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Ivan's Statue of Our Lady in his chapel
June 24, 2012
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Dear Family of Mary!
On Friday night, Our Lady appeared to Ivan on Apparition Hill at 10:00 pm. Thousands of people gathered on the hill to be with the prayer group. Here is an account of Ivan's encounter with Our Lady, given by Ana Shawl:
Hi there dear prayer group family,Tonight Ivan had an apparition on the hill. Ivan shared the most important things about his meeting with Our Lady What he could describe with words.
Tonight, Our Lady came to us very happy and joyful and greeted us all with the greeting "Praised be Jesus, my dear children!"After this, Our Lady prayed for a long time with extended hands over all of us in her own Aramaic Language. She blessed us all and everything we brought to be blessed especially all the sick that were present here tonight. After this, Our Lady said:
Dear Children! Today anew, I invite you to decide for Jesus. Decide and go together with him towards the future. I am with you dear children because my Son has allowed me to stay together with you, because I want to guide you, teach you, raise you. I desire to lead you all to my Son. I want to lead you all to Heaven. Therefore, I invite you anew, decide for Him. Put Him in the first place in your lives. Dear Children, this world in which you live passes by. Therefore, decide, decide for peace, live peace. Decide for prayer. Pray, dear children, pray, pray.' Thank you dear children for having responded to my call.
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Apparition Hill - the statue of Our Lady at the spot she appeared first
I did not climb the hill, because I was busy writing the reflection for Saturday. But I prayed with everyone at 10:00 and I could see them all descending the mountain because we are staying at Ivan's house, which is at the foot of Apparition Hill. It was dark and the flashlights looked like stars adorning the hillside. How happy they all must have been to be with Our Lady!
Indeed, in the message Our Lady tells us "I am with you dear children because my Son has allowed me to stay together with you, because I want to guide you, teach you, raise you. I desire to lead you all to my Son. I want to lead you all to Heaven." This is the essence of the grace of Medjugorje. Our Lady is here with us because God has sent her to us. Why? Because only she can lead us to Him. Only she can guide us towards holiness. Only she can teach us the life of the Spirit. Only she can raise us, like the best of mothers, rearing us as her special children. We need to start from the beginning, become new people, be adopted into this new family of love of which Our Lady is the Mother! We need to be transformed into the Children of God by her motherly care. God has sent her for this specific mission, to gather into one His children.
After 10:00 am English Mass we had an introductory session with our incredible guide, Ivanka. She has a wonderful grasp of history, and was able to paint a clear picture of why Our Lady chose Medjugorje to be her special parish. The people of Hercegovina have held fast to the faith for many hundreds of years, at great cost. Our Lady knew that they would welcome her with steadfast love, and withstand the many attacks of her enemies without flinching.
We then headed over to our studio to work. Tom Matasso met with Vince, to introduce to him a system that will allow a translator to translate simultaneously for a live transmission on the internet, using a computer. It is an awesome possibility for translation of events. Vince is Korean, and could help Our Lady reach the Korean people with Our Lady's messages through translation of events. This is an exciting part of our work!
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Tom Matasso meets with Vince Hahn about Korean translation
Matt Matasso, our webmaster and streaming expert, and Josip, who will run our Medjugorje studio, worked on our computers to improve the transmission of live events. They are both so good at computers and software applications! What a team!!
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Matt and Josip talk shop!
We did our Rosary again, out in the heat of the mid-afternoon! We had a wide shot of St. James Church, which was exciting. Our Granddaughter Mara joined us for a second, to show her mom that she made it to Medjugorje in one piece! It was again very moving to pray together with all of you over the internet directly from Medjugorje. I feel the strength of Our Lady's presence when we pray!
Tonight we had the privilege of being present for Ivan's apparition again. I truly love praying the rosary in his chapel. It is a time of deep peace, as we all await Our Lady's arrival. And to be so near to Ivan when Our Lady comes is a great grace. I believe he is given great strength from these visits. He has a peace that could only come from God.
Ivan said that it is difficult to put into words the love that Our Lady shows for her children. When he watched Our Lady look from left to right over the crowd of people in his chapel, it looked as if she were crying, but the tears were tears of deep love. Our Lady came with the greeting, "Praised be Jesus, My dear children." And then she extended her hands over the sick, especially, praying in her native language of Aramaic. She then prayed over all of us, especially the priests. Ivan recommended us and our intentions to Our Lady and she prayed for our petitions and blessed our articles. Ivan had a time of private conversation with Our Lady during which they discussed their memories of the first days. Ivan felt Our Lady wanted us to be reminded of the first days. Then she left in the sign of the cross saying, "Go in peace, my dear children."
Ivan added that Our Lady gave a message the night before on Apparition Hill for the whole world, and the next will be on Monday, June 25, through Marija.
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Ivan greets Our Lady in his chapel on June 23, 2012
I again prayed for all of you, on the email list, those who pray with us on the internet, those who are united with us in prayer and love for Our Lady!
It's off to bed early because we will climb Apparition Hill tomorrow at 6:00 am! I am excited because it will be June 24, the anniversary of the very first time Our Lady appeared to the children in 1981. What a day to be on Apparition Hill! You will all be with me, in my heart and prayers.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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