MOTHER OF GOD APPEARS IN MEDJUGORJE
Life in the Parish of Medjugorje (West-Hercegovina) and a large
part of the surrounding area changed completely after the Mother
of God appeared for the first time to Vicka (16), Mirjana (16),
Marija (16), Ivan (16), Ivanka (15) en Jakov (10) in adjoining Bijakovici
on 25th June 1981.
The Holy Virgin said to them:"I am
the Queen of Peace. I have come, because there are many true believers
here. I want to be with you to convert and to reconcile the whole
world." (June 26th 1981). So began a many years
during series of daily appearances on the Podbrdo, in the annex-sacristy
of the Parish church, in the rectory, on the choir loft of the church,
on the Krizevac and elsewhere. Father Jozo Zovko, the pastor, initially
had great difficulties with this. But the Mother of God convinced
him personally. The seers and the pastor were persecuted by the
communist authorities. It even costed Father Jozo one and a half
year solitary detention in prison...
The following the are messages Mother Mary gave in Medjugorje for
all people. Each 25th of the month she gives a new message.
"I ask you only, to pray passionately. Prayer must be part
of daily life so that true belief can flourish." (Sept.
"Start calling the Holy Spirit every day. The most important
is praying to the Holy Spirit. When he descends on earth, everything
shall become clear and everything shall change." (Advent
"Let all families everyday devote themselves to the Sacred
Heart. I am very happy if the whole family comes together every
morning to pray for half an hour." (Oct. 20th '83)
"I urge all of you to pray the rosary. Invite people for that
prayer. With the rosary you will overcome all difficulties which
Satan puts in the way of the church. (June 25th '85)
"I invite you to attend the Holy Mass. (...) Dear children,
I select you and Jesus will give you His graces during Holy Mass.
Live therefore Holy Mass consciously and come to it full of joy.
Come with love and receive Holy Mass as a grace." (April 3rd
"The devil tries to get you in his power, but you must remain
strong and persist in your belief. You must pray and fast. I shall
always be near you. (Nov. '81) "The best way to fast
is with water and bread. Through fasting and praying the wars can
be stopped and the laws of nature can be suspended. Charity can
not replace fasting. Those who are not able to fast, can replace
this however by prayer, charity and confession, but all, except
the sick, must fast."
(Juli 21st '82)
"If you don't have the strength to fats on water and bread,
you can give up other things. It would be very good not to watch
television, because after you have seen the programmes, you are
absent-minded and not able to pray. You can renounce alcohol, cigarettes
and other pleasures. You know yourselves what you must do."
(Dec. 8th '81)
At the moment there are many that fast each Wednesday and Friday
on bread and water.
"People must be invited to confess each month, especially on
the first Saturday. (...) The monthly confession shall be a medicine
for the Church in the West. This message must be brought to the
West." (Aug. 6th '82)
"Dear children, today I ask you to read every day the bible
in the family. Put it in a clearly visible place in your home, so
that it always encourages you to prayer.
Read each Thursday before the Holy Sacrament - or in the family
if it is not possible to come to the church - chapter 6, verse 24-34
form the Gospel according to Matthew." (March 1st '84)
OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?