Thursday, August 25, 2016

Medjugorje message, August 25, 2016

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.

Medjugorje message, August 25, 2016

Love and pain of leaving...

“Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies... the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.

“Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.”

Henri Nouwen

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

At the feet of Jesus

In today’s Gospel reading (Luke 10 : 38-43) Mary the sister of Martha is seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to him speaking.

It’s not the only time the Gospels record Mary as being at the feet of Jesus. In John’s account of the Resurrection of Lazurus, brother of Mary and Martha, the evangelist states that it is the same Mary “who anointed the feet of the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair”.

Later in the passage we are told that as soon as Mary saw Jesus coming towards Bethany she went to him and threw herself at his feet.

To sit, or even kneel, at the feet of another is an act of lowering onself, expressing humility and service.

So while Martha showed humility in serving and waiting on others in the house, Mary also chose to humble herself and wait first and formost on the Lord.

Had Martha not complained, would Jesus have made the point about Mary choosing the better part?

I also noticed in church this morning that the 12th station of the cross, – Jesus is Crucified – shows a woman at the foot of the cross kissing the feet of Jesus. Unlike the other two women in the frame her long hair hangs loose. Is this the unnamed sinful woman in Luke’s gospel (7 : 36-50) who also anointed Jesus and bathed his feet with her tears and then wiped them with her hair? It is said that the woman is likely to be Mary Magdalene and she is named in John’s gospel as being present at the Crucifixion.

I also remember serving Mass as a youngster. The server would kneel at the feet of the priest ready to do his bidding. The photo alongside shows a similar depiction. The young man kneeling is from the Cenaclo Community and is waiting on the priest he and other members of the Community had carried up Apparition Hill.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Narrow doors

Through the towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, “Sir, will there be only be a few saved?” He said to them, “Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.” Luke 13 : 22-24

In the early days of the Medjugorje apparitions when Our Lady would appear to the seers in the choir loft in St James church, hundreds of pilgrims would crowd around the narrow door (pictured) to try and get access to the staircase and a place in the balcony. Only a few ever succeeded. Access was usually by invitation only. Talk about backstage passes!

But eventually, the local bishop put a stop to the visionaries receiving their apparitions of Our Lady in the church and now hardly anyone looks to gain access through this door.

In the above photograph the two chairs outside the narrow door are probably more germane to accessing heaven than being present for any apparition in a choir loft.

One seat is for a confessor, and the other for a penitent.

The thief on the cross who admitted his sin and asked Jesus to remember him gained access to Paradise by this narrow door. Jesus promised the man he would be with him in Paradise that same day.

A bank of narrow doors at Medjugorje. “Try your best to enter...”

He will lean on her and not fall...

Whoever fears the Lord will act like this,
and whoever grasps the Law will obtain wisdom.
She will come to meet him like a mother,
and receive him like a virgin bride.
She will give him the bread of understanding to eat,
and the water of wisdom to drink.
He will lean on her and will not fall,
he will rely on her and not be put to shame.
She will raise him high above his neighbours,
and in full assembly will open his mouth.
He will find happiness and a crown of joy,
he will inherit an everlasting name.

Ecclesiasticus 15 : 1-6

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Vicka in the Holy Land

In her latest newsletter from Medjugorje Sr Emmanuel recalls one of Vicka’s many visits to the Holy Land.

Over the years, Vicka has travelled eight times to Israel, but privately, with Italian families. Then the Mother of God made her understand that the time had come to convey her messages to her people. So Vicka made her 9th pilgrimage in August 2013. Charbel Maroun, a young 27-year-old Catholic Israeli Arab, organized the trip. (In Galilee particularly, there are many Catholics born in Israel, who speak perfect Hebrew and Arabic, and often another language).

In the Holy Land, there are at least seven Catholic and Orthodox rites. Wanting to do everything in agreement with the Authorities, both religious and civilian, Charbel had already obtained permission from the Patriarch of Jerusalem and all the bishops. To inform them about Medjugorje, he gave talks to the bishops and the 40 priests involved during their annual retreat at Tiberias. He also visited 80 Catholic parishes. The bishops were pleased and gave the green light for Vicka to come. Charbel's team had prepared a piece of land for the arrival of 18,000 people. The preparation alone cost 140,000 euros, and they did not have one cent. But Providence took care of them, as is the case for all those who “seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness!”

However, suddenly on August 17, two days before flying to Tel Aviv, Vicka had to undergo surgery in Zagreb for her back, and the doctors prescribed complete rest. When Charbel heard this news, he was overcome with shock! After all these costly preparations, everything had collapsed. But the Gospa had her plan: that very evening, during the apparition, she said to Vicka: “Arise and go to my people!”

On August 19, Vicka flew to Israel. However, the civil authorities did not authorize her to land in Tel Aviv, and the entire plane with her. It was therefore necessary to very quickly organize another solution. The aircraft was forced to land in Jordan. They had prepared a special car for Vicka, like a “Pope mobile”, with the flag of the Vatican. And that is how she arrived in Nazareth. The reception was amazing! The crowd was larger than when the Pope visited! 18,000 people. Among them was an impressive number of Muslims.

The State of Israel feared a terrorist attack, so 400 Israeli soldiers were dispatched for the protection of Vicka. As a result, all these soldiers heard the words of Vicka and the messages of Our Lady. When Vicka walked past their ranks, as they sought her blessing, she stopped for a long time to bless them, 2 by 2, as usual, thus delaying the entire program... In living memory, this was the largest Marian gathering ever seen in Israel. The Israeli Police were amazed to witness the order and peace prevailing among the people. They said they had not seen such a thing before.

On August 20, Our Lady appeared in the cave of Nazareth. She told Vicka many things about the childhood of Jesus in this house and she expressed her joy to "be back home". But she was anxious seeing the situation of the churches in Galilee. Easy to understand why. Satan had done everything to prevent the meeting. On the eve of this day, August 19, two missiles fell on the northern part of Israel and destroyed many houses. The same day, another missile fell close to Nazareth. These events generated a great deal of fear among the Israeli soldiers who said that they would no longer be able to protect Vicka and the crowd. The Police as a result wanted to block the meeting. But the believers wouldn't give up, and refused to give in to fear. The meeting was able to take place in peace.

On August 21, during the apparition in Nazareth, Syria was attacked with chemical weapons, which resulted in 1400 deaths. This was the 1st chemical attack since World War II. Vicka did not know about this. However, she was surprised by an unusual occurrence during the apparition: Our Lady turned her back, and placing herself in the direction of Syria and Lebanon, she blessed these two countries, one after the other. Let us remember this period where the situation was critical. We were on the verge of a third world war! It seems that the Mother of God, through this blessing, prevented the war. A few weeks later, on 7 September, Pope Francis issued his call for a day of prayer and fasting.

When Our Lady appeared in Jerusalem, there was an incredible deployment of security. There, after having blessed the Patriarch, the bishops, the priests and the people, Our Lady said a single sentence: “The heart of the Church is sick.”

On August 25th, in Bethlehem, 10,000 people were waiting for Vicka to arrive, including the Patriarch, the bishops, and a large number of priests and nuns. The Patriarch dedicated the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Addressing the Blessed Mother in his homily, he said: "2000 years ago, the people of Bethlehem did not want you. But today, we say to you: We welcome you! You are most welcome!” In response to this welcome, Our Lady said during the apparition: “I will never forsake you. I am here, do not be afraid!”

In those days, the Marian movement of the Apostles of Divine Mercy was born. The goal of its members is to represent the Virgin of Medjugorje in the Holy Land. Today, over three years later, 1500 people gather each month to pray together. Among them, there are many young people and students. Their impact is remarkable: reformation of the faith in families, baptism of many Muslims, Hebrew prayer groups, street evangelization, etc. In Tel Aviv they show active charity toward the most abandoned Jews.

Vicki’s coming was an act of prophetic significance, and we have not finished seeing its fruits in the Middle East! (See PS1)

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Dogma of Assumption confirmed by sun miracle

The dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was declared by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 and states that “the Immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven.”

In this declaration no position is taken by the Church as to the question of whether Mary actually died. However, in one of her very early messages given at Medjugorje, Our Lady gave this answer to one of the seers when asked if she went to Heaven before or after death: “I am the Mother of God and the Queen of Peace. I went to Heaven before death.” October 12, 1981

Seven years ago a previously unpublished document came to light which revealed Pope Pius XII had witnessed the “miracle of the sun” on four occasions and he considered this experience as confirmation of his plan to declare the dogma of the Assumption. The information contained in this handwritten note by Pius XII went on public display for two months in the Vatican in November 2008.

Reporting at the time for Antonio Gaspari wrote:

According to his own testimony, the Pope who declared the dogma of the Assumption saw the “miracle of the sun” four times.

This information is confirmed by a handwritten, unpublished note from Pope Pius XII, which is part of the Pius XII: The Man and the Pontificate display.

A commissioner of the display and a Vatican reporter for the Italian daily Il Giornale, Andrea Tornielli, explained to ZENIT that the note was found in the Pacelli family archives. It describes the “miracle of the sun,” an episode that until today had only been affirmed by the indirect testimony of Cardinal Federico Tedeschini (1873-1959), who recounted in a homily that the Holy Father had seen the miracle.

Pius XII wrote, “I have seen the ‘miracle of the sun,’ this is the pure truth.”

The miracle of the sun is most known as the episode that occurred in Fatima, Portugal, on October 13, 1917. According to the Fatima visionaries, Mary had said there would be a miracle that day so that people would come to believe. Thousands had gathered at the site of the visions, and the sun “danced,” reportedly drying instantaneously the rain-soaked land and spectators.

Pius XII’s note says that he saw the miracle in the year he was to proclaim the dogma of the Assumption, 1950, while he walked in the Vatican Gardens. He said he saw the phenomenon various times, considering it a confirmation of his plan to declare the dogma.

The papal note says that at 4.00pm on October 30, 1950, during his “habitual walk in the Vatican Gardens, reading and studying,” having arrived to the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, “toward the top of the hill […] I was awestruck by a phenomenon that before now I had never seen.”

“The sun, which was still quite high, looked like a pale, opaque sphere, entirely surrounded by a luminous circle,” he recounted. And one could look at the sun, “without the slightest bother. There was a very light little cloud in front of it.”

The Holy Father’s note goes on to describe “the opaque sphere” that “moved outward slightly, either spinning, or moving from left to right and vice versa. But within the sphere, you could see marked movements with total clarity and without interruption."

Pius XII said he saw the same phenomenon “the 31st of October and November 1, the day of the definition of the dogma of the Assumption, and then again November 8, and after that, no more.”

The Pope acknowledged that on other days at about the same hour, he tried to see if the phenomenon would be repeated, “but in vain – I couldn't fix my gaze [on the sun] for even an instant; my eyes would be dazzled.”

Pius XII spoke about the incident with a few cardinals and close collaborators, such that Sister Pascalina Lehnert, the nun in charge of the papal apartments, declared that “Pius XII was very convinced of the reality of the extraordinary phenomenon, which he had seen on four occasions.”

As Pope, in 1940, Pius XII approved the Fatima apparitions, and in 1942, consecrated the entire world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Solar phenomena is repeatedly witnessed by pilgrims at Medjugorje. The photograph at the top of the page was taken at 15:50 (local time) on September 19, 2008, when the sun appeared to be pulsating and spinning behind Mt Krizevac.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Running up the hill...

Early on Thursday morning Croatia’s President Kalinda Grabar-Kitarović made her way up Apparition Hill to Our Lady’s statue accompanied by the Medjugorje seer, Jakov Colo.

It brought to mind the prophecy made by Jakov in the early days of the Medjugorje phenomenon when he said the mayors would be the first to run to the hill.

Another Medjugorje seer, Mirjana Dragicevic, explained this prophecy when she spoke about the “secrets” in an interview given in January, 1983, .

She said: “ First, some secrets will be revealed - just a few. Then the people will be convinced that the Madonna was here. They will understand the sign. When Jakov said that the mayor will be the first one to run to the hill, he meant that generally people of the highest social class will understand the sign as a place of occasion to convert. They will run to the hill and pray, and they will be forgiven.”

It’s not the first appearance in Medjugorje by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. She visited the town in 2014 after Marin Cilic won the US grand slam tennis tournament. She also invited Fr Jozo Zovko, the former parish priest of Medjugorje, to bless her office in the Presidential Palace after her election in February last year.

The President arrived in Medjugorje yesterday afternoon on her three-day pilgrimage and is staying at the Hotel Regina.

She is not the first Croatia President to come to Medjugorje. Dr Franjo Tudjman did so in 1997.

Reporting on this visit, Fr Slavko Barbaric wrote:

“On Saturday, March 15, Medjugorje had an important visit in that the President of Croatia, Dr. Franjo Tudjman, came here after an official visit in Mostar. Many locals welcomed him, as he did them, and then he came into the Parish Office where he spoke with the Priests. Present were also the Provincial, Fra Tomislav Pervan, and the Bishop of Mostar, Mons. Ratko Peric. The President emphasised that the Holy Father had told him twice that he wishes to come to Medjugorje when he comes to Bosnia & Herzegovina. It is certainly very important for us all to know this and not to forget it.”

UPDATE: MaryTV carries an interview with Croatia’s president in its latest “Tea With Rosie” feature.

Jakov photo: Ann & Rosie

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Exposition of the Arnolfini Portrait

I’ve published a new website today. It’s a project still in progress.

But if you have time, then please take a look. Subject matter is the Arnolfini Portrait painted by Jan van Eyck in 1434.

What’s the connection to Medjugorje, you may ask? The answer is quite simple: Our Lady and the Real Presence in the Eucharist.

I didn’t know that until I started looking for answers to some of the questions associated with understanding what the painting is about.

Here’s the link:


Feedback and comments welcome. There’s a contact link at the foot of the page.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Olympic symbol rings a bell

The Olympic Games got underway today following last night’s opening ceremony. I enjoyed the parade of athletes and seeing each nation’s flag proudly carried by a team member.

I often wonder what really inspired Baron Pierre de Coubertin to come up with the idea of five interlocking rings for the design of the Olympic symbol. It is said that it came from an altar stone found in Delphi. Coubertin’s emblem was inaugurated in Paris, June 1914 but appeared as the official symbol and flag for the first time at the Olympic Games in 1920 at Antwerp, Belgium.

And here is something strange connected to the symbol and Antwerp. There is a beautiful set of the Stations of the Cross in the city cathedral of Our Lady. The 14 stations were painted by two artists between the 1864 and 1868, Louis Hendrix and Frans Vinck.

In the fourth station, Jesus Meets His Mother, the group of five people on the left of the frame, which includes his mother Mary and the apostle John, are all depicted wearing halos which look remarkably like five interlocking rings of the Olympic symbol.

The painting is structured as a coat of arms. The guard on the extreme right depicted in the stance of a ‘supporter’ is matched on the opposite side by the ‘support’ group of Mary, John and the ‘weeping woman’. In the centre is the ‘shielded’ soldier as a ‘lion rampant’. The ‘supporter’ standing on the right side is dressed in the colours of red, black and yellow, depicting (in that order) the colours of the flag used for the Brabant Revolution of 1789-90. It’s motto was Unione Salus – “In union, salvation”, reiterating the teaching of Jesus given in Matthew’s Gospel (12 : 25)“A household divided can never stand” – which is the station’s meditative theme and an apt reminder of the 1914-18 Great War, as well as the unifying aims of the Olympic Games and its symbol.

Antwerp’s Cathedral of Our Lady also featured in the official poster promoting the 1920 Olympic Games.

Friday, August 05, 2016

A message to Medjugorje from Cardinal Schönborn

Once again, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has sent a message of encouragement to the youth and families gathered at Medjugorje for the annual International Youth Festival, celebrating its 27th year.

Dear young brothers and sisters! After wonderful days spent at the World Youth Day with Pope Francis in Krakow, it is my joy to send to you in Medjugorje my special regards!

You again gathered in such great number and answered Gospa's call and you are prepared to allow Her to lead you again to Jesus.

In this holy Year of Mercy, you can bring all to Her and Her Son.

Everything that burdens you, everything that hurts you, all those falls and omissions, all of your successes and everything that brings you joy: NOTHING can separate us from Christ's love that is beyond all senses.

Please think about this: Jesus really loves YOU!

He knows and understands YOU!

He forgives YOU and takes YOU strongly into His embrace.

Gospa is your mother and She is watching over you!

May these days be blessed for you!

Please pray for our dear Pope Francis!

Yours, Cardinal Schönborn

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Medjugorje message to Mirjana, August 2, 2016

Dear children, I have come to you, among you, for you to give me your concerns so that I may offer them to my Son; that I may intercede for you before him for your good.

I know that each of you has his concerns, his trials.

Therefore I am inviting you in a motherly way: come to the table of my Son.

He is breaking bread for you; he is giving himself to you; he is giving you hope; he is asking for more faith, hope and serenity from you.

He is seeking of you to battle within against egoism, judgement and human weaknesses.

Therefore, as a mother, I am saying: pray; because prayer gives you strength for the interior battle.

My Son, when he was little, often said to me that there will be many who will love me and call me ‘mother’.

Among you, I feel love.

Thank you.

For the sake of that love I am imploring my Son that none of you, my children, will return home the same as he came; that you may take with you all the more hope, mercy and love; that you may be my apostles of love who will witness with their lives that the Heavenly Father is the source of life and not of death.

Dear children, anew, in a motherly way I am imploring you, pray for the chosen ones of my Son, for their blessed hands – for your shepherds – that they may preach my Son with all the more love and in this way bring about conversions.

Thank you.

Medjugorje message, August 2, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Silent sorrow

Lord, have mercy on your people!
Lord, grant forgiveness for so much cruelty.

Francis, 29.7.2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dear children!
I am looking at you and I see you lost...

Queen of Peace, July 25, 2016

Read story HERE

Dear children, put God in the first place in your families, so that he may give you peace and may protect you not only from war, but also in peace protect you from every satanic attack. When God is with you, you have everything. But when you do not want him, then you are miserable and lost, and you do not know on whose side you are. Therefore, dear children, decide for God. Then you will get everything. Thank you for having responded to my call. Queen of Peace, December 25, 1991

I will teach you to forgive...

Dear children; Love is bringing me to you – the love which I desire to teach you also – real love; the love which my Son showed you when he died on the Cross out of love for you; the love which is always ready to forgive and to ask for forgiveness.

How great is your love?

My Motherly heart is sorrowful as it searches for love in your hearts.

You are not ready to submit your will to God’s will out of love.

You cannot help me to have those who have not come to know God’s love to come to know it, because you do not have real love.

Consecrate your hearts to me and I will lead you.

I will teach you to forgive, to love your enemies and to live according to my Son.

Do not be afraid for yourselves.

In afflictions my Son does not forget those who love.

I will be beside you.

I will implore the Heavenly Father for the light of eternal truth and love to illuminate you.

Pray for your shepherds so that through your fasting and prayer they can lead you in love. Thank you.

Medjugorje message, February 2, 2013

Monday, July 25, 2016

Medjugorje message, 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.

Feast of St James

Today is the feast day of St James, brother of John and one of the three disciples who witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus. The first Apostle to die, St James is also the patron saint of Medjugorje and of pilgrims, and it is to his name that the parish church is dedicated.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

In the difficult moments...

Sometimes, a short, simple prayer is enough to get us through the difficult moments...

Friday, July 22, 2016

St Mary Magdalene

Dear children! I am looking at you and in your hearts I do not see joy. Today I desire to give you the joy of the Risen One, that he may lead you and embrace you with his love and tenderness. I love you and I am praying for your conversion without ceasing before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, October 25, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The rich soil of Medjugorje

Dear children! May this time be a time of personal prayer for you, so that the seed of faith may grow in your hearts; and may it grow into a joyful witness to others. I am with you and I desire to inspire you all: grow and rejoice in the Lord who has created you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, January 25, 2010

Jesus said: “Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!” Matthew 13 : 4-9