Friday, June 21, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 6/21/2013

Our Lady on Apparition Hill      
I am the Queen of Peace.
(c)Mary TV 2013

June 21, 2013

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children, I have come to you here and introduced myself as the Queen of Peace. And today in a special way I invite you to pray for peace. Pray for peace. And especially in your families: peace, peace dear children. Open yourselves to the gift of peace. The Mother prays together with you and intercedes for all of you before her Son. The Mother loves you with motherly love. Thank you, dear children, for also having responded today to my call." (Message through Ivan, Monday evening, June 17, 2013)

When Ivan received this message, he was kneeling directly before the statue of Our Lady that stands on Apparition Hill over the spot where Our Lady came on June 24, 1981. On that day, 32 years ago, she beckoned to the children, including Ivan, but they were afraid. They ran away. Yet, on June 25, 1981, they returned to the hill. As Ivan explained in a talk in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on 1/31/2012:

And on that second day, a lot of people began to gather from all over the place. They were with us all day and protected us as much as possible from the police and from the authorities. And somewhere around three o'clock that afternoon, those people who had spent that day with us said to us, "Let us go with you to that place where you saw Our Lady last night. Maybe Our Lady left something, some kind of a sign to convince us that she was here."

And so spontaneously, together with the people we slowly climbed the hill. And before we got to that place, maybe about 20 meters away, Our Lady was already waiting for us. She was holding Baby Jesus in her arms. She was floating on a cloud. She had a crown of stars. She was smiling and she was motioning with her hand for us to come closer.

Never in my life will I ever forget that day. I think I am going to live 5 years less after that day. In that moment I could no longer go either forwards or backwards. My legs buckled underneath me. But in one moment, not with my strength, I ran over those bushes and shrubs, it was like we were floating. We didn't feel any kind of pain. We went closer to her. We came close to her. In her left hand she was holding Jesus. She took her right hand, and she was placing it on our heads, and she began to speak her first words. "Dear children, I am with you. I am your Mother. Do not be afraid of anything. I will protect you. I will help you. I will guide you." But it was difficult to calm down and come to our senses.

One of the girls from among us, who was most relaxed, asked her, "Who are you and what is your name?" And she responded, "I am the Queen of Peace. And I have come, my dear children because God has sent me. My dear children, peace, peace, and only peace. There must be peace, my dear children. Peace must reign between God and man and between people. My dear children, this world and this humanity is finding itself in a great danger. There is a threat that it will destroy itself." Those were the first words; that was the first message that Our Lady gave through us to the world. On that second day we recognized in her our Mother, and to this day there are still three of us who see Our Lady. (Ivan Dragicevic, in Kalamazoo Michigan, 1/31/2012)

That was 32 years ago. Our Lady spoke of being our mother, of her love and protection. And she introduced herself. She said, "I am the Queen of Peace." Our Lady recalled that message 32 years ago when she came to Ivan on June 17, 2013 - "I have come to you here and introduced myself as the Queen of Peace." Our Lady has taken this title specifically for these apparitions in Medjugorje. And she has proclaimed to us: "Peace, peace and only peace." (1981) "Pray for peace. And especially in your families: peace, peace dear children." (2013)

I am convinced that peace is the main reason Our Lady has come to us in Medjugorje. Peace is her mission. Peace is the gift she comes to give us. Peace is the answer to the problems in our world today. Peace is God's gift to us, His desire for us. Peace.

And I believe that somehow that spot on Podbrdo, Apparition Hill, has a part to play in distributing the peace Our Lady has come to give us. Countless pilgrims have climbed that hill, praying the Rosary, meditating on the mysteries of Jesus' life, and just resting in the quiet of that place. Many, many report that it is on Apparition Hill that they finally could lay their burdens down, unpack their hearts, give over their inner struggles with forgiveness and guilt. On that hill many tears have been shed, tears of repentance, of relief, of cleansing and of joy! On Apparition Hill many, many souls have been opened to Mother Mary, many people have become her children, in a new relationship of mother and child that changes everything. Through Mary's love and intercession the wars in many hearts have been stopped and inner strife has given way to peace, trust, and serenity.

This place of peace, Apparition Hill, is a sign for us of the peace that Our Lady has come to establish. Every day since June 15, the parish has climbed that hill to pray a novena in gratitude to Our Lady for her presence and her gift of peace. Mary TV has been able to stream from the Apparition site on each of those days. We have three more days to go. It is a great grace to be present, live, on the hill where Our Lady first appeared 32 years ago. The Queen of Peace calls us to come and receive peace. Join us! (4:00 pm Medjugorje time, 10:00 am EDT, at

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2013


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