Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Don’t come around here no more…

The whole town set out to meet Jesus; and as soon as they saw him they implored him to leave their neighbourhood. Matthew 8 : 34

Dear children; I am coming, with my motherly love, to point out the way by which you are to set out, in order that you may be all the more like my Son; and by that, closer to and more pleasing to God. Do not refuse my love. Do not renounce salvation and eternal life for the sake of transience and frivolity of this life. I am among you to lead you and, as a mother, to caution you. Come with me.
Medjugorje message, August 2, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When storms break out...


Jesus got into the boat followed by his disciples. Without warning a storm broke out over the lake, so violent that the waves were breaking right over the boat. But he was asleep. So they went down to him and woke him saying, “Save us, Lord, we are going down!” And he said to them, “Why are you so frightened, you men of little faith?” And with that he stood up and rebuked the winds and the seas; and all was calm again. The men were astounded and said. “Whatever kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him.” Matthew 8 : 23-27

Dear children! Today I call you to prayer. The one who prays is not afraid of the future. Little children do not forget, I am with you and I love you all. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, June 25, 2000

Sr Emmanuel writes from Medjugorje

Medjugorje, June 29, 2015

Dear brothers and sisters, peace!

As you can guess, we are receiving a lot of questions about the position of the Church regarding the apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje.

Once more, we are facing a modern disease – to read, comment and become passionate about media statements when its first goal is not always to convey the truth. Many in the media are pushing their own position with a great deal of noise. Of course one may express a personal opinion on the subject, and slip in snippets of the truth. But whoever wishes to be informed about the truth of an important  matter can do it in a way that is secure and that heals the confusion, disorder, doubt, bitterness, rebellion, or even triumphant satisfaction which does not necessarily come from the Holy Spirit.

The way to do this is easy: just go to the source of the information! And the only source of information from the Holy See is the spokesman appointed for this purpose: Father Lombardi. Whoever is looking for a recent statement from him regarding the position of the Holy See on Medjugorje will not find one! Whoever is searching the Vatican website on the subject will find nothing, not a thing.

What does this mean? The media virus has struck once again, sowing turmoil in many hearts with all its contradictions. The truth is that neither the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the CDF), nor the Pope have issued an official statement about Medjugorje. They have not even held a meeting to address the subject together. In addition, no meeting has been scheduled during the summer. It is also very likely that the theme of the family - the great theme of the year -

All those who have experienced many graces in Medjugorje and who have wholeheartedly followed the school of the Queen of Peace should be reassured, because today we can state the following:  • Medjugorje is not forbidden by the Church.
• The Pope has not yet taken a stand on Medjugorje.
• Everyone can travel there in private pilgrimage without disobeying the Church.
• The messages are not prohibited, everyone can disseminate them and especially live them.
• The visionaries have not been declared to be false.

The Holy Father carries a great responsibility, because the final word will depend on him. We know that Cardinal Müller, prefect of the CDF, has sometimes expressed negative statements regarding Medjugorje. That is why, in this time of grace and struggle, we need to pray a lot to the Holy Spirit for the Holy Father, and also fast for him. May the will of God be fulfilled!

Whatever position Rome will express through official channels, we will obey it. Obedience will be the best sign that we are walking with the Queen of Peace, with the Church and not without the Church. Mary is relying on us to help her fully realize her plans. Because, let us not forget: "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph."

Sr. Emmanuel +

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pope’s words on Medjugorje are manipulated...


The Cardinal Archbishop of Sarajevo Vinko Puljic, a member of the Medjugorje Commission, has condemned sections of the media that “have distorted the words of the Pope” and rushed to present an interpretation on any outcome to the Vatican study of the Medjugorje phenomenon as conclusive.

The Cardinal’s comments were made to the Croatian political weekly 7 Dnevno.

He said, “By interpreting the statements of the Pope on Medjugorje which he used during an interview on the return flight [from Sarajevo] and during a homily in the Santa Marta in the following days, the media have stirred the spirits of the faithful, of pilgrims and priests linked to that place of pilgrimage.

“I am very sorry that the media have given more attention, and also in the wrong way, to some statements of the Pope about Medjugorje, compared to the much stronger messages related to other problems in Bosnia Herzegovina. To put it better, they have distorted and manipulated some of his statements on Medjugorje, of the apparitions of Our Lady and other things related to them.”

The Cardinal then explained that the Pope’s comments were directed at making a media show of the visionaries’ experiences, by announcing how, where and at what time the apparition will manifest.

“It is therefore unacceptable” added he Cardinal, “to interpret the statement of the Pope as conclusive, which some media have done very quickly, in an effort to undermine the good relations existing between the faithful who accept Medjugorje and go there on pilgrimage, and the Pope himself who, I believe, will make a good and right decision about Medjugorje.

“I was part of the Commission that examined all the cases of the apparitions. We gave our conclusions and what we established to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which must now process them and present them to the Holy Father.

“When people ask me what I think of all this, I say: prayer is not a sin, confession is not a sin, and this is the most important thing.”

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A touch of heaven...


by Fr Svetozar Kraljevic ofm

We are very limited in our ways of thinking: by our age, habits, mentality; and we do not see other possibilities. Therefore, when something new, unusual, surprising occurs, we seem almost dumbfounded and ask why. Why Our Lady? Why now? Why there? Why to these children?

One way of trying to stay in touch with the world is through television, newspapers, books, and many other sources of information. Being in touch through these sources, we tend to believe we are in touch with everything.

When, on television, we see a person dying of hunger, we think we are in touch with what is happening – in touch with that person. But such is not the case. We have lost touch with that dying person and his world. In other words, we have lost meaningful touch with much of the world, with other people, other human beings.

On the movie screen we see ‘stars’ who represent real people in real situations – but are they real, the people and the situations? “By their fruits you will know them” is the criterion we must apply.

Our newspapers and magazines often pander, in their frenzy to ‘make money,’ to the basest human instincts, to the most transient and superficial ‘needs’ of man, and thereby distort or pervert life itself.

With a vengeance, the same is true of television. Indeed, the mass media do not judge success by the good they do in promoting the well-being of man, but in dollars and cents; and we know that commercial success and the well-being of man do not necessarily go hand in hand. Even the Church, very often, seems to have reconciled herself to secular preoccupations. When she raises her lonely voice in the modern wilderness, the world chooses not to listen, as if the Church were an infant and therefore unable to tell grown-ups what to do.

Thus Our Lady has become a prophetess for our time, which has lost touch with itself and with God. Thus we learn the answer to the question: Why Our Lady? She wants to put us in touch again. Therefore she has come to Medjugorje, and thus to the world.

Adapted from the book: The Apparitions of Our Lady of Medjugorje, by Svetozar Kraljevic, published by Information Centre Mir Medjugorje.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Vatican Insider rebuts claims of journalist

Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli, writing for Vatican Insider, has rebutted the report published yesterday by Gianluca Barile in which he claimed that the CDF had held its Plenary meeting (fourth feria) on Wednesday and had found against Medjugorje.

Tornielli states that the Cardinals and bishops have not yet examined the dossier and that everything is postponed until after the summer. He suggests that it is possible the CDF could meet again after the conclusion of the Synod on the Family and, if so, a ruling would not be made before autumn 2015.

Vatican Insider reports that when the ‘fourth fiera’ does take place it will be attended by 25 cardinals and bishops, among them Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples Fernando Filoni, the President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts Francesco Coccopalmeiro, the archbishop of Naples Crescenzio Sepe, the archbishop of Vienna Christoph Schönborn and achbishop Jean-Pierre-Ricard of Bordeaux.

Tornielli also asserts that members of the “fourth fiera” have not yet received copies of the dossier and are not aware of the text prepared by the Commission headed by Cardinal Ruini.

Vatican Insider’s rebuttal follows on from the announcement yesterday by Radio Maria that the CDF meeting had not taken place.

UPDATE June 26

National Catholic Register has published quotes from Fr Ciro Benedettini in the Vatican Press Office confirming that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has not yet met to review the findings of a three-year commission that investigated the Medjugorje phenomenon.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Flawed report

A report circulating on the internet today suggests that the CDF has reached a negative decision on Medjugorje.

The story is attributed to Italian journalist Gianluca Barile and claims that decisions were reached at a CDF Plenary meeting held yesterday, June 24.

However, it appears that the report is flawed.

Radio Maria has since announced that there wasn’t a Plenary meeting yesterday of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to discuss matters Medjugorje.

It posted on Twitter: “The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith held no Plenary on #Medjugorje. Sleep peacefully. Our Lady watches…

Medjugorje anniversary message of Our Lady


Dear children! Also today the Most High gives me the grace to be able to love you and to call you to conversion.

Little children, may God be your tomorrow and not war and lack of peace; not sorrow but joy and peace must begin to reign in the heart of every person – but without God you will never find peace.

Therefore, little children, return to God and to prayer so that your heart may sing with joy.

I am with you and I love you with immeasurable love.

Thank you for having responded to my call.


June 25, 2015

‘Medjugorje’ priest with Pope at Mass today

A founder of one of the many fruits associated with Medjugorje, Italian priest Fr Guiseppe Sometti, concelebrated Holy Mass with Pope Francis in the Vatican this morning. June 25 is the date set aside to celebrate the anniversary of the Medjugorje phenomenon.

Fr Sometti has worked as a missionary priest in Brazil for the past 40 years. After making several visits to Medjugorje during a sabbatical year in 1985 and developing a friendship with the late Fr Slavko Barbaric, he decided to devote himself to working with abandoned children and addicts, setting up the foundation ANSPAZ – Associação Nossa Senhora Rainha da Paz, which is based in Itapetininga, São Paulo.

In a recent interview with Radio Medjugorje, Fr Giovanni said of his first visit: “I immediately understood that something special was taking place here. I was very moved by friendship with the late Fr Slavko. Medjugorje has many good fruits. After the experience with children and the sabbatical year that I took, and after talking to Fr Slavko, I decided to devote myself to working with children. Now I have 80,000 children and we have 13 active homes.

Fr Sometti recently celebrated his ordination jubilee at a prayer centre dedicated to Our Lady Queen of Peace (pictured below) which is located on a very productive fazenda near the town of Itapetininga, about 150 miles from São Paulo, and has seating for 800 people.

The Medjugorje visionary Vicka laid the foundation stone during one of the several visits she has made to Brazil.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Coincidence, or just another Medjugorje sign?


It was on this day in 1981 that the first apparition of the Queen of Peace appeared on a hillside in Medjugorje to two teenage girls, Ivanka Ivankovic and Mirjana Dragicevic, calling everyone to peace and reconciliation with God and each other.

Since that hot, summer afternoon, millions of pilgrims have journeyed to Medjugorje, and countless are the number of conversions and good fruits that have manifested through the graces associated with the Medjugorje phenomenon these past 34 years.

While there are many in the Church who doubt or are unsure as to the claims and witness of the six visionaries, especially when testifying to continued apparitions, there is no uncertainty about the obvious fruits born out of Medjugorje, of which much evidence was presented before the Vatican Commission investigating the phenomenon.

But while the Church sets aside today to celebrate the birth of the Baptist which, coincidently, raises the question – was Mary present at his birth, or not? – it is worth noting that June 24, 1981 was also a Wednesday and the Gospel reading allocated for that particular day (Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time) is the passage from Mark in which Jesus explains to his disciples how to recognise the tree by its fruits.

A coincidence, or a simple and clear sign of what was to come from Medjugorje, a land where grapes and figs grow in abundance and good fruit is so evident?


Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits.”

Matthew 7 : 15-20

JOHN THE BAPTIST AND MEDJUGORJE

He will bring back many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God. Luke 1 : 16

Are you the one?
Voices in the wilderness
Mary is working according to God’s plan
Honoured with a visit from the Mother of my Lord
Pointing to Jesus
Medugorje: an answered prayer?

The march for peace continues...



Numerous pilgrims from all over the world gathered to take part this morning in the 24th Peace Walk from Humac to Medjugorje on the eve of the 34th Medjugorje Anniversary celebration.

In prayer and song, all participants arrived on the grounds of the church of St James a little before 10:00am where there was Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament and a short time of Adoration.

The first Peace March was a spontaneous event which took place in 1992, during the war when pilgrims no longer dared to visit Medjugorje. European friends of Medjugorje, together with other friends from around the world, deemed it inadmissible for Medjugorje to remain closed to all those who wished to pray for peace.

Pilgrims from various European cities, accompanied spiritually by the late Mons. Pavel Hnilica, met in Ancona (Italy) where they boarded a boat for Split. They celebrated Holy Mass aboard the boat and spent the whole night in Adoration. Thus, processing with the Blessed Sacrament, they arrived in Humac, whence they marched in prayer until they reached Medjugorje in order to celebrate the anniversary of the apparitions.

As a consequence of the war and its obvious dangers, the usual evening prayer programme was interrupted, but it was resumed as normal after the Peace March. Since then, the Peace March has become an annual event. It is a march characterised by joy, despite its strong penitential accent, and always includes prayer for peace in the world.

Medjugorje seers gather in prayer for anniversary


Three of the Medjugorje seers, Marija, Ivan and Jakov, have been present on the outside altar of St James church this past week participating in a parish Novena by praying the Magnificat.

This is something the seers have done for a number of years as preparation for the Anniversary of the Medjugorje phenomenon on June 25.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Two ways


Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to perdition is wide and spacious, and many take it, but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7 : 13-14

Dear children, today I call you, with fasting and prayer, to clear the way by which my Son will enter into your hearts. Accept me as a mother and a messenger of God's love and of His desire for your salvation. Free yourself of everything from the past which burdens you and gives you a sense of guilt; of everything that brought you to error - darkness. Accept the light. Be born anew in the justice of my Son. Thank you. Medjugorje message, June 2, 2010

Monday, June 22, 2015

Seeing with the heart...


Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? Matthew 7 : 3

Dear children, Today, with my motherly heart, I call you gathered around me to love your neighbour. My children, stop. Look in the eyes of your brother and see Jesus, my Son. If you see joy, rejoice with him. If there is pain in the eyes of your brother, with your tenderness and goodness, cast it away, because without love you are lost. Only love is effective; it works miracles. Love will give you unity in my Son and the victory of my heart. Therefore, my children, love. Medjugorje message, September 2, 2008

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Safe Haven


Some sailed to the sea in ships
to trade on the mighty waters.
These men have seen the Lord‘s deeds,
the wonders he does in the deep.

For he spoke: he summoned the gale,
tossing the waves of the sea
up to heaven and back into the deep;
their soul meted away in their distress.

The cried to the Lord in their need
and he rescued them from their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper:
all the waves of the sea were hushed.

They rejoiced because of the calm
and he led them to the haven they desired.
Let them thank the Lord for his love,
the wonders he does for men.
Book of Psalms, 106 : 23-26, 28-31

Dear children! Today I am with you in a special way and I bring you my motherly blessing of peace. I pray for you and I intercede for you before God, so that you may comprehend that each of you is a carrier of peace. You cannot have peace if your heart is not at peace with God. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray, because prayer is the foundation of your peace. Open your heart and give time to God so that he will be your friend. When true friendship with God is realised, no storm can destroy it. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, June 25, 1997

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Providence at the Blue Cross


That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than they are? Matthew 6 : 25-27

“Each Thursday, read again the passage of Matthew 6 : 24-34, before the Most Blessed Sacrament, or if it is not possible to come to church, read it with your family...”
Message to the Medjugorje locutionist, Jelena, March 1984

Friday, June 19, 2015

Storing treasures


Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and woodworms destroy them and thieves can break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth or woodworms destroy them and thieves cannot break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” Matthew 6 : 19-21

Dear children! Today I call you all to pray for peace and to witness it in your families so that peace may become the highest treasure on this peaceless earth. I am your Queen of Peace and your mother. I desire to lead you on the way of peace, which comes only from God. Therefore, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, April 25, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mother and Queen of all Creation


From the Encyclical Letter LAUDATO SI of the Holy Father, Francis

241. Mary, the Mother who cared for Jesus, now cares with maternal affection and pain for this wounded world. Just as her pierced heart mourned the death of Jesus, so now she grieves for the sufferings of the crucified poor and for the creatures of this world laid waste by human power. Completely transfigured, she now lives with Jesus, and all creatures sing of her fairness. She is the Woman, “clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rev 12:1). Carried up into heaven, she is the Mother and Queen of all creation. In her glorified body, together with the Risen Christ, part of creation has reached the fullness of its beauty. She treasures the entire life of Jesus in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19,51), and now understands the meaning of all things. Hence, we can ask her to enable us to look at this world with eyes of wisdom.

Our Father...


If you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your heavenly Father will not forgive your failings either. Matthew 6 : 14-15

Dear children! Today I invite you to decide for peace. Pray that God give you the true peace. Live peace in your hearts and you will understand, dear children, that peace is the gift of God. Dear children, without love you cannot live peace. The fruit of peace is love and the fruit of love is forgiveness. I am with you and I invite all of you, little children, that before all else forgive in the family and then you will be able to forgive others. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, January 25, 1996

The Fruit of Peace Is Love and The Fruit of Love Is Forgiveness
One is the condition for the other. One cannot decide only partially for peace, just as one cannot decide only partially for God. To make a lasting decision, all conditions for it must also be accepted.
Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM

Mark Twain: Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.

Mahatma Gandhi: The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Lewis B. Smedes: To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.

George Herbert: He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.

Paul Boese: Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future

Roberto Assagioli: Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.

Josiah Bailey: They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.

Gilbert K. Chesterton: To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

Alexander Pope: To err is human; to forgive, divine.

Voltaire: No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

Jesus: Then Peter went up to Jesus and said, “Lord how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?” Jesus answered, “Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.”
Matthew 18 : 21-22

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Parading good deeds


When you fast do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they pull long faces to let men know they are fasting. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6 : 16-18

Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer, especially today when Satan wants war and hatred. I call you anew, little children: pray and fast that God may give you peace. Witness peace to every heart and be carriers of peace in this world without peace. I am with you and intercede before God for each of you. And you do not be afraid because the one who prays is not afraid of evil and has no hatred in the heart. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, September 25, 2001