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THE 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.

PRAY

"I ask you only, to pray passionately. Prayer must be part of daily life so that true belief can flourish." (Sept. 8th '81)
"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 '83)
"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)

HOLY MASS
"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 '86)

FAST

"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.

CONFESS
"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)

HOLY BIBLE

"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)

Source: http://www.jgamleus.dds.nl/

 
LIVES OF THE SAINTS

JULY 1
BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA
Blessed Junipero Serra was born in Petra, Spain, on November 24, 1713. The boy became a student at the Franciscan school in Palma 

JULY 2
ST. OTTO.
St. Otto lived in the twelfth century. He was born in Swabia, present-day Bavaria. 

JULY 3
ST. THOMAS
St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. His name in the Syriac language means "twin."

JULY 4
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL
St. Elizabeth, a Spanish princess, was born in 1271. She married King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve.

JULY 5
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Italy in 1502. While he was still young, his father died.

JULY 6
ST. MARIA GORETTI

St. Maria Goretti was born in 1890. Her father died when she and the other five children in her family were small. At twelve, Maria was already very pretty.

JULY 7
BLESSED ROGER DICKENSON, BLESSED RALPH MILNER AND BLESSED LAWRENCE HUMPHREY

These three martyrs lived in England during the time of Church persecution by Queen Elizabeth I.

JULY 8
BLESSED EUGENE III

Blessed Eugene III was born near Pisa, Italy, in the twelfth century. He was baptized Peter.

JULY 10
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.

St. Felicity was a noble Christian woman of Rome. She lived during the second century.

JULY 11
ST. BENEDICT

St. Benedict was born in 480. He was from a rich Italian family. His life was full of adventure and wonderful deeds.

JULY 12
ST. JOHN GAULBERT

St. John Gaulbert was born in Florence, Italy, at the end of the tenth century. He and his father were devastated when John's only brother, Hugh, was murdered.

JULY 13
ST. HENRY II.

St. Henry II was born in 972. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995. One night he had an unusual vision. St. Wolfgang, who had been his beloved teacher when he was a boy, appeared to him.

JULY 14
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born in Auriesville, New York, in 1656. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin. Her father was a non-Christian Mohawk chief.

JULY 15
ST. BONAVENTURE.

St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John.

JULY 16
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg.

JULY 17
ST. LEO IV.

St. Leo IV lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter's Basilica.

JULY 18
ST. FREDERICK.

St. Frederick lived in ninth-century Utrecht, in the central part of the Netherlands. When he was ordained a priest, Bishop Ricfried put him in charge of instructing converts.

JULY 19
ST. MACRINA.

St. Macrina was the first child of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.

JULY 20
SAINT CHARBEL.

St. Charbel was born to a poor Maronite Family on May 8, 1828 in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra, Lebanon.

JULY 21
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.

St. Lawrence was born Caesar Rossi in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559. Brindisi was part of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy.

JULY 22
ST. MARY MAGDALENE.

St. Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. Some people identify her as a well-known sinner when she first saw Our Lord.

JULY 23
ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN.

St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303. From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the passion of Jesus.

JULY 24
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB

St. Boris and St. Gleb, the brothers, were born toward the end of the tenth century.

JULY 25
ST. JAMES THE GREATER

St. James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother John.

JULY 26
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE

St. Anne and St. Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

JULY 27
ST. PANTALEON

St. Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He lived in the fourth century.

JULY 29
ST. MARTHA

St. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus.

JULY 30
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS

St. Peter Chrysologus was born in the small town of Imola, Italy.

JULY 31
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

St. Ignatius, the famous founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491.

 
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“Jesus’ Baptism”

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?

 
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