2/16/20

Sister Emmanuel's Report from Medjugorje

Dear Children of Medjugorje, praised be Jesus and Mary! 




1. On February 2nd, 2020, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross. She then conveyed this message:
"Dear children! By the act of the decision and love of God, I am chosen to be the Mother of God and your mother. But also by my will and my immeasurable love for the Heavenly Father and my complete trust in Him, my body was the chalice of the God-man.
I was in the service of truth, love and salvation, as I am now among you to call you, my children, apostles of my love, to be carriers of truth; to call you to spread His words, the words of salvation, by your will and love for my Son: that with your actions you may show, to all those who have not come to know my Son, His love.
You will find strength in the Eucharist-my Son who feeds you with His Body and strengthens you with His Blood. My children, fold your hands [in prayer] and look at the Cross in silence. In this way, you are drawing faith to be able to transmit it; you are drawing truth to be able to discern; you are drawing love that you may know to love truly. My children, apostles of my love, fold your hands [in prayer], look at the Cross. Only in the Cross is salvation. Thank you." 



As with all sites linked to Medjugorje, at the request of the authorities, we relinquish posting the film of the 2nd of the month apparition with Mirjana. Obedience is always blessed!

2. In France, February is the month we celebrate the feast of Lourdes (11 February) and St. Bernadette (18 February).This little girl grew up in poverty, lacking the bare essentials in life (see PS1). It's enough to know that her little brother would scrape wax from candles in the village church to try to fill his empty stomach! People looked down on this family who lived in a sordid cave that was more like a cell. Once, while questioned, Bernadette heartbreakingly uttered: "She (The Lady) spoke to me like a person!" Falsely accused of theft, her father was sent to jail, leaving his wife and children in total poverty. However, the Soubirous family had the greatest of riches: Theirs was a family united in a deep faith, in family prayer that never lost fervor, and for Bernadette, God always came first. The cross planted in her life from childhood onwards, far from bringing her down, strengthened her attachment to Christ whose destiny she shared in many ways. It is true that the cross lived in communion with Jesus can create saints, while the cross lived without Jesus can lead to despair. In her personal diary, Bernadette wrote:

"Jesus, I do not feel my cross when I look at yours!"



How I wish I could say the same thing! Still a long way to go.... Here, Bernadette gives us the best illustration of the word twice repeated by the Blessed Mother in this message above: "Fold your hands in prayer, and look at the cross!" For Bernadette, the cross borne in her childhood developed further at the convent of Nevers where she became Sr. Marie Bernard. But she did not become a Saint because of the suffering she endured, even less so because she saw Our Lady. No, she became holy because she kept the gaze of her heart fixed upon Jesus, even in the midst of the storms, which made her suffering extraordinarily fruitful.  She became holy because she was able to offer to God all the events of her life, and use them to develop the union of her soul with Christ, according to Mary's school. This union was her immense treasure, her reason for living, her little Heaven hidden from the eyes of others.  Seen through the eyes of the world, her fate was in no way enviable, poor and sick as she was, but she would not have changed places with anyone. The Mother of God did not promise her happiness of this world, but rather of the other world.  (The other world referred to here does not mean Heaven, rather it's the Kingdom that is hidden and already present behind the veil of our earthly realities).

May Bernadette help us live through the trials and anxieties of today, our eyes focused on the one Savior! It is beautiful that the message of Lourdes begins with the sign of the Cross. Following Mary's example, Bernadette made the sign of the cross so solemnly that all who saw her do it were deeply touched.

3. She has the cure for us!  Mary's exhortation to keep our eyes locked on the cross is not unrelated to the wave of distress caused by the coronavirus that has taken over China and surrounding areas in recent weeks. Our Blessed Mother always provides the cure before we develop the disease. Keeping our eyes glued to the cross is a source of healing, peace and light. From His open heart, Jesus offers us salvation. Recently, Our Lady told us: "Trials will come... If you are mine, you will win, for your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus." Our Mother did not hide from us the difficulties that are to come. Even nature is in rebellion against man. The story in Exodus of the Hebrews in the desert helps us to position ourselves correctly in respect of God. 
The Hebrew people had turned away from the Living God who had saved them from slavery, and shifted toward false gods, the idols of the time. But God loves His people so much that He did not want them to lose the treasure of true faith and become perverted. He allowed snakes to appear that had a fatal bite. That is when Moses intervened, placing a bronze snake on a mast, and all who looked at it were healed. This image foreshadows the cross of Christ and the salvation offered to men by Jesus when he was nailed to the wood of the cross. "Those who look to Him are radiant" (Psalms 34:5). Let us remember this statement made by so many saints: When we contemplate the wounds of Christ, our own wounds are healed; but when we look at our own wounds, we sink... 

"By his wounds we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)



Some countries have decided to eliminate Christ from their borders. They have banned the cross, Christian education is severely sanctioned, believers are persecuted, etc. But what can become of a nation without the Savior? "The world without Jesus has no future," Mary tells us. Jesus, in His humility, does not force any doors that are closed to Him, He respects our freedom and pulls away. But then, who comes to fill this void? History shows us that man without God, left to himself and to his own strength, cannot go far. He invents a false salvation and seeks happiness in places where it gets lost. He goes so far as to lose simple human common sense by even trampling natural law. We are entitled to interpret this kind of event, the appearance of a virus, as a warning, not in fear, but for the purpose of awakening our conscience and to fall to our knees. Whether the virus spreads or not, it is essential to ask for the grace to know how to discern the signs of our time, and to pray unceasingly. Less commentaries and more prayer!

Beware! God does not send an epidemic or a tsunami. God is innocent of evil. We cannot by any measure make him responsible for evil. (See PS2, Sr. LĂșcia of Fatima's words). But if God is not invited to remain with His people, if man believes he can live without Him, then God withdraws, and with Him the protection He wanted to give to those people. Then, in His burning desire to save man, He allows the enemy to do as he wills. Then all kinds of troubles appear, and man ends up crying out to his Savior. God alone can turn evil into good, and turn a terrible ordeal into a blessing. Today, the weight of suffering is indeed a heavy burden, but when our suffering is united with Christ, it becomes fruitful and redemptive. For this reason, Mary still gives us the key, namely her Son Himself! "In the cross alone is salvation." Early Christians recognized this: "There is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved." (Acts 4:12)
Dear Brothers and Sisters, the ball is in our court. May today be the day when we begin, or start again, to turn to God and live His Word! The course that history takes and much of what will happen depends on us. We cannot imagine the power of even the simplest of prayers and the least of our little sacrifices offered to God. Heaven will always thank us for the slightest step we take to protect life, to help our brothers in distress and value our own life!

2/7/20

Are Pro-Lifers Not Welcome in the Democratic Party?'


                 R.I. Bishop Tobin: 'Are Pro-Lifers Not Welcome in the Democratic Party?'

By Michael W. Chapman | February 7, 2020 | 11:35am EST


Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the Diocese of Providence, R.I.
Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the Diocese of Providence, R.I.

Commenting on the top Democrats who are running for their party's presidential nomination, Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the Catholic Diocese of Providence, R.I., noted that all of them are "pro-abortion," so extreme in their views that they support "even partial-birth abortion."
He also asked whether pro-life people are even "welcome" in the Democratic Party.
The top Democratic candidates support abortion, apparently without restrictions, which is the position of the Democratic Party platform.
Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg and his "husband" Chasten Buttigieg. (Getty Images)
Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg and his "husband" Chasten Buttigieg. (Getty Images)
Joe Biden is a Catholic who ignores the church's teaching on this issue. Pete Buttigieg was baptized a Catholic but is now Episcopalian and "gay married." Amy Klobuchar is a Congregationist, Elizabeth Warren is a Methodist, and Mike Bloomberg is a Jew who reportedly attends synagogue only on certain holy days. Bernie Sanders is a Jew who reportedly practices no particular faith.

"As the presidential primary shifts to New England, it's sad to note that all of the major Democratic candidates are pro-abortion, supporting even partial-birth abortion," said Bishop Tobin in a Feb. 4 tweet.
"Where are pro-life Democrats supposed to turn?" he said.  "Or are pro-life voters not welcome in the Democratic party?"
Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist who practices no "organized religion."  (Getty Images)
Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist who practices no "organized religion." (Getty Images)

According to the Democratic Party platform, "We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion --regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured."
"We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment," states the platform.
Joe Biden.   (Getty Images)
Joe Biden. (Getty Images)


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2/4/20

Gospa Told Me

"The Gospa Told Me"
By June Klins
      Last month, as I prayed about our February issue, Our Lady led me to the incredible testimony of Sabine Morson, which was aired on July 28, 2014 on Mary TV, Fruit of Medjugorje, Program #125 (marytv.tv/fruit-of-medjugorje/). Sabine, who is originally from Germany, now lives in Virginia. She has been to Medjugorje about 30 times and made a promise to Our Lady in 1990 that she would spread Her messages to as many people as she could. 

     Sabine's first trip to Medjugorje was in 1989. A priest invited her to go with her youth group. She really did not believe, but was hoping to "get a tan", since she heard the weather was hot. At the time, she was attending Mass, although halfheartedly, but she did not know how to say the Rosary and had not been to Confession since her First Confession. 

     When they arrived in Medjugorje, Sabine recounted, "As soon as my feet hit the ground, I instantly believed." Another group arrived at the same time, and by mistake she followed them to the rectory. A woman pushed her up the stairs and she found herself with a handful of priests and nuns in the apparition room. "It was the most amazing experience! Our Lady was appearing!" Although there were no flowers there, the smell of roses filled the air. She left the apparition and ran right to Confession.
Sabine in Medjugorje
Sabine in Medjugorje
     Sabine's experience so inspired her that she wanted her friends to experience it, so the following July, she and four friends decided to go to Medjugorje before they were to meet with a priest from Scotland about pro-life work. They were able to rent a car in Luxemburg, although none of them was old enough to rent a car. When they got about 5 ½ hours from Medjugorje, they could not find a place to camp or to stay, so they decided to just drive through the night until they got there. At that point, Sabine took over the driving. All of a sudden, they saw what looked like a telephone pole in the middle of the road, and thought it was very odd. As Sabine turned the wheel to avoid it, the car began spinning as if on ice. The car overturned two or three times and landed upside down in a ravine. One of the girls had not even put her seatbelt on yet, so she was flipping up and down in the car. Villagers came running out of their houses in their night clothes when they heard the crash. They turned the car back over and smashed the windows to remove the girls from the car. They started pouring brandy and other alcohol on their wounds because that is all they had. By the time the police arrived, they all smelled like alcohol. The police (Communist at the time) asked who had been driving the car and Sabine said she was. They confiscated her passport and told her she was under arrest for drunk driving.

     They knew they needed a hospital for the girl who was not wearing a seatbelt, since she could not feel her legs and could not move. When the ambulance came, Sabine and one other girl went in the ambulance with the girl who was hurt, and the other two were ordered to get back into the car, which was crushed and leaking gas and oil.

     When they got to the hospital, the head doctor asked who was driving the car. Sabine said that she was, to which the doctor said, "I just wanted you to know that you killed your friend." Sabine began to cry and asked to see her body. She was taken to a room where she saw that her friend was still alive, so she asked the doctor why he had said that. He replied, "Because she'll never walk again, so she might as well be dead, and you did this to her." 

     They tested Sabine for alcohol, and when the test was negative, they did not know what to do, so they sent the girls back to the police station. Sabine was put into a cell there for about 8-10 hours, and given only a cup of water. She asked if she could call the American Consulate in Zagreb, but they kept putting her off. Finally, the girls were escorted to a building next to the police station and the judge pronounced Sabine "guilty", but she did not know what the charges were.

     They gave back their passports. They took all their money, but they did allow them to make a call to the car rental agency to get another car.
     The girls drove back to the hospital to visit their friend and were told by the doctors that she had severed her spine and would probably never walk again. She would need at least 10 days before the swelling would go down, so they could put her in a body cast. In order to go back to the U.S., she would have to be accompanied by a nurse and a doctor and it would cost a minimum of $35,000! They had no idea what to do, but felt they should go to Medjugorje. The girl who was hurt told them to go because maybe they could find people to help them. They did not want to leave her, but felt this was what they needed to do. For some unknown reason, they left the journal they had been keeping with their friend, even though she was not able to even pick it up. 

     They arrived in Medjugorje around 11:00 PM and were kneeling around the statue of Our Lady in front of the church. (At that time the statue was closer to the church than it is now.) They were crying and begging Our Lady for a miracle for their friend. Fr. Svet was locking up the church and heard them crying, so he asked them what was going on. They told him their story and he asked them to come to the rectory the next day and he would take them to another priest.

     The following day, after the English-speaking Mass, Fr. Svet took them to the rectory and introduced them to Fr. Slavko. After they related the story to Fr. Slavko, he said, "I have an assignment for you. I want you to stay here for three days, just like Jesus stayed in the tomb for three days. You will live the life of Jesus, but first you will live His death. Here's what I want you to do every day while you're here. Every day you will climb Mt. Krizevac. Every day you should go to Mt. Podbrdo. Every day you should go to Mass, and every evening you should go to the Rosary and Mass again, and Adoration as well. After three days, you come back to see me." They thought this sounded overwhelming, but they did it all "with the grace of God and the help of Our Lady". Fr. Slavko had also told them that after the English-speaking Masses a collection would be taken to bring their friend back to the U.S.

     After the three days, Fr. Slavko met with them and gave them a satchel filled with money. He said, "I haven't counted it all, but I think it is enough to get your friend back." He gave them a blessing and then asked them to do him a favor. "What I want you to do is when you get back and you find out that you do not need this money, then I want you to give it to a pro-life cause that helps further the cause of life." They were confused as to why they wouldn't need the money. Father replied, "Gospa [Our Lady] will let you know." Then he pointed at Sabine and said, "I will see you very soon."
Fr. Slavko
Fr. Slavko
     When they got back to the hospital, they got the surprise of their lives – their friend, who was in a different room now, jumped up! She had been completely healed!!! Her healing had taken place at the exact time they were praying at the statue in Medjugorje. She had written it all down in the journal they had left with her. She had been lying in her bed crying and asking God why He had allowed this to happen. But then she stopped and prayed instead, "Use me whatever way you can, even if I can never walk again." In that instant, she felt something like hands sliding under her back, and felt heat going up and down her body. Then she felt these hands urging her to sit up. A nurse who saw her do this asked what she was doing. Then she felt an embrace from behind, but there was no one there. The nurse suggested she get all the way up and try to walk with her help. She did, and had not even a twinge of pain. The nurse took out a Miraculous Medal and a Medjugorje medal she was wearing under her uniform, and she said, "Gospa did this." They went to a little closet and prayed the Rosary in thanksgiving. 

     After their friend was discharged, the girls drove to Lourdes. The friend who was healed still had a lump on her back from the accident, but after she went into the baths at Lourdes, it disappeared! They went on to London where they met the priest from Scotland. After hearing their story, he took the girl who was healed to a doctor in London to be X-rayed. The doctor came to the waiting room looking for a person who should be a quadriplegic because the X-ray showed no healing. The priest said, "This is a miracle!" They wrote up the testimony and he took it to Rome, where he prayed he would run into someone who would take it to the Commission studying Medjugorje. By no coincidence, he ran into Cardinal Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict XVI) and gave him all the documentation.

"For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible"
(Mt 19:26)
     Prior to this, the girls gave the money in the satchel from Medjugorje to the priest who did pro-life work, because his printing press had broken. Sabine stayed a little longer in Scotland to do some pro-life work with him and she met a pregnant young mother who was going to have an abortion. The priest told Sabine she needed to help the woman, so he gave her two plane tickets to travel to Medjugorje. The young mother was not even a believer, but had a conversion in Medjugorje. Within six months, she became Catholic and had her baby baptized! 

     While in Medjugorje, Sabine went to see Fr. Slavko. She remembered that he had said he would see her very soon, but she did not think he would remember her because he would have met so many people in Medjugorje in the three months span since she had been there. She said, "I was here in July with my friends." He responded, "Yes, your friend who was healed." She asked, "What? How did you know that?" He replied, "The Gospa told me!"

2/2/20

Medjugorje: Message to Mirjana from Our Lady

 

Mirjana greets Our Lady 
(c) Mary TV 2020/ Anthony Zubac

February 2, 2020
The Presentation of the Lord

Dear Family of Mary!

The February 2nd, 2020 Message:

Dear children,

By the act of the decision and love of God, I am chosen to be the Mother of God and your mother. But also by my will and my immeasurable love for the Heavenly Father and my complete trust in Him, my body was the chalice of the God-man.

I was in the service of truth, love and salvation, as I am now among you to call you, my children, apostles of my love, to be carriers of truth; to call you to spread His words, the words of salvation, by your will and love for my Son: that with your actions you may show, to all those who have not come to know my Son, His love.

You will find strength in the Eucharist-my Son who feeds you with His Body and strengthens you with His Blood. My children, fold your hands [in prayer] and look at the Cross in silence. In this way, you are drawing faith to be able to transmit it; you are drawing truth to be able to discern; you are drawing love that you may know to love truly. My children, apostles of my love, fold your hands [in prayer], look at the Cross. Only in the Cross is salvation.
Thank you.
(February 2, 2020)    Video -  https://marytv.tv/mirjanas-apparition/
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2020

1/28/20

Infant of Prague

The Infant of Prague

infant jesus, prague
I don’t know when they started gathering. I only know that at some point, early in my marriage I looked around and realized that our house was full of Infants of Prague.
Some were solid plaster, their red cloaks and frilly white robes molded into permanence on small, cracked and dented bodies. Others came with lush seasonal vestments: red, purple, and gold. I could change them for Lent and Easter or pop off the tiny crown to polish it up.
Of course, I didn’t seek out these tiny, overdressed Christs. In fact, I didn’t have much of a devotion to the Holy Child at all. When He started to nudge His way into my heart all I could see were His anachronistic clothes and fluffy curls. He certainly lacked the grandeur I liked to see on my Christs.
After a while though, I began to wonder if that’s sometimes the way other people see me – out of place, draped in fabrics. An over-dressed and under tended relic of old-world aesthetics. Displaced, like my little statues, in a world of Target fashions.
Sometimes our looks can keep the world distracted – they see the clothes, the rings, the tangled hair and they think they know what’s inside.
For a long while, the Infant of Prague’s clothing did just that to me. My eyes skimmed over Him, never really seeing. But He’s persistent. When I realized that He’d made my tiny house His own, I knew I had to meet Him at last.
History of the Infant of Prague
The Infant of Prague has been a devotional image for hundreds of years. No one knows exactly when or how the devotion began. Medieval art is full of statues of the Imperial Christ Child – often holding a globe or a small bird in His hands.
At some point, one of these statues made its way to the city of Prague. That statue was rumored to have belonged to St. Teresa of Avila. She gave it to a Spanish princess, who married a Bohemian nobleman and brought the statue with her to her new life in Prague.
Later, a pious princess gave that same statue to an order of Carmelite friars, promising them that if they honored the image of Christ, He would take care of all their needs. The friars were faithful and devoted. They even professed their vows in the chapel where the Infant stood. But war came to Prague and in all the turmoil, the tiny King was neglected.
The Statue lay broken and forgotten for years. When it was finally found, its tiny waxen hands had broken off. But the priest who found it prayed before the image and heard the voice of Christ saying “Have pity on me, and I will have pity on you. Give me my hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor me, the more I will bless you”. The statue was repaired and has stayed in a position of honor ever since.
Ever since then, pilgrims have come to honor the waxen image of the Child Christ. Copies of the statue are everywhere around the world – including my tiny house.
Devotions to the Infant
Two of my Infants come to me through my mother. The larger statue still has the quarter she taped to His back as a child. He has changeable robes and a bright crown.
These days, He triumphs over our family altar, and besides my mother’s quarter, we have our own coin tapped to His back. It’s a way of entrusting our family finances to the Christ Child. According to legend, He’s promised that all who care for His statue will never want.
The Infant as a financial advisor is such a delightful devotion. Entrusting our money to the generous Child, who was born in a stable and grows to tell a rich young man to give away all is an act of hope.
The Infant of Prague reminds us that He is a King who’s willing to lose everything for love’s sake, and we, His followers should do the same. But He also whispers, ‘consider the lilies of the field’ and promises to give us peace.
In times of famine and poverty devotion to the Infant of Prague grows as families realize that there is no certainty apart from God. For those of us who find ourselves facing under-employment, unemployment, mounting debt, and economic instability, the Infant of Prague is an ideal patron.
Watching the Weather
But the Infant doesn’t just tend to our worldly security. His reach is wide. Like many old-world saints, the Infant is known for His attention to the weather. The Church has always been full of prayers for good weather, gentle seasons, and the blessing of the land. These devotions have fallen away recently, but many priests and enthusiastic parishes are bringing them back.
It’s a good idea, as we watch the earth rage and suffer in these recent years, to rekindle our prayers for the land itself. Devotions to calm the weather and heal the earth are beautiful and helpful. The Infant of Prague is one of those earth-healing devotions.
Like all children, the Christ Child loves the natural world; as it’s Creator, He can also calm it when it’s angry. Traditional Irish devotions set the statue in a window so that He can watch over the land and keep it from devastation. In our house, I give the statue a stone necklace to wear and pray ‘Arise, O Lord, and redeem us for thy Name’s sake” when violent weather threatens.
Protector of Children and the Sick
Of course, the Holy Infant is a special patron of children. There is a flying novena in honor of the Infant of Prague especially for children in dire need. Every hour, for 9 hours, say the novena to the Infant of Prague for the child, and entrust him or her to the Holy Child.
Other devotions for children involve 9-day novenas as well. We like to leave out slices of cake or burn votives before the statue of the Infant to ask His intercession for struggling children, unborn babies, and confused teenagers.
Christ is a tender shepherd though, and He never limits His ability to heal. The Infant of Prague is famous for healing diseases and hopeless disorders. Just as Christ went around healing the sick during His earthly ministry, He continues to heal through devotion to the Infant of Prague.
The Generous Child
Devotion to the Infant of Prague has spread throughout the world. In grand basilicas and humble, rural homes, He holds a place of honor. But sometimes, visitors still look at Him in wonder. This overdressed Child in His puffy, white robes looks like a child destined for playground bullying.
He doesn’t fit our mass-marketed, product-saturated world. He’s out of place, and He reminds us that we are all out of place. We’re all made for something greater.
The lush, abundant Infant of Prague teaches us to see the world with new eyes. He introduces us to the wisdom of children and the magic of beauty. Oscar Wilde once said that “we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Entrusting ourselves to the Infant of Prague, we learn to look up again and see the stars with the wonder of a Child.

1/25/20

January 25, 2020 message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace!

 

 

(c) Mary TV 

January 25, 2020
The Conversion of St. Paul

Dear Family of Mary,

Here is the January 25, 2020 message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace!
 
"Dear children! Today I am calling you to pray even more, until you feel the holiness of forgiveness in your heart. There must be holiness in the families, little children, because there is no future for the world without love and holiness - because in holiness and joy, you give yourselves to God the Creator who loves you with immeasurable love. This is why He sends me to you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (January 25, 2020)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020

1/24/20

Consecration to St. Joseph (Fr. Calloway)


The book "Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of our Spiritual Father" will be published on January 1, 2020. It will be a 33-Day preparation for consecration to St. Joseph. It will be for individuals, groups, and parishes, and will initiate the first worldwide movement of consecration to St. Joseph. Follow the facebook blog: https://www.facebook.com/consecration... On January 1, 2020, purchase the book at: www.fathercalloway.com

1/10/20

Bishop Fintan Monahan

Bishop to lead historic Medjugorje trip

Bishop to lead historic Medjugorje tripBishop Fintan Monahan
Bishop Fintan Monahan is to become one of the first Irish bishops to lead a group to Medjugorje. It comes after the Vatican changed rules which had banned bishops from leading groups before this point, though they were free to visit the Marian shrine in a private capacity.
Bishop Monahan will serve as spiritual director to a group of Irish pilgrims from July 22-29.
Pilgrims will have an opportunity to participate in the full spiritual programme that is available in the village where six locals first reported apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1981. Ever since, it has been a popular pilgrimage site with an estimated 30,000 Irish people travelling annually.
For many years, the Vatican asked bishops not to lead pilgrimages because the apparitions do not yet have the official approval of the Church. However, in 2017 Pope Francis changed this and appointed an official envoy to the shrine prompting speculation that Rome will soon approve the phenomenon.
The Papal envoy, Archbishop Henryk Hoser, has hailed in particular the number of people who go to confession while in Medjugorje and the charitable work flowing from the shrine.
If you would like to participate in this historic pilgrimage, please see page 13 of this week’s edition for more information or call Marian Pilgrimages on (Dublin) (01) 878 8159 or (Belfast) 028 9568 0005, or email info@marian.ie

1/3/20

Our Lady’s January 2, 2020 apparition to Mirjana


Today, January 2nd, 2020, Our Lady appeared to Mirjana Soldo at the Blue Cross near the base of Apparition Hill and gave the following message:

1/2/20

Medgugorje: Our Lady's message to Mirjana of January 2, 2020


Our Lady’s message to Mirjana Soldo for January 2nd 2020

Dear children,
I know that I am present in your lives and in your hearts. I feel your love, I hear your prayers and direct them to my Son. But, my children, according to motherly love, I desire to be in the lives of all of my children. I desire to gather all of my children around me, beneath my motherly mantle. This is why I am inviting you and calling you, apostles of my love, to help me.

My children, my Son pronounced the words of the ‘Our Father’—Our Father, [you] who are everywhere and in our hearts—because He desires to teach you to pray with words and feelings. He desires for you to always be better, to live merciful love which is prayer and limitless sacrifice for others.

My children, give to my Son love for your neighbours, give words of consolation, compassion and acts of justice to your neighbours. Everything that you give to others, apostles of my love, my Son accepts as a gift. I am also with you, because my Son desires for my love, as a ray of light, to bring your souls to life; for me to help you in the search for peace and eternal happiness. Therefore, my children, love one another, be united through my Son, be children of God who all together, with full, open and pure heart, pronounce the ‘Our Father’. And do not be afraid!   Thank You
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12/28/19

Fr. Edward A. Sousa Jr. celerbrates Christmas Mass at Saint Joseph Church in Providence R.I.

12/25/19

Medjugorje Message I am carrying my Son Jesus to You

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Message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace, given today, December 25, 2019:

"Dear children! I am carrying my Son Jesus to you, for Him to bless you and reveal to you His love, which comes from Heaven. Your heart yearns for peace, of which there is less and less on earth. That is why people are far from God and souls are sick and heading towards spiritual death. I am with you, little children, to lead you on this way of salvation to which God calls you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (December 25, 2019)

ANNUAL APPARITION TO JAKOV ON DECEMBER 25TH 2019

At the last daily apparition to Jakov Colo on September 12th, 1998, Our Lady told him that henceforth he would have one apparition a year, every December 25th, on Christmas Day. This is also how it was this year. The apparition began at 2:25 pm and lasted 9 minutes.
Our Lady came with little Jesus in her arms. Through Jakov, Our Lady gave the following message:

Dear children, today, on this day of grace, in a special way I am calling you to open your hearts and to implore Jesus to strengthen your faith. Children, through prayer with the heart, faith and works you will come to know what it means to live a sincere Christian life. Often times, children, darkness, pain and crosses overwhelm your hearts. Do not waver in faith and ask 'why' because you think that you are alone and abandoned. Instead, open your hearts, pray and believe firmly and then your heart will feel God's nearness and that God never abandons you – that He is beside you at every moment. Through prayer and faith, God will answer your every 'why' and transform your every pain, darkness and cross into light. Thank you.

12/24/19

With great joy I bring you the King of Peace

Fr. Jozo's Reflection on Our Lady's Message of Dec. 25, 2007




"Dear children! With great joy I bring you the King of Peace for Him to bless you with His blessing. Adore Him and give time to the Creator for whom your heart yearns. Do not forget that you are passers-by on this earth and that things can give you small joys, while through my Son, eternal life is given to you. That is why I am with you, to lead you towards what your heart yearns for. Thank you for having responded to my call." (12/25/07)

This is a Christmas message and also the last message of this year. In the time leading to Christmas, we were witnesses of our preparation and maximum effort and activity in preparing the way to the Lord who was to come.
To all those with open hearts the Holy Mother and Virgin is able to say: "With great joy I bring you the King of Peace, that He may bless you with His blessing." How many hearts have received this precious gift of the King of Peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in Holy Communion! They have done so in complete unity with the Church, which was preparing them to open their hearts for that great gift - the King of Peace - through prayer, fasting, dawn Masses and the Sacraments. This peace and joy of Christmas shines from joyful hearts.

Such believers are completely different from those motivated by purchasing gifts to bring joy to their own hearts and to the hearts of others. Because this is not possible, once again, those individuals were deceived and disappointed. After the feast, they remained even more empty and tired. This is not Christmas. They lack Jesus, the King of Peace. They lack peace and His joy, which He gives to the prepared hearts, families and the Church.

Life and a frantic rush inspired and moved by the inclination and desire of a goal to possess and enjoy has never been blessed. In fact it is worthless. It is most sad to recognize and to live in the vicinity of someone who lives only for things. Our heart and our nature long for something higher than things or pleasure. Our hearts can be satisfied and filled only by their Creator, by God who came as Christ, the King of Peace.
Therefore, this warm Motherly teaching is for each of us: "Adore Him and give time to the Creator for whom your heart longs." Our manger scenes in Churches and in families are not decoration or folklore. They are a place of prayer and adoration of the King and Lord. It is so important for us to find time to dedicate to prayer and thanksgiving for His birth and our salvation. A manger where a family does not gather and take time for prayer is an empty sign to us and to our children. It is almost on the level of false display windows and illuminated cities, which in an external way show their tradition but not the faith, gratitude and love for the Mother and the Child given to us.

Our Lady calls us to adore Jesus, our King. From the beginning, She has been asking for this in Her messages. This is why our prayer community in its program lives from the Eucharist and adores the living and present Jesus in the Holy Sacrament. Unfortunately, some members easily dispense and free themselves from Adoration on Thursdays, or fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. In Adoration we are so close to Him. We are at His feet, listening to His teaching of grace and receiving His blessing and peace. Our life and our heart longs for Him. Every time we meet together in prayer, in reflection on the message of the Queen of Peace and in Adoration of the most Blessed Sacrament, we give important time to Him for whom we long.

My dear ones, once again, our good Mother cautions us not to forget that we are passers-by in this world. It is painful to listen to or speak to a person who acts and lives as if he will never die or account to God for his life. It is difficult to meet people who, sunk in their selfishness, feel no responsibility for others with whom they share their life and gifts and who do not think at all about those who are to come after them. Because of this, we have polluted the air we breathe, poisoned the food we eat and poisoned the family in which we are born and raised. We have poisoned the earth, the hearts and everything that we have seized in our selfishness as solely our own. If we are not aware that we are passers-by on this earth and that things of this earth are not our goal or of greatest value, most certainly we have forgotten eternal life and the un-passing joy that our King of Peace and Savior brought and gave to us by His birth. This especially pertains to technology and offers of pleasure and enjoyment. Christmas and its celebration are not a time of pleasure and entertainment but a discovery of what is not passing and is eternal. All of this is a gift to us for which we must be grateful.

 We must take time in song, prayer and in listening to the Word of God to give thanks to the Lord.
In a most beautiful way, the Mother explains to us that She is with us to lead us towards that for which our hearts long. We are like a child in front of a shop window stopping before our toy, our dreamed of desire, trying to force our mother to enter into the shop and to buy it for us. If a child does not succeed, he cries and throws a tantrum, putting his mother in an uncomfortable position and she most often gives in. How are we to pass through this world of consumerism and of great offers when it seems to us that somehow we need all this? Everyone else has this or that new product, so why shouldn't I?

Permit me to share a story with you. A hermit walked through a city. He walked by all the shop windows and all the shops. He enjoyed looking at the most beautiful things that people were buying and taking home.
He was whole-heartedly grateful for everything: for beautiful clothes, expensive shoes, all the food products and an abundant market of all kinds of fruits and vegetables. At the end of the day he prayed: "How wonderful and good you are, Lord. Thank you for all the most beautiful things that my brothers and sisters are buying. Thank you for everything, but especially thank you for the gift that I do not need any of those things. Thank you that I am perfectly happy and free because I can be without all that I have seen." This is the freedom that we need. We have become addicted to technology and such expensive things telling ourselves that we cannot be without them. As a consequence, we are not free.

On the same day, when Our Lady gave this message through Marija, Our Lady explained through the visionary Jakov not to seek joy in the things of this world but to open our hearts and to accept God.
On everything we touch we leave behind our fingerprints, and simple expertise reveals the person who has touched the item. It is the same with our hearts in watching advertising on television, newspapers, and other media. An identifiable imprint of our addiction or our freedom remains.
God wants us to be free. He does not want us to live for things, but for Him who is our peace and our all. Let us persevere in the Motherly school of Our Lady. Let us not reject it or superficially take it to heart. This message, in particular, is completely Gospel based; "Jesus said to him, if you want to be perfect, go and sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven and come follow Me (Mt. 19, 21-22)." 

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12/20/19

Life After Death Experience

Life After Death Experience – My Visit to Heaven, Hell & Purgatory

sondra 2I am the second youngest of five children. I was raised Catholic. My mom was Catholic and my dad converted after my mother passed on. In my twenties, I married Kenneth Abrahams and we had three children: Melanie, Jeffrey, and Karen. Every Sunday I went to church, but I was a pew warmer. After Vatican II, I had a bad opinion of the church. I was disappointed and disillusioned with our church. However, I was devoted to the Blessed Mother and prayed the Rosary—a devotion I learned from my mother.

Childhood

The first time Mary ever appeared to me, I was five years old. She told me that my father had been healed through her intercession. She also made a dead rose beautiful again that was in a vase near me. I realized that if you prayed to her she listened. As a child, my school was next to the Catholic Church. Every day after school, I would run across the street to the church and go see the statue of Our Lady of La Salette. I would burn a candle hoping that she would stop crying like the statue. I would then genuflect to Jesus and run out the door and go home.

Dead at 30

In January 1970, I had a hysterectomy when I was 30 years old due to cervical cancer. After the surgery, the doctors gave me medicine that was new on the market, and I had a reaction to it in the hospital. My husband came and picked me up and brought me back to our house in Houston, TX. My mother-in-law had been watching the kids. I went back to my bedroom, and I thought I was having a stroke. My mother-in-law called my husband, and he came home. That was my introduction into Hell in so many ways.
The doctors told my husband to bring me back to the hospital immediately. I couldn’t breathe, my heart was exploding in my chest, and I had my head back trying to get air into my lungs. My husband brought me to the emergency room and the doctor didn’t know what to give me as an antidote. The doctor thought I was going to go into cardiac arrest. The doctor started doing chest compressions and suddenly I was staring down at my body watching everything happen. I heard the doctor start cursing and yelling at the nurses. He started yelling a code and saying “I’m losing her.”

An Encounter With Christ: Consuming Love

Suddenly, I was pulled through the ceiling, and I felt myself going from one dimension to another. I can’t explain it or fully describe it, but I was yanked through my body and pulled into a tunnel. I could see light and I saw angels and then souls in transit. I could see a little tiny light ahead, and I wanted to get to that light. As I got closer and closer, it got brighter and brighter and the light was Christ.
I remember him putting His arms around me. He wasn’t a spirit; He was real. I was just my soul and it was dirty. I remember and could feel His love–a consuming love. It was in every pore of my being. I felt His love and compassion. Being a parent, I thought I knew love, but His love doesn’t even compare. His love consumes you and you can feel it. It is the most beautiful, unusual sensation I’ve ever had.
He told me that He was going to show me things. He turned and He moved his hand. As He moved his hand, I saw a review of my life from the time I was a tiny child up until age 30. It was almost like a movie screen. I saw every time I did something good and I felt His love and joy. When I did something bad, I felt His hurt and intense pain that I caused Him. He showed me my whole life. But He never stopped loving me. His mercy is enormous. Explaining this is very hard. I came face to face with Jesus. He is a more beautiful than any picture I have ever seen. He radiates love.

Lake of Fire

Jesus asked me if I was satisfied with my life and I told him no. He said I would have more opportunities. Then he said he was going to show me something else.
He showed me Hell. It was horrible. It never ends. It is for all eternity. It is just horrible. You can’t ever get out. I was so distraught about the souls going into Hell. The souls looked like something in your worst dreams, almost like monsters. They were cursing God and never stopped. It was like a volcano. You can’t imagine what these souls looked like.
I cried out “I will pray for them!” and Jesus shook his head. He showed me a horrible man who would curse God, and he was mean, cruel and prideful. He would slam doors in people’s faces on purpose. He would see an animal and deliberately run over it on the street. The man’s friends showed him that he needed to find God. And the man said “I don’t need to find God. I am God.” The man was in a car accident and as his soul detached from his body, Our Lord appeared to him one last time and asked him two things: “Do you love me, truly love me? Are your sorry for your sins?” The man cursed Our Lord. Jesus pointed and the soul’s face went into the fire. The man did not recognize Jesus because of his pride.
To this day, I don’t know who this man was. I have never forgotten this. I knew right away that I didn’t want to go to Hell. The suffering is so intense there.

Purifying Fire

Then Jesus showed me Purgatory. I called Purgatory “the gray zone” for years because of the bleakness and grayness. There are levels, but I don’t know how many. The bottom is very dark and black. Most souls that end up there have committed very serious sins and the suffering there is intense. There are fires, but they are fires within souls cleansing them. As a soul is cleansed and purified they begin to move up to different layers of gray and up into the light. Then they are crystal clean and released into Heaven.
I saw my great uncle Creighton who died when I was four or five years old. He committed suicide by shooting himself. He was in the lowest level of Purgatory. His soul recognized mine, and he asked me to pray for him. I heard his cry. He came another 20 years later after this experience and let me know he had been released.
We have to pray for the souls in Purgatory–offer Masses, Rosaries, and sacrifices. That is how the souls move out of Purgatory as they can’t pray for themselves. They can pray for us, but they can’t pray for themselves. It’s us who need to pray for them. There are billions of souls in Purgatory. Not one soul knows that there is another soul around them. They are completely isolated. They know why they are there. They can’t take comfort in other people. There is no sense of time. There are no clocks.

Heaven

After I saw the bottom level of Purgatory, Jesus showed me Heaven. The souls in Heaven are radiant. I never saw anyone’s feet. They moved around and the smells were out of this world. The music was beautiful–thousands of voices praying to God. I met my mother’s mother who died many years before I was born. She thanked me for naming my oldest daughter after her. She gave me a personal message to give to my mother. She told me to remember to pray the Rosary. She looked like she was 30 years old.
Then the Blessed Mother appeared with St. Michael. The Blessed Mother is gorgeous. When She speaks it’s like little tiny bells chiming. It’s so hard to explain. She told me all the times I prayed to her she had heard every prayer. All prayers are heard. St. Michael was something else. I remember thinking that I wanted to be on his side! I saw prayers of people carried back and forth to Heaven by the angels. The reason why we don’t get what we pray for sometimes is that something we ask for may not be for the good of our soul. Jesus is looking at things for the good of our soul. I saw Padre Pio. I also saw another saint who looked like a nun, but I have no idea who she was.

Things to Come

I asked Jesus about His beating on the cross. He said that people today are putting more scars and wounds on His body. He showed me things that were to come. He showed me abortions. I saw billions of bloody torn bodies. Jesus started to cry. He said “You see, this is what mankind thinks of my Father’s gift of life. They destroy it.” I didn’t understand at the time, but he said I would later on.
After that he showed me euthanasia and said many would die in hospitals and nursing homes. Then he showed me clear tanks with babies in them that all looked alike and they were attached to umbilical cords, but there were no wombs. Their eyes were blank. Jesus said “Man will try to create life and they will destroy many. They cannot create life because only My Father can create and destroy life. Only He can put the soul into the body.” I was shown that at the time of conception the soul enters the body. A guardian angel is assigned to that soul at conception.  A baby that has Down’s Syndrome or another disability is not a mistake. They are here on a mission to show us compassion and love. Jesus said “My father makes no mistakes. He knows every creation He has made.”
Jesus put his arms around me and kissed me on the forehead and touched me where my heart was and said “You will remember everything I have told you. The day will come in the future that you will speak on these things and tell my people and you will bring back my lost sheep.”

Back to Life

I looked down and saw the filth of my soul. I told Jesus I loved Him and I was slammed back into my body. I opened my eyes and the doctor was looking at me. It took me two weeks to talk to the doctor and ask him what happened in the emergency room. I told the doctor how his cursing was wrong. He told me that I had died, and he didn’t think he was going to get me back. I only died for about two minutes.
When Roe vs. Wade came out three years later after my death experience, I knew we were going to have to fight for the babies. I have been giving talks all over the United States and Canada about my experience to wake people up and bring them back to God. We are in a crisis. This is not the end of the world. This is an end of the times as we know it. God is renewing the world.

Souls in Purgatory

After my death experience, souls came to me to ask for prayers. I didn’t always know who I was praying for. One night a soul came to me and asked me to pray for him because the prayers people were saying for him had stopped. His name was Victor. I announced on a TV show I was interviewed on that whoever is related to Victor needs to keep on praying for him. I later got a call from two sisters in New York, and they said it was their dad. The day I had been on TV was the day of the anniversary of his death. They had stopped praying for him. They started praying for him again and later found out that he had eventually been released from Purgatory.

Redemptive Suffering

Anytime you do something out of love without any idea of getting anything back, this shortens your time in Purgatory. Suffer with grace and don’t complain–this shortens your time. Offer it up for those souls who don’t know God. Many people who have cancer and offer up their suffering don’t spend much time in Purgatory. Many children with cancer are the ones who are the best at offering up their suffering. They have a special place in Heaven. The Blessed Mother and the child’s guardian angel always come for them.
Purgatory and the afterlife should be emphasized by our priests. We need to pray for the souls there. Our priests need to talk about Hell and Purgatory because they are real. 99% of people will go to Purgatory–but there are levels. Our young people are into so much trouble with drugs and alcohol. We are given free will and God will never interfere with our free will. We don’t hear many priests or people speaking about Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. What are we afraid of? Priests don’t realize how they are going to be judged as the leaders of the people. If they only knew the responsibility they have as shepherds and all the gifts and graces they have been given. Many of them are not using these gifts. I have had many seminarians calling me with questions about the afterlife because many seminaries are not teaching about the afterlife.
God’s mercy and His love are immense. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is beautiful. God is always showing us His mercy. He asks so little of us. Let us pray that we return His love with our prayers and acts of mercy so that one day we may be united with Him in Heaven.