The 31st Anniversary of Our Lady's Apparitions in Medjugorje
Dear Family of Mary!
Today is the 31st Anniversary of Our Lady's Apparitions in Medjugorje! It is a wonderful day, a day full of joy and thanksgiving. There will be Masses celebrated in many different languages, and a huge International Mass and Evening Program starting at 6:00 pm. Many thousands of people will be present. Ivan and Marija will encounter Our Lady together and Marjia will receive a message for the world. There are many thousands of people here in Medjugorje, and many more will come tomorrow for the celebration. It is incredible!
Yesterday was filled with blessings for us. We started with an early morning climb up Apparition Hill, led by Ivanka, our guide. It was, of course, June 24, the day Our Lady first appeared to the visionaries. So it was very special to be on the hill that very day, 31 years later. It was moving to see the many pilgrims who were surging up the hill to be at the spot where Our Lady first appeared.
Pilgrims climbing Apparition Hill on June 24!
I was blessed to see so many people gathered around Our Lady's statue. It was a bit chaotic, but very touching to see. So many people were showing their need for Our Lady, their devotion to her, their consecration to her. It was wonderful!
Pilgrims gathered around Our Lady's Statue on June 24!
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There were many moments of deep prayer on the hill. Our Lady can speak to us so easily on Apparition Hill. Her eyes and her heart are there, she tells us and will be even when the apparitions end.
Deep prayer on Apparition Hill!
(c)Mary TV 2012
As I was climbing, I remembered what Ivan had told us the evening before after the apparition in his chapel. He told us that during the apparition he and Our Lady had a private conversation in which they talked about the first days of the apparitions together. They were remembering things together, very much like a mother might remember things with her children, so that they will not forget those things and keep them firmly planted in their minds. This is how Our Lady prepares Ivan for the anniversary.
I realized that the very same thing was happening for the pilgrims as we climbed the hill. We were remembering the first apparition, June 24, 1981! We were going to the very spot where it happened in order to remember it, and not only that but experience it, by being at the spot where it happened. We were remembering so that we could have it firmly planted in our minds and live out of the experience of it.
We returned to Ivan's house for breakfast and then had a long and fruitful talk in the chapel, by Ivan. He spoke on the messages. There is too much to share now, but when I get home I will try to share the main points with all of you. Ivan communicates one thing very well, and that is how much he loves Our Lady. She is everything for him. He has surrendered completely to her, and she shines through him. When he speaks about her, his face glows, much like Vicka's.
Ivan shares in his chapel on June 24, 2012
(c)Mary TV 2012
English Mass was at 12:00 because it was Sunday. Packed to overflowing. And then we went to our studio to prepare for the Rosary. Denis and I love praying the Rosary live from Medjugorje. We can feel the presence of Our Lady and the power of the Holy Spirit as we pray. It was very hot again today, but no problem. Our Lady sent a wind that kept us comfortable.
We were again blessed to be present for Ivan's apparition yesterday evening. Imagine the apparition on June 24, 2012! 31 years! Ivan told us this was a very special evening for him. He had anticipated this apparition with great joy. You can see the joy on his face! I was able to get one picture of Ivan during his encounter with Our Lady. You can see his joy!
Ivan encounters Our Lady on June 25, 2012!
(c) Mary TV 2012
After the apparition, Ivan gave a short summary of his encounter. He said it was very difficult to describe this day, 31 years of memories, emotions, and experiences all mixed up together, and then Our Lady reminding him of many things at the beginning of her coming, and it is overwhelming for him to describe! So he did his best to tell what is most important.
Our Lady came, very, very joyful and happy. She was accompanied by three angels. She greeted us with her motherly greeting, "Praised be Jesus, my dear children!"
She prayed a long time over all of us, especially the priests present and recommended their parishes and responsibilities to God. She recommended the sick and prayed for them. Then she blessed us all and our articles. She recommended all our intention to the Lord. And then she said to us:
"Dear children! Today in great joy I desire to call you once again to live my messages. Dear children! I came to tell you God exists. I want to lead you to Him. Pray, dear children that your way may become the way of Jesus. Thank you, my dear children, for responding to my call."
Then Ivan and Our Lady had a private conversation and Our Lady left in prayer and the Sign of the Cross, saying "Go in peace, my dear children!"
This message was for those of us present, and to be shared with our friends. So I share it with you! It is not one of the official messages to the world, because they come through Marija every 25th of the month. That message will be given later today!
I recommended all of you to Our Lady, with your intentions and needs. It is a pleasure to pray for you here. I feel how much God loves us all. Heaven is so close. Be assured that Our Lady is mindful of all of you, and has taken your needs into her capable hands.
I must go. This is going to be a powerful and wonderful day! Let's remember with Our Lady today. Let's remember her coming in 1981, and also remember all the wonderful things she has done for each one of us. In remembering, we will give thanks, and also gain strength for the days ahead. Our Lady is with us! She is here to help us on our way to heaven. We are not alone. We have a Mother who loves us and will never leave us. She blesses us every day and lifts us up to the Father! Thank you, dear Mother, for coming to us in Medjugorje!
Fr. Edward A. Sousa, Jr. Ordained June 28, 2003 Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island
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In a letter Benedict XVI expressed his satisfaction for the campaign for Eucharistic adoration and spiritual "maternity" for the sanctification of the world's priests. The campaign calls especially for "women consecrated" to spiritually adopt priests to help them, through their self-offering, prayer, and penance. It is hoped that through this initiative there will rise up to God from every corner of the earth an incessant prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, praise, supplication and reparation, so as to give rise to a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priesthood.
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Lord Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and living perpetually among us through Your Priests, grant that the words of Your Priests may be only Your words, that their gestures be only Your gestures, and that their lives be a true reflection of Your life. Grant that they may be men who speak to God on behalf of His people, and speak to His people of God. Grant that they be courageous in service, serving the Church as she asks to be served. Grant that they may be men who witness to eternity in our time, traveling on the paths of history in Your steps, and doing good for all. Grant that they may be faithful to their commitments, zealous in their vocation and mission, clear mirrors of their own identity, and living the joy of the gift they have received. We pray that Your Holy Mother, Mary, present throughout Your life, may be ever present in the life of Your Priests. Amen.
Our Lady's Monthly Message From Medjugorje to Marija
"Dear children! Pray, pray, keep praying until your heart opens in faith as a flower opens to the warm rays of the sun. This is a time of grace which God gives you through my presence but you are far from my heart, therefore, I call you to personal conversion and to family prayer. May Sacred Scripture always be an incentive for you. I bless you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call." Our Lady's message of April 25, 2013
Our Lady's 2nd of the month, Monthly Message To Mirjana
Dear children! Anew, I am calling you to love and not to judge. My Son, according to the will of the Heavenly Father, was among you to show you the way of salvation, to save you and not to judge you. If you desire to follow my Son, you will not judge but love like your Heavenly Father loves you. And when it is the most difficult for you, when you are falling under the weight of the cross do not despair, do not judge, instead remember that you are loved and praise the Heavenly Father because of His love. My children, do not deviate from the way on which I am leading you. Do not recklessly walk into perdition. May prayer and fasting strengthen you so that you can live as the Heavenly Father would desire; that you may be my apostles of faith and love; that your life may bless those whom you meet; that you may be one with the Heavenly Father and my Son. My children, that is the only truth, the truth that leads to your conversion, and then to the conversion of all those whom you meet - those who have not come to know my Son - all those who do not know what it means to love. My children, my Son gave you a gift of the shepherds. Take good care of them. Pray for them. Thank you.
Fr. John Randall
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In God's Providence - The Birth of a Catholic Charismatic Parish
The Book of Revelation: What Does It Really Say?
Wisdom Instructs Her Children: The Power of the Spirit and the Word
Mary, Barrier or Bridge?
Pope John Paul Scriptural Rosary (20 decades)
Spiritual Warfare, The Twenty-First Decade
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