"Dear children! Today, I am calling you to prayer. May prayer be
life to you. Only in this way will your heart be filled with peace and joy. God
will be near you and you will feel Him in your heart as a friend. You will speak
with Him as with someone whom you know and, little children, you will have a
need to witness, because Jesus will be in your heart and you, united in Him. I
am with you and love all of you with my motherly love. Thank you for having
responded to my call." (September 25, 2016)
This week on Fruit of Medjugorje,
we have a powerful witness from Bishop Victor Phalana, about Medjugorje and how
it impacted his priesthood. He shares from his heart and it is a wonderful
example of how Our Lady has created Medjugorje as a place of prayer and
conversion. Here is an excerpt from his testimony in the Fruit show, Episode
233. You may want to watch for yourself at this link: http://marytv.tv/?page_id=167
Rosie Zubac interviewed Bishop Phalana. She asked him several
Rosie:Is there something
different about Medjugorje, that encourages conversions?
: Yes the environment is quite different and that is what makes it
different. I keep on asking myself, "But why?" "But why?" "But why?" The people
who come here (Medjugorje) - you can sense - they are seeking. We realize we are
all pilgrims. And we are searching for something. And when you come here, if you
are searching you will become a bit more focused and you will give yourself to
the experience. And what makes it different is that people come here, and maybe
they have had a little bit of preparation. Many of them understand that they are
not here so much as tourists but as pilgrims. Many feel that this is a holy
And whatever one can say about the apparitions,
we all are listening together with the Church, and we are discerning with the
Church about the apparitions. But all the popes, from St. John Paul to Pope
Benedict XVI to Pope Francis acknowledge that it is a holy place. This is where
people come to meet God and encounter God. And this encounter leads to so many
conversions. So while there is no conclusion, no conclusive statement concerning
the apparitions, the Popes have not discouraged pilgrims from coming because
they know that it is a place where there are so many fruits!
Do you also witness this with the people you have accompanied from South
Africa, that the fruits are unique?
The fruits are quite unique. I brought an old priest, who is 87 years old,
to Medjugorje two years ago. Just before we left [for Medjugorje] he fell sick.
But he wanted to come. So we came. We started in Poland with a pilgrimage, and
he was admitted there to the hospital. And he came out of the hospital before he
was well enough. But he said "I have to go to Medjugorje." Then he came here,
and we took him to Mass, and for just a few spiritual exercises because he
wanted to rest.
Then we also took him to the clinic run by the
Maltese. And there he met a very young doctor who said to him, "You know I think
you are taking too many antibiotics. Then she went down and brought some
probiotics, and she said "Please take these." And then for Mass and the
encounter we had to push him in a wheel chair. He was so weak. But when he
returned home, he was strong! As I speak, he is celebrating his 89th birthday
next month. He is walking straight. He attributes his health to Medjugorje. He
says that Medjugorje helped him. He narrates an encounter with Vicka where she
held him for 2 or 3 minutes, she prayed with him. And he was sobbing just like a
child. And he said that is why God wanted me to go to Medjugorje. And now he is
strong. He says he is going ahead with his life.
So for me personally, on my first visit, like any
other priest, you go through your own moments of personal crisis where you are
wondering, "Am I really called? Is this vocation for me?" You may be 20 years in
the priesthood, but the questions still come at certain moments. And when I came
here those questions were really going on in me.
So I went to confession, and it was a beautiful
experience. You know, for us who are confessors, we also need that moment of
confession. After that, we were walking around here and I saw the priest who was
my confessor. I greeted him and I thanked him, and I said, "Look, that was a
beautiful experience!" And he said to me, "Go to any of the shops here and buy
yourself a ring, and bring it and let me bless it for you." That was about
I went and bought the ring, and then he blessed
it, and in his prayer...I think he was a priest from the United States... he
said, "Lord, I pray that your priest may rediscover your love, that it is a
covenantal love, that it is a spousal love." He went on, but I can't remember it
all. But those words I remember from the prayer. I wondered why he wanted me to
buy a ring!! (Laughter) Then he said, "This ring reminds you that as a priest
you are married to God."
I said that this was providence. I came here and
I didn't know what to expect. And here I am, and I meet somebody, and he said
something that was medicine for my soul. Something that I just needed to know.
And when I did confessions here many people kept coming back to me after
confession, and they wanted to meet me and they wanted to talk to me. "This
confession was different. Your prayer before absolution was clearly saying so
much about what was going on in my life. How did you know?" And I would say,
"No, no, no...it was just the grace of the Sacrament." It is the grace of the
moment. And so when I was praying for you, I was cooperating with the Holy
Spirit in guiding you."
When you sit there you have to give a little
spiritual direction. You cannot just listen and then give absolution. And I am
so grateful for the generosity of the priests who come here. There was a time
when I had been in the confessional for about 5 hours. People didn't stop. It
went on and on. And I was wishing that somebody could come and rescue me! But
this is a ministry that is needed. And I had to go on and do it. It is a moment
So when I was made a bishop, I had to look at my
ring, my Medjugorje ring. And I said to myself, do I have to take it off now,
because I will have my episcopal ring! But I said no I can't, because for me
this is not a ring I just bought. This is a ring that connects me to this place
in a special way. This is the ring that reminds me of my call, of my vocation.
How precious it is.
Even though you may go through a crisis as a
priest, go and ask for help. You may ask family and friends for help. But it is
not better than Confession. Yes, ask for advice and spiritual direction, but you
can't run away from Confession. And Medjugorje reminds us of that.
That is why I say, this is a blessed place. It is
a beautiful place. When I was appointed bishop, I had just come from a
pilgrimage here. And I said to Our Lady, "Why? Why me?" And up until now I still
don't know, but it is God's choice and I have to accept it. I was taken to a
diocese that had been without a bishop for 2 years and there were some painful
things there. And so I asked Our Lady again, "Why me, why now? If you really
wanted me to be a bishop, in the heart of your Son, according to the will of
God, then why bring me here where I have to pick up the pieces and start from
scratch." And I received positivity, I received peace. You don't have to worry;
you don't have to be anxious!
Bishop Phalana then shared about the help he got for his diocese from
Medjugorje. They now share Mass stipends with his diocese. And we can support
Bishop Phalana by going to this website.
Our Lady's Monthly Message From Medjugorje to Marija
Dear children! Also today I am calling all of you to prayer. You cannot live without prayer, because prayer is a chain which brings you closer to God. Therefore, little children, in humility of heart return to God and to His commandments so that with all of your heart you are able to say: as it is in Heaven so may it be on earth. You, little children, are free to, in freedom, decide for God or against Him. See where Satan wants to pull you into sin and slavery. Therefore, little children, return to my heart so that I can lead you to my Son Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Our Lady's 2nd of the month, Monthly Message To Mirjana
Dear children, I have called you and am calling you anew to come to know my Son, to come to know the truth. I am with you and am praying for you to succeed. My children, you must pray much in order to have all the more love and patience; to know how to endure sacrifice and to be poor in spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, my Son is always with you. His Church is born in every heart that comes to know Him. Pray that you can come to know my Son; pray that your soul may be one with Him. That is the prayer and the love which draws others and makes you my apostles. I am looking at you with love, with a motherly love. I know you; I know your pain and sorrows, because I also suffered in silence. My faith gave me love and hope. I repeat, the Resurrection of my Son and my Assumption into Heaven is hope and love for you. Therefore, my children, pray to come to know the truth; to have firm faith which will lead your heart and which will transform your pain and sufferings into love and hope. Thank you.
Pray for Priests
ADOPT A PRIEST IN PRAYER
Could you find in your heart to adopt a priest and pray for him daily?
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.
Prayer for Priests
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.
*Fr. John Randall, age 82 entered into eternal life on June 15, 2011, but the Body of Christ Prayer Meeting will continue every Thursday evening as before. May he rest in the peace of Christ.
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FATHER JOHN RANDALL IS THE AUTHOR OF:
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
*Fr. Randall's last published book,- No Spirit, No Church,- is available at all Catholic Book Stores in Rhode Island or
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*Father John J. Randall's New Rosary Prayer Book has been reprinted with a hard cover with his picture on the cover.
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Fr. Joe Whalen, M.S.
Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry - Click on photo...
Fr. Joseph Whalen is the founder of Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry. He retired in 2014 at the age of 91. He has spent his entire priesthood witnessing to Christ's healing presence. Please keep him in your prayers.
August 8th 2016 Fr. Joe Whalen has gone to his eternal rest. His legacy and love for this Ministry that he founded will continue. We now have a powerful intercessor in heaven!