This image of a woman in prayer at the site of the Blue Cross in Medjugorje made the “Photos of the Day” section of the Wall Street Journal’s web site this anniversary day. Amel Emric of Associated Press took the picture.
Dear children! Today I invite you to open yourselves to God the Creator, so that he changes you. Little children, you are dear to me. I love you all and I call you to be closer to me and that your love towards my Immaculate Heart be more fervent. I wish to renew you and lead you with my heart to the heart of Jesus, which still today suffers for you and calls you to conversion and renewal. Through you, I wish to renew the world. Comprehend, little children, that you are today the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Little children, I invite you and I love you and in a special way implore: Convert! Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, October 25, 1996
That Christians might spread the spiritual salt of faith, hope and charity: this was Pope Francis’ exhortation at Mass Thursday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican. The Pope warned against the risk of becoming insipid, “museum-piece Christians.”
In his homily, Pope Francis focused on the savour that Christians are called to give to their own lives and to others. The Holy Father said that salt the Lord gives us is the salt of faith, hope and charity. But, he warned, we must be careful that this salt, which is given to us by the certainty that Jesus died and rose again to save us, “does not lose its flavour, does not lose its strength.” This salt, he continued, “is not for keeping, because if the salt is preserved in a bottle it does not do anything: it is good for nothing”
Booked for the UK next month is Fr Petar Ljubicic, the Franciscan priest chosen by the Medjugorje seer Mirjana to reveal the 10 secrets given to her by Our Lady.
He will speak at three venues in the London area. The dates are June 30, July 1 and July 2.
Fr Petar is expected to arrive in London on June 30 following a speaking engagement in Sestola, Italy, on June 29. His busy schedule continues when he leaves for Zurich on July 3 for a conference in Switzerland.
June 30, 2013 Church of the Sacred Heart 101 Horseferry Road, London
from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
July 1, 2013 Church of St Teresa Newbury Park, Ilford, Essex
from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
July 2 2013 Church of Christ the Prince of Peace Portmore Way, Weybridge
from 5:00pm to 8:00pm