A Reflection: Open Your Hearts to the Holy Spirit

Our Lady of Medjugorje Message of May 23, 1985 with a Reflection by Kathleen Aparo

“Dear Children, These days I invite you especially to open your hearts to the Holy Spirit.  These days the Holy Spirit acts through you in a special way.  Open your hearts and abandon your life to Jesus that He may act through your hearts and strengthen your faith. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Imagine your heart open with rays of love shining out to everyone. Not just some people, everyone!!  And though I might like to think I do that, I know in my wounded heart that in the blink of an eye, I can make a judgement call.   I can judge, by some unknown means, how much love I’m  willing to share with someone.   I can make the momentous decision of whether or not to meet that person soul to soul in one casual moment.   So how can I help myself to be more open and to not let my insecurities hold me back.   Mary tells me and you exactly how.  She asks us to invite the Holy Spirit into our hearts and then see the special ways He will act through us.  Mary wants us to experience the gentle miracles of the Spirit…   miracles that heal and soothe the wounds we’ve accumulated over the years… miracles that change us from the inside out. And when that happens,  and our faith is strengthened,  it’s then we’re moved to live more fully the one God formed in our mother’s womb.
~Kathleen Aparo


Legendary Priest Breaks Lengthy Silence

By Jakob Marschner
 Fr. Jozo Zovko is back at writing commentaries on the Virgin Mary’s monthly message. Medjugorje’s charismatic parish priest by the time the apparitions began has been away from public spotlight for more than five years, asked to stay silent until the Vatican Commission had finished.
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Among the few recent photos to emerge of Fr. Jozo Zovko, this one stems from the Autumn of 2011
Publically silent since early 2009, Fr. Jozo Zovko has now resumed his meditations or commentaries on the Virgin Mary’s monthly message given on every 25th day of the month to Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti.
Now 73 years old Fr. Jozo, the parish priest in Medjugorje when the apparitions began and quickly imprisoned by the communist regime for refusing to denounce the Virgin Mary’s appearances, has only met with very few pilgrims since February 2009. His most recent message commentary dated back even longer when he wrote the first of now three in April this year.
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Fr. Jozo with visionary Mirjana Dragicevic around 1983 when the priest had just been released from 18 months of prison for refusing to denounce the apparitions in Medjugorje
Fr. Jozo’s comeback as a writer coincided almost precisely with the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje finishing its work, as this took place in January this year. His Franciscan superiors had asked him not to speak about Medjugorje in public until the Commission had finished, an order Fr. Jozo obeyed without viewing it as a punishment.
Fr. Jozo was among the key figures the Commission called and questioned. According to Medjugorje Today’s informations, the Commission members were particularly impressed by Fr. Jozo, a well-known charismatic whose talks and writings have affected very many people throughout the years.
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Recent photo of Fr. Jozo Zovko
In his most recent message commentary, Fr. Jozo calls his readers to true Christian apostleship, noting that only Christians have the tools and answers needed to solve contemporary problems:
“Our time of trials and troubles – like floods, earthquakes and wars – has shown who is a Christian, and who is a man-humanist. This is the time of those who have the heart and the time for prayer, the time for good deeds. Such Christians have the eyes to see the wounds and pains, the sufferings and needs of their neighbors. And today only love – Christian, Jesus’ love – saves and that is why we must stop interpreting and making new theories why and from where problems and troubles come”. Fr. Jozo Zovko states.
“So many live unwisely, and many have lost the joy of life and are fighting against the forces of evil and darkness losing the last hope. Everything is contrary to their wishes and dreams and they simply are losing the will to live. In that night of ignorance and trial man needs God. He is the light. He is a new day. He is our safety.”
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Taken in July 1981, shortly before he was arrested, this is one of the earliest known photos of Fr. Jozo with the Medjugorje visionaries. Left to right: Marija Pavlovic, Mirjana Dragicevic, Vicka Ivankovic, Jakov Colo, and Ivanka Ivankovic. Only Ivan Dragicevic is missing in this photo from the first summer of the apparitions
“Our generation seeks and needs its apostles. They are not the people who pride themselves on their diplomas and knowledge but the people who have changed their lives – converts. Today only true converts, or rather saints, have the opportunity to help neighbors. Today’s Samaritans watch how Levites and priests passing by the neighbors knowing they have nothing to give them because they have no time, because their time that should be devoted to the neighbor is lost” Fr. Jozo further notes.
“Such lost time makes man nervous and unhappy. Our wrong education makes the love for the neighbor difficult for us, and our conflicts make wounds on the body of the Church family. We are waiting for the good Samaritan, the Samaritan who wholeheartedly meets and helps the needy. He always has something to give and offer, and never walks without the indispensable oil and wine. He knows where the medical clinic is and to whom the patient should be taken to have his health restored.”
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Fr. Jozo met Pope John Paul II in 1992. Ten years later, he was positively surprised upon receiving an apostolic blessing from the Pope in his mail. The text reads: “I grant from the heart a particular blessing to Father Jozo Zovko, o.f.m. and I invoke a new outpouring of graces and heavenly favors, and the continuous protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary”.
Since December 2011, Fr. Jozo Zovko has served in a Franciscan monastery in Zagreb, Croatia. Since he left Siroki Brijeg near Medjugorje in early 2009, the last place where he was available to pilgrims on a larger scale, he has also been in charge of rebuilding a Franciscan monastery on the Croatian island of Badija.
Published on the website of his organization “International God-Parenthood for the Herceg-Bosnian child”, dedicated to helping orphans of the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Fr. Jozo’s message commentaries from April andMay this year are also available in English.

July 25, 2014 Message from Our Lady, through Marija:

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July 25, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

Here is the July 25, 2014 Message from Our Lady, through Marija:

"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."

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2014


With extended hands Our Lady calls and invites us.

Tuesday, the 18th of March 2008
(Message given to Mirjana)

Mirjana transmitted the following:

I have never seen Our Lady address us in this manner. She extended her hands towards us and with her hands extended in this way, she said:

"Dear children, today I extend my hands towards you. Do not be afraid to accept them. They desire to give you love and peace and to help you in salvation. Therefore, my children, receive them. Fill my heart with joy and I will lead you towards holiness. The way on which I lead you is difficult and full of temptations and falls. I will be with you and my hands will hold you. Be persevering so that, at the end of the way, we can all together, in joy and love, hold the hands of my Son. Come with me; Fear not. Thank you."


Children of Medjugorje Newsletter July 2014

July 15 2014,
Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel!
Dear Children of Medjugorje,
Praised be Jesus and Mary!

1. On July 2nd, Mirjana received her monthly apparition in the new building near her house. After the apparition, she shared the following message: 

"Dear children, I, the mother of all of you gathered here and the mother of the entire world, am blessing you with a motherly blessing and call you to set out on the way of humility. That way leads to the coming to know the love of my Son. My Son is almighty, He is in everything. If you, my children, do not become cognizant of this, then darkness/blindness rule in your soul. Only humility can heal you. My children, I always lived humbly, courageously and in hope. I knew, I became cognizant that God is in us and we are in God. I am asking the same of you. I desire for all of you to be with me in eternity, because you are a part of me. I will help you on your way. My love will envelop you like a mantle and make of you apostles of my light - of God's light. With the love that comes forth from humility you will bring light to where darkness/blindness rule. You will be bringing my Son who is the light of the world. I am always alongside your shepherds and I pray that they may always be an example of humility for you. Thank you."

On June 25th, for the 33rd Anniversary of the Apparitions, Our Lady gave this message:
"Dear Children! The Most High is giving me the grace that I can still be with you and to lead you in prayer towards the way of peace. Your heart and soul thirst for peace and love, for God and His joy. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray and in prayer you will discover the wisdom of living. I bless you all and intercede for each of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call." 
2. For the feast of Corpus Christi, a huge crowd of pilgrims and villagers took part in the procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the village streets. What a joy it is to see this beautiful tradition being revived in Medjugorje since the fall of Communism! When I was a little girl (last century!) we had these processions in the towns of France, and the children would throw rose petals where Jesus passed by, carried with solemnity in the monstrance accompanied by songs and hymns in his honor. Today, in many places, these processions are forbidden, replaced by rallies of other types - some of them of a perverse nature - that certainly do not call down divine blessings upon our streets and boulevards! Lord, have mercy upon Europe, which has resolved to expel you from its borders, unaware that to reject the Savior means to reject salvation, too! 

On that day of Corpus Christi, the walls of St. James, here in Medjugorje, were ringing with the magnificent homily of an Irish celebrant at the English Mass.  This priest received his vocation in Medjugorje, and it was plain to see that the Our Lady was with him. Here is a short extract from what he shared with us of his personal experience:

"I was coming back from the first International Cenacle meeting in 1992 and while I was at the Dublin Airport I was saying a little prayer: 'Our Lady, are you pleased with my Cenacle that I've just made and all the graces You have obtained for me? I really felt the influx of grace from the retreat!!' ....and all of the sudden everybody at the airport disappeared before my eyes and there was only myself and this beautiful girl smiling radiantly at me; I didn't know who she was and I couldn't put a name to her face. Then I heard a voice inside of me saying: 'I am very happy and pleased with the Cenacle you have come from, and with all the graces I have obtained for you'. Our Lady had spoken to my heart and then I knew who this person was, she was Vicka from Medjugorje. She appeared to me at Dublin Airport! Then I said to Our Lady: "Do you want me to speak to her?" and she answered: "No, this is a confirmation for you that Medjugorje is authentic and the Marian Movement is authentic."
3. To still be with us! For the 33rd anniversary of the apparitions, we were expecting a powerful message from the Virgin Mary. These are the words that have stayed in our minds above all: "The Most High is giving me the grace that I can still be with you..." What does she mean by still? I am not among those who have seen or heard her, but according to Vicka, we are far from having accomplished what she had planned to do through her apparitions in Medjugorje. From the very beginning, Mary explained her plan clearly: "I have come to convert the whole world and reconcile it with God." She also said, "I have come to bring the world closer to the Heart of God." But just a few years ago she said this: "The world is going further away from the Heart of God every day." This remark hurts! But Mary is Mother of Hope and she (no doubt) has obtained from God the ability to continue to come so that this plan may be at last realized, and so that satan may not succeed in diminishing and destroying the impact that her coming has upon us. Now the ball is in our court!

How and when have we disappointed her, to the point of preventing her from accomplishing all the good that she was expecting to do through Medjugorje? We have started to pick and choose what we want from her messages; we have allowed our consciences to be lulled to sleep by the materialism that surrounds us.  We haven't taken seriously that God should be in the first place in our life and instead of him we have preferred earthly wellbeing (that we lose anyway when we don't live under his blessing). To encourage us to change our course, here is a simple testimony that dates from the 90's.

Picture Courtesy of MedjugorjeToday.tv

We know that Jakov lost his mother about a year after the apparitions began. He was devastated, since she was the only family he had. But the very evening of the day she died, during the apparition, Mary said to him: "Do not weep, Jakov, your mother is with me in Heaven!" When I heard this, I went to see Jakov to ask him what his mother had done to go to straight to Heaven, what had there been in her life that was so beautiful that God should have taken her so quickly like this? I guessed that the answer might be of interest to each one of us!

But Jakov remained evasive and said to me, "I can't think of anything special to tell you, Sr Emmanuel. There was nothing extraordinary about my mother." I urged him to think about it some more, knowing that not everyone goes directly to heaven, he insisted saying, "No, I assure you, there was nothing special about my mother, she was just like everyone else, she did everything the Gospa told us!" I had my answer! "She did everything the Gospa told us!"

If today, despite our luke-warmness, our wanderings and our lack of humility, the Virgin Mary has decided to continue to come, let us not disappoint her! This is the time of grace, so let us take hold of it! Let us not allow the enemy to rejoice at finding in us an open door that we offer him through our compromises with sin. Let us not give him free reign to attack, since our future is at stake, as well as that of our children.

She is giving us a second chance. If we desire peace rather than disaster, there is still time to "do everything that she tells us!"

Dearest Gospa, referring to Jesus you said, and still say to us, "Do everything He tells you". Please, with your motherly touch, help us do everything you tell us to do because He has made you His spokesperson. (See PS 2)

 Sister Emmanuel +


Does Our Lady really invite pilgrims to Medjugorje

Greetings, From ever since my first visit to Medjugorje from long time ago, I am hearing from many people/sources ( including sister Emmanuel book) that every pilgrim that visits Medjugorje is invited in person by our lady the most holy virgin Mary, like I and everyone of you invite specific people to our birthdays parties. Moreover, I personally believe in this issue, I had an awesome experience and i will tell you its story hereunder:

In my first visit to Medjugorje in summer 2000, there was a girl that came with us, this girl who is called Micha, was very skeptical about this specfic point ( the invitation of our lady in person to every pilgrim) and she used to laugh on us whenever we told her "enjoy your stay at medjugorje" because it is our lady who has invited you to this place totally like you invite your friends to your birthday party.

Days passed until the last day in our stay, when we had to climb Criczevac, when we arrived to the mount in front of the big white cross, a Lebanese priest asked us to kneel in front of the cross and pray the rosary, while doing so, Micha was bothered by a small piece of boulder/stone and therefore she was forced to move it in order to kneel properly and while doing so, guess what she found written on the other side of the stone??!!........it was her name written clearly "Micha", maybe another pilgrim who's name is Micha had written her name on this small piece of stone....

At that moment, Micha was literally motionless/speechless and from ever since this story she is a witness of the personal invitation issue and she tells her story everyday to new people... What about you?? what do you think? God bless, Joseph. - Source Medjugorje Forum


Invitation to Medjugorje, Is Our Lady Calling You

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“In Medjugorje there is nothing but two mountains and a very large church, but in that nothingness I found everything!”  (A young  woman  to her mother, as reported to Fr.  Petar)



"My mission is to spread, not peace, but division." -Matthew 10:34

One church marquee proclaims, "Jesus adds and multiplies; Satan subtracts and divides." That being so, how do we understand today's Gospel? Jesus is the "Prince of Peace" (Is 9:5), so how can He say he won't bring peace?

Satan divides and conquers to just leave us broken, bitter, and alone. Jesus, on the other hand, divides and separates us from all that keeps us from a close, intimate, personal relationship with Him. He wants full communion with us and nothing less. He has come to divide us - to tear us from relationships with people and things that are keeping us from being closer to Him.

Take a few moments to examine your relationships. Are you spending time with certain people who are pulling you away from Christ? Are you spending too much time in front of the TV or wasting too much time with electronic devices or other inanimate objects that keep you from prayer time? Cut those out of your life. Be in full communion with the Prince of Peace.
Jesus wants to mean everything to you. Let Him into your life today in a bigger, more profound way. Make the cut.

 Jesus, give me the grace to remove from my life those things that keep me from being close to You.

 "He who will not take up his cross and come after Me is not worthy of Me." -Mt 10:38

Days here in Medjugorje are such a big grace for me

“I received my vocation in Medjugorje”

date: 11.07.2014.
A young priest, Mitja Bulic from Archdiocese Novo Mesto in Slovenia came to Medjugorje for the priest retreat for the first time. He told us that he was ordained a year ago and was in Medjugorje already for thirty times. “I gained many profound experiences at this seminar, and the theme of the seminar “Behold your mother” is very special to me, because I live with Mary all of my life, I think she is the one that guides me to Jesus. These days here in Medjugorje are such a big grace for me. These seminars help me so much in my life, and it is so necessary to have them. This is a place where I received my vocation, my prayer was awaken and I began to read the word of God. I came here for the first time when I was only six years old and already on that trip, I felt something powerful and special, something I cannot forget. This is where one feels peace and power of prayer. Regardless of where you are in Medjugorje, you feel that peace”, said a young priest from Slovenia.         http://www.medjugorje.hr/en/



"I consider the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us." -Romans 8:18

When we suffer, we may take a pill for pain relief. However, Paul recommends that we pray for a deeper awareness of God's glory. We need to increase our awareness of God's glory more than decrease our pain. Then we will consider our suffering as nothing compared to His glory to be revealed in us. We can even become so aware of God's glory that we consider suffering a privilege (Phil 1:29), find our joy in our suffering (Col 1:24), and even rejoice in proportion to our suffering (1 Pt 4:13).

For most people, their joy increases as their suffering decreases. For Christians aware of God's glory, our joy increases as our suffering increases. This is only possible for those deeply aware of God's glorious presence (1 Pt 2:19). This fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Ps 111:10), even of wisdom concerning our suffering. We find joy in suffering only when we suffer redemptively through self-sacrifice and persecution.

Most suffering should be removed through repentance, evangelization, deliverance, and/or healing. Redemptive suffering, however, should be compared to God's glory and considered nothing (see Rm 8:18). We should rejoice in redemptive suffering and even seek to increase it by living totally for Christ.

 Father, give me the faith and love to pray to share more in Your sufferings (see Phil 3:10).

 "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but shall do My will, achieving the end for which I sent it." -Is 55:11


19th International Seminar for Priests

The experiences of participants of the 19th International Seminar for Priests

date: 09.07.2014.
The 19th International Seminar for priests is being held in Medjugorje and around 300 priests, deacons and seminarians from 25 countries have gathered here. Fr. Luka Zoric, member of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province is working in Slano and is here for the first time: “This is my first time here to participate in such spiritual retreat. One can indeed feel communion and all participants would like to experience something new, so they would be able to be more active in pastoral way. As a priest, I need to do spiritual retreat once a year, as every priest does; I do not even have to leave my house, since those retreats are held in my monastery, not just for priests but for lay people as well. But, I was never able to experience what I experienced here, this is where I really surrender to the prayer completely. Fr. Stanko Dodig, Franciscan capuchin, born in Medjugorje, is also participating. He told us that he feels everyone is so happy to be in Medjugorje and they will all return home fulfilled. “This is my third year to come for this seminar, and surely, if it wasn’t spiritually attractive for me, I would not be here again. All lectures are indeed full of spirituality. We would not be able to work without such seminars.”


Medjugorje: No verdict yet, but faith, conversions abound

A woman prays against a crucifix on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, June 25. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world have visited the site where six village children first claimed to see Mary in June 1981. (CNS photo/Dado Ruvic, Reuters)
A very generous benefactor found out that after 10 years of writing for the Catholic press, I’d never been to Medjugorje, the site of purported Marian apparitions. The next thing I knew, a travel itinerary was delivered to my inbox.
Just before departing, a devout Catholic friend told me I should be visiting Fatima or Lourdes instead. He questioned the authenticity of the apparitions in the former Yugoslavia. Another dear friend, a priest, forwarded an anti-Medjugorje article from Crisis Magazine that featured a picture of a wolf in sheep clothing.
Recalling my late parents’ admonition to ‘never look a gift-horse in the mouth’, I decided to check out Medjugorje for myself.
I knew even before making sure my seat was in a fully upright and locked position — it took five planes and a two-hour van ride to reach our destination — that the Church has neither officially condemned nor approved the activities at Medjugorje, other than saying that parishes or dioceses should not sponsor pilgrimages. The late Blessed John Paul II was reportedly a supporter of the Medjugorje visionaries.
Allow me to cut to the chase: I did not see the Blessed Virgin Mary during my week-long visit. The links on my rosary beads did not turn to gold, nor did I see the sun spinning.
What I can say is that I was absolutely stunned by the outpouring of faith and heartfelt devotion I encountered. Our visit took place during the 31st anniversary of what the reputed visionaries say was their first encounter with Our Lady back on June 24, 1981. The village was inundated with thousands of pilgrims from all over the globe.

Indisputable fruits

Every day there were long lines for confession, where priests heard penitents tell their sins in more than a dozen languages, some I’d never even heard of before. Masses were jammed and reverent. Every night at 10 p.m. the amphitheater was packed with over 15,000 pilgrims who came to adore the Eucharist.
Even with such an enormous crowd, there was utter silence as the King of Kings was venerated. We knelt there in the gravel and I felt myself overcome with emotion. In the midst of such a huge crowd, packed with the sick and infirm, pilgrims of every age, and religious sisters from around the world dressed in their various habits, it seemed I was just a tiny speck, entirely insignificant in this vast sea of faithful.

It was then that I felt the Lord whisper a word of love to me that I — I who am so undeserving — am indeed precious to Him. A love beyond understanding filled my heart as tears streamed down my cheeks, so that even now as I write these words, I am brought back to that moment of profound peace. Our God loves us in spite of ourselves.

I saw fellow pilgrims climb barefoot up a 1,700-foot peak, praying the Stations of the Cross, oblivious to the sharp rocks they trod. One man was missing a leg and was making the climb using metal crutches.
I met a pediatrician and her dentist husband, who met during the Bosnian war in the 1990s when they both worked to save the children coming out of the refugee camps. They are sponsoring one of the dozens of kids who live in Medjugorje’s orphanages. I listened to former drug addicts who live in a community dedicated to helping men and women break free from the bondage of addiction. Theresa Burke, the founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry that helps women wounded by abortion, received her inspiration from Medjugorje.

The message of Medjugorje is simple. It’s a call to conversion: Pray the rosary daily from the heart. Fast on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays or perform some other penitential act. Read the Bible. Receive the Eucharist frequently and go to confession monthly.
If more Catholics lived that way, we would surely have more peace, stronger families and an increase in vocations. I’m all for that.     The Catholic Sun

The Medjugorje Message: Bearing witness...

Photo by Bernard Gallagher
The Medjugorje Message: Bearing witness...: By your life bear witness for God’s joy. Do not be anxious nor worried. God himself will help you and show you the way. part Medjugorje mes...



"Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart." -Matthew 11:29

Jesus is gentle and humble of heart (compare Zec 9:9). Jesus "humbled Himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!" (Phil 2:8) Jesus humbled Himself and washed the feet of the apostles. Then He commanded: "What I just did was to give you an example: as I have done, so you must do" (Jn 13:15). Jesus has promised: "Whoever humbles himself shall be exalted" (Mt 23:12).
The Lord commands us to be humble in personal relationships. This is called "submission" (see Eph 5:21). We are to be humble in managing finances and possessions. This is called "stewardship." The Lord commands us to be humble in obeying His Word through the teachings of the Church and her Bible. This humility in receiving teaching is called "docility." In effect, the Lord wants our lives to be permeated with humility. The Lord has promised: "I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly" (Zep 3:12). "Be humbled in the sight of the Lord" (Jas 4:10).

"Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, make my heart like Yours."

 "If you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the evil deeds of the body, you will live." -Rm 8:13


Jesus is Waiting

Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. (Matthew 9:12)
Jesus could just as easily have been saying those who thinkthey are well do not need a physician. Look at the difference between Matthew and the Pharisees who were hounding Jesus! Matthew must have known that Jesus was offering him something he needed because he immediately left everything behind to become a disciple. But it seems that the Pharisees remained closed to the life Jesus was offering them.
What a loss for them! Think of all the mercy, restoration, and power that Jesus was poised to shower on these men who had devoted themselves to God’s law. And not just the Pharisees, but to us! But to the degree that we think we don’t need it, or we need to prove ourselves worthy of it, we’re missing the joy and freedom that come from Christ.
So when you struggle, or when you sin, take courage. Rejoice! These things can serve as “speed bumps” to get your attention, so that you can slow down and hear Jesus calling your name. Just as he did for Matthew, he is waiting to share a meal with you—a blessing that he has been storing up just for you. St. Paul rejoiced in his weakness because he knew that it was then that God could show his strength through him (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). You too can rejoice as you see your need because it will move you to open yourself to more of God’s blessings!
Imagine how much untapped blessing we can close ourselves off from just because we are afraid to admit our needs. Or because we’re too self-conscious to let other people, like our confessor, see our weakness. Or because we don’t feel we’re worthy of God’s lavish love. Don’t let this happen!
Jesus is waiting. He’s looking at you with love and he wants to pour his mercy on you. He wants to bring you into his freedom. Imagine how the Pharisees’ response must have saddened him. And imagine his joy when any one of us follows Matthew’s example and welcomes him with open arms!
“Jesus, I run to you! I am not afraid to say that I am sick and in need of a physician. I need your mercy and forgiveness. Fill me with your life!”  


Medjugorje: apparizione a Mirjana Dragičević - 2 Luglio 2014

Our Lady's apparition to Mirjana of July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014 Message to Mirjana

On July 02, 2014, Our Lady appeared to Mirjana and delivered the following message to the world:

"Dear children, I, the mother of all of you gathered here and the mother of the entire world, am blessing you with a motherly blessing and call you to set out on the way of humility. That way leads to the coming to know the love of my Son. My Son is almighty, He is in everything. If you, my children, do not become cognizant of this, then darkness/blindness rule in your soul. Only humility can heal you. My children, I always lived humbly, courageously and in hope. I knew, I became cognizant that God is in us and we are in God. I am asking the same of you. I desire for all of you to be with me in eternity, because you are a part of me. I will help you on your way. My love will envelop you like a mantle and make of you apostles of my light - of God's light. With the love that comes forth from humility you will bring light to where darkness/blindness rule. You will be bringing my Son who is the light of the world. I am always alongside your shepherds and I pray that they may always be an example of humility for you. Thank you." 


Medjugorje 33rd Anniversary, June 25, 2014

I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life,
 and to enjoy this fullness and peace, you must return to God.

The 33rd Anniversary

The 33rd Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions celebrated in Medjugorje

date: 26.06.2014.
The 33rd Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Along with many local pilgrims from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Croatia, there were bigger groups from Italy, Hungary, Germany, France, Ireland, the United States, Romania, China, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Poland, Belgium, Slovakia, Korea, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Spain, Albania, Brazil, Hong-Kong, Mexico, Ukraine, Lebanon, Canada, Columbia, Lithuania, Latvia, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Uruguay and Uganda. Many of these pilgrims, especially young ones, walked to Medjugorje so they would fulfil their vows to the Queen of Peace and thank her for all the graces they received. There were 21 Holy Masses celebrated during the day and the central evening prayer programme began at 6 p.m. with Rosary and Holy Mass at 7 p.m. Fr. Branimir Musa, parish priest from Tihaljina, celebrated the solemn Holy Mass with 247 priests who concelebrated. The day before, on the Eve of the Anniversary, Fr. Miro Sego celebrated Holy Mass with 188 priests that concelebrated. The traditional 23rd Peace Walk took place on June 24 and it started in Humac, shrine of St. Anthony to the church of St. James in Medjugorje. (photos)


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May you all be blessed by Father's words!


“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world!” Blessed Pope John Paul II  

"Live peace in your heart and in your surroundings, so that all may recognize the peace which does not come from you but from God."  12/25/88


Estimated 100,000 Attend Anniversary

by Jakob Marschner
The 33rd anniversary of the first apparitions in Medjugorje is celebrated by next to 100,000 people. Medjugorje’s parish priest says that individual recognition of the Medjugorje message precedes the Church recognition. Visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic asks for prayers for the seers.
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A fraction of the just about 100,000 people estimated to be in Medjugorje these days
Thirty-three years after the six Medjugorje visionaries had their first apparition, great numbers of pilgrims gathered today to mark the anniversary. Mass was celebrated in 18 languages.
“Today, the thirty-third anniversary of the apparitions in Medjugorje, next to 100,000 faithful gathered from around the world” the regional newpaper Dnevni List, based in nearby Mostar, reports.
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Fr. Marinko Sakota
On the occasion, Medjugorje parish priest Fr Marinko Sakota tells Radio Mir Medjugorje that he views the internal change experienced by
pilgrims as the most important part of the Medjugorje phenomenon.
“The most important thing is that I personally recognize Medjugorje, by praying, fasting, and going to Mass. And at the same time that prayer changes us on the inside. It is a recognition of Medjugorje’s corrrectness, and then the official Church will officially recognize all the gifts and fruits. The most important thing is that we recognize the (style of) life of Medjugorje” Fr. Marinko Sakota says.
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Visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic prays before the Blessed Sacrament after the 23rd annual Peace March on June 24. Photo: Medjugorje Info
His comments come five months after the Vatican’s international Commission on Medjugorje delivered its report to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the contents of which have remained unknown.
On June 23, visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic issued a rare appeal for prayers for the six Medjugorje visionaries:
“Tonight, when Our Lady comes to me, I will pray for all of you. But you remember the visionaries sometimes and say a prayer for us as well” she said, according to the Medjugorje blog site Crown of Stars

33rd Anniversary message from Our Lady, to Marija:

Dear children! The Most High is giving me the grace that I can still be with you and to lead you in prayer towards the way of peace. Your heart and soul thirst for peace and love, for God and His joy. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray and in prayer you will discover the wisdom of living. I bless you all and intercede for each of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call." 
  Message of June 25, 2014 


Fr. Jozo Zovko. Medjugorje FILMAS [ENGLISH]

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

The child grew and became strong in spirit. (Luke 1:80)
What do you think is the most impressive thing about John the Baptist? His uncompromising zeal for the Lord? His clear, passionate preaching? Maybe his gift of self-denial or the humility he displayed despite his fame?
How about this instead? That even as a fetus, John leaped for joy in the presence of Mary and Jesus. Imagine: here was an unborn baby, barely aware of life outside of the womb, and yet the muffled sound of Mary’s greeting when she visited Elizabeth filled him with the Holy Spirit and caused such a joy-filled reaction!
John’s leap may remind us of Isaac’s wife, Rebecca, who also felt an unusual amount of activity from the twins in her womb. Rebecca asked the Lord why this was happening, and he told her that something spiritual and prophetic was going on inside of her (Genesis 25:20-23). King David also leaped before the ark of the covenant. He loved God so much he could not contain his joy at seeing the ark of God’s presence finally brought home safely to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:14-15). The prophet Isaiah wrote that in the age to come, when the glory of the Lord is made manifest, even the lame will leap for joy (Isaiah 35:4-6).
All of these dramatic displays show us that there is a part of us that can recognize God, regardless of what we do or who we are. It’s encoded into the way he made us. This ability to recognize the Lord is not limited to unborn babies or great saints. It’s in all of us, and it’s something that the Holy Spirit wants to bring to life so that we too can recognize Jesus more deeply—and rejoice in his presence.
So let’s join John the Baptist and leap for joy. After all, Jesus is present to us just as he was to John—and even more so, since we have been baptized into his life. Let’s tell Jesus how happy we are that he has redeemed us. Let’s praise him for his mercy and his healing power. More than anything else, let’s rejoice that we belong to him, and he belongs to us!
“Lord, I am so glad you live in me. Your love is so strong that it makes me want to sing and dance in your presence. Jesus, I love you!”

Medjugorje: 23rd Peace Walk

Numerous pilgrims from all over the world gathered to take part in the 23rd Peace Walk from Humac to Medjugorje. Fr. Marinko Sakota invited all pilgrims in his introductory speech at 6 a.m. to be recollected in prayer and song as they walk towards Medjugorje. A little before the walk began, guardian of Humac monastery, Fr. Velimir Mandić said to all pilgrims: "May this walk that you are about to take be your contribution to praise and glory of God who will grant peace to all people in the world. In prayer and song, all participants arrived on the grounds of the church of St. James a little before 10 a.m. Upon their arrival, there was the benediction with the Blessed Sacrament and short Adoration. This Peace Walk began in 1992, at the time of the war when many pilgrims did not dare to come to Medjugorje. A group of friends of Medjugorje thought that Medjugorje should never be closed to all those who wish to come there and to pray for peace, and they decided to walk towards Medjugorje in prayer to celebrate the Anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions. This Peace Walk continued even after the war, until this date. 
Apart from that event, all pilgrims are also participating in the celebration of Holy Masses, and the vigil Holy Mass of Anniversary was celebrated at 7 p.m. at the White Dome of St. James' church. (photos)      http://www.medjugorje.hr/en/


The Medjugorje Message: The years pass by...

Photo by Bernard Gallagher

The Medjugorje Message: The years pass by...: No one is more patient than God the Father; no one understands and knows how to wait as much as he does. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 2, 2...


Our Lady's apparition to Ivan

June 21, 2014: Our Lady's apparition during Ivan's prayer group tonight on Apparition Mountain in Medjugorje lasted 14 minutes. Our Lady gave a long message that all should take time to prayerfully read. For Our Lady's message, with description and pictures from the apparition visit here: http://www.medjugorje.com/medjugorje-today/headlines/10012-long-apparition-important-message.html

Women writes to Pope and receives medal from Medjugorje

Featured article from June's Spirit of Medjugorje
A Very Special Medal
By Alicia Italiani
     Several months ago, I wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking his blessing and prayer for my family and for myself. I have a devotion to Our Lady of Medugorje, and I understand that whether the alleged apparitions in Medugorje are approved or not, that prayer and fasting and any devotion to the Blessed Mother is good and pleasing to God. But I still felt like I needed to know if it was OK to follow those particular messages (just because there’s been so much confusion regarding the devotion within the Church).

     On May 6, I received a response back – coincidentally the same day I had requested special Masses through Fr. Hampsch with the Claretian ministries for Healing of my Family Tree (Generational Healing). The response was from the Papal Nuncio to the United States from Pope Francis. Included in the envelope were a medal from Medugorje, a medal of St. Michael the Archangel and two holy cards – one with a picture of Pope Francis and the other a picture of St. Francis with his prayer for peace (Make me a channel of Your Peace...). The note said that the medals were blessed by Pope Francis!I felt so comforted and I just wanted to share the story.
     Editor’s note: Alicia is from Erie, PA. Please note that Alicia did not misspell Medjugorje. That is the way it is spelled in Medjugorje, and that is the spelling on her medal. Although we do not want to preclude any judgment by the Church regarding Medjugorje, we did find this story interesting. What was also interesting is that the postmark on the envelope is May 2 – the day that Our Lady appears to Mirjana to pray for unbelievers. I felt prompted to look up the Mass readings for that day and was not surprised at all when I saw that the first reading was from Acts 5, which included the words, “For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God” (Acts 5:38-39).    http://www.spiritofmedjugorje.org/index.php

The Medjugorje Message: The light inside...

Photo by Bernard Gallagher

The Medjugorje Message: The light inside...: The lamp of the body is the eye. It follows that if your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light. But if your eye is disease...


Children of Medjugorje Newsletter June 2014

June 15 2014,
Feast of the Holy Trinity!
Dear children of Medjugorje, praised be Jesus and Mary!

1. On June 2, 2014, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross, in the presence of a huge crowd! After the apparition she gave the following message:
"Dear children, I call you all and accept you as my children. I am praying that you may accept me and love me as a mother. I have united all of you in my heart, I have descended among you and I bless you. I know that you desire consolation and hope from me because I love you and intercede for you. I ask of you to unite with me in my Son and to be my apostles. For you to be able to do so, I am calling you, anew, to love. There is no love without prayer - there is no prayer without forgiveness; because love is prayer - forgiveness is love. My children, God created you to love and you love so as to forgive. Every prayer that comes out of love unites you with my Son and the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit illuminates you and makes you my apostles - apostles who will do everything they do in the name of the Lord. They will pray with their works and not just with words, because they love my Son and comprehend the way of truth which leads to eternal life. Pray for your shepherds that they may always lead you with a pure heart on the way of truth and love - the way of my Son. Thank you."

2. On June 13th we celebrated a great Franciscan saint who is very dear to the Croatian people, even though he is Portuguese: Saint Antony of Padua. 20 minutes from Medjugorje there is a beautiful sanctuary dedicated to him, and every year thousands of Croatians go there from far away, often walking barefoot. To further exemplify how popular this saint is with the people, few are the families who do not have an "Ante" or "Anthony" among their sons. Even Vicka is one of them, her only son is named Ante!  

Saint Antony received many charisms from God, one of which was preaching in the Holy Spirit. When he spoke, hearts opened to God like flowers to the sun. Saint Francis of Assisi therefore entrusted him with preaching, and teaching his brothers. One of my favorite anecdotes from his life goes like this: One day Saint Anthony was preaching, and a passerby began to listen to him. The man had committed very grave sins and had been making fun of God, but when he heard Anthony's words of grace, his heart was touched and he could feel the incredible love Jesus had for him. Seeing himself loved so much, he began to sob like a little child, and his tears became even more abundant when he thought about all the harm he had done to Jesus with his sins. He then decided to change his life, to follow Jesus with all his heart, and to go to confession.

Upon entering Saint Anthony's confessional, his crying prevented him from uttering a single word. So Anthony suggested that he go back home, write his sins on a piece of paper, then come back to the confessional, and he did. Anthony slowly read the impressive list of sins while the man could only nod as a sign of acquiesce. He still hadn't recover his voice, so strong was the emotion that had seized him. Finally Anthony reassured his penitent and encouraged him to change his life and to live with Jesus according to the Gospel. Then he gave him a penance and the absolution from all of his sins. The man had made peace with God! Anthony carefully folded the paper where the terrible list of sins were written and gave it back to the forgiven sinner who left unburdened and joyful. 
When the man arrived home, he wanted to burn the paper. He unfolded it and to his surprise, he found the paper completely blank! His sins had totally disappeared! Gone! God was caught in the middle of a delicate act of mercy! It is then that the man realized even more the grace of his confession: when God sees that we come to Him with a real contrition, the desire not to sin any more, and the decision to change our ways, He rejoices so much that not only does He forgive us our sins, but He forgets them! They no longer exist! They are washed in the blood of the Lamb and God becomes amnesic of our evil deeds. 
If we have sincere contrition, even the debt caused by the sin is erased, either partly or totally, according to the depth of our repentance. In other words, the pain from having wounded Jesus, The one we love, spares us purgatory, either completely, or partly. Our desert fathers even claimed that the gift of tears is the greatest gift that we can expect from the Holy Spirit. It is a burning love, a most blessed burn because it opens wide the gates of Heaven!   
3. Our Lady invites us! She knows that the root of our spiritual illnesses is that we actually love Jesus too little. This is the real cause of the disharmony we feel within ourselves and with others! The one who loves Him is so happy, so free! This is why Mary offers us a sure way to grow in the love of Christ. She recommends that we stand in front of the cross and adore her son, and to adore Him with all our hearts, for a long time! We can then contemplate his sores, his wounds, and how much He suffered to save us. Little by little our hearts begin to feel compassion for Him and we start to hate our sins that struck Him to death. We desire to change the direction of our life. Genuine contrition emerges within us. Furthermore, with our eyes focused on his open heart, we are able to receive what sprang from this heart.  The wound inflicted by the lance 2000 years ago never closed. Water, blood, and the Holy Spirit sprang from this heart, and continue to flow in a stream that never dries out.  This Heart is the wellspring of a whole river of love!  If we are with Mary as we contemplate Him, then we receive an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit!  I would say even a shower with the Holy Spirit!  

The Holy Spirit gives us his light, a light of his very own, all made of love.  He reveals to us how we have sinned, how we have forsaken Jesus, in what way we have betrayed him, denied him... The good things we could have done and didn't, etc.  However, the Holy Spirit does not give us this light in order to accuse us!  The accuser is called Satan, let us make no mistake about that!  As for the Holy Spirit, He gives us a light of love that drives us to throw ourselves into the arms of Jesus and let ourselves be covered with his infinite mercy.  There, love is born, grows and reaches its fullness.

4. The novena before the 33rd Anniversary of the Apparitions starts today June 16th. So many graces are awaiting us! 33 is a very special number! Jesus was 33 years old when his heart opened to let mercy flow. One of the nicest gifts we can offer the Gospa is living her message, "I expect you to unite yourselves to me in my Son and to be my apostles...to be able to do this, I invite you again to love. There is no love without prayer - there is no prayer without forgiveness, because love is prayer - forgiveness is love. My Children God created you to love."  Each day of the novena let's take time with merciful Jesus, and let us begin a conversation with Him that comes from the heart.He is waiting for us there, with his Mother. You can also join in with the parish, which will pray 2 mysteries every day at 4 p.m. on Apparition Hill.

Dear Gospa, we send you a huge thank you for your 33 years of apparitions, for your motherly love that has no bound, for your patience, your mother's tenderness, your teachings, your blessings, your mercy, your protection, your miracles, and for your maternal mantle with which you cover all those who follow your school with all their hearts!
 Sister Emmanuel +