Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
May the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you. And may he so conform your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints.
Finally, brother, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus to make more and more progress in the kind of life that you are menat to live: the life that God wants, as you learnt from us, and as you are already living it. You have not forgotten the instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Jesus.
Thessalonians 3:12 – 4:2
Dear children! Today also I give thanks to the Lord for all that He is doing for me, especially for this gift that I am able to be with you also today. Dear children, these are the days in which the Father grants special graces to all who open their hearts. I bless you and I desire that you too, dear children, become alive to the graces and place everything at God's disposal so that He may be glorified through you. My heart carefully follows your progress. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, December 25, 1986
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Friday, November 27, 2015
Today is the Feast of the Miraculous Medal. The medal has an association with Medjugorje. On November 27, 1989, Our Lady said to the visionary Marija:
These days, I want you to pray in a special way for the salvation of souls. Today is the feast day of the miraculous medal, and I want that you pray, in a special way, for the salvation of those people who are carrying this miraculous medal. I want you to spread the devotion and carrying of this medal, so that more souls may be saved, and that you pray in a special way.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.
On November 27 1830 at 5:30 pm, during meditation, St Catherine Labouré saw at the present location of the Virgin of the Globe (Rue de Bac) a vision of the Blessed Virgin. She was standing on a globe holding in her hands a small golden globe, her feet crushing a serpent. Coming from the open hands of the Blessed Virgin were beautiful rays of light. At that same moment Catherine heard a voice saying: “These rays are symbols of graces that Mary obtains for people.” Then an oval formed around the vision and Catherine saw emblazoned in a semi-circle this invocation written in gold letters, and until then unknown: “O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to you”. Then the oval turned and Catherine saw on the reverse side, the letter M surmounted with a little cross and below it the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Catherine then heard these words: “Have a medal made as this. Those who wear it with confidence will receive great graces.”
• further information about the Miraculous Medal and St Catherine Labouré can be found at the official website of the Chapel of the Rue de Bac.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Dear children! Today I am calling all of you: pray for my intentions.
Peace is in danger, therefore, little children, pray and be carriers of peace and hope in this restless world where Satan is attacking and tempting in every way.
Little children, be firm in prayer and courageous in faith.
I am with you and intercede before my Son Jesus for all of you.
Thank you for having responded to my call.
November 25, 2015
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Jesus said to his disciples; “Men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name – and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself will give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair on your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.” Luke 21 : 12-19
Dear children! I am inviting you to a complete surrender to God. Pray, little children, that Satan may not carry you about like the branches in the wind. Be strong in God. I desire that through you the whole world may get to know the God of joy. By your life bear witness for God’s joy. Do not be anxious nor worried. God himself will help you and show you the way. I desire that you love all men with my love. Only in that way can love reign over the world. Little children, you are mine. I love you and want you to surrender to me so that I can lead you to God. Never cease praying so that Satan cannot take advantage of you. Pray for the knowledge that you are mine. I bless you with blessings of joy. Thank you for having responded to my call
Medjugorje message, May 25, 1988
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed.” Luke 21 : 5-6
Dear children! Today again I would like to say to you that I am with you also in these troubled days during which Satan wishes to destroy all that my Son Jesus and I are building. He desires especially to destroy your souls. He wants to take you away as far as possible from the Christian life and from the commandments that the Church calls you to live. Satan wishes to destroy everything that is holy in you and around you. This is why, little children, pray, pray, pray to be able to grasp all that God is giving you through my coming. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, September 25, 1992
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Sunday, November 22, 2015
Thou shalt know him when he comes
Not by any din of drums
Nor by the vantage of his airs
Nor by anything he wears
Neither by his crown
Nor his gown
For his presence known shall be
by the holy harmony
that his coming makes in thee.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015
Today Jesus weeps as well: because we have chosen the way of war, the way of hatred, the way of enmities. We are close to Christmas: there will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes – all decked out – while the world continues to wage war. The world has not understood the way of peace [. . .] It will do us well to seek the grace of tears for ourselves, for this world that does not recognise the path of peace, this world that lives for war, and cynically says not to make it. Let us pray for conversion of heart. Here before the door of this Jubilee of Mercy, let us ask that our joy, our jubilation, be this grace: that the world discover the ability to weep for its crimes, for what the world does with war.
Pope Francis, November 19, 2015
Mirjana, I chose you, and I told you everything that is necessary. I entrusted you with the knowledge of many abominations, which you must carry with dignity. Think of me, and how much I too shed tears because of this.
part message to Medjugorje seer Mirjana, December 25, 1982
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Friday, November 20, 2015
Dear children! My call is that in everything you would be an image for others, especially in prayer and witnessing. Dear children, without you I am not able to help the world. I desire that you cooperate with me in everything, even in the smallest things. Therefore, dear children, help me by letting your prayer be from the heart and all of you surrendering completely to me. That way I shall be able to teach and lead you on this way which I have begun with you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, August 28, 1986
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Thursday, November 19, 2015
As Jesus drew near Jerusalem and came in sight of the city he shed tears over it and said, “If you in your turn had only understood on this day the message of peace! But, alas, it is hidden from your eyes!
Luke 19 : 41-42
Dear children! Today I invite all of you who have heard my message of peace to realise it with seriousness and with love in your life. There are many who think that they are doing a lot by talking about the messages, but do not live them. Dear children, I invite you to life and to change all the negative in you, so that it all turns into the positive and life. Dear children, I am with you and I desire to help each of you to live and by living, to witness the good news. I am here, dear children, to help you and to lead you to heaven, and in heaven is the joy through which you can already live heaven now. Thank you for having responded to my call! Medjugorje message, May 25, 1991
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Autumn, a time of transition from summer to winter, a season of maturity and hope, of many colours, abundance and ‘mellow fruifulness’… of waiting in joyful expectation.
According to Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the dicastery will meet “in the Autumn session” to examine the documentation produced by the Medjugorje commission study, and then inform Pope Francis of its opinion for him to take the final “decision”.
What that final decision may be, we can only wait for in ‘joyful expectation’ as we prepare to enter the season of Advent – the first season of the liturgical year and a period declared by the Church as one of ‘joyful expectation’ and ‘new beginnings’.
The first Sunday of Advent is November 29.
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy begins on December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Will Pope Francis recognise Medjugorje as a place chosen through Mercy, and so confirm the message of Our Lady given on November 2, 2009: “I am with you because God, in his mercy, sends me.”
• Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for. We wait during Advent for the birth of Jesus. We wait after Easter for the coming of the Spirit, and after the ascension of Jesus we wait for his coming again in glory. We are always waiting, but it is a waiting in the conviction that we have already seen God's footsteps.
Waiting for God is an active, alert - yes, joyful - waiting. As we wait we remember him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember him we create a community ready to welcome him when he comes.
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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Dear children! Also today I call you, in this time of grace, to pray for little Jesus to be born in your heart. May he, who is peace itself, give peace to the entire world through you. Therefore, little children, pray without ceasing for this turbulent world without hope, so that you may become witnesses of peace for all. May hope begin to flow through your hearts as a river of grace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, November 25, 2008
“We are called to live the present, building our future with serenity and trust in God.
“God calls us to look at our own times through a lens of hope.
“It is that virtue that is so difficult to live: hope, the smallest of the virtues, but the strongest.
“And our hope has a face: the face of the risen Lord, who comes 'with great power and glory' that manifests his crucified love, transfigured in the resurrection.
“The triumph of Jesus at the end times will be a triumph of the Cross, the demonstration that sacrifice of yourself for the love of your neighbour, in the imitation of Christ, is the only victorious power and the only fixed point in the midst of the upheavals and tragedies of the world.”
Pope Francis, Angelus address, Sunday, November 15, 2015
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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Dear children! Today also I invite you to prayer. Only by prayer and fasting can war be stopped. Therefore, my dear little children, pray and by your life give witness that you are mine and that you belong to me, because satan wishes in these turbulent days to seduce as many souls as possible. Therefore, I invite you to decide for God and he will protect you and show you what you should do and which path to take. I invite all those who have said “yes” to me to renew their consecration to my Son Jesus and his Heart, and to me, so we can take you more intensely as instruments of peace in this unpeaceful world. Medjugorje is a sign to all of you and a call to pray and live the days of grace that God is giving you. Therefore, dear children, accept the call to prayer with seriousness. I am with you and your suffering is also mine. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, April 25, 1992
Medjugorje message, April 25, 1992
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Dear children! My call is that in everything you would be an image for others, especially in prayer and witnessing. Dear children, without you I am not able to help the world. I desire that you cooperate with me in everything, even in the smallest things. Therefore, dear children, help me by letting your prayer be from the heart and all of you surrendering completely to me. That way I shall be able to teach and lead you on this way which I have begun with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, August 28, 1986
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Thursday, November 05, 2015
I shouldn’t, but I do – count the number of penitents in line when I go to confession. It could be a handful, it could be dozens, but I take delight in knowing that for every person who confesses their sins it prompts much rejoicing in heaven!
Jesus says so in today’s Gospel reading (Luke 15 1-10): “I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.”
Mostly we are conditioned to petition heaven to send joy into the world, so it comes as a surprising truth that here on earth each of one of us is capable of generating joy in heaven and among the angels of God.
If just one different person repents each minute of the day, that gives the angels 1,440 repentant souls to rejoice over daily. Not a lot, is it? But enough for the angels in heaven to receive perpetual joy!
And imagine how that joy intensifies as the number of repenting souls on earth increases.
So for the angels in heaven, what a wonderful source of joy Medjugorje must be – the confessional of the world!
I am here, dear children, to help you and to lead you to heaven, and in heaven is the joy through which you can already live heaven now. part Medjugorje message, May 25, 1991
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Tuesday, November 03, 2015
All of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it we belong to each other.
Our gifts differ according to the grace given us.
If your gift is prophecy, then use it as your faith suggests; if administration, then use it for administration; if teaching, then use it for teaching.
Let the preachers deliver sermons, the almsgivers give freely, the officials be dilligent, and those who do works of mercy do them cheerfully.
Do not let your love be a pretence, but sincerely prefer good to evil.
Love each other as much as brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other.
Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit.
If you have hope, this will make you cheerful.
Do not give up when trials come; and keep on praying.
If any of the saints are in need you must share with them; and you should make hospitaity your special care.
Bless those who persecute you: never curse them, bless them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice and be sad with those in sorrow.
Treat everyone with equal kindness; never be condescending but make real friends with the poor.
from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 12 : 5-16
Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1 : Tuesday (November 3, 2015)
The message given by Pope Francis
In his homily pronounced in St Peter’s Basilica this morning, Pope Francis concluded with this exhortation:
“As we offer this mass for our dear brothers, cardinals and bishops, ask for us what the apostle Paul exhorts us to do: ‘to turn our thoughts to what is on high, not to earthly things’; to think of the love of God and of others, more than our own needs. That we must not be concerned with what we lack on this earth, but with the treasure on high; not with what we need but with what is really needed. May the Passover of the Lord be enough in our lives, enough to be free from the anxieties of the ephemeral, which pass and vanish into thin air; may he be sufficient for us in whom is found life, salvation, resurrection and joy. Then we will be servants according to his heart: not employed officials, but beloved children who give their lives for the world.”
The message given by Mary
Yesterday, in the message given to the Medjugorje seer Mirjana, Our Lady said:
“. . . faith alone without love and works of love is not what I am asking of you: my children, this is an illusion of faith. It is a boasting of self. . . all that is of this world, which many of my children, unfortunately, put in the first place, will disappear; and only love and works of love will remain and open the door of the Kingdom of Heaven.”
The message given by Jesus
Today’s Gospel (Luke 14 : 15-24) also speaks of those who miss out on the Kingdom of God because of being pre-occupied with the cares of the world.
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