Sunday, March 29, 2015

Two more Medjugorje seers to witness in Italy

Seers Marija Pavlovic and Ivan Dragicevic are scheduled to give witness to the Medjugorje phenomenon at two prayer meetings in Italy during the coming months.

Maria Pavlovic will participate in the Varese meets Medjugorje gathering in northern Italy on April 19 at the Palawhirlpool, Varese, a purpose-built stadium for the city’s league basketball club. The venue has a 5,000 seating capacity. As well as the witness by Marija there will be other guest speakers, and also prayer of the Rosary, Holy Mass, Adoration and Benediction.

It is the fifth occasion the Friends of Medjugorje Varese Association has organised the event.

Ivan Dragicevic is booked to talk at Mestrino’s St Bartholomew’s church, also in northern Italy, on May 22.

Despite restrictions imposed by U.S. bishops against holding Medjugorje prayer events and meetings, it appears the Zadar declaration is understood and applied in a different light by some, if not most, bishops in Italy.

Other Medjugorje visionaries to witness in Italy during recent months have been Vicka Ivankovic (Corridonia, Fiuggi and Palestrina) and Jakov Colo (Milan).

Passion Sunday

“I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to betray me, one of you eating with me.” They were distressed and asked him, one after another, “Not I, surely?”
Mark 14 : 18-20

Dear children; Today, with a motherly heart, I call you to learn to forgive, completely and unconditionally.

You suffer injustice, betrayals and prosecutions, but by that you are closer to and dearer to God.

My children, pray for the gift of love.

Only love forgives all, as my Son forgives – follow him.

I am among you and am praying that when you come before your Father you can say:

“Here I am Father, I followed your Son, I had love and forgave with the heart, because I believed in your judgement and trusted in you.”

Thank you.

Medjugorje message, September 2, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2015

It’s hard to believe!

For a woman desiring to walk the path of holiness, she is now able to step out in style wearing ‘Medugorje’ shoes!

Canadian and celebrity shoe designer John Fluevog has launched a “Medugorje” range of shoes to “carry your feet safely down your fateful path”. To do so with the grey-silver style shown above will set you back $159 U.S. (reduced from $239).

The inner sole is inscribed: “Make A Dream Come True”

This is how the footwear is described on the website:
Believing can be the hardest thing to do, even when you witness it with your own eyes. Designed with delicate swooping curves upon a hand carved wooden last, one has to wonder if John was experiencing Divine Intervention while drawing these lovely pumps. Using a Peruvian factory that has a reputation for outstanding quality and craftsmanship, the Medugorjes feature 3" leather wrapped heels, deliciously soft, aged leathers, and foot molding leather soles that will carry your feet safely down your fateful path. Miracles are the surprises of the soul.
• Was Mt Krizevac the inspiration for the shoe’s profile or, as a pair, do they represent the two ‘walking’ hills at Medjugorje?

Gathering stones...

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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Our Lady’s March message to Marija

Dear children! Also today the Most High permits me to be with you and to lead you on the way of conversion.

Many hearts have shut themselves to grace and have become deaf to my call.

You, little children, pray and fight against temptation and all the evil plans which the devil offers you through modernism.

Be strong in prayer and with the cross in your hands pray that evil may not use you and may not conquer in you.

I am with you and pray for you.

Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message, March 25, 2015

We follow our will, but doing so our heart hardens and becomes of stone. And the Word of the Lord cannot penetrate. Thus the people get more and more distant. This is also the risk in our personal histories. Now, on this day of lent, we must ask ourselves: “Do I listen to the voice of the Lord or do I do what I please?”
Pope Francis, homily, March 12, 2015

The Annunciation of the Lord

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Frail and vulnerable

Monday, March 23, 2015

Of stones and sinners

Dear children; God the Father is sending me to show you the way of salvation, because he, my children, desires to save you and not to condemn you.
part Medjugorje message, May 2, 2011

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you!  Luke 13 : 14

Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. May your prayer be as strong as a living stone, until with your lives you become witnesses. Witness the beauty of your faith. I am with you and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, January 24, 2013

Pope Francis: Where there is no mercy there is no justice...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cardinal Puljic questioned again on Medjugorje

At a press conference in Mostar this afternoon (Friday) Cardinal Vinko Puljic was asked by journalists if the issue of Medjugorje had been raised during the recent ad limina visit to Rome by the BiH bishops.

The cardinal responded: “There was no word about Medjugorje nor has the Pope made comment about what you ask. This thing is still in the review process. To all those who think that the Pope will say something when he arrives in Sarajevo (June 6), I say feel ‘free’ to expect.”

In a pre-Christmas 2014 interview with the Anadolija news agency, Cardinal Vinko Puljic claimed that Medjugorje is the largest confessional in Europe. 

“I see that the faithful are coming to Medjugorje and going to confession, making penance, and returning home changed. This place is the largest confessional in Europe. This is perhaps the strongest sign in Medjugorje, not an appparition, not a message, but the creed professed and restored,” said the Cardinal who served on the Medjugorje Commission which completed its investigation in January 2014.

In the interview Cardinal Puljic also expressed his surprise that no decision was made that year and hinted that he expected the Holy Father’s announcement in the near future.

Iconic witness to the Medjugorje phenomenon

Iconoclasm is the destruction of religious icons and other images or monuments for religious or political motives. In time, the word, usually in the adjectival form, has also come to refer to aggressive statements or actions against any well-established status quo. It is a frequent component of major political or religious changes. (Wikipedia)

The attempts these past two years by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, to silence the Medjugorje seers from giving witness, and to suppress the faithful from attending any event that testifies to the claim of the Medjugorje phenomenon – especially in America, has met with mixed response. Some bishops attempt to enforce the restriction; others choose not to, or interpret the directive in a less dogmatic manner.

At Medjugorje the seers regularly witness to pilgrims, and have done so these past 34 years, except for the time when supressed and threatened by the former communist authorities. Even then the six seers continued to find ways to testify to all that they had seen and heard, with great personal risk to themselves and their families.

For a period during the early years of the Medjugorje phenomenon the seers would receive the apparitions in St James Church – in the choir loft or in a room to the side of the altar – but that was eventually stopped. Now the apparitions usually take place in the seer’s private house or, as in the case of Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo and sometimes Ivan Dragicevic, on Podbrdo – on the hill of apparitions, as it is known. The seers also witness in the parish community hall named after John Paul II.

But it’s perhaps ironic that the most permanent and visible witness in Medjugorje to claims of apparitions is a feature in the parish church of St James where one of the stained-glass windows portrays the six seers, as children, on their knees in the presence of the Queen of Peace. Other windows also allude to the Medjugorje phenomemon. The windows were designed by Branimir Dorotic and have been in situ for 28 years –since 1987. They are a daily reminder to pilgrims of the phenomenon, and on view at all times during public celebrations in the church.

The windows, in a sense, haven’t a voice. But they do let the light in and the message of Medjugorje shines through. How the CDF might interpret this anomaly, we can only guess. But if ever the windows are removed then it will be a sure sign the Church has decided to seperate itself from states of visions and ecstasy and isolate the Medjugorje seers.

And what about the white statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace erected on Podbrdo (Apparition Hill) close to the spot where the Virgin is said to have first appeared on June 24, 1981 – and all the other statues, medals and devotional items depicting or inscribed with Medjugorje? Are any attached blessings invalid because they witness to the Medjugorje phenomenon?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims climb the hill to pray around the statue. The marble sculpture doesn’t speak but the petitions and prayers offered by the pilgrims present could be said to testify and witness to belief in the Medjugorje phenomenon.

Pictured right is Pope Francis giving his blessing and praying publicly before a Medjugore statue in Rome recently.

Then there are the actual apparition ‘events‘ that take place on the hill, notably on the second day of each month to the seer Mirjana Dragicevic Soldo, and sometimes to Ivan Dragicevic. These occasions are attended by thousands of pilgrims.

In March 1985, a statue depicting Our Lady Queen of Peace was ordered to be removed from St James Church by the then local bishop, Mons Pavao Zanic. It hasn’t gone away, nor has it been destroyed. It is still housed in Medjugorje but not on public display.

There is also a painting by a local artist depicting Our Lady hovering over St James Church (produced many years before the apparitions). This was displayed at the back of St James church, below the choir loft, for many years. It is no longer there but has found a home in a chapel outside of the village.

A painting from 1974 by Vlado Falak, a local artist from the hamlet of Šurmanci,