Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Walk don’t run…

This morning, I gave some thought to the First Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary – The Agony in the Garden – when Jesus and his disciples went to pray in Gethsemane.

One incident struck me: When Judas and the armed men came to arrest Jesus all the disciples except one deserted him and ran away!

I began to recall some of the occasions when I had run away from Jesus, not necessarily out of fear of anything, but simply because I wanted to exercise my ‘freedom’ to do so. When put to the test, I failed.

This evening, I was reading Pope Francis’ homily for Ash Wednesday. He said: “…there is a third trap, that of moving away from the door [Jesus]: this happens when we dwell on our miseries, when we brood over them continually, to the point where we plunge ourselves into the darkest cellars of the soul. Then we become even more familiar with the sadness we don’t want, we grow discouraged, and are weaker in the face of temptations. This happens because we remain alone with ourselves, closing in on ourselves and fleeing from the light; while it is only the grace of the Lord that frees us.”

There is always the temptation to run, to move away from the closeness of Jesus, to seek out false lights and flee from the true light. And then how can we be a light for others in darkness?

People who are in darkness daily come into your homes. Dear children, GIVE THEM THE LIGHT!

March 14, 1985

Ash Wednesday


Dear children! Pray and be aware that without God you are dust. Therefore, turn your thoughts and heart to God and to prayer. Trust in his love. In God’s spirit, little children, you are all called to be witnesses. You are precious and I call you, little children, to holiness, to eternal life. Therefore, be aware that this life is passing. I love you and call you to a new life of conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call.
May 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus


And their eyes were opened and they recognised him... Luke 24 : 31

Dear children! At this time when you are thinking of physical rest, I call you to conversion. Pray and work so that your heart yearns for God the Creator who is the true rest of your soul and your body. May he reveal his face to you and may he give you his peace. I am with you and intercede before God for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, July 25, 2008

Monday, February 08, 2016

40 days of Lenten giving...


A daily discipline with the help of the Medjugorje messages...

Lent, the 40 days of fasting prayer and penitence, begins on Wednesday. It’s the time many of us endeavour to make some sacrifice, big or small, in preparation for Easter, a time of giving or surrendering much that we hold on to – especially our will. Our Lady often asks us to ‘give’ of ourselves. Her requests in this way fall mainly into four groups:

1. Give witness and a good example to others.
2. Give thanks and praise to God.
3. Give love to and share our gifts with others.
4. Give our hearts to God and Gospa.

Listed here are 40 responses (to correspond with each) that you may wish to consider ‘giving’ to Jesus and Mary during this coming Lent, either in prayer or in a practical way. In each of these messages from Our Lady there is an action of gift called for that involves sacrifice and ‘giving’ of oneself.

• ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
People who are in darkness daily come into your homes. Dear children, GIVE THEM THE LIGHT! March 14, 1985
• THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
GIVE ME ALL YOUR FEELINGS AND YOUR PROBLEMS! I wish to comfort you in all your trials. June 20, 1985
• FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Dear children, LEARN TO GIVE THANKS IN LITTLE THINGS and then you will be able to give thanks also for the big things. October 13, 1985
• SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
WITHOUT LOVE, YOU CANNOT GIVE an account of your experiences to others. March 27, 1986
• MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15
I call you, dear children, to pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are necessary for you now in order to be able to GIVE WITNESS TO MY PRESENCE HERE and to all that I am giving you. April 17, 1986
• TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Dear children! You are the ones responsible for the messages. The source of grace is here, but you, dear children, are the vessels which transport the gifts. Therefore, dear children, I am calling you to do your job with responsibility. Each one shall be responsible according to his own ability. Dear children, I am calling you to GIVE THE GIFTS TO OTHERS WITH LOVE, and not to keep them for yourselves. Thank you for having responded to my call. May 8, 1986
• WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Dear children! TODAY I CALL YOU TO GIVE ME YOUR HEART so I can change it to be like mine. You are wondering, dear children, why you cannot respond to that which I am seeking from you. You are not able to because you have not given me your heart so I can change it. You are talking but you are not doing. I call on you to do every-thing that I am telling you. That way I will be with you. Thank you for having responded to my call. May 15, 1986
• THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
I wish all of you to be the light for everyone and that you GIVE WITNESS IN THE LIGHT. June 5, 1986
• FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
I am inviting you to GIVE WITNESS and by your own life to help to preserve the peace. June 25, 1986
• SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20
My children, great will be my joy when I see that you are accepting my words and that you desire to follow me. Do not be afraid, you are not alone. GIVE ME YOUR HANDS AND I WILL LEAD YOU. April 2, 2012
• MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22
GIVE WITNESS BY YOUR LIFE. Sacrifice your lives for the salvation of the world. February 25, 1988
• TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Dear children! Today I am calling you to a complete surrender to God. Everything you do and EVERYTHING YOU POSSESS, GIVE OVER TO GOD so that He can take control in your life as the King of all that you possess. July 25, 1988
• WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Little children, GIVE THANKS UNCEASINGLY for all that you possess, for each little gift which God has given you, so that a joyful blessing always comes down from God upon your life. August 25, 1988
• THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Dear children, GIVE THE GIFT OF YOUR LIFE TO ME and completely surrender to me so that I may help you to comprehend my motherly love and the love of my Son for you. December 25, 2012
• FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26
GIVE THANKS TO GOD because everything is God’s gift to you. That way in your life you shall be able to give thanks for everything and discover God in everything even in the smallest flower. April 25, 1989
• SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Little children, I do not wish to force you. Rather FREELY GIVE GOD YOUR TIME like children of God. July 25, 1989
• MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29
Decide to GIVE MORE TIME TO GOD who gave you these days of grace. March 25, 1991
• TUESDAY, MARCH 1
Therefore, you who have said that you are mine, and seek my help, GIVE ALL OF YOURSELF. First of all, give your love and example in your families. December 25, 1991
• WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
God wanted you, with your love and with His help, to do miracles and, thus, GIVE AN EXAMPLE. March 25, 1992
• THURSDAY, MARCH 3
Dear little children, pray and by your life GIVE WITNESS THAT YOU ARE MINE and that you belong to me... April 25, 1992
• FRIDAY, MARCH 4
GIVE THANKS TO GOD for the grace of my being able to be with you because I assure you it is a great grace. July 25, 1992
• SATURDAY, MARCH 5
Dear children, I cannot help you if you do not live God's commandments, if you do not live the Mass, if you do not give up sin. I invite you to be apostles of love and goodness. In this world of unrest GIVE WITNESS TO GOD AND HIS LOVE, and God will bless you and give you what you seek from Him. October 25, 1993
• MONDAY, MARCH 7
Dear children! Today I invite you to decide to give time patiently for prayer. Little children, you cannot say you are mine and that you have experienced conversion through my messages if you are not ready to GIVE TIME TO GOD EVERY DAY. July 25, 1994
• TUESDAY, MARCH 8
Through me, my Son is preparing you for the works which He desires to do through you – works through which He desires to be glorified. GIVE HIM THANKS. March 18, 2013
• WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
Dear children, with a motherly love I am imploring you to GIVE ME THE GIFT OF YOUR HEARTS, so I can present them to my Son and free you – free you from all the evil enslaving and distancing you all the more from the only Good – my Son – from everything which is leading you on the wrong way and is taking peace away from you. July 2, 2013
• THURSDAY, MARCH 10
I thank you for your prayers and THE LOVE YOU GIVE TO ME. June 25, 1997
• FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Little children, OPEN YOUR HEARTS AND GIVE ME EVERYTHING THAT IS IN THEM: joys, sorrows and each, even the smallest, pain, that I may offer them to Jesus. February 25, 1999
• SATURDAY, MARCH 12
I call all of you, little children, to GIVE THANKS TO GOD HERE WITH ME for the graces which He gives to you through me. July 25, 1999
• MONDAY, MARCH 14
Dear children! Also today I call you to GIVE GLORY TO GOD THE CREATOR in the colours of nature. August 25, 1999
• TUESDAY, MARCH 15
If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation. That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who GIVE A GIFT OF PEACE and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God's peace and love which He gives you. January 25, 2000
• WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
Dear children! GIVE THANKS WITH ME TO THE MOST HIGH for my presence with you. My heart is joyful watching the love and joy in the living of my messages. Many of you have responded, but I wait for, and seek, all the hearts that have fallen asleep to awaken from the sleep of unbelief. Little children, draw even closer to my Immaculate Heart so that I can lead all of you toward eternity. Thank you for having responded to my call. June 25, 2011
• THURSDAY, MARCH 17
Dear children! Today I call you to love and mercy. GIVE LOVE TO EACH OTHER as your Father gives it to you. Be merciful – with the heart. Do good works, not permitting them to wait for you too long. Every mercy that comes from the heart brings you closer to my Son. March 18, 2001
• FRIDAY, MARCH 18
Little children, GIVE TIME TO GOD THAT HE MAY TRANSFORM YOU and fill you with His grace, so that you may be a grace for others. November 25, 2007
• SATURDAY, MARCH 19
Dear children! Today I call you to unite with Jesus in prayer. Open your heart to Him and GIVE HIM EVERYTHING that is in it: joys, sorrows and illnesses. May this be a time of grace for you. March 25, 2002
• MONDAY, MARCH 21
GIVE ME YOUR OPEN, PURIFIED HEARTS and I will fill them with the love for my Son. His love will give meaning to your life and I will walk with you. October 2, 2013
• TUESDAY, MARCH 22
Dear children! Also today I call you to give thanks to God in your heart for all the graces which He gives you, also through the signs and colours that are in nature. God wants to draw you closer to Himself and moves you to GIVE HIM GLORY AND THANKS. August 25, 2003
• WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Dear children! Do the same as I do! Come, share love and with your own example GIVE MY SON TO EVERYONE. March 2, 2005
• MAUNDY THURSDAY, MARCH 24
Dear children, I come to you as mother. I am bringing you my Son’s peace and love. Purify your hearts and take my Son with you. GIVE TRUE PEACE AND JOY TO OTHERS. October 2, 2005
• GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 25
GIVE YOUR HAND TO ME, your mother, and permit me to lead you. I am the Queen of peace. Thank you. August 2, 2006
• HOLY SATURDAY, MARCH 26
GIVE ME YOUR HEARTS that I may put my Son in them and make my apostles of you – apostles of peace and love. Thank you! November 2, 2006

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Little man, big heart...

Alongside the bank of confessional boxes outside St James church in Medjugorje is a statue that stands almost unnoticed, except for those praying in front of the small bronze figure before they enter the confessional. The sculpture is of St Leopold Mandic, a Croatian Capuchin friar famed for his extraordinary work as a confessor. Such was his devotion to the Sacrament of Reconciliation that he became known as the Apostle of the Confession.

But among some of his Capuchin brothers, St Leopold was much misunderstood, especially when his ministry prevented him from being present at communal gatherings. Some of the friars also objected to the largess Leopold showed to penitents. But the little priest transformed the confessional into an experience of human dignity, a personal encounter of compassion, respect and understanding. There every penitent experienced the mercy of God and the kindness of a priest.

St Leopold once remarked, “Some say that I am too good to the people, but if you come and kneel before me, isn’t this sufficient proof that you want to have God’s pardon? God’s mercy is beyond all expectation.”

For nearly 40 years and 12 hours a day, St Leopold received, counselled and absolved thousands of penitents, and would then often spend many hours at night praying for them. “I give my penitents only small penances because I do the rest myself. I must pray for them,” he said.

A small man in stature, but big in heart, Leopold died in May 1942 and was canonised by Pope John Paul ll in October 1983.

Last Wednesday the relics of St Leopold Mandic, along with those of another famous Capuchin confessor, St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), were taken to Rome as part of the celebrations for the Jubilee of Mercy and later processed to St Peter’s Basilica. The urns containing the relics of the two saints will remain in Rome until February 11.

Dear children, I invite you to open the door of your heart to Jesus as the flower opens itself to the sun. Jesus desires to fill your hearts with peace and joy. You cannot, little children, realise peace if you are not at peace with Jesus. Therefore, I invite you to Confession so Jesus may be your truth and peace. So, little children, pray to have strength to realise what I am telling you. I am with you and I love you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, January 25, 1995

Friday, February 05, 2016

Thank you for responding to my call


The first public message given by Our Lady at Medjugorje was transmitted to the seer Marija Pavlovic on the third day of the apparitions, June 26, 1981.

Our Lady had already met with the six visionaries near the top of Podbrdo, but as Marija descended the hlll ahead of the others she found herself pulled by a force to the side of the path where Our Lady appeared to her again, in front of a dark cross, and gave this message:

Peace, peace, peace! Only peace! Be reconciled. Reconcile with God and each other.

From this we can see that from the outset Our Lady’s mission at Medjugorje was to call the world to peace and reconciliation.

Today, the Vatican announced that in a week’s time His Holiness Pope Francis will meet in Cuba on February 12 with His Holiness Patriarch Krill of Moscow and All Russia.

It will be the first-ever meeting of a pope and Moscow patriarch, and another step towards peace and reconciliation between Christians.

And when many wonder why Our Lady is appearing at Medjugorje for so long we only have to remember that it has been a 1,000 years since a formal schism between the Easter Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches began in the 11th century and for this meeting to take place between the Pope and the Moscow Patriarch.

It’s somewhat ironic that this historic meeting will take place in Cuba, a country still ruled by a Marxist-Leninist Communist government. But perhaps no more surprising than Our Lady appearing in Medjugorje which was part of Former Yugoslavia, another Communist State at the time when the apparitions began in 1981.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Travelling light...


Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, “Do not take a spare tunic.”
Mark 6 : 7-8

• Who doesn’t carry baggage in life? Who doesn’t become burdened with one problem or another at times? Who doesn’t hang on to past grievances and hurts? Who doesn’t hoard?

It can even be a burden in itself just trying to let go of all the stuff that slows us down as we journey through life; and so we continue to hang on to as much as possible according to our own strength. Eventually, we discover our strength is not enough to carry all we desire to possess and hold onto. Stress signs begin to show. Cracks in relationships appear. Our health begins to deteriorate. All because we struggle in making decisions to let go, a sure sign of wanting to remain in control of our lives.

Jesus wants us to be free men and women. When Jesus walked this earth it was the free people who wore sandals. Only slaves went barefoot. He sent his apostles into the world, free of any burden or possessions, with a mission to make others free – especially free from the burden of sin and possessiveness. He sent them out wearing sandals, but with no extras.

Jesus knows we have needs. In the Lord’s Prayer we are taught to ask our Father in Heaven for our daily bread – our daily needs. We are also taught that these needs will be met according to the Father’s will. He knows the necessities that are important to sustain life.

How easy or difficult we find ourselves able or wanting to rely on Providence can also be a sign of the level of trust we place in God, but it is a certainty I can vouch for personally that the more we rely on God, the more he provides for our needs.

In her many messages from Medjugorje our Blessed Mother also invites us to reflect and pray on the important needs in life for the journey to Heaven. She acknowledges the freedom given by God to all mankind, but also says that our freedom is our weakness. That’s often the truth in my own life!

Our Lady also invites us to ponder the passage from Mark’s Gospel that speaks of Providence: “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...”

There is one certain way we can lay down much of the baggage we hold onto, especially our sins, and that is through the Sacrament of Confession. There is no better way, and it is a wonderful Sacrament that makes us all free men and women; free in the way that God created us to be free; free from the burden of sin; free to accept all that God desires to give us; trusting in Providence and allowing God to be God.

Open yourselves to prayer and seek a conversion of your hearts from God; everything else he sees and provides. April 25, 2002 

Set your hearts on his kingdom, and these other things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:31

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A light to enlighten...

The light of God enters the world daily in so many ways, but none more beautiful than through a newborn child...

This morning I was blessed with the arrival into the world of my fourth grandson. James weighed in at 10lb 6oz.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Go home and tell the people...


In the previous post I asked: “Ever wondered why so many pilgrims return from Medjugorje with a desire in their heart to share their experience and encourage others to make the journey there?” – and then referred to an explanation Pope Francis gave last Saturday:

“The mercy we receive from the Father is not given to us as private consolation but makes us tools so that others can receive the same gift. Living on mercy makes us missionaries of mercy.”

In Mark’s gospel reading for today (5 : 1-20) Jesus gives the same teaching after he heals a man possessed by unclean spirits, who then begs to be allowed to stay with him.

But Jesus wouldn’t let him and instead said to the man: “Go home to your people and tell them all that the Lord in his mercy has done for you.”

The man went off and proceeded to spead throughout the Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him. And everyone was amazed.

Indeed, God’s mercy makes us missionaries of mercy.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

I give you what gives me joy…


Ever wondered why so many pilgrims return from Medjugorje with a desire in their heart to share their experience and encourage others to make the journey there?

This morning Pope Francis provided the answer (without any direct reference to Medjugorje) in his catechisis at the first of a series of special Jubilee audiences to be held one Saturday a month during the Holy Year.

In his report for Vatican Insider, Andrea Tornielli wrote:


Francis stressed the “close relationship between mercy and mission”, recalling the words pronounced by his predecessor, John Paul II, who is now a saint: “the Church lives an authentic life when she professes and proclaims mercy, and leads people to the source of mercy”.

“When we receive a good piece of news or we experience something beautiful” Francis continued, “we naturally feel the need to share it with others, to pass on the joy to others, joy drives us to communicate it. And we should do the same when we encounter the Lord.”

“The concrete sign” that we have really met Jesus, the Pope explained, “is the joy we feel in communicating it to others and this is not proselytism”, the Pope stressed, making the ‘no-no’ gesture with his finger. It is “a gift: I give you what gives me joy. This was the experience of the first disciples: after the first encounter with Jesus, Andrew immediately runs to tell Peter”. Encountering Jesus “equates to meeting his love, this love transforms us and gives us the power to transmit to others the force it gives us”.

From the day of our baptism, the Pope said, “each of us is given a second name in addition to the one our mothers and fathers have chosen for us and that name is ‘Christopher’, we are all ‘christophers’, in other words, ‘Christ-bearers’. This name defines our attitude as bearers of Christ’s joy of Christ’s mercy.”

Francis concluded, “the mercy we receive from the Father is not given to us as private consolation but makes us tools so that others can receive the same gift. Living on mercy makes us missionaries of mercy. So let us take our Christian identity seriously and commit to living our lives as true believers because only this way can the Gospel touch the hearts of other people.”

The late Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM similarly explained in a commentary on one of the Medjugorje messages (June 25, 1997).

“Everything for which Mary prays and that she wishes to teach us leads into our need for peace, that everyone has only gotten it from God, and that no-one of us may then keep it only for themselves.

To this there is also a logical order that starts with peace inside our hearts. When we have his peace with God, and thereupon peace with each other, then we can also become carriers of peace within our families, within our communities, wherever we work, wherever we find ourselves, and therefore in the whole world.

Here it really concerns the most beautiful assignment that any human can accomplish, the assignment of offering others around him peace, the peace that God has given us.

How awful it is for someone to meet someone or to live with someone who lacks peace, and who is incapable of offering peace to others. In the same way, how beautiful it is when one has peace and offers it to the others!

Dear children! Today, I and my Son desire to give you an abundance of joy and peace so that each of you may be a joyful carrier and witness of peace and joy in the places where you live. Little children, be a blessing and be peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, December 25, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Another Medjugorje miracle?


Following a shock 37-23 win by Croatia against Poland on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the European Men’s Handball Championship, head coach Željko Babić attributed the unexpected victory to Jesus and a Medjugorje miracle.

With Croatia needing a landslide win by 11 goals at least, the 44-year-old from Metković said after his team’s sensational triumph, “This was a miracle from Medjugorje. Yes, from Medjugorje! I want to thank my friend Jesus and hope he will forgive my lack of hope. I didn’t believe that a miracle was possible. Now I would never bet against Jesus. Never!”

Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović journeyed to Poland to support the team and be with the travelling Croatian fans among the 15,000 attendance that packed the Krakow arena.

The victory has since inspired Medjugorje pastor Fr Karlo Lovrić OFM to write a poem about the ‘David and Goliath’ encounter.

Croatia next play Spain on January 29 for a place in the Final.


source: brotnjo-online.com

Monday, January 25, 2016

Our Lady’s January message to Marija


Dear children! Also today I am calling all of you to prayer.

You cannot live without prayer, because prayer is a chain which brings you closer to God.

Therefore, little children, in humility of heart return to God and to his commandments so that with all of your heart you are able to say: as it is in Heaven so may it be on earth.

You, little children, are free to decide, in freedom, for God or against him.

See where Satan wants to pull you into sin and slavery.

Therefore, little children, return to my heart so that I can lead you to my Son Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message, January 25, 2015

The Conversion of St Paul


“…a bright light from heaven suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I answered ‘Who are you Lord?’ and he said to me, ‘I am Jesus. the Nazarene, and you are persecuting me.’ The people with me saw the light but did not hear his voice as he spoke to me.”
Acts 22 : 6-8

Dear children! In your life you have all experienced light and darkness. God grants to every person to recognise good and evil. I am calling you to the light which you should carry to all the people who are in darkness. People who are in darkness daily come into your homes. Dear children, give them the light! Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, March 14, 1985

“Someone called Ananias, a devout follower of the Law and highly thought of by the Jews living there, came to see me; he stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’”
Acts 22 : 12-13

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Welcomed, understood and supported


Some encouraging words from Pope Francis today…

Pilgrimage to shrines: an eloquent expression of faith
Vatican City, 21 January 2016 (VIS) 

“Making a pilgrimage to shrines is one of the most eloquent expressions of the faith of a people for God … This popular religiosity is an authentic form of evangelisation that must be promoted and emphasised, without minimising its importance”, said Pope Francis this morning as he received in the Paul VI Hall three thousand leaders of pilgrimages and rectors of shrines, participating in the Jubilee.


“It would be a mistake to think that those who go on a pilgrimage live a spirituality that is not personal but rather of the ‘masses’. The reality is that the pilgrim carries within him his own history and faith, and the lights and shadows of his own life. Each person carries within his or her heart a special wish and a particular prayer. Those who enter the shrine immediately feel they are at home, welcomed, understood and supported…

“Therefore, the key word I would like to underline today with you is ‘welcome’... An affectionate, celebratory, cordial and patient welcome... Jesus spoke about welcome, but most of all he practised it. When we read that sinners such as Matthew and Zacchaeus welcomed Jesus in their home and at their table, it is because they felt welcomed first by Jesus, and this had changed their lives”.

Francis commented that the pilgrim often reaches a sanctuary tired, hungry and thirsty. “And very often this physical condition reflects the inner condition”, he observed. “Therefore, every person needs to be welcomed well both materially and spiritually... Whoever they may be, young or old, rich or poor, sick and troubled or simply a curious tourist, we must find the right way to welcome them, because in each one of them there is a heart that seeks God, at times without being fully aware”.

Finally, he said that priests offer a special welcome in these shrines as ministers of God’s forgiveness, as the shrine is the “house of forgiveness, where each person encounters the tenderness of the Father who is merciful to all, without excluding anyone. Those who approach the confessional do so because they repent of their sins... Priests who carry out their mission in sanctuaries must always have a heart full of mercy: their attitude must be that of a father”.


• Medjugorje, a place of prayer and reconciliation, attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year since it was first claimed that Our Lady has been appearing there for the past 35 years.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pope Francis and the ‘five stones’

On April 14, 2014, Pope Francis met with seminarians from the Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni.

In his address the Holy Father said that only by allowing oneself to be shaped by the Holy Spirit – as clay is shaped by the potter – will seminarians be able to shepherd the people of God and guide them “along the way that is Jesus.”

This, the Holy Father said, “means:
– meditating every day on the Gospel…
– experiencing the mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation…
– eating the Eucharist with faith and with love…
– being men of prayer.”

How similar this is to the ‘five stones’ as outlined in Our Lady’s messages from Medjugorje – a reference to the stones gathered by David to defend himself against Goliath. As it turned out, only one was necessary. But David came fully prepared, even though the odds and opposition seemed insurmountable.

The Five Stones of Medjugorje

1. Unceasing PRAYER.
2. FASTING is also asked for.
3. Daily reading of HOLY SCRIPTURE.
4. CONFESSION, monthly at least.
5. Celebration of the EUCHARIST, Sunday at least.


Dear children, you know that for your sake I have remained a long time so I might teach you how to make progress on the way of holiness. Therefore, dear children, pray without ceasing and live the messages which I am giving you for I am doing it with great love toward God and toward you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
part Medjugorje message, January 1, 1987

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Resting in peace...


Dear children! In this time of grace, I call you to come even closer to God through your personal prayer. Make good use of the time of rest and give your soul and your eyes rest in God. Find peace in nature and you will discover God the Creator whom you will be able to give thanks to for all creatures; then you will find joy in your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, July 25, 2001

Monday, January 18, 2016

Opening to the Holy Spirit


Jesus replied: “No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak; if he does the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. And nobody puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins too. No! New wine, fresh skins!” Mark 2 : 21-22

“What does this mean? That Jesus changes the law? No! That the law is at the service of man, who is at the service of God – and so man ought to have an open heart. ‘It’s always been done this way’ is a closed heart, and Jesus tells us, ‘I will send you the Holy Spirit and he will lead you into the fullness of truth.’ If you have a heart closed to the newness of the Spirit, you will never reach the full truth. And your Christian life will be a half-and-half life, a patched life, mended with new things, but on a structure that is not open to the voice of the Lord – a closed heart, so that you are not able to change others.”
Pope Francis, Homily, January 18, 2016

Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer and silence. Rest your body and spirit, may they be in God’s love. Permit me, little children, to lead you, open your hearts to the Holy Spirit so that all the good that is in you may blossom and bear fruit one hundred fold. Begin and end the day with prayer with the heart. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, July 25, 2011

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The mother of Jesus is there...


I always find the account from John’s Gospel of the Cana Wedding interesting in the way it relates in a sense to the events at Medjugorje, where new wine flows into the hearts of those who accept the invitation to the wedding – to arrive, experience and give witness to a new relationship – and respond to the call of the mother of Jesus when she says: “Do whatever he tells you.”

At Medjugorje, through the intercession of the mother of Jesus, hearts become vessels filled with prayer, purified with the waters of repentance, and so allow miracles to take place and new wine – the best of wine – to flow and be enjoyed.

To many, the glory seen and witnessed at Medjugorje is a wonderful confirmation of God’s love for his people; it is clearly visible and makes pilgrims into new disciples, renewed in faith and belief in Jesus, ready to follow him alongside his mother and the brothers and sisters in Christ.

There is a wedding at Medjugorje in Herzegovina. The mother of Jesus is there; and Jesus and his disciples are also in attendance…

Taste and see. All are invited.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Medjugorje announcement forthcoming?

Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto
A message for Medjugorje?
Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, apostolic nuncio in Bosnia Herzegovina and in Montenegro, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican today (Friday).

The Holy Father also met with Cardinal Giuseppe Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

Has the papal nuncio been commissioned to bring a special message to B+H appertaining to the long-awaited outcome of the Medjugorje Commisison and a decision by Pope Francis?

On Monday of this week Pope Francis made a telling comment during morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta when he pronounced:

“It’s the prayer of the faithful that brings change to the Church; it’s not us popes, bishops or priests who carry the Church forward, but the Saints.”

The call to prayer has been the bedrock of the Medjugorje messages with Our Lady insisting that only with prayer will hearts change.

It will be two years on January 14 since the Medjugorje Commission, presided by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, held its final session and passed its findings for further study to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

In August last year, Prefect of the CDF Cardinal Gerhard Müller said that the Vatican dicastery would examine all related documentation “in the Autumn session” and that it would then inform the Pope of its opinion for him to take the final decision.


• The task of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples has always been the transmission and dissemination of the faith throughout the whole world. It was given the specific responsibility of coordinating and guiding all the Church’s diverse missionary efforts and initiatives. These include: the promotion and the formation of the clergy and of local hierarchies, encouraging new missionary institutes, and providing material assistance for the missionary activity of the Church. Thus, the newly established Congregation became the ordinary and exclusive instrument of the Holy Father and of the Holy See in its exercise of jurisdiction over all of the Church’s missions and over missionary cooperation. (source: vatican.va)

UPDATE: Three days after his meeting with Pope Francis in Rome, the Vatican announced the appointment of Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto as apostolic nuncio in Monaco.

Persevering in faith...


Mark’s Gospel reading today describes the time when four men brought a paralytic to Jesus and lowered him through the roof of the house because of the large crowds blocking access through the door.  (2 : 1-12) 

Their perseverance and faith was rewarded. Jesus forgave the sins of the paralysed man and afterwards he was able to walk again.

Yesterday, in his homily, Pope Francis recalled the words of the Apostle John saying that the victory over the world is our faith. “Our faith wins, always!”

On Wednesday morning (see post below) I underwent a procedure to try and improve my failing heart. It was a long process taking over three hours. The surgical team struggled greatly with trying to find a way into my heart with one of the leads. For whatever reason the normal route was blocked and they had to find an alternative route and method to reach where they wanted to go.

At one time I sensed the team were about to give up (I had been warned earlier that it may not be possible to insert one of the leads). They had spent an hour already trying to thread the lead without any success.

It was then, I found myself saying out loud, “Persevere!” The surgeon’s response was positive and 15 minutes later the mission was accomplished.

Reading today’s Gospel, about the faith and perseverance of the four men carrying the stretcher to Jesus, reminded me of my experience on Wednesday, lying on my own ‘stretcher’, being taken to theatre, and surrounded by people wanting to heal me.

Earlier, I had been encouraged to learn that the name of the assisting surgeon was Christos!

Thank God for the variety of skills and talents we are all blessed with to help heal each other, and for the gift of faith and perseverance of so many, even stretcher bearers.


Dear children, as a mother I implore you to persevere as my apostles. I am praying to my Son to give you Divine wisdom and strength. I am praying that you may discern everything around you according to God's truth and to strongly resist everything that wants to distance you from my Son. I am praying that you may witness the love of the Heavenly Father according to my Son. My children, great grace has been given to you to be witnesses of God’s love. Do not take the given responsibility lightly. Do not sadden my motherly heart. As a mother I desire to rely on my children, on my apostles. Through fasting and prayer you are opening the way for me to pray to my Son for him to be beside you and for his name to be holy through you. Pray for the shepherds because none of this would be possible without them. Thank you.
Medjugorje message, November 2, 2012

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