Join us in a novena for Our Country

Intention for the Novena is to ask our Blessed Mother to protect our country from all that threatens our religious freedom and to keep us safe from wars and terrorism, to bring to us the Godly leaders we need and to ask our Lord to help us become the nation He intends for us to be. Mother of Mercy, pray for us!

PRAYER TO THE
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

O God,  who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain, so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession,  to come unto You. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ,  Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.

Amen.

First, recite the Prayer to the Immaculate Conception.
Then, recite the appropriate prayer of each of the nine days.

  Day One

O most Holy Virgin, who was pleasing to the Lord and became His mother, immaculate in body and spirit, in faith and in love, look kindly on me as I implore your powerful intercession. O most Holy Mother, who by your blessed Immaculate Conception, from the first moment of your conception did crush the head of the enemy, receive our prayers as we implore you to present at the throne of God the favor we now request…
(State your intention here…) 
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.
Amen.

Day Two

O Mary, ever blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Queen of angels and of saints, we salute you with the most profound veneration and filial devotion as we contemplate your holy Immaculate Conception, We thank you for your maternal protection and for the many blessings that we have received through your wondrous mercy and most powerful intercession. In all our necessities we have recourse to you with unbounded confidence. O Mother of Mercy, we beseech you now to hear our prayer and to obtain for us of your Divine Son the favor that we so earnestly request in this novena…
(State your intention here…) 
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.
Amen.

Day Three

O Blessed Virgin Mary, glory of the Christian people, joy of the universal Church and Mother of Our Lord, speak for us to the Heart of Jesus, who is your Son and our brother. O Mary, who by your holy Immaculate Conception did enter the world free from stain, in your mercy obtain for us from Jesus the special favor which we now so earnestly seek…
(State your intention here…) 
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.
Amen.

Day Four

O Mary, Mother of God, endowed in your glorious Immaculate Conception with the fullness of grace; unique among women in that you are both mother and virgin; Mother of Christ and Virgin of Christ, we ask you to look down with a tender heart from your throne and listen to our prayers as we earnestly ask that you obtain for us the favor for which we now plead…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Day Five

O Lord, who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, did prepare a fitting dwelling for your Son, we beseech you that as by the foreseen death of your Son, you did preserve her from all stain of sin, grant that through her intercession, we may be favored with the granting of the grace that we seek for at this time…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Day Six

Glorious and immortal Queen of Heaven, we profess our firm belief in your Immaculate Conception preordained for you in the merits of your Divine Son. We rejoice with you in your Immaculate Conception. To the one ever-reigning God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in Person, one in nature, we offer thanks for your blessed Immaculate Conception. O Mother of the Word made Flesh, listen to our petition as we ask this special grace during this novena…
(State your intention here…) 
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Day Seven

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, and my mother, from the sublime heights of your dignity turn your merciful eyes upon me while I, full of confidence in your bounty and keeping in mind your Immaculate conception and fully conscious of your power, beg of you to come to our aid and ask your Divine Son to grant the favor we earnestly seek in this novena… if it be beneficial for our immortal souls and the souls for whom we pray.
(State your intention here…)  
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.

Day Eight

O Most gracious Virgin Mary, beloved Mother of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, intercede with him for us that we be granted the favor which we petition for so earnestly in this novena…O Mother of the Word Incarnate, we feel animated with confidence that your prayers in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. O Glorious Mother of God, in memory of your joyous Immaculate Conception, hear our prayers and obtain for us our petitions.
(State your intention here…)  
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.

Day Nine

O Mother of the King of the Universe, most perfect member of the human race, “our tainted nature’s solitary boast,” we turn to you as mother, advocate, and mediatrix. O Holy Mary, assist us in our present necessity. By your Immaculate Conception, O Mary conceived without sin, we humbly beseech you from the bottom of our heart to intercede for us with your Divine Son and ask that we be granted the favor for which we now plead…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin

Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us

God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us God the Holy Spirit, …
Holy Trinity, one God, …

Holy Mary, pray for us
Holy Mother of God, pray for us
Holy Virgin of virgins, …
Mother of Christ, …
Mother of Divine Grace, …
Mother most pure, …
Mother most chaste, …
Mother inviolate, …
Mother undefiled, …
Mother most amiable, …
Mother most admirable, …
Mother of good counsel, …
Mother of our Creator, …
Mother of our Saviour, …
Virgin most prudent, …
Virgin most venerable, …
Virgin most renowned, …
Virgin most powerful, …
Virgin most merciful, …
Virgin most faithful, …
Mirror of justice, …
Seat of wisdom, …
Cause of our joy, …
Spiritual vessel, …
Vessel of honour, …
Singular vessel of devotion, …
Mystical rose, …
Tower of David, …
Tower of ivory, …
House of gold, …
Ark of the covenant, …
Gate of heaven, …
Morning star, …
Health of the sick, …
Refuge of sinners, …
Comforter of the afflicted, …
Help of Christians, …
Queen of Angels, …
Queen of Patriarchs, …
Queen of Prophets, …
Queen of Apostles, …
Queen of Martyrs, …
Queen of Confessors, …
Queen of Virgins, …
Queen of all Saints, …
Queen conceived without original sin, …
Queen assumed into heaven, …
Queen of the most holy Rosary, …
Queen of Peace, …

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Grant we beseech Thee, O Lord God,
that we, Thy servants,  may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body:  and, by the glorious intercession of the blessed Mary, ever Virgin,  be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal gladness.
Through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

 

Read more:http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/novena/immaculate.htm#ixzz1pWFCDFSn

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Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday, April 01, 2010 – On this day when Church remembers institution of Holy Eucharist and Priesthood, it is allowed only to celebrate Holy Mass of consecration of the oil and Holy Mass of Lord’s Supper.

Good Friday, April 2, 2010 – Friday of Lord’s Passion. On this day, the Cross is in the center, and all faithful should meditate on the passion, death and burial of our Lord. Good Friday is day of strict fasting in the Church.

Holy Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter, Sunday, April 4, 2010

Have a wonderful Easter, but we must remember that our celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection from the dead should not end on Sunday evening.  Treasure the liturgies of the Easter Season.  Continue the spiritual exercises that you began during Lent.  During these days, read and reflect upon Chapter 20 of the Gospel of John.  Remember Jesus’ beautiful greeting to his dear friend Mary Magdalene in the garden outside his tomb. (John 20:15) Be inspired by Jesus’ greeting to the unbelieving St. Thomas.  “Put your finger here and see my hands and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” (John 20:27)  When Thomas responded, “My Lord and my God, Jesus said to him have you come to believe because you have seen me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20:28-29)  As believers in our dear Lord, may we accept His beautiful blessing.  May the sacredness of the Easter Season help us to become Our Lord’s devoted servants.  May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit come upon you and remain with you, forever and ever.  Amen.– Fr. Ed Chalmers

A Beautiful Moon the Evening of Palm Sunday in Medjugorje

In the parish cemetery of Medjugorje, just behind St. James Church, an almost full moon rose to cast a bright light over the village. As we enter Holy Week and look towards the coming of Easter, we are reminded of Our Lady’s words given at the beginning of Lent:

 February 25, 2010

“In this time of grace, when nature also prepares to give the most beautiful colors of the year, I call you, little children, to open your hearts to God the Creator for Him to transform and mold you in His image, so that all the good which has fallen asleep in your hearts may awaken to a new life…” 

As we wait for the Resurrection of Our Lord, we ask Our Lady this week, to help our hearts to awaken to the grace of new life in our own lives. –Source medjugorje.com

With His immeasurable love, He may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy of His resurrection.–Reflection by Fr. Slavko

February 25, 1999 “Dear children! Also today I am with you in a special way contemplating and living the passion of Jesus in my heart. Little children, open your hearts and give me everything that is in them: joys, sorrows and each, even the smallest, pain, that I may offer them to Jesus; so that with His immeasurable love, He may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy of His resurrection. That is why, I now call you in a special way, little children, for your hearts to open to prayer, so that through prayer you may become friends of Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Reflection by Fr. Slavko on this Message of Our Lady  of  Medjugorje

ALSO TODAY I AM WITH YOU IN A SPECIAL WAY…

And we believe this. We must not forget that, without the special presence of Mary, Medjugorje cannot be explained. Also today, there are still people who believe to have other explanations but, without Mary, it is absolutely not possible to explain Medjugore. It surely depends on each one of us and on how we answer to the call in our own lives, how important Medjugorje can become in our lives, in our families and in the Church and it depends on our collaboration if what God promises us through Mary can actually be realized. This season of Lent is a time in which we can reconsider and scrutinize our own readiness to go on the path with Mary. Certainly, no one can say for himself that, in each and every situation, he is completely and wholeheartedly going on the path with Mary to Jesus; but it is important that in our hearts there is always a renewed good will and that we remain faithfully on the path. Mary continues in Her message with words that, at first sight, may seem surprising …

CONTEMPLATING AND LIVING THE PASSION OF JESUS IN MY HEART.

These words may raise some theological questions. For example, what does it mean, when Mary says that She is ‘contemplating and living the passion’ of Her Son? When She lives the passion of Jesus, it means that She is suffering but, on the other hand, we know that there is no suffering in heaven. It is written that in heaven there exists no suffering, no sorrow, not even a trace of sorrow – only eternal joy and eternal peace. So, how are we to undestand Her words? If we want to find an answer to this question, we must recall that, in various situations and also in Medjugorje, the visionaries have said that Mary was sad, or that on the third day of Her apparitions, on June 26, 1981, when She appeared with a cross (which we all surely know), She wept and said, “peace, peace, peace and only peace – peace between God and man” and later She called us to pray and fast, because through fasting and prayer even war and natural disasters can be averted. We also recall Mary’s tears in Syracuse and in various other apparitions and we also remember the experiences of many mystics who saw the suffering Jesus etc. It may be difficult to work out a clear theological answer to this question but there is another dimension in which we can understand everything. The Church is a community of the glorious, the suffering and the travelling, pilgrim Church; the glorious is in heaven, the suffering in purgatory and the travelling here on earth. There is a correlation between them, in the sense that the glorious Church is, of course, closely connected with the travelling, pilgrim Church and the travelling Church, that is we here on earth, can help the suffering Church through our prayers and sacrifices. These are not three realities which have been separated from one another, but they are simply interconnected in love and through love. And, where there is love, one sympathizes and, as St. Paul says, when one member of the Church suffers, then the whole Church suffers or when one member of the body suffers, then the entire body suffers. So, Mary, through Her contemplating and living the passion of Her Son, Jesus, is actually an example for us to do likewise. She is with us, as our mother and our teacher and She wants to teach us how we should live during Lent and what this season should mean to us. When we decide to contemplate and live His passion, then we are also near Mary and Jesus Himself and so this season of Lent will become more meaningful to us and this is really the way to the resurrection. Mary continues in Her message …

LITTLE CHILDREN, open your hearts and give me everything that is in them:

This is the same problem as in Her message of January: the heart opens only when we take time for prayer and then remain with God and meet Him in prayer. Our heart will also only open itself to Mary, our mother, under these same conditions. We know that, when we have love and trust for a person in our heart, our heart is open and we are prepared to confide and also to open the depths of our hearts to that person. So, therefore, Mary, as mother, invites us to give Her everything. How often do we hear people say that they feel they are closed, that they cannot open themselves, that they are afraid of God or of other people and, naturally, that they themselves also suffer due to this. Lent is really a time, in which this opening of ourselves should happen and we should make good use of this opportunity and open our hearts to Mary and give Her everything that is in our hearts:

JOYS, SORROWS AND EACH, EVEN THE SMALLEST, PAIN,

Joy means goodness in general; sorrow means also everything which causes us suffering. Here we could surely also add our egoism, our pride, all negative feelings which cause us pain, but also our sins and the consequences of sin. The person who opens himself and is able to give everything to Mary will certainly be purified and then his inner beng will be able to be renewed. I hope that we have all experienced that, when something was weighing heavily on our heart and we were able to impart this to another person – especially to God – we then felt relieved and joy and peace returned into our heart. At this point, we should also become conscious of the fact that we should give to Mary the good as well as the bad; that is, we should liberate ourselves from everything in order to become free for God. We could formulate it like this, when we ‘stick’ to something good, this can also hinder us on our way with Mary to Jesus; for example, if I did something good yesterday, if I forgave, and then, if today I am being hurt again and I don’t want to forgive because I had done so yesterday, then the good deed of yesterday is hindering me in my deeds of today and that is not good. When the good hinders us on our way, then there is also the spirit of Pharisaism within us that we surely should and must combat. Also, of course, the bad can hinder us on our way; because, when we have problems, then we easily lose trust and the will to continue, as well as the courage to begin anew. The heart must be free of all good and of all bad and this is why it is so important that, in Mary’s spirituality, we understand the following: the day must end when the day ends; that is, if there were good things, we thank for them, give them to God and forget them; when there were bad things, we forgive, ask for forgiveness, give them to God in His mercy and forget them – so that we are able to begin the new day which God gives us in freedom and in love. Also, the day should not begin before it actually begins; that is, we should not lure the fears of tomorrow into today and then live in constant anxiety. This is of no help and, in addition, makes living today more difficult. This is actually what Jesus says, that each day has its sorrows and its cross. So, if we start to work on giving everything to Mary, as She has invited us to do, then we will be free and thus more easily hear God’s will and more easily see and feel the persons around us and be more ready to help them. Mary continues in Her message, saying what She will do with the things we give Her …

THAT I MAY OFFER THEM TO JESUS;

Mary is our intercessor. In order to understand this, let us think of the situation in Cana, in Galilee. Mary was present at the wedding and so was Jesus with His disciples. She saw that there was a problem, that they ran short of wine. She presented this situation to Jesus who, at the first instant, almost refused Her, saying, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” But He then performed the miracle and transformed the water into wine. So, when we give Mary our problems and everything that is in our hearts, She will bring them to Jesus and He will surely not refuse what She brings to Him. Mary continues …

SO THAT WITH HIS IMMEASURABLE LOVE, he may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy of his resurrection.

This is our hope, that everything will really transformed into the good. During this Lent and after this message, we will surely ‘take advantage’ of this. Mary offers to help us and we shall accept this help and Jesus will transform everything into the good. And this is again the purpose of our prayer, our fasting, our opening up and giving all that is within our hearts to Mary so that we can then be liberated from sin and evil and reach the resurrection. Jesus’ love for us is immeasurable and that is the love with which He is being loved by the Father and with which He loves the Father. And, in this year which is dedicated to the Father, we will surely want to especially pray for the love of the Father to manifest itself in our heart because it is only this love that can liberate our heart from evil and give us inner freedom. And, with this freedom, love, peace and trust will also come, and we will then surely feel a deep longing for God’s love, which will bring about an exchange in our heart: God’s love will touch our heart and, the more we are being touched by God’s love, the more peace we will have and, the more peace we attain in this manner, the more we will long for God’s love. And this will last into eternity. This is what every human heart longs for. Finally, at the end of the message, Mary says once again …

THAT IS WHY, I NOW CALL YOU IN A SPECIAL WAY, LITTLE CHILDREN, FOR YOUR HEARTS TO OPEN TO PRAYER, SO THAT THROUGH PRAYER YOU MAY BECOME FRIENDS OF JESUS.

According to this message, the ultimate purpose of our prayers is to become a friend of Jesus and, let us not forget, prayer is the meeting with Jesus. However, in order to be able to become His friend and to remain so, we must free our prayer from every egoism and every selfishness. Egoism and selfishness are the most dangerous enemies of any friendship. If someone only comes to us when he needs something – when he is egotistical and selfish – then we shall certainly not easily take up a friendship with him and live in friendship. This is also how it is with regard to Jesus and us. If we only pray for selfish reasons when we need something, then we will surely have experienced that we do not get everything we asked and hoped for. Selfishness then brings about anger which, in turn, brings forth rage, opposition and distrust because, if a selfish person does not get what he wants, he inwardly becomes still more and more unsatisfied and unhappy and nothing else. In order to be able to live this friendship with Jesus, we must, therefore, pray to be liberated from selfishness to be truly free in prayer so that, after having asked Jesus for something, we can say in freedom and with love and trust, “Your will be done!” If we are really serious about this and have it in our hearts, then our friendship with Jesus will grow because then we will know that He does what is best for us, even then, when we don’t get what he had prayed for. So, Mary teaches us also at the end of this message that we should begin a new, good relationship with Her and also with Jesus Himself, and She gives us the hope that everything will truly be transformed into the glory of the Resurrection, into eternal joy and eternal peace. And for this let us pray …

Lord, our God, heavenly Father, we want to thank You for Mary, Your humble servant, our mother and intercessor, the Mother of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for sending Her to us and that She guides and teaches us in Your name. With Her, we ask You, O Father, give us the grace that, during this time of Lent, we contemplate and live with Her the passion of Your Son, Jesus. Give us the grace that our heart is open before You, just as Her heart was open before You. Mary, thank You for inviting us to give You everything – and we do this now. We give into Your motherly hands all the good which is within us, the positive and all joys. We thank You and give all this to You so that the good shall not hinder us on our way with You. We give You all our good deeds of our past and present and also all our good deeds of our future – we give You everything. But we thank You for also encouraging us to lay into Your hands the negative, the bad and the sin and so we entrust to You our pride, our selfishness, our envy, our jealousy, all our negative feelings, all our dependencies and all our passions, all wounds, all wounded relationships between us and members of our families, all problems which we carry in our hearts and which we experience in our families, in the communities, in the Church and in the world. Thank You, Mary, that You want to offer everything to Jesus. Jesus, we thank You for listening to Your Mother, as You did in Cana in Galilee, and we ask You with Mary, Your Mother, to transform our hearts, to transform the sorrow into joy, the hopelessness and disappointments into hope, every discord into peace, every hate into love, every distrust into trust. Take away from us every spiritual death so that we can live in You and give us the grace to tirelessly cherish Your friendship. We ask You, Father, in the name of Your Son, Jesus, and Mary to forgive us whenever we did not trust, love, hope and when we did not believe. Give us the grace, O Father, we ask You in the name of Your Son, Jesus, with Mary that we live this Lent so that we shall be purified from all evil and thus attain the resurrection and gain eternal life through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Slavko Barbari
Medjugorje, February 27, 1999

 

The Holy Sacrament of Confession is alive and well in Medjugorje.

Our Lady calls us, in Her March 25, 2010 Message , “to be strong in prayer and in the moments when trials attack you.
Jakov, one of the six Medjugorje visionaries, says that the Sacrament of Confession is necessary to be able to live Our Lady’s messages. When he speaks to pilgrims who come to Medjugorje, he tells them, “Purify your hearts because only with pure and clean hearts will we be able to accept and to live what Our Lady has been inviting us to here.” Accept the invitation of Our Lady to go to Confession, during this Lenten season so with purified hearts, Our Lady will carry us before Jesus who will be our strength and support.  –Source Medjugorje.com and In God’s Company
This picture shows the line at the Confessionals during the Rosary and the Croatian Mass on March 25, 2010.

BY JESUS’ PASSION AND DEATH ON THE CROSS, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT ONLY THROUGH PRAYER YOU TOO CAN BECOME TRUE APOSTLES OF FAITH, Fr Slavko Reflection

Message of Our Lady of Medjugorje, March 25, 1997 “Dear children! Today, in a special way, I invite you to take the cross in the hands and to meditate on the wounds of Jesus. Ask of Jesus to heal your wounds, which you, dear children, during your life sustained because of your sins or the sins of your parents. Only in this way, dear children, you will understand that the world is in need of healing of faith in God the Creator. By Jesus’ passion and death on the cross, you will understand that only through prayer you, too, can become true apostles of faith; when, in simplicity and prayer, you live faith which is a gift. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

This month’s message addresses the time in which we live, in that it is both a Lental as well as of Easterly message.

TODAY I INVITE YOU IN A SPECIAL WAY TO TAKE THE CROSS IN THE HANDS AND MEDITATE ON THE WOUNDS OF JESUS

We all know that Mary had the courage to stand near the Cross of her Son. She carried the cross and the suffering of Jesus with love and with faith, and in so doing she experienced her own death. Certainly at the moment that Jesus prayed for His enemies, her heart was also praying along with Him. As He forgave, so did her heart forgive. She knows how important the cross is for us, and therefore she called us in several messages to pray before the cross. She told us that many graces come from the cross, that we should mediate upon Jesus’ suffering and to pray that we can carry our crosses as He carried his with love and patience. Jesus’ suffering and His death on the cross are the best proof for how much He loves us. He was in love with us and therefore He was ready to die on the cross for us. Someone once said that only in crucified love can one trust and believe. Out of the wounds of Jesus one can come to understand how much He loved us and loves us. We also know that Jesus, in showing His wounds to Thomas, removed his doubts and when that happened Thomas threw himself onto his knees and said: “My Lord, my God.” So I hope that we too will do the same, and take the cross in our hands to discover His love for us. Here I would like to point out something. Sometimes when we hear something, no matter whether it is wonderful or devastating, we can become mute and not know how to react. We are in danger when the good no longer affects us and the evil no longer shocks us. We should especially in this time rediscover Jesus’ love in His wounds which then again should touch us and call us to again love more than before. When we have discovered Jesus’ love then we will be able to make the next step.

ASK OF JESUS TO HEAL YOUR WOUNDS WHICH YOU … HAVE SUSTAINED DURING YOUR LIFE BECAUSE OF YOUR SINS OR THE SINS OF YOUR PARENTS

This is the first time that Mary calls to ask Jesus directly for healing. The wounds in us are caused by sins, but not only ours but also those of our parents. This sentence could easily lead us into a psycho-analysis, but that alone would not help us. Even if we know what our sins are, what the sins of our parents are, and even when we recognize our wounds, this does not yet mean the healing of those wounds. For instance, someone who has broken his leg and knows where the break is still needs to go see the doctor. It is not imperative that we enter into analysis, but rather that we really pray for the healing of those wounds. It is clear to us all that we were not loved as much as we wished for, and the lack of our parents’ love certainly left wounds in our hearts. These wounds then also caused our sins. These words of Mary’s do not wish to announce us as sinners, but rather call upon us sinners to pray for healing and this is critical for us. How often do we hear from people who were not loved by either their mother or father? Or whose parents were divorced or whose father was an alcoholic, or who had no time for the children because he worked all the time? Or who was too strict, and so forth. Any of these created deep wounds in our hearts, and it is here that we all must be very careful not to create a similar image of God. Many people have become atheists or have stopped praying because they created a picture of God according to their parents and their behavior. The healing of these wounds will make us capable of building the image of our parents according the image of God. Therefore it is an important assignment for us to pray for the healing of relationships in our families. It is certain that we often sin against one another out of weakness, but also out of malice. We do not need to judge one another, but to pray for one another.

ONLY IN THIS WAY … WILL YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE WORLD IS IN NEED OF HEALING OF FAITH IN GOD THE CREATOR

The world desperately needs a healing of faith. One of the first messages that Mary gave the visionaries was that she had come to tell us that God exists, and that she had come to help us. Everything can be traced back to faith or the lack of faith. The one who believes will also be able to love, and the one who can love can also pray, forgive, and have peace. The one who does not believe or whose faith is wounded will not be able to do so. As we all know, pride reigns in the world today. Many people behave as though they had created themselves, the others and the entire world. Especially the advances of technology can mislead people that they then begin to think that he has created all this. But the truth is something completely different. God created everything and gave man the understanding to discover this. All the discoveries in technology are merely discoveries for what God has already placed in nature and the material. Therefore humanity really has no reason for pride or to make himself big, but rather humanity has a reason only to be thankful for all that God the Creator has given to it. And when God the Creator has taken the first place in our lives we may say that our faith was healed. Then too the world will be healed.

BY JESUS’ PASSION AND DEATH ON THE CROSS, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT ONLY THROUGH PRAYER YOU TOO CAN BECOME TRUE APOSTLES OF FAITH

These next words are then exactly the words for Easter. By taking the Apostles as an example we will come to understand it better. On Good Friday all of them except John – John whom Jesus loved especially – went away and hid themselves, thereby abandoning Jesus out of fear. After they had withstood the tragedy of Good Friday in fear Easter morning arrives. Jesus comes to them and His first words are: “Have no fear. Peace be with you. It is I.” This was the beginning of healing of the Apostles’ faith. Then after they had prayed with Mary for nine days and the Holy Spirit had come upon them, they experienced the fullness of the gifts and thereby became real Apostles who gave all their lives for Jesus, and who were ready to do everything for the Good News. This is what Mary wishes for every one of us and we will be able to do so when we meditate on the Passion and Death of Jesus, when we respond to Jesus’ love with our love, and when we really begin to pray. Through prayer our faith is healed and we will then become real Apostles of our faith. Only in this way will the faith in the world be healed. When we, then our families, our communities, our parishes and the whole Church have our faith healed, then the others whose faith is wounded will also be able to be healed. Mary then says…

WHEN, IN SIMPLICITY AND PRAYER, YOU LIVE FAITH WHICH IS A GIFT

Simplicity is certainly a virtue, and the one who loves will simply be able to live his faith. Love is simple, and simplicity comes from love. The one who can love does not complicate the relationships among people. We all know so well that when someone loves he understands immediately. He does not need to use many words. The one who loves, sees and does not need to be called often and with many words so that he comes to help. The one who loves immediately sees where he can become involved and begin to help and then do so. It is not difficult to experience that when we do not love someone then everything becomes complicated, including our conversation with him, our feelings concerning him. Also the way in which we wish to help this person becomes very complicated. Prayer is certainly also a key word, for the one who prays encounters God, and the one who encounters Him will believe in Him and love Him, and also understand that this faith is a gift. The one who arrives at love through a healed faith will also become an Apostle, and true Apostles are badly needed today by our families, communities and parishes. The programs that the Holy Father has suggested to us over these next three years seek true Apostles. This year which has been consecrated to the Son needs those who believe in Jesus as the Resurrected Lord, and those who are in love with Jesus and who do everything so that the others can also get to know Him. Then with a love for Jesus we will also be able to celebrate the years of the Holy Spirit and the Father well. So now we are left with going further on the path with Mary, and she wishes for us to do everything for Jesus. This is not something theoretical, for the one who loves and does everything for Jesus is the one who loves and forgives the others, and is ready to offer himself for the others. As Mary tells us in Mirjana’s message, only the one who sees Jesus in the others will have peace. That is the path of peace, and that is Jesus’ path. Mary wishes to show us and then lead us on this path, and I wish for us all that we, during this Easter, receive new courage to go on the path with Jesus. Now let us pray…


God, our Father, we thank You that You sent us Your only Son, that He out of love took the cross upon Himself and suffered death on the cross. We thank You that He prayed for His enemies on the cross and that He forgave them. We take the cross of Your Son in our hands and we ask You that in His wounds we may discover your wonderful love. We now bring our wounds to You through which our fears, bad feelings and habits, our sins, our pride and our jealousy come about. We also bring to You all the wounded relationships among our parents and siblings, the wounded relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and also all those in our communities, in the church and in the whole world. Father, you also see our wounds and we ask You, through the wounds of Your Son, Jesus, to heal us, that You heal our faith, love and hope and that You give us Your peace. With Mary, the Immaculate Mother who had no wounds in her heart because, due to being excluded of any original sin by You, she had no personal sin, we ask You heal all wounds that have stayed in us due to our sins and those of our parents. We ask You to heal the world of all effects of original sin, and that we all can come onto the path to You. Father, heal the world and heal the wounds in all those baptized, in all those who call themselves Christians, and in all those who, due to wounds, have lost their faith in You. Heal the faith in the world so that all Christian Churches may come to unity among them. Heal the world’s faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Resurrected Lord, so that we all, through His Passion and Resurrection, may also be resurrected. Father, give us true prayer so that through prayer we may encounter You and that all may then through prayer become true Apostles for the faith. Give us simplicity that comes from love, love that gets strengthened through prayer, love and hope. Father, open our hearts so that we may hear Your Easterly greeting, “Peace be with you. Have no fear. It is I.” Make the faith of the young who have lost the purpose of life come alive. Heal the faith of those who have fallen into drugs, alcohol and other dependencies. Heal the faith of all those who at this moment are being tempted by hate, by self-destruction or by other violent acts. Father, heal the faith in all those who are either physically or mentally ill, so that they may be healed through their faith. Father, we ask You through Jesus Christ, your Son who was resurrected from the dead, heal this world which You love and which You created. We ask You, in the name of Your resurrected Son, with Mary whose love, faith and love were not broken through the suffering and death of her Son, but rather in temptation showed her strength. We thank You, and we come to You through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Fra Slavko
Medjugorje; March 28, 1997 

It is love that makes us active, by Fr Slavko

I greet you all whole-heartedly and wish that the last days of Lent and of Holy Week may serve us all as a good preparation for Easter, and that we really experience peace that Jesus gave to the Apostles after His resurrection.  Lent, the time in which we find ourselves, is a time during which we, through prayer and fasting and a good Confession, open ourselves to God so that He may forgive our sins, free us of our bad habits, and that He thereby creates more space for peace in us. It is also very important that we do not forget that we have been called to become active — active in the fight for what is good and against all that is evil. It is love that makes us active, for when we love then we are active. When we love then we see who needs our help and when we love and, through love, can see, then certainly we will do everything we can to help those around us spiritually and materially, as Our Lady invited us to do. When a Christian does not know what he is supposed to do, then it is sure sign for the lack of love of that Christian. That is because it is love that makes us active. On the other hand hate also makes us active and when we hate we are active in the destruction of ourselves, our families, the others around us and thereby the whole world. Here we ought again think that through love we should not only become active but stay active, and therefore through love conquer all tiredness. If we become tired inside then it is a sign for a lack of love and today many people have become tired. Tired are the families who let themselves get divorced, tired are the families who do not accept unborn life and therefore so many abortions happen. Tired are also all those who through drugs and alcohol acquire a form of peace. When we become tired we cease working with Mary who for herself said ‘yes’ so that she is untiring, but she also said that Satan is untiring in that he works against healing and against peace. In ourselves becoming tired we begin working with Satan and all his plans for destruction. That is why it is so important that we every day, constantly pray for the grace of love, because love is the key to peace. Love is the key to prayer, fasting, to Mass and a good Confession. Without love we can also not experience regret, and without love we cannot ask for forgiveness. So I wish that we all during this Easter-time become active and work untiringly with Mary for peace. We should also become active in that we organize family prayer, prayer-groups and active help for all those who need it. –Fr. Slavko, March 1997