"Dear children! Today I invite you all to rejoice in the life which God gives you. Little children, rejoice in God, the Creator, because He has created you so wonderfully. Pray that your life be joyful thanksgiving which flows out of your heart like a river of joy. Little children, give thanks unceasingly for all that you possess, for each little gift which God has given you, so that a joyful blessing always comes down from God upon your life. Thank you for having responded to my call." (August 25, 1988)
Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 2
Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate.
Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus' name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar's heart for Your gift of Joy within us.
All of the Saints are marked with an uncompromisable Joy in times of trial, difficulty and pain. Give us, Oh Holy Spirit, the Joy that surpasses all understanding that we may live as a witness to Your love and fidelity!
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord,
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Our Lady has come to give us her joy, the joy of the Holy Spirit that is available to all of us through prayer and surrender to God. Indeed, Joy is the hallmark of a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Here one feels the peace of God and the fruit of that peace is joy. Joy is the sign of God's presence. We have such an amazing God. He is all good. And that goodness brings joy. If only this sad world could know this joy, no one would turn to sin to find it. Joy is God!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
PS. Denis and I were able to climb Krizevac with the parish yesterday (May 30). It was a challenge for us old folks, but with the help of our guardian angels, and the encouragement of the parishioners, we made it! Denis even led a decade of the Rosary. I have just a few pictures to share with you from that trip. The vista was breathtaking at the top. The sky speaks of God's glory and beauty! We prayed for all of you while we were at the top, all your intentions and needs. Here are the pictures:
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II