On another day in Medjugorje we listened to the visionaries tell of their experiences and of Our Lady's requests for prayer, penance, fasting, reconciliation and peace. One to whom we listened was Vicka. After the question and answering period was over, everyone slowly dispersed. I was standing out of the way, just pondering everything. Suddenly I found myself looking at Vicka and she was looking back at me. She smiled and waved. She had the most peaceful and beautiful smile I had ever seen. I waved back. I often think of that moment and wonder if Our Lady was telling Vicka about me, like - this one needs a lot of help - Maybe one day I will know.
Over the trip was very difficult for me, as it began to stir up many emotions, feelings, and guilt. Where was I going, or being led? What was I going to do? How was my family going to handle all of this? Where will I go to church?
My family all but alienated me. Even my eighteen year old son thought his mother had become a "looney tune."
I purchased several Rosaries while in Medjugorje. I purchased them for family and friends. Several I kept to put on crucifixes in my home. A few I put away. I kept praying the Rosary and my conversion continued.
The first Rosary I had received from my friend eventually broke. It became necessary for me to use another Rosary and I had wished secretly in my heart that this Rosary would also turn gold. After a while, I began to notice some gold tone glimmer on certain areas of it. I was so excited and thankful. But then something different occurred. Parts of the Rosary turned pinkish in color and then became red, a deep blood red. I had no idea why, and am still not very clear to this day. But the red reminds me of two things, suffering and love.
This Rosary I wrapped around the hands of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima which I have. I proceeded to take out a blessed crystal Rosary I had brought back from Medjugorje. I was hoping that this Rosary, too, would turn gold. Shortly afterward, it did. I was humbled. I thanked Our Lady in prayer. I have a habit of talking to myself a lot. I also talk out loud to God, Jesus, the saints and angels.
I talk to them about my problems, my happy times, my sorrowful times, everything. I ask for help and pray for others.
But I was to part with this Rosary eventually. I had attended a Marian Conference in Omaha. A young lady who sings the rosary was getting ready to go on stage when she realized she was without her own Rosary. I lent her mine. It was the last I saw of it. I know I could have located her and asked for my Rosary back, but I also know that God uses simple things to bring His children closer to Him. I decided to let go of that Rosary. I didn't want to be attached to any "thing."
More of Kathy's story next week. Until then, God bless you!
Death of Pope Boniface III, 66th successor of Peter who was elected on February 19th of the same year. He forbade arrangements for the election of the new Pope until three days had passed since the death of his predecessor. Boniface declared that the only universal bishop was that of Rome, that is, the Pope.
Death of Saint Josaphat, Bishop . For more on this Polish saint, see DAILY LITURGY
Death of Saint Abbo van Fleury, French abbot.
Pope Benedict XIII canonizes Saint Stanislaus Kostka, Jesuit who experienced many mysticisms and ecstasies while celebrating the Holy Sacarifice of the Mass. The Pope declared him a lesser patron of Poland and set his feast day in Europe for November 13th. He was born in Poland in 1550 and attended Jesuit studies in Vienna. As a young Jesuit seminarian he became ill and while being mistreated by a Lutheran in a house devoid of Catholicism, the Blessed Mother appeared to him as well as an angel bringing the Sacred Host. Our Lady cured him and from that time on he was devoted to the Virgin Mary and became a close friend of Saint Peter Canisius. God fulfilled Stanislaus' prayer that he would die on Our Lady's feast day when he died on her feast of the Assumption in 1568.
Pope Pius XII declares Saint Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini "Patroness of Immigrants" and establishes her feast day as November 13th in the United States. For more on this saint, see THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY
Pope John Paul II beatifies the holy nun Blessed Marie Baouardy of Jesus Crucified.
Pope Julius III, following in his predecessor's shoes, reopens the Council of Trent, taking a seat on this landmark Council.
Death of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, controversial Archbishop of Chicago who espoused the liberal cause in the American Church. For more on this prelate, see Cardinal Bernardin