Saturday, June 25, 2016

Medjugorje anniversary, 1981 to 2016

Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, this is your son.” Then to the disciple he said, “This is your mother.” And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in his home. John 19 : 26-27

Little children, I am your Mother and I desire to reveal to you the God of love and the God of peace.
part Medjugorje message, December 25, 1996

Friday, June 24, 2016

Making straight paths

A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
as a witness to speak for the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light,
only a witness to speak for the light.
John 1 : 6-8

When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem out into to the wilderness to ask John the Baptist who he was, he declared “I am not the Christ.” Instead he claimed: “I am as Isaiah prophesied: a voice that cries in the wilderness: make a straight way for the Lord.”

When the Medjugorje visionaries asked the apparition who she was, she announced: “I am the Queen of Peace”.

My presence here is to take you on a new path, the path to salvation.
part message, June 25, 1992

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Preparing the way?

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has issued a letter to all bishops outlining the relationship between the hierarchical and charismatic gifts for the life and mission of the Church.

Entitled, Iuvenescit Ecclesia – The Church rejuvenates – the document was presented on Tuesday at a news conference at the Holy See’s press office. It stresses that whilst the hierarchical and charismatic gifts are co-essential in the life of the Church, the charismatic movements and groups need to obey the ecclesial hierarchy and do not have the right to an autonomous ministry. The letter notes the importance and vitality of the charismatic realities but also spoke of the need for them to have “ecclesial maturity”.

In an audience granted to the CDF Prefect Cardinal Müller on March 14, Pope Francis approved the letter and ordered its publication. The letter is dated May 15, the Solemnity of Pentecost.

For anyone still waiting on Pope Francis to make a pronouncment on the outcome of the Medjugorje Commission, then this document may be viewed as a light along the way and a guide to any future decsion the Pope may take regarding the phenomenon, not just for bishops but also for the laity.

It’s a lengthy document: The full version can be found at the Catholic Herald website.

A summary is available at NEWS.VA

Sunday, June 12, 2016

She covered his feet with kisses...

• It’s a daily practice in Medjugorje for local people, men, women and children of all ages, to kiss Jesus. It happens all the time. It’s not for show either. Children habitually go to the Cross to and from school and kiss Jesus. So also do people going about their daily business in the village.

Why such a public witness of “kissing Jesus”? It can only be for the same reason the woman featured in today’s Gospel (Luke 7 : 36-50) covered the feet of Jesus with kisses and anointed them with expensive ointment. Their many sins have been forgiven.

As Jesus says, “It is the man who has been forgiven little who shows little love.”

There is much forgiveness in Medjugorje, described as the ‘confessional of the world’. Many tears are shed; tears of gratitude for the merciful love and pardon shown to the ‘children’ humble enough to confess their sins and weaknesses.

• Sometime ago my daughter rang me late one evening. She had had a tough day with her two young children. The eldest was giving her a particularly hard time, refusing his meals, and generally making life difficult for his mother and baby brother all day. And when evening came he refused to settle and just kept getting in and out of his bed.

Eventually, exhausted, he began to quieten down. His final words to his mother that night were: “Mamma, I’ve been bad today!” And his mother kissed him with all the loving forgiveness her heart could muster.

The child was three years and four months old.

I kiss the wounds that heal...
and heal the wounds I kiss.

“I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds.... And you have to start from the ground up.” Pope Francis, September 19, 2013

Friday, June 10, 2016

Apostle to the Apostles

Pope Francis has decided to raise the celebration of St Mary Magdalene’s memorial – July 22 – to a feast day.

Archbishop Arthur Roche, the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said in his announcement of the change that it emphasised “the dignity of women, the New Evangelisation, and the greatness of the mystery of Divine Mercy”.

• More at this link

Thursday, June 09, 2016

God’s spirit hovered over the water...

The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. This is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit. John 3 : 8

Dear children! Today I invite you to open yourselves to God by means of prayer so the Holy Spirit may begin to work miracles in you and through you. I am with you and I intercede before God for each one of you because, dear children, each one of you is important in my plan of salvation. I invite you to be carriers of good and peace. God can give you peace only if you convert and pray. Therefore, my dear little children, pray, pray, pray and do that which the Holy Spirit inspires you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, May 25, 1993


Sunday, June 05, 2016

When lives are resurrected...

Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country. Luke 7 : 11-17

Dear children, do not be of a hard heart towards the mercy of God, which has been pouring out upon you for so much of your time. In this special time of prayer, permit me to transform your hearts that you may help me to have my Son resurrect in all hearts, and that my heart may triumph. Thank you.
Medjugorje message, April 2, 2007

Saturday, June 04, 2016

The Immaculate Heart

Dear children! Today I call you to come closer to my Immaculate Heart. I call you to renew in your families the fervour of the first days when I called you to fasting, prayer and conversion. Little children, you accepted my messages with open hearts, although you did not know what prayer was. Today, I call you to open yourselves completely to me so that I may transform you and lead you to the heart of my son Jesus, so that he can fill you with his love. Only in this way, little children, will you find true peace – the peace that only God gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, October 25, 1988

Today I call you to come closer to my Immaculate Heart.

by Fr Slavko Barbaric

This is a motherly call, because every mother carries within her heart the deep yearning to be with her children and to be there for them so that her children can also be there for her.

So that we may better understand this wish of Mary’s, let us think a bit about Mary’s heart.

We believe that she was conceived without sin as she told Bernadette in Lourdes when she said that she was the Immaculate Conception.

Her heart was obedient toward God; her heart was full of love, trust, hope and faith; her heart was merciful, and she was also the mother who kept her Son’s words in her heart and thought about them a lot; her heart was full of peace and completely subservient toward God and toward others. That is why she went to visit Elizabeth, that is why she could, out of this peace and love, see at the wedding of Cana that the people had a problem, and her heart inspired her to intercede with Jesus for this family. And when Mary wishes of us to come closer to her, then this also means that our hearts should become more similar to hers.

So every opportunity of practicing patience and trust in faith, hope and love and every attempt at forgiving really makes our hearts more similar to hers, and especially so when we are in difficulty or have problems and then remain firm and do not lose faith, hope and love, we are coming closer to her heart – her heart that also knows suffering and that still remains loyal to Jesus throughout His sufferings.

Here it becomes important for us to ask ourselves whether the yearning exists within us to remain close to our mother? This means that we should ask ourselves what hinders us in this yearning, or what suffocates our yearning for being near to her.

Every one of us will certainly find something in our lives that distances us from Mary's heart. But in general one can say that whoever wishes to come closer to Mary must dispose of all pride and to practice humility at all times. Whoever wishes to come closer to her heart must dispose of every uncleanness in order to become more similar to her Immaculate Heart. Everything positive that we do brings us closer to her heart, and especially so when we carry in our hearts and reflect upon God's words.

This way we will come closer to Mary and in our lives Jesus will then become alive as he did in Mary’s life. This way we will also discover what it means when he says that those who do the will of the Father are also his brothers, his sisters and his relatives.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most loving Jesus, when I consider your heart and see it full of mercy and tenderness, my own heart if filled with joy and confidence that I should be so kindly welcomed by you.

Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light. Matthew 11 : 3-30

Dear children, I invite you to open the door of your heart to Jesus as the flower opens itself to the sun. Jesus desires to fill your hearts with peace and joy. part message, January 25, 1995

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Medjugorje message, June 2, 2016

Dear children, as the Mother of the Church, as your mother, I am smiling as I look at you: how you are coming to me, how you are gathering around me, how you are seeking me.

My comings among you are proof of how much Heaven loves you. They indicate to you the way to eternal life, to salvation.

My apostles, you who strive to have a pure heart and to have my Son in it, you are on the good way.

You who are seeking my Son are seeking the good way.

He left many signs of his love. He left hope.

It is easy to find him if you are ready for sacrifice and penance – if you have patience, mercy and love for your neighbours.

Many of my children do not see and do not hear because they do not want to.

They do not accept my words and my works, yet through me, my Son calls everyone.

His Spirit illuminates all of my children in the light of the Heavenly Father, in the unity of heaven and earth, in mutual love—because love invokes love and makes works more important than words.

Therefore, my apostles, pray for your Church, love it and do works of love.

No matter how betrayed or wounded, it is here because it comes from the Heavenly Father.

Pray for your shepherds so that in them you may see the greatness of the love of my Son. Thank you.

Medjugorje message given to Mirjana, June 2, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

When Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth she stayed about three months. Her visitation to Medjugorje has lasted almost 35 years since she arrived on June 24, 1981.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

A sign that meets the eye...

Today, I was fortunate to be able to take home this distressed statue of Our Lady that someone didn’t want anymore.

Later, I came across this catechesis by Pope Francis when he urged the crowd gathered on the lawn outside the St Peter’s basilica this morning to consider all the holy men and women throughout history who have given their lives – “broken themselves” – in order to nourish others.

“How many mothers, how many fathers, together with the slices of bread they provide each day on the tables of their homes, have broken their hearts to let their children grow, and grow well,” he said.

“How many Christians, as responsible citizens, have broken their own lives to defend the dignity of all, especially the poorest, the marginalised and those discriminated.”

The source of strength for such given, he said, is found in “the Eucharist, in the power of the risen Lord’s love, who today too breaks bread for us and repeats: Do this in remembrance of me.

The Body and Blood of Christ

Do not forget that in the Eucharist, which is the heart of faith, my Son is always with you. He comes to you and breaks bread with you; because, my children, for your sake He died, He resurrected and is coming anew. part Medjugorje message, May 2, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Dear children! During these days my Lord is allowing me to be able to intercede more graces for you. Therefore, I wish to urge you once more to pray, dear children! Pray without ceasing! That way I will give you the joy which the Lord gives to me. With these graces, dear children, I want your sufferings to be a joy. I am your Mother and I desire to help you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, June 19, 1986

When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine”. John 2 : 2-3

Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, April 25, 1998

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Medjugorje Message to Marija, May 25, 2016

Dear children! My presence is a gift from God for all of you and an encouragement for conversion.

Satan is strong and wants to put disorder and unrest in your hearts and thoughts.

Therefore, you, little children, pray so that the Holy Spirit may lead you on the real way of joy and peace.

I am with you and intercede before my Son for you.

Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Feast of St Rita of Cascia

Claudio Ranieri, the Italian football manager of Leicester City FC, is a devotee of St Rita since childhood.

His team was the surprise champion of the Premier Division for season 2015/16. At the start of the campaign the Foxes were considered as complete outsiders to finish top of the Premier League, with betting odds set at 5000/1 .

St Rita is the patron saint of hopeless causes.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Trinity Sunday

Dear children! With a full heart I am asking you, I am imploring you children: cleanse your hearts of sin and lift them up to God and to eternal life. I am imploring you: be vigilant and open for truth. Do not permit for all that is of this earth to distance you from the true cognition of the contentment in the communion with my Son. I am leading you on the way of true wisdom, because only with true wisdom can you come to know true peace and the true good. Do not waste time asking for signs of the Heavenly Father, because he has already given you the greatest sign, which is my Son. Therefore, my children, pray so that the Holy Spirit can lead you into truth, can help you to come to know it, and through that knowledge of the truth that you may be one with the Heavenly Father and with my Son. That is the cogniton which gives happiness on earth and opens the door of eternal life and infinite love. Thank you.
Medjugorje message, March 18, 2015

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nearer My God To Thee

Do not forget that in the Eucharist, which is the heart of faith, my Son is always with you. He comes to you and breaks bread with you; because, my children, for your sake He died, He resurrected and is coming anew. part Medjugorje message, May 2, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pentecost Sunday

Dear children! I rejoice with you and in this time of grace I call you to spiritual renewal. Pray, little children, that the Holy Spirit may come to dwell in you in fullness, so that you may be able to witness in joy to all those who are far from faith. Especially, little children, pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that in the spirit of love, every day and in each situation, you may be closer to your fellow-man; and that in wisdom and love you may overcome every difficulty. I am with you and I intercede for each of you before Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, May 25, 2000

Friday, May 13, 2016

Medjugorje... the fulfilment of Fatima

Dear children! Today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realised. Satan is strong and wants to sweep away my plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in his decisions. Therefore, I call all of you, dear children, to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to self-renunciation for nine days so that, with your help, everything that I desire to realise through the secrets I began in Fatima, may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to now grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realised. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, August 25, 1991