A Medjugorje Reflection With Father Edward A. Murphy

Tens of Thousands of Pilgrims Visit Međugorje for the 35th Anniversary of the First Apparition

By 25 Jun 2016, 15:40 PM Lifestyle
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According to believers, 35 years ago Virgin Mary first appeared in Međugorje.
Tens of thousands of pilgrims, many of whom walked from the nearby villages in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, gathered on Saturday at masses and devotions in Međugorje which mark the 35th anniversary of the beginning of the apparitions of Our Lady, reports dalmacijanews.hron June 25, 2016.
According to the Information Centre “Peace” in Međugorje, from early morning masses of believers flow towards the parish church of St. James, where masses in 20 languages are being conducted from 5 am, and towards the Apparition Hill in Bijakovići.
In addition to Croatian and Bosnian faithful, many pilgrims have arrived from Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Lebanon, South Africa, Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Sri Lanka, Slovakia, Spain, the United States. Romania, Hungary, Portugal, Korea and other countries.
The mass in the Croatian language at 11 am was led by Ivan Dugandžić who urged the faithful to follow the way of Jesus and the messages of Our Lady which are filled with calls to conversion and peace. Božo Milić said that the messages have a global dimension. “When Our Lady says peace, there are so many people who have made peace here with their families. When Our Lady says peace, then it is peace which spreads throughout the world”, he said. The main mass this evening will be led by Branko Radoš, the head of the Croatian Catholic Mission in Lucerne.
Međugorje is still awaiting the official position of the Holy See after the special international commission completed its work and submitted its opinion to the Holy See.
According to the claims of six children, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared for the first time on 24 June 1981 at the Apparition Hill in Međugorje. They got scared and ran away from there. When they came back the next day, the Virgin Mary appeared again and sent her messages and calls to prayer and peace which have continued to this day.
According to the Information Centre “Peace” in Međugorje, during the last 35 years Međugorje has been visited by more than 40 million pilgrims.


Our Lady's Medjugorje message given through Marija on June 25, 2016:

"Dear children! Give thanks to God with me for the gift of my being with you. Pray, little children, and live God's commandments that it may be good for you on earth. Today, on this day of grace, I desire to give you my motherly blessing of peace and of my love. I intercede for you with my Son and call you to persevere in prayer so that, with you, I can realize my plans. Thank you for having responded to my call."


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Young married couple from Žepče came on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje

date: 10.06.2016.
Klaudija and Zoran Šumić, a young married couple from Žepče, came to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage only four days after they got married. They met during the Neocatechumenal encounters in Žepče, and told us how they want to build Christian family opened for the life. Zoran said they came here to thank the Queen of Peace: „We were here last year on September 8 and we decided to come again to thank Gospa for all she did for us. We were coming here before, my late mother used to bring me here as a child. Later on, I was coming here on my own. Medjugorje means so much to us, this is the place of prayer and of communion of all people. It is the confessional of the whole world. We believe God sent us Medjugorje so we could all be converted. We will always come here, whenever we can.“  Klaudija added that Medjugorje is a place where one encounters Mother: „It gives us courage and strength to go on further. Medjugorje is a source of grace for all those who come here. Surely, they will all feel filled and blessed upon their return from here. One cannot describe in words, but it is very important to experience the encounter with a Mother.“  Klaudija and Zoran are also supporters of our radio station as well as faithful listeners. „We started to support this radio station as we want it to continue its work.”   http://www.medjugorje.hr/en/ 


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It came through a revelation. (Galatians 1:12)

One of the great joys in life is receiving what St. Paul called “revelation” from God—that experience of sensing his presence and feeling led or taught by his Holy Spirit. Here are a few insights into what this revelation is and how we can experience it ourselves.
First, at the Last Supper, Jesus told his apostles, “I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father” (John 15:15). If you want to be a friend of Jesus, make time for him; listen to him, just as you would listen to a friend.
Second, religious cults tell us to “empty our minds” if we want to meditate. But Scripture tells us to fill our minds with God’s word and to mediate on his unfailing love (Psalm 48:9), his mighty deeds (77:12), his precepts (119:15), and his promises (119:148). So make time to read God’s word each day, and ask the Spirit to write that word on your heart.
Third, having the right disposition also counts. Jesus once thanked his Father for having “hidden these things from the wise and the learned” and having “revealed them to the childlike” (Matthew 11:25). Children are trusting, uncomplicated, teachable, and content with little things. So try to be childlike in your prayer, eager to be with your heavenly Father.
God wants to reveal himself to us. He wants to show us how much he loves us. He also wants to speak to us in the quiet of our hearts—perhaps to ask us to be more kind and generous or to speak to that lonely person we just walked past or to have a heart for the poor. The more we come to God, the more we will hear his voice.
It’s interesting how we can detect temptation more easily than we can detect God’s voice. Maybe it’s because of a lack of practice. So seek the Lord; ask him for revelation. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be surprised by what comes into your mind by the power of the Spirit.
“Jesus, imprint your word on my heart. I want to know your will.”


Medjugorje: June 2, 2016 Message given through Mirjana:

"Dear children, as the Mother of the Church, as your mother, I am smiling as I look at you: how you are coming to me, how you are gathering around me, how you are seeking me. My comings among you are proof of how much Heaven loves you. They indicate to you the way to eternal life, to salvation.

My apostles, you who strive to have a pure heart and to have my Son in it, you are on the good way. You who are seeking my Son are seeking the good way. He left many signs of His love. He left hope. It is easy to find Him if you are ready for sacrifice and penance-if you have patience, mercy and love for your neighbors.

Many of my children do not see and do not hear because they do not want to. They do not accept my words and my works, yet through me, my Son calls everyone. His Spirit illuminates all of my children in the light of the Heavenly Father, in the unity of Heaven and Earth, in mutual love-because love invokes love and makes works more important than words.

Therefore, my apostles, pray for your Church, love it and do works of love. No matter how betrayed or wounded, it is here because it comes from the Heavenly Father. Pray for your shepherds so that in them you may see the greatness of the love of my Son. Thank you."

Video of Mirjana apparition  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MSCJFiHtMA