September 15, 2013
Dear Children of Medjugorje, praised be Jesus and Mary!  
1. On September 2nd, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the blue cross surrounded by an immense crowd. After the apparition, she gave the following message:

"Dear children, I love you all. All of you, all of my children, all of you are in my heart. All of you have my motherly love and I desire to lead all of you to come to know God's joy. This is why I am calling you. I need humble apostles who, with an open heart, will accept the Word of God and help others to comprehend the meaning of their life along side God's word. To be able to do this, my children, through prayer and fasting you must learn to listen with the heart and to learn to keep submitting yourselves. You must learn to keep rejecting everything that distances you from God's word and to yearn only for that which draws you closer to it. Do not be afraid. I am here. You are not alone. I am imploring the Hoy Spirit to renew and strengthen you. I am imploring the Holy Spirit that, as you help others, you too may be healed. I am imploring Him that, through Him, you may be God's children and my apostles."
Then with great concern Our Lady said: "For the sake of Jesus, for the sake of my Son, love those whom He has called and long for the blessing only from the hands which He has consecrated. Do not permit evil to come to reign. Anew I repeat - only along side your shepherds will my heart triumph. Do not permit evil to separate you from your shepherds. Thank you."
2. An exceptional visitation! I want to thank all those among you who have contributed for years to make our garden a congenial place to receive pilgrims coming to Medjugorje. In the letter to the Hebrews we read, "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares," (13:2).
On August 28th, Heaven reserved an exceptional visitation for us, a real grace! I asked Marija, the visionary, to come to our garden and receive her 6:40 apparition there so that we could invite all of our Croatian neighbors. Marija accepted and Our Lady came to our garden, which is now familiar to so many pilgrims. 
The apparition took place near the big, white crucifix behind our house. Usually when the moment of the apparition arrives, the visionaries choose to kneel before a Crucifix while waiting for her. Our Lady told the visionaries that where there is the Cross of her Son, she too is there, beside Him.
On that day, pilgrims from all countries and languages flocked to the garden, some squatting there 4 hours ahead of time (Italians!). The small woods was packed with people and just as many were behind Marija, including 25 priests (see link for pictures)! We prepared for the coming of Our Lady with songs, and many mysteries of the rosary in several languages among them Hebrew, Arabic, Hungarian, Slovak, etc.
Instead of kneeling on the platform that we had prepared for her, Marija knelt down on the gravel in front of the Crucifix. During the Peace Rosary, after the 7th Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, Marija's voice stopped and we understood that Our Lady was appearing. A great silence seized us. The Gospa stayed longer than usual. Everyone was able to offer her an ardent and intimate prayer, and experience a real encounter with their Mother in Heaven. Be assured that we even prayed for you, and that the letters you sent were placed at the foot of the Crucifix.  
When the apparition was over Marija explained, "When the Gospa arrived, she greeted all of us and blessed us. I entrusted to her all of your intentions, needs, families, and all those you carry in your hearts. Then the Gospa prayed over us for a long time in her maternal language. Then she gave the following message, 'Dear Children, pray, pray, pray!'"
Marija's disposition was very serious. She exhorted us to pray much more because, she said, we are living in a crucial moment for peace in the Middle East. For peace must first start in our hearts, then our personal conversions will allow for peace among nations to move forward.
On August 28th we received more than an angel, it was the Mother of God that we welcomed in our place. May she be blessed forever for it! 
To see photos of the apparition click here: http://enfantsdemedjugorje.tumblr.com/
To see a video of the August 28th apparition (and other videos on Medjugorje and other themes) click here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0N4Onr3OLP3ATJt0QbAoA.
3. Warning! A fake message has been circulating around the internet for five years and has resurfaced with a vengeance! It has to do with a war and has caused a lot of unrest among those who keep up with the events in Medjugorje. The message has been attributed to Ivan, but he has denied it, and is upset that his name has been used to disseminate a fake message. It is important to remember that the messages given to Ivan by Our Lady on the mountain are verifiable because they are recorded and copied.
Our Lady speaks clearly to the world every month in her messages of the 25th and the 2nd, why should she deliver another message "behind the curtain" on such a crucial subject? In addition, when we read this fake message we can see it is a fake a mile away because it is not at all the style of the Gospa in Medjugorje. May everyone refute this mistake when it comes to him because instead of peace it sows trouble. It also harms Medjugorje because it is both distressing and alarming.
For a long time Our Lady has been inviting us to pray for peace, first in our hearts, then in our families and in the world. She also invites us to fast two days a week on bread and water because those are the 2 most efficient means against war. "Only through fasting and prayer can we prevent wars, stop wars and suspend natural laws," as she said several times.
Dear brothers and sisters, let's not waste our time talking about messages that do not exist and sow fear. Rather, let's use our time to fight against the war putting into practice what Heaven gives us through Jesus in the Gospel and through His Mother in Medjugorje. It is true that today it is urgent! May those people be blessed who have faithfully prayed and fasted for peace without waiting for an alarming message. May those people also be blessed who found this fake message, believed in it, and immediately began to pray and fast. The Gospa has certainly heard each one of us!
4. Vicka returned from her pilgrimage in Israel delighted. With a group of about 650 pilgrims from five continents, this was Vicka's 8th time to Israel. It was led by Msgr. Leonard, Cardinal of Belgium. The first stop of the journey was in Nazareth where Vicka received her apparition of Our Lady in the same place that Mary of Nazareth received her apparition of the angel Gabriel announcing that she would bring forth a Son. Later, in Milya, Galilee, in the presence of around 12,000 people of all religions, Mary appeared again to her. Then the apparition was received in Bethlehem with about 5,000 people present.
In the past, when Vicka went to Israel it was important that she go incognito. But this time she did not remain hidden. Instead, we knew months in advance that she would go, which increased the number of pilgrims, even among the local population in Israel! According to Vicka, the Mother of God appeared very joyful and happy. It doesn't seem that she gave a particular message, but the great joy that she expressed in front of the gathering of her children - Jews, Muslims, Christians, and atheists alike - is already a beautiful sign of her universal, maternal love. An intense prayer for peace arose from their hearts.
On the 9th of September, Vicka reemerged as a witness to the pilgrims gathered in great number at the orphanage of Sr. Cornelia, where she joyfully encounters groups near her house. Let's pray that her health permits her to remain with us for a long time.  
Dear Gospa, Queen of Peace, thank you for showing us the way. We want to hold your hand more firmly than ever. Lead us in security among the storms of this world without peace!
Sr. Emmanuel +
(Translated from the French)
-        For those who understand French! On September 3rd Sister Emmanuel gave a live interview and commentary on the message of the 2nd. If you would like to watch it, please go to www.enfantsdemedjugorje.fr.
-        Save the date! On October 3rd Sister will respond to your questions about the apparitions live from Medjugorje at 3PM MST. Access the live session via this link: www.enfantsdemedjugorje.fr/index.php/prier-videos.html.
-        New! Find Sister Emmanuel on Twitter: @EnfantsdeMedj
PS1. Ivan left Medjugorje. Just as every other year, at the beginning of September Ivan left Medjugorje for missions elsewhere. The last night we were with him and the prayer group on the mountain. The Gospa did not give a particular message, but she prayed a long time for holiness in the families and for the youth.
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