10/26/20

 

Medjugorje Message: ‘Satan Is Strong’

October 25, 2020 “Dear children, At this time, I am calling you to return to God and to prayer. Invoke the help of all the saints, for them to be an example and a help to you. Satan is strong and is fighting to draw all the more hearts to himself. He wants war and hatred. That is why I am with you for this long, to lead you to the way of salvation, to Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Little children, return to the love for God and He will be your strength and refuge. Thank you for having responded to my call.” 10/25/2020

10/13/20

 

Ray of Light: Father John Randall said, When the Holy Spirit is in the Church, he makes Jesus come alive in the Church.


RAY OF LIGHT: Father John F. Randall’s goal of illuminating the importance of the Holy Spirit in Catholics’ lives inspired him to write the book “No Spirit, No Church.” Father Randall said “When the Holy Spirit is in the Church, he makes Jesus come alive in the Church.”

Priest’s new book offers insight on Holy Spirit’s gifts
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BY LAURA KILGUS, Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R. I. - Rhode Island Catholic Magazine

A new book written by Father John F. Randall offers theological and practical examination of the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Church, and aims to help people see the importance of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Father Randall, pastor emeritus at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Providence, explained that the title of his book, “No Spirit, No Church,” comes from his early experience hearing the phrase "the poor and forgotten Holy Spirit."

"We knew the Father and Jesus fairly well, but we were not that well acquainted with the Holy Spirit," Father Randall wrote in the preface. "In 1962, Blessed Pope John XXIII called the second Vatican Council on, as he said ‘an inspiration of the Holy Spirit.' He wanted to open the windows and let a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit blow through the Church."
Father Randall said that the pope had delegated Western theologians to develop a first draft of “the Constitution on the Church.”

"When the Council opened, bishops from the East, who always had a living devotion to the Holy Spirit, read the draft and were horrified — there was little not mention of the Holy Spirit in it," said Father Randall "They said, 'No Spirit, no church!’ and rejected the document. Subsequently, the Council fathers came up with the new version giving the Holy Spirit his due — the beautiful ‘Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: Lumen Gentium.’”
Father Randall explained that “Lumen Gentium” paved the way for a "mass infusion" of the Holy Spirit into the life of the Catholic Church.
“Lumen Gentium” states that, “When the work which the Father gave the Son to do on earth was accomplished, the Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost in order that he might continually sanctify the Church, and thus, all those who believe would have access through Christ in one Spirit to the Father.”

Father Randall began writing his book on the vigil of Pentecost three years ago, in 2006. He was recovering from hip replacement surgery and was watching EWTN when he saw Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square with 400,000 young people from different Holy Spirit movements.
“I thought to myself, ‘Wow, the Holy Spirit is at the heart of the Church.’"
Father Randall explained that his spirit "had fallen to the cellar," the next day, on Pentecost Sunday, when he did not hear or see a single reference to the Holy Spirit.

"My sister Mary, a Sister of St. Joseph, asked me, 'What are you going to do about it?’" Father Randall recalled. "I've seen what the Spirit can do and what happens when he is present and I have seen what happens when he is not present."
Father Randall says that his goal was not to write a book, but to give the Holy Spirit his due in the Church.

Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries and the host of the weekly television program, “The Choices We Face,” said that he is grateful that Father Randall put a “lifetime of experience and wisdom into his new book.”
“It is truly a gift for the Church,” Martin said.

Father Randall expressed how pleased he was with how the book came out, released just in time for Pentecost — and as the well-known priest added — "in God's timing."
"The Holy Spirit makes things blossom and bloom," Father Randall said. "Where it is not, things die and wither. What the Holy Spirit does in the Church is the same thing he did to Mary. He implanted the Son of God into her womb so that Jesus come alive in her. When the Holy Spirit is in the Church, he makes Jesus come alive in the Church."
“No Spirit, No Church,” is available at all local Catholic bookstores in Rhode Island, as well as at the La Salette Shrine in North Attleboro, Mass.

10/12/20

 When Miracles Produce MIRACLES

By Greg Miller

     When "miracles" produce "MIRACLES"? What's the difference between "miracles" and "MIRACLES"? Arguably, every miracle deserves ALL CAPS emphasis. Yet Scripture emphasizes miraculous signs in nature that produce even more miraculous interior conversions in observing souls. At Cana, for example, Jesus' first miracle wasn't just to change water into wine, but to change His disciples' lives. Scripture says as a result of this miracle Jesus' "disciples believed in Him" (John 2:11). A physical "miracle" produced a greater interior, spiritual "MIRACLE". With that view, here are miracles from our family's Medjugorje trip in 1990 that produced still greater MIRACLES thereafter.
     OUR SON'S MIRACLE: What college student wants to celebrate his 19th birthday on a pilgrimage with his parents? Not our son. As his parents, we required him to do so, praying that this trip and birthday would occasion new spiritual blessings for him. Thankfully, he was obedient if not pleased. Our first full day in Medjugorje was his 19th birthday. It started with Mass (on a weekday) and his sarcastic groan: "WHAT A BIRTHDAY this will be!" Throughout Mass, I pleaded: "PLEASE, LORD, grant him a special birthday blessing!" Afterward, our family group (nine in total) began to pray the Rosary outside when someone cried, "Look! The sun's spinning!" (This miraculous phenomenon and others had reportedly been seen by many pilgrims in Medjugorje.) I and others in our family tried to look, but our eyes naturally kept closing. Providentially, ONLY OUR SON could stare at it without harm! Incredulous, he said, "Dad, certainly you can see it!" Nope. Here was his Special Birthday Blessing, a miraculous answer to our prayers! We all delighted as he described the miracle only he among us could see. His dreaded trip had become an unforgettable pilgrimage. His life was forever changed. Throughout college, he attended Mass faithfully. Later, as a married man and dad, he prominently displayed a Blessed Virgin statue in front of his home, and sent his children (at great expense) to Catholic schools. By God's grace, that birthday miracle produced life-changing MIRACLES for our son and his family.
     MY FATHER-IN-LAW'S MIRACLE: Just before we left home, my father-in-law ("Pops") was diagnosed with incurable cancer. His Alzheimer's had kept him from knowing and saying he needed help. On our second day in Medjugorje, we heard about and took Pops to a healing service there. Although skeptical about such things, we figured Pops and we had nothing to lose. When the "healing priest" (Fr. Peter Rookey) arrived, he began to pray over Pops and asked us to join him. As we prayed, amazing, observable signs and wonders began to happen...at least to us. Uncontrollable weeping, laughing, shaking, all as we prayed over Pops with Fr. Rookey. When the service ended, we knew God had done something for us, but what about Pops? Of course, Pops with his Alzheimer's couldn't verify that he felt any different. Back home 2 weeks later, his doctors declared Pops "cancer-free, a MIRACLE MAN". Pops' miraculous healing impacted our entire family. Moreover, his healing story was shared with 1500 people at another healing service led by Fr. Rookey near us in Ohio, bolstering their faith, impacting their lives

Fr. Rookey

Fr. Rookey

     MY DAD'S MIRACLE: Cynically, my Dad went to Medjugorje to protect Mom from "this obvious scam." At every opportunity, he scrutinized every "visionary" for any flaws. As the week wore on, however, Dad's cynicism seemingly wore out. Was he just tiring of being a doubting Thomas? No one knew. Finally, Mom confided that "your father asked me last night if I could see the lights streaming from atop Cross Mountain (a famous landmark in Medjugorje)." Mom saw nothing, and told him Cross Mountain (in 1990) had no lights on it. Dad mumbled to himself and that was it. At trip's end, when we were alone at the airport, I asked Dad: "So, what do you think now (about Medjugorje)?" His reply stunned me. "Greg, I'm 63 years old, and I've got to change." That was the most profound thing I ever heard my Dad say, and the most memorable moment we ever shared. He hadn't just seen miraculous lights streaming toward him personally from Cross Mountain. He had finally "seen the Light" and received the call to change his ways, his life. By God's grace, change he did. Dad only lived four more years, but he made the most of it. He became a daily communicant, a Legion of Mary member, a bold advocate of praying the rosary daily. Moments before his death in 1994, Dad apparently saw his own holy mother and sister (both long deceased) coming to greet him. He spoke to them aloud as though others could also see them. The lights from Cross Mountain had removed his shadowy doubts about believing in and following the calls to prayer, conversion, and holiness from Our Lady of Medjugorje. His MIRACLE was a blessing for us and so many souls touched by his dramatic conversion.
     WOE TO US, IF miracles DON'T produce MIRACLES: We all want miracles, don't we? But, do we want (and allow) miracles to measurably change our lives? If not, Jesus warns us about dire consequences: "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles performed in your midst had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they (unlike you) would have repented long ago…" (Matthew 11:21). His message is clear: Woe to us if miraculous signs don't also produce lasting signs of repentance and change in our lives. By God's grace, our family saw "miracles" like the "spinning sun," supernatural healings, and inexplicable lights. More importantly, those Medjugorje "miracles" also changed our hearts, our lives, and others' lives. By God's grace, my wife and I have been used by Our Lord and Our Lady in the years since that first pilgrimage to lead others to Christ through other trips to Medjugorje, very fruitful Bible studies (over 1000 students), beginning Pro-Life ministries (saving hundreds of lives), and witnessing to our love of Our Lord and His Mother in many other ways. We can never repay Our Lord and Our Lady for all the miracles and MIRACLES we have seen and become. We offer this sharing of our family's "miraclesto- MIRACLES" stories as a partial THANK YOU to Them, along with our profound commitment to live our lives daily in accord with Our Lady's messages hopefully on route to a holy life that edifies others, honors Our Mother Mary, and in all things glorifies Our Good and Gracious God.
      Editor's note: Greg lives in Euclid, OH.

 

Offer It Up With Jesus Crucified: Redemptive Suffering

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“Offer it up.” Feeling concerned, stressed, out of sorts? Offer it up. Are you suffering physical pain? Offer it up. “Offer it up” is advice that many of us have heard since our childhood. But what does it mean? Can we actually turn our sufferings into something good, and take advantage of the graces the Lord gives us in the moment? How do we best offer it up when we face afflictions? Didn’t Jesus suffer and die for us once and for all?

Offer It Up, As St. Paul Suggests

For years, I’d understood that we should offer up to God whatever seemed to be bothering us. That appears to be pretty simple and straightforward. Yet, there’s more to it than that.  In his letter to the Colossians, St. Paul tells us:

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,” (Col 1:24)

Scripture scholars tell us clearly that this does not mean that Christ’s horrific suffering and death on the cross was somehow incomplete.  Rather, St. Paul is telling us that the Passion of Christ is continued in the members of His mystical body as they unite their sufferings to Jesus. What’s more, St. Paul is not necessarily rejoicing in the suffering per se, but in the fact that he can offer his sufferings for the Church, as an act of charity.

Our Culture Doesn’t Understand “Offer It Up”

How different this all seems compared to the manner in which our current culture views pain and suffering. Our secular culture focuses on feeling good, avoiding pain, seeking pleasure–on doing what’s best for me. After all, it’s all about me, isn’t it? Of course, that’s not the perspective from a Catholic world view. We should take care of our bodies, inasmuch as we’re made up of both body and soul. That means taking care of our health and seeking treatment for illnesses. Yet, as St. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians:

“but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Cor 12:9)

Sometimes we can’t avoid suffering. Even in those times when we do suffer, we can count on God’s grace to assist us in our weakness–in our pain and suffering–when we offer it up to God.

Offer It Up, With Jesus Crucified, for An Intention

Pulling these pieces together, when we offer it up, we should offer it up, united to Jesus Christ crucified. We should be joining our afflictions to His. It does not stop there, though. We ought to offer it up for somebody, for something–some intention or intentions. Uniting our sufferings to those of Jesus can result in very real benefits. During these pretty much insane times, each of us probably can think of any number of intentions to offer up our sufferings for. How about an end to abortion and euthanasia? Or perhaps strengthening of the family, selecting the best people for public office, or an end to violent riots? On a more personal level, do you know anyone who’s fallen away from the Church? Perhaps you’d like to obtain the grace of conversion for someone, or mend some relationships? When you’re afflicted, join that affliction to Jesus crucified, and offer it up for a specific intention.

Don’t Let Your Suffering Go to Waste!

When you suffer, don’t waste it! This goes beyond offering it up with Jesus on His cross for your intentions. What sort of attitude do you maintain in your suffering? Do you grumble? Do you fall into a self-focused perspective? Or instead of a pity party, do you give praise and thanks for this opportunity to partake in God’s passive mortification? The fact is that without some passive mortifications dished out or allowed by God, we likely won’t achieve the true unity with Him that we desire. Still, though, our fallen human nature makes it easy for you and me to look a spiritual gift horse in the mouth.

Jesus Is With Us in Our Suffering

As I write this, I face some physical torments that have been with me for months. Medical care professionals are working at discerning the various causes, diagnoses, treatment suggestions, and so on. To be fair, many, many people face far greater suffering than what the Lord’s given me. Even at that, there are times when it’s difficult to keep the spiritual upside in focus–to be grateful for some pruning and cleaning up here on earth before my particular judgment. As with so many things in this life, it’s easier to talk about than to carry out at times. My spiritual director tells me that the discouragement we face in such times is a sign of not really, totally surrendering it all to God. In times of affliction, we can find inspiration from many great saints who faced their own suffering with total surrender to God. St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, and Blessed Herman the Cripple are just a few. You probably have one or more in mind as well. 

I know that the Lord abides in me–He is here with me–and He’s with you–in our suffering. We must never forget that. We can pray to Him: “Jesus, thank you for this opportunity for passive mortification. Please give me the grace and the strength to not waste it. Grant me the grace to grow in humility, patience, perseverance, faith, hope, and Your love for everyone with whom I come into contact. I offer up these sufferings to be united with You and Your sufferings on the cross, for Your greater glory, the conversion of sinners, and [my special intention]. And, Jesus, if it’s Your will, please provide healing and relief of these problems. I pray this in Your name, through the intercession of…”

“Fear nothing. On the contrary, consider yourself very fortunate to have been made worthy to participate in the sufferings of the Man-God.” – St. Padre Pio

10/6/20

 

The Mystical Life of Guardian Angels, Revealed by the Saints

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How often do you call on your Guardian Angel?

The Catholic Church teaches that God assigns every person with at least one Guardian Angel. Several saints, including St. Padre Pio, St. Gemma Galgani, and St. Faustina had mystical encounters with their guardian angels.

Don’t forget to call on your guardian angel! He hears you and guides you at all moments!

Here’s 10 saint quotes about the powerful and mystical life of Guardian Angels:

1) “…What a consolation it is to know one is always in the care of a celestial spirit, who does not abandon us (how admirable) even when we disgust God! How sweet is this great truth for the believer! Who, then, does the devout soul fear who tries to love Jesus, having always close by such a great warrior?

“Know that he is still powerful against Satan and his satellites; his charity has not diminished, nor will he ever fail in defending us.

“Develop the beautiful habit of always thinking of him; that near us is a celestial spirit, who, from the cradle to the tomb, does not leave us for an instant, guides us, protects us as a friend, a brother; will always be a consolation to us especially in our saddest moments.”

– St. Padre Pio

2) “Jesus has placed near you an Angel from Heaven who is always looking after you; he carries you in his hands lest your foot strike against a stone.

“You do not see him, and yet he is the one who…has preserved your soul…he is the one who removes from you the occasions of sin.”

Your Guardian Angel is covering you with his wings, and Jesus, the purity of virgins, reposes in your heart. You do not see your treasures; Jesus is sleeping and the Angel remains in his mysterious silence. However, they are there with Mary who is hiding you also under her veil!…”

– St. Therese of Lisieux

3) “One evening, when I was suffering more than usual, I was complaining to Jesus and telling him that I would not have prayed so much if I had known that He was not going to cure me, and I asked Him why I had to be sick this way.

My angel answered me as follows: ‘If Jesus afflicts you in your body, it is always to purify you in your soul. Be good.’ 

“Oh, how many times during my long illness did I not experience such consoling words in my heart! But I never profited by them.”

“From the moment I got up from my sick bed…My guardian angel began to be my master and guide. He corrected me every time I did something wrong, and he taught me to speak but little, and only when I was spoken to.

– St. Gemma Galgani

4) “Gemma saw her guardian angel with her own eyes, touched him with her hand, as if he were a being of this world, and would talk to him as would one friend to another.”

“‘Jesus,’ she once said, ‘has not left me alone; He makes my guardian angel stay with me always.'”

– Ven. Father Germanus C.P., The Life of St. Gemma Galgani

5) “One day, when I was at adoration, and my spirit seemed to be dying for Him, and I could no longer hold back my tears, I saw a spirit of great beauty who spoke these words to me: ‘Don’t cry — says the Lord.’ After a moment I asked, ‘Who are you?’

“He answered me, ‘I am one of the seven spirits who stand before the throne of God day and night and give Him ceaseless praise.’ Yet this spirit did not soothe my yearning, but roused me to even greater longing for God.

“This spirit is very beautiful, and his beauty comes from close union with God. This spirit does not leave me for a single moment, but accompanies me everywhere.”

– St. Faustina

6) “Then I saw one of the seven spirits near me, radiant as at other times, under a form of light. I constantly saw him beside me when I was riding on the train.

I saw an angel standing on every church we passed, but surrounded by a light which was paler than that of the spirit who was accompanying me on the journey, and each of these spirits who were guarding the churches bowed his head to the spirit who was near me.”

– St. Faustina

7) “With what humility should we assist at Mass, if we realized that our Guardian Angel was kneeling beside us, prostrate before the Majesty of God! With what eagerness should we not ask him to offer our prayers to Jesus Christ!”

– St. John Vianney

8) “When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel.”

– St. John Bosco

9) “I was in bed suffering greatly, when on a sud­den I became absorbed in prayer. I joined my hands and, moved with heartfelt sorrow for my countless sins, I made an act of deep contrition.

“My mind was wholly plunged in this abyss of my crime against my God, when I beheld my Angel standing by my bed. I felt ashamed of being in his presence.

“He instead was more than courteous with me, and said, kindly: ‘Jesus loves thee greatly. Love Him greatly in return.'”

“Then he added, ‘Are you fond of Jesus’ Mother? Salute her very often, for she values such attention very much, and unfailingly returns the salutations offered to Her; and if you do not sense this, know that she makes a proof of your unfailing trust.'”

“He blessed me and disappeared.”

– St. Gemma Galgani

10) “My Guardian Angel told me to pray for a certain soul, and in the morning I learned that it was a man whose agony had begun that very moment. The Lord Jesus makes it known to me in a special way when someone is in need of my prayer. I especially know when my prayer is needed by a dying soul. This happens more often now than it did in the past.”

 – St. Faustina

My guardian angel, please pray for me and protect me!

[See also: St. Faustina’s Supernatural Encounter With Her Guardian Angel Saved a Dying Nun: “Pray for Me!”]

9/20/20

Catholic Amy Coney Barrett front-runner

 

Catholic Amy Coney Barrett front-runner as Trump signals Supreme Court nomination plans

Catholic Amy Coney Barrett front-runner as Trump signals Supreme Court nomination plans

President Donald Trump on Saturday signalled he would soon nominate a potential replacement to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening at 87. Judge Amy Comey Barrett, a Catholic mother of seven, is widely reported to be the front-runner in the president’s deliberations regarding a nominee.

“.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!” the president tweeted Saturday morning.

Barrett, a federal judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, has been reported to lead the president’s short list, and was also a contender for Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination in 2018, before the president nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

According to Axios, Trump reportedly in 2018 told confidantes of Barrett that he was “saving her for Ginsburg” in explanation of his decision not to appoint her to the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Appointed a federal judge in 2017, Barrett had been a professor at Notre Dame’s law school until her nomination was confirmed. Barrett has twice been honoured as “Distinguished Professor of the Year” at Notre Dame, and had clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

As a nominee to the federal bench, Barrett was pointedly questioned by Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee in 2017 on how her Catholic faith would influence her decisions as a judge on cases of abortion and same-sex marriage.

Pro-life groups hailed Barrett’s 2017 appointment to the bench.

Barrett is the mother of seven children, including two adopted from Haiti; one of her children has special needs. She is also reportedly a member of the People of Praise charismatic community, which was criticized as a “cult” during her 2017 confirmation hearings.

Bishop Peter Smith, a member of a related association of priests, told CNA in 2018 that there is not anything unusual or out of the ordinary about the group, which is a “covenant community,” mostly of laity.

“We’re a lay movement in the Church,” Smith explained. “There are plenty of these. We continue to try and live out life and our calling as Catholics, as baptized Christians, in this particular way, as other people do in other callings or ways that God may lead them into the Church.”

Whether or not he selects Barrett, Trump’s likely nomination of a Supreme Court Justice to replace Ginsburg has become a matter of serious political controversy, in an already fractious U.S. political and social context.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Friday that a Trump Supreme Court nominee will be voted on for confirmation by the United States Senate, even while there are fewer than seven weeks until the November 3 presidential election.

Democratic leaders have pushed back, and pointed to McConnell’s refusal to consider Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in March 2016, seven months before that year’s presidential contest. At the time, Republicans said that it would be more appropriate to wait until after the November election to fill the Court vacancy.

McConnell defended his decision Friday night, saying that “in the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.”

“By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary, we will keep our promise,” McConnell said.

Also reportedly on Trump’s short list are is 11th Circuit Court judge Britt Grant, 6th Circuit Court Judges Amul Thapar and Joan Larsen, and 10th Circuit Judge Allison Eid.

9/15/20

 

CURRENT UPDATE

8/15/20

Praise Jesus and Mary!

I am sorry to let you know that Sister Muriel Geisler died on July 21,2020 one hour before she would have turned 96.  She died in Libujski, Bosnia/Hercegovina and has been buried in Medjugorje.

With the permission of her Order (Sisters of the Cenacle), Sister Muriel went to Medjugorje  in 1992 while the war was still going on in Bosnia/Hercegovina and waited on tables to support herself. English speaking pilgrims started giving Sister Muriel money and the Irish pilgrims also gave her vans which enabled her to commence doing food deliveries to elderly and families in need. I joined Sister Muriel in 1999. Since that time, Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD has delivered food to 200 to 300 families/month and has built a 52-bed nursing home in Libujski, a 25-bed hospice in Libujski, a 50-bed nursing home in Ravno and is in the process of building a day care facility in Citluk for children and young adults with special needs.

Currently, Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD is delivering food to 195 destitute elderly and families in the nearby villages and mountains of Bosnia/Hercegovina on a monthly basis. The day care facility should be completed by the end of 2020 or very early in 2021. With the assistance of 2 local volunteers, I intend on continuing our food delivery until mid-2021 at which point Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD will cease delivering food and will cease operations in Bosnia/Hercegovina. At that time, it was Sister’s wish that we give our list of destitute elderly and families to Jakov of Mary’s Hand, Medjugorje. Mary’s Hand is a local operation that delivers food and assistance to those in need.  Their website is www.marijine-ruke.ba.  Donations may be made to:  Raiffeisen Bank,  Zmaja od Bosne bb Sarajevo.  SWIFT CODE: RZBABA2S.  IBAN CODE:  BA391610000163330066.

We are fortunate that we currently have sufficient funds to finish the day care facility and to continue our food delivery operations until I leave Bosnia/Hercegovina in mid-2021. As a result, effective immediately, we are not accepting new donations.

I want you to know that your prayers and support over the years of Sister Muriel and Saint Joseph The Worker, LTD have been greatly appreciated.

Prayerfully in Our Lady of Medjugorje

Mary Walsh, Director

8/27/20

Sister Deirdre Byrne's full remarks at the GOP Convention

Medjugorje Message from Our Lady

 August 25, 2020

“Dear children! This is a time of grace. I am with you and anew am calling you, little children: return to God and to prayer until prayer will be a joy for you. Little children, you do not have a future or peace until your life begins with a personal conversion and a change to the good. Evil will cease and peace will begin to reign in your hearts and in the world. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray. I am with you and intercede before my Son Jesus for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


8/17/20

 

Dear children, this is a time of thanksgiving.

Today, I am looking for love from you. Do not look for imperfections in others and do not judge others. I want you to love and that you transmit the truth, because truth is eternal, unchangeable and always genuine.

Be the carriers of the light of my Son and break the dark which wants to take you over and take you far away from my Son. Do not have fear. I am with you.

Thank you for having responded to my call. (May 4, 2020, Ivan)

8/16/20

 

An ‘Evil’ Virus


“There’s a great deal of celebration that occurs when people are leaving the hospital, and for good reason, but the journey to recovery still has a long way to go,” Reg Blaber, chief clinical officer for Virtua Health, recently told a newspaper. “This virus is just so evil. It wreaks so much havoc.”

And so it is: evil. Life-destroying. The very word is “live” spelled backward, just as this virus seems capable of halting life at every level, of reversing the course of society.

It is the real thing — a warning morphing into an incipient chastisement.

Emphasize “incipient.”

It is not a full-blown chastisement, at least up to this point.

Is it truly evil, or did God send it? Or both? Does He allow evil a longer leash when men have strayed? Or is it that we simply have meandered into the devil’s backyard?

Some argue that God doesn’t send punishment. It is unclear what Bible they read. One can start with Noah or the plagues of Egypt. Major approved apparition sites such as Fatima, LaSalette, Pontmain, Kibeho, Miraculous Medal, Akita, Champion (Wisconsin), Cuapa (Nicaragua), San Nicolas (Argentina), Amsterdam (Holland), Mosul (Iraq), Damascus (Syria) and others bore messages linked to unfortunate events. For decades, even over the course of centuries, during the Middle Ages, Mary appeared or in some way manifested in town after town when bubonic plague threatened, promising to protect the community from disease if the people would turn to her, to Jesus, to God. (We see how a germ can come in waves for a very long time, surging and resurging almost endlessly, without intervention, for many years.) She often has mentioned “holding back His arm.”

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At Medjugorje, not only has the Virgin Mother given secrets that involve “Divine chastisements,” but has explicitly said such things as: “You cannot imagine what is going to happen nor what the Eternal Father will send to earth” (June 24, 1983). And: “Repeated prayers and fasting reduce punishments from God, but it is not possible to avoid entirely the chastisement” (November 6, 1982, to cite just two quotes from there relevant to God’s involvement).

Might God want the societies of men to reverse course? And might things like pandemic be the only way? The city of Salem dreads the possibility of an October without Halloween this year (praise God)!

Yet, again, chastisements can be netherworld-like, even alluded to as “evils” at places like Medjugorje and LaSalette — “like a demon on a rampage,” to quote an evangelistic prophet from Africa on the current contagion.

There is more than coronavirus on the horizon. This shouldn’t cause the faithful fear; it should excite us to deeper prayer. Fear solves nothing. And the Blessed Mother can protect us from anything (witness the Jesuits who survived just a mile away from ground zero in Hiroshima, or the shrine that survived the greatest wildfire in U.S. history (at Champion, Wisconsin).

Let us begin to realize that sin goes far beyond abortion, that while that is at the top of the list, there are also genetic manipulation, materialism, wanton sexuality, selfishness, blasphemy, hateful talk, gender manipulation, drug use, lying, anger, disobedience, using God’s Name in vain, destruction of nature, lewd fashion (which the Virgin of Fatima said sends a great many to hell), and pornography, to name some serious transgressions.

Our Lady of all Gods

But this covid thing: Its very strangeness speaks of the diabolical. It is elusive. One cannot escape it. Yet it rarely causes effects the average person has seen. When it does, the effects are very odd. It is not the flu. We have never seen anything quite like it. “I think that most people kind of understand that this is a brand new illness, a brand new phenomenon, that we’re dealing with, and we’re just doing the best that we can,” said Jason Pan, a Penn Medicine physiatrist, a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation.

“Long before COVID-19, doctors knew that patients who needed intensive care were at high risk for long-term physical, cognitive and mental health problems, a condition that was named post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) in 2012,” said a report. “Survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a severe form of lung infection that is often the reason people with diseases like COVID-19 need a ventilator, were especially likely to struggle.

“Dale Needham, a critical care physician at Johns Hopkins University, has been studying how patients fare after ICU stays and ARDS for more than 17 years. Up to 70% of ARDS patients, he said, still have severe fatigue six months to a year after hospital discharge. A year after an ICU stay, a third of people who were working before they got sick are jobless. Joint problems and muscle weakness can last for months or years. A third of survivors of respiratory failure or shock have cognitive impairment a year later. Anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are common years later in people who’ve had an ICU stay regardless of how sick they were.

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“The coronavirus, Needham said, has led to a huge increase in ARDS, so some health professionals are seeing such patients for the first time. They may not know, for example, that hair loss is a common reaction to the physical stress of severe illness, or that steep changes in heart rate and oxygen levels with minimal activity occurred in ARDS patients before the coronavirus.

Hair loss? Memory diminution? Here is an article about long-term effects that should be read by those who want to honestly evaluate this illness (as opposed to relying solely on Youtube or Facebook, where flashes in the pan, many implausible, seem to rule the day).

Pray for what you should do, where you should go, what you should eat. Mostly, and joyfully, in accordance with Mary’s endless admonitions, simply pray.

6/28/20

Our Lady's Message to Marija 
on June 25, 2020
"Dear children! 
I am listening to your cries and prayers, and am interceding for you before my Son Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. 
Return, little children, to prayer and open your hearts in this time of grace and set out on the way of conversion. Your life is passing and, without God, does not have meaning. This is why I am with you to lead you towards holiness of life, so that each of you may discover the joy of living. 
I love you all, little children, and am blessing you with my motherly blessing. 
Thank you for having responded to my call."