Youth Festival Recipients, Caleb and Joshua Maddox

Caleb (left) Joshua on right

Caleb Maddox has already shown he is living with the Lord. At just 12, Caleb found out that his friend Joshua, who was living in Foster Care, was going to be split from his sisters and moved out of the county. When Caleb’s parents asked him how he felt about letting Joshua live with them, he agreed. He agreed to this, knowing he would have to share his parents, his room, his cousins, his grandparents, and his life. What an unselfish act at such a young age.  Joshua, such a loving caring young boy, has bonded with his new brother and they would do anything for each other. They now have lived together for 3 years, and you would never know they aren’t blood brothers. They even resemble each other, God works in mysterious ways. Caleb(14)and Joshua(15) are both freshman at their High School and they are being confirmed on June 13, 2010. Caleb and Joshua play sports all year long and maintain an A-B average. Caleb wants to be an engineer and Joshua wants to do something with sports. They are loving and caring boys who have lots of friends and they would do anything for anybody. Joshua and Caleb are planning on making the pilgrimage to Medjugorje for the Youth Festival. This is the question I asked the boys about their pilgrimage.

What are you looking to get out of your visit to the Medjugorje Youth Festival?

Caleb- I can’t wait to climb Cross Mountain barefoot. I have heard so much about Medjugorje from my Mom and sisters and I can’t believe I am going this summer.  I look forward to seeing everybody showing their faith and love for the Lord, and I hope to strengthen my relationship with Jesus. I hope I see a miracle of some kind.

Joshua – I think it is going to be great. I can’t believe I am going. I don’t know what to expect but I look forward to seeing and experiencing everything.  I hope to get closer to Our Lord and strengthen my faith.

The boys will be taking everybody’s name, who has donated to the Youth Program, to the top of Cross Mountain. They will sit and say a special prayer as they read the names aloud.  Wayne will then give the names to be present at an apparition for prayers. We still need your help. If you would like to donate, please mail your contribution to Medjugorje Youth Program, PO Box 10, Hiawassee, GA  30546 or visit our website

Youth Festival Recipient, Alexander Cothren

Alex is a freshman in High School. He attends St. Francis Catholic Church.  He currently is in his confirmation classes.  Alex comes from a large Catholic Family, four  brothers and five sisters.  His family is a hard working family, even the kids chip in to help Mom and Dad with their after school job of cleaning the Elementary, Middle and High School of our small town.  He is very active at his church, he is an alter server and he recently played Jesus on Good Friday during the Living Stations. Alex plays on the Varsity Football Team and runs Track, all this and he still maintains an A average.  Wayne and I truly believe Alex is being called to go on this pilgrimage to Medjugorje.  I asked Alex a few questions,

What are you looking to get out of your Medjugorje pilgrimage?

I am looking to obtain that mountain top experience and strengthen my relationship with Jesus Christ even more. I can’t wait to Climb Cross Mountain while doing the Stations of the Cross and praying the Rosary up Apparition Hill. I look forward to worshipping and praying with so many other kids and seeing more of Jesus’ wonderful creations and experiencing His great works.

How did you feel as you played Jesus carrying the cross?

Playing Jesus in the Living Stations of the Cross was very emotional. I felt only a tiny sliver of the pain that he felt and can only imagine how he could bear that much for our sins. It was an eye opening experience and I am very glad that I had the opportunity to be part of His Passion.

I would like to personally thank everybody for helping me make this pilgrimage. I never would have dreamt this would be happening. I thank you again, and I will take each and every one of you to Medjugorje in my prayers. 

Alexander George Cothren

If you would like to help Alex on his pilgrimage to Medjugorje, please send your donation to Weible Columns, PO Box 10, Hiawasse, GA 30546. Or visit at the bottom of the page and make donation online. Thank you and God Bless.

The 21st International Youth Prayer Festival program released, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17)

Saturday, 31. 07. 2010
18.00 – Rosary
19.00 –Holy Mass – general rehearsal for the choir and the orchestra
20.00 – Prayer for healing
20.30 – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – general rehearsal for the choir and the orchestra
Sunday, 01. 08. 2010
During the morning: Holy Masses according to language groups
18.00 – Rosary
19.00 – welcoming words by and to the youth from different countries, Holy Mass
20.30 – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday, 02. 08. 2010
09.00 – Morning Prayer
09.30 – 12.00 – Lectures, music and testimonies
12.00 – Recess
16.00 – Lectures, music and testimonies
18.00 – Rosary
19.00 – Holy Mass
20.00 – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday, 03. 08. 2010
09.00 – Morning Prayer
09.30 – 12.00 – Lectures, music and testimonies
12.00 – Recess
16.00 – Lectures, music and testimonies
18.00 – Rosary
19.00 – Holy Mass
20.15 – Procession through the parish
22.30 – 23.00 – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Wednesday, 04. 08. 2010
09.00 – Morning Prayer
09.30 – 12.00 – Lectures, music and testimonies of the „Cenacolo” community
12.00 – Recess
16.00 – Lectures, music and testimonies
18.00 – Rosary
19.00 – Holy Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
21.15 – Theatre and musical show „Cenacolo“
Thursday, 05. 08. 2010
09.00 – Morning Prayer
09.30 – 12.00 – Lectures, music and testimonies
12.00 – Recess
16.00 – Lectures, music and testimonies
18.00 – Rosary
19.00 – Holy Mass
20.30 – 21.30 – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
21.30 – 23.00 – Singing Farewell
Friday, 06. 08. 2010
03.00 – Rosary while Climbing the Cross Mountain (private)
05.00 – Holy Mass on Cross Mountain

–      Things to bring with you: a small FM radio with headphones, a Bible and an umbrella.
–      All groups participating in the Youth Prayer meeting: please do not arrange or make plans for any other programs during this week.
–      The evening prayer programme for all begins with the Rosary at 6 pm followed by Holy Mass at 7 pm.

Renew your Hearts

Message July 25, 1989

 “Dear children! Today I am calling you to renew your hearts. Open yourselves to God and surrender to him all your difficulties and crosses so, God may turn everything into joy. Little children, you cannot open yourselves to God if you do not pray. Therefore, from today, decide to consecrate a time in the day only for an encounter with God in silence. In that way you will be able, with God, to witness my presence here. Little children, I do not wish to force you. Rather freely give God your time, like children of God. Thank you for having responded to my

Prayer of Surrender

Dear Lord Jesus, it is my will to surrender to you everything that I am and everything that I’m striving to be. I open the deepest recesses of my heart to you and invite your Holy Spirit to dwell inside of me. You are the salvation of my soul; I hold nothing back from you.

I offer you my mind, heart, body, soul, spirit, emotions, all my hopes, plans, and dreams. I surrender to you my past, present, and future problems, habits, character defects, attitudes, livelihood, resources, finances, occupation, skills, vocation, and business endeavors. I surrender everything unto your compassionate care.

I give you my home, marriage, sexuality, relationships, friendships, and children. I surrender all my weaknesses, strengths, fears, and insecurities to you. In sickness and in health, in the good times and bad, I belong to you. Please transform my life into whatever most pleases you. Transform me into the child of God that you have intended me to be.

Children of God at the 2009 Medjugorje Youth Festival

Mt. Krizevac Reflection

Daniel joined us in August for the Youth Festival. This is his reflection from Cross Mountain. He wrote this in Medjugorje. We hope you enjoy this. ~Wayne Weible

I just walked up and down Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain) on the way saying the Stations of the Cross. Like the path to Heaven, the path at the bottom starts out crowded as busload after busload disembark to start the climb. Tired, but awake, from an early morning start, we begin. Most of us wear shoes, others barefooted. All of us burdened. (Some burdens seen, some unseen as they are carried in our hearts.) All of us determined.

 Station 1 Jesus is condemned, Jesus was condemned to walk up His mountain (Mt. Calvary) for us. We walk up this mountain willingly participating in what small way we may with Jesus’s final journey. (It is funny that it is not the big smooth rocks (smoothed by those whom walked this path before us) that hurt the feet of the barefooted but the smaller, loose stones and hard packed dirt.) Though we stop and reflect at each station, the path upwards soaks up your attention each step by step by step. Jesus takes up His Cross, Jesus falls for the first time, Jesus meets His Mother. A loud cry pierces the air. A crying mother wails. It is the wail of a mother pleading to our Savior. Hers is not the only heart pierced as others weep as they climb. Station after station, the climb continues.

Most of us, climb with others in groups. Some quickly, some slowly, some resting, some crying, most praying at each station.
Some elderly, barefooted, young, infirmed need assistance from their brothers, sisters, family, friends. (No one seems to be a stranger.)
How infrequently, do we stop and look back. Not to head back down, but to see how far we have come. But once you look back up again, you realize how far you need to go. Finally after winding our way up, the summit is reached. The view is breathtaking. The large white stone cross dominating. The desire to soak in the moment, overwhelming.

But the Lord reminds us that this particular mountain is not our final destination but a reminder of our life. The life He calls us to walk with Him. As Jesus carried our sins to the top of Mount Calvary (His Cross Mountain) so He asks us to carry Him to the valley (the world) below. Our everyday lives.

 And so we descend our bodies aching and bruised for the climb but also from the descent. (Hopefully, our hearts are more alive because of He whom dwells within.) To those around us, we must be His hands, His feet, His voice, His peaceful presence in this world, bearing and sharing His love manifested to us on the Cross. And during our day when we get tired, hurt, bruised, frustrated, may we be reminded that these are our everyday Cross Mountains for Jesus to carry us up.

By: Daniel Hobson