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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 +

1 comment:

Ana Santos said...

I´m portuguese,and I´m not good in english...I belong, with my family,to a family group that is called Caná´s Families, and we do a consagration to Mary, everyday, where we beg her "teach us to do everything that Jesus tells us to do". Our Mother she´s a wonderfull teacher, and she knows her Son.