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June 17, 1998
SECTION ONE   vol 9, no. 117
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THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!
That is the key phrase of the popular "X-Files" series which debuts on the big screen this weekend. Just as this series chronicles phenomenal that do not seem human, Medjugorje has been an on-going daily series since June 24, 1981 exhibiting phenomena and fruits that can only be from the celestial regions - Heaven. In our third of four parts on this special segment on Medjugojre in honor of the Seventeenth Anniversary of the Apparitions in Bosnia the end of this month, we present the "Meaning of the Messages", words imparted by the Blessed Mother to convey her Divine Son Jesus' message to all His children the world over. We highlight the essence of what Our Lady wants of all of us. For the third part, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
The Apparitions of Medjugorje - The Meaning of the Messages!
"These are my last apparitions to mankind."
Today, one week from the Seventeen year anniversary when Our Lady first appeared to the visionaries in Medjugorje on the Feast of Saint John the Baptist, we examine what Medjugorje means to all of us, what the significance of her words "last apparitions to mankind" mean, and what Our Lady indicates the Messages truly should mean.
How close we are to the fulfillment of this only God knows, but we do know that the Blessed Mother has been imparting to innumerable visionaries and messengers that her time to be among us in a special way is nearly at an end. This is confirmed by the cessation of numerous apparitions and messages/locutions over the past few years. We donít know Godís timetable for "no one knows the day nor the hour" but we also cannot presume that it will go on that much longer. It could be within months, it could be years. Whenever it is, we must be prepared. That is the chief reason Our Lady has been with us daily at Medjugorje now for over 15 years. No apparition in history has lasted longer. The number of apparitions, well over 6,000, in this time span is also unprecedented.
What can we do in so little time? Go back to basics. Pray, Fast and receive the Sacraments frequently and worthily. It is vital that all partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as Blessed Mary advises for Confession is the mighty "Eraser" which will eradicate sin on our souls. Itís also important to take time to go back and re-read the words of Blessed Mary. If we do this, calling on the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, to fill our hearts with Understanding, Fortitude, Wisdom, Knowledge, Counsel, Piety and Fear of the Lord, we will better understand Sacred Scripture for the Bible clearly states that all creation shall tremble and every knee shall bend before the Lord our God. This is the direction Our Lady is guiding us. She merely asks us to be living examples of the Gospel lived, recognizing the proper, edifying and uplifting way in which we, Godís children, are to worship Him by obeying His laws and loving one another as He has loved us. As we have printed often, all the messages the Mother of God conveys at Medjugorje and elsewhere around the world, are and must be always rooted in Sacred Scripture. There is nothing really new in any of the messages, only a confirmation of what God has given us in Scripture and through the Dogmas, Doctrines, Traditions and Teachings of Holy Mother Church.
The fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, which Our Lady emphasizes time and time again, capsulizes the journey and reasons for Medjugorje. For fifteen centuries the people of this area have fought against bondage, fought to be free, to have true peace. Yes, for fifteen centuries they have been fighting "the phantom" of peace for there can be no true peace without God. They, as well as we, must strive to adhere to Paulís words in Galatians 5: 1, "Stand fast, and do not be caught again under the yoke of bondage." For seventeen years Our Lady has given them and us the formula for true peace. Yet, when we look at the overall picture from our view it indeed looks mundane and tedious, discouraging that the world has not been converted yet, that we have not progressed as far spiritually as we would like. We have accepted as commonplace Rosaries turning gold, the sun spinning, lights flashing, etc. while forgetting the salvific shadow over our shoulder. That shadow is the loving, caring Son of God Who is with us always, constantly bearing the brunt of the weight for each one of us in carrying our cross daily. It is only through Jesus and all that His Blessed Mother asks that this "burden" can become a true joy! This Jesus promised in Matthew 11: 28-30: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden light."
Because of the importance of the messages, we repeat the five steps toward sanctity imparted by Our Lady in the conversion process of the messages in Mary's Call to Peace from the Queen of Peace.
The Essence of the Medjugorje Message
According to the testimony of the visionaries in
Medjugorje, Our Lady introduced herself: "I am the
Queen of Peace" Mary is calling all of humanity to
PEACE, PEACE, PEACE - for it is necessary to save all
humanity. We have to begin by first creating peace
within our hearts, then in our families and then in this
war-threatened world. This can be done in the following
COMMITMENT TO GOD
Turn to Him and communicate with Him. He is
our Eternal Father. Let Him rule your life. Begin
by turning away from sin.
Through our trust in the Lord and our total belief
that Mary is the Mother of all God's children on
earth. Faith is our lifeline to God. So live it.
Our Lady specifically calls for daily prayer
consisting of the Apostles' Creed, 7 Our Father's, 7
Hail Mary's, and 7 Glory Be's which incorporate the
"Peace Rosary"; then the whole Rosary and, if
possible, all 15 Decades meditating on the
Mysteries; daily reading of the Word of God in
Sacred Scripture; and personal communication
with God throughout our active daily duties and
during quiet time with your own special prayers
between you and God.
Mary asks us to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays
and, if possible, on only bread and water. If this is
unfeasible, then restraining from various activities
is encouraged so that we may begin to abandon
our worthless worldly values, denying the flesh,
the world, and the devil. These sacrifices will help
assure eternal bliss for ourselves and others.
Our Blessed Mother asks us to receive the Holy
Sacraments as often as possible. She requests
monthly Confession or even more frequently for the
Sacrament of Reconciliation and asks that we
worthily and reverently receive her Divine Son in
the Holy Eucharist as often as possible at the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass.
The true answer to all Our Lady asks at Medjugorje is her Divine Son Jesus. Night and day He can be found in our hearts and in the Tabernacle where He calls all of us to come to Him. That is the Medjugorje Our Lady is calling all of us to - her Divine Son. Only by fleeing to Him, by placing ourselves in His loving and powerful arms, by giving our will totally to Him in total submission can we achieve all His Blessed Mother asks and achieve the crowning Glory of guaranteed passage to Heaven.
May 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer and sacrifice, to prepare
yourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Little children, this is a time of grace and so, again, I call
you to decide for God the Creator. Allow Him to transform and change you. May your heart be
prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in His plan for each of you. Little
children, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you on the way of truth and salvation towards eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Certain acts of faith deserve an anointing!
That is the essence of the column by Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. today on "Annointed Faith . part one" Father points out how there are times that call for a special annointing such as Saint Peter walking on water, and other times when it is not called for. He explains how it depends on the degree of the event in what determines an "anointing." For Father's forty-fourth installment of "Faith: Key to the Heart of God," click on KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL
"Faith: Key to the Heart of God"
Forty-Fourth Installment: Anointed Faith part one
Now there is a certain type of situation where you need to have an
anointing, particularly when dealing with really "high-voltage" types of
miracles. Walking on water, for instance. When Peter walked on water, it
was in response to a prompting to come forward from Jesus Himself. Suppose
he had tried to walk on water the day before or after the miracle? What do
you think would have happened to Peter? He would have sunk like a rock.
Why? Because he received a special anointing at a special moment, a call,
a personal invitation from the Lord Himself. The other apostles couldn't
walk o water because they didn't get the call. When the anointing is
there, then the faith that is activated by that anointing is there and that
is especially true for every extraordinary miracles.
When God's Word is meant for limited situations or persons, it's called
"rhema"; otherwise, it's "logos". For example, the Bible says sell all and
give to the poor and follow Jesus. That's a "rhema". If everyone did
that, they would have no way to support their families or enjoy homes, and
they would be impoverished. However, if the Lord called you to evangelical
poverty as He did St. Francis of Assisi, then there would be an anointing.
If the Lord called you to exercise faith for a mountain-moving miracle,
then the anointing would accompany that faith. You can cause a disaster if
you don't know about the anointing for certain kinds of miracles-if you
were to interpret a "rhema" as a "logos".
There was a young priest who read the passage in Matthew 10:8 that says go
out and cure the lepers and the blind and raise the ead-clearly a "rhema"
passage. As he had a funeral that day, the priest went to the undertaker's
parlor and in the presence of all the family and the mourners told them to
pray with him that the deceased would arise! Peter did it, Paul did it, and
many saints performed that miracle of raising people from the dead. The
young priest felt he could do it, too, if he exercised his faith.
He walked over to the corpse and laid hands on it. The family stood about
totally bewildered. It would be terrifying if the deceased did sit up in
the coffin and yet a joy if he did. They didn't know whether to have
anticipated joy or fear or hesitancy-in short, they were torn with all
these conflicting emotions. The priest said to the corpse," In the name of
Jesus Christ, I command you to rise from the dead!" But he had no
anointing to do that and nothing happened. There was no inner positive
assurance and so his faith was not a substantiated faith, but simply
wishful thinking. It certainly was not a matter of aligning himself with
God's will. He didn't ask to know whether it was God's will to raise that
person from the dead. All he said was, "I'm assuming it is God's will."
The result was that the faith of the family and friends gathered was
shattered. They left nervous wrecks, a heavy guilt trip laid on everyone.
The figured they, too, must not have had enough faith. Secondly, they now
doubted the Word of God to be true because it says to go out and raise the
dead and here it hadn't worked. All because of the imprudence of acting
without the anointing or the full gospel message that the anointing and the
certitude must be present.
In the next installment, I will continue on
"Anointed Faith" with part two.
LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Eleventh Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the liturgy, readings, and meditations today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Wednesday, June 17, 1998
First Reading: 2 Kings 2: 1, 6-14
Psalms: Psalm 31: 20-21, 24-25
Gospel Reading: Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18
Thursday, June 18, 1998
First Reading: Sirach 48: 1-14
Psalms: Psalm 97: 1-7
Gospel Reading: Matthew 6: 7-15
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts with these feasts the end of this week. For the Consecration to the Two Hearts click on Consecration
CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Jesus, we know that You are merciful and that You have offered Your Heart
for us. It is crowned with thorns and with our sins. We know that You
implore us constantly so that we do not go astray. Jesus, remember us when
we are in sin. By means of your Heart make all men love one another. Make
hate disappear from amongst men. Show us Your love. We all love You and
want You to protect us with Your Shepherd's Heart and free us from every
sin. Jesus, enter into every heart! Be patient and never desist. We are
still closed because we have not understood Your Love. Knock continuously,
O Good Jesus, make us open our hearts to You at least in the moment we
remember Your Passion suffered for us. Amen.
(Dictated by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilij on November 18, 1983)
CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULTE HEART OF MARY
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, ardent with goodness, show Your Love towards
us. May the flame of Your Heart, O Mary, descend on all mankind. We love
You so. Impress true love in our hearts so that we have a continuous
desire for You. O Mary, humble and meek of heart, remember us when we are
in sin. You know that all men sin. Give us, by means of Your Immaculate
Heart, spiritual health. Let us always see the goodness of Your maternal
Heart and may we all be converted by means of the flame of Your Heart Amen.
(Dictated by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilij on November 28, 1983)
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