12/12/17

Our Lady Calls

MOTHER CALLS


A month ago, for no particular reason, I felt a deep urgency to write a series of articles on Medjugorje to counter long-standing falsehoods, distortions, and outright lies (see Related Reading below). The response has been remarkable, including hostility and derision from “good Catholics” who continue to call anyone who follows Medjugorje deceived, naive, unstable, and my favourite: “apparition chasers.”
Well, earlier this week, a Vatican representative issued a statement to encourage the faithful to feel free to “chase” one more apparition site: Medjugorje. Archbishop Hoser, appointed by Pope Francis as his envoy to look after the cares and needs of pilgrims going to Medjugorje, announced:
The devotion of Medjugorje is allowed. It’s not prohibited, and need not be done in secret… Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages. It’s no longer a problem… The decree of the former episcopal conference of what used to be Yugoslavia, which, before the Balkan war, advised against pilgrimages in Medjugorje organized by bishops, is no longer relevant. —Aleitia, December 7th, 2017
In essence, the Vatican is endorsing Medjugorje as a shrine like Fatima or Lourdes where the faithful may encounter the “charism of Mary.”  It is not an explicit endorsement yet of the alleged apparitions to the seers. But as Archbishop Hoser confirmed, the report of the Ruini Commission is “positive.” It would seem so, according to a leak to Vatican Insider that revealed that the original apparitions have been overwhelmingly confirmed to be “supernatural”. However, “this decision will have to be made by the pope. The file is now at the Secretariat of State. I believe the final decision will be made,” said Archbishop Hoser. [1] He confirmed this in another interview with Italian publication Il Giornale, that devotion to Our Lady at Medjugorje is distinct from endorsement, at this time, of the apparitions:
We need to distinguish between worship and apparitions. If a bishop wants to organise a prayer pilgrimage to Medjugorje to pray to Our Lady, he can do it without problem. But if it is organised pilgrimages to go there for the apparitions, we cannot, there is no authorisation to do it… Because the problem of the visionaries is not yet solved. They are working at the Vatican. The document is with the Secretariat of State and must be awaited. —themedjugorjewitness.org
Sadly, even this has not stopped some Medjugorje detractors, locked in their fading arguments, to continue to judge and rail against anyone who speaks positive of Medjugorje or desires to go so. So, I am writing to say: don’t be intimidated any longer. Don’t feel you have to cower or apologize for celebrating and supporting one of the greatest hotbeds of conversions and vocations in the past century.
In a delightful conversation with Wayne Wieble last night, one of the original English speaking promoters of Our Lady’s messages, he said that parish records in Medjugorje indicate that over 7000 priests have received their vocation there (Archbishop Hoser cites a lesser number of 610 documented for sure, calling the Bosnian village “fertile grounds for religious vocations”.) I have met many of these priests in my travels, and they are often the most solid, balanced clergy I know in the Church. No, don’t be bullied, brothers and sisters. You are not unstable, emotional, gullible, or desperate if you feel a call to Medjugorje. If God is sending His mother there, don’t be ashamed to greet her. The Vatican is all but encouraging believers to do so. It’s hard to imagine, if Pope Francis or the Commission or Archbishop Hoser felt any concern that this was a demonic deception, that they would now permit “official church-organized pilgrimages” into the lion’s mouth. Mother calls. And by this, I mean Mother Church too.

THE SUPREME APPARITION CHASER
It is well known that St. John Paul II, while pope, wanted to go there. Mirjana Soldo, one of the six seers, recounts this testimony of a close friend of the late pontiff:
After the apparition, a man who had been a close friend of Pope John Paul II approached me. He asked me not to share his identity— and he was in luck because I’m an expert at keeping secrets. The man told me that John Paul had always wanted to come to MeÄ‘ugorje, but as the pope, he was never able to. So, one day, the man joked with the pope, saying, “If you never make it to MeÄ‘ugorje, then I’ll go and bring your shoes there. It will be as if you were able to set foot on that holy ground.” After John Paul II passed away, the man felt a calling to do exactly that. After the apparition, the man gave them to me, and I think about the Holy Father every time I look at them.My Heart Will Triumph (pp. 306-307), Catholic Shop, Kindle Edition 
St. John Paul the Great, or St. John Paul the Apparition Chaser? Yes, I think you get the point. This kind of condescension and belittling of those who want to be near the Blessed Mother has absolutely no place in the Body of Christ. So, for the first time in my ministry, I am going to encourage others freely: if you feel called to go to Medjugorje (or Lourdes, or Fatima, or Guadalupe, etc.), then go. Don’t go to look for signs and wonders. Rather, go to pray, to detoxify from social media, to confess your sins, to gaze upon the Eucharistic face of Jesus, to climb a mountain in penance, and breathe the air of thousands of other Catholics who are seeking their God. Yes, you can do this in your own parish, and should. But if God is inviting souls to Medjugorje to encounter the Mother, who am I to tell them not to go?
Pope Francis recently asked an Albanian cardinal to give his blessing to the faithful present in Medjugorje. —Archbishop Hoser, Aleitia, December 7th, 2017

12/7/17

Breaking News: Vatican Will Allow Marian Devotion At Medjugorje

Envoy: Vatican Will Allow Marian Devotion At Medjugorje

Henryk Hoser in 2009The Italian Catholic news outlet Aleteia reports that according to a high-ranking official, the Vatican — after decades of contemplating it, and years after a formal commission was empaneled to study it — will allow official pilgrimages to Medjugorje in Hercegovina, apparently ending years of bitter controversy.
“Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages. There are no more problems,” claims the Polish archbishop, Henryk Hoser, tasked by Rome with pastoral oversight at Medjugorje, in an interview at his residence in Warsaw. “Pope Francis recently asked an Albanian cardinal to give his blessing to the faithful present in Medjugorje,” he added in the interview.
“I am full of admiration for the work the Franciscans are doing there,” he told the news outlet, according to an initial, rough translation. “With a relatively small team — they are a dozen — they do an amazing job welcoming pilgrims. Every summer they organize a youth festival. This year, there were 50,000 people from around the world, with more than 700 priests,” he added.
The prelate also notes that “Confessions [at Medjugorje] are massive,” calling them a “phenomenon.”
“They have about fifty confessionals, which are not enough. These are very deep confessions.”
“And what confirms the authenticity of the place is the large amount of charitable institutions that exist around the sanctuary. And yet another dimension: the great effort that is being made at the level of Christian formation. Every year there are high-quality congresses for different audiences, be they priests, doctors, young people or couples.”
More, the archbishop, who extensively visited and studied the site, said a decree of the former Bishops’ Conference of the former Yugoslavia, which before the Balkan war advised against pilgrimages organized by bishops in Medjugorje, “is no longer relevant.”
He cited approved apparitions at Kibeho in Rwanda and the fact that approval for devotion was granted before final total recognition, which came in 2001. Those apparitions began to same year as Medjugorje but are nowhere nearly as well-known. Devotion to Our Lady Queen of Peace at Medjugorje “is worldwide and extends to nearly eighty countries,” he noted.
MEDJUGORJE ECHOBishop Henryk Hoser confirmed that the current Vatican commission — the most authoritative ever to look at the apparitions — would be issuing a “favorable” report. That commission already has stated — in an overwhelming vote — that the first days of the apparitions, which began on June 24, 1981, are authentic. Such approval, however, is not yet official.
“What I find touching is that all seers have turned to family life,” the archbishop further noted. “At the time we live, the family is of enormous importance. All live with family. Those who were teenagers at the time are already grandmothers. 37 years have passed! ”
Still, he acknowledged that a final decision on authenticity “will have to be made by the Pope.
“The file is now at the Secretariat of State. I believe the final decision made [will be positive],” he concluded to Aleteia.
Pope John Paul II privately called Medjugorje, “the fulfillment of Fatima,” and the archbishop’s statements come during the conclusion of the Fatima anniversary year and the day before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

12/5/17

Spirit of Medjugorje

The First Christmas Apparition in Medjugorje
The following is used with permission from the book My Heart Will Triumph by visionary, Mirjana Soldo. This is just a short excerpt of her lengthy account of her first Christmas after the apparitions started in 1981.
Artist's impression from Vicka's description of Our Lady with Baby Jesus during the apparition, Christmas 1981
The picture shown above was taken at Vicka’s grandmother’s house in Medjugorje. The sign underneath the painting says, "Artist's impression from Vicka's description of Our Lady with Baby Jesus during the apparition, Christmas 1981." The artist is a Croatian painter named Davor Zilic.
     As Christmas day wound down for everyone else, I prepared for my apparition, and I was more excited about it than usual. After all, it was Jesus' birthday, and what mother is not filled with joy on her child's birthday? I would get to experience the apparition with the others for the first time in months.
     I joined Ivanka, Vicka, Marija, Ivan and little Jakov in the church. After praying together, we all felt Our Lady's presence. She appeared before us in a gleaming, golden dress unlike anything I had ever seen – this style was identical to the gray one she usually wore, but the fabric looked like molten metal. It radiated gold, and Our Lady herself emitted the same lustrous hues.
      Describing her dress as "golden" hardly defines it, though. There are no human words that can convey the beauty of such a color. Even the word "color" is inadequate, unless a color can be alive, and infused with emotion. I can say that my couch, for example, is a beige color, and in earthly terms I would be correct. The "color" of her dress, however, is almost like light – but an ethereal sort of light that bends, flows, and undulates according to Our Lady's movements and the feeling she wishes to convey.
     Our Lady's arms were folded across the front of her dress, which seemed peculiar until I realized she was holding an infant, just like the first time we saw her. She hadn't come again with an infant until now. I yearned for a closer look, but something prevented me from seeing the baby's face. "Love one another, my children," Our Lady said with a warm smile. "You are brothers and sisters."
     She then blessed us and departed. Regaining my senses, I was surprised to find myself in Medjugorje with the others and not at our apartment in Sarajevo. The experience was so intense that I forgot where I was. 

12/2/17

Medjugorje: Our Lady's Message to Mirjana of December 2, 2017

"Dear children, I turn to you as your mother, the mother of the just, the mother of those who love and suffer, the mother of those who are holy. 
My children, you too can be holy - this depends on you. Those who are holy are those who immeasurably love the Heavenly Father, those who love Him above all.

Therefore, my children, always strive to be better. If you strive to be good you can be holy even though you may not think so of yourselves. If you think that you are good, you are not humble, and arrogance distances you from holiness. In this peaceless world full of threats, your hands, apostles of my love, should be extended in prayer and mercy.

And to me, my children, give the gift of the rosary, the roses which I love so much. My roses are your prayers pronounced with the heart and not only recited with the lips. My roses are your acts of prayer, faith and love. When my Son was little, he said to me that my children would be numerous and that they would bring me many roses. I did not comprehend Him. Now I know that you are those children who are bringing me roses when, above all, you love my Son, when you pray with the heart, when you help the poorest. Those are my roses. That is the faith which makes everything in life be done through love, not knowing arrogance, and always ready to forgive; never judging, always striving to understand one's brother. 

Therefore, apostles of my love, pray for those who do not know how to love, for those who do not love you, for those who have done evil to you, for those who have not come to know the love of my Son. My children, I ask this of you because, remember, to pray means to love and to forgive.
Thank you."
Video of Apparition  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqY9i2qOYQo

12/1/17

The world has decided to go into the future without God

Tivan-dragicevic-medjugorje-schonbornhe Blessed buy ativan usa Mother, according to seer,  Ivan Dragicevic says “the world has decided to go into the future without God.”

November 2017 Mr. Dragicevic had his apparition inside St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Ivan’s apparition lasted about eight minutes and afterwords Cardinal Schonborn celebrated Mass mentioning Medjugorje extensively in his homily.
Ivan Dragicevic said to the audience, to prepare for a world that is turning away from God – “The world has decided to go into the future without God.” The Virgin Mary urged all present to pray for peace and to put God in the first place in our lives. The visionary also emphasized that the Blessed Mother encourages prayer in family. Also to fast and to read the holy Gospels
Later that evening the monthly message for the world was released by Marija.
“Dear children! When in nature you look at the richness of the colors which the Most High gives to you, open your heart and pray with gratitude for all the good that you have and say: ‘I am here created for eternity’ – and yearn for heavenly things because God loves you with immeasurable love. This is why He also gave me to you to tell you: ‘Only in God is your peace and hope, dear children’. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Irish encircle the country with the Rosary

Irish encircle the country with the Rosary, mindful of threats to life

Courtesy of Coastal Rosary Ireland
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Some 30,000 Catholics gathered at about 300 sites along the coast of Northern Ireland and Ireland to pray.

On November 26, the Feast of Christ the King, an estimated 30,000 Irish Catholics gathered at about 300 sites along the coast of Northern Ireland and Ireland to pray the Rosary.
They had two intentions as they prayed: the restoration of faith among youth in their country and the protection of human life from womb to tomb.
Courtesy of Coastal Rosary Ireland
The Rosary on the Coast initiative was organized by five Catholic friends inspired by similar events held recently in Poland and Italy.
“We were very aware of the looming threat to the protection of life in [Northern Ireland and Ireland] and the tragic decline in the practice of the faith,”said Kathy Sinnott, one of the organizers of the coastal Rosary.
Abortions are not allowed under current law in both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, but the laws are being challenged in both countries.
In Ireland the eighth amendment acknowledges the right to life of the unborn. However a referendum on the eighth amendment is scheduled for May 2018. In Northern Ireland abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances. However the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has also challenged the abortion law in court and a ruling from the Supreme Court is expected in 2018.
Sinnott and her friends began organizing the Rosary on the Coast in early October, spreading the word informally through contacts. “People seemed to instinctively know it was a good idea,” she said.
Courtesy of Coastal Rosary Ireland
Originally the goal was to get 53 groups gather along the coast — one for each Hail Mary in the Rosary. However as word spread more and more groups signed up. On November 26 there were enough groups to represent all the mysteries of the Rosary.
November 26 was chosen as the date for the Rosary because Ireland was consecrated to the Christ the King on the feast day in 1940.
Participants in the coastal Rosary were also invited to “plant” a Miraculous Medal in the ground after reciting the Rosary to protect the island.

11/25/17

The Triumph, a Medjugorje documentary - Free Movie


Published on Jul 30, 2017

Follow a young man's journey to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where the Virgin Mary has reportedly been appearing since 1981, giving messages and prophecies about the world's future. THE TRIUMPH is now being released online in hopes that the entire world can experience the miracles of Medjugorje firsthand. Please share, and follow the story in APPARITION HILL, the next film by director Sean Bloomfield. Learn more at www.ApparitionHill.org.

Our Lady of Medjugorje’s Message of November 25, 2017

“Dear children! In this time of grace, I call you to prayer. Pray and seek peace, little children. He who came here on earth to give you His peace, regardless of who you are and what you are – He, my Son, your Brother – through me is calling you to conversion, because without God you do not have a future or eternal life. Therefore, believe and pray and live in grace and the expectation of your personal meeting with Him. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

11/23/17

Fr. John Randall's Prayer Answered

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Fr. Randall

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Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration: 


by Leo Grossi

Fr. John Randall encourages every parish to develop a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration program.

In his usual exhilaration when speaking about the “Host exposed,”Fr. Randall exhorts “How I wish our Church were more obedient to Pope John Paul II! Did you know that he, at the Eucharistic Congress in Seville, Spain in 1993, requested that every parish in the world inaugurate perpetual adoration? He started it himself at that time in St. Peter’s in Rome. What fantastic graces await us if we only step out and do this! I believe that if it can bedone in an inner city parish, it can be done everywhere. Don’t be afraid. ‘Ducin altum,’ (‘set out into the deep’) as John Paul urges us at the beginning of this new millennium. The Eucharistic reign of Christ will do the rest!”

Fr. John Randall, Pastor of Saint.Charles Parish on Dexter Street in Providence, spoke of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration as an answer to a pastor’s prayer, when he was keynote speaker at a Corpus Christi vigil observance at St. Bartholomew Parish in Providence in 1999. Since Fr. Randall started adoration in a converted sacristy which now serves as the adoration chapel, he has more time to devote to his priesthood ministry rather than counseling his parishioners. He lovingly says “… people are finding peace and answers before Jesus while in adoration.”

In 1984, St. Charles’ parishioners first brought their pains and worries before Our Eucharistic Lord Jesus Christ in adoration. Fr. Randall recalls “I had always dreamed of being in a parish where there was easy and constant access to the Blessed Sacrament. When I was assigned pastor of St. Charles Parish in the inner city of Providence in 1978, one of my disappointments was the realization that this would never happen here. The insurance companies would insist on keeping the Church locked for security reasons. I more or less tried to live with that.

”After six years of obedience, Fr. Randall received a ‘messenger from God.’ He reminisces “in 1984, a priest preaching perpetual adoration came knocking at my door asking if I were interested in having not only access to the Blessed Sacrament, but perpetual adoration before the Host exposed. I told him I would love that, but it was not possible, given our dangerous inner-city position.” Encouragingly, “he replied, ‘Let’s go see your church and take a look.’Within a very short time, he drew up a practical plan to solve our security problems and have adoration.” This priest sent by God described how “we could transform our very large sacristy into an adoration chapel with beautiful, multicolored stained glass windows.”He proposed that the chapel be “self-enclosed, locked off from the rest of the Church, with a separate and secure entrance and a bell. People could be trained to come on the hour, ring the bell and the person finishing that hour of adoration would let the next adorers in. I was ecstatic over this dream come true.

As a follow-up, this wonderful priest
came to St. Charles “on the following week-end, explaining the project at all the Masses. Enough people were moved to sign up and we were able
to start with three days and one night of adoration,” Fr. Randall recalls.
“It was wonderful and began to bring instant blessings to the parish. As time went on, we added more and more hours of adoration until finally at Pentecost, 1996, we bravely launched out into perpetual adoration in the lovely chapel at St. Charles which accommodates about 35 people. It continues with incredible blessings until this day,” exclaims Fr. Randall.

Praising God for gracing St. Charles, Fr. Randall says “Let me point out just a couple of the innumerable blessings that have happened. Our first 3:00 AM night adorer entered the seminary and will soon be ordained. Since then, seven other young men and women have entered the seminary or religious life, and our people are constantly praying for vocations.”

Fr. Randall strongly encourages every pastor to consider Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration as he witnesses: “The other blessing is that I have less requests for counseling because people are finding peace and answers before Jesus while in adoration. They don’t need to come to the rectory so often!”

11/21/17

17th Anniversary of Fr. Slavko’s death


17th Anniversary of Fr. Slavko’s death



On Friday, November 17, 2017 we will commemorate the 17th Anniversary of Fr. Slavko Barbaric’s death, a priest who devoted 18 years of his life to spreading of Our Lady’s messages in the world and care for all pilgrims. Fr. Slavko died on November 24, 2000, after having completed the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain and he was buried at the local cemetery Kovacica. This year, on the occasion of this Anniversary, we will pray the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain and celebrate Holy Mass at 6 pm in the parish church of St. James.

Medjugorje Message of November 25, 2000
"Dear children! Today when Heaven is near to you in a special way, I call you to prayer so that through prayer you place God in the first place. Little children, today I am near you and I bless each of you with my motherly blessing so that you have the strength and love for all the people you meet in your earthly life and that you can give God's love. I rejoice with you and I desire to tell you that your brother Slavko has been born into Heaven and intercedes for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

On November 24th, we will celebrate the 17th Anniversary of Fr Slavko Barbaric’s birthday in Heaven. On this occasion, I suggest that we pray this beautiful prayer that he wrote:

“Holy Spirit, I choose you today as master of my whole being. In faith and with hope in your infinite love as it manifested in Mary, I renounce every evil spirit and I accept you, Spirit of Love, Light, Peace and Order. I dedicate all my talents to you, and wish to act only in your light. I give you all rights on my life. Watch over me, guide me to the Father, I beg you with Mary through Jesus, Amen!”

Video of Fr. Slavko  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ugXt1O3z6w

11/12/17

A Call To Holiness

A Call To Holiness

An Intimate Prayer Experience with Fr. Jozo Zovko O.F.M. Video courtesy of Drew Mariani

Healings- Stories from Medjugorje


Published on Feb 1, 2016

Messages of Hope. Two testimonies that speak to the power of prayer, the power of the Sacraments, the power of the intercession of our Blessed Mother and a reminder that anything is possible with God! Excerpts from the incredible DVD called Queen of Peace. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS1Pf9... It is available for order at http://medjugorje.org/ccart/queen-of-...

11/9/17

Medjugorje Eucharistic Adoration



Published on Apr 23, 2016

This was the highlight for me of our couple days here before we went on to Lourdes and Fatima. This is the nightly Eucharistic Adoration that happens in the parish Church of St. James. It was packed. I'm not a huge "Praise and Worship" fan, but I thought this was really nice.

11/3/17

Q&A with a Modern-Day Visionary


Medjugorje visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo answers questions at the Annual Medjugorje Peace Conference in Irvine, California.

11/2/17

November 2, 2017 - Message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace

J.M.J.
November 2, 2017
All Soul's Day

Dear Family of Mary!

November 2, 2017 - Message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace
Dear children, As I am looking at you gathered around me, your mother, I see many pure souls, many of my children who are seeking love and consolation, but no one is offering it to them. I also see those who are doing evil, because they do not have good examples; they have not come to know my Son. The good which is silent and is spread through pure souls is the strength which sustains this world. There is much sin, but there is also love. My Son is sending me to you - the mother who is the same for everyone - that I may teach you to love, to comprehend that you are brothers. He desires to help you.

Apostles of my love, a living desire of faith and love is sufficient, and my Son will accept it. But you must be worthy, you must have good will and open hearts. My Son enters into open hearts.
I, as a mother, desire that you may all the better come to know my Son -  God born of God - to come to know the greatness of His love which you need so much. He accepted your sins upon Himself and obtained redemption for you, and in return He asked that you love each other.
My Son is love.

He loves all people without difference, all people of all countries and of all nations. If you, my children, would live the love of my Son, His kingdom would already be on earth. Therefore, apostles of my love, pray, pray that my Son and His love may be all the closer to you; that you may be an example of love and may help all those who have not come to know my Son. Never forget that my Son, one and triune, loves you. Love your shepherds and pray for them. Thank you.   Video of Mirjana  Apparition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbdEZtsnNSE     

Mirjana encounters Our Lady, November 2, 2017
(c)Mateo Ivankovic


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

10/29/17

Spiritual Retreat with Fr. Jozo

Fr. Jozo Zovko

Spiritual Retreat Badija Island, Croatia

And Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

April 30  -  May 10, 2018

HEARTS CHANGE AT MEDJUGORJE

• There are some places and some people in life that ‘mark’ you forever. Once you have come in contact with them, they revive in you everything that seemed buried within your heart forever. Then you recapture a life full of joy, serenity, and purpose. You understand the reason you are living, where you have come from, and where you are going. You take your life back into your hands with vigour. You rediscover a design of love in your life that trials and difficulties have buried. Then you feel like a new person, and even others are aware that something has changed your life.
The place that has ‘marked’ me and millions of other people is called Medjugorje. It is different from other places because there is a ‘Presence’ there that you do not see but whose effects and benefits you gather. It is a Presence that speaks to our hearts and manifests itself in a personal manner for each one of us. This presence is Mary the Mother of God.
In Medjugorje we discover that this mother, the Queen of Peace, wants to enter our lives. That is the reason she says to us: “Dear Children, accept me in your lives, because I desire to bestow my love upon you.”
• Fr. Luigi Ferrari

10/25/17

October 25, 2017 Message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace:

"Dear children! I am calling you to be prayer in this time of grace. You all have problems, afflictions, sufferings and lack of peace. May saints be models to you and an encouragement for holiness; God will be near you and you will be renewed in seeking through your personal conversion. Faith will be hope to you and joy will begin to reign in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call."

10/23/17

Dear Family of Mary


 
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017 

J.M.J.
October 23, 2017
St. John of Capistrano
 
Dear Family of Mary!
As most of you know, Denis and I were on pilgrimage to Medjugorje for the first two weeks of October. It was a beautiful time of prayer and fellowship. On October 13, 2017 we wondered if Our Lady would show us any signs of her presence and her plan. It was the 100th anniversary of the "Dancing" Sun in Fatima! Would that amazing event happen again, this time in Medjugorje?
 
During the Evening Program on October 13, I noticed that the setting sun was very bright. I could not look at it. But many people were turned toward it, looking unguardedly at it. This is not unusual in Medjugorje.
 
Today we received an email from Beth S. - a pilgrim from our group, and an old friend. Here is what she said:
 
I wanted to share this photo with you. Ali, Cheryl, and I were near our Blessed Mother statue in front of the church on October 13, praying and waiting for the time of Our Lady's apparition. Just a couple of minutes before she came, Ali told me to look at the sun. I did, and we both saw the host in front of the sun with beautiful changing colors pulsating around it. (This is how it appeared to me 6 years ago when I was blessed to see it). This continued as we watched it continuously for about 15 minutes. Then, as the sun was beginning to set, the whole sun just began pulsating and I told Ali that it looked like a beating heart and she said this is what she was seeing too!
 
Cheryl was not able to look into the sun this time. It was too bright, but she took a picture anyway. The newer iPhone has a live photo option, which has a couple of seconds of video before it snaps the still photo.
 
After we got home, Cheryl clicked on this photo on her phone and it wouldn't stop repeating the motion. It won't go to the still photo but just keeps repeating so it really looks like a beating heart!!! This is what Ali and I were watching that day! It is amazing that it is captured so well in this photo!
 
Still praying with you every day on Mary TV! Hoping for you to feel better, Cathy and hope to see you both again soon! God Bless! Beth  
 
 
   
 
The iPhone "live option" photo the Cheryl took on October 13, 2017 in Medjugorje!
 
 
What a beautiful gift Beth, Ali, and Cheryl received from Our Lady on October 13!! She was telling them, and us, that she is still with us, still active in our lives, still working out her plan for the salvation of souls.
 
Our Lady has spoken about signs to us many times in her messages. We need to understand the signs we are being given! They are a way for God to open our hearts to prayer and repentance. Here are three messages to ponder.
 
July 25, 2014 "Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God's will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."
   
June 2, 2007 "Dear children! Also in this difficult time God's love sends me to you. My children, do not be afraid, I am with you. With complete trust give me your hearts, that I may help you to recognize the signs of the time in which you live. I will help you to come to know the love of my Son. I will triumph through you. Thank you."

March 18, 2006 "Dear children! In this Lenten time, I call you to interior renunciation. The way to this leads you through love, fasting, prayer and good works. Only with total interior renunciation will you recognize God's love and the signs of the time in which you live. You will be witnesses of these signs and will begin to speak about them. I desire to bring you to this. Thank you for having responded to me."

We need to pray to recognize the signs which God is sending to us, out of love. He wants us to turn completely towards Him, giving Him our open and contrite hearts, letting Him be the Lord of our lives. He wants us to then become little signs of His love in this very broken and loveless world.
 
As Our Lady said: "...in this difficult time God's love sends me to you." She is the biggest and most powerful sign we have been given. Let's not miss it!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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