MARY, OUR MOTHER

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sister Emmanuel's Report from Medjugorje for March 2018












 Medjugorje, March 18, 2018
Month of St. Joseph 
Dear Children of Medjugorje, praise be to Jesus and Mary!


1. On March 2, 2018 Mirjana received her monthly apparition in her home, in the presence of a small crowd.  After the apparition, she shared the following message, which Our Lady gives to all of us:

"Dear children, great are the works that the Heavenly Father has done in me, as He does in all those who love Him tenderly and who faithfully and devoutly serve Him. My children, the Heavenly Father loves you, and it is through His love that I am here with you. He is speaking to you. Why do you not desire to see the signs? Everything is easier alongside Him. Also pain lived with Him is easier because faith exists. Faith helps in the pain, and pain without faith leads to despair. Pain lived and offered to God raises up. Did my Son not redeem the world through His painful sacrifice? As His mother I was with Him in the pain and suffering, as I am with all of you. My children, I am with you in life, in suffering, in pain, in joy and in love. Therefore, have hope. It is hope that makes you comprehend that life is there.
My children, I am speaking to you, my voice is speaking to your soul, my heart is speaking to your heart. Oh, apostles of my love, how much my motherly heart love you. How many things I desire to teach you. How my motherly heart desires that you be complete, and you can be complete only when your soul, body and love are united within you. I implore you as my children, pray much for the Church and her servants - your shepherds; that the Church may be such as my Son desires - clear as spring water and full of love. Thank you."



2. St. Joseph in Sicily?  
 
On March 19th, we celebrated the Solemnity of the great St Joseph. Many offered him a Novena or even a Thirty Day Prayer, entrusting him with their most urgent intentions. One of my dear sisters tells this story that illustrates the kindness of this saint, his humor and his effectiveness.
 
"I was in a house belonging to the community of the Beatitudes, in Pettineo, Sicily. This house was an old Franciscan convent, very cold and very humid. At that time, there were about 30 of us in the House and we lived in great and very severe poverty. There were neither small nor larger sources of income. We often had many guests who came to pray with us and who stayed for a meal.
 
I remember that one day, we had nothing to eat. Many of us were young and it was not easy for everyone to eat their fill. Our superiors always told us that Saint Joseph is the father of Providence, and they would tell us a lot of stories about people who had received his help. So we, the younger crowd, still full of zeal, said, "Let's make a shopping list with everything we need, and also add some things we'd like to have", and that's what we did. So in that list, there all sorts of things and there was something for everyone... even Nutella and so many other things that were not really useful. Trusting St Joseph blindly, we put that list behind his image, in the prayer corner in the kitchen. 
 
Every day, we prayed to St. Joseph. We were completely taken by surprise when someone suddenly knocked at the door and left lots of bags! We couldn't believe our eyes! We put all the bags on the big kitchen table. We dared not open them... and then someone exclaimed: "Take the shopping list!" It felt like a treasure hunt: one sister read the products on the list and the others looked inside the bags to see if they were in there. We were amazed, it was like a game of tombola! Nothing was missing! Well ... almost nothing!
 
I remember Piero's face, he just fell silent in sadness when the sister finished reading the list. Only one thing was missing, peppers! "No, that's not possible! Saint Joseph, should have remembered my peppers! No, that isn't fair!" While he expressed his criticism because there were no peppers, suddenly a familiar voice was heard on the stairs: it was Madame Inès, God rest her soul...
 
Ines was an elderly lady, a widow who lived alone in Pettineo and who often came to see us. Inés raised her voice on the staircase, she was annoyed by something. In the meantime, Piero was grumbling against St. Joseph in the kitchen, while Ines was expressing her irritation.
 
- 'What's wrong, Ines? Why are you angry?'
- 'Well nothing! I brought you some peppers in oil, and the jar opened in my bag!'
 
Poor thing! She did not immediately understand why her purse stained with oil turned our home into a party!

No, St. Joseph had forgotten absolutely nothing! He just had his own plan: he wanted someone else to become an instrument of God's Providence, and that was Ines. He wanted us to no longer be doubters, he wanted us to be believers!"
 
St. Joseph did not have an easy time in his life! The torment of seeing Mary with child, the rejection of the people of Bethlehem, the extreme poverty of the stable where Jesus was born, the flight to Egypt by night and the long stay as a political refugee there, without any regular work nor any income, losing Jesus at the age of 12 with those three days of terrible anguish... In short, this man was weathered by ordeals and humiliations, how could he not understand our troubles of today? As Mary said on March 2nd, "Near Him (Jesus), everything is easier. Suffering next to Him is easier because there is faith. Faith helps when you are in pain, and suffering without faith leads to despair. Suffering that is experienced and offered to God raises us up."

3. Two Cardinals on a mission! 

My assistant and I just came back from 4 days in Riga (Latvia), a beautiful mission among very heart-warming people. On our way there, we met Cardinal Schönborn who was on the same flight. He blessed our mission, then said a few words to me about his talk with Pope Francis regarding Medjugorje. Actually, the Pope didn't say anything special. However, the Cardinal's personal opinion is the following: in the absence of an official position from Rome, he thinks that "the results of the Ruini Commission, which were touted by the Pope on May 13th, could be picked up as being the position of the Church." This sounds very positive to me. Still, let us pray more in confidence!
Just before leaving Riga, our small team was received by Cardinal Janis Pujats, retired, who suffered a great deal from the KGB during the Communist persecution, like all his faithful, before the collapse of the Soviet Union. But he managed to stay the course and avoid the labor camps thanks to him listening to the Holy Spirit. He had managed to create a secret printing press and to print thousands of prayer books. He doesn't live like a prince; he lives like a pauper, which moved us a great deal. He has to walk up 3 floors with no elevator to get home, and he walked down those stairs to welcome us. He blessed the fruits of our mission. We felt the hand of God upon us, the blessing of a cardinal before the mission and that of another cardinal at the end!
Thank you, your prayers served us in good stead! Please don't stop praying!
 
4. "Paul, Apostle of Christ"

The film with Jim Caviezel, "Paul, Apostle of Christ", will be released on 28 March in movie theatres. Jim Caviezel, actor of "The Passion of the Christ", is announcing Mel Gibson's film. His message is quite Medjugorian (from 9.56 to 10.42) with Mary's 5 points. He also talks about Saint Maximilian Kolbe who said "Indifference is the greatest sin of the 21st century." He agrees with this.When the stars of this world become Christian, how powerful is that!


5. Dear Irish people!
  
Despite the Referendum on May 25th to repeal the 8th amendment, you may like to know that some great acts of prayer are going on around Ireland, so there is still hope!
 
Chapel at Croagh Patrick
John Finn Photography (c) 
Before the vote, there will be 40 days of adoration in the little chapel at the top of the mountain called Croagh Patrick, where St. Patrick spent 40 days in prayer.


Both the clergy and volunteers are getting involved. Many other prayer events have been set up around the country, so the troops are gathering thick and fast. God's will be done! St. Patrick drove the serpents out of Ireland, he should now obtain this grace for us again and send fire down to Ireland! But he needs our prayers and fasting against those poisonous serpents! Please, I beg you, go and vote for Life, your vote will make a difference! Here in Medjugorje, we are with you! Let us all keep the Ireland in our prayers.

6. 
The next live broadcast will take place on April 3rd at 9 p.m. (in French). 

The live broadcast for March can be seen here:

Dearest Gospawe beg you, as an Easter gift, to please reveal to us the secrets of your soul! How were you able to keep a peaceful heart in the middle of the turmoil of your life and always do the will of God? Please come and answer every one of us in the depths of our hearts, because whoever has true peace of the heart can experience heaven even on this earth!


Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French)

PS 1. Again, I would like to make an appeal to everyone to pray with for our dear Benedict XVI, who says he is feeling increasingly weak, but without any fear, as death is coming near. 

PS 2. "Truly Sister Emmanuel's Best Work Yet!"
The second printing of Sister's book, Scandalous Mercy, will be released around April 10th. Backorders will be filled at that time. 

PS 3. New! Watch Sister Emmanuel's talk given to the Youth in Argentina (English and Spanish) On YouTube: archive.org/details/CharlaSorEmmanuel211117

And her talk on suffering given in Medjugorje (English and Croatian) 

PS 4. Download Sister's MP3s 
today! Check them out here: https://sremmanuel.org/product-category/download/

PS 5. Follow the evening program of the parish of Medjugorje, translated into all languages. See the parish site at: http://www.centremedjugorje.org/ 
 
PS 6. Mgr. Cattenoz, archbishop of Avignon, consecrated his diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 8 Dec. 2017, after a novena where all the members of the diocese were invited to pray the following prayer, written by Cardinal Sarah:

"Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Angels and of the Saints, Mediatrix of all graces, we find refuge and protection in your Immaculate Heart, because you are our Mother. Grant us, as you had promised the three shepherds in Fatima, to learn how to offer our life each day for the salvation of sinners. May your maternal love reach out and touch those hearts that have become hardened through sin, so that all men, who have been saved by the blood of your Son on the Cross, may find the path to love, penitence and reconciliation with God and with their brothers. Then will we be able to all sing together in a single heart the triumph of your maternal Mercy. Amen."
Followed by 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, 1 "Glory Be", and 3 times "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."

Has your diocese not been consecrated yet? Prepare the way by saying this prayer! Mgr. Cattenoz has invited every parish to be consecrated to Mary's Immaculate Heart. 

PS 7. Our next missions will be in: 
France in June
Indonesia and China in July 
Spain in September 
Please continue to pray very much for these missions, and those in these countries who are thirsty for Our Lady's guidance to her Son.
PS 8. Gloria Polo (Colombia) is among the best witnesses of our time, when so many Catholics have left Jesus.
Her words have brought back to Him thousands of people. It is difficult to remain the same person after listening to her. Her testimony is on this link, religion/gloria_polo_ testimony.html

PS 9. The parish of Medjugorje is inviting us to the 6th International Spiritual Retreat for Life, from 9 to 12 May 2018. To the 19th Spiritual Retreat for married couples, from 7 to 10 Nov. To the 23rdInternational Retreat for priests from 2 to 7 July. 

Sign up at: seminar.marija@medjugorje.hr (Marija Dugandzic). The Youth Festival will be held from August 1 to 6, please sign up with your local organizations. 

PS 10. Sign up to receive the 'Monthly reports from Medjugorje' by Sr. Emmanuel
 
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1. Publishing 2nd edition of Sister's newest book: Scandalous Mercy;

2. Scandalous Mercy will be available in the UK and Ireland via CreateSpace mid-April;

3. Publishing ebook of Scandalous Mercy for download throughout the English reading world;

4. Moving all inventory from Kansas to Ohio to decrease price to customer cost (completion date March 30, 2018);

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