May 18, 2012
Dear Children of Medjugorje, Praised be Jesus and Mary!
1. On May 2nd, 2012, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross. After the apparition of Our Lady to her, Mirjana gave us the following message:
"Dear children! With motherly love I implore you to give me your hands, permit me to lead you. I, as a mother, desire to save you from restlessness, despair and eternal exile. My Son, by His death on the Cross, showed how much He loves you; He sacrificed Himself for your sake and the sake of your sins. Do not keep rejecting His sacrifice and do not keep renewing His sufferings with your sins! Do not keep shutting the doors of Heaven to yourselves! My children, do not waste time! Nothing is more important than unity in my Son. I will help you because the Heavenly Father is sending me so that, together, we can show the way of grace and salvation to all those who do not know Him. Do not be hard hearted! Have confidence in me and adore my Son. My children, you cannot be without the shepherds. May they be in your prayers every day. Thank you."
2. Fasting better? I received a number of responses to my April 15 call for fasting:
- From those who asked for recipes because they really wanted to fast but couldn't get through it with regular white bread.
- From those who shared good recipes
- From those who explained their difficulties in fasting or gave methods they found for adapting the fast to their health diet.
All of that is very touching and useful. So I would like to renew my appeal today to all who have thought about answering the call but haven't done it yet. Please do it, starting today! The pamphlet which will come out will be even more valuable and will help those who want to live out the messages of the Gospa whole-heartedly! Thank you on their part! (See PS 2)
3. Won't you believe my story? Last April 27, a man attended the Mass in French at noon: Jean, 35, from the Island of La Reunion (Indian Ocean). The evening before, he had given his testimony of conversion to his group of pilgrims, and everyone was overwhelmed by it. It needs to be said that, after having killed a man, Jean had just gotten out of prison. Here is the story:
Although he was of catholic origin, Jean had stopped practicing his religion at 14. Then he got into drugs, alcohol, hanging around bad company. He lived with his companion, Jessica. In 2003, in the course of a violent dispute with Gilbert, he felt threatened and hit him a little too hard... Gilbert died instantly. Jean was condemned to 12 years of prison.
His girlfriend Jessica went to Medjugorje in 2008, and she had a major conversion. Upon her return, she taught Jean - still in prison - how to pray the Rosary. During his years of detention, Jean held onto praying the Rosary, though it was not always easy for him. But he carried on and realized that "it cured him of heart pains and head pains", as he said. He became a diligent reader of the Bible. Later, another person talked to him about the Rosary and about Medjugorje.
He came out of prison on Good Friday, April 6, 2012, and his first step was to go to confession after 17 years away from the Church. Then he asked for a Mass for the repose of Gilbert's soul. His deepest wish was to go to Medjugorje. A generous person offered him the trip and, on April 27, Jean was with us at the French Mass. Only the pilgrims in his group knew him and his background.
That day, the celebrant did something I've never seen: during the homily, he called Jean to the pulpitand asked him to illustrate by his own witness the story of the conversion of Paul, who was struck blind, was healed of his blindness, and followed Christ. Jean delivered a few simple words and went back to his seat. Then the most unheard-of thing happened: in this small chapel, thousands of miles from the Island of La Reunion, that very same day, that same hour, were present the relatives of Gilbert, the man whom Jean had killed! Seeing Jean in front of the microphone, they couldn't help but recognize him! Imagine the shock!
That day, once again, Heaven opened up in Medjugorje, because after the Mass, they fell into each other's arms and reconciled. They were weeping tears of joy, full with the emotion of having known Jesus and Mary.If I had not been present at that mass, I would not have believed this story!
4. Cologne 2012! I want to share about a nice initiative; one of those initiatives that we would like to see multiplied throughout the whole world! They actually draw thousands of people thirsting for truth, who are very often struggling in the midst of the spiritual desert of our society, and who find in these Oases wonderful nourishment to regain their breath, courage, and enthusiasm on their journey of faith.
Cardinal Meisner (Archbishop of Cologne), Father Paul Maria Sigl, and the Community « Family of Mary » are inviting us to a powerful Day of Prayer around the « Lady of all Nations », on June 23. Info at PS 6 and at www.de-vrouwe.info/en/ - email@example.com
5. People of France, re-read very slowly and several times the message of May 2, and replace "Dear children!" with "Dear people of France!"
It could not be better suited to our situation today! I leave it to the Holy Spirit to inspire each person with the light he can find in this message to face the coming hardship of France. It is also right to remember a few prophets who suffered for France when they saw what was brewing. Marthe Robin (1901.1981), on the way to Beatification, had this prophecy in 1936:
"France will fall very low, lower than other nations, because of her pride and the bad leaders she will have chosen. She will have her nose in the dust. But in her distress, she will remember God. Then she will cry out to Him, and it is Our Lady that will come to save her. France will thenfind again her vocation as the "Elder daughter of the Church", she will be the site of the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and she will once again send missionaries into the whole world."
There are also the prophecies of Maryam of Bethlehem, « the little Arab. » She said,
« Jesus compares France to a rose bush. The rose bush is going to be pruned by 3 scissors. There will be only one branch left, and through this branch God will do great things. France has to be greatly purified. »
« France, ask for forgiveness, Jesus said, ask for forgiveness! France has done too much good in the missions for God to abandon her. France will be holy, but she doesn't deserve it yet. If people pray and convert, the trial will be minor. If not, she will go from downfall to downfall. » Maryam said that God « will take his delight in the bosom of France. » (See PS 3)
Filiola, that great and very simple mystic of the Paris area (1888-1976), said,
« The enemy is gaining ground. Everything could have been different! But the Church will triumph in spite of Satan and his henchmen. I have death in my soul for France. » « France will suffer a great blow. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is so scorned,the Blessed Humanity of Jesus so deformed, torn apart by His own! »
« Oh, France is going to suffer for its lack of faith in Jesus, in his Blessed Humanity. France is going to be humiliated. Her pride will suffer. . . .
But Jesus will reign through his Blessed Humanity. The moment is here. The world no longer knows where to turn. It is wondering in whom to trust. People try to defend their own well-being. And souls are being lost.
Those faithful to Jesus, to His Spirit, to His love, are the lowly ones. But Jesus is building with them. Jesus allowed me to see a very beautiful light, which is a force without name. How consoling it is! Jesus searches for poor souls in the mud in order to clothe them with His love, to guide them, to give them life, His life. Jesus will reign through these little ones!
Dearest Gospa, you told us, "Dear children, I need you! Without your help, I cannot help the world!" We do not want to fail you! Especially since we ourselves need you more than ever! We give you our hands to walk with you, but hold them even more tightly, please!
Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French)
PS 1. Do you want to write to the Blessed Mother? Send your letter to "Queen of Peace", BP 2157, F-06103 Nice cedex, France.
PS 2. Fasting recipes? Some have dropped the practice of fasting on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays, as they got tired of the white bread, so poor. But many persevered with fasting by getting bread that is more adapted to fasting. Please, send me your bread recipes and what you found to stand firm in your fasting, and I will publish it. Some people are still hesitating, please help them! Their resuming fasting will make a difference for the conversion of the world and the protection of priests. Please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Fasting recipes".
PS 3. "Maryam of Bethlehem, the little Arab", Sr. Emmanuel's newest e-book is now available online. Who is this little Arab? Maryam Baouardy is a daughter of Galilee. Her life? A succession of supernatural manifestations worthy of Catherine of Sienna. Maryam shares the keys of holiness, including ways to defeat Satan himself. This is a book you don't want to miss? Go to Children of Medjugorje's online shop to download Maryam of Bethlehem, the little Arab for $5.00 at www.childrenofmedjugorje.com
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PS 6. Our Lady appeared in Amsterdam from 1945 to 1959, to Ida Peerdeman, under the title of Our Lady of All Nations. She revealed to her a very simple remedy to prevent the dangers from degeneration, disaster and war: that of a painting and a prayer. In 1955, Our Lady said, "You, people of this time, know that you are placed under the protection of Our Lady of All Nations! Invoke her as Advocate, ask her to prevent all disasters". As a mom, she is warning us of dangerous events. We will avoid them, putting into practice her advice, as children.
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