Sunday, August 30, 2015

From the heart...

Jesus called the people to him again and said, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that goes into a man from outside can make him unclean; it is the things that come out of a man that make him unclean. For it is from within, from men’s hearts, that evil intentions emerge. Mark 7 : 15

On the evening of August 2, 1981, a small group of people gathered in a field at Gumno, about 200 yards from the house where the visionary Vicka lived. They were there to be present at an apparition of Our Lady.

The people were encouraged to come close and touch the apparition, even though they could not see her. And then Vicka became distressed because Our Lady’s dress appeared to be stained where the people had touched it.

They were all encouraged to go and make their confession.


Dear children, I am coming to you as a mother. I am coming with an open heart full of love for you, my children. Cleanse your hearts from everything that prevents you from receiving me; from recognising the love of my Son. Through you, my heart desires to win -- desires to triumph. Open your hearts; I will lead you to this. Thank you!
Medjugorje message, May 2, 2006

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pope Francis, Medjugorje and the New York Times

An article on Medjugorje published by a major news portal this week claims that pilgrims numbers visiting the ‘shrine’ are down since comments made by Pope Francis in June.

Writing in the New York Times Elisabetta Povoledo says:

“Already, since the pope announced in June that a decision was imminent, the numbers of Italians — once the bulk of the pilgrims here — have fallen by half.”

But the stats published by the Medjugorje parish website tell a different story.

Every month, since 1985, the parish has made available statistics about the number of holy communions distributed to pilgrims and Medjugorje residents.

This is the only available and consistent guide to the number of pilgrims visiting Medjugorje.

So, for the record, here are stats published before and since Pope Francis made his comments in June:


HOLY COMMUNIONS DISTRUBUTED AT MEDJUGORJE

2015 2014 2013
JUNE213,000211,000211,900
JULY195,500188,700143,400


This reveals the number of communions distributed for the months of June and July in 2015 is up on the two previous years, a positive indication that pilgrims numbers are also up.

As for any dip for the months of July, this is not unusual. The weather is extremely hot during this month and less pilgrims go there because of this. What also has to be taken into account is that the June figures are boosted by the anniversary celebrations that take place on the 25th of that month.

Poveledo quotes only one source for her claim about the Pope’s statement reducing the number of pilgrims travelling to Medjugorje. Had she checked with the parish ofice, she may have wanted to present a different story, but then it should be asked if the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. in September was the motive for producing the negative story on pilgrim numbers rather than Medjugorje itself.

The Pope is news. So is Medjugorje. Combine the two and it’s an easy story to sell, factual or not.

The headline to the NYT article reads: “Church Inquiry May Pit Pope Against a Popular Bosnian Shrine”.

The truth is it is not the Church that attempts to pit the Pope against Medjugorje but those responsible for misleading headlines and reports short on facts wanting readers to believe that Medjugorje, a place of prayer and reconciliation, is out of step with the Church and even Pope Francis.

The message is prayer


Our Lady’s latest message for the world given to the Medjugorje seer Marija Pavlovic on August 25 has created much interest and even speculation because of one sentence: The world is in a moment of trial, because it forgot and abandoned God.

But that is not the essence of the message. The message is principally about prayer. Every sentence speaks of prayer.

A CALL TO PRAYER…
Dear children! Also today I am calling you to be prayer.

PRAYER AS THE WAY TO MEET GOD…
May prayer be for you the wings for an encounter with God.

LACK OF PRAYER…
The world is in a moment of trial, because it forgot and abandoned God.

SEEK AND DISCOVER THE LOVE OF GOD IN PRAYER…
Therefore, little children, be those who seek and love God above all.

SAYING ‘YES’ TO GOD IS PRAYER – BRINGS TRUE FREEDOM…
I am with you and leading you to my Son, but you must say your ‘yes’ in the freedom of children of God.

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION…
I intercede for you and I love you, little children, with an endless love.

PRAYER OF GRATITUDE…
Thank you for having responded to my call

Pope Francis on prayer...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 2015 Medjugorje message to Marija


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

May prayer be for you the wings for an encounter with God.

The world is in a moment of trial, because it forgot and abandoned God.

Therefore you, little children, be those who seek and love God above all.

I am with you and I am leading you to my Son, but you must say your ‘yes’ in the freedom of children of God.

I intercede for you and I love you, little children, with an endless love.

Thank you for having responded to my call.


Blessed the man who stands firm when trials come. He has proved himself, and will win the prize of life, the crown that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1 : 12

...you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and failed to keep in remembrance the Rock of your strength. For you are planting plants for Adonis, you put in sprigs of foreign gods, you make them flower the same day as you plant them; as soon as it is light your seedlings blossom, but all that you pick up will vanish on the day of trouble, and the evil will be incurable.
Isaiah 17 : 10-11

Alas – again!

Jesus said, “Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who clean the outside of cup and dish and leave the inside full of extortion and intemperance. Blind Pharisee! Cleanse the inside of cup and dish first so that the outside may become clean as well.” Matthew 23 : 25-26

Dear children, I am coming to you as a mother. I am coming with an open heart full of love for you, my children. Cleanse your hearts from everything that prevents you from receiving me; from recognising the love of my Son. Through you, my heart desires to win – desires to triumph. Open your hearts; I will lead you to this. Thank you! Medjugorje message, May 2, 2006

The Mother who loves me...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Alas...


Jesus said: “Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who shut up the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces, neither going in yourselves nor allowing others to go in who want to.” Matthew 23 : 13

I desire for all of my children to experience my Son’s Kingdom. part Medjugorje message, October 2, 2012

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Newborn gifts – daily!


Two of my young grandsons accompanied me to Mass today. It was a joy to have them sitting beside me. There were many other young children in attendance, babies, mostly.

The thought came to me how God renews the face of the earth every single day with the gift of life, newborn gifts.

Because the world feeds us on a daily diet of bad news, it is all too easy to be led into thinking that God is not with us, does not renew the face of the earth, that the earth is not full of his glory.

In Psalm 104 : 30 we are reminded:

You give breath, fresh life begins,
you keep renewing the world.


On May 15, 2013, Pope Francis shared this prayer with a general audience in St Peter’s Square:

Holy Spirit, make my heart open to God’s Word so that my heart might be open to good, so that my heart might be open to God's beauty every day.

Every prayer, every Mass and every fasting is an attempt of drawing closer to my Son, a reminder of his glory and a refuge from sin – it is a way to a renewed union of the good Father and his children.
part Medjugorje message, April 2, 2014

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Pope says... Mary says...


Dear children! Today I call on you to read the Bible every day in your homes and let it be in a visible place so as always to encourage you to read it and to pray. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, October 18, 1984

The Queenship of Mary

The liturgical feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother was instituted by Pope Pius XII on October 11, 1954, just a few days after he had proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption. The Queenship of Mary is celebrated on August 22.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Medjugorje, where dead priests are resurrected


Writing in her latest newsletter from Medjugorje, Sr Emmanuel shares an anecdote relating to Pope Francis and Medjugorje:

“For my part, Pope Francis' silence about Medjugorje is positive. I think he is waiting for the appropriate moment to express his views. 

“A small, but meaningful anecdote that is worth sharing here: on Wednesday June 17th, Douglas, an old friend of mine who often comes to Medjugorje, met Pope Francis during the general audience following his catechesis about Family. On that day the Gospel inspired Douglas in a special way – it was about the young man who was being taken to the cemetery and whose mother was widowed (Luke 7:11-15). Douglas said to Pope Francis: ‘Holy Father, this is exactly what is happening in Medjguorje: some priests arrive, and they are dead inside. And in Medjugorje Jesus resurrects them and gives them back to His Mother.’ The Pope answered with deep conviction, ‘I know, I know!‘”

• I personally know priests who have experienced ‘resurrection’ at Medjugorje. This letter, by the late Fr Brendan O’Malley confirms the truth of the statement made in Sr Emmanuel’s anecdote.

Dear B... Where do I start? Perhaps a very sincere thank you for the wonderful invitation to accompany your group to Medjugorje.

I had my doubts to begin with, wondering if I would be able to cope with the journey and the heat. But Our Lady saw me through. It was such a revelation to me, about myself and the faith of so many people, young and not so young.

When I got back home I was tired, but felt so renewed and affirmed. I just could not believe that God and Our Lady could use this broken instrument in so many ways. I kept wondering: ‘Is this really me?’ as the Lord enabled me to find words to speak to so many different people and address their problems.

I am now facing, once again, the reality of daily life and am trying, with Our Lady’s help, to build on what she gave me in Medjugorje.

I look forward to the reunion and with God’s help further pilgrimages. Many, many thanks. I have received so much from the pilgrimage. You are all in my daily prayers and I hope to offer Mass weekly for all the group and all those who celebrated Confession with me.

Yours sincerely, Fr Brendan

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pope’s confessor had died

The Croatian Franciscan priest Berislav Ostojic has died. His death took place at Hurlinghamu, Argentina, on the Feast of the Assumption.

Fr Berislav spent many years in Argentina as a missionary where he was the confessor to Cardinal Bergolio who was to become Pope Francis.

Moments before his death Fr Berislav asked to be given a picture of the Queen of Peace and his final words were: “Holy Virgin, help me!”

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dogma of Assumption confirmed by sun miracle


The dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was declared by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 and states that “the Immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven.”

In this declaration no position is taken by the Church as to the question of whether Mary actually died. However, in one of her very early messages given at Medjugorje, Our Lady gave this answer to one of the seers when asked if she went to Heaven before or after death: “I am the Mother of God and the Queen of Peace. I went to Heaven before death.” October 12, 1981

Seven years ago a previously unpublished document came to light which revealed Pope Pius XII had witnessed the “miracle of the sun” on four occasions and he considered this experience as confirmation of his plan to declare the dogma of the Assumption. The information contained in this handwritten note by Pius XII went on public display for two months in the Vatican in November 2008.

Reporting at the time for zenit.org Antonio Gaspari wrote:

According to his own testimony, the Pope who declared the dogma of the Assumption saw the “miracle of the sun” four times.

This information is confirmed by a handwritten, unpublished note from Pope Pius XII, which is part of the Pius XII: The Man and the Pontificate display.

A commissioner of the display and a Vatican reporter for the Italian daily Il Giornale, Andrea Tornielli, explained to ZENIT that the note was found in the Pacelli family archives. It describes the “miracle of the sun,” an episode that until today had only been affirmed by the indirect testimony of Cardinal Federico Tedeschini (1873-1959), who recounted in a homily that the Holy Father had seen the miracle.

Pius XII wrote, “I have seen the ‘miracle of the sun,’ this is the pure truth.”

The miracle of the sun is most known as the episode that occurred in Fatima, Portugal, on October 13, 1917. According to the Fatima visionaries, Mary had said there would be a miracle that day so that people would come to believe. Thousands had gathered at the site of the visions, and the sun “danced,” reportedly drying instantaneously the rain-soaked land and spectators.

Pius XII’s note says that he saw the miracle in the year he was to proclaim the dogma of the Assumption, 1950, while he walked in the Vatican Gardens. He said he saw the phenomenon various times, considering it a confirmation of his plan to declare the dogma.

The papal note says that at 4.00pm on October 30, 1950, during his “habitual walk in the Vatican Gardens, reading and studying,” having arrived to the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, “toward the top of the hill […] I was awestruck by a phenomenon that before now I had never seen.”

“The sun, which was still quite high, looked like a pale, opaque sphere, entirely surrounded by a luminous circle,” he recounted. And one could look at the sun, “without the slightest bother. There was a very light little cloud in front of it.”

The Holy Father’s note goes on to describe “the opaque sphere” that “moved outward slightly, either spinning, or moving from left to right and vice versa. But within the sphere, you could see marked movements with total clarity and without interruption."

Pius XII said he saw the same phenomenon “the 31st of October and November 1, the day of the definition of the dogma of the Assumption, and then again November 8, and after that, no more.”

The Pope acknowledged that on other days at about the same hour, he tried to see if the phenomenon would be repeated, “but in vain – I couldn't fix my gaze [on the sun] for even an instant; my eyes would be dazzled.”

Pius XII spoke about the incident with a few cardinals and close collaborators, such that Sister Pascalina Lehnert, the nun in charge of the papal apartments, declared that “Pius XII was very convinced of the reality of the extraordinary phenomenon, which he had seen on four occasions.”

As Pope, in 1940, Pius XII approved the Fatima apparitions, and in 1942, consecrated the entire world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Solar phenomena is repeatedly witnessed by pilgrims at Medjugorje. The photograph at the top of the page was taken at 15:50 (local time) on September 19, 2008, when the sun appeared to be pulsating and spinning behind Mt Krizevac.

Friday, August 14, 2015

An encounter with Christ at Medjugorje


“Would you care to climb the mountain with me?” she asked. “My father isn’t too well today, and my sister doesn’t want to come.”

It was Margaret’s first time in Medjugorje and the weather was unusually hot for September. If the truth was known, climbing Mount Krizevac was the last thing on my mind. A cool drink in Colombo’s would be more preferable. Besides, I wasn’t in great shape and I wondered if I could make it to the top.

Still clutching the blue wooden rosary beads that had found their way into Ivan’s apparition the night before – and had been blessed by Our Lady – I reluctantly agreed to accompany Margaret, with the proviso that we rest as often as possible and take plenty of water.

Each station was a welcome stop, not for saying prayers or contemplating the Way of the Cross, but just to take in water and find some shade to rest. And so the slow progress continued until we were about three quarters of the way up the mountain, on the left hand side of the path.

It was then that our attention was drawn to a commotion among a group of people to our right who were gathered round a young man lying upside down on the steep and rocky incline. We both stood and stared, and my first thought was: “How will they ever get him down the mountain?”

Margaret guessed right that the young man was experiencing an epileptic seizure. We stood there for some time looking on helplessly as a priest ministered to him. The priest supported the youth’s head while some ladies held his arms and legs firmly, to prevent him thrashing and hurting himself on the rocks – and still I could only stand and watch.

Eventually, I made my way over to the group and offered to take the boy’s weight to let the priest carry on with whatever he had to do. My hands were placed under his neck, my knee supported his back, and his head rested on my ample stomach!

It was then that the words came to me: “Give him the beads.”

“I can’t do that,” I thought, “they’re special, a gift for me.” But the words were repeated: “Give him the beads.”

I relented, and explained to the priest that Our Lady blessed the beads during Ivan’s apparition. He took them and placed them around the young man’s neck and continued praying with him.

It wasn’t too long after that the youth began to recover and the Polish priest said: “Carry on with your journey, he will be okay now.”

Sometime later, as Margaret and I were leaving to come down the mountain, we were surprised to see the young Polish man and some of the women who had tended to him sitting at the foot of the concrete cross. He had recovered sufficiently to complete his climb up Krizevac.

There are two sequels to this story.

• The following morning I attended the 10:00am Mass at St James church. There were many concelebrating priests. One in particular caught my attention. It was the Polish priest I had met on the mountain the previous day. I thought it was unusual for a Polish priest to be at the Mass for english-speaking pilgrims

When Mass had ended I made my way to the exit beside the choir loft on the left side of the church. Waiting there as I passed through the door was Fr Joseph, the priest I had noticed on the altar. He approached, handed me a package, and said “Thank you for being Mary’s helper.” That was it. Nothing else, and off he went.

When I opened the package it was a beautiful image of Our Lady in a picture frame. I was touched by the gift but even more so by the effort the priest had made to seek me out.

Later on the same pilgrimage, another pilgrim came up to me and gave me some blue rosary beads. They say Our Lady is never outdone in generosity.

• Six months later I had the good fortune to find myself in Medjugorje again. It was a quiet time of the year and there were very few pilgrims about. It was also a lot cooler than the previous September.

After attending confession I felt moved to climb Krizevac. It was late in the afternoon when I started out and this time I made a serious attempt to spend time in prayer at each station. My thoughts were concentrated on something the priest had said to me in confession, and I had forgotten all about the episode with the Polish youth the last time I tackled Krizevac.

But then, without realising, as I reached the part of the mountain where the young man had collapsed, close to the eleventh station, the whole incident came flooding back to me. And when I gazed at the bronze plaque, I could hardly believe what I was seeing. There on the plaque was Jesus lying on the ground being nailed to the cross, his legs and arms held down by soldiers while a nail is driven through his hand. There are watching bystanders, some even looking away, seemingly disinterested.

Like the epileptic who tried to thrash his arms and legs as he convulsed on the mountain, so too, it seemed, did Jesus. Why else were the soldiers restraining his limbs in the same manner the women had done with the Polish youth; and who on earth could lie passively while a heavy nail is driven through the hand, without reacting, without writhing and jerking under the sudden impact of pain? Could anyone?

The similarity between the distressed epileptic and Jesus being nailed to his cross was uncanny, almost surreal – surely not just a coincidence? And the bystanders – just like Margaret and myself, feeling helpless and shocked as we stared at the distressing scene. And then I remembered that the youth rose again and ascended to the top of the mountain where he was seated with his priest, Father Joseph (Potyskosz), and the other saintly people who had ministered to him and taken care of his needs...

Priest still missing at Medjugorje

A 79-year-old Italian priest, Fr Luciano Ciciarelli, is still missing at Medjugorje ten days after his disappearance was first reported to police on August 2.

A search of the priest’s rented room found his passport, laptop and personal belongings.

Local people and rescue teams with dogs continue to search the area but have been unable so far to locate the missing priest who served as a missionary in Peru for many years.

Since 1999 Fr Luciano has been engaged in promoting the work of Consecratio Mundi, an association promoting Marian spirituality developed by his congregation’s founder St Louis de Montfort.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cancelling the debt...


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

In Scripture, the number seven denotes perfection or wholeness, hence Peter assuming if he forgives his brother seven times he will have done all that is expected of him. But Jesus quickly puts him right on this and instead mentions a surprising figure of seventy seven to illustrate that we should not set any limits on our forgiveness of others.

In fact, in the parable that follows (the unforgiving debtor), Jesus makes clear that we can enter the kingdom of heaven only if we dispense the same forgiveness we ask and receive from our heavenly Father. If we don’t then we will not be at peace, but tortured until the debt is paid, until we forgive those who are in debt to us. We have to cancel the debt before the gates of heaven are opened, in this life and the next. Our peace can only come when our heart decides to forgive, even oneself.

In life we cancel all sorts of things: appointments, cheques, contracts, services, arrangements, orders… but perhaps the hardest challenge is to cancel a debt owed to us, not just financial but maybe an obligation, or perhaps even an apology that we expect from a person. Sometimes our demand for satisfaction can become extreme, as demonstrated by the moneylender Shylock in Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, who pressed for the pound of flesh secured against his loan made to Antonio. There can also be the danger of “righteousness” masking an unforgiving heart.

Our Lady often speaks about forgiveness in her Medjugorje messages. This message is particularly powerful:

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 judgment and trusted in you.” Thank you. Medjugorje message, September 2, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Being a merciful brother...


I tell you solemnly, whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven. Matthew 18 : 18

I desire to teach you real love so that others may see it in you, that you may see it in others, that you may be a brother to them and that others may see a merciful brother in you. part message, March 18, 2011

Monday, August 10, 2015

Apparition to Marija transmitted via internet tv

The CDF’s restriction on prayer meetings and gatherings around the world that promote the Medjugorje phenomenon does not, it seems, apply to Medjugorje itself.

The recent gathering of young people from around the world for the 26th International Youth Festival at Medjugorje saw visionaries, Ivan, Marija, Jakov and Mirjana all testify to the tens of thousands of young pilgrims attending the six-day event.

This evening MaryTV transmitted a live-stream of Our Lady’s apparition to the visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti from Medjugorje.

It is unusual for this particular visionary to allow her daily apparition to be televised in this way from Medjugorje and shown worldwide via the internet.

Televised transmission of the apparitions to Marija happen occasionally but usually only at public prayer gatherings outside of Medjugorje when thousands of people are present.

Last month restrictions were placed on local organisers who had arranged a Medjugorje prayer day at Padua with the visionary Marija. She said in a brief address to the people who had come to pray: “The curia of Padua has warned the organisers not to let me pray with you. I decided to meet you anyway. I'm not one who hallucinates, I am a quiet person. I will not disobey the Church, but I think that prayer does not hurt. My journey continues, I return to Medjugorje. I cannot pray with you, I cannot bear my testimony, but no one can stop me from praying in my heart.”

Below is the MaryTV recording of this evening’s prayer gathering and the time of apparition.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Leaping in faith


I remember as a child playing with friends one summer evening. One of them owned a puppy dog, and even at a very young age the sheepdog was obedient.

We would would plant two upright sticks at intervals in a field and then attach another stick or string as a crossbar, creating a circuit of ‘jumps’ for the dog. He was a good jumper; that is until we started to raise the bar. The puppy still ran the circuit but for any jump it considered to high it would simply run under the bar. Smart dog, some would say.

Sometimes in life we want to set the bar for other people to jump. Our expectations can be high, sometimes higher than we could ever achieve ourselves. And when they don’t meet the standards or conditions we set or want from them we can end up disappointed or nuture a feeling of being let down. And that opens the door for other negative thoughts and feelings to enter the heart.

I enjoyed the evening shared with my friends, and encouraging the dog to jump. It never crossed my mind at the time that the puppy had limitations and was still growing. I too was young and lacking in understanding and ability.

Faith can be like that. We can be joyful encouraging each other in leaps of faith, sharing moments of faith, but all of us are still growing in faith and at different stages on our faith journey. Unreasonable demands on others and even oneself usually end up in disappointment and frustration.

There is a prayer, a favourite of mine, which reminds me to accept the things I cannot change, the courage, to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The light of Christ... witnessed on Mt Krizevac


Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Matthew 17 : 1-2

• The fourth Mystery of Light, the Transfiguration, relates to this passage from Matthew’s Gospel and confirms that when we climb mountains to follow Jesus, when we share in the Way of the Cross, then much is revealed.

Anyone who has climbed and prayed on Mt Krizevac at Medjugorje, or any other mountain as part of their pilgrimage, will be gifted with a deeper understanding of themselves and fuller appreciation of others. Climbing mountains provides an outlook on the world that we are not able to always see when we stay at ground level. Ground level can be comfortable and less challenging, but never provides the same perspective as the view from higher ground.

The journey to higher ground isn’t always easy. It presents many challenges and asks many questions, be it the pilgrimage journey itself, the cross we may be carrying in life, or the physical process of literally climbing the mountain. But the action brings light to our lives.

Peter, James and John discovered this when they climbed the mountain with Jesus. The saw him in a new light, in all his glory, something they had not witnessed before. And that is what often happens when we share a difficult journey with anyone; we begin to see each other in a new light, in the light of suffering and compassion. The climb becomes a process of revelation. With each step, each stone we stumble on, each station on the way, our heart is penetrated with light, understanding, and revelation of the Jesus within all of us. Climbing the mountain is an action of transfiguration, love unfolding. It reveals the light of Christ.

Marija Pavlovic, the Medjugorje visionary shares this story: “Our Lady has told us that when we speak of a third person we often stress that person’s negative side, and added: “Have you ever found anything in nature that doesn’t speak of God? God can be found in each of his creatures, and in the people who are less perfect.” Mary then invited us to climb Krizevac (the Cross mountain in Medjugorje) two at a time with the person we liked the least. Once we reached the top we became aware that we had made a new friend!”

Dear children! In the great love of God, I come to you today to lead you on the way of humility and meekness. The first station on that way, my children, is confession. Reject your arrogance and kneel down before my Son. Comprehend, my children, that you have nothing and you can do nothing. The only thing that is yours and what you possess is sin. Be cleansed and accept meekness and humility. My Son could have won with strength, but he chose meekness, humility and love. Follow my Son and give me your hands so that, together, we may climb the mountain and win. Thank you.  Medjugorje message, July 2, 2007

Dear children; With motherly perseverance and love I am bringing you the light of life to destroy the darkness of death in you. Do not reject me, my children. Stop and look within yourselves and see how sinful you are. Be aware of your sins and pray for forgiveness. My children, you do not desire to accept that you are weak and little, but you can be strong and great by doing God’s will. Give me your cleansed hearts that I may illuminate them with the light of life, my Son. Thank you. November 2, 2010