Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Thursday, January 15, 2015
January 2015 Newsletter from Medjugorje
From the Desk of Sr. Emmanuel Maillard
15 January 2015
Dear Children of Medjugorje, praised be Jesus and Mary!
1. On January 2, 2015, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross
in the presence of a big crowd who had come to entrust the New Year to
the Heart of the Mother of God. After the apparition, Mirjana shared
the following message:
"Dear children, I am here among you as a mother who desires to
help you to come to know the truth. While I lived your life on earth I
had knowledge of the truth, and by this alone, a piece of Heaven on
earth. That is why I desire the same for you, my children. The Heavenly
Father desires pure hearts filled with the knowledge of the truth. He
desires for you to love all those whom you meet, because I also love my
Son in all of you. This is the beginning of coming to know the truth.
Many false truths are being offered to you. You will overcome them with
a heart cleansed by fasting, prayer, penance and the Gospel. This is
the only truth and it is the truth which my Son left you. You do not
need to examine it much. What is asked of you, as I also have done, is
to love and to give. My children, if you love, your heart will be a home
for my Son and me, and the words of my Son will be the guiding light in
your life. My children, I will make use of you, apostles of love, to
help all of my children to come to know the truth. My children, I have
always prayed for the Church of my Son, and so I also ask the same of
you. Pray that your shepherds may come to shine forth with the love of
my Son. Thank you."
2. The year 2015 began with a bloodbath in France. Many comments have been published about the killings in Paris, and I wish to add my own:
- Among the 10 Words
of Life that God gave us so that we, His children, may live under His
blessing we find: "Thou shalt not kill" (Dt.5,17 - Ex. 20,13). In
addition to the thousands of aborted children, and 2000 violently
massacred Nigerians this month, I weep for the group of people who were
savagely assassinated in Paris. "He who lives by the sword dies by the
sword," killing is never the solution!
- Among the same
Words of Life, there is: "Thou shalt not make wrongful use of the name
of the Lord thy God." In other words: "Thou shalt not blaspheme," (Dt.
5,11). The wave of blasphemy that has swept and still sweeps over France
does not attract the blessing of God, because one cannot ridicule what
is sacred without attracting great darkness. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
said: "No word we say is neutral. Every word we say has an impact on the
whole world. All of the words that do not increase the light, increase
Here, a pilgrim
complained that a member of his family often blasphemes, and it causes
him great sadness because it pollutes the entire atmosphere of the
house. They try to stop him, but in vain, and the exchange of words
often ends in bitter arguments. The Holy Mother has given us a better
solution than bitterness, anger and conflict. "Do not enter into a
discussion," she tells us. Indeed, in order to protect the fragile
treasure of peace which is so easy to destroy, we can ignore the
blasphemy as if we had not heard it, remain calm, and above all, send
praises and blessings to God in the secret of our hearts." By doing
this, in the invisible realm, we cancel out the destructive effect of
the blasphemy. The Evil One becomes neutralized. Seeing that he is
unable to shake our peace, the blasphemer will become tired of
blaspheming before we become tired of blessing God!
In today's world,
Satan is making a lot of noise, as he can see his last hour is
approaching. The racket he makes is deafening, because he has
infiltrated so much of the media. Does he want to make us believe that
he has the control because he makes the headlines? He certainly does
not! Can God cease to be God? Jesus and Mary are working behind the
scenes and are preparing a profound and discreet victory. The new
Pentecost of love will happen, the visionaries of Medjugorje know that
the Holy Mother is announcing a new time, a time of peace. She has
assured us of victory, and is already preparing her apostles. That is
why, in the midst of the increasingly nauseating filth that is sweeping
over us, let us remain firm in faith and trust, in fervent prayer and
have an equally fervent spirit of sacrifice! Let us calmly live the
messages of Mary! In doing this we will hasten the victory of her Heart.
We will also spare many sufferings and many tragedies for those who do
not know God and don't know which way to turn.
- In conclusion, I
pray for the victims and the assassins, for the blasphemers of yesterday
and today, for the happiness of France, because I am a Christian, not Charlie. (See PS1)
3. Vicka saw Heaven... At a private meeting on January 2nd,
Vicka gave a beautiful key to our prayer life: "Let's pray, and let's
say 'Thank you' a lot, because 'Thanks' arrives first in Heaven."
This year again, our
house in Medjugorje did not miss this tradition: between December 31st
and January 1st (or a few days later if we missed the boat), everyone
took a large sheet of paper and recollected in deep silence. They
examined their hearts and looked at all the gifts that God had given to
them in the past year. They wrote them down, and only stopped when they
had found 50 reasons why they were thankful to God. 50 may seem like a
huge number, but by the time you reach N° 20 or 25, you're on a roll and
it's almost difficult to stop at N° 50! Why don't you try? Your heart
becomes lighter, your mood becomes cheerful again, and you become more
able to spot the favors God is giving you in your daily life. This is
the School of Mary! "Dear children, I invite you to thank God, for all
the gifts you have discovered in your life even for the smallest gift
that you have noticed. I am thanking God with you!" (September 25,
4. Saint Peter, the Apostle, is the saint we drew for our house with the invitation to pray for the Pope. And what about you? What Saint has chosen you to be your companion for the year 2015? (See PS1 in Dec. 12th report)
5. An American
friend who is a mother and a grandmother shared with me the following
beautiful experience she had last summer in Medjugorje:
"I had an unusual -
from the Spirit, I think - experience yesterday. When I was in
Medjugorje on a tour last summer, the tour leader had us all write a
letter to ourselves "from Mary," imagining what Mary would say to us
right then. She asked us to write a paragraph, then seal the envelope
and put our address on it. She said she would mail these back to us, a
few at a time, "whenever the Spirit moves me." I was a little annoyed,
to be honest, because I hate gimmicks like that, but I tried to think
about what Mary would have to say to me at that particular time, and I
did what was asked. Yesterday, while preparing for the onslaught of 22
family members, who come to stay at our house every other Christmas, I
was stressed, in turmoil, very agitated, and unbearably rude to my
husband. Late in the day, this letter came to me:
"Dear Anne! Find your
peace not in your surroundings but in your heart. Escape the chaos
around you and make your interior a place of peace, calmness,
acceptance, tolerance, and love. Be true to your beliefs and to the
vocation God gave you, and shut out other things with a smile, knowing
you are climbing the ladder to heaven. Love, Mary."
Dearest Gospa, what a joy to have you with us every day!
We marvel at your Heart so pure! It pulls us out of the mire of sin.
Blessed are you among women. Please never stop praying for your beloved
France, where you came to visit so often. With you, she will raise up
Permission is given to use the text of these reports under two conditions: 1) No words are changed, 2) "Children of Medjugorje" is cited along with our website:www.childrenofmedjugorje.com
PS 1. A journalist asked Msgr Rey in Toulon, France:
"Your Excellency, are you Charlie?" He answered: "Allow me to first and
foremost be myself, that is, a Christian. A Christian has no ultimate
reference, no possible rallying point, and no other identification other
than Jesus Himself ."
PS 2. Our next mission will be to lead a retreat in Latvia, where our books about Medjugorje are published.
PS 3. Write a letter to the Holy Mother! Send it to her at"Reine de la Paix", BP 2157, F- 06103 Nice cedex, France. We will give it to a visionary.
PS 4. A call to families! A call to the families: you have delightful words from your children, let's not loose them! Please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org as we wish to publish them.
PS 5. View the Medjugorje celebrations live, at home!