Saturday, July 23, 2016

In the difficult moments...

Sometimes, a short, simple prayer is enough to get us through the difficult moments...

Friday, July 22, 2016

St Mary Magdalene

Dear children! I am looking at you and in your hearts I do not see joy. Today I desire to give you the joy of the Risen One, that he may lead you and embrace you with his love and tenderness. I love you and I am praying for your conversion without ceasing before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, October 25, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The rich soil of Medjugorje

Dear children! May this time be a time of personal prayer for you, so that the seed of faith may grow in your hearts; and may it grow into a joyful witness to others. I am with you and I desire to inspire you all: grow and rejoice in the Lord who has created you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, January 25, 2010

Jesus said: “Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!” Matthew 13 : 4-9

Monday, July 18, 2016

The mother who calls me...

He was still 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 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 will of my Father in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
Matthew 12 : 46-50

It is not unnatural for a mother to search for her child, especially when she is concerned for their welfare. Mary did this when she went looking for Jesus early in his life and eventually discovered him in the Temple. As in the Temple, we see in today’s Gospel when Mary comes looking for her Son that Jesus is again surrounded by people, listening and talking with them, and going about his Father’s work.

When a Mother is concerned for her child she will always seek them out. It is the Mother’s role to nurture and take care of her children.

The same is happening at Medjugorje. Our Blessed Mother has arrived and remains with us because she is concerned for our welfare, because we are not going about our Father’s work as she would like, because we have forgotten that we belong to the wider family of God. She senses the danger and calls us to return to the fold where we belong and not to be stray sheep. We stray because we seek pleasures and happiness, but when we step outside the fold we search in the wrong places. There is no lasting happiness outside of the “family” of God.

Mary has arrived at Medjugorje to lead us back to our true home in life, to lead us to the heart of her Son Jesus and to our Father in Heaven, to the peace that comes only from the Father through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, a peace the world cannot give.

I am your Mother and, therefore, I want to lead you all to perfect holiness. I want each one of you to be happy here on earth and to be with me in Heaven. That is, dear children, the purpose of my coming here and it's my desire. Thank you for having responded to my call... part message, May 25, 1987

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Martha and Mary at Medjugorje

We find that thousands of people come here to Medjugorje to be renewed inwardly and to be strengthened in their faith. Everyone of them needs somewhere to live and someone who will cook and care for them.

Thus our parish has become Martha so that the pilgrims may totally assume the role of Mary and enjoy time and quiet to which to listen to the Lord.

Compared with the preceding years, this now means that the Medjugorje people often have to cut down on their own prayer and attendance at the evening liturgy. However, we have to accept this, if not as something positive, then as “shadows” that cannot be avoided. Things would be different if the pilgrims could do without accommodation and food!

So in all this one must rightly recognise the spirit of service in which the local people continue to receive the pilgrim multitudes.

Fr Slavko Barbaric, writing in 1989 before the civil war decimated families, communities and the Church in Bosnia Herzegovina.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Changing hearts...

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, July 12, 2016

Remain in faith...

When Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, he summarised in these gestures his own life. Jesus is chosen from all eternity, blessed at his baptism in the Jordan River, broken on the cross, and given as bread to the world. Being chosen, blessed, broken, and given is the sacred journey of the Son of God, Jesus the Christ.

When we take bread, bless it, break it, and give it with the words “This is the Body of Christ,” we express our commitment to make our lives conform to the life of Christ. We too want to live as people chosen, blessed, and broken, and thus become food for the world.
Henri Nouwen

My dear little children, draw close to God so he may protect you and guard you from every evil.
part Medjugorje message, February 25, 1992

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The path of the Good Samaritan

“We should ask ourselves this question often because it is precisely on this question that we will be judged at the end of our lives. The Lord, will ask us:

‘Do you remember that time on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho? That man, who was half-dead, was me. Do you remember? That hungry child was me. Do you remember? That migrant who so many people wanted to chase away was me. Those grandparents, abandoned in rest homes, were me. Those sick people in the hospital, who no one went to find, were me.’

With that challenging reflection, Pope Francis concluded his remarks, calling on the Blessed Virgin “to help us to walk along the paths of generous love towards others, the path of the Good Samaritan.”
Vatican Radio, July 10, 2016

Dear children! In this holy time of joyful expectation, God has chosen you, the little ones, to realise his great intentions. My children, be humble. Through your humility, with his wisdom, God will make of your souls a chosen home. You will illuminate it with good works and thus, with an open heart, you will welcome the birth of my Son in all of his generous love. Thank you, dear children.
Medjugorje message, December 2, 2008

Divine Neighbour

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I went to confession in the morning.

After reading today’s gospel
, I now realise that Jesus is my neighbour.

I must knock on his door more often.

Dear children! My prayer today is for all of you who seek the grace of conversion. You knock on the door of my heart, but without hope and prayer, in sin, and without the Sacrament of Reconciliation with God. Leave sin and decide, little children, for holiness. Only in this way can I help you, hear your prayers and seek intercession before the Most High. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, May 25, 2011

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Your sins are forgiven...

“What a wretched state I’m in! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have looked at the King, Yaweh Sabaoth”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding in his hand a live coal which he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. With this he touched my mouth and said: “See now, this has touched your lips, your sin is taken away, your iniquity is purged.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: “Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?”

I answered, “Here I am, send me.”
Isaiah 6 : 5-9

This morning I went to Confession. The compassionate priest gave me these words:

“God loves every one of us and his mercy is far greater than our sins and available to all, even the greatest sinners, so we are able to call on him with trust, receive his mercy and let it flow from us to others.

“We must be merciful. God wants us to receive his mercy and let it flow to others, extending love as he does. We must completely trust in Jesus. His mercies are dependent on our trust.

“The more we trust the more we will receive.”


Most merciful Jesus, whose very nature is compassion and love, do not look on my failings but upon my trust in you. Let me live my life being mercful to others as you are mercful to me. Let me always keep in mind the graces flowing from your pierced heart on the cross and live my life following your words: “As I have loved you, so also should you love one another.”
(John 13 : 34)

My God, I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you above all things with all my soul, with all my heart and with all my strength. I love you because you are infinitely good and worthy of being loved; and because I love you, I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen

Dear children, give the gift of your life to me and completely surrender to me so that I may help you to comprehend my motherly love and the love of my Son for you. My children, I love you immeasurably and today, in a special way, on the day of the birth of my Son, I desire to receive each of you into my heart and to give a gift of your lives to my Son. My children, Jesus loves you and gives you the grace to live in his mercy, but sin has overtaken many of your hearts and you live in darkness. Therefore, my children, do not wait, say ‘no’ to sin and surrender your hearts to my Son, because only in this way will you be able to live God’s mercy and, with Jesus in your hearts, set out on the way of salvation. Medjugorje message to Jakov, December 25, 2012

Monday, July 04, 2016

Protecting the fruit tree

“Premature” doesn’t mean it ain’t happening!

The fact that the Vatican has confirmed it is even considering the possibility of appointing an apostolic administrator to Medjugorje is an indicator that it views Medjugorje in favourable light.

The fact that Fr Lombardi has even responded to ‘speculative’ comment on Medjugorje is another positive sign. Normally, the Vatican would maintain a respectful silence on ‘speculation’.

Of course, there will always be those wanting to attempt to present Fr Lombardi’s statement in a negative light, and so Medjugorje. That’s to be expected. But it’s clear from the comments made by the Director of the Vatican Press Office that the Holy See is not going to shut down Medjugorje as many critics had hoped for. That was never the motive for Pope Benedict XVI deciding in March 2010 to set up a Commission to investigate Medjugorje. 

The Church is commissioned to protect the tree producing good fruit, even allowing for tares to grow among the wheat.

It’s no secret that the local ordinary, Ratio Ratko Perić, is opposed to the claims made by the six Medjugorje visionaries, that they see the Blessed Mother and receive messages from her.

Monsignor Perić is the current bishop of the Mostar-Duvno diocese and Apostolic Administrator of Trebinje-Mrkan. He is 72 years old and therefore, barring ill-health, has another three years left in office before retirement.

Perhaps that will be the time when the Holy See will move to implement administration changes at Medjugorje.

The Church does not hurry.

FOUR YEARS AGO... A Guardian Bishop for Medjugorje?

Decision on apostolic administrator not imminent

UPDATE... Vatican Radio has also issued quotes attributed to Fr Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office: “In the last few days there were rumours about the possible appointment of an apostolic administrator for the Shrine of Medjugorje, to govern and report directly to the Holy See. It is a hypothesis amongst others under consideration, but there is still no decision, and therefore premature to speak of it as a direction taken, or as an imminent decision.”

The Croatian newspaper Vercenji List speculated at the weekend that the Holy See is expected soon to appoint a special administrator to the parish of Medjugorje. This story was taken up by Total Croatia News and circulated widely on the internet.

However, both accounts STRESS that “the UNOFFICIAL information has NOT YET BEEN CONFIRMED”. This admission in itself testifies to the speculative nature of the report.

However, this morning the Vatican Press Office issued a statement to the German Catholic news portal Katholisch stating that one could only comment on appointments when announced by the State Secretariat.

Zenit Francais is also quoting Fr Lombardi of the Vatican Press Office, saying he has confirmed that an appointment of an apostolic administrator is under consideration but a decision is not imminent.

This is not the first time that there has been speculation about the Vatican taking an active role in the affairs of Medjugorje. The possibility was reported four years ago and Vatican representatives have visited Medjugorje on several occasions, especially during the four-year period of its Commission’s investigations into the phenomenon.

Vercenji List reported a similar story three years ago in November 2013.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

July 2016 message to Mirjana

Dear children, my real, living presence among you should make you happy because this is the great love of my Son.

He is sending me among you so that, with a motherly love, I may grant you safety; that you may comprehend that pain and joy, suffering and love, make your soul live intensely; that I may call you anew to glorify the Heart of Jesus, the heart of faith, the Eucharist.

From day to day through the centuries, my Son, alive, returns among you – he returns to you, though he has never left you.

When one of you, my children, returns to him, my motherly heart leaps with joy.

Therefore, my children, return to the Eucharist, to my Son.

The way to my Son is difficult, full of renunciations, but at the end, there is always the light.

I understand your pains and sufferings, and with motherly love I wipe your tears.

Trust in my Son, because he will do for you what you would not even know how to ask for.

You, my children, you should be concerned only for your soul, because it is the only thing on earth that belongs to you.

You will bring it, dirty or clean, before the Heavenly Father.

Remember, faith in the love of my Son will always be rewarded.

I implore you, in a special way, to pray for those whom my Son called to live according to him and to love their flock. Thank you.


The presence of love in a storm-swept boat;
the presence of love when I touch his coat;
the presence of love when he takes my hand
is all I can hope to ever understand.

The presence of love in shade and sun;
the presence of love when I’m undone.
the presence of love when he writes in sand
is all I can hope to ever understand.

The presence of love in the darkest night;
the presence of love come the morning light;
the presence of love in his command
is all I can hope to ever understand.

The presence of love when I’m lame and blind;
the presence of love when life’s unkind;
the presence of love in a desert land
is all I can hope to ever understand.

The presence of love when stones are cast;
the presence of love when I end up last;
the presence of love when he calls me ‘friend’
is all I can hope to ever understand.

The presence of love when all seems lost;
the presence of love with every cross;
the presence of love when life’s not grand
is all I can hope to ever understand.

© BG


My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.

Anyone who fails to love can never have known God because God is love.

God’s love for us was revealed when he sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him; this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God’s love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.

My dear people, since God has loved us so much, we should love one another.

No one has ever seen God; but as long as we love one another God will live in us and his love will be complete in us.

We can know that we are living in him and he is living in us because he lets us share his Spirit.

We ourselves saw and we testify that the Father sent his Son as saviour of the world.

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him, and he in God.

We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves.

God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.

Love will come to its perfection in us when we can face the day of Judgement without fear; because even in this world we have become as he is.

In love there can be no fear, but fear is driven out by perfect love; because to fear is to expect punishment, and anyone who is afraid is still imperfect in love.

We are to love, then, because he loved us first.

Anyone who says, “I love God”, and hates his brother, is a liar, since a man who does not love his brother that he can see cannot love God, who he has never seen,

So this is the commandment that he has given us, that anyone who loves God must also love his brother.

1 John 4 : 7-21

Blessed be the fruit...

The time is surely coming, says the Lord, when the one who ploughs shall overtake the one who reaps, and the treader of grapes the one who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.
Amos 9 : 13

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

Thursday, June 30, 2016

He came to his own domain...

Jesus got back in the boat, crossed the water and came to his own town.
Matthew 9 : 1

The Word was the true light that enlightens all men; and he was coming into the world. He was in the world that had its being through him, and the world did not know him. He came to his own domain and his own people did not accept him.
John 1 : 9-11

Dear children! Today I wish to give you my own love. You do not know, dear children, how great my love is, and you do not know how to accept it. In various ways I wish to show it to you, but you, dear children, do not recognise it. You do not understand my words with your heart and neither are you able to comprehend my love. Dear children, accept me in your life and so you will be able to accept all I am saying to you and to which I am calling you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, May 22, 1986

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth; I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

True friendship with God

Jesus got into the boat followed by his disciples. Without warning a storm broke over the lake, so violent that the waves were breaking right over the boat. But he was asleep. So they went 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 sea; 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 am with you in a special way and I bring you my motherly blessing of peace. I pray for you and I intercede for you before God, so that you may comprehend that each of you is a carrier of peace. You cannot have peace if your heart is not at peace with God. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray, because prayer is the foundation of your peace. Open your heart and give time to God so that He will be your friend. When true friendship with God is realised, no storm can destroy it. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, June 25, 1997

Monday, June 27, 2016

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Dear children! During these days my Lord is allowing me to be able to intercede more graces for you. Therefore, I wish to urge you once more to pray, dear children! Pray without ceasing! That way I will give you the joy which the Lord gives to me. With these graces, dear children, I want your sufferings to be a joy. I am your Mother and I desire to help you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, June 19, 1986

When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine”. John 2 : 2-3

Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, April 25, 1998

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Love in the community

When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. My brothers, you were called, as you know, to liberty; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love, since the whole of the Law is summarised in a single command: Love your neighbour as yourself. If you go snapping at each other and tearing each other to pieces, you had better watch or you will destroy the whole community. Galatians 5 : 1, 13-15

Dear children, I love you with a motherly love and with a motherly patience I wait for your love and unity. I pray that you may be a community of God’s children, of my children. I pray that as a community you may joyfully come back to life in the faith and in the love of my Son. part Medjugorje message, October 2, 2013