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. Felix II
St Felix II, the pope is an ancestor of the future Pope St. Gregory the Great who lived from 540 to 604.
Blessed Charles the Good
Count Charles of Flanders, was called "the good" by the people of his kingdom. They named him for what they found him to truly be.
Blessed Katharine Drexel
Blessed Katharine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 1858. Katharine's mother died when she was a baby.
St. Casimir was born in 1458, son of Casimir IV, king of Poland. Casimir was one of thirteen children.
St. John Joseph of the Cross
St. John Joseph of the Cross was born in southern Italy on the feast of the Assumption, 1654. He was a young noble, but he dressed like a poor man.
St. Nicolette was named in honor of St. Nicholas of Myra. She was born in 1380. Her loving parents nicknamed her Colette from the time she was a baby.
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity lived in Carthage, North Africa, in the third century. It was the time of the fierce persecution of Christians by Emperor Septimus Severus.
St. John of God
St. John was born in Portugal on March 8, 1495. His parents were poor, but deeply Christian. John was a restless boy.
St. Frances of Rome
St. Frances was born in 1384. Her parents were wealthy, but they taught Frances to be concerned about people and to live a good Christian life.
St. Simplicius became pope in 468. Sometimes it seemed to him that he was all alone in trying to correct evils that were everywhere.
St. Eulogius of Spain
St. Eulogius lived in the ninth century. His family was well-known and he received an excellent education. While he learned his lessons, he also learned from the good example of his teachers.
St. Fina (Seraphina)
St. Fina was born in a little Italian town called San Geminiano. Her parents had once been well off, but misfortune had left them poor.
St. Euphrasia was born in the fifth century to deeply Christian parents. Her father, a relative of the emperor, died when she was a year old.
St. Matilda was born about 895, the daughter of a German count. When she was still quite young, her parents arranged her marriage to a nobleman named Henry.
St. Zachary was a Benedictine monk from Greece who lived in the eighth century. He became a cardinal and then pope.
Blessed Torello was born in 1202, in Poppi, Italy. His life as a child in the village was ordinary and uneventful. But after his father's death.
St. Patrick was believed born in fifth-century Britain to Roman parents. When he was sixteen, he was captured by pirates and taken to Ireland.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
St. Cyril was born around 315 when a new phase was beginning for Christians. Before that date, the Church was persecuted by the emperors.
St. Joseph is a great saint. He was Jesus' foster-father and Mary's husband.
St. Cuthbert lived in England in the seventh century. He was a poor shepherd boy who loved to play games with his friends.
St. Serapion lived in Egypt in the fourth century. Those were exciting times for the Church and for St. Serapion.
St. Deogratias was ordained bishop of the City of Carthage when it was taken over by barbarian armies in 439.
St. Turibius of Mongrovejo
St. Turibius was born in 1538 in Leon, Spain. He became a university professor and then a famous judge.
Blessed Didacus Joseph was born on March 29, 1743, in Cadiz, Spain. He was baptized Joseph Francis.
ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
The time arrived for Jesus to come down from heaven. God sent the Archangel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth where Mary lived.
St. Ludger was born in northern Europe in the eighth century. After he had studied hard for many years, he was ordained a priest.
St. John of Egypt
St. John was man who desired to be alone with God was to become one of the most famous hermits of his time.
St. Tutilo lived in the late ninth and early tenth centuries. He was educated at the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Gall.
St. Jonas and St. Barachisius
King Sapor of Persia reigned in the fourth century. He hated Christians and persecuted them cruelly. He destroyed their churches and monasteries.
St. John Climacus
St. John was believed born in Palestine in the seventh century. He seems to have been a disciple of St. Gregory Nazianzen.
Blessed Joan of Toulouse
In 1240, some Carmelite brothers from Palestine started a monastery in Toulouse, France.
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?