Pope John Paul II: Do not let your hearts be troubled

Pope John Paul, brothers and sisters do not let your hearts be troubled 
the Holy Spirit is with you.


When the Communists Murdred A Priest


 Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko and St. John Paul II BROKE COMMUNISM

It was October 19, 1984—30 years ago this week. A gentle, courageous, and genuinely holy priest, Jerzy Popieluszko, age 37, found himself in a ghastly spot that, though it must have horrified him, surely did not surprise him. An unholy trinity of three thugs from communist Poland’s secret police had seized and pummeled him. He was bound and gagged and stuffed into the trunk of their cream-colored Fiat 125 automobile as they roamed the countryside trying to decide where to dispatch him. This kindly priest was no less than the chaplain to the Solidarity movement, the freedom fighters who would ultimately prove fatal to Soviet communism—and not without Popieluszko’s stoic inspiration.
The ringleader this October day was Captain Grzegorz Piotrowski, an agent of Poland’s SB. Unlike Jerzy, who grew up devoutly religious, Piotrowski was raised in an atheist household, which, like the communist despots who governed Poland, was an aberration in this pious Roman Catholic country. The disregard for God and morality made Piotrowski an ideal man for the grisly task ahead, which he assumed with a special, channeled viciousness.
“Popieluszko: Freedom Is Within Us”, available from Ignatius Press (www.ignatius.com)
Piotrowski’s first beating of the priest that evening was so severe that it should have killed him. Jerzy was a small man afflicted with Addison’s disease. He previously had been hospitalized for other infirmities, including (understandably) stress and anxiety. But somehow, the priest was managing to survive as he fought for his life in the cold, dark trunk of the Fiat. In fact, somehow he unloosened the ropes that knotted him and extricated himself from the car. He began to run, shouting to anyone who could hear, “Help! Save my life!”
He was run down by Piotrowski, a dedicated disciple of what a Polish admirer of Jerzy, Pope John Paul II, would dub the Culture of Death. “I caught up with him and hit him on the head several times with the stick,” Piotrowski later confessed. “I hit him near or on the head. He fell limp again. I think he must have been unconscious. And then I became—never mind, it doesn’t matter.”
It did matter. It certainly mattered to the helpless priest. What Piotrowski became was something altogether worse. He seemed overtaken by another force. As recorded by authors Roger Boyes and John Moody in their superb book, Messenger of the Truth, which is now agripping documentary, Piotrowski’s accomplices thought their comrade had gone mad, “so wild were the blows.” It was like a public flogging. Jerzy’s pounding was so relentless that it wouldn’t be misplaced to think of Christ’s scourging at the pillar. This young man in persona Christi, not much older than Jesus Christ at his death agony, was being brutally tortured. It was a kind of crucifixion; the kind at which communists uniquely excelled.
One is tempted to say that Piotrowski beat the hell out of Father Jerzy, but such would be inappropriate and inaccurate for such a man of faith. Really, the hell was coming out of the beater, in all its demonic force and fury.
After another round of thrashing, Piotrowski and his two fellow tormentors ramped up the treatment. They grabbed a roll of thick adhesive tape and ran it around the priest’s mouth, nose, and head, tossing him once again in the vehicle, like a hunk of garbage on its way to the heap.
Though he could barely breathe or move, Father Jerzy somehow again pried open the trunk as the car continued to its destination. This set Piotrowski into a rage. He stopped the vehicle, got out, looked sternly at the priest, and told him that if he made even one more sound, he would strangle him with his bare hands and shoot him. Boyes and Moody report what happened next: “He [Piotrowski] replaced the gun and lifted [his] club. It came down on the priest’s nose, but instead of the sound of cartilage breaking, there was a plop, like a stick hitting the surface of a puddle.”
The perpetrators didn’t realize it quite yet, but it was the final, deadly blow. The next time they saw Father Jerzy, they had no doubt.
The killers drove to a spot at the Vistula River. They tied two heavy bags of stones, each weighing nearly 25 pounds, to the priest’s ankles. They lifted him in a vertical position above the water and then quietly let him go. He sunk into the blackness below them. It was 10 minutes before midnight, October 19, 1984. “Popieluszko is dead,” announced Lieutenant Leszek Pekala to his collaborators in this revolting, sad crime. The third helper, Lieutenant Waldemar Chmielewski, solemnly and simply affirmed, “That’s right.”
They drove away, downing a bottle of vodka to try to numb what they had done. Pekala thought to himself as he drank, “Now we are murderers.”
Indeed they were. Of course, so was the system they represented. It and its handmaidens had consumed countless Jerzy Popieluszkos and tens of millions of others whose names tragically will never be remembered on the anniversary of their deaths.
This priest, however, was remembered, by the millions. When he didn’t show for 7:00 a.m. Mass the next morning, his parishioners were immediately alarmed. This wasn’t like the loyal and punctual man of the cloth. A search for his whereabouts quickly commenced. It would take some time, but the truth eventually prevailed, as it did against communism generally. Among those sickened by the news was a Polish priest in the Vatican, Karol Wojytla—Pope John Paul II. The shocked pontiff could relate: he had experienced many fellow Poles and priests killed by totalitarianism. He himself was a survivor. The communists had wanted him dead as well; they tried to assassinate him three years earlier.
And like John Paul II, Jerzy Popieluszko’s torment at the hands of devils was not in vain. Millions of Poles poured out of their homes and into churches to pay him homage, as they had for their native son, Karol Wojtyla, back in June 1979—a historic, life-changing visit that a young Jerzy helped coordinate. Ironically, Jerzy had been charged with working between the Vatican and Polish Ministry of Health to arrange emergency safety measures during that trip. Then, too, he had the mission of protecting people from harm—harm by communism.
Ultimately, Jerzy Popieluszko’s struggle, like that of his pope, was not in vain. As Tertullian once put it, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church. The communists could not extinguish Poles’ desire for the Church, for God, and for freedom. It would take another five years after his death, but the saintly priest’s demise had further fueled the flames for the torch of freedom and the corresponding crash and burn of communism.
In retrospect, Jerzy’s murder in 1984 marked the mid-point between two cataclysmic events that put nails in the coffin of communism: John Paul II’s June 1979 visit to Poland and the crucial free elections held in Poland in June 1989. Those elections, more than anything else, signaled the coming collapse of communism. Mikhail Gorbachev later said that when those elections were held in Poland, he knew it was all over. It was no coincidence that the Berlin Wall fell five months later.
Father Jerzy Popieluszko was one of many martyrs at the hands of atheistic communism. But his cause was an especially significant one. His service and death were not in vain.
Edited by Jane Juetten, Communications Director News and Faith.com
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"If you, with all your sins, know how to give your children good things, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him." -Luke 11:13

When we were baptized and confirmed, we received the Holy Spirit. At countless other times, we have again received the Spirit. We thus have every reason to be filled with the Spirit. However, because of our sins and selfishness, we have stifled  and saddened the Spirit. Therefore, we must repent and once again ask for the fullness of the Spirit.

If we don't stir into flame the gift of the Spirit in our lives,we may even lose the Spirit. It is possible for a Christian to begin in the Spirit and to end in the flesh.It is possible for a person to go from the fullness of the Spirit to the empty desolation of hell. So it is a choice between life in the Spirit or the death of sin. We must renew our Baptisms and Confirmations. Only the Holy Spirit can prevent us from being devoured by the evil spirit. Come, Holy Spirit!

 Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love." Father, send forth the Spirit, and we shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth.


Holy Spirit gives the seal of eternal life, Pope Francis reflects..

Pope Francis says Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, June 19, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.
Pope Francis says Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, June 19, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.
By Elise Harris and Ann Schneible

.- In his Mass on Friday, Pope Francis said eternal life begins when we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, and cautioned attendees against “dulling down” this identity by being hypocritical in our faith.

“The Holy Spirit has sealed our hearts, and more, walks with us … this Spirit does not only give us identity, but it is also a down-payment of our inheritance. With him heaven begins.” the Pope said during his homily at Mass on Oct. 17.

We are already living the reality of heaven, he said, because we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit, “which is the very beginning of heaven: it was our down-payment; we have it in hand.”

Pope Francis referred his listeners to the day’s first reading, taken from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, in which he tells them they have received “the seal of the Holy Spirit” by believing in the Gospel.

Our identity as Christians comes from this seal, he explained, which all of us have received in baptism.

However, the Pope said having this pledge of heaven does not make Christians immune to temptation.

“The Christian who doesn’t necessarily want to cancel out his identity, but to dull it down (is the) lukewarm Christian,” he noted. “He is Christian, yes, he goes to Mass on Sunday, yes,” but his identity is not visible in his life.

“He also lives like a pagan. He can live like a pagan, but he is Christian. Being lukewarm. Dulling down our identity.”

Pope Francis also referred to the sin of hypocrisy which, he said, Christ described to his disciples as the “leaven of the Pharisees (in which) I pretend to be a Christian, but I am not. I am not transparent.”

He then turned to another passage written by Saint Paul, in which the apostle describes how there is another way, one which is lived according to the Holy Spirit, and which brings a variety of gifts.

“Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control … this is our path to heaven, it is our road, so that heaven may begin here.”

Pope Francis concluded his homily by reiterating how making heaven present here and now is possible through our Christian identity and the seal we have received from the Holy Spirit.

“Let us ask the Lord for the grace to be careful with this seal, with this our Christian identity, which is not only a promise, no, we have it already in hand our hand, we have a down payment.”


Heaven is Real

Heaven is for real and forever...
Archbishop José Gomez
God’s ways are not our ways, and his will is not always easy for us to understand. We know that God has a plan of love for every life. But we also know that within his plan, people can find sickness and suffering that seems to have no reason, no justification....


My Dog Gone Problem

Bishop Thomas Tobin
My Dog Gone Problem

I’ve got a problem. My dog is gone and I miss her. As some of you know, I lost my little dog Molly about three months ago, on June 19 to be exact. She died at the age of sixteen from old age and recurring respiratory problems. Molly had been with me since she was just eight weeks old. She was a wonderful part of my life all those years, and now I miss her.

I’m not a very emotional person. Too much Irish-German heritage. But Molly’s passing has challenged my emotional boundaries, unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Just to be clear, Molly’s loss hasn’t thrown me into the depths of depression or anything like that. It hasn’t affected my health, my daily activity or my outlook on life. (At least not that I’ll admit!) But I miss her constant companionship at the house and the little things that became part of our routine.

I miss that when I come home from the office or a parish visit she’s not there to run down (in her early years) or amble down (in her last years) the hall to greet me.
I miss the click-click-click of her toes on the hardwood surfaces as she moved between living room, dining room and bedroom.

I miss watching her stand at the closet door at the kitchen waiting for her favorite treat, or appearing at my table expecting something from my plate, barking to let me know she was there, as if I didn’t know.
I miss the little walks with her around the property, first thing in the morning, during the day, and last thing at night.

I miss having her sit with me on the front porch, watching the traffic on the Wampanoag Trail, while I sipped coffee and prayed the Breviary.
And I miss the constant conversation I had with her when I was home during the day: “Time to get up, Molly . . . C’mon, let’s go outside . . Here’s your treat, Molly . . . You’re a silly girl, Molly . . . Hurry up, Molly, it’s cold out here . . . Someone’s coming, Molly . . . The Steelers are idiots, Molly . . . You’re the best dog in the history of the world, Molly!”

The house is so different now. It’s quiet and empty.
When Molly died lots of thoughtful people offered me very kind and helpful personal comments, cards, letters, and even gifts. Many of these folks had pets of their own and understood the loss. I didn’t know that there were so many creative cards designed specifically to express sympathy at the loss of a dog.

One card has a constellation of stars in the form of a dog against the night sky with the inscription, “Heaven is a little brighter now; I’m really sorry for your loss.” Another has a picture of a little dog with angel wings and says, “To make Heaven a perfect resting place for loved ones we adore, God made sure those pearly gates contained a doggy door.” And one of my favorite cards shows an old pickup truck speeding down a country road with a dog in the passenger seat, head out the window braced against the wind, with the inscription, “In Heaven, the car windows are always rolled down.”

In many ways, Molly is still with me. Her leash and now empty collar are rolled-up in the kitchen closet where we kept her supplies. So are the food and water bowls she used for sixteen years, along with the favorite treat toy she played with all the time, even until the morning of the day she died. On my phone I have a “selfie” with Molly and me on the couch, taken just moments before we got in the car for her final trip to the vet. I think about Molly just about every day; there are pictures of her all around the house, and her remains are resting in a little mahogany memorial box on a shelf in the living room.

I can’t escape her memory but I really don’t want to. Every so often, as I travel around the diocese, someone who didn’t know about Molly’s passing will ask, “And how’s Molly doing?” It can be awkward, but I don’t mind. I’m grateful that they remembered her.
And at least a hundred times someone’s asked me the big question: “So, are you going to get another dog?” The answer is always the same. “Maybe someday. I’m open to it. If God wants me to have another dog, he’ll provide.”

So, I might get another dog someday. But I don’t want just any dog. I want a dog that’s not too big or too small; a dog that’s alert but not a yapper; a dog that doesn’t shed and is neat and clean; a dog that’s smart, playful and really good with people; a dog that’s just a little bit feisty but also obedient; a dog that’s attentive to me but is also comfortable being alone. In other words, I want a perfect dog. I want Molly.

One day after Molly died, I came across a newspaper article that asked the question, “Do dogs go to heaven?” The article explains that traditional Catholic theology would say no, because animals aren’t created in the image and likeness of God and don’t have immortal souls.
I don’t know if all dogs go to heaven. But I know one who did.  


Be On Guard

Be on your guard – the devil never rests, Pope Francis warns

In his homily on Friday Pope Francis encouraged faithful to guard their hearts by doing a daily examination of conscience, saying that we if we don't, we risk letting the devil in rather than the Lord....

Medjugorje: apparizione a Mirjana del 2 Ottobre 2014

Published on Oct 2, 2014
Our Lady's apparition to Mirjana of October 2, 2014

Message to Mirjana

"With motherly love I implore you, love one another. May there be in you hearts, as my Son desired from the very beginning, love for the Heavenly Father and for your neighbor in the first place - above everything of this world. My dear children, do you not recognize the signs of the times? Do you not recognize that all of this that is around you, all that is happening, is because there is no love? Comprehend that salvation is in true values. Accept the might of the Heavenly Father, love Him and honor Him. Walk in the footsteps of my Son. You, my children, my dear apostles, you are always gathering around me anew, because you are thirsty. You thirst for peace, love and happiness. Drink out of my hands. My hands are offering to you my Son who is the spring of clear water. He will bring your faith back to life and purify your hearts, because my Son loves pure hearts and pure hearts love my Son. Only pure hearts are humble and have firm faith. I ask for such hearts of you, my children. My Son told me that I am the mother of the entire world. I ask of those of you who accept me as such to help me, with your life, prayer and sacrifice, for all of my children to accept me as a mother - so that I may lead them to the spring of the clear water. Thank you. My dear children, as your shepherds offer you the Body of my Son with their blessed hands, always in your hearts give thanks to my Son for the sacrifice and for the shepherds that He always gives you anew."


Litany to Divine Mercy that St. Faustina wrote in her diary.

Let the doubting soul read these considerations on Divine Mercy and become trusting.171

Divine Mercy, gushing forth from the bosom of the Father, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, greatest attribute of God, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, incomprehensible mystery, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, fount gushing forth from the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomed by any intellect, human or angelic, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, from which wells forth all life and happiness, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, better than the heavens, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, source of miracles and wonders, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, encompassing the whole universe, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, descending to earth in the Person of the Incarnate Word, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, which flowed out from the open wound of the Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, enclosed in the Heart of Jesus for us, and especially for sinners, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomed in the institution of the Sacred Host, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the founding of Holy Church, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in our justification through Jesus Christ, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, accompanying us through our whole life, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, embracing us especially at the hour of death, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, endowing us with immortal life, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, accompanying us every moment of our life, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, shielding us from the fire of hell, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy in the conversion of hardened sinners, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy astonishment for Angels, incomprehensible to Saints, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomed in all the mysteries of God, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, lifting us out of every misery, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, source of our happiness and joy, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in calling us forth from nothingness to existence, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, embracing all the works of His hands, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, crown of all of God's handiwork, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in which we are all immersed, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, sweet relief for anguished hearts, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, only hope of despairing souls, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, repose of hearts, peace amidst fear, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, delight and ecstasy of holy souls, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, inspiring hope against all hope, I trust in You.

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

O incomprehensible and limitless Mercy Divine,
To extol and adore You worthily, who can?
Supreme attribute of Almighty God,
You are the sweet hope for sinful man.
Into one hymn yourselves unite, stars, earth and sea,
and in one accord, thankfully and fervently sing of the incomprehensible Divine Mercy.
(St. Faustina's Diary, 949-951)


Lord, Pour out your Spirit upon me

O stupid Galatians! (Galatians 3:1)
Stupid? Foolish? St. Paul could be pretty tough when he felt the situation warranted it. From what he had heard, Paul sensed that the Galatians weren’t using their gift of reason in the right way. He expected them to know what it meant to live by faith and to understand how the Holy Spirit wanted to empower them. As far as he was concerned, they should have known enough about the Lord by then to be living in the freedom of the gospel. So we have to ask ourselves what it is that St. Paul considered essential to know about faith. What should we know that will bring us into greater freedom?
First of all, faith is open. It can hold to the possibility of God working in and around us. Next, faith welcomes this activity of God; it doesn’t keep God at arm’s length. Faith is also trusting, in that it believes what has been received through prayer or Scripture.
Faith is also intelligent: it observes the work of the Spirit and draws rational conclusions from it. Faith is persistent, as well. Having begun with the Holy Spirit, it strives to stay with the Spirit. Most of all, faith is free, unhampered by doubt, unfettered by superstition, undeceived by worldly philosophies. This is the kind of faith that grasps the truth, accepts it, and opens the way for God to work mightily in a person’s heart.
So having faith is no problem, right? Or is it? If the qualities we listed above seem to highlight where your faith is weak, remember this foundational truth: if faith were all your own work, the demands of living by faith would be overwhelming. Who could ever muster all these attitudes and positions? But it’s not up to you alone. Before anything else, faith is God’s gift. It comes to us as an almost natural response to God’s revelation in our hearts. It arises spontaneously as we experience the Spirit’s touch in our lives. All we have to do is nurture it through prayer and give it room to grow through obedience. If we do, we’ll find the Holy Spirit alive in us in ever increasing measure.
“Father, you know where my faith is weak; come and strengthen me today! Pour out more of your Spirit, so that I can live a life supported by faith, growing in faith, and encouraging others in faith.”


Pope Francis at Santa Marta: A Christian’s authority comes from the Holy Spirit

(Vatican Radio) A Christian’s authority comes from the Holy Spirit, not from human wisdom or degrees in theology, said Pope Francis at morning Mass Tuesday, as he explained that Christian identity is having the Spirit of Christ, not the "spirit of the world”.
Emer McCarthy reports Listen: 
The people were astonished at Christ’s teaching because he spoke with authority. Inspired by the passage from the Gospel Pope dwelt on the nature of Our Lord’s authority and, as a consequence that of the Christian. He said that Jesus was “not a common preacher," because his "authority" comes from the '"special anointing of the Holy Spirit." Jesus, he said, is "the Son of God, anointed and sent" to "bring salvation, to bring freedom." And some, he noted, "were scandalized" by this style that belonged to Jesus, by its identity and freedom:
"We too can ask ourselves, what is our identity as Christians? Paul puts it very well today when he says: ‘And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom'. Paul's preaching is not the result of a course at the Lateran, or the Gregorian [Pontifical Universities - ed]... No, no, no! Not human wisdom, no! But taught by the Spirit: Paul preached with the anointing of the Spirit, expressing spiritual things of the Spirit in spiritual terms. Man cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God by his own strength: Man alone cannot understand this!”.
The Pope continued that this is why "if we Christians do not fully understand the things of the Spirit, if we do not give or offer witness then we have no identity". For some, he said, "these things of the Spirit are foolishness, they are not able to understand them". The man moved by the Spirit, however, "judges everything: He is free and cannot be judged by anyone".
“Now, we have the thought of Christ and that is the Spirit of Christ. This is the Christian identity. Not having the spirit of the world, that way of thinking, that way of judging ... You can have five degrees in theology, but not have the Spirit of God! Maybe you'll be a great theologian, but you are not a Christian because you do not have the Spirit of God! That which gives authority, that which gives identity is the Holy Spirit, the anointing of the Holy Spirit”.
Pope Francis said that this is why "the people did not love those preachers, those teachers of the law, because they only spoke of theology, they did not speak to hearts, they gave no freedom". These, he added, "were unable to help the people find their own identity, because they were not anointed by the Holy Spirit".
"The authority of Jesus - and the authority of the Christian – comes from this ability to understand the things of the Spirit, to speak the language of the Spirit. It is from this anointing of the Holy Spirit. Often, so often, we find among our faithful, simple old women who perhaps didn’t even finish elementary school, but who can speak to us of things better than any theologian, because they have the Spirit of Christ. Exactly like St. Paul. We all need to ask for this. Lord grant us Christian identity, which You had. Grant us Your Spirit. Grant us Your way of thinking, feeling, speaking: May the Lord grant us the anointing of the Holy Spirit. "

Fr. Donald Calloway, Falling in Love

Published on Apr 9, 2013
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, giving a talk during the Field Show Presentation at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday.


The Medjugorje Message: Extended messages... is there a reason?

Photo by Bernard Gallagher
The Medjugorje Message: Extended messages... is there a reason?: The latest message given to the Medjugorje seer Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo ( October 2 ) is the longest she has received from Our Lady in this...

Fr. Benedict Groeschel passes away at 81

Fr. Benedict Groeschel passes away at 81

New York City, N.Y., Oct 04, 2014 / 09:06 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, author, former EWTN host, and one of the founders of the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Oct. 3. He was 81 years old.


Our Lady's Medjugorje message to Mirjana of October 2, 2014

"Dear children, with motherly love I implore you, love one another. May there be in you hearts, as my Son desired from the very beginning, love for the Heavenly Father and for your neighbor in the first place - above everything of this world. My dear children, do you not recognize the signs of the times? Do you not recognize that all of this that is around you, all that is happening, is because there is no love? Comprehend that salvation is in true values. Accept the might of the Heavenly Father, love Him and honor Him. Walk in the footsteps of my Son. You, my children, my dear apostles, you are always gathering around me anew, because you are thirsty. You thirst for peace, love and happiness. Drink out of my hands. My hands are offering to you my Son who is the spring of clear water. He will bring your faith back to life and purify your hearts, because my Son loves pure hearts and pure hearts love my Son. Only pure hearts are humble and have firm faith. I ask for such hearts of you, my children. My Son told me that I am the mother of the entire world. I ask of those of you who accept me as such to help me, with your life, prayer and sacrifice, for all of my children to accept me as a mother - so that I may lead them to the spring of the clear water. Thank you. My dear children, as your shepherds offer you the Body of my Son with their blessed hands, always in your hearts give thanks to my Son for the sacrifice and for the shepherds that He always gives you anew."   


Pope Francis speaks of the gifts of the Holy Spirit

"In the Christian community we are in need of one another, and every gift received is acted fully when it is shared with brothers, for the good of all. This is the Church!"

Vatican City,  (Zenit.org)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good Morning,
From the beginning, the Lord filled the Church with the gifts of His Spirit, thus rendering her always alive and fruitful. Distinguished among these gifts are some that are particularly precious for the building and journey of the Christian community: they are the charisms. In this catechesis, we want to ask ourselves: what, exactly, is a charism? How can we recognize it and receive it? And, above all, the fact that in the Church there is a diversity and multiplicity of charisms, is this seeing positively, as something good, or rather as a problem?
In ordinary language, when there is talk of a “charism,” it is often understood as a talent, as a natural ability. So, in face of a particularly brilliant and moving person, it is usually said: “He is a charismatic person.” In the Christian perspective, however, a charism is something more than a personal quality, a predisposition of which one might be gifted. A charism is a grace, a gift lavished by God the Father, through the action of the Holy Spirit. And it is a gift that is given to someone, not because he is better than others or because he merited it: it is a gift that God makes so that, with the same gratuitousness and the same love, he can put it at the service of the whole community, for the good of all.
Something important that must be stressed immediately is the fact that one cannot understand on one’s own if one has a charism, and which one. It is within the community that the gifts with which the Father fills us flow and flourish; and it is in the heart of the community that one learns to recognize them as a sign of His love for all His children. So, it is good that each one of us ask himself: “Is there some charism that the Lord has made arise in me, in the grace of His Spirit, and which my brothers in the Christian community have recognized and encouraged? And how do I conduct myself in regard to this gift: do I live it with generosity, putting at the service of all, or do I neglect it and end up by forgetting it? Perhaps it becomes in me a reason for pride, to the point of always lamenting others and of pretending that things be done my way in the community?”
The most beautiful experience, however, is to discover with how many different charisms and how many gifts of His Spirit the Father fills His Church! This must not be seen as a reason for confusion, for embarrassment: they are all gifts that God makes to the Christian community so that it can grow harmoniously in the faith and in His love, as one body, the Body of Christ. In face of this multiplicity of charisms, therefore, our heart must open to joy and we must think: “What a beautiful thing! So many different gifts, because we are all God’s children, and all loved in a unique way.” Woe, then, if these gifts become a reason for envy and division! As the Apostle Paul reminds us in his First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 12, all charisms are important in God’s eyes and, at the same time, no one is irreplaceable. This means that in the Christian community we are in need of one another, and every gift received is acted fully when it is shared with brothers, for the good of all. This is the Church! And when the Church expresses herself in communion, in the variety of charisms, she cannot err: it is the beauty and the strength of the sensus fidei, of that supernatural sense of the faith, which is given by the Holy Spirit so that, together, we can all enter in the heart of the Gospel and learn to follow Jesus in our life.
Dear friends, see what the Lord asks of us today: to recognize with joy and gratitude the different charisms that He distributes in the community, to put ourselves on the line for one another, according to the ministries and services to which we are called. In this way, the Church grows with the grace of her Lord and becomes in all times and places a credible sign and living testimony of the love of God.

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"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." Our Lady's Medjugorje message of (May 25, 2000)


The Medjugorje Message: Grace from heaven

Photo by Bernard Gallagher
The Medjugorje Message: Grace from heaven: The word of God – a precious gift from heaven – is enough to set the world and hearts alight. Our Lady invites us to receive and accept her ...

Our Lady came with Legions of Angels

On January 2nd, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at her home. After the apparition, she shared the following message:

“Dear children! Today I am calling you to, with complete trust and love, set out with me, because I desire to acquaint you with my Son. Do not be afraid, my children, I am here with you, I am next to you. I am showing you the way to forgive yourselves, to forgive others, and, with sincere repentance of heart, to kneel before the Father. Make everything die in you that hinder you from loving and saving - that you may be with Him and in Him. Decide for a new beginning, a beginning of sincere love of God Himself. Thank you.”

On the evening of December 31, 2009, Marija asked the Blessed Mother for a special favor explaining that the next day, the feast of the Mother of God and the first day of the year, many pilgrims requested that they attend the apparition at her home the following day; but because her chapel is very small, she was sad not to be able to offer this opportunity to all who asked. So she asked the Blessed Mother for a change in location to make it easier for more people to attend. She suggested that instead of coming at 5:40, to Marija’s chapel, Our Lady would appear in the evening on Apparition Hill so that everyone could attend. The Gospa replied that she would do both on the first of the year, come to the chapel at 5:40 and come to Apparition Hill in the evening.

So, on the Evening of January 1st, we were all on Podbrdo, praying our rosaries under the pouring rain, with our feet in the mud and our hearts in joy. The apparition lasted quite a while, and Marija told us, "The Gospa came today very happy, with legions of Angels!"She looked at all of us and smiled at us saying, ‘You are my joy, you are my hope!’ Then she urged us to live the messages that she has given us.” This is how we started the year 2010 with Her and with Her Heavenly army of Angels. We’ll definitely need them this year! And we entrusted all of you to Her motherly care... Children of Medjugorje, Praised be Jesus and Mary!


Between Medjugorje and Citluk

At the new 'round about between Medjugorje and Citluk, a statue has appeared; it is of our Blessed Mother with the baby Jesus in her arms.
Beautiful; we do not know who is responsible.


The Medjugorje Message: September message from Our lady given to Marija

photo by Bernard Gallagher
The Medjugorje Message: September message from Our lady given to Marija: Dear children! Also today I call you to also be like the stars, which by their light give light and beauty to others so they may rejoice. L...


12,000 Masses said for Mary's Plans...

by Jakob Marschner
Spirit of Medjugorje editor June Klins urges her readers to have a Mass said for the Virgin Mary’s intentions. The response has surpassed her expectations, and after 18 months the number is nearing 12,000. “If all the pilgrims responded, the world could radically change” she says.
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Mass in St James Church in Medjugojre
Thousands of Masses for the Virgin Mary’s intentions have been celebrated after June Klins, the editor of the newsletter Spirit of Medjugorje, first urged her readers to initiate such Masses in March 2013. With more being reported every day, 11,600 Masses have been celebrated so far.
“The idea germinated in January 2013. A priest who is the senior associate at my parish mentioned at a daily Mass that he, as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, can have a “free” Mass once a month for whatever intentions he wants, so for years, he has had a Mass said for the intentions of the Blessed Mother. He suggested that as a New Year’s resolution, we could have a Mass said once a year for the the Blessed Mother’s intentions” June Klins tells Medjugorje Today.
June Klins
June Klins
“Soon after that, a very holy lady at my church gave me an envelope before Mass one Sunday. In the envelope was a note card with a quote from Mother Teresa that said, “Let’s do something beautiful for God,” along with $333.33 in cash. The note said, “June, it was laid on my heart to give you this exact amount of money ($333.33). I trust it will be revealed to you why and how it is to be used.”
“I prayed about how to use that money and it came to me to use the money for Masses for Our Lady’s intentions, as Father had suggested. I reflected on his words, and the fact that the number 3 can denote the Holy Trinity, it seemed like a good plan” June Klins says.
In the days and weeks to come, the editor from Pennsylvania saw further confirmation in frequent encounters with repeated numbers. $333.33 was only the first in a string of such numbers.
When June Klins left the church that Sunday, the clock read 11.11. On her way back, the temperature sign at a business near her home read 33 degrees. Within a week, she received a check of $222 to help a priest in Uganda. And a little card saying “Psalm 33:22″ suddenly appeared in a place she had not expected it to be.
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Mass at the back altar of St James Church in Medjugorje
“Duplicate numbers jumped out at me. I felt that these were confirmations that this was God’s will. The following day, I planned to request the Masses, and then it came to me that if I added the $222 to it, which was going to Fr. Fredrick in Uganda anyway, that would make $555.33, which would allow for 111 Masses” June Klins says.
“I was really getting excited because 111 has been a significant number to me since January 11 (1/11), 1998. That was when my healing of a strange condition that left me in chronic pain began through Our Lady of Medjugorje. As I suspected, Fr. Fredrick was honored to be able to celebrate the 111 Masses for Our Lady’s intentions.”
The priest's consecration of the Host is the spiritual culmination of the Mass
The priest’s consecration of the Host is the spiritual culmination of the Mass
“Since we began I have asked people, if they wish, to report to us when they have a Mass said so we can keep track. The reason to keep track – since Our Lady would know anyway when a Mass was said for her intentions – is to encourage more people to do it. I initially hoped to have 1000 Masses said by the 33rd anniversary in June this year, as a special gift to Our Lady in gratitude. But the total by that date was actually nearly 10 times that – 9,322!” June Klins tells.
The initiative is a literal response to many of the Virgin Mary’s messages from Medjugorje.
“Our Lady has asked us to pray for her intentions many times over the years.  In fact, in the August 25, 2014 message, that is the first sentence of her message. The Mass is the highest form of prayer, so does it not make sense that this would be the best way to pray for her intentions?  She never asked us directly to do this, but I can imagine it makes her very happy. I am sure she does not want us to pay for a Mass stipend and then not pray ourselves. I think she would want us to have Masses said, but also continue to pray the Rosary, etc. for her intentions” June Klins says.
A fisher of man: Spirit of Medjugorje editor June Klins
A fisher of men: Spirit of Medjugorje editor June Klins
“If everyone who ever went to Medjugorje had a Mass said for her intentions in thanksgiving, that would be millions of Masses!  It could radically change the world.”
Masses said for Mary’s intentions can be reported to jklins1981@verizon.net