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
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
St. Otto lived in the twelfth century. He was born in Swabia, present-day Bavaria.
St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. His name in the Syriac language means "twin."
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL
St. Elizabeth, a Spanish princess, was born in 1271. She married King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve.
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA
St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Italy in 1502. While he was still young, his father died.
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.
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.
BLESSED EUGENE III
Blessed Eugene III was born near Pisa, Italy, in the twelfth century. He was baptized Peter.
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.
St. Felicity was a noble Christian woman of Rome. She lived during the second century.
St. Benedict was born in 480. He was from a rich Italian family. His life was full of adventure and wonderful deeds.
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.
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.
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.
St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John.
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.
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.
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.
St. Macrina was the first child of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.
St. Charbel was born to a poor Maronite Family on May 8, 1828 in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra, Lebanon.
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.
St. Lawrence was born Caesar Rossi in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559. Brindisi was part of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy.
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.
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.
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB
St. Boris and St. Gleb, the brothers, were born toward the end of the tenth century.
ST. JAMES THE GREATER
St. James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother John.
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE
St. Anne and St. Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He lived in the fourth century.
St. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus.
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS
St. Peter Chrysologus was born in the small town of Imola, Italy.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
St. Ignatius, the famous founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491.
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?