January 16, 2012
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! Today again I want to show you how much I love you, but I am sorry that I am not able to help each one to understand my love. Therefore, dear children, I am calling you to prayer and complete surrender to God, because Satan wants to sift you through everyday affairs and in your life he wants to snatch the first place. Therefore, dear children, pray without ceasing! Thank you for having responded to my call." (October 16, 1986)
Our Lady has a sense of humor! This message is proof. Let me explain! In October 1986 Denis went to Medjugorje for the first time. He didn't travel with a tour group. There was no one to guide him during his time in Medjugorje. Things were very simple back then. During the day he climbed the hills and then spent the evening at the church. He didn't even know where the apparitions were taking place. For the first few days he thought they were in the church, but found out on one of the last days that Our Lady was encountering the children in the rectory, in Fr. Slavko's bedroom.
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Denis went to stand outside the rectory on one of his last evenings in Medjugorje, in the big crowd that gathered there. He really wanted to get into the room where Our Lady would come, but it was reserved for priests and religious. And so he just waited and prayed. He asked Our Lady what he would tell his students back home, if he was never present for an apparition. They were waiting for his report.
As he waited, a man on the stair was allowing certain people in. At the very last, he pointed to Denis and motioned for him to come up the stairway. Denis thankfully entered the little room of apparition, Fr. Slavko's bedroom. He noticed a crucifix on the wall just where the visionaries would be praying. He noticed the "dumpy" couch and the sagging bookshelves. He noticed all the people crowded in the room, mostly priests and religious. And he noticed that there was only one spot left for him, right behind Maria. He knelt down and waited.
As the visionaries began to pray and fell to their knees at Our Lady's approach, Denis spoke to Our Lady in his heart. He thanked her for coming and then he asked that when she was done talking about the important things on her mind, she would turn to Maria, who was right in front of him, and tell her to turn around after the apparition and tell "the man" behind her that she, Our Lady, loved him. Not too much to ask!
Well, when the apparition was over, Maria stood up and walked out of the room, not even glancing at Denis, much less turning around to speak to him. Our Lady seemingly had ignored his request. Poor Denis...
Then a few minutes later Our Lady's message (October 16, 1986) was shared with the people. Notice the first line! "Dear children! Today again I want to show you how much I love you, but I am sorry that I am not able to help each one to understand my love." Mother Mary apologized to Denis for not
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being able to fulfill his request! But she got the message of her love to him anyway! She wanted to show Denis how much she loved him! She truly did hear his heart's request, and she replied!
Denis was truly blessed on that first trip to Medjugorje. He came home with such joy and zeal! He also came home with the crucifix from Fr. Slavko's wall! The next day, Denis asked to swop crucifixes with Fr. Slavko, so that he could bring home the crucifix that had hung near to Our Lady during the apparitions. That crucifix has been held by many people, as they have prayed to Our Lady for her intercession. It has been an agent of some miracles too!
Our Lady provided for Denis. She got him into the apparition room, told him in a very direct way that she loves him, and she provided a beautiful crucifix, one she had blessed many times, for him to bring home and share with many people! What a Mother!!
She also gave Denis some good advice. I will close with that good advice, as it still holds true today: "Therefore, dear children, I am calling you to prayer and complete surrender to God, because Satan wants to sift you through everyday affairs and in your life he wants to snatch the first place. Therefore, dear children, pray without ceasing!"
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2012