Children of Medjugorje Newsletter

April 15, 2013

Dear Children of Medjugorje, praised be Jesus and Mary!   

1. On April 2nd, Mirjana received her monthly apparition in her home, with only a few visitors because of heavy rain on the village. After the apparition, she gave us the following message:

"Dear children, I am calling you to be one with my Son in spirit. I am calling you, through prayer, and the Holy Mass when my Son unites Himself with you in a special way, to try to be like Him; that, like Him, you may always be ready to carry out God's will and not seek the fulfillment of your own. Because, my children, it is according to God's will that you are and that you exist, and without God's will you are nothing. As a mother, I am asking you to speak about the glory of God with your life because, in that way, you will also glorify yourself in accordance to His will. Show humility and love for your neighbor to everyone. Through such humility and love, my Son saved you and opened the way for you to the Heavenly Father. I implore you to keep opening the way to the Heavenly Father for all those who have not come to know Him and have not opened their hearts to His love. By your life, open the way to all those who still wander in search of the truth. My children, be my apostles who have not lived in vain. Do not forget that you will come before the Heavenly Father and tell Him about yourself. Be ready! Again I am warning you, pray for those whom my Son called, whose hands He blessed and whom He gave as a gift to you. Pray, pray, pray for your shepherds. Thank you."  
2. "Without the will of God, you are nothing" ? In this message, the Blessed Mother wasn't afraid of provoking us so much so that some people even started being astonished. All the better!  This helps us to move forward! 
Jesus said to Saint Catherine of Siena "I am He who is, you are she who is not". And yet, she was a great saint! Some might think that Jesus is being contemptuous. In fact, it is the opposite.  He is telling her, I am on the side of Being, you are on the side of the Void, we are therefore made for one another, I will give you the gift of my All, and you will give me the gift of your Nothing, and thus we will be unfailingly united! He also told her, "Make yourself a vessel and I shall make myself a torrent." That is the key to this message!  If we humbly open our heart to God, but wide open, we enable him to become a torrent inside of us, to give himself entirely to us and pour his grace into us, which is already like being in the entranceway of heaven. If our Ego doesn't dominate everything within us, then we leave all the room free for God and we can enjoy His bliss. 
We know that true peace, Shalom in Hebrew, means to be "complete", entirely filled with the presence of God, and with no emptiness inside of us.  Then God is "all in all", as Scriptures says.

Blessed Maryam of Bethlehem, a great mystic from Galilee, called herself the "little nothing", and this was her joy. 
The holier a man is, the more that man is aware of his nothingness before God, but also the more comfortable he is with that nothingness.  True humility consists in being before God in all one's truth, and this truth makes us free, happy. For God, there is no difference between people in terms of how important they are, rich or poor, VIPs or not VIPs, the winners and the losers.  We are all poor, but some may have already realized this, whereas others not yet. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven," Jesus tells us. And all He wants is our happiness! 
A wonderful guiding light is given to us by Saint Therese of Lisieux, ''the Little Flower''. By a stroke of genius, she tells us about the "little way", how to walk safely with God until we reach heaven.  She knew she was poor, small, incapable of doing any good on her own. But instead of being sad about it, on the contrary she experienced great joy!  "What God likes to see in my little soul is the way I love my littleness and my poverty; it is my blind hope in His mercy, this is my only treasure...."  And then later she says, "The weaker one is, without desires or virtues, the more ready he is for the operations of this consuming and transforming love." (Letter of 17.09.1896, to Sr Marie du Sacré-Coeur.) She knew how Jesus loved children and those who resemble them, and a child is after all the one person who knows that he must receive everything from adults.
The world teaches just the opposite! In order to please people, you must be ''somebody''. What an illusion! How I thank the Mother of God for her message! Once again, she cures us from the false pictures of happiness that the world enforces on us, and she plunges us into the reality that never wanes and that will make us men and women who may stand and boast not for ourselves, but for God who lives within us! Mary makes of us Christians who are not afraid of losing the root of our joy, because this joy is placed in God and is completely secure. While the world is offering us fleeting and superficial satisfactions which eventually plunge us in anguish, God offers to quench our deepest thirst, and that enables us to be who we truly are, children of God who possess everything. "My child, everything that is mine is yours!" says the Lord (Luke 15). 

Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French

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