Thursday, March 05, 2015

If they will not listen...

More about ‘listening’ from today’s Gospel reading, Luke 16 : 19-31

“If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.” Luke 16 : 31

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Listen to your Mother

This account was first published in 2013. It came to mind after reading the message Our Lady gave to Mirjana on Monday, and said: “Do not be afraid and do not lose hope, because my Son listens to his mother.”

• Shortly before Easter, I went to confession at the cathedral in the city where I live. I should have realised that there would be queues at that time of year, so I decided to spend a few minutes preparing in front of the Blessed Sacrament, hoping the line would shorten by the time I was ready.

Like many, I have issues in my life that keep occurring which I never seem to be able to overcome. This bothers me and is discouraging. I began to share this with the Lord when I clearly heard the words in my heart: Listen to your Mother. It was an unexpected response. I thought about this for a while and began to realise that there are often times when I fail to listen to our Blessed Mother, and become lazy in not reading and living her messages from Medjugorje. I made a promise there and then to accept what Jesus had said in my heart and that I would read and contemplate on one of Our Lady’s messages every day from now on.

A month has passed and the results are remarkable. I really do feel that the words Jesus gave me have been a crucial key in helping me to leave behind some of the negativity in my life that was discouraging. I am now beginning to listen with my heart and not just my ears. And it’s amazing that now I have taken this decision I am discovering just how many ‘listening’ opportunities there are in my life. It’s as if by ‘listening’ my eyes have been opened as well.

When I read the Bible, I have noticed that Jesus is always saying, ‘Listen...’ He makes it clear to the people of the time that they have never really listened to the prophets of old, otherwise they would have known who he is. Moses is a classic example of not being listened to. And isn’t our Lady the Queen of Prophets? Perhaps that is why Jesus said in my heart: Listen to your Mother.

And by listening to my Mother, I place myself in a position to listen to others, those who have no voice, who are marginalised; listening to those who are close to me, who often become frustrated because of my ‘deafness’; listening to the Word of God with open ears and heart; listening through prayer and fasting. It is only by listening that I am able to respond. This is why Our Lady always says at the end of her messages: “Thank you for responding to my call.” If I listen, I will respond. If I don’t listen, then there will be little or no response – and then I shall find myself back in the troubled place wondering why I cannot overcome the temptations in my life.

Not listening has its consequences. What happens when a husband and wife fail to listen to each other, or when parents fail to listen to their children, or children fail to listen to parents? And then there are the times we complain about the state of the world or our circumstances. Is nobody listening? Can’t anyone do something? It can be very frustrating when no-one wants to listen to us. There are even moments when we wrongly conclude that God and Our Lady are not listening.

But what I have come to understand since Easter is that not listening is the first sign of a closed heart. Our Lady says that we do not know how to love because we do not know how to listen to her words with love. She says she has come to earth to teach us to listen out of love, to listen and to live her messages.

“May your heart be prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in his plans for each of you.”

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Listening...

Following on from Our Lady’s words in yesterday’s message when she said her Son listens to his mother, in today’s Gospel reading Jesus also speaks about ‘listening’.
second week of Lent, TuesdayMatthew 23 : 1-32

Monday, March 02, 2015

Gospa’s March message to Mirjana


Dear children! You are my strength.

You, my apostles, who with your love, humility and silence of prayer are making it possible for one to come to know my Son.

You live in me.

You carry me in your heart.

You know that you have a mother who loves you and who has come to bring love.

I am looking at you in the Heavenly Father – your thoughts, your pains, your sufferings – and I offer them to my Son.

Do not be afraid and do not lose hope, because my Son listens to his mother.

Since he was born he loves and I desire for all of my children to come to know that love.

I desire that all those who left him because of their pain and misunderstanding may return to him and that all those who have never known him may come to know him.

That is why you are here, my apostles, and I as a mother am with you.

Pray for the firmness of faith, because love and mercy come from firm faith.

Through love and mercy you will help all those who are not aware that they are choosing darkness instead of light.

Pray for your shepherds because they are the strength of the Church which my Son left to you.

Through my Son, they are the shepherds of souls.

Thank you.


REFLECTION: The wedding at Cana... John 2 : 1-12
The mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Pope Francis says... Our Lady says...

We also climb the mountain of the Transfiguration and stop in contemplation of the face of Jesus in order to accept the message and translate it into our lives; because we too can be transfigured by love… In reality, love has the capacity to transfigure all. Love transforms all… Do you all believe in this? Do you believe love is capable of transfiguring all?
Pope Francis, Angelus address, Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dear children! Also today I call you to pray. Pray, little children, in a special way for all those who have not come to know God’s love. Pray that their hearts may open and draw closer to my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus, so that we can transform them into people of peace and love. Thank you for having responded to my call. January 25, 2004

Little children, give time to God that he may transform you and fill you with his grace, so that you may be a grace for others. For you, little children, I am a gift of grace and love, which comes from God for this peaceless world. November 25, 2007

Little children, in the silence of your heart remain with Jesus, so that he may change and transform you with his love. July 25, 1988

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Our Lady’s February message to Marija

Dear children! In this time of grace I call all of you: pray more and speak less.

In prayer seek the will of God and live it according to the commandments to which God calls you.

I am with you and am praying with you.

Thank you for having responded to my call.


Medjugorje message, February 25, 2015

YOU SHOULD PRAY LIKE THIS: Matthew 6 : 7-15
ASK, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU: Matthew 7 : 7-12

The ups and the downs...

I remember one time descending Medjugorje’s Mt Krizevac on my own, in complete darkness and not able to see where I was stepping. No torchlight and no moonlight. There were more prayers said coming down then ever there were on the way up!

I didn’t fall, and to this day I’m still amazed I kept on my feet. It could only have been due to Providence and the help of a guardian angel.

A few years later I did come crashing down on my backside when I slipped at the base of Apparition Hill. How it happened was very simple. I got distracted and turned my head around to check on someone behind me, but mistakenly kept moving, and then lost my balance. I couldn’t lie down for the rest of the pilgrimage, and I still suffer with the hip injury even now, four years on.

Jesus fell three times on his walk to Calvary, so weak was he after being tortured and then having the heavy burden of the cross placed on his shoulders. The burden wasn’t of his own making. It is said that the weight of his cross represents the sins of mankind.

My physical falls (yes, there was another occasion) has similarities with the times I fall to temptation and sin. Usually when this happens it is because I’ve lost focus on what’s ahead of me and allow myself to become distracted. I haven’t, so to speak, kept up the ground work and to the straight path. I make the mistake of turning my eyes away from the one who calls me to follow him. This is not always deliberate on my part; distractions can come in so many guises and not always easy to recognise. And then there are the times when I know better, or become ‘righteous’ or right. That’s always an easy trap to fall into.

In her message below Blessed Mother warns us about following distractions without reflecting on the consequences.

Dear children! I am calling everyone of you to start living in God's love. Dear children, you are ready to commit sin, and to put yourselves in the hand of satan without reflecting. I call on each one of you to consciously decide for God and against satan. I am your Mother and, therefore, I want to lead you all to perfect holiness. I want each one of you to be happy here on earth and to be with me in Heaven. That is, dear children, the purpose of my coming here and it’s my desire. Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message, May 25, 1987

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A lasting impression...

About a year ago I lay helpless in a hospital bed after open-heart surgery.

A specialist nurse in the high dependency unit came to me with a basin of warm water and proceeded to wash my body wherever I wasn’t covered in surgical dressings and monitor cables.

I can’t remember much about the process as my body was still filled with anaesthetic and other pain-relief medication, but I do recall the tender and gentle way she washed my face and the bliss I experienced.

She was a total stranger and I didn’t catch her name. But I shall never forget the experience and will always remember the nurse as ‘Veronica’, the woman who wiped the face of Jesus as he carried his cross.

Veronica’s tenderness and goodness was rewarded with a permanent impression of the Lord’s face on her veil. The nurse’s compassion graced me with an everlasting impression of the tenderness and goodness of Jesus in the hearts of others.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Come and see...

Pope Francis says... Mary says...

Pope Francis went on to explain how in the wilderness we can listen to God’s voice and that of the tempter. And we listen to God’s voice through his words and that’s why it’s important to read the Holy Scriptures because otherwise we’re unable to resist the lure of the evil one.  The Pope said it was for this reason that he wanted to renew his advice to the faithful to read the Gospel every day and reflect on its meaning, even for just 10 minutes... 
VATICAN RADIO, reporting yesterday’s Angelus address by Pope Francis

Dear children! Today I call on you to read the Bible every day in your homes and let it be in a visible place so as always to encourage you to read it and to pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, October 18, 1984

Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life. John 6 : 63