Dear children of Medjugorje, praise be to Jesus and Mary!
1. On February 2nd, 2019, Mirjana received her monthly apparition in her pension house, surrounded by a small group. After the apparition, she conveyed this message:
“Dear children, the love and goodness of the Heavenly Father give revelations, which make faith grow, for it to be interpreted, that it may bring peace, certainty and hope. In this way, I, too, my children, through the merciful love of the Heavenly Father, always, anew, am showing you the way to my Son, to eternal salvation. But, unfortunately, many of my children do not want to hear me; many of my children are of two minds. And I always, in time and beyond time, magnified the Lord for all that He has done in me and through me. My Son gives Himself to you and breaks the bread with you. He speaks the words of eternal life to you so that you may carry them to everyone. And you, my children, apostles of my love, what are you afraid of when my Son is with you? Offer your souls to Him so that He can be in them and that He can make you instruments of faith, instruments of love. My children, live the Gospel, live merciful love for your neighbours, and, above all, live love for the Heavenly Father. My children, you are not united by chance. The Heavenly Father does not unite anyone by chance. My Son speaks to your souls. I speak to your heart. As a mother I am saying to you: set out with me, love one another, and give witness. Do not be afraid, with your example, to defend the truth – the Word of God, which is eternal and never changes. My children, whoever acts in the light of merciful love and truth is always helped by Heaven and is not alone. Apostles of my love, may you always be recognized among all others by your hiddenness, love and radiance. I am with you. Thank you.”
2. Saint Joseph is looking for work! On March 19th, we will celebrate the feast day ofthe great Saint Joseph, husband of the Mother of God. In our home, the tradition is to offer him a thirty-day novena starting February 16 to March 18, where we pray the Saint Joseph litany every day (See PS1). We always ask him for many favors, as he doesn’t like being redundant when it comes to obtaining graces for us.
It’s not possiblefor St. Joseph to be that old man who is often depicted by painters. It would have required a strong man to flee to Egypt by night with a very young wifeand a newborn baby. In addition, once they arrived in Egypt, he would have had to provide for his family. Local traditions in Egypt reveal a responsible man who had to flee Herod’s spies. Seeing that he had missed his target despite the massacre of the innocents in Bethlehem, Herod was constantly searching for the little King of the Jews whom he feared so terribly! The Holy Family had to travel several thousand kilometers in the space of four years, before the death of Herod. Later on, in Nazareth, Saint Joseph had to rebuild a viable source of incomefrom scratch, an activity that would provide for his family, by returning to his fine job as a carpenter. In his workshop, he had to carry heavy loads, beams, paneling, carts, furniture and other objects that he manufactured daily, and deliver them to his customers. Is he not the one who taught Jesus to carry heavy beams on his shoulders, preparing Him for His painful climb to Golgotha?
He still likes to work today and through this thirty-day novena we offer him a great opportunity to spoil us and shower us with great blessings!
3. The “interrupters”. A few pilgrims traveled to Tihaljina (30 minutes from Medjugorje) to pray before the famous miraculous statue of the Blessed Mother. For many people, this statue is the emblem of Medjugorje, howeverit was offered to this church before the apparitions took place in Medjugorje.
After prayer, a pilgrim asked my Spanish friend, Teresa, to take a picture in front of the statue to immortalize this blessed moment. Once the picture was taken, a man kneeled before the statue and, with his head in his hands, began to pray with fervor. The pilgrim, seeing that the photo was beautiful, asked Teresa to take another one. But Teresa told her to wait so as not to interrupt the man praying. This prayer went on and on, for more than 20 minutes, so the pilgrim became impatient and said out loud: “Well, no point in waiting any longer for the photo, let’s go!”
The man, hearing this remark apologized and got up to give her some room. A new picture was taken. But when Teresa saw this second picture, she was in for a surprise! The sweet face of Mary had changed. She expressed a silent reproach, clearly visible in her eyes and her mouth. The pilgrim understood the message: She should never have interrupted the man’s prayer for a photo!
When she was just 6 years old, St Catherine of Sienna was playing outside with her little brother. Suddenly the Lord Jesus appeared to her, seated on the chair of Peter and dressed in pontifical clothes. Fascinated by this apparition, little Catherine was absorbed byGod who was speaking to her and was already preparing her for her great mission in the Church, close to the papacy. This conversation lasted for some minutes when the little boy, impatient to continue playing, drew her out of her contemplation. She turned around and scolded him, but when she returned to her prayer and looked again in the direction of the apparition, Jesus was gone! This plunged her into deep sadness. Jesus himself would undoubtedly have liked to continue His dialogue with her… But the distraction had ended this moment of divine intimacy.
How often does the same scene occur in our churches! Too few people really pray with their heart. So should we not in fact rejoice to see othersimmersed in a relationship with God? Who knows what is going on between God and a soul? Who knows if God has not planned to give a specific grace to His child at that moment? Who are we to interrupt an intimate dialogue between God and a soul? This dialogue is sacred. Of course, in the event of an emergency, we have to interrupt them,but that does not happen at every Mass!
One day, I was praying after Holy Communion with my head in my hands. Someone patted me on the shoulder and asked me, “Are you Sister Emmanuel?” I must confess that I was not very kind, because I said, “It doesn’t matter who I am, but the one I’m trying to talk to is Jesus!” I quickly repented of my reaction because the person must surely have been hurt. So now, whenever this happens, I say: “Yes, we will speak toeach other, but please let me first finish speaking with Jesus who is in my heart! Besides, He is also in your heart, why not give Him another 10 minutes of your time to talk to Him?” The fruits are excellent! One day, a group of eight pilgrims came to interrupt me; so I exhorted them to pray for a few more minutes in silence. All of them did so willingly, and they were so blessed that after 10 minutes, they no longer wanted to leave the church!
4. A memorable confession! Lent is approaching, so I wish to share a testimony that will touch the hearts of those who are still lukewarm…
Around 1840, a man named Rochette had a disabled child. He decided to take the child to the Priest of Ars, the “Curé d’Ars” as Saint Jean-Marie Vianney was called, and who was known for the miracles that took place through his prayer. His wife accompanied him. She went to confession to the holy priest and received Holy Communion. But Rochette only cared for one thing: the child’s recovery. He did visit the church a few times, but never beyond the holy water font. He was standing at the back of the church when the saint, coming from behind the altar where he gave confession to priests, began to call him in a loud voice. Rochette didn’t move. His wife and son were in front, near the communion table.
“So he really doesn’t believe?” The saintly priest asked the mother. He called Rochette again. Finally, at the third call, the man decided to walk up. “After all”, he thought, “the Cure of Ars won’t do me harm!” And he went off to join the Curé behind the altar.
“And now let’s have a chat, the two of us, Mr. Rochette,” he said, pointing to the confessional. “Sit down over there!” – “Oh”, said Rochette, “I don’t really feel like it!” – “Well you just get started!” Unable to resist this robust onslaught, Mr. Rochette fell to his knees. “Father, he stammered, “it’s been a while since … Ten years!” – “Add on a little more!” – “Twelve years!” – “A little more!” – “Yes, since the Great Jubilee of 1826.” “There we are! If we search for it, we end up finding the answer!”
Rochette confessed like a child after 14 years without receiving Holy Communion. He received Communion the next day by his wife’s side, and their son left behind, in the church of Ars, two crutches that had become useless.
(FromThe Curé of Ars, by Bishop Trochu – Résiac Publisher).
“Dear children,” The Gospa tells us, “I cannot help you if you do not live the commandments of God, if you do not live the Mass and if you do not go to confession.”
5. The Bishop of Mostar, Msgr Ratko Peric, 75 years old, is retiring. We do not yet know who will be taking over his duties, but we can pray for him as well as for his predecessor. Bishop Hoser continues his mission as envoy of the Pope to Medjugorje for pastoral work.
6. My next Live Broadcast on the message of 2 March will be on March 3rd at 9pm, in French. The February 3rd live broadcast can be seen here:
Dearest Gospa, thank you for reminding us that “the Heavenly Father unites no-one by chance.” Wherever we live, please help us wage a powerful war against the divider! Help us anticipate the joys of Heaven where God will be fully within us all! May the Spirit of Unity prevail among us!
Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French)
PS1: The litanies of Saint Joseph can be found on our website
PS8. Your little children sometimes say beautiful, innocent words. Please send them to us and we will be happy to share them in this report! Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God belongs to the children and those who resemble them”. Let us rejoice in the words spoken from their pure hearts!
PS10. For those who also speak French, watch a virtual pilgrimage in Medjugorje from home! Sister shows 11 key places explaining the importance of the place and prays there with you. Click on the site, www.IMedj.net
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