Dear Children of Medjugorje, Praised be Jesus and Mary!
1. On June 2nd, 2012, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross in the midst of a huge crowd. After the apparition of Our Lady to her, Mirjana gave us the following message:
"Dear children! I am continuously among you because, with my endless love, I desire to show you the door of Heaven. I desire to tell you how it is opened: through goodness, mercy, love and peace - through my Son. Therefore, my children, do not waste time on vanities. Only knowledge of the love of my Son can save you. Through that saving love and the Holy Spirit He chose me and I, together with Him, am choosing you to be apostles of His love and will. My children, great is the responsibility upon you. I desire that by your example you help sinners regain their sight, enrich their poor souls and bring them back into my embrace. Therefore, pray, pray, fast and confess regularly. If receiving my Son in the Eucharist is the center of your life, then do not be afraid, you can do everything. I am with you. Every day I pray for the shepherds and I expect the same of you. Because, my children, without their guidance and strengthening through their blessing, you cannot do it. Thank you."
2. The Italian mamma
The foreign priests who hear Confession in Medjugorje sometimes come across unusual situations. One of them told this story: As he was waiting in a Confessional that read "Français" on the outside, an Italian lady came in, knelt down, and started talking to him in speedy Italian. Not understanding anything, he told her, in French, to go instead to an Italian priest in a Confessional with the sign "Italiano" on the outside, because he simply did not understand what she was telling him. But the mamma ignored the priest's advice and continued her Confession, telling him many things very fast. Silently, the priest asked Jesus for help: what could he do? According to Church teaching, the Confession is not actually valid if one of the two persons does not understand anything.
Just at that moment, an incredible thing happened. The priest started to see, like in a movie unfolding before his eyes, all that the woman told him in Italian, and he could understand everything! But the story does not end there. In fact, as the priest answered the woman, he found himself speaking perfect Italian, a language that he never learned and did not know! This event left him deeply touched. He added that, when he hears Confession in Medjugorje, he is able to remain several hours at a time without getting tired or hungry.
God frequently encourages his children to make a good Confession by giving overwhelming signs of his presence. However the most astonishing aspect of this Sacrament resides in the fact that two sinners meet together to celebrate the infinite mercy of God! One of them has received the power to forgive sins and the other one humbly comes to him and puts his misery in the light. Behold, in the human poverty of this encounter between the confessor and the penitent, the very Blood of the Savior starts flowing, purifying the soul of the faithful in a degree far beyond what he can understand, and then the great miracle happens.
"I invite you to go to Confession once a month", the Blessed Mother tells us. "For there is no one on earth that would not need a monthly Confession. Monthly Confession will be a remedy for the Church in the West." Of course, Our Lady means a sincere Confession. St. Padre Pio, who could read souls, would not hear the Confession of someone who would come to him without repenting from his sins.
3. Praying With the Holy Family Heals
Behind our home in Medjugorje a manger, with life size statues representing the Holy Family, attracts people from all over the world. While the people are very different, all have something in common, they come to the Holy Family in prayer. Some suffer from inner troubles that cause a terrible lack of peace, and seek healing. Others come to hold a statue of the Child Jesus in their arms; still others come to pray for peace in their families. Here are a few recent examples of hope the Holy Family has given to those who ask:
Angela went to the manger in order to cry. She was a wreck with too many interior sufferings to bear. She had been abused by her grandfather at the age of 3 and never recovered. She prayed for a long time before the Holy Family and, in the end, Our Lady won a beautiful victory in this wounded heart: Angela was able to let go of her pain, give it to God, and surrender to the Child Jesus, whom she held in her arms, the destructive event that had ruined so many years of her life. That evening her group could not recognize her: she was completely changed! For the first time, joy was flowing from her eyes and from her lips. The dreadful feeling of being worthless, too despicable to deserve any love, had left her!
Blandine, who is now 77, had lost her 2nd child, Lynn, long ago. She never accepted it and was continually tortured by the loss. She went into the manger, took Baby Jesus against her heart and began to scream! The friends who had accompanied her there were shocked by her reaction so they started silently praying for her. Slowly, slowly she calmed down. While she was rocking the Infant Jesus, she remembered what it felt like to hold her own child in the same way, then suddenly all her pain came back and exploded in her heart. But after some time, seeing Mary with her hands open, she was little by little able to take the step she had never taken before, the only step able to bring inner peace back: she gave her child to the Mother of God! The chain of death was broken. From that day on Blandine was able to sing and enjoy the gift of life! (See PS3)
Go to the manger just as you are! Take the Child to your heart, and you'll see for yourself what Heaven has prepared for you.
4.With Ivan, the visionary, we always appreciate to gather on Podbrdo for the apparition at night, either at the Blue Cross or at the top of Apparition Hill. (See PS1)
5.The 31st Anniversary of the Apparitions!
On June 25, 2012, the parish of Medjugorje will joyfully celebrate the 31st Anniversary of the Apparitions. According to traditions that surround Medjugorje, the 9 days prior to the anniversary begin with initiatives of prayer from all over the world in order to be in communion with Medjugorje. These preparations include litanies of the Blessed Mother, Masses celebrated for her intentions or in thanksgiving, rosaries, Holy hours of Adoration, fasting, renewal of our Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, etc. For those who
would miss starting the novena on June 16th, it won't be too late to jump on the train, and finish it after the 25th
"The 24 hours of the Gospa!" Another suggested gift to the Queen of Peace, in thanksgiving for her 31 years of apparition, is a little prayer known as "The 24 hours of the Gospa!" It is quite simple. On June 24th, at the moment of the apparition (6:40 PM), when you welcome the Blessed Mother in your heart, promise her that you will make a costly sacrifice during the 24 following hours, until her apparition of the 25th. On the 25th, you can then joyfully offer this sacrifice as a gift.
A few examples include: not smoking (or doing drugs) for 24 hours; not drinking alcohol; visiting a person in need; memorizing a chapter of the Gospel; consciously practicing the 10 commandments of God (Dt: 5); turning off TV, computer or radio; giving up a thing we are over attached to, offering a Fast (See PS2), making a generous donation; showing forgiveness to someone who hurt you. In a word it is renouncing an addiction or outdoing yourself in something. For 24 hours only, everything is possible! Our Lady will see your desire to please her. She'll love it!
Often she responds quickly with an unexpected healing. This is how Rosie, a chain smoker for many years, found herself freed from smoking in 2010 after offering the effort of not smoking at all between the apparition on June 24 and that of the 25th. From then on, she never smoked again. She was, in fact, disgusted by tobacco and cured!
Dearest Mother, please let us know what YOU wish to receive from us
As an Anniversary gift!?
Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French)
PS 1. On June 8, Ivan shared this message from Our Lady: 'Dear children, also today, in a special way, I call you to renew my messages. Live my messages. I call all of you tonight to pray in a special way for the parishes from which you come from and for your priests. Through this time, in a special way, I call you to pray for vocations in the Church. Pray, dear children, pray, pray. Also today, I thank you for having responded to my call.'
PS 2. Fasting better? Among the recipes of Fasting bread that we received so far (There were actually a lot of requests and a few solid recipes!), here is this one. Variety of recipes can help us keep up with fasting!
Sister Sarah's recipe for Fasting bread
For 10 cups (1k or 2.2 lbs)oats
3Tb instant baker's yeast
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 2 Tb oil (olive, sunflower or other)
- Knead flour with yeast, salt and oil
- Add warm water a little at a time until dough comes off hands
- Let rise near source of heat
- Put into bread pans (3 pans for 1k)
- Let dough rise longer
- Bake in oven at 375º F (190ºC or #5) 25- 30min
PS 3. Get set up for summer time! Enrich your hearts with Sr. Emmanuel's CDs! With so many to choose from, there's something for everyone: such as Take Baby Jesus home, Take the Hand of your Heavenly Mother (SKU16206), Make your peace with God (SKU16207), Pray with your Family (SKU16209), Fasting (SKU16142), Prayer Obtains Everything (SKU16160), Prayer with the Heart (SKU16162), True Consecration (SKU16156) and many more. Take a trip to Medjugorje this summer without ever leaving home! Visit our online shop to pick up your CD today. www.childrenofmedjugorje.com or simply COM shop.
PS 4. "Maryam of Bethlehem, the little Arab", Sr. Emmanuel's newest e-book is available online. Maryam Baouardy is from 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 a www.childrenofmedjugorje.com
PS 5. Children of Medjugorje is on facebook! Want another facebook friend? Get updates on the messages and the latest Medjugorje news on our facebook page. All you have to do is look us up at Children of Medjugorje, Inc.
PS 6. Take Medjugorje home! View the evening celebration live at: http://www.medjugorje.hr/fr/multimedia/tv-web/
PS 7. Watch Sister Emmanuel ON DEMAND, on your computer! Goto: www.napavalleyTV.org. Click on "Video on Demand" on the red banner at the top. Screen goes light blue- wait, then scroll way down until you see channel 27 channel 28 side by side. Click on Channel 28 and scroll down the list until "Medjugorje- Our Mother's Last Call", then click on the date you want to watch.
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