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
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."
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
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
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!
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.
The next live broadcast will take place on April 3rd at 9 p.m. (in French).
Dearest Gospa, we
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 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
"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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (Marija Dugandzic). The Youth Festival will be held from August 1 to 6, please sign up with your local organizations.
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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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