 I have already been 20 times. .. Mary has been holding my hand. She's been waiting for me and finally I realised how much she has loved me and how long she has waited for me."

Ella is from Hong Kong.

26th June - Gregory      

"For me Mary is a mother that I can call on as a constant support, as a constant help and a constant feel of affection from her and constantly draw grace and encouragement from her virtue and her grace."

Gregory is 23 & from England.

27th June - Fiona      

"For me Our Lady is hope and mystery and mother."

Fiona is 26 & from Trinidad & Tobago.