Today, I was fortunate to be able to take home this distressed statue of Our Lady that someone didn’t want anymore.
Later, I came across this catechesis by Pope Francis when he urged the crowd gathered on the lawn outside the St Peter’s basilica this morning to consider all the holy men and women throughout history who have given their lives – “broken themselves” – in order to nourish others.
“How many mothers, how many fathers, together with the slices of bread they provide each day on the tables of their homes, have broken their hearts to let their children grow, and grow well,” he said.
“How many Christians, as responsible citizens, have broken their own lives to defend the dignity of all, especially the poorest, the marginalised and those discriminated.”
The source of strength for such given, he said, is found in “the Eucharist, in the power of the risen Lord’s love, who today too breaks bread for us and repeats: Do this in remembrance of me.”
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Do not forget that in the Eucharist, which is the heart of faith, my Son is always with you. He comes to you and breaks bread with you; because, my children, for your sake He died, He resurrected and is coming anew. part Medjugorje message, May 2, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Dear children! During these days my Lord is allowing me to be able to intercede more graces for you. Therefore, I wish to urge you once more to pray, dear children! Pray without ceasing! That way I will give you the joy which the Lord gives to me. With these graces, dear children, I want your sufferings to be a joy. I am your Mother and I desire to help you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, June 19, 1986
When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine”. John 2 : 2-3
Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, April 25, 1998
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Dear children! My presence is a gift from God for all of you and an encouragement for conversion.
Satan is strong and wants to put disorder and unrest in your hearts and thoughts.
Therefore, you, little children, pray so that the Holy Spirit may lead you on the real way of joy and peace.
I am with you and intercede before my Son for you.
Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message May 25, 2016
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Claudio Ranieri, the Italian football manager of Leicester City FC, is a devotee of St Rita since childhood.
His team was the surprise champion of the Premier Division for season 2015/16. At the start of the campaign the Foxes were considered as complete outsiders to finish top of the Premier League, with betting odds set at 5000/1 .
St Rita is the patron saint of hopeless causes.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016
Dear children! With a full heart I am asking you, I am imploring you children: cleanse your hearts of sin and lift them up to God and to eternal life. I am imploring you: be vigilant and open for truth. Do not permit for all that is of this earth to distance you from the true cognition of the contentment in the communion with my Son. I am leading you on the way of true wisdom, because only with true wisdom can you come to know true peace and the true good. Do not waste time asking for signs of the Heavenly Father, because he has already given you the greatest sign, which is my Son. Therefore, my children, pray so that the Holy Spirit can lead you into truth, can help you to come to know it, and through that knowledge of the truth that you may be one with the Heavenly Father and with my Son. That is the cogniton which gives happiness on earth and opens the door of eternal life and infinite love. Thank you.The feast of the Most Holy Trinity renews our mission of living in communion with God and all people on the model of the divine communion.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 22, 2016
Medjugorje message, March 18, 2015
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Dear children! I rejoice with you and in this time of grace I call you to spiritual renewal. Pray, little children, that the Holy Spirit may come to dwell in you in fullness, so that you may be able to witness in joy to all those who are far from faith. Especially, little children, pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that in the spirit of love, every day and in each situation, you may be closer to your fellow-man; and that in wisdom and love you may overcome every difficulty. I am with you and I intercede for each of you before Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, May 25, 2000
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Friday, May 13, 2016
Dear children! Today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realised. Satan is strong and wants to sweep away my plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in his decisions. Therefore, I call all of you, dear children, to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to self-renunciation for nine days so that, with your help, everything that I desire to realise through the secrets I began in Fatima, may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to now grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realised. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, August 25, 1991
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Sunday, May 08, 2016
Jesus was lifted up while his apostles looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two men in white were standing near them and they said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.”
Acts 1 : 9-11
Seeing the solar phenomena at Medjugorje can be an emotional experience for visiting pilgrims – even life-changing. It can prompt much excitement and moves many to tears when they observe the spectacular power of nature and God’s glory in this way.
So imagine what must have been going through the hearts and minds of the Apostles when they witnessed the ascension of Jesus into heaven. No wonder, when they returned to Jerusalem afterwards, they were full of joy and continually in the Temple praising God.
Numerous claims are made about seeing all sorts of signs manifest at Medjugorje, and it’s difficult to assess how valid or genuine these claims are. There will always be doubters and believers, exaggerations and truth.
But if those who claim to have witnessed God’s glory through signs and wonders return home full of joy and continually praise God with the heart, then that in itself is a sure sign they have met with the Risen Lord at Medjugorje.
Dear children, pray, and in prayer you shall realise a new way of joy. Joy will manifest in your hearts and thus you shall be joyful witnesses of that which I and my Son want from each one of you. part Medjugorje message, February 25, 1987
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Saturday, May 07, 2016
Week: May 1-7, 2016
LEBANESE PILGRIM MISSING IN MEDJUGORJE
• A 50-year-old pilgrim travelling with a group from Lebanon is missing in Medjugorje. Samira Michela was last seen at around 4:00pm on Thursday and has not returned to the group’s pansion since then. Rescue services are active in searching for the missing man.
MEDJUGORJE 35th ANNIVERSARY
WORTH ABBEY DAY OF PRAYER
• Medjugorje 35th Anniversary prayer gathering at Worth Abbey on Saturday, June 25. All are welcome. Further details HERE
LATEST MESSAGE TO MIRJANA
Dear children, my motherly heart desires your true conversion and a firm faith so that you may be able to spread love and peace to all those who surround you. But, my children, do not forget: each of you is a unique world before the Heavenly Father. Therefore, permit the continuous working of the Holy Spirit to work on you. Be my spiritually pure children. In spirituality is beauty. Everything that is spiritual is alive and very beautiful. Do not forget that in the Eucharist, which is the heart of faith, my Son is always with you. He comes to you and breaks bread with you; because, my children, for your sake He died, He resurrected and is coming anew. These words of mine are familiar to you because they are the truth, and the truth does not change. It is only that many of my children have forgotten it. My children, my words are neither old nor new, they are eternal. Therefore, I invite you, my children, to observe well the signs of the times, to 'gather the shattered crosses' and to be apostles of the revelation. Thank you.
May 2, 2016
HE CAUSES THE RAIN TO FALL…
• Heavy rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of hundreds of pilgrims turning up to pray with the Medjugore seer Mirjana this morning. The usual prayer gathering on the second day of each month took place outdoors at the Blue Cross despite the bad weather. Photos HERE.
APPARITION HILL – THE FILM
• The European premiere of Apparition Hill, the latest movie by film producer Sean Bloomfield, will be hosted in Mostar on June 8. More details about screening at apparitionhill.tv
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Thursday, May 05, 2016
Part of the message from Our Lady given to Mirjana on Monday of this week.
Do not forget that in the Eucharist, which is the heart of faith, my Son is always with you. He comes to you and breaks bread with you; because, my children, for your sake He died, He resurrected and is coming anew. These words of mine are familiar to you because they are the truth, and the truth does not change. It is only that many of my children have forgotten it. My children, my words are neither old nor new, they are eternal.
part Medjugorje message, May 2, 2016
The following day, Pope France Tweeted:
Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the dead.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 3, 2016
Monday, May 02, 2016
This morning’s Medjugorje message from Our Lady to Mirjana spoke of “gathering up shattered crosses” and being “apostles of revelation”. It also made mention of the Eucharist as the heart of faith, and Jesus coming to break bread with us. The Memorial Acclamation said at Mass was also repeated – “He died, he resurrected and is coming anew…”
After Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and fed more than five thousand men, women and children, he said to his disciples: “Pick up the pieces left over so that nothing gets wasted.” So the disciples gathered them up and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. (John 6 : 1-15)
As for inviting us to be “apostles of revelation” two of the versions used by the priest for the dismissal given at the end of Mass are: “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord” and “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life”.
A MOSAIC OF BEAUTIFUL BROKENNESS
How often our lives and our hearts are broken, separated and sliced into pieces of pain because of sin – and yet our fragmented failings, our shattered souls, all the irregular bits and scraps, the sharp and blunt stones which we sling and hurl to hurt each other, and so ourselves, are all seen and gathered by the Maker – and with loving care and patience he crafts a new creation, a miraculous mosaic of beautiful brokenness.
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Sunday, May 01, 2016
Dear children! In this time of grace, I call you to become friends of Jesus. Pray for peace in your hearts and work for your personal conversion. Little children, only in this way will you be able to become witnesses of peace and of the love of Jesus in the world. Open yourselves to prayer so that prayer becomes a need for you. Be converted, little children, and work so that as many souls as possible may come to know Jesus and his love. I am close to you and I bless you all. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, February 25, 2002
Work is proper to the human person and expresses the dignity of being created in the image of God.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 30, 2016
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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Jesus said to his disciples:
If the world hates you,
remember that it hated me before you.
If you belonged to the world,
the world would love you as its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
because my choice withdrew you from the world,
therefore the world hates you.
Remember the words I said to you:
A servant is no greater than his master.
If they persecuted me,
they will persecute you too;
if they kept my word,
they will keep yours as well.
But it will be on my account
that they will do all this,
because they do not know the one who sent me.
John 15 : 18-21
Dear children! This time also I am inviting you to prayer. Pray that you might be able to comprehend what God desires to tell you through my presence and through the messages I am giving you. I desire to draw you ever closer to Jesus and to his wounded heart that you might be able to comprehend the immeasurable love which gave itself for each one of you. Therefore, dear children, pray that from your heart would flow a fountain of love to every person both to the one who hates you and to the one who despises you. That way you will be able through Jesus' love to overcome all the misery in this world of sorrows, which is without hope for those who do not know Jesus. I am with you and I love you with the immeasurable love of Jesus. Thank you for all your sacrifices and prayers. Pray so I might be able to help you still more. Your prayers are necessary to me. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, November 25, 1991
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Friday, April 29, 2016
WEEK April 21-29, 2016
LARGE THEFT OF JEWELS AT MEDJUGORJE GOLD SHOP
• In the early hours of last Sunday morning four thieves targeted a Medjugorje gold shop and stole jewels worth 250,000 euros. After using hammers and crowbars to access ‘Zlatarna Matej’ the gang proceeded to enter the vault and help itself to safes and deposit boxes, ignoring any cash, before loading them into a stolen car. The safes were later discover opened and discarded in Blizancima, but the stolen Golf vehicle that belonged to a border control policeman and was taken from the Mostar suburb of Ortiješ is still missing. A reward of 5,000 euro has been offered.
APPARITION HILL – THE FILM
The European premiere of Apparition Hill, the latest movie by film producer Sean Bloomfield, will be hosted in Mostar on June 8. More details about screening at apparitionhill.tv
MARY’S MEALS IN LEBANON • Mary’s Meals to feed Syrian refugees in Lebanon… pilot scheme will feed 1,000 children at school on outskirts of Beirut… more HERE
MARY’S MEALS AT FILM FESTIVAL
• Generation Hope, a documentary on the work of Mary’s Meals (a fruit of Medjugorje) has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival. DETAILS
SPIRITUAL SEMINAR FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES
• The 4th international spiritual seminar for doctors and nurses is to take place in Medjugorje next month, May 4-7. Details and programme can be found on the parish website.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The reaction from of a couple of people I was in touch with yesterday when I raised the subject of Our Lady’s latest Medjugorje message was one of surprise.
It was the opening sentence that seemed to disturb them, because it mentioned that Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart bleeds as she looks at her children in sin and sinful habits.
I’m not a mother but I know that the hearts of all mothers bleed for their children at times. It seems to be the mother’s lot – not that fathers are incapable of suffering such extreme sorrow expressed in this way, or lack deep compassion for their children.
Didn’t I cause grief and heartache for my own mother at times?
And what about all the mothers whose children have died – especially as a consequence of war? Do their hearts not bleed also?
I’m always hearing of mothers who hope and pray constantly for their children to return to faith and the Sacraments. The separation, like Our Lady, can cause their hearts to bleed.
So I view Our Lady’s opening words in her latest message, not just as a statement about her own intense sorrow, but also as a shared sorrow with all parents, especially mothers, concerned for their children walking a wrong path in life.
She wants all mothers to be mothers of hope, as she is; mothers of joy, as she is; mothers who know that the love of God is unconditional, and in turn set no conditions on loving their own children, painful though it can be at times. Love can even make our hearts bleed. But Our Lady promises us balm when we respond to her call for healing heart and soul.
Yesterday was the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Who can say that her latest message is not one of good counsel?
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
These days, I don’t get many telephone calls, maybe because I don’t possess a mobile phone. Any calls I do receive are on my house phone, plus messages left on answerphone. These calls and the left messages are generally invites to respond to surveys and sales pitches. I always ignore them and never respond.
Our Lady makes frequent calls through her Medjugorje messages. She made another call yesterday in her latest message to Marija. She also reminded me that God has also been trying to contact me. Do I always respond to these calls? Does anyone?
Perhaps that’s why Our Lady is so regular with her messages from Medjugorje, constantly calling us to herself and to Jesus. They seek a response – and Our Lady, ever the mother who waits in hope, always says thank you in anticipation for the time I do finally get round to responding.
She also reminds me that time is short. For me personally that isn’t about there not being enough hours in the day to complete everything I want to. No, at my late stage in life I know exactly what she means when she says, “Little children, life is short.” Many friends and relatives left this life unexpectedly at a much younger age than I am at now.
So the message is more than clear to me; make good use of what time is left; don’t waste time getting sidetracked; keep the lamp filled with oil; and at times when I feel pretty useless and don’t seem to be achieving much, there is always prayer.
So much can be achieved for the good through prayer – for others and oneself. Prayer is never a waste of time. It is making good use of time – whether we have years to live or just a single day left in our short life.
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Dear children! My Immaculate Heart bleeds as I look at you in sin and sinful habits.
I am calling you: return to God and to prayer that it may be good for you on earth.
God is calling you through me for your hearts to be hope and joy for all those who are far away.
May my call be for you a balm for the soul and heart so that you may glorify God, the Creator, who loves you and is calling you to eternity.
Little children, life is short; you, make good use of this time and do what is good.
Thank you for having responded to my call.
All that came to be had life in him
and that life was the light of men,
a light that shines in the dark,
a light that darkness could not overpower.
John 1 : 4-5
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