Saturday, December 20, 2014

God is with us...

The maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Emmanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us”.
Isaiah 7 : 14

Friday, December 19, 2014

Medjugorje: an answered prayer?

Did the prayer of Pope John Paul ll lead to the visitation of the Mother of Jesus to Medjugorje?

When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah in the sanctuary of the temple, he said to Elizabeth’s husband, “Do not be afraid, your prayer has been heard. Your wife is to bear you a son and you must name him John.”

A prayer answered – but Zechariah wasn’t convinced. “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is getting on in years” the priest replied.

For his lack of faith and disbelief, Zechariah was struck dumb – rendered speechless. The holy man who scrupously observed all the commandments and observances of the Lord was silenced, unable to speak of the things he had seen and heard until many months later after his son was born.

The account in Luke’s gospel of the Baptist’s conception and birth is a sign that contributes to the authenticity of the Medjugorje phenomenon.

The first of the Medjugorje apparitions occurred in the hill country of the parish at a place known as Podbrdo. The date was June 24, 1981 and the feast day of the Birth of St John the Baptist. The apparition remained silent as she stood on the hillside revealing the Child Jesus in her arms to Ivanka and Mirjana, the first of the two visionaries blessed to see Our Lady.

But was the visitation of the Blessed Mother to Medjugorje a response to a prayer heard in heaven – a response to the “suffering among men”?

Like Zeccariah, we could be tempted to doubt and ask: “How can I be sure of this?”

There are accounts of the coming of Our Lady to Medjugorje being prophesised by Sr Briege McKenna in response to prayers by Tomislav Vlasic, a Franciscan priest since laicised at his own request, who came to pastor at Medjugorje some months after the start of the apparitions.

However, a more telling source of the prayer heard in heaven which appears to have resulted in the Queen of Peace coming to Medjugorje is Pope John Paul II.

Was it a coincidence that just 17 days before the visitation of Mary and the Infant Jesus to Medjugorje, Pope John Paul II had offered a prayerful Act of Entrustment to the Blessed Mother and placed the “whole human family” under her motherly protection, perhaps mindful of his own recovery from serious injury and Elizabeth’s words in Luke’s gospel: “The Lord has done this for me and has taken away the humiliation I suffered among men.”?

This act of entrustment was in response to the assassination attempt on his life a month earlier, on May 13, 1981, which John Paul II saw as fulfilment of part of the revealed Fatima secrets that spoke of a Bishop dressed in white being killed.

Because of his injuries the Holy Father was unable to be present to celebrate the “Act of Entrustment” in the Basilica of St Mary Major on June 7, 198. Instead, his recorded address was broadcast. The following is the part which refers specifically to the Act of Entrustment:

“Mother of all individuals and peoples, you know all their sufferings and hopes. In your motherly heart you feel all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, that convulse the world: accept the plea which we make in the Holy Spirit directly to your heart, and embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord those who most await this embrace, and also those whose act of entrustment you too await in a particular way. Take under your motherly protection the whole human family, which with affectionate love we entrust to you, O Mother. May there dawn for everyone the time of peace and freedom, the time of truth, of justice and of hope.”

When Zechariah found his voice again at the time of John’s circumcision, he prayed a blessing for his Son that was heard in heaven and throughout the world ever since:

“Little child, you shall be called Prophet of the the Most High, for you shall go before the Lord to prepare the way for him – to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins; this by the tender mercy of our God who from on high will bring the rising Sun to visit us, to give light to those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

The blessing continues through the heart and the messages of the Queen of Prophets at Medjugorje.

Dear children! I call you all to conversion of heart. Decide, as in the first days of my coming here, for a complete change of your life. In this way, little children, you will have the strength to kneel and to open your hearts before God. God will hear your prayers and answer them. Before God, I intercede for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, August 25, 2004

And there is a link to Fatima and Medjugorje in the message given by Our Lady on August 25, 1991:

Dear children! Today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realised. Satan is strong and wants to sweep away my plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in his decisions. Therefore, I call all of you, dear children, to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to self-renunciation for nine days so that, with your help, everything that I desire to realise through the secrets I began in Fatima, may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to now grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realised. Thank you for having responded to my call.

Nine months later the fruit of Satan’s seed was born and war broke out in Bosnia Herzegovina. The conflict lasted for almost four years.

As in 1991, the importance and seriousness of Our Lady’s earlier visitation to Fatima was never really grasped by the world. Her warnings of the Second World War and the spread of Communism fell mostly on deaf ears.

Our Lady still desires to lead all souls to heaven and present them to her Son. She still warns of dangers to come to the world if her words and messages are not heeded. So is it any wonder she has remained at Medjugorje for such a long time? As she says: she wants to fulfil all she began through the secrets at Fatima.

Pope John Paul ll’s Act of Entrustment is a continual prayer that we are all invited to offer, to continue placing our trust in Our Lady. She also invites us to do this.

On October 2, Our Lady gave this message to the seer Mirjana:

Dear children, I call you to accompany me in my mission of God with an open heart and complete trust. The way on which I lead you, through God, is difficult but persevering and in the end we will all rejoice through God. Therefore, my children, do not stop praying for the gift of faith. Only through faith will the Word of God be light in this darkness which desires to envelop us. Do not be afraid, I am with you. Thank you.

With faith and trust we are able to witness to answered prayer and not, like Zechariah, remain silent.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

USA and Cuba... another ‘miraculous grace’?

Six years ago in June 2008, Time Magazine featured a photograph revealing what President Obama carries in his pockets. Among the items was a Miraculous Medal and another medal with an image of the Virgin Mary holding the Infant Jesus. (The Queen of Peace first appeared in Medjugorje on June 24, 1981, carrying the Infant Jesus.

This week the USA and Cuba took steps to restoring diplomatic relations after a freeze between the two nations stretching back to the early Sixties. Pope Francis was named by President Obama as assisting with the reconciliation process.

Those who are aware of the countless miracles associated with the Miraculous Medal will also witness to the Blessed Virgin’s intercessory role in helping to bring new wine into the estranged ‘marriage’.

When she appeared to St Catherine Labouré and asked the French sister to have a medal struck in her honour, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception promised great graces to those who carry the medal with faith.

The Miraculous Medal also has an association with Medjugorje

On November 27, 1989, Our Lady said to the visionary Marija:

These days, I want you to pray in a special way for the salvation of souls. Today is the feast day of the miraculous medal, and I want that you pray, in a special way, for the salvation of those people who are carrying this miraculous medal. I want you to spread the devotion and carrying of this medal, so that more souls may be saved, and that you pray in a special way.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Medjugorje dossier “on the Pope’s desk”

Eleven months have passed since Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See press office, announced on January 18, 2014 that the work of the International Commission set up to study the Medjugorje phenomenon was completed and its findings presented to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for further study.

The Commission’s work had taken almost four years to finish after the announcement for the setting up of the investigation was made on March 17, 2010.

With the distinct possibility of Pope Francis making a visit to Bosnia Herzegovina in 2015 and the ad limina visit by the BiH bishop’s conference to Rome expected to take place sometime in February or March, local news sources report that the CDF’s dossier is also completed and will be “on the Pope’s desk” in January.

If so, a statement by Pope Francis could be expected before Easter.

A significant date to be considered – for two reasons – is March 18.

1. The Medjugorje seer Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo has stated March 18 is an important date – and not because it is her birthday or because it is the day she receives a promised annual apparition of Our Lady. Speaking with pilgrims in 2007, Mirjana said, “Great people were born on the 18th of March. But I never have my birthday because that is the day of the apparition. And many people have the wrong opinion about it. They feel that Our Lady comes to me on the 18th of March because it is my birthday. She doesn’t come for sure for that reason because she never said to me Happy Birthday. When everything starts happening, then you will be able to understand why the 18th of March, why every second of the month, why Wednesdays and Fridays are days of fasting, everything will be clear.”

2. Bosnia's Bosniaks and Croats signed the Washington Agreement on March 18, 1994, ending war between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

BiH Presidency member Dragan Covic
meets with Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
It is expected that the Holy See’s Secretary of State will soon visit Bosnia Herzegovina. Speaking to the news station TV1 after his meeting with Monsignor Pietro Parolin in Rome two months ago, Vjekoslav Bevanda, Chairman of the Council of Ministers for Bosnia Herzegovina said. “Cardinal Parolin will visit Bosnia Herzegovina relatively quickly. And this is actually a precursor to the visit of Pope Francis everyone expects.”

It is said that “the Church does not hurry” but it now seems that all the pieces are being put in place very quickly in preparation for an official statement by the Holy Father on the Medjugorje phenomenon.

Pope Francis meets with BiH Presidency member Dragan Covic

Pope Francis meets with BiH President today

A step closer to visit and announcement on Medjugorje phenomenon?

Dragan Covic the Croatian member of the Bosnia Herzegovina Presidency met with Pope Francis at 10:30am today (Monday). On his first official trip abroad, it was expected that the recently-elected Covic, would extend an official invitation to Pope Francis to visit Bosnia Herzegovina in 2015. 

Radio Vatican later confirmed Dragan Covic had invited Pope Francis on behalf of the whole presidency - including the Serbian Orthodox and Muslim members - to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mladen Dragojlovic of the Independent Balkan News Agency also confirmed the invititation and added that Covic believed the visit might be realised in 2015.

Dr Covic was also scheduled to meet with Monsignor Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State, recently reported to be making a precursory visit BiH before the end of the year ahead of the anticipated visit by the Holy Father.

The Holy See has also notified the BiH bishops’ conference of its ad limina visit to Rome, expected to take place in February or March.

The Chairman of the Council of Ministers for BiH, Vjekoslav Bevanda, confirmed the possibility Pope Francis visiting BiH after he met with Monsignor Parolin in Rome in October.

Many observers view these protocol steps as heralding an official announcement by the Holy See on its Commission study of the Medjugorje phenomenon.

• Upcoming visits of Pope Francis outside of Italy for 2015:

Sri Lanka and Philippines, January 15-19
United States, September 22-27
France, no official date

Dragan Covic presents Pope Francis with a gift of a statuette of the
Bosnian Queen Katerina who died in Rome in the 15th century
and is buried in the Franciscan church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Prayer is...

Speaking today after the Angelus prayer, the Holy Father thanked the children for coming, and wished them a happy Christmas. He asked them to remember to pray for him when they said their prayers before their Nativity set, and assured them that he prayed for them, too. “Prayer is the breath of the soul,” he said.“ It is important to find moments throughout the day to open the heart to God, even with the short and simple prayers of the Christian people.”
Pope Francis, Angelus address, December 14, 2014

Dear children! Today I call you to prayer. I am with you and I love you all. I am your Mother and I wish that your hearts be similar to my heart. Little children, without prayer you cannot live and say that you are mine. Prayer is joy. Prayer is what the human heart desires. Therefore, get closer, little children, to my Immaculate Heart and you will discover God. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, November 25, 1984

Speaking for the light...

A man came, sent by God. His name was John. He came as a witness, as a witness to speak for the light, so that everyone might believe through him. He was not the light, only a witness to speak for the light. John 1 : 6-8

Dear children! Today I am calling on you to decide whether or not you wish to live the messages which I am giving you. I wish you to be active in living and spreading the messages. Especially, dear children, I wish that you all be the reflection of Jesus, which will enlighten this unfaithful world walking in darkness. I wish all of you to be the light for everyone and that you give witness in the light. Dear children, you are not called to the darkness, but you are called to the light. Therefore, live the light with your own life. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, June 5, 1986

It should not be overlooked that when Mary first came to Medjugorje it was on June 24, 1981, the feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist (A man came…).

Mary also came, sent by God. She came as a witness to speak for the light, so that everyone may believe through her.

John was asked by the priests and Levites from Jerusalem, “Who are you? He answered, “I am a voice that cries in the wilderness, ‘Make a straight way for the Lord.’”

Mary was also asked the question, “Who are you?” She responded, I am the blessed Virgin Mary… I wish to be with you and convert and reconcile the whole world… Be reconciled… Make your peace with God and with each other…”

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pope ordination anniversary today

Pope Francis was ordained a priest on this day in 1969. He was born in Buenos Aires on 17 December 1936, the son of Italian immigrants, and named Jorge Mario Bergoglio. His father Mario was an accountant employed by the railways and his mother Regina Sivori was a committed wife dedicated to raising their five children. He graduated as a chemical technician and then chose the path of the priesthood, entering the Diocesan Seminary of Villa Devoto. On 11 March 1958 he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus. He completed his studies of the humanities in Chile and returned to Argentina in 1963 to graduate with a degree in philosophy from the Colegio de San José in San Miguel. From 1964 to 1965 he taught literature and psychology at Immaculate Conception College in Santa Fé and in 1966 he taught the same subject at the Colegio del Salvatore in Buenos Aires. From 1967-70 he studied theology and obtained a degree from the Colegio of San José. On 13 December 1969 he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano

Friday, December 12, 2014

Consecrated life...

Dear children! Also today, I urge you to consecrate yourselves to my Heart and to the Heart of my Son Jesus. Only in this way will you be mine more each day and you will inspire each other all the more to holiness. In this way joy will rule your hearts and you will be carriers of peace and love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, May 25, 2004

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bearing and sharing the burden of secrets...

Was Mirjana Dragicevic entrusted by Our Lady to reveal the Medjugorje secrets to the world because she was the first of the six visionaries to receive all ten?

Speaking about the last daily apparition she received on Christmas Day 1982 and which lasted 45 minutes, Mirjana said:

“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… I will always remember the words of Our Lady: Mirjana, I chose you and 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 also be brave. You quickly understood my messages and therefore you must also understand that now I must leave. Be brave!


This week the eldest of the Medjugorje seers, Vicka Ivankovic, revealed on Italian television that the Medjugorje secrets are the same for each visionary, and then clarified that one of the secrets given to her was personal.

Although Mirjana has declared that at some future time she will reveal the secrets to the world via the priest of her choice, Fr Petar Ljubicic, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that another seer may be called upon to reveal some or all of the secrets now that it appears the secrets given to each visionary are the same.

Should Fr Petar be called to his eternal rest before any announcement of secrets, then it would not be unexpected for Mirjana to choose another priest. This could also apply to Mirjana. Should she be called in the same way, then one of the remaining visionaries could be chosen to fulfill Our Lady’s plan for revealing the entrusted secrets.

At this time, three of the Medjugorje seers have received all 10 secrets: Mirjana, Ivanka and Jakov. The three other seers, Vicka, Ivan and Marija have received nine.

Mirjana also claims that all the secrets and dates she has in her possession are written on a type of parchment “not of this world”, given to her by Our Lady. Why this should be so when it now appears that all six visionaries have the same secrets, is a mystery that may only be understood at a later date, as also the reason why the visionaries are given the same secrets but at different times in their lives.

OUR LADY CONTINUES TO DISCUSS THE SECRETS WITH THE VISIONARIES, even to Ivanka and Jakov who now receive only an annual apparition. The visionaries do not reveal the content, only the fact that Our Lady still speaks to them about the secrets.

But is there a reason why Our Lady should want to continue the discussion of the secrets with the individual seers? Could it be that they are all being prepared in some way to give witness to the secrets and any future events that will affect the world?

What isn’t a secret at Medjugorje is that Our Lady invites the world to pray with open hearts and reconcile with God and each other. But hidden from many hearts is the knowledge that God loves his children. This is Good News not to be kept secret but proclaimed. The message of Medjugorje, God’s merciful love, is not a secret to be supressed or for a select group, but a grace for all to receive, share and witness to.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Seer speaks about the Medjugorje ‘secrets’

Vicka indicates that all but one of the 10 Medjugorje secrets are same for each seer...

Vicka Ivankovic was a guest on the Italian TV (RAI 1) programme ‘Porta a Porta’ broadcast on Tuesday night. When asked by the presenter Bruno Vespa if all 10 Medjugorje ‘secrets’ were the same for each of the six visionaries, Vicka responded in the affirmative, but clarified that one of the secrets she received was personal for her.

This is the first time that any Medjugorje seer has publicly confirmed that the secrets are the same for each visionary.

Vicka was also questioned about the ‘glowing’ statue that had thousands of pilgrims flocking to her childhood family home last year and which was later removed by parish authorities for further examination. She rejected the suggestion she had any involvement and said she never had any desire to witness the phenomenon so as to avoid any possible controversies.

Medjugorje is not a threat to the Church

“Medjugorje is not a threat to the Church – but a gift,” says priest who pastored at Medjugorje for seven years.

Fr Ljubo Kurtovic OFM made a return visit to Medjugorje recently and gave this talk to english-speaking pilgrims. Transcript is by Angela Callan.

Welcome to Medjugorje!

I have been a priest for 18 years, and I have been given the grace to serve here for seven years – from 2000 to 2007.

When I came to Medjugorje first it was in 1982. I was born 50 kilometres from here and we walked all the way. I recall only the pain in my feet – I was thirteen years old. The faithful of this area always came in great numbers for the Anniversary and for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. I never saw Our Lady, but I am a priest because of her. I was stubborn and Our Lady needed more time with me.

How is it possible that Our Lady has been appearing for so long? We cannot constrain God by our ways as this could be an obstacle to come to God. Our Lady first came holding the baby Jesus. All her messages could be summed up on that first day – she has nothing to give us but Jesus. She wants us to be happy here on earth and then with her in heaven.

There is nothing new in Our Lady’s messages. There are no extra solutions. We have Expresso coffee but there is no Expresso prayer. The messages are the Gospel said in a motherly way.

If a child is going wrong a parent forgives, loves and suffers. We are all responsible for our own life but Our Lady encourages us. The messages are prayer itself. Our Lady says, “Dear children, I respect your freedom.” Freedom is a gift of God or it is our weakness – we can also decide for the other side.

The late Fr Slavko died on November 24, 2000, at the top of Krizevac. There is a memorial there. At the time the apparitions started he was studying in Germany. He was sent to Medjugorje and desired to meet the visionaries. They answered all his questions, but none of them asked him if he believed – they left him free. God never forces and Our Lady doesn’t come with guns. Medjugorje is not a threat. It is hope. It is the open heaven.

On October 25, 2014, Our Lady said: “Be aware that your life is short and passing. Therefore, yearn for eternity and keep preparing your hearts in prayer.” Death is with us but we do not experience heaven only when we die but here on earth. After death it is already decided. Life is a basket to fill with good deeds. St Paul tells us that we live in faith, that we are not locked up inside. Faith is a personal relationship with God and we need to nourish it.

The apparitions are not opposing reason. The experts cannot say what the visionaries see, but they can say they are not sick and they are not hallucinating. That is with the help of science, but across the border faith is helping us.

If you ask me, “Do you live Our Lady’s messages?” this is the same as asking, “Do you live the Gospel?” Iwould have to answer that I could always do better. When we come to Medjugorje the most significant thing is the change of heart – conversion, to make you hearts like the hearts of Jesus and Mary. God can do this! Also pray for the conversion of other people. Many have woken up spiritually here. Some say that it seems as if life has then become harder – but that is what the Gospel tells us. If you want a pleasant life, don’t choose Our Lady as your patron. If you choose her she won’t leave you alone. It is true, because she wants what is best for us.

Our Lady has not left us alone for more than 33 years. One year after the apparitions started the visionaries asked Our Lady why she had been with them for so long, and she replied: “Why? Are you bored with me already?” Maybe we don’t appreciate the grace of the apparitions. When we are healthy we don’t appreciate it until we get sick. 

What I say to pilgrims leaving Medjugorje is, “Don’t leave Our Lady here, take her home with you.” That means making a decision, taking one step to make our relationship with God more profound. We could make more time to pray, be more disciplined, visit the sick… When we are with God there is no time to rest. We can climb the hill taking small steps.

There was a small boy who started school. He told his parents it was wonderful – they had been taught to sing and learned their alphabet. There was just one problem – the teacher had said they would have to come back the next day. The hardest thing in spiritual life is perseverance. Everday life is often not pleasant or easy. We feel at home here in Medjugorje where we are loved, forgiven and embraced. God created us in love and the desire to be loved has been placed in our hearts. We cannot saisfy that desire with expensive things.

Our Lady tells us: “Dear children, if you knew how much I love you, you would cry for joy.” A man who came to Medjugorje was praying the Rosary on Apparition Hill. He read those words for the first time “cry for joy”. He felt as if a living person was saying them and he experienced the love of Our Lady. Meeting with another person is experienced when you trust. We can meet Our Lady with our spiritual eyes. God is the fullness of love. The one who carried God in her heart can guide us to God humself. Our Lady is saying to us, “Do whatever he tells you.” Medjugorje is not a threat to the Church but a gift.

Our Lady is often telling us, “This is a time of grace.” The Israelites left Egypt but there is a desert between Egypt and the Promised Land. After conversion come temptations – to go back to Egypt because there was plenty to eat there. We experience the death of loved ones, injustice, and we can ask, “Where is God? How does he allow this to happen?” The Father experienced pain when he sent his Son who had a human heart and worked with human hands. Our God is so close he took on human destiny.

Our Lady gives words we can take into our hearts and live them. Take these back home with you. John, at the foot of the Cross, accepted her for all of us. She can help us as much as our hearts are open to her.

I wish you a blessed pilgrimage and a true encounter with Our Lady.

I will teach you...

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

Dear children! Today also I am inviting you to prayer. I am always inviting you, but you are still far away. Therefore, from today, decide seriously to dedicate time to God. I am with you and I wish to teach you to pray with the heart. In prayer with the heart you shall encounter God. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray! Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, October 25, 1989

Dear children! As a mother, I implore you, open your heart and offer it to me, and fear nothing. I will be with you and will teach you how to put Jesus in the first place. I will teach you to love him and to belong to him completely. Comprehend, dear children, that without my Son there is no salvation. You should become aware that he is your beginning and your end. Only with this awareness can you be happy and merit eternal life. As your mother, I desire this for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, March 18, 2002

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Year of Consecrated Life

In November 2013 Pope Francis announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life.

The Catholic Church opened the Year for Consecrated Life on the first Sunday of Advent, with a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica.

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, presided in the name of Pope Francis, who was still on his apostolic trip to Turkey that day.

The year dedicated to Consecrated Life will end on February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life.

In recognition of the Year for Consecrated Life, Mothers Village Medjugorje has produced a 2015 calendar with photographs and some of Our Lady’s messages based on the theme of consecrated life.

Produced in four languages: Croatian, English, Italian and German, the calendar is available from the small shop at Mother’s Village and the Franciscan store in Medjugorje.

Krešimir Šego RIP

Krešimir Šego, longtime editor in chief of the Medjugorje monthly magazine Glasnik Mira died early this morning in Medjugorje, after a serious illness.

Krešimir was born in Medjugorje on February 11, 1950. He attended primary school in the village and Čitluk, and later secondary school in Capljina. He graduated in sociology at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo.

Krešimir later worked as a journalist in Sarajevo and as a school teacher in Citluk.

Among pilgrims he is known for books he authored on Medjugorje including A TIme of Grace.

Krešimir will be buried in Kovačica cemetary on Wednesday. RIP.

In search of lost sheep

Jesus said to his disciples: “Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? I tell you solemnly, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all. Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.”
Matthew 18 : 12-14

Dear children! God sent me among you out of love that I may lead you towards the way of salvation. Many of you opened your hearts and accepted my messages, but many have become lost on this way and have never come to know the God of love with the fullness of heart. Therefore, I call you to be love and light where there is darkness and sin. I am with you and bless you all. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, October 25, 2007

Monday, December 08, 2014

Hail Mary, FULL of grace...

O Mary conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Preparing a way for the Lord...

The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:
Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way. A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.
And so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judaea and all the people of Jeruslaem made their way to him, and as they were batised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. John wore a camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, “Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1 : 1-8

On June 24, 1981, the Queen of Peace first appeared in Medjugorje.

The date is not without significance.

It was the feast of The Birth of St John the Baptist.

And ever since, people have made their way to the village to repent and confess their sins, to be renewed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

“Through me, my Son is preparing you…”
March 18, 2013

Friday, December 05, 2014

In the School of Mary...

We are the ones who are in Mary’s school. In his Encyclical of 1987, Mother of the RedeemerPope John Paul II said that Mary was not merely Jesus’ mother but also Jesus’ teacher and as she taught him then, she is also teaching us today. For this reason is so very important for us to be in contact with her and to love her.
Fr Slavko, November 25, 1995

This morning the Holy Father received the members of the International Theological Commission, whose president is Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Commission was established shortly after Vatican Council II following the request by the Synod of Bishops in order to enable the Holy See to make more direct use of the reflection of theologians from various parts of the world. The mission of the Commission is therefore that of “examining doctrinal questions of major importance”, especially those that present new aspects and, in this way, of offering assistance to the Magisterium of the Church.

This mission, as Francis remarked, presupposes not only intellectual competences but also spiritual dispositions; among the latter, the Pope focused in particular on listening. He cited the passage from Ezekiel: “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you”, emphasising that “the theologian is, above all, a believer who listens to the living Word of God and welcomes it into his heart and mind… but he must also humbly listen to what the Spirit tells the Church through the different manifestations of faith lived by the People of God”.

Indeed, this activity is mentioned in the recent document of the Commission on “The sensus fide in the life of the Church”. The Pope continued, “Along with the Christian people, the theologian opens his eyes and ears to the signs of the times. He or she is required to “hear, distinguish and interpret the many voices of our age, and to judge them in the light of the divine word, so that revealed truth can always be more deeply penetrated, better understood and set forth to greater advantage”.

In this light, the Pope expressed his satisfaction at the increasingly diverse composition of the Commission, in particular the presence of women, “a presence that is an invitation to reflect on the role that women can and should occupy in the field of theology”, and the contribution that they bring to “the intelligence of faith”.

Another aspect of the Commission is its international character, which reflects “the Catholicity of the Church”. Therefore, “the diversity of points of view must enrich Catholicity without prejudice to unity”, since “the unity of Catholic theologians derives from their common reference to a single faith in Christ and is nurtured by the diversity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit”. “Starting from this foundation in a healthy pluralism, various theological approaches, developed in different cultural contexts and using different methods, cannot ignore each other, but must enrich and correct each other in theological dialogue”.

The Holy Father commented that “the Virgin is a teacher of authentic theology” since, as a “privileged witness to the great events of salvation history”, she “treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart”. “Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and with all the resources of her female wisdom, she never ceased to further enter into ‘all the truth’. Mary is therefore the icon of the Church who, anxiously awaiting her Lord, progresses day after day in the intelligence of faith, thanks to the patient work of theologians, male and female”.

source: Vatican Informations Service

Dear children! I am with you and I rejoice today because the Most High has granted me to be with you and to teach you and to guide you on the path of perfection.
part Medjugorje message, Octobr 25, 2014

Seeing the opportunity...

As Jesus went on his way two blind men followed him shouting, “Take pity on us, Son of David.” And when Jesus reached the house the blind men came up with him and he said to them, “Do you believe I can do this?” They said, “Sir, we do.” Then he touched their eyes saying, “Your faith deserves it, so let this be done for you.” And their sight returned. Then Jesus sternly warned them, “Take care that no one learns about this.” But when they had gone, they talked about him all over the countryside. Matthew 9 : 27-31

Dear children! Today the Lord permitted me to tell you again that you live in a time of grace. You are not conscious, little children, that God is giving you a great opportunity to convert and to live in peace and love. You are so blind and attached to earthly things and think of earthly life. God sent me to lead you toward eternal life. I, little children, am not tired, although I see that your hearts are heavy and tired for everything that is a grace and a gift. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, October 25, 2006

Today’s Gospel reading is another reminder of the recent words spoken by Our Lady in her latest message to Mirjana… “Do not lose hope; instead, follow me – because the victory of my heart is in the name of the Lord.”

Two blind men follow Jesus, shouting out his messianic name ‘Son of David’. Although blind, they have not lost hope and their faith is rewarded when Jesus restores their sight.

After his resurrection Jesus said to Thomas, the doubting disciple: “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.” John 20 : 29

In the very early days of the Medjugorje apparitions the visionaries asked for a sign for those who don’t see Our Lady to prove that the apparition was really the Gospa. She replied: “Blessed are those who have not seen and believe.”

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Founded on rock

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.
Matthew 7 : 24

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

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The call continues to echo...

Two recent messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary – to the Medjugorje seers Marija and Mirjana – and a major speech by Pope Francis come together as the Church sets out on a four-week season of joyful expectation of the Word and his salvation mission.

In a recent speech to the Council of Europe Pope Francis called on the European Union to rediscover its identity and mission, to remember its profound roots, and have a sound and humane utopian vision for the future.

On the same day, November 25, a message given by the Virgin Mary to the world via the Medjugorje seer Marija Pavlovic, echoed the Pope’s call to identity, mission and future. “Comprehend who you are and where you need to go… Be carriers of the good news and be people of hope. Be love for all those who are without love.”

A week later, December 2, the call to identify with the good news continues to echo, this time through the visionary Mirjana Dragicevic. “My children, to live my Son means to live the Gospel. This is not easy. This means love, forgiveness and sacrifice…”

Very rarely does the Blessed Virgin use the word ‘Gospel’. Yesterday was the first time in any message given to Mirjana. There are only two other messages, both to the seer Maria, where the word Gospel is included.

The first of these was on Christmas Day, 1996 when Our Lady invited the world to “joyfully live the messages of the Gospel which I am repeating in the time since I have been with you.”

Commenting on the message at the time, the late Fr Slavko Barbaric wrote:

“Joy comes when life is identified -- identified according to the Gospel. Often when we hear the words "identity crisis". This means that the person, the family or the young does not know who they are, what they should do, or which path they should take. The Gospel gives a person clear criteria for who he is, what he should become and how it is to be fulfilled so that he can live in joy. According to the Gospel a person who is clearly fulfilled is one who loves God, one who knows that he is loved, one who out of this love for God and for himself then becomes capable of loving others. And to love others means to be ready in humility to serve others with the gifts that God gave him.”

In this we are able to understand that identity and mission are two sides of the same coin. When we choose to identify with or live the Gospel, then our mission becomes clear, and with this comes joy.

The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) was the subject of the Apostolic Exhortation presented to the world in November 2013 by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Year of Faith. In it he states:

114. Being Church means being God’s people, in accordance with the great plan of his fatherly love. This means that we are to be God’s leaven in the midst of humanity. It means proclaiming and bringing God’s salvation into our world, which often goes astray and needs to be encouraged, given hope and strengthened on the way. The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.

More recently in a homily given in October, Pope Francis said: “Missionaries are those who, in docility to the Holy Spirit, have the courage to live the Gospel.”

Mary also invites us to become missionaries and have faith to live the Gospel, to “believe in and live in Jesus. It’s not easy.” The way on which she desires to lead us “is difficult”, but in the end the victory and joy of hearts will be “in the name of God”.

Dear children, I call you to accompany me in my mission of God with an open heart and complete trust. The way on which I lead you towards God is difficult but persistent, and in the end we will all rejoice in God. Therefore, my children, do not stop praying for the gift of faith. Only faith in God’s word will be the light in this darkness which desires to envelop us. Do not be afraid, I am with you. Thank you.
Medjugorje message, October 2, 2007

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

December message of Our Lady to Mirjana

I have told you all this so that you may find peace in me. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16 : 33

Dear children, Remember – for I am telling you – that love will win.

I know that many of you are losing hope because around you, you see suffering, pain, jealousy, envy... but, I am your mother.

I am in the Kingdom but am also here with you.

My Son is sending me anew to help you.

Therefore, do not lose hope; instead, follow me – because the victory of my heart is in the name of God.

My beloved Son is thinking of you as he has always thought of you.

Believe him and live him.

He is the life of the world.

My children, to live my Son means to live the Gospel.

This is not easy.

This means love, forgiveness and sacrifice.

This purifies and it opens the Kingdom.

Sincere prayer, which is not only words but is a prayer which the heart speaks, will help you.

Likewise fasting (will help you), because it is still more of love, forgiveness and sacrifice.

Therefore, do not lose hope but follow me.

I am imploring you anew to pray for your shepherds so that they may always look to my Son who was the first Shepherd of the world and whose family was the entire world.

Thank you.

Medjugorje message, December 2, 2014

Thanks be to God who, wherever he goes, makes us, in Christ, partners of his triumph… 2 Corinthians 2 : 14

“…where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them.” Matthew 18 : 20

“You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win your lives.” Luke 21 : 17-19

The call continues to echo...

Love triumphs...

Thanks be to God who, wherever he goes, makes us, in Christ, partners of his triumph… and through us is spreading the knowledge of himself, like a sweet smell, everywhere. We are Christ’s incense to God for those who are being saved and for those who are not; for the last, the smell of death that leads to death, for the first the sweet smell of life that leads to life. And who could be qualified for work like this? At least we do not go round offering the word of God for sale, as many other people do. In Christ, we speak as men of sincerity, as envoys of God and in God’s presence.
2 Corinthians 2 : 14-17

But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2 : 9-11

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 God 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 too 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.
1 John 4 : 7-13

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Year of Consecrated Life

“Consecrated persons are a sign of God in the different areas of life, they are leaven for the growth of a more just and fraternal society, they are the prophecy of sharing with the least and the poor. Thus understood and lived, consecrated life appears as what it really is: a gift from God, a gift of God to the Church, a gift of God to his People! Every consecrated person is a gift for the People of God on its journey.” Pope Francis

For the sake of Jesus, for the sake of my Son, love those whom He has called and long for the blessing only from the hands which He has consecrated.
part Medjugorje message, September 2, 2013

Feast of St Andrew, Apostle

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” And they left their nets immediately and followed him. Matthew 4 : 18-19

Today I will speak to you about what you have forgotten: Dear children, My name is Love. That I am among you for so much of your time is love, because the Great Love sends me. I am asking the same of you. I am asking for love in your families. I am asking that you recognise love in your brother. Only in this way, through love, will you see the face of the Greatest Love. May fasting and prayer be your guiding star. Open your hearts to love, namely, salvation. Thank you.
Medjugorje message, March 2, 2007

“Your Holiness, beloved brother in Christ, we welcome you with great joy, esteem and love. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Bartholomew I on greeting Pope Francis.

We, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter enabling us, in the presence of the members of the Holy Synod, the clergy and the faithful of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to celebrate together the feast of Saint Andrew, the first–called and brother of the Apostle Peter. Our remembrance of the Apostles, who proclaimed the good news of the Gospel to the world through their preaching and their witness of martyrdom, strengthens in us the aspiration to continue to walk together in order to overcome, in love and in truth, the obstacles that divide us.
Opening paragraph of the Joint Declaration made and signed today by Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cardinal Schönborn nominated Pope’s representative

A press release from the Vatican today reveals that Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Christoph Schönborn as his special envoy to attend an celebratory event in Ukraine next month just three days after the Vienna archbishop had hosted a Medjugorje day of prayer and the seer Ivan Dragicevic in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, on November 15,

Vatican City, 29 November 2014 (VIS) – In a letter published today, written in Latin and dated 18 November, the Holy Father nominated Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna, as his special envoy at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the liberation of the Greek-Catholic Church in Ukraine, scheduled to take place in Kiev on 10 December 2014.

The mission accompanying the cardinal will be composed of Rev. Yurij Kolasa, vicar for Greek-Catholics in Austria, and Rev. Ihor Sfiaban, head of the Ecumenical Commission of the Curia of the Major Archbishop.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Be like the stars...

Dear children! Also today I call you to also be like the stars, which by their light give light and beauty to others so they may rejoice. Little children, also you be the radiance, beauty, joy and peace – and especially prayer – for all those who are far from my love and the love of my Son Jesus. Little children, witness your faith and prayer in joy, in the joy of faith that is in your hearts; and pray for peace, which is a precious gift from God. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje Message, September 25, 2014

Turkey, which has generously welcomed a great number of refugees, is directly affected by this tragic situation on its borders; the international community has the moral obligation to assist Turkey in taking care of these refugees. [...] May the Most High bless and protect Turkey, and help the nation to be a strong and fervent peacemaker!
Pope Francis, November 28, 2014

Bearing fruit

Your heart is like ploughed soil and it is ready to receive the fruit which will grow into what is good…Plant joy and the fruit of joy will grow in your hearts for your good, and others will see it and receive it through your life.
part Medjugorje message, January 25, 2008

In our preparation, we must not stop at the external signs. The prophets of the Old Testament saw it clearly and warned the people that the only true change is the change which happens in the heart of men. If we change the heart, we change the whole man. Only such change can lead us to the friendship with God and people. Only in such way, our heart will receive the fruit which will grow into goodness.
Fr Danko Perutina OFM

The fruit of prayer will be seen on the faces of the people who have decided for God and His Kingdom.
part Medjugorje message, December 25, 2013

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Medjugorje and the ‘Miraculous Medal’

Today is the Feast of the Miraculous Medal. The medal has an association with Medjugorje. On November 27, 1989, Our Lady said to the visionary Marija:

These days, I want you to pray in a special way for the salvation of souls. Today is the feast day of the miraculous medal, and I want that you pray, in a special way, for the salvation of those people who are carrying this miraculous medal. I want you to spread the devotion and carrying of this medal, so that more souls may be saved, and that you pray in a special way.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

On November 27 1830 at 5:30 pm, during meditation, St Catherine Labouré saw at the present location of the Virgin of the Globe (Rue de Bac) a vision of the Blessed Virgin. She was standing on a globe holding in her hands a small golden globe, her feet crushing a serpent. Coming from the open hands of the Blessed Virgin were beautiful rays of light. At that same moment Catherine heard a voice saying: “These rays are symbols of graces that Mary obtains for people.” Then an oval formed around the vision and Catherine saw emblazoned in a semi-circle this invocation written in gold letters, and until then unknown: “O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to you”. Then the oval turned and Catherine saw on the reverse side, the letter M surmounted with a little cross and below it the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Catherine then heard these words: “Have a medal made as this. Those who wear it with confidence will receive great graces.”

further information about the Miraculous Medal and St Catherine Labouré can be found at the official website of the Chapel of the Rue de Bac.