Friday, October 31, 2014


God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. Genesis 1 : 27

I am your Mother, little children, and I do not want satan to deceive you for he wants to lead you the wrong way, but he cannot if you do not permit him. Therefore, little children, renew prayer in your hearts, and then you will understand my call and my desire to help you. part message, July 25, 1993

One of the wonders of a pilgrimage to Medjugorje is to discover how quickly we discard the many masks we choose to don in life and hide behind. For first-timers this process may take a few days to happen; but most returning pilgrims seldom have need to masquerade anymore. Their hearts have already been exposed on previous visits having received the revealing light of knowledge that they are truly loved by God. They are not ashamed to be naked in front of each other. Everything is as God intended. What need is there for masks in heaven?

Hearts of all conditions, shapes and sizes are clearly visible and on display in Medjugorje, and even more prominently the hearts hiding their nakedness behind revealing fig-leaf masks.

First-time pilgrims arrive in Medjugorje for a number of different reasons. Often these reasons serve as a mask to disguise the real need to discover and meet with God in our lives. Whatever the pretence, whatever the colour and pattern of the mask, God does not disappoint. Rather, he surprises! We discover him in the most unexpected ways and places, especially in Medjugorje.

Of course there are places to hide in Medjugorje but God calls out: “Where are you” (as if he didn’t know already, but is asking only for us to acknowledge him and respond to his call). In Medjugorje, we find ourselves responding to God’s call big-time! We learn there is no longer a need to hide and be fearful because when God’s call comes, it is a loving call, not a call of condemnation or threat. It is the call of the Father. The Loving Father reveals himself to us. He does not allow the world to place him behind a mask, to disguise or hide him, to distort him in a way that the serpent desires to present. Our Father is a God of revelation. He is with us. He refuses to hide from his children. Seek and you shall find.

I experience a great and simple pleasure each time I visit Medjugorje. I always make a point of trying to be late for breakfast on the first morning. That way, when I leave my room to head down the tiled staircase, I can hear the wonderful and joyous sound of chattering and excited voices echoing from the breakfast room up the stairwell. And when I enter the dining room it’s like entering a classroom of young, happy children. There isn’t the silence broken only by scraping knives and forks on plates as one would hear in a normal hotel breakfast room. Already the masks are beginning to be discarded. Hearts are opening up to each other, and as the week progresses the communal sharing, excitement and joy at meal times continues, even after the most tiring of days.

I wore a mask, many in fact, for about four days on my first pilgrimage. On the fifth day I even used the cover of darkness as a mask. In fact, at the time of tears I was so grateful that no one could see me weeping that night at the Blue Cross. How naive I was to believe that darkness would protect me from others knowing that God had entered my life in such a special way at that moment, or even thinking that God shut shop when darkness descended. Such was my ignorance at that time, still trying to hide. There was no longer to be a hiding place for me. From the moment I was conscious of the wonderful gift of God’s love and understanding which immediately flowed into my heart and soul after the tearful awareness of my sinful nature, I have seldom felt the need to want to hide or mask myself anymore, certainly not to hide from God who knows me better than I know myself and daily teaches and reveals to me more about his never-ending love.

Now I know and accept that I cannot “hide” any more. I searched for the love of God for much of my life but without really knowing what I was searching for. I thank God for the souls and witnesses that led me to Medjugorje, a grace-filled garden where God walks and reveals himself to all who masquerade.

Jesus replied, “You may go and give that fox this message: Learn that today and tomorrow I cast out devils and on the third day attain my end.” Luke 13 : 32

Be the light...

Dear children, I wish that you all be the reflection of Jesus, which will enlighten this unfaithful world walking in darkness. I wish all of you to be the light for everyone and that you give witness in the light. Dear children, you are not called to the darkness, but you are called to the light. Therefore, live the light with your own life. Thank you for having responded to my call.  part Medjugorje message, June 25, 1986

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pray without ceasing...

Pray all the time, asking for what you need, praying in the Spirit on every possible occasion.Ephesians 6 : 18

Dear children! I call you, little children, to pray without ceasing. 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. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, January 25, 2000

by Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM

We know that Mary has called us to prayer in nearly every message since the beginning. We also know that there are messages in which she repeated the call to pray three times. Here we should notice that she did not call us to constant praying of the Rosary, to being in the Church constantly or being at Adoration all the time. Any of these would be impossible, yet still she is calling us to pray without ceasing. This means that we first ought to understand what this means and then that we practice in doing so.

Prayer is an encounter with God, and encounters with God occur in different ways. First in formal prayer, when we take the time to pray or to read Holy Scripture, when we attend Holy Mass we have special opportunities to encounter God. In these ways of encountering God the first and the most important thing should occur, and this is that our heart opens itself to God, opens itself to God's peace, mercy and love, and then is filled with these. When this happens to our heart, then encounters with God become possible anywhere and at all times.

When I do my work out of love for God, when I make use of the talents that He gave me toward my love for Him and toward the others around me, then I am also in contact with God. A person who works studiously knowing all the time that his gifts have all come from God and who then through a deep responsibility develops them is also in contact with God. The one who has developed his talents and who serves the others with them then he is also encountering God.

We all know that the decisive encounters with God should occur in people. Yet still people exist who have said that another person is Hell, and those are the so-called existential atheists. But for us Christians it is different when we say that someone else is Paradise, and this is when we encounter God in another person.

When we think about what Jesus says about the Last Judgment, then everything becomes clear. He only uses one criteria, whether or not we encountered Him in the needy people around us. If yes, then we can go into the Kingdom of Peace with Him, but if not, then we are excluding ourselves from the Kingdom of Peace.

So, we can say that Jesus does not ask how many Rosaries we prayed, how often we attended Mass or how many days we fasted, but rather if we recognized Him in the others and then loved them. But in order to encounter the others in this way and to be able to recognize Jesus in them we must of course, first of all pray. And it is this way that we can come to understand what is meant by praying without ceasing and then also to live this.

When we now look at Jesus' prayer-life we are able to say that He prayed often, that He prayed up on the mountains, that He remains in prayer also when all the others are looking for Him. His prayer is His firm contact with His Father. Then He also prays for his Apostles and for all those who will be listening to their words. He is in constant contact with the Father and that is why we can say that He was praying without ceasing and therefore is also calling us by way of His mother to do the same.

St Paul also speaks of ceaseless prayer, and there too we ought to understand it in the same way.

Mary can only ask of us that our prayers, our Masses, our Rosaries and so forth can make us capable of encountering God in the others and in all of nature. She remains loyal to the message of the Gospel, and that is why she was also able to tell us to go into nature to encounter God the Creator and to praise and to adore Him there.

For us Christians it is simply very important to think and to speak about this idea of praying without ceasing, because this then also becomes the criteria for our own lives. When we come to think about the words of Isaiah in which he criticizes people who come into the Temple to pray and to make offerings but who then go home and continue with the same injustices. Then it says that God does not like such a fasting and such a prayer, but rather that we encounter God in prayer and then also to improve our lives and through this improved life to be willing to encounter God everywhere.

• Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The call to conversion...

Someone said to Jesus, “Sir, will there be only a few saved?” He said to them, “Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.” Luke 13 : 23-24

Dear children! Also today I call you to conversion. May your life, little children, be a reflection of God’s goodness and not of hatred and unfaithfulness. Pray, little children, that prayer may become life for you. In this way, in your life you will discover the peace and joy which God gives to those who have an open heart to his love. And you who are far from God’s mercy, convert so that God may not become deaf to your prayers and that it may not be too late for you. Therefore, in this time of grace, convert and put God in the first place in your life. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, August 25, 2007

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Our Lady says... Pope says...

Dear children! I come to you as a Mother with gifts.
I come with love and mercy.

part Medjugorje message, March 18, 2007.

The parable of the yeast

Jesus said, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God with? It is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through. Luke 13 : 20-21

The yeast represents the word of God.

Our Lady is a joyful carrier of God’s Word – and of his love. She carries and brings the Word of God into the world.

She is the woman who takes the yeast and mixes it throughout the world. Her message from Medjugorje is the yeast that leavens the flour. It comes from heaven.

She says: I desire to lead you all on the way of holiness. Live my messages and put into life every word that I am giving you. May they be precious to you because they come from heaven. (June 25, 2002)

I, as a mother, desire my children to be in a community of one single people where the Word of God is listened to and carried out. (June 2, 2013)

And she invites us to assist in mixing the yeast with the flour and spread the Word of God, so that the world will never go hungry and eat from the bread of life that comes down from heaven.

I need humble apostles who, with an open heart, will accept the Word of God and help others to comprehend the meaning of their life along side God’s word. (September 2, 2013)

Today, Pope Francis Tweeted...
Filled with cognition, under the shelter of my Son and myself, you will be my apostles who will know how to spread the Word of God to all those who do not know of it; and you will know how to overcome obstacles that will stand in your way. (February 2, 2014)

Monday, October 27, 2014

The children of light...

Then, there are the words of the Saints, those of the children of light. Paul says: ‘Be imitators of God: walk in love; walk in goodness; walk in meekness. Those who walk in this way… Be merciful – says Paul – forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be, then, imitators of God and walk in love’ – that is, walk in mercy, forgiveness, love. And these are the words of a child of light. Pope Francis, homily, October 27, 2014

I wish all of you to be the light for everyone and that you give witness in the light. Dear children, you are not called to the darkness, but you are called to the light. Therefore, live the light with your own life. part Medjugorje message, June 5, 1986

Dear children! Pray in this time of grace and seek the intercession of all the saints who are already in the light. From day to day may they be an example and encouragement to you on the way of your conversion. part Medjugorje message, October 25, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Admission price prompts ban on prayer gathering

Bishop promises to eat prohibition notice if Pope makes Medjugorje legit...

The Italian bishop Lorenzo Loppa has hinted at one of the reasons he decided to call on organisers to cancel a Medjugorje prayer meeting in his Anagni-Alatari diocese and issue a prohibition notice on meetings, conferences or celebrations related to the Medjugorje phenomenon.

Quoted by a local media source, Anagnia, bishop Loppa referred to Paolo Brosio, a journalist and media celebrity who publicly criticised the prohibition decision.

The bishop said: “I do not know him but he said to pray for me. I have respect for him, for Our Lady of Medjugorje and the visionaries… If the Pope were to legitimise this thing, I promise I’ll eat my letter in front of everyone.”

Then in a reference to the ten-euro entrance fee to the prayer event, bishop Loppa added: “When they generate a lot of money there is always some danger… You cannot organise religious events and go around offering tickets. You cannot take advantage of such a thing.”

But despite the bishop’s prohibition notice, the organiser of the prayer meeting in Fiuggi says the event will still go ahead as planned.

Speaking to the news portal Il Giornale d’Italia, Franco Di Giulio was asked if the meeting will still be held: “Of course. The meeting will be held. No one can deny a lot of people to see each other to pray. We are going to Fiuggi to pray.”

Asked why bishop Loppa’s name appears on the poster promoting the event and advertising he will speak at the meeting, Di Giulio said that the bishop had accepted the invitation to greet the gathering, but said the organisers had not heard from the bishop for the reason in reversing his decision.

“I think it is absurd,” said Di Giulio, adding, “By the way, in February there was another meeting in Fiuggi with another seer, and nobody said anything.”

When asked about the attendance of the bishop of Palestrina, Domenico Sigalini, to celebrate Mass at the meeting Di Giulio said he was no longer sure if this would be happen. He thought not.

Quizzed about the ten euros cost of the entrance ticket, the organiser said, “We have a lot of expenses: the rent of the sports stadia, restaurants and travel expenses for the guests, but we also added on the poster that we will donate to a charity that is building a church near Medjugorje.”

UPDATE October 25:
A notice on the organisers’ Facebook page, Queen of Peace Centre, Frascati, reiterates that the prayer meeting will go ahead in Fiuggi on November 8 as planned. However, there is no confirmation the Medjugorje seer Vicka Ivankovic or any of the priests listed on the event poster will attend in view of the prohibition order by bishop Lorenzo Loppa.

UPDATE October 28: A further comment made on the Centro Regina Pacis Frascati Facebook page suggests that the visionary Vicka will not be present in Fiuggi on November 8 and that the scheduled meeting may be postponed by the organiser until next year. A posted message asked: “Have you been in touch with Vicka? Will she still come to Fiuggi? The organiser responded, “We hope that it renew the next year the meeting.” [sic]

UPDATE October 29: Here is a copy of the letter (from the website) sent by bishop Loppa informing parishes in his diocese of the prohibition on Medjugorje events.

Italian bishop seeks to ban visit of Vicka

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 2014 message to Marija

Dear children! Pray in this time of grace and seek the intercession of all the saints who are already in the light.

From day to day may they be an example and encouragement to you on the way of your conversion.

Little children, be aware that your life is short and passing.

Therefore, yearn for eternity and keep preparing your hearts in prayer.

I am with you and intercede before my Son for each of you, especially for those who have consecrated themselves to me and to my Son.

Thank you for having responded to my call.

October 25, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Italian bishop seeks to ban visit of Vicka

...but his name appears on event poster!

Monsignor Lorenzo Loppa, bishop of Anagni-Alatari, in Lazio, Italy, has issued a notification to the faithful and clergy of his diocese prohibiting meetings, conferences or celebrations related to the Medjugorje phenomenon so as to avoid “confusion and scandal”.

The bishop has particularly requested organisers cancel a prayer meeting on November 8 at Fiuggi promoting the presence of Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic, one of the six Medjugorje seers linked to the phenomenon.

Bishop Loppa explained that his prohibition action was in accordance with the “rules for proceeding in the discernment of alleged apparitions and revelations” and that the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith is continuing the “examination of the aspects of doctrine and discipline of the facts of Medjugorje”.

The bishop also referred to the Zadar Declaration of April 10, 1991, which stated: “On the basis of the investigations, so far it cannot be affirmed that one is dealing with supernatural apparitions and revelations.”

He added that it was for this reason and to avoid confusion and scandal, “it is not permitted to the clergy and faithful of the Diocese to participate in any meetings, conferences or public celebrations in which the public would take for granted the reliability of such phenomena.”

The bishop concludes by reminding pastors of “the obligation to make public the prohibition to participate in such meetings and dissociation from similar initiatives, which cause bewilderment among the faithful and are not in communion with the Bishop.”

However, what is certain to create confusion is that bishop Loppa’s name appears on a promotional poster as providing the address welcoming participants to the prayer event in Fiuggi!

UPDATE: October 25... Another Italian bishop, Domenico Sigalini, is also featured on the poster which advertises a second prayer event, on November 9, in the bishop’s Diocese of Palestrini. Monsignor Sigalini is pictured and listed as the main celebrant for Holy Mass, although the poster is unclear if this is for both prayer days or just the event in the Palestrina diocese.

It’s unlikely a similar prohibition would be imposed by bishop Sigalini who is president of Italy’s Episcopal Commission of Laity. He has made pilgrimages to Medjugorje and witnessed first hand all that happens there. His first visit to Medjugorje was in 2008 for the Youth Festival.

Event poster promoting
Vicka’s visit to Fiuggi
and Palestrina.
In October last year, a similar notice referring to the Medjugorje phenomenon was issued by U.S. bishops on the instruction of the CDF prefect Cardinal Gerhard Müller which effectively prevented the witnessing of the Medjugorje seer Ivan Dragicevic in churches in America. Two dioceses in Spain have also issued prohibition notices.

However, Ivan Dragicevic is scheduled to give witness in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria on November 15, the diocese of Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

Admission price prompts ban on prayer gathering

Fr John Chisholm RIP

Fr John Chisholm, who for many years was chaplain to English-speaking pilgrims at Medjugorje, died there on Thursday evening, age 92.

More travel woes for group of Irish pilgrims

A group of around 170 pilgrims that travelled from Ireland to Medjugorje last week and was delayed for 26 hours after its plane was twice forced to turn back because of technical difficulties, is experiencing further delays on their return journey.

The group was due to return to Dublin on Wednesday afternoon but on Thursday was still held up in Croatia after its Aer Lingus return flight was unable to land at Dubrovnik because of thunderstorms and was diverted to Split.

The airline accommodated the group in a local hotel last night.

Today the group faces a five-hour bus journey to Split in the hope of meeting up with its return flight to Dublin.

UPDATE: Pilgrims finally returned to Dublin on Thursday but many had to continue the rest of their journey home without their luggage left behind at Split airport.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A change of heart...

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 everything that I am telling you. That way I will be with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje Message, May 15, 1986 

Robertos Mancini to witness at Divine Mercy conference

Soccer coach Robert Mancini is lined up to speak at the Third Regional Congress of the ‘Disciples of Divine Mercy’ which takes place on Sunday 26th October at the Palarossini sports stadium on the outskirts of Acona, Italy.

Also listed among the many guest speakers are Fr Ljubo Kurtovic OFM, who previously pastored at Medjugorje, Sr Emmanuel Maillard, and musicians Roland Patzeiner (now a deacon), Melinda Dumitrescu and Roberto Bignoli.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hail Mary...

Beautifully sung by Danielle Rose.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pope expected to visit Bosnia Herzegovina

Reporting on the meeting today in Rome between the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Vjekoslav Bevanda, Chairman of the Council of Ministers for Bosnia Herzegovina, Radio Sarajevo quoted the Cardinal as saying he “would soon visit Bosnia Herzegovina” – and that this could be seen as an indication that Pope Francis may visit BiH next year.

That Pope Francis could visit BiH next year was later confirmed by Mr Bevanda to the news station TV1.

“Cardinal Parolin will visit Bosnia Herzegovina relatively quickly. And this is actually a precursor to the visit of Pope Francis everyone expects, I think everybody wishes,” said Vjekoslav Bevanda for TV1.

Bevanda added that the timing of any visit of the Pope is dependent on the Presidency of B+H and that the Holy See is also cautious in these matters, so it was not yet possible to determine exactly when any visit will happen.

Earlier this year it was hoped that Pope Francis would accept an official invitation from the Presidency of BiH and Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo, to attend the anniversary in Sarajevo marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, and bring with him a message of peace for the world. However, the event scheduled for June 21 clashed with the Pope’s pastoral visit to Cassano all’Jonio on the same day.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Vjekoslav Bevanda at the Vatican today

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ivan to witness in Vienna Cathedral

Despite the restriction placed on the Ivan Dragicevic from witnessing to the Medjugorje phenomenon at Catholic churches in America, it’s a different matter in Austria where the 47-year-old seer has again been invited to give testimony at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.

It will be Ivan’s fifth visit to the Cathedral since his first invitation in 2008 as part of the annual Prayer for Peace event. Marija Pavlovic is another Medjugorje seer who has witnessed three times in Cardinal Schönborn’s diocese and St Stephen’s Cathedral.

The event scheduled for November 15 can be watched live on the internet via and

Bosnia Herzegovina PM to meet with Pope Francis

Vjekoslav Bevanda, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is expected to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday.

It’s not the first time the Mostar-born politician, who has a banking and finance background, has met with the Pope. Bevanda had a private audience with the Holy Father in November 2013, a couple of months before the Vatican Commission’s investigation into Medjugorje was completed.

Mr Bevanda is also scheduled to attend Sunday’s solemn Mass at St Peter’s for the beatification of Pope Paul VI.

On Monday he will meet with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State.

Bosnia Herzegovina established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 1992.

St Luke and the Rosary

Today is the fest day of St Luke, the evangelist, and I only realised this morning that without Luke’s Gospel we would not have been blessed with the first part of the Rosary, the Joyful Mysteries – or even the Hail Mary prayer.

The Annunciation, the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, the Nativity, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, and the Finding of Jesus in the Temple are accounts of Jesus’ early life that only appear in Luke’s Gospel.

Matthew’s Gospel does mention that Mary was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit and describes the visit of the Magi after Jesus was born in Jerusalem, but that’s it. Neither Mark or John’s Gospels give any account of the early life of Jesus.

So how did Luke acquire this detailed knowledge recorded in his Gospel? I suspect it can only have come from Mary herself.

Another person Our Lady is said to have spoken with about her life on earth with Jesus is Vicka. The Medjugorje seer has written down all that the Gospa has revealed to her and says that the account will be published when Our Lady gives permission.

Luke is the patron saint of doctors and artists. It is said that he was the first person to have painted an image of Mary and the Child Jesus.

Friday, October 17, 2014

An old man’s rosary...

In the 19th century there was much hope placed in science and much faith in material progress. During that time, in the compartment of a train in France, an old man was one day praying his Rosary.

At one stop a young intellectual entered the compartment and sat down. After a while, not able to stand it any more, this student of modern science said to the old man, “Why do you pray the Rosary? Why do you pray? There is no God. Only science. Yes, science is the answer.”

The old man remained silent. The youth not wanting to hurt him said, “Well, my friend, you mean no harm. You must lack education. Give me your address. I’ll send you some books to enlighten you. Yes, they will teach you that science and not prayer is the answer.”

Just at that moment it was the old man’s stop. Before leaving the compartment he reached into his coat pocket and took out his business card. He gave it to the intellectual who bid him, "Good day." When the train started again the young man looked at the card. It read:

Louis Pasteur

Institute of Scientific Research

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Franz loved music and the Rosary!

The great composer Franz Haydn loved Our Lady and the Rosary. Once, when discussing mental fatigue, he shared his secret. “I always carry a rosary with me. After a few decades I am sure to feel refreshed, both in mind and body.”

Joseph Haydn once set out to write a religious oratorio. In order to do so he became practically a hermit. For 13 months the composer remained in seclusion praying, studying and working. Some days were filled with success, others with anguish. Often he went for days without an idea. “Then I would pick up my rosary,” he later said, “and, as the beads slipped through my fingers, I would relax, gather new strength and collect my thoughts. I would return to my piano and once again hammer away!”

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Meaning of the Rosary

To pray the Rosary means nothing else than to find a way to be with Jesus and Mary.

By meditating on the mysteries of their life, we are with Jesus and Mary: be it the joy of Christmas and the seriousness of the presentation in the temple, or the sorrow and bloody sweat on his face, the wound on his back from the scourge and the cross, or the crown of thorns on his head. When we are daily linked with Mary and Jesus by such meetings, then the joy of victory over death and sin is guaranteed to us with them and the special gifts of the Spirit and final triumph in heaven are assured us.

So, to recite the Rosary does not mean to hide oneself somewhere in a corner and to live far from the world and life. It means to prepare oneself for one’s own and other people’s crosses, the way Jesus and Mary carried them. To be with them means to have troubles and problems, and yet never to become embittered. To be with them means to experience contempt and disappointment, and yet never to seek revenge. To go with them means to go the way of a person who believes in God who makes everything new.

Every prayer can be finished in a hasty manner so that we “say” all our prayers to the end without having met Jesus and Mary. If we do this there is the danger that prayer will become a waste of time for us and we will never come to like prayer. It is just like meeting a friend. If we never have time for our friend or, if the time we devote to him is too short or if we speak with bad grace, then our friendship is bound to die.

Therefore it is important to have time for the prayer of the Rosary and for every prayer.

Fr Slavko Barbaric, Pray With The Heart

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pope Francis recites Rosary every day

In a tribute to Pope John Paul II written after the Pontiff’s death in 2005, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, and now Pope Francis, recounted how the Polish Pope’s example inspired him to “recite the 15 mysteries of the Rosary every day.”

“If I remember well it was 1985,” Cardinal Bergoglio wrote. “One evening I went to recite the Holy Rosary that was being led by the Holy Father. He was in front of everybody, on his knees. The group was numerous; I saw the Holy Father from the back and, little by little, I got lost in prayer. I was not alone: I was praying in the middle of the people of God to which I and all those there belonged, led by our Pastor.”

“In the middle of the prayer I became distracted, looking at the figure of the Pope: his pity, his devotion was a witness,” he continued. “And the time drifted away, and I began to imagine the young priest, the seminarian, the poet, the worker, the child from Wadowice… in the same position in which knelt at that moment, reciting Ave Maria after Ave Maria. His witness struck me.”

Cardinal Bergoglio added, in words translated by 30 Days magazine:

“I felt that this man, chosen to lead the Church, was following a path up to his Mother in the sky, a path set out on from his childhood. And I became aware of the density of the words of the Mother of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego: ‘Don’t be afraid, am I not perhaps your mother?’ I understood the presence of Mary in the life of the Pope.”

“That testimony did not get forgotten in an instant. From that time on I recite the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary every day.”


Monday, October 13, 2014

Messages of the Rosary...

I would like the people to pray along with me these days. And to pray as much as possible! And to fast strictly on Wednesdays and Fridays, and every day to pray at least one Rosary: the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries. August 14, 1984

Dear children! You have helped me along by your prayers to realise my plans. Keep on praying that my plans completely I request the families of the parish to pray the family rosary. Thank you for having responded to my call. September 27, 1984

Dear children, Let all the prayers you say in your homes in the evening be for the conversion of sinners because the world is in great sin. Every evening pray the rosary. October 8, 1984

I invite you to call on everyone to pray the Rosary. With the rosary you shall overcome all the adversities which Satan is trying to inflict on the Catholic Church. All you priests, pray the Rosary! Dedicate your time to the Rosary! June 25, 1985

Dear children! Today I call you especially now to advance against Satan by means of prayer. Satan wants to work still more now that you know he is at work. Dear children, put on the armour for battle and with the Rosary in your hand defeat him! Thank you for having responded to my call. August 8, 1985

Dear children! Today I call you to begin to pray the Rosary with a living faith. That way I will be able to help you. You, dear children, wish to obtain graces, but you are not praying. I am not able to help you because you do not want to get started. Dear children, I am calling you to pray the Rosary and that your Rosary be an obligation which you shall fulfil with joy. That way you shall understand the reason I am with you this long. I desire to teach you to pray. Thank you for having responded to my call. June 12, 1986

Pray and let the rosary always be in your hand as a sign to Satan that you belong to me. Thank you for having responded to my call. part message February 25, 1988

Dear children! Today, like never before, I invite you to prayer. Let your prayer be a prayer for peace. Satan is strong and desires to destroy not only human life, but also nature and the planet on which you live. Therefore, dear children, pray that through prayer you can protect yourselves with God's blessing of peace. God has sent me among you so that I may help you. If you so wish, grasp for the rosary. Even the rosary alone can work miracles in the world and in your lives. I bless you and I remain with you for as long as it is God's will. Thank you for not betraying my presence here and I thank you because your response is serving the good and the peace. January 25, 1991

I call all priests and religious brothers and sisters to pray the rosary and to teach others to pray. The rosary, little children, is especially dear to me. Through the rosary open your heart to me and I am able to help you. Thank you for having responded to my call. part message, August 25, 1997

Dear children! Also today, I call you to prayer. Little children, prayer works miracles. When you are tired and sick and you do not know the meaning of your life, take the Rosary and pray; pray until prayer becomes for you a joyful meeting with your Saviour. I am with you, little children, and I intercede and pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call. April 25, 2001

Pray to the Holy Spirit for my Son to be impressed within you. Pray that you can be apostles of the divine light in this time of darkness and hopelessness. This is a time of your trial. With a rosary in hand and love in the heart set out with me. March 2, 2012

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Call and response

Today’s Gospel (Matthew 22 : 1-14) sees a king putting out a call to those he had invited to his son’s wedding – but they would not respond. The king was furious.

Every month the Blessed mother also extends an invitation through her Medjugorje messages. She closes her message thanking those who have responded to her call.

In the early hours of this morning I also found myself making a call and hoping I would get a response. It was a 111 call. The person on the other end of the phone did indeed respond and in turn called paramedics to attend to me at my home.

The two paramedics had no hesitation in putting me into their ambulance to take me to hospital. They also made a call to A&E to be on standby to receive me.

When I got to hospital two nurses and a doctor were waiting to attend to my needs. Questions were asked, answers given and examinations made before a second doctor was called in for his opinion.

Eventually, I was placed under observation with another nurse attending to me. Later, a porter wheeled me to the X-ray department for further tests. Blood tests were also being analysed.

After five hours, a diagnosis was given and I was allowed to return home. That meant another call, this time to the taxi company. A driver was available to take me home.

Later, I counted at least 15 people who had attended to my needs, my call for help, getting me to hospital, dealing with the emergency and then getting me back home.

I doubt if any of the people involved are familiar with Our Lady’s messages, but I was grateful to all for responding in their own way to my call.

This evening I presented them before the Lord at Mass.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The people will come...

Perhaps it is good to remember that Mary on August 14, 1984, called upon us, through the visionary, Ivan, to pray the whole Rosary. It was during the vigil for Mary’s Assumption when Ivan, while preparing to come to Mass, was visited unexpectedly by Mary and she told him that during this time we should all pray the entire Rosary. It was at the same time that Mary told us to fast on two days, Wednesday and Friday, rather than on only one.

So what are we then supposed to tell the priests and the religious? To pray the Rosary and to teach the others to pray, people need something firm. When one repeats over and over again that they need to pray, then many will not know how to begin. But when one says, like Mary did here, and when one through one’s own example gives the people an impulse, then it will happen.

When the Priest says that he will lead the Rosary before the Mass, then the people will begin to come. It is nothing new when I say that many Priests confirmed that it was only here in Medjugorje that they again started to pray the Rosary, both personally and then also publicly and that an echo came from everywhere.

Therefore this message should really again become a new impulse for us to decide in this time to take Mary as our mother and as our teacher, to stay with her on the path to holiness, and that we take the Rosary into our hands and pray it. Even when we do not know what all this signifies, we should just be like children who permit themselves to be led by the mother. And let it then also be this way.

Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Abundant grace..

Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.
John Paul II, Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, October 2002

Daily bread...

Little children, believe and pray that the Father increase your faith, and then ask for whatever you need. part Medjugorje message, April 25, 1988

Pray, my dear little children, so prayer becomes your daily bread. part Medjugorje message, January 25, 1992

Dear children! Also today, I call you to be love where there is hatred and food where there is hunger.
part Medjugorje message, September 25, 2004