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.

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.
Find out more about Danielle and her music at daniellerose.com

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 kath.net and marytv.tv

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
Paris

• source: www.monksofadoration.org

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!”

• source: www.monksofadoration.org

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.”

• source: CATHOLICCULTURE.ORG

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

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

In the name of...


Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said this to them, “Say this when your pray: ‘Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come…’” Luke 11 : 1-4

It is interesting to note that in the Medjugorje messages given to the seer Mirjana, Our Lady makes frequent mention of the word ‘Father’, far more so than in her messages to Marija.

Not unexpectedly the word ‘GOD’ features most – 160 times. ‘FATHER’ counts as 94.

Surprisingly, the name ‘JESUS’ is seldom mentioned – only six times in all of the 133 monthly and annual messages given to Mirjana. Instead, Our Lady chooses to refer to Jesus as “MY SON” – 164 times.

The third person of the Trinity, the HOLY SPIRIT, is named 21 times. 

By contrast, in over 500 messages given to Marija, Our Lady makes mention of the word ‘FATHER’ only 11 times. The name of JESUS, sometimes preceded by the words ‘MY SON’ is recorded 163 times, while for ‘SON or ‘MY SON’, 79 mentions are made.

The ‘HOLY SPIRIT’ is mentioned on 35 occasions.

So in the messages to Mirjana it is the name of the FATHER which Our Lady emphasises, and in the messages to Marija the name of JESUS takes prominence.

Pope Francis says... Mary says...


“Today, as the Synod for the Family opens, with the help of the Pauline brothers there is a Bible for every family! Not to just put it on a shelf, but to keep it on hand, dip into it often, both individually and together, husband and wife, parents and children, perhaps in the evening, especially on Sundays. In this way the family will grow and walk in the light and the strength of God’s Word!”
Pope Francis, October 5, 2014

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, 2014

Dear children ! Also today, I call you to renew prayer in your families. By prayer and the reading of Sacred Scripture, may the Holy Spirit, who will renew you, enter into your families. In this way, you will become teachers of the faith in your family. By prayer and your love, the world will set out on a better way and love will begin to rule in the world. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, April 25, 2005

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Extended messages... is there a reason?


The latest message given to the Medjugorje seer Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo (October 2) is the longest she has received from Our Lady in this way (287 words).

In fact, Our Lady’s messages to Mirjana on the second of each month have been gradually increasing in length these past six years.

The nine messages given to Mirjana in 2009 averaged at 85 words, and since then the average length of the messages has steadily increased, year on year. Mirjana has received ten monthly messages this year and the average number of words for each message over the period is 212. That’s an increase of 149% on 2009.

2014... 10 messages averaging 212 words
2013... 12 messages averaging 204 words
2012... 12 messages averaging 162 words
2011... 12 messages averaging 144 words
2010... 12 messages averaging 89 words
2009... 9 messages averaging 85 words

So what can be the reason for this development? Does Our Lady have a specific motive for wanting us to take in more of what she is saying and teaching? Does she consider our hearts are opening in a way so as to be able to receive more?

And should we be surprised, anyway? After all, Our Lady has been speaking through the Medjugorje visionaries continually for 33 years and we have grown accustomed to receiving and being nourished by her many messages.

The pattern is peculiar to the messages received by Mirjana and not Marija, the visionary designated by Our Lady to transmit her message to the world on the 25th of each month. The messages given to Mirjana are generally addressed to those who do not know the love of God in their hearts and do not seek God – and I suppose that can apply to all hearts at times. Since April 2007 there has been an added postscript to the messages given to Mirjana, a reference to our “shepherds”, our priests. So does that indicate the messages are targeted more towards the so-called “non-believers” within the Church?

For sure, the messages are a blessed treasure for the Church. Every word, every increasing message is a precious gift and encourage countless hearts to reconcile and return to the Sacraments.

There is often a sense of urgency in the messages to Mirjana, urging us to action; to confess, to pray, to fast, to convert, to love, to allow God’s peace into our lives and so the world. Perhaps the extended messages can be viewed as an expression of this urgency, Our Lady’s desire to bring as many people to Jesus before the time she will begin – through Mirjana – to reveal her “secrets” to the world. Increased activity, exhortations and appeals can be seen as signs of preparation for what is to come, and perhaps this may explain the reason for Our Lady extending her messages to Mirjana these past five years.

We also know for sure that one day the messages will come to a halt, just as the daily apparitions did for the Mirjana, Ivanka and Jakov. Our Lady has made this very clear in earlier messages. On Christmas Day, 1989, she said: “Little children, I ask you to accept and live the messages with all seriousness, so that your soul will not be sad when I will no longer be with you...” On another occasion Our Lady said a time would soon come when we will lament for the messages. She also spoke about a time when she would no longer leads us “like insecure children in their first steps.”

But until that time does come we can be thankful for the extended messages and also view this as added nourishment for our conversion and “growing in holiness”. Pope Francis spoke on this theme in May last year.

“A mother helps her children grow up and wants them to grow strong... A mother then thinks of the health of her children, teaching them also to face the difficulties of life... A good mother also helps them to make definitive decisions with freedom... The mother teaches us how to be fruitful, to be open to life and to always bear good fruit, joyful fruit, hopeful fruit, and never to lose hope, to give life to others, physical and spiritual life...”

Each of us has expectations of our Blessed Mother. Likewise she has expectations of us, especially when it comes to accepting and living her messages. While the world would want us to consume and find room in our hearts for all the “new” delights it has to offer, Our Lady would prefer that we open our hearts instead to the grace she desires to present to us; her Son Jesus.

She says: Dear children! God gives me this time as a gift to you, so that I may instruct and lead you on the path of salvation. Dear children, now you do not comprehend this grace, but soon a time will come when you will lament for these messages. That is why, little children, live all of the words which I have given you through this time of grace and renew prayer, until prayer becomes a joy for you. (part message, August 25, 1997)

Parting company with a loved one can be a time when much is said: last minute instructions, reminders, words of endearment, promises and maybe expressions of hope and even sorrowful regret.

Jesus also spoke at length to his disciples before his passion and death, gracing them with teaching and understanding, preparing them for the time he would return to be with his Father in heaven. But he also promised he would not leave them orphans, a promise that is clearly fulfilled at Medjugorje, with so many apparent signs and good fruits.

When the visionaries Mirjana, Ivanka and Jakov received their last daily apparition, Our Lady spoke at length, reassuring them as a mother does, but Mirjana described the parting as “pain beyond description” and Jakov wept for a very long time. However, Our Lady indicated they would not be abandoned, promising to appear to them once a year for the rest of their lives.

THE LAST DAILY APPARITIONS...

• Three of the Medjugorje visionaries no longer receive daily apparitions... Mirjana Dragicevic, the first to receive all 10 secrets, had her final daily meeting with Our Lady on Christmas Day, 1982... For Ivanka Ivankovic, the first of the visionaries to see Our Lady, the daily apparitions ceased on 7 May 1985... Jakov Colo, the youngest of the seers, was in America when he received his final daily apparition on 12 September 1998.

MIRJANA
The first month was really difficult for me. Our Lady warned me about that, too. I fell into a deep depression. I avoided everything...

• My last daily apparition with Our Lady, was on Christmas Day, December 25, 1982. On that occasion Our Lady stayed with me for 45 minutes. For a month she had been preparing me for that meeting, explaining everything in a motherly way. Our Lady told me that I had fulfiled what she had needed me for. She said that I was sensible enough and had to understand that it was now time for me to return to a normal daily life, like other girls of my age. I must now continue to live without her motherly advice and the conversations with her that were so necessary for me. She promised that she would always be with me and that she would help me in the most difficult moments in my life. As long as I live with God, she will help me. She told me that this would be the last of our daily meetings, but she left me a gift: I will see her on my birthday as long as I live. The last meeting with Our Lady was very difficult for me. I cannot describe with words the pain I felt in my soul. It is the realisation of having lost the most beautiful thing in your life. Our Lady knew of my suffering and pain, and to cheer me up she prayed with me and encouraged me to sing and praise God. I prayed the prayer that I always prayed when I was alone with her: Hail Holy Queen. I will always remember the words of Our Lady: “Mirjana, I chose you and I have told you everything that is necessary. I also entrusted many terrible things to you, which you must now carry with dignity. Think of me and of how many tears I also shed because of these. You must always be brave. You quickly understood my messages and therefore, you also must understand that now I must leave. Be brave!” The other things Our Lady told me were for me, personally. The first month was really difficult for me. Our Lady warned me about that, too. I fell into a deep depression. I avoided everything. I closed myself up in my room where I used to wait for Our Lady. I cried and called out to her to come. I felt her help and waited for my birthday. Since August 2, I hear the voice of Our Lady within me on every second day of the month. Sometimes I see her as well – and I pray with her for the unbelievers.

IVANKA
There were two angels with her. They, too, were dressed like Our Lady. Our Lady and the angels were so beautiful that I cannot describe it in words. One simply has to experience this oneself...

• Never before had I seen the Blessed Virgin Mary more beautiful than this evening. She was so gentle and so beautiful! Today she wore the most beautiful dress that I have ever seen in my life. This dress was shining in silver and gold, as were her veil and crown. There were two angels with her. They, too, were dressed like Our Lady. Our Lady and the angels were so beautiful that I cannot describe it in words. One simply has to experience this oneself. Our Lady asked me if I had any particular wish. I asked her if I could see my earthly mother. Our Lady smiled and she nodded. Then suddenly my mother appeared. She was smiling. Our Lady told me to stand up. I stood up. My mother embraced and kissed me, and said: My daughter, I am so proud of you! My mother kissed me once more and disappeared. After this the Blessed Virgin Mary said: My dear child, today is our last meeting. Do not be sad, since I will come to you on every anniversary – except this one. My dear child, do not think that you have done something wrong, and that is why I no longer appear to you. No, this is not so! With your whole heart, you have accepted and fulfiled the plans that my Son and I had. Be happy because I am your Mother, who loves you with all her heart. Ivanka, thank you for having responded to the call of my Son, for having persevered and for always having remained with Him for as long as He wished it. My child, tell your friends that my Son and I shall always be with them when they search for us and call for us. What I have told you during these years and the secrets which I entrusted to you, you will not speak to anyone about until I tell you to. Ivanka, until now, no one on this earth has received the graces which you and your brothers have received! After these words I asked Our Lady if I could embrace her. She simply nodded and I embraced her. I also asked for her blessing. She blessed me, smiled and said: “Go in God’s peace.” She left slowly and with her the two angels left also. The Blessed Virgin Mary was very happy. She remained with me for one hour.

JAKOV
While she was confiding the tenth secret to me, she was sad. Then with a gentle smile, she said to me: “Dear child, I am your mother and I love you unconditionally. From today I will not be appearing to you every day, but only on Christmas, the birthday of my Son...”

On Saturday September 12, 1998, the youngest of the visionaries in Medjugorje, Jakov Colo, sent the parish office the following text while he was on a trip to the United States:

• On Friday September 11th, during the regular apparition, Our Lady told me to prepare myself, especially by prayer, for tomorrow’s apparition, because she would confide the tenth secret to me. On Saturday September 12, Our Lady came at 11:15am (local time). When she came she greeted me as always with Praised be Jesus. While she was confiding the tenth secret to me, she was sad. Then with a gentle smile, she said to me: “Dear child, I am your mother and I love you unconditionally. From today I will not be appearing to you every day, but only on Christmas, the birthday of my Son. Do not be sad because as a mother I will always be with you and, like every true mother, I will never leave you. And you continue further to follow the way of my Son, the way of peace and love, and try to persevere in the mission that I have confided to you. Be an example of a man who has known God and God’s love. Let people always see you as an example of how God acts in people and how God acts through them. I bless you with my motherly blessing and I thank you for having responded to my call.”

The apparition ended at 11:45am. Later, in a short conversation with Fr Slavko Barbaric, Jakov said that he wept for a long time and that he is very sad.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Hidden graces...


Dear children, Today, with my motherly heart, I call you gathered around me to love your neighbour. My children, stop. Look in the eyes of your brother and see Jesus, my Son. If you see joy, rejoice with him. If there is pain in the eyes of your brother, with your tenderness and goodness, cast it away, because without love you are lost. Only love is effective; it works miracles. Love will give you unity in my Son and the victory of my heart. Therefore, my children, love.
Medjugorje message, September 2, 2008

• In some of the Medjugorje messages, Our Lady invites us to seek and see her Son in others. Not always easy, but when we can accept that God is the good in every person, then sometimes hidden grace is witnessed.

It may be fleeting, for only an instant, like the falling rain – we witness the wetness but not always the individual drops, so fast do they hit the ground.

The grace which pours from Mary, who is full of grace, is not always visible at the time it is poured – perhaps because our focus is elsewhere, on other things, or there is a partial blindness in our heart that prevents this.

On occasion it may require another person to reveal the graces that surround us in life, to point out what our eyes and heart have missed. But however and whenever this takes place, it requires the blessing of Jesus to let his glory be seen, just as he did at the Cana wedding feast.

The steward who tased the water that had turned into wine had no idea where it came from, only the servants who had drawn the water knew, but the outcome was that all the guests at the wedding feast received the benefit, whether they witnessed the miracle or not.

The photo above is an example of how God’s glory is visible in a way not always seen because our focus or attention is on something else – the statue, the water fountain, or both; or because we are simply unaware of the phenomenon.

I doubt anyone would intentionally go out of their way to see anything in the water droplets that burst forth from the fountain and fall to the ground so quickly – and if they did it would be unlikely that what is caught in the camera could be seen by the eye at the time.

Each droplet reflects its surroundings as it rises and falls. The reflection is constantly changing – and in such a short space of time – before the droplet disappears onto the ground.

In this particular photo the droplets predominately reflect the white statue and blue sky. And as long as the water – the prayer – keeps flowing, then the image of Our Lady manifests in this way. Grace can sometimes be like that, manifesting in way seen outwardly, but the components are not always visible.

So imagine the statue as a real person. It may not be a statue or person to our liking or taste, but it is capable of revealing many wonders hidden from our sight. And sometimes it takes someone else to point out the wonder of the person or the beauty of the statue, the detail we are unaware of.

In her Medjugorje messages, Our Heavenly Mother is very good at revealing and informing us in a detailed way of how to receive the graces God desires to grant all his children – and she points to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as the source of all grace. Mary also frequently points out that this is a time of grace.

Grace is the presence of goodness, God’s providence, his gift. The Mother of Jesus is his gift to all of God’s children. That is why she is full of grace and grace always points to Goodness.

Dear children! I am with you and I bless you all with my motherly blessing. Especially today when God gives you abundant graces, pray and seek God through me. God gives you great graces, that is why, little children make good use of this time of grace and come closer to my heart so that I can lead you to my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call. 
Medjugorje message, June 25, 2001

Thursday, October 02, 2014

October message to Mirjana


Dear children, with motherly love I implore you, love one another.

May there be in your hearts, as my Son desired from the very beginning, love for the Heavenly Father and for your neighbour in the first place — above everything of this world.

My dear children, do you not recognise the signs of the times?

Do you not recognise that all of this that is around you, all that is happening, is because there is no love?

Comprehend that salvation is in true values.

Accept the might of the Heavenly Father, love him and honour him.

Walk in the footsteps of my Son.

You, my children, my dear apostles, you are always gathering around me anew, because you are thirsty.

You thirst for peace, love and happiness.

Drink out of my hands.

My hands are offering to you my Son who is the spring of clear water.

He will bring your faith back to life and purify your hearts, because my Son loves pure hearts and pure hearts love my Son.

Only pure hearts are humble and have firm faith.

I ask for such hearts of you, my children.

My Son told me that I am the mother of the entire world.

I ask of those of you who accept me as such to help me, with your life, prayer and sacrifice, for all of my children to accept me as a mother—so that I may lead them to the spring of the clear water.

Thank you.

My dear children, as your shepherds offer you the Body of my Son with their blessed hands, always in your hearts give thanks to my Son for the Sacrifice and for the shepherds that he always gives you anew.


“Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again; but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.” John 4 : 13-14

The Rosary opens the heart to God…

Those who pray all three Mysteries every day will certainly become more and more open, and will then always experience more and more help. The heart opens itself to God because we who pray the Rosary are looking at Mary and Jesus.

They know that when people are doing well, this can lead them to close their hearts. They also know that when people are not doing well, the same thing can occur, and then they remain in distrust and anger toward God for their own suffering.

But so that this does not happen, that neither the good nor the bad can close our hearts, we should stay with Mary and with Jesus. In every situation our hearts, just like those of Mary and of Jesus, will then remain open. It still depends on us whether our hearts are open so that we can experience the help.


Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

October is the month of the Rosary

The Rosary is a very simple prayer that is deeply founded in the Bible. In the 15 Mysteries we quite simply have the possibility of being with Jesus and Mary in joy, in sorrow, and in glory. And it is this that must be taught to the people when one prays the Rosary.

Sadly for many people the Rosary is only a repetition that can then also become boring. Yet the Rosary is in fact a deep meeting with Jesus and Mary.

Whoever prays the Rosary looks at Mary and Jesus, how they behave in joy and in sorrow, and then how they move on into glory. This is exactly what every one of us, all people today in fact need. We need to watch them and then change our own behaviour according to theirs, and then with this change in our behaviour to become an example for all others.


Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Grace from heaven


The word of God – a precious gift from heaven – is enough to set the world and hearts alight. Our Lady invites us to receive and accept her messages – words from heaven – and to live every word she gives us.

As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, “Lord do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?” But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village. Luke 9 : 51-56

Dear children! Today I pray for you and with you that the Holy Spirit may help you and increase your faith, so that you may accept even more the messages that I am giving you here in this holy place. Little children, comprehend that this is a time of grace for each of you; and with me, little children, you are secure. 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. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, June 25, 2002

Monday, September 29, 2014

SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels


It’s not often Our Lady makes mention of angels in her messages, but she did three months ago in her message to Marija on July 25. She said:

I am with you and, with the saints and angels, intercede for you.
part Medjugorje message, July 25, 2014

St Augustine says: “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’: from what they are, ‘spirit’, from what they do, ‘angel.’” With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” they are the “mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word.” CCC 329

The picture above shows a sculpture of the Angel Gabriel located at ‘Little Lourdes’ just outside the Croatian town of Makarska, where many pilgrims stop off on their journey home from Medjugorje.