Saturday, July 25, 2015

Medjugorje message, July 25, 2015

Dear children! With joy I am with you also today and I call all of you, little children, to pray, pray, pray so as to comprehend the love which I have for you.

My love is stronger than evil, little children; therefore draw closer to God so as to feel my joy in God.

Without God, little children, you do not have a future, you do not have hope or salvation; therefore leave evil and choose good.

I am with you and, with you, I intercede before God for all of your needs.

Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message, July 25, 2015

Feast of St James

Today, the parish of Medjugorje celebrated the feast of its patron saint, James. The parish was consecrated to St James in 1892. The honour of carrying the statue was given to members of the Merciful Father Community and it was processed through the village before Mass was celebrated in the garden area opposite the ruins of the old church.
Photo by Događajnica

Friday, July 24, 2015

The rich soil of Medjugorje

The one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears the word and understands it; he is the one who yields a harvest and produces now a hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty. Matthew 13 : 23

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 hundredfold. Begin and end the day with prayer with the heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, July 25, 2011

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Revealing the mysteries of heaven

Happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear! I tell you solemnly, many prophets and holy men longed to see what you see, and never saw it, to hear what you hear, and never heard it. Matthew 13 : 16-17

Dear children! On this message, which I give you today through my servant, I desire for you to reflect a long time. My children, great is the love of God. Do not close your eyes, do not close your ears, while I repeat to you: Great is his love! Hear my call and my supplication, which I direct to you. Consecrate your heart and make in it the home of the Lord. May he dwell in it forever. My eyes and my heart will be here, even when I will no longer appear. Act in everything as I ask you and lead you to the Lord. Do not reject from yourself the name of God, that you may not be rejected. Accept my messages that you may be accepted. Decide, my children, it is the time of decision. Be of just and innocent heart that I may lead you to your Father, for this that I am here, is his great love. Thank you for being here!
Annual message given to Mirjana Dragicevic, March 18, 1996

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The seed is the word of God

Dear children! Listen, because I wish to speak to you and to invite you to have more faith and trust in God, who loves you immeasurably. Little children, you do not know how to live in the grace of God, that is why I call you all anew, to carry the word of God in your heart and in thoughts. Little children, place the Sacred Scripture in a visible place in your family, and read and live it. Teach your children, because if you are not an example to them, children depart into godlessness. Reflect and pray and then God will be born in your heart and your heart will be joyous. Thank you for having for responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, August 25, 1996

This word is found in the Old Testament 1,100 times and in the New Testament 480 times. In the Jewish religious practices there is the well-known prayer that was prayed four times a day:

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest. Bind them at your wrist as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the door posts of your houses and on your gates.” (Deut 6, 4-9)

The call “to listen to the word” makes us conscious that God is speaking to us and he expects from us, those who are able to hear, to also listen. God’s first word was the creation of nature, then later he shared his spoken word with us through biblical revelation. And most specifically, Jesus is the word of God the Father that became flesh. God speaks and wishes that his word finds open ears and hearts so that good fruit can then come about. But the Prophets often say that the people do not wish to listen and this is always a very strong accusation. (See Jer 7-13; Hos 9-17; Is 65-2) When we now hear the same word from Mary, we should also recognise the will of God who wishes to be known by us. Mary is Queen of Prophets as well as a Prophet herself and therefore God speaks through her.

The real question, with which all of us should occupy ourselves, is: Do we still wish to listen or are we still able to listen, and what either helps or hinders us in doing so. There are different conditions to be able to listen, just as there are different hindrances to listening. Generally, to be able to listen to a word, we should be internally free, be able to love the speaker, be humble and open, and to have inner peace. Every dependency upon oneself or upon material things hinders the ability to listen. If we, for instance, are nervous or do not have peace, we can hardly listen. Pride refuses the speaker, with perhaps similar words as: “Who are you to tell me this?” Prayer and fasting, Confession and reading of Scripture, attending Holy Mass – all these help with the readiness to listen. And it is for the same reason that Mary gave us this message. The word that has been truly heard then sparks the will in the heart to also make it reality, and from it then develops the path of obedience to his word. It would be very important for every one of us to ask daily for the grace to be able to listen to the word of God and then also to be obedient to it! Mary wishes that we listen again...

Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The will of the Father

Jesus was speaking to the crowds when his mother and his brothers appeared; they were standing outside and were anxious to have a word with him. But to the man who told him this Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand towards his disciples he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the wlll of my Father in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12 : 46-50

Dear children! I rejoice because of all of you who are on the way of holiness and I beseech you, by your own testimony help those who do not know how to live in holiness. Therefore, dear children, let your family be a place where holiness is birthed. Help everyone to live in holiness, but especially your own family. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, July 24, 1986

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fire hazard stops pilgrims climbing holy mountain

Pilgrims visiting Medjugorje were warned at the weekend not to climb Mt Krizevac because of the current heat wave and fire threat.

Temperatures have soared to 40 degrees and although a fire that broke out on Sunday was extinguished late last night, a new fire on the southern side of the mountain has started where the terrain is inaccessible to fire engines.

The parish office and guest house owners are warning pilgrims not to ascend the mountain or to light a fire in the open.

UPDATE: All fires on Mt Krizevac now extinguished and restrictions lifted.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cardinal disputes seer’s claim of meeting Pope

In an interview by Gian Franco Svidercoshci with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, published this week by the news portal Aletia, the 76-year-old former personal secretary to Pope John Paul II, claims the Holy Father never met with Mirjana Dragicevic.

This contests the claim made by the Medjugorje seer who is on record as saying that she did meet with John Paul II at Castelgondolfo.

In the interview with Svedercoshi, the Krakow archbishop claims that none of the Medjugorje visionaries ever had a private meeting with JPII, and referring to Mirjana’s claim, he says: “I can exclude it in the strongest terms. They say that one of the visionaries, though it isn’t clear if it was Mirjana, or Vicka, came one day to the general audience and greeted the Pope as he passed. But he said nothing to her. Otherwise he would have remembered. Besides, the Pope had not even realised who it was.”

However, in May 2008 Mirjana gave this recorded response in a question-and-answer session with a group of English-speaking pilgrims visiting Medjugorje. When asked if any of the visionaries had ever met with the Holy Father she answered:

“I was in St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican with all the other pilgrims. I was with an Italian priest. The Pope (John Paul II) was walking by and he was blessing. He blessed me and just passed by. The priest with me said, ‘Holy Father, this is Mirjana from Medjugorje,’ and he came back and blessed me again. Then he left. And I said to priest, ‘Most likely he thought I just I need a double blessing!’

“In the afternoon, we received a note to go to Castelgondolfo, close to Rome, the next day. And myself and the Pope were alone together and among other things he said to me, ‘I know everything, I have been following everything. Ask pilgrims to pray for my intentions. Take care of Medjugorje because Medjugorje is the hope for the entire world.’”

• Mirjana also gave an account of her meeting with Pope John Paul II when she witnessed at the Totally Yours Conference in St Charles, IL, on April 26, 2009. She stated she is the only one of the six Medjugorje seers to have encountered Pope John Paul II in this way.

“I was in the Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica, with an Italian priest. Holy Father was walking by and he was blessing us. When he approached me, he blessed me and he just continued to walk. However, this Italian priest loudly said to him, ‘Holy Father, this is Mirjana from Medjugorje.’ He came back and blessed me again and he set out. And I said to the priest, ‘He just thinks I need a double blessing.’ But then after, he received a note, an invitation to Castle Gandolfo, close to Rome, in order to encounter the Pope. I couldn’t sleep all night because I really loved him and I respected him and I could really feel his love for Our Lady.

“So the next day when he and I met alone, I was just crying. I couldn’t say a word out of excitement. He noticed that I was excited. I think he tried to talk to me in Polish because he thought in the Slavic languages there are things in common. I didn’t understand a word! But I finally had enough strength and courage, I asked him, ‘What are you trying to tell me?’ Then we talked. Among other things he said to me, ‘I know everything about Medjugorje. I’ve been following Medjugorje. Ask  pilgrims to pray for my intentions, to keep, to take good care of Medjugorje, because Medjugorje is hope for the entire world. And if I were not Pope, I would have been in Medjugorje a long time ago.’”

• According to Denis Nolan of MaryTV, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz demonstrated support for the MaryTV project. Nolan wrote in his newsletter of February 24, 2014:

“After viewing a DVD on Mary TV's mission (the same video that plays when you click on ‘Mission Statement’ at the top of our web page), Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwicz, for nearly 40 years personal secretary to Pope John Paul II, invited me to come to Krakow, expressing his desire to collaborate with MaryTV. The Archbishop of Krakow told me he was praying in his chapel in Krakow to Blessed John Paul II, asking that through his intercession Mary TV be given the money to finish our television station in Medjugorje.”

Medjugorje clarification

Medjugorje Clarification from Mother of All Peoples on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gentle and humble...

Jesus exclaimed: “Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.” Matthew 11 : 28-30

The peace of Christ is found by those who ‘take up’ their ‘yoke’, namely, Christ’s commandment: Love one another as I have loved you. This yoke cannot be borne with arrogance, presumption or pride, but only with meekness and humbleness of heart.
Pope Francis, October 2013

With the love that comes forth from humility you will bring light to where darkness and blindness rule. You will be bringing my Son who is the light of the world.
part Medjugorje message, July 2, 2014

Once you have received the refreshment and comfort of Christ, we are called in turn to become refreshment and comfort for our brothers and sisters, with a meek and humble attitude, in imitation of the Master.
Pope Francis, Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday, July 12, 2015

When seers are sent packing...

TODAY... July 12, 2015

• First reading for Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, said to Amos, “Go away, seer; get back to the land of Judah; earn your bread there, do your prophesying there. We want no more prophesying in Bethel; this is the royal sanctuary, the national temple.”

“I was no prophet, neither did I belong to any of the brotherhoods of prophets”, Amos replied to Amazia. “I was a shepherd, and looked after sycamores: but it was the Lord who took me from herding the flock, and the Lord who said, “Go prophesy to my people Israel.” Amos 7 : 12-15

TWO DAYS AGO... Friday, July 10, 2015

Marija Pavlovic Lunetti, addressing the prayer gathering at Cittadella in Padua. (Il Mattino di Padova)

“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.”

• As a child, Marija Pavlovic tended sheep and looked after tobacco plants.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Medjugorje seer confirms restriction…

For the first time, one of the Medjugorje seers has confirmed that she has been requested not to participate in meetings promoting the Medjugorje phenomenon.

Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti, who still receives daily apparitions and transmits a monthly message from Our Lady to the world, was at a prayer meeting on Saturday at Cittadella in Padua when she made her surprise announcement.

She did not give her normal witness to the Medjugorje events but instead revealed that she had come to the meeting because of a promise to a friend who had organised the event with the co-operation of local authorities, and only to say goodbye, because she had received a letter asking her not to participate in public meetings.

The seer did not state who had sent the letter or confirm if any of the five other seers associated with the phenomenon have received letters restricting their witness.

Neither did she confirm if she would continue to transmit the monthly message.

Rumours and reports have been rife over recent weeks that the Vatican may impose restrictions on the Medjugorje seers from witnessing, but Marija’s announcement yesterday is the first firm indication by any of the seers that steps in this direction will been taken by the Church as it prepares to make an announcement expected soon on the outcome of the four-year study of the Medjugorje phenomenon insitgated by Pope Benedict XVI.

• News of the restriction is reported by the Italian website,
Guarda Con Me

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

What he says to you, do

When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do.” And since the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the world came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine became severe throughout the world.
Genesis 41 : 55-57

Dear children! Also today, I call you to be love where there is hatred and food where there is hunger. Open your hearts, little children, and let your hands be extended and generous so that, through you, every creature may thank God the Creator. Pray, little children, and open your heart to God’s love, but you cannot if you do not pray. Therefore, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, September 25, 2004

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Medjugorje message to Mirjana, July 2

Dear children, I am calling you to spread the faith in my Son – your faith.

You, my children illuminated by the Holy Spirit, my apostles, transmit it to others – to those who do not believe, who do not know, who do not want to know – but for that you must pray a lot for the gift of love, because love is the mark of true faith – and you will be apostles of my love.

Love always, anew, revives the pain and the joy of the Eucharist, it revives the pain of the Passion of my Son, by which he showed you what it means to love immeasurably; it revives the joy for having left you his body and blood to feed you with himself – and in this way, to be one with you.

Looking at you with tenderness, I feel immeasurable love which strengthens me in my desire to bring you to a firm faith. Firm faith will give you joy and happiness on earth and in the end the encounter with my Son.

This is his desire.

Therefore, live him, live love, live the light that always illuminates you in the Eucharist.

I implore you to pray a lot for your shepherds, to pray so as to have all the more love for them because my Son gave them to you to feed you with his body and to teach you love.

Therefore, you are also to love them.

But, my children, remember, love means to endure and to give, and never, ever to judge.

Thank you.

Mirjana waits in prayer at the Blue Cross for Our Lady’s apparition. © FotoĐANI

Medjugorje hospital project advances

The dream to build a hospital in Medjugorje took a step closer this week with the announcement that two charities have come together to form the St James Hospital Foundation.

Olympics of the Heart, the charity set up by journalist Paolo Brosio, and Stella Matutina, an organisation connected to several charity works, signed a formal agreement on Monday with the aim of creating a hopital facility in Medjugorje.

Six months of negotiations with officials of the Citluk Municipality governing Medjugorje has resulted in a grant of 10,000 sq metres of land being awarded in exchange for ownership of the hospital which will house emergency and orthopaedic departments, as well as a cardiology unit.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Don’t come around here no more…

The whole town set out to meet Jesus; and as soon as they saw him they implored him to leave their neighbourhood. Matthew 8 : 34

Dear children; I am coming, with my motherly love, to point out the way by which you are to set out, in order that you may be all the more like my Son; and by that, closer to and more pleasing to God. Do not refuse my love. Do not renounce salvation and eternal life for the sake of transience and frivolity of this life. I am among you to lead you and, as a mother, to caution you. Come with me.
Medjugorje message, August 2, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When storms break out...

Jesus got into the boat followed by his disciples. Without warning a storm broke out over the lake, so violent that the waves were breaking right over the boat. But he was asleep. So they went down to him and woke him saying, “Save us, Lord, we are going down!” And he said to them, “Why are you so frightened, you men of little faith?” And with that he stood up and rebuked the winds and the seas; and all was calm again. The men were astounded and said. “Whatever kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him.” Matthew 8 : 23-27

Dear children! Today I call you to prayer. The one who prays is not afraid of the future. Little children do not forget, I am with you and I love you all. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, June 25, 2000

Sr Emmanuel writes from Medjugorje

Medjugorje, June 29, 2015

Dear brothers and sisters, peace!

As you can guess, we are receiving a lot of questions about the position of the Church regarding the apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje.

Once more, we are facing a modern disease – to read, comment and become passionate about media statements when its first goal is not always to convey the truth. Many in the media are pushing their own position with a great deal of noise. Of course one may express a personal opinion on the subject, and slip in snippets of the truth. But whoever wishes to be informed about the truth of an important  matter can do it in a way that is secure and that heals the confusion, disorder, doubt, bitterness, rebellion, or even triumphant satisfaction which does not necessarily come from the Holy Spirit.

The way to do this is easy: just go to the source of the information! And the only source of information from the Holy See is the spokesman appointed for this purpose: Father Lombardi. Whoever is looking for a recent statement from him regarding the position of the Holy See on Medjugorje will not find one! Whoever is searching the Vatican website on the subject will find nothing, not a thing.

What does this mean? The media virus has struck once again, sowing turmoil in many hearts with all its contradictions. The truth is that neither the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the CDF), nor the Pope have issued an official statement about Medjugorje. They have not even held a meeting to address the subject together. In addition, no meeting has been scheduled during the summer. It is also very likely that the theme of the family - the great theme of the year -

All those who have experienced many graces in Medjugorje and who have wholeheartedly followed the school of the Queen of Peace should be reassured, because today we can state the following:  • Medjugorje is not forbidden by the Church.
• The Pope has not yet taken a stand on Medjugorje.
• Everyone can travel there in private pilgrimage without disobeying the Church.
• The messages are not prohibited, everyone can disseminate them and especially live them.
• The visionaries have not been declared to be false.

The Holy Father carries a great responsibility, because the final word will depend on him. We know that Cardinal Müller, prefect of the CDF, has sometimes expressed negative statements regarding Medjugorje. That is why, in this time of grace and struggle, we need to pray a lot to the Holy Spirit for the Holy Father, and also fast for him. May the will of God be fulfilled!

Whatever position Rome will express through official channels, we will obey it. Obedience will be the best sign that we are walking with the Queen of Peace, with the Church and not without the Church. Mary is relying on us to help her fully realize her plans. Because, let us not forget: "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph."

Sr. Emmanuel +

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pope’s words on Medjugorje are manipulated...

The Cardinal Archbishop of Sarajevo Vinko Puljic, a member of the Medjugorje Commission, has condemned sections of the media that “have distorted the words of the Pope” and rushed to present an interpretation on any outcome to the Vatican study of the Medjugorje phenomenon as conclusive.

The Cardinal’s comments were made to the Croatian political weekly 7 Dnevno.

He said, “By interpreting the statements of the Pope on Medjugorje which he used during an interview on the return flight [from Sarajevo] and during a homily in the Santa Marta in the following days, the media have stirred the spirits of the faithful, of pilgrims and priests linked to that place of pilgrimage.

“I am very sorry that the media have given more attention, and also in the wrong way, to some statements of the Pope about Medjugorje, compared to the much stronger messages related to other problems in Bosnia Herzegovina. To put it better, they have distorted and manipulated some of his statements on Medjugorje, of the apparitions of Our Lady and other things related to them.”

The Cardinal then explained that the Pope’s comments were directed at making a media show of the visionaries’ experiences, by announcing how, where and at what time the apparition will manifest.

“It is therefore unacceptable” added he Cardinal, “to interpret the statement of the Pope as conclusive, which some media have done very quickly, in an effort to undermine the good relations existing between the faithful who accept Medjugorje and go there on pilgrimage, and the Pope himself who, I believe, will make a good and right decision about Medjugorje.

“I was part of the Commission that examined all the cases of the apparitions. We gave our conclusions and what we established to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which must now process them and present them to the Holy Father.

“When people ask me what I think of all this, I say: prayer is not a sin, confession is not a sin, and this is the most important thing.”

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A touch of heaven...

by Fr Svetozar Kraljevic ofm

We are very limited in our ways of thinking: by our age, habits, mentality; and we do not see other possibilities. Therefore, when something new, unusual, surprising occurs, we seem almost dumbfounded and ask why. Why Our Lady? Why now? Why there? Why to these children?

One way of trying to stay in touch with the world is through television, newspapers, books, and many other sources of information. Being in touch through these sources, we tend to believe we are in touch with everything.

When, on television, we see a person dying of hunger, we think we are in touch with what is happening – in touch with that person. But such is not the case. We have lost touch with that dying person and his world. In other words, we have lost meaningful touch with much of the world, with other people, other human beings.

On the movie screen we see ‘stars’ who represent real people in real situations – but are they real, the people and the situations? “By their fruits you will know them” is the criterion we must apply.

Our newspapers and magazines often pander, in their frenzy to ‘make money,’ to the basest human instincts, to the most transient and superficial ‘needs’ of man, and thereby distort or pervert life itself.

With a vengeance, the same is true of television. Indeed, the mass media do not judge success by the good they do in promoting the well-being of man, but in dollars and cents; and we know that commercial success and the well-being of man do not necessarily go hand in hand. Even the Church, very often, seems to have reconciled herself to secular preoccupations. When she raises her lonely voice in the modern wilderness, the world chooses not to listen, as if the Church were an infant and therefore unable to tell grown-ups what to do.

Thus Our Lady has become a prophetess for our time, which has lost touch with itself and with God. Thus we learn the answer to the question: Why Our Lady? She wants to put us in touch again. Therefore she has come to Medjugorje, and thus to the world.

Adapted from the book: The Apparitions of Our Lady of Medjugorje, by Svetozar Kraljevic, published by Information Centre Mir Medjugorje.