Friday, December 02, 2016

Mirjana’s messages... trend continues


Monthly messages to Mirjana continue to expand.

Why?


2016... 12 messages averaging 240 words
2015... 12 messages averaging 220 words
2014... 12 messages averaging 217 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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Medjugorje message, November 25, 2016


Dear children! Also today, I am calling you to return to prayer.

In this time of grace, God has permitted me to lead you towards holiness and a simple life – that in little things you discover God the Creator; that you fall in love with him; and that your life be a thanksgiving to the Most High for everything he is giving you.

Little children, in love, may your life be a gift for others and God will bless you; but you, witness without interest – out of love for God.

I am with you and intercede before my Son for all of you.

Thank you for having responded to my call.


Medjugorje message, November 25, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Priests at the service of Medjugorje pilgrims

With his Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera published last weekend it is clear that Pope Francis has nixed any doubts about the legitimacy of pilgrimages to Medjugorje and priests travelling there to assist with administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Medjugorje has long been referred to as the “Confessional of the World” because of its renown as a “place of prayer and reconciliation”.

In his new Apostolic Letter issued at the end of the Extaordinary Jubilee Year, Pope Francis said:

“The Sacrament of Reconciliation must regain its central place in the Christian life. This requires priests capable of putting their lives at the service of the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18), in such a way that, while no sincerely repentant sinner is prevented from drawing near to the love of the Father who awaits his return, everyone is afforded the opportunity of experiencing the liberating power of forgiveness.”

Seven years ago, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, a member of the nine-man Council of Cardinals that serves to advise Pope Francis, said about Medjugorje:

“There are certainly strongholds of Confession today. I think particularly of Medjugorje. I dare speak of that because for 28 years it has become one of the greatest strongholds of Confession. Thousands and thousands of people go to Confession!”

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Presentation of Mary


Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church.
• source: americancatholic.org

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King


Thou shalt know him when he comes
Not by any din of drums
Nor by the vantage of his airs
Nor by anything he wears
Neither by his crown
Nor his gown
For his presence known shall be
by the holy harmony
that his coming makes in thee.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Four simple questions...

Today, and every other day, I ask myself four simple questions.

1. In what way have I experienced or shared a joy today, be it only briefly?

2. In what way have I experienced or shared a moment of clarity and understanding?

3. In what way have I experienced or shared a sorrow or regret in my heart?

4. In what way have I marvelled at something special I witnessed or heard of?

Asking these four questions of oneself leads to understanding and accepting that every day is an opportunity to share and experience the wonderful graces of life’s mysteries associated with the Rosary… Joy, Light, Sorrow, and Glory.

Try asking these four questions for the next seven days and experience the difference this simple meditation makes in your life.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Cardinal Müller speaks on Medjugorje...

In an exclusive interview published on Monday in the Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller was questioned about Medjugorje:

“Medjugorje has become a global pilgrimage destination, but, at the same time, since its inception, has become a place of controversy in our local Church. What is the position of the Holy See, and you as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith? Are the apparitions of supernatural character, and what is the fate of Medjugorje in the future?” 

The Cardinal responded: “When it comes to Medjugorje, we have to wait for an explanation and the decision of the highest authority of the universal Church. On the question of the supernatural character of the Medjugorje events, mature Catholic devotion and filial love for the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, does not depend on phenomena such as apparitions or messages. The real foundations of the Catholic faith with regard to Mary will always be her virginity and divine motherhood, her Immaculate Conception and Assumption as it emerges from reading the documents: Vatican II Lumen Gentium, chapter VIII, and the 1974 Apostolic Exhortation, Marialis Cultus, of Paul VI.”

New website... The Medjugorje Witness

I set up a new website recently:
THE MEDJUGORJE WITNESS

Its purpose is threefold:
(1) To publish Our Lady’s monthly messages to the world given through the Medjugorje seer Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti.
(2) To publish the testimonies and experiences of pilgrims visiting Medjugorje.
(3) To announce details of pilgrimages to Medjugorje.

However, there are other features as well which I shall continue to add to. Click or tap the image below – www.themedjugorjewitness.org


Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Listening to the call...


By listening, I place myself in a position to listen to others, those who have no voice, who are marginalised; listening to those who are close to me, who often become frustrated because of my ‘deafness’; listening to the Word of God with open ears and heart; listening through prayer and fasting. It is only by listening that I am able to respond. This is why Our Lady always says at the end of her messages: “Thank you for responding to my call.” If I listen, I will respond. If I don’t listen, then there will be little or no response – and then I shall find myself walking into brick walls because with deafness comes blindness.

Not listening has its consequences. What happens when a husband and wife fail to listen to each other, or when parents fail to listen to their children, or children fail to listen to parents? And then there are the times we complain about the state of the world or our circumstances. Is nobody listening? Can’t anyone do something? It can be very frustrating when no-one wants to listen to us. There are even moments when we wrongly conclude that God and Our Lady are not listening.

But what I have come to understand is that not listening is the first sign of a closed heart. Our Lady says that we do not know how to love because we do not know how to listen to her words with love. She says she has come to earth to teach us to listen out of love, to listen and to live her messages.

“May your heart be prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in his plans for each of you.”

Monday, November 07, 2016

Eight years on...


I wrote this piece eight years ago. Have hearts changed? Has mine?

• Over the next couple of days the American people will choose a new president, a new leader to steer their country through its current difficulties for the next four years. Much will be expected of the man [or woman] chosen by the electorate. The outcome will also be of significant importance to the rest of the world. Both candidates have expressed the need for important changes to be made to meet the needs of the people, and the “Change We Need!” slogan of Barack Obama, has been very much to the forefront throughout the long campaign.

Our Lady, in her Medjugorje messages, has also been conducting a long-running campaign for change – for 27 years. She also recognises the difficulties that we find ourselves in and presents a solution for our needs. She too wants to lead us to a better future. She also makes promises, that if we listen and respond to her messages, then she will lead us to a place in our life where we can live in peace.

But just as in the U.S. election where the candidate requires a “yes” from the voter, so also does Our Lady need our mandate, our ‘yes’. If we decide for Our Lady and her plan of salvation then she promises to lead us. As to where and how, allow Our Lady to voice some of her manifesto:

• I desire to lead you, but you do not wish to listen to my messages...
• I wish to lead you further in love...
• I wish to lead you daily more and more in prayer...
• I desire to lead you on the way of holiness...
• I want to lead you all along the way of conversion...
• I am here, dear children, to help you and to lead you to heaven...
• Be of just and innocent heart that I may lead you to your Father...
• I wish to renew you and lead you with my heart to the heart of Jesus...
• Listen to me and permit me to lead you to this in a motherly way...
• Give your hand to me, your mother, and permit me to lead you...
• I come to you today to lead you on the way of humility and meekness...
• I will be with you and will lead you...
• I am with you, to lead you towards what your heart yearns for...
• I desire to lead you to the joy of your life...
• With my love I will teach you simplicity of life and richness of mercy and I will lead you to my Son...

Allowing Our Blessed Mother to lead us will bring change, a continual conversion of our heart – ‘change we need’.

• Today I call you to give me your heart so I can change it to be like mine...
• Pray with your whole heart and day by day to change your life...
• God blesses you day after day and desires a change of your life...
• I invite you to change your life because you have taken a path of misery, a path of ruin...
• I call you to begin to change your life from the beginning and that you decide for conversion not with words but with your life...
• Little children, in the silence of the heart, remain with Jesus, so that He may change and transform you with His love...
• Conversion will be easy for all who desire to accept it...
• Dear children, I am calling you individually to conversion...

And just as the politicians point out the dangers of following the wrong leader, so does Our Lady warn us about the danger of making the wrong choice:

• You should not allow him (satan) to lead you and your life...
• These days Satan wants to frustrate my plans. Pray that his plan not be realised...
• Satan wants to work still more fiercely to take away your joy from each one of you...

• Dear children, do not allow Satan to get control of your hearts...

• Satan is strong and wants to destroy and deceive you in many ways...

• Pray, because Satan wants to destroy my plans of peace...

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

What does Our Lady say about Purgatory?


We all want to believe that our deceased friends and loved ones are now happy and at peace with God in Heaven, and yet the Catholic Church teaches in its Catechism that: All who die in God’s friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. (1030)

So what exactly is this place or state of purification which the Church calls Purgatory? And are we all destined to go there, or is there any hope of a direct route into Heaven?

Although Our Lady speaks little about Purgatory in her 35 years of giving messages at Medjugorje, she does confirm its reality and also that it is not necessarily a place that we are all destined for. She also stresses the importance of prayer for the purification of souls in Purgatory. In 1982 she responded to a question concerning Purgatory: There are many souls in Purgatory. There are also persons who have been consecrated to God – some priests, some religious. Pray for their intentions, at least the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be, seven times each, and the Creed. I recommend it to you. There is a large number of souls who have been in Purgatory a long time because no one prays for them. July 21, 1982

A few days later Our Lady stressed the importance of the Sacraments in bypassing Purgatory. Responding to question about a person being bad all one’s life and asking forgiveness, she said: Whoever has done very much evil during his life can go straight to Heaven if he confesses, is sorry for what he has done, and receives Communion at the end of his life. July 24, 1982

Only once in all of Our Lady’s weekly and monthly messages does she request prayers for the souls in Purgatory. Dear children, today I wish to call you to pray daily for the souls in Purgatory. For every soul, prayer and grace is necessary to reach God and the love of God. By doing this, dear children, you obtain new intercessors who will help you in life to realise that all earthly things are not important for you, that only Heaven is that for which it is necessary to strive. Therefore, dear children, pray without ceasing that you may be able to help yourselves and the others to whom your prayers will bring joy. Thank you for having responded to my call. November 6, 1986

So from these few messages alone we can gather certain facts about Purgatory.
1. Purgatory exists.
2. Many souls go there – even priests!
3. A sense of time exists.
4. Souls in Purgatory are in need of our prayers.
5. Our prayers create joy for souls in Purgatory.
6. We can bypass Purgatory through receiving the Sacraments.
7. By praying for the souls in Purgatory we receive new intercessors.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween... NO MASKS IN HEAVEN


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Sunday, October 30, 2016

5th Glorious Mystery... Mary is Crowned in Heaven


Dear children! Today I invite you to peace. I have come here as the Queen of Peace and I desire to enrich you with my motherly peace. Dear children, I love you and I desire to bring all of you to the peace which only God gives and which enriches every heart. I invite you to become carriers and witnesses of my peace to this unpeaceful world. Let peace reign in the whole world which is without peace and longs for peace. I bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, July 25, 1990

Praise to God for a living hope...


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1 : 3-6

Saturday, October 29, 2016

4th Glorious Mystery... The Ascension


Dear children… In God you will find true peace through daily prayer. I am with you and I am not tired. I desire to take you all with me to Heaven, therefore, decide daily for holiness. Thank you for having responded to my call.
part Medjugorje message, March 25, 2007

Friday, October 28, 2016

3rd Glorious Mystery... Descent of the Holy Spirit


Dear children! I rejoice with you and in this time of grace I call you to spiritual renewal. Pray, little children, that the Holy Spirit may come to dwell in you in fullness, so that you may be able to witness in joy to all those who are far from faith. Especially, little children, pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that in the spirit of love, every day and in each situation, you may be closer to your fellow-man; and that in wisdom and love you may overcome every difficulty. I am with you and I intercede for each of you before Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, May 25, 2000

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Medjugorje message to Marija, October 25, 2015


Dear children! Today I am calling you: pray for peace.

Leave selfishness and live the messages which I am giving you.

Without them, you cannot change your life.

By living prayer, you will have peace.

By living in peace, you will feel the need to witness, because you will discover God whom you now feel to be far away.

Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray and permit God to enter into your hearts.

Return to fasting and confession so as to overcome the evil in you and around you.

Thank you for having responded to my call.


Medjugorje message, October 25, 2016

2nd Glorious Mystery... The Ascension


Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer and sacrifice, to prepare yourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Little children, this is a time of grace and so, again, I call you to decide for God the Creator. Allow him to transform and change you. May your heart be prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in his plan for each of you. Little children, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you on the way of truth and salvation towards eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, May 25, 1998

Monday, October 24, 2016

1st Glorious Mystery... The Resurrection


Dear children! Today I call you to love. Little children, love each other with God’s love. At every moment, in joy and in sorrow, may love prevail and, in this way, love will begin to reign in your hearts. The risen Jesus will be with you and you will be his witnesses. I will rejoice with you and protect you with my motherly mantle. Especially, little children, I will watch your daily conversion with love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, March 25, 2005

Friday, October 21, 2016

5th Sorrowful Mystery... The Crucifixion


Dear children! Also today I call all of you for your hearts to blaze with more ardent love for the Crucified, and do not forget that, out of love for you, he gave his life so that you may be saved. Little children, meditate and pray that your heart may be open to God’s love. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, September 25, 1984