Medjugorje: Evidence of God's Love.
It's been 17 years....17 years of a Mother...Our Heavenly Mother...appearing daily in our world...in Medjugorje...for
our sakes...with love...inviting us again and again to conversion, to prayer, to living in faith, to peace and to
fasting. It's been 17 years of DAILY visits. 17 X 365 days in a year = 6,205. And actually, it's been more than that
number of visits from her, because she has often come more than once a day. It is unprecedented in the course
of Church History that God, utilizing Our Lady, has intervened in human existence in such manner. We can
make at least three conclusions with utmost certainty. First, that this is indeed a tremendous and powerful sign
of God's unfathomable love and care for us. Secondly, it reinforces our Faith that God is keenly aware of what is
happening to each one of us. And thirdly, we can conclude that such visitations are very serious and must be
taken with great seriousness for we do not know the future, but God certainly does. If God is sending Our Lady
for such duration, it is not for fun and games. If God is THIS serious, we are not being smart to think we do not
have to take these visitations VERY seriously ourselves.
At Fatima, Our Lady said that it was getting increasingly more difficult for her to hold back her Son's Hand from
punishing humanity for all of its sins. If that were true in 1917 at the time of her apparitions in Fatima, it must be
all the more true as we close in on the year 2000. Indeed from personal experience, through the course of my
life, I have witnessed the demoralization of our youth, of television, of Hollywood, of the sacredness of the
married state, of respect for life in all of its stages, etc. It seems that human beings have lost their sense of
good conscience. If that were not so, we would not have a jury acquitting Dr. Kevorkian and States desiring to
make laws that permit aid to helping the elderly or those who are suffering to end their lives. We now have physician-assisted suicide legal in Oregon and soon more states. Government is making it easier and conscience-free in obtaining an abortion, and all around the world accepting homosexuality as normal is the norm. What a crazy mixed-up world in which we are living.!!!
Where are the Divine Laws whereby people should be pattering their lives? God's Laws are still here, but
man'sfaith in them is lost. Too many people want an excuse to commit sin...want an excuse to do whatever they
want even if it is evil.
Oh, I certainly do not mean to imply that every human being on the face of the earth has gone bad. Scripture
says: "Where sin abounded, grace did more abound." If we do not hold that, we would be denying the Word of God Himself. Indeed, there are more prayer groups than ever before, more people requesting adoration of Our Lord in the Eucharist and spending time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. As I travel extensively, I meet
so many people who are trying to come closer to God. But even these good people (and I hope that I can
include myself among them) can and should be doing much more. More than once, Our dear Lady of
Medjugorje has said that we are not praying enough; we are not living her messages. She has said that she
wishes to help us but cannot, if we don't want it. Oh, brother! Coming from Our Heavenly Mother this reprimand
is to be taken so very seriously. It is NOT a joke. God help us! God, please give to all of your children the will to
improve. God, please!
But I do not want this article to focus only on the negative. We DO have to face the reality of what is evil in us and around us. But the most frequently used tool of the evil one is discouragement. No matter how poorly we have
cooperated with Our Lady's requests, above all, we must not become discouraged. One of my most favorite
sayings, which I learned as a very young Sister is: "There is less shame in falling, than in failing to rise." The
only moment that really matters is the present moment. As Our Lady said: "Surrender your entire past to God."
SURRENDER! That means don't hold on to the past. It won't save us! It's not a life jacket! God is found in the
present moment. Each moment we can begin anew. We can give God our weaknesses...our failings...our lack
of strong will.
While there is life...there is hope! Begin anew and anew and anew. Let's make frequent acts of hope. "O my
God, relying on YOUR Infinite Goodness and Promises, I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins, the help of Your
grace, and life everlasting, THROUGH THE MERITS OF JESUS CHRIST, my Lord and my Redeemer. Amen.
Thank you, dear Mother, for coming to us and for us. He that is Mighty has done great things for you...and us.