Sunday, September 25, 2016

Medjugorje message, September 25, 2016


Dear children! Today, I am calling you to prayer.

May prayer be life to you.

Only in this way will your heart be filled with peace and joy.

God will be near you and you will feel him in your heart as a friend.

You will speak with him as with someone whom you know and, little children, you will have a need to witness, because Jesus will be in your heart and you, united in him.

I am with you and love all of you with my motherly love.

Thank you for having responded to my call.


Medjugorje message, September 25, 2016

Words that give life...


Dear children! At this time, in a special way I call you: pray with the heart. Little children, you speak much and pray little. Read and meditate on Sacred Scripture, and may the words written in it be life for you. I encourage and love you, so that in God you may find your peace and the joy of living. Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message, February 25, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

I thirst...


You thirst for peace, love and happiness.
Drink out of my hands.
My hands are offering to you my Son
who is the spring of clear water.


part Medjugorje message, October 2, 2014

Friday, September 23, 2016

Medjugorje... a perpetual Pentecost


Medjugorje is a perpetual Pentecost, with the Holy Spirit manifesting in thousands of people there every day.

In the first eight months of this year over a million (1,132,400) sacred hosts were distributed to pilgrims and parishioners in and around the tiny church of St James.

That’s an average of 4,679 people being fed every day at Medjugorje by the Word made Flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit; thousands seeking Jesus in the Eucharist; thousands desiring to become living tabernacles of the Lord, thousands repenting of their sins, thousands opening their hearts to receive Jesus into their daily lives.

The bush burns brightly in Medjugorje!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I have come to bring fire on earth...


This beautiful icon is titled, Our Lady of Medjugorje: The Burning Bush, and was painted by the Jesuit priest, Fr William Hart McNichols. It was inspired by one of Our Lady’s weekly messages given to the Medjugorje parish:

Dear children, today my call to you is that in your life you live love towards God and neighbour. Without love, dear children, you can do nothing. Therefore, dear children, I am calling you to live in mutual love. Only in that way will you be able to love and accept both me and all those around you who are coming into your parish. Everyone will sense my love through you. Therefore, I beseech you, dear children, to start loving from today with an ardent (burning) love, the love with which I love you. Thank you for having responded to my call. May 29, 1986

#peaceday


Dear children! I desire to place all of you under my mantle and protect you from all satanic attacks.

Today is a day of peace, but in the whole world there is a great lack of peace.

That is why I call you all to build a new world of peace with me through prayer.

This I cannot do without you, and this is why I call all of you with my motherly love and God will do the rest.

So, open yourselves to God’s plan and to his designs to be able to cooperate with him for peace and for everything that is good.

Do not forget that your life does not belong to you, but is a gift with which you must bring joy to others and lead them to eternal life.

May the tenderness of the little Jesus always accompany you.

Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message, December 25, 1992

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child


I wonder how many times a day around the world the question is asked: “Who is my mother?

And by whom?

I remember someone making a comment about a child of mine after seeing a photograph taken a couple of weeks after his birth. The person quipped: “Only a mother could love IT!” – meaning in their eyes the child wasn’t going to win any beauty prizes.

Sadly, the person had never met the mother of the child or asked about her to know any different.

O sometimes I feel like a motherless child,
sometimes I feel like a motherless child, O my Lord,
sometimes I feel like a motherless child;
then I go down on my knees and pray, pray,
go down on my knees and pray.

(Motherless Child by William E. Barton 1899)


This affirmation was inspired by Our Lady’s own words in her messages from Medjugorje. There will be an affirmation in there somewhere that will touch your heart. That’s what Our Lady does when she speaks to her children – she touches hearts.

Please circulate as you wish – especially to prayer groups.

A ROSARY LITANY


Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory be...

First decade
The Mother who calls me
The Mother who loves me (response)
The Mother who invites me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who implores me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who waits for me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who embraces me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who unites herself with me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who draws me to her heart
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who carries me in her heart
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who opens her heart to me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who loves me immeasurably
The Mother who loves me

Glory be to the Father...
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria


Second decade
The Mother who believes in me
The Mother who loves me (response)
The Mother who feels my pain
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who suffers with me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who speaks to me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who tells me that she loves me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who tells me that I am important
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who wishes me to be beautiful
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who thanks me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who prays with me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who brings me Peace
The Mother who loves me

Glory be to the Father...
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria

Third decade
The Mother who comes to me
The Mother who loves me (response)
The Mother who leads me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who walks with me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who instructs me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who prepares me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who helps me understand
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who renews me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who is always with me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who does not leave me alone
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who says to me, I am your Mother
The Mother who loves me

Glory be to the Father...
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria

Fourth decade
The Mother who teaches me
The Mother who loves me (response)
The Mother who encourages me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who inspires me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who guides me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who believes in miracles
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who rejoices with me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who desires for me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who protects me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who watches over me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who covers me with her mantle
The Mother who loves me

Glory be to the Father...
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria

Fifth decade
The Mother who blesses me
The Mother who loves me (response)
The Mother who prays for me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who intercedes for me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who seeks God’s grace for me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who is tender with me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who says, do not be afraid
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who shares her joy with me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who presents me to Jesus
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who is a gift to me
The Mother who loves me
The Mother who keeps calling me
The Mother who loves me

Glory be to the Father...
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria

Monday, September 19, 2016

Never put off good deeds...


“Don’t keep a person in need waiting. Never put off good deeds… good doesn’t like being kept in the fridge: good is today and if you don’t practice it today, it won’t be around tomorrow. Don’t keep good deeds for tomorrow: that phrase we often use: ‘go on, come by again tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’, blocks out the light completely and it is an injustice.”
Pope Francis, September 19, 2016

Dear children! Today I call you to love and mercy. Give love to each other as your Father gives it to you. Be merciful – with the heart. Do good works, not permitting them to wait for you too long. Every mercy that comes from the heart brings you closer to my Son.
Annual message to Mirjana, March 18, 2001

Friday, September 16, 2016

A prayer for Syria



In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God of peace, who are peace itself and whom a spirit of discord cannot grasp, nor a violent mind receive, grant that those who are one in heart may persevere in what is good and that those in conflict may forget evil and so be healed.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.

May you be magnified, O Lord, by the revered memory of your Saints Cosmas and Damian, for with providence beyond words you have conferred on them everlasting glory, and on us, your unfailing help.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us
Saints Cosmas and Damian, pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sancta Mater Dolorosa


“We Christians have a Mother, Jesus’ [Mother]; we have a Father, Jesus’ [Father]. We are not orphans! And she gives birth to us in that moment with such great sorrow: She is truly a martyr. With a pierced heart, she accepts giving birth to all of us in that moment of sorrow. And from that moment she becomes our Mother, from that moment she is our Mother, the one who takes care of us and is not ashamed of us: she defends us.”

Pope Francis, Thursday, 15 September, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Triumph of the Cross


I can’t remember where or when I heard this story, or if I have all the details correct, but anyway, there’s a message in there for everyone and it’s worth repeating on this feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

A woman travelled to Medjugorje for the first time and was deeply touched by a homily given by a Franciscan priest. It opened her heart and she returned home promising herself that she would do all she could to promote the message of Medjugojre.

She opened a small shop selling religious items and promoted and distributed the Medjugorje messages. She even started a prayer group which was well attended every week. A year later the woman returned to Medjugorje excited about her new life and keen to share her joy with the Franciscan priest whose homily she had been inspired by.

But when she met the priest, he didn’t share her excitement and practically ignored her when she wanted to tell him about the good things that were happening in her new life. The woman returned home hurt and disappointed. More disheartning events followed. The shop started to struggle, numbers at her weekly prayer meeting began to drop and people lost interest in the messages she was distributing. Finally, the shop shut down, so did the prayer group and the woman no longer distributed the message. She lost heart.

Another year passed and she made a third trip to Medjugorje and happened to meet up with the Franciscan priest again. This time he welcomed her with open arms, and so she poured out her heart and told him how her efforts to promote the message, prayer groups and run her piety shop had all ended in failure after a successful start.

And then the priest responded with these words: “Good, good! Now you are beginning to learn how to carry your cross!”

The image above is of St Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine. At the age of 63 she was a late convert to Christianity. Later she went to the Holy Land in search for the True Cross. The painting is by Lucas Cranach The Elder (1472-1553)

I took the photograph below at Medjugorje tens years ago today, September 14, 2006, and just 10 days after I had buried my mother. I wasn’t sure if I should have been in Medjugorje at the time, but my family insisted I went.



The Risen Christ sculpture at Medjugorje is meant to represent both death and resurrection, so I looked on the image as an unexpected gift, especially as it was taken on the feast also known as the Triumph of the Cross. The photo also served as a reminder of Our Lady’s message when she said:

Dear children! Without prayer there is no peace. Therefore I say to you, dear children, pray at the foot of the cross for peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, September 6, 1984

Which partly explains why so many pilgrims gather to pray around the Risen Christ at Medjugorje. Peace is found there.

Monday, September 12, 2016

A blessing...


May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

lyrics: Bob Dylan

Sunday, September 11, 2016

God, the Father of mercies...


When John went to confession in Medjugorje he was greeted with a warm welcome from the Irish- American priest who was sat in the box sheltering from the cold and rain outside. All went well, and before he gave absolution the cheery priest asked John if he was familiar with the parable of the Prodigal Son.

John replied, “Yes, Father, I am.”

“So you will know about the significance of the father giving his son sandals to wear?” responded the priest questioningly.

John was hesitant in his answer, “Now, about that, I am not sure.”

“Well, it’s like this,” said the priest, “In those days only slaves and servants went barefoot. Free men wore sandals. So before you go I am going to put sandals on your feet to make you a free man!”

John wasn’t sure about this and glanced around to see where the priest would produce the sandals from. He didn’t realise the priest was referring to absolution until he heard the words: “God, the Father of mercies, through the death and the resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

Shortly afterwards John decided to go to Mt Krizevac and pray the Way of the Cross. The rain had stopped and John took his time to pray at each station and gaze at the amazing detail cast in the bronze reliefs. It was at the fifth station, where Simon of Cyrene is forced to carry the cross for Jesus, that John’s eyes were drawn to the base of the plaque. All of a sudden, the words the priest had spoken to him in the confessional came echoing back: “In those days only slaves and servants went barefoot. Free men wore sandals...”

And as John stared at the plaque, he could clearly see that it was Jesus who stood barefoot and Simon who wore sandals.

The feet of Simon of Cyrene and Jesus.
photographs courtesy of Mate Tunin Vasilj.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The hardest question to answer…


“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do what I say?” Luke 6 : 46

Friday, September 09, 2016

Seeing with the heart...


Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own?  Luke 6 :  41

Dear children, Today, with my motherly heart, I call you gathered around me to love your neighbour. My children, stop. Look in the eyes of your brother and see Jesus, my Son. If you see joy, rejoice with him. If there is pain in the eyes of your brother, with your tenderness and goodness, cast it away, because without love you are lost. Only love is effective; it works miracles. Love will give you unity in my Son and the victory of my heart. Therefore, my children, love. Medjugorje message, September 2, 2008

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Sharing the birthday cake


It’s Our Lady’s birthday today. In my experience I have always found she is extra-generous on her feast days. I found that to be true again this morning.

In today’s Gospel reading in Ordinary Time (23rd week, Year 2, Friday) Jesus says: “Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.” (Luke 6: 38)

This afternoon, I received an appeal from Mary’s Meals. There is a food crisis in Malawi, perhaps the poorest country in Africa. Severe flooding and drought has meant a pitiful harvest for many.

If you feel you can respond to this call on the Feast of Our Lady’s birthday and perhaps share some of the cake we have all been given, then just click or tap the image below or go to Marys Meals for further details.

Full of grace...

Dear children! Today I desire to give you hope and joy. Everything that is around you, little children, leads you towards worldly things but I desire to lead you towards a time of grace, so that through this time you may be all the closer to my Son, that he can lead you towards his love and eternal life, for which every heart yearns. You, little children, pray and may this time for you be one of grace for your soul. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, November 25, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Small Tales of Mejugorje

As a teenager Shane Paul O’Doherty was involved in Northern Ireland's long-running violent conflict and later had a profound conversion back to his Catholic faith. Here he tells in a number of short stories how Medjugorje has impacted on his continuing repentance. The book is available from Amazon and on Kindle. Click or tap the cover alongside for more details.

Monday, September 05, 2016

I will never forget you...


These days, I forget many things, especially names, and even what I was doing yesterday. I have to accept that this is all part of the ageing process. And I do.

In her Medjugorje messages Our Lady often uses the phrase: “Do not forget...” One of my favourites is Little children, do not forget that I am your mother.”

It reminds me of the verse from Isaiah:

Does a woman forget her baby at the breast, or fail to cherish the son of her womb? Yet even if these forget, I will not forget you. (49:15)

God’s covenant is lasting. It is written down, inscribed in his heart. He calls us, and keeps calling, even when we forget and break the promises we make to him. I have to trust my memory to him. It was his to give and his to take back.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Adore my Son Jesus


May the chain of your life be prayer with the heart and Adoration of my Son Jesus. part message, July 25, 2016