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MARY, OUR MOTHER
Monday, June 29, 2015
Mary TV Daily Reflection 6/29/2015
The Truth of Medjugorje! (c)Mary TV 2015
June 29, 2015
Sts. Peter and Paul
Dear Family of Mary!
has been a lot of talk about Medjugorje over the past few days, having
to do with speculation about the Vatican commission, etc. It has been a
bit unsettling for some. I have transcribed the homily given on Sunday,
June 27, 2015, at the English Mass in Medjugorje, because I believe it
answers the unsettling speculators very well. It gave me much peace, and
I hope it will give you peace as well.
Homily for English Mass, Medjugorje, June 28, 2015
Fr. Rory O' Donnell
dear friends, would you believe that is has been 28 years since I first
set foot in this parish of Medjugorje. I was a seventeen year old boy,
and one of my priest/teachers challenged me to come here to Medjugorje.
Religion class had become a series of stand up rows between himself and
I. The political situation in Ireland at the time was very tense at the
time especially in the North and the views that I held and that my
family held were in sharp contrast to anything that the Church was
saying at the time.
eventually, one day, in exasperation as myself and this priest were
rowing back and forth at each other in the classroom, he said to me,
"Have you ever heard of Medjugorje? If you went there you would change
your views." And you know something, what he said was true beyond his or
my wildest dreams.
time I come to Medjugorje...I have been here countless times. But each
time I come here and alight from the bus or the car I have to stop
myself from throwing myself down on the ground and kissing the sacred,
sandy soil of Medjugorje. Because it was here 28 years ago that I was
born, at the age of 17.
first reading reminds us that there is death and there is life. God's
desire for us is to exist for all eternity. But the enemy of our souls
is jealous. He wants to bring us to death. The evil one had a plan for
me, and he had me walking on a certain path. But Mary stepped in and she
snatched me from him. And through her direction, like the woman in
today's Gospel, I came closer to Jesus than I ever thought possible.
my third day here in Medjugorje, the joy and peace was already dawning
in my soul. And at that time, the people used to gather up there where
the parish office is now, and we would kneel outside to welcome the
presence of Our Lady. And on that third day, just after I had knelt and I
stood up, a woman approached me and she was crying. And she said to me,
"Rory, during the last few minutes, as we were kneeling down, I looked
over in your direction. And all of a sudden, you were enveloped in a
circle of light, and everything else became dark. And I heard a voice,
and it was the voice of a woman, and the voice simply said, 'He is going
to be a priest.'"
was shocked. I was stunned. I walked away, but for some strange reason
it was as if someone had put the final piece in the jigsaw of my life.
And I began to feel this great sense of joy. I remember going to
confession, and many of you here know Fr. Svet. Fr. Svet was hearing
confessions and I told him my sins, and then he said to me, "What will
you do with your life?" And I told him what had just occurred, and he
said "Well you know, the Church in Ireland needs you."
came back, and that was in April. And my family thought that it was a
different son who had returned because I was so different to the person
who had gone. And years later my mother told me that my four brothers
and two sisters had said to her, "What happened to Rory in Medjugorje?"
Because he is so different from the young man who went there in the
first place. In fact a few weeks later I was going into Sunday
Mass, and I went with my older brother, Seany, and as we were walking
into Mass he turned to me and said, "Rory, please, please stop that!"
And as we were walking into the church yard, I said, "Stop what?" And he
said, "You know what you are doing. Please stop it. It's embarrassing."
And I said, "Seany, I don't know what you are talking about." And he
said, "Rory, stop smiling at everyone." It was true, the joy was so deep
in my heart when I came back.
you can imagine as the weeks and months went on, I began to wonder
about the calling from Medjugorje. Was it really true, was it this
woman's imagination?? Maybe it was something else. I saved every penny I
had, I collected copper coins to get back to Medjugorje on the
following October. And I was out here in the fields one day, and there
were some Irish women kneeling on the ground, looking up at the sun. I
was with two friends of mine, and they said to me, can you see the sun
spinning? And I was dismissive of it, and I said to them, "You know if
you look at the sun long enough, you know it's going to spin." And one
of the women got very angry with me. And she said to me, "I cannot
understand why people with no faith come to Medjugorje."
next day, two of the women who were with her said to me, "Did you catch
up with Mary?" I said "No." They said, "Oh, she really wants to talk
with you." I thought she wanted to apologize because she was a little
bit intemperate the day before. Finally she caught up with me, and she
sat me down and she said to me, "I have to tell you something that
happened yesterday. I was so angry with you. And I began to say in my
mind, why do people who don't believe come to Medjugorje." And she said,
"I heard a voice, and it was the voice of a woman. And the voice simply
said, 'Why, he is going to be a priest.'" Twice in one year that was
confirmed for me here in Medjugorje.
road to priesthood was long and it was difficult. I trained for ten
years. I was in three seminaries, and I was in two different dioceses. I
was kicked out of one seminary twice! Can anyone beat that record? But
here I am now, 28 years later. And the truth of what Mary said, the
truth of what I received here in Medjugorje, has become a reality.
Because on the 20th of June, 1998, I was ordained to the priesthood, and
incidentally, the 20th of June, 1998, was the Feast of the Triumph of
Immaculate Heart of Mary! It was on that day that I was ordained.
know, over the last few weeks and months and years really, there has
been a lot of talk about what is the truth of Medjugorje. There are many
opinions and many of them contrast and many of them say it is a hoax
and it's nonsense, it is not true. The story I just told you is the
truth of Medjugorje. Because it is true that a young boy came here 28
years ago, and here he was called to the priesthood. Here he left his
old life behind. Here he took something new. That is the truth of
know that many of my brother priests who are here today, many of them
have sat for many hours over the years, hearing confessions here in the
parish. And we have heard the stories of lives that have been changed,
of healings, of recoveries, of all kinds of extraordinary miracles. We
ourselves know the truth of Medjugorje. And we ourselves have
experienced that truth through the stories that we have heard. I am sure
that many of you have gone to Cenacolo. You have heard the stories of
broken lives that have been mended, of young men who were on one path
that was leading them to death, being called to a path towards the
fullness of life. That is the truth of Medjugorje.
there is no commission and there is no inquiry and there is no
churchman who can ever contradict or deny that truth of Medjugorje. So
my dear friends, your role now is to go back home and to be the truth of
Medjugorje. Your role is to go back to your family, your countries,
your families, your homes, your loved ones, and by the ways your lives
have changed, you become the truth of Medjugorje. No one can ever
contradict that my brother, my sister, my dad, my mum, my son, my
daughter went to Medjugorje and came back and all of a sudden Sunday
Mass is the most important thing in their life. They won't allow a day
to pass without praying. They won't allow a month pass without trying to
get to confession. Your role, your job, your task now, given to you by
Our Lady, is to go back and be the truth of Medjugorje.
you know, as I look out and see the young people here, you have a very
particular call. Our Lady has called you here. There is nothing more
wonderful than when I hear parents say to me, "You know we are not Mass
goers, but my son, my daughter, they went to Medjugorje and came back
and they won't miss Mass for the world. They are there every Sunday, no matter how late they are out Saturday evening, they are up for Mass on Sunday.
My son, my daughter, they went to Medjugorje, and they came back with
Rosary beads in their pocket and they pray it every night. That is the
greatest witness, as young people you have a far greater witness to give
to the world than those of us who are a little bit more advanced in
my dear young people, you need to go back and be the truth the
Medjugorje, a truth that can never be denied and never be contradicted.
Because, please God, no matter what happens here, someday I will hear a
father or a mother say, "You know, my child is a living word of God,
because my child went as one person when they went to Medjugorje and
when they came back, like the woman in the Gospel, they had come closer
Thank you, Father Rory! Thank you for the clarity of your words.
Our Lady also spoke clearly to us on the 25th:
June 25, 2015
children! Also today the Most High gives me the grace to be able to
love you and to call you to conversion. Little children, may God be your
and not war and lack of peace; not sorrow but joy and peace must begin
to reign in the heart of every person - but without God you will never
find peace. Therefore, little children, return to God and to prayer so
that your heart may sing with joy. I am with you and I love you with
immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call."