Dear Children of Medjugorje, praise be to Jesus and Mary!
1. On January 2, 2018, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross, in the presence of all those who came to entrust the New Year to the Heart of Mary.
After the apparition, she conveyed the message that Mary addresses to all of us:
“Dear children, when love is beginning to disappear on earth, when the way of salvation is not being found, I, the mother, am coming to help you to come to know true faith – living and profound – so as to help you to truly love. As a mother, I am longing for your mutual love, goodness, and purity. My desire is that you be just and that you love each other. My children, be joyful in your soul, be pure, be children. My Son used to say that he loves to be among pure hearts, because pure hearts are always young and joyful. My Son said to you to forgive and to love each other. I know that this is not always easy.
Suffering makes you grow in spirit. For you to spiritually grow all the more, you must sincerely and truly forgive and love. Many of my children on earth do not know my Son, they do not love Him; but you who do love my Son, you who carry Him in your heart, pray, pray and in praying feel my Son beside you. May your soul breathe in His spirit.
I am among you and am speaking about little and great things. I will not grow tired speaking to you about my Son – the true love. Therefore, my children, open your hearts to me. Permit me to lead you as a mother. Be apostles of the love of my Son and of me. As a mother I implore you not to forget those whom my Son has called to lead you. Carry them in your heart and pray for them. Thank you.”
You may watch the apparition here:
2. A Beautiful Christmas Present!
At a Christmas gathering with my Community, I drew from a basket the name of a saint, my companion for the year 2018, as I hope you all do too (see PS1). Well, to my great surprise, I found that this companion was actually a “legion”! What did the paper say? I read: “The Guardian Angels”. Not just my own Guardian Angel (who is very used to protecting me), but all the Guardian Angels! I do not know what to expect in this coming year, but if such a crowd of heavenly friends chose me, then they have their reasons.
Do you know that a single Guardian Angel, even the smallest of all, is more powerful than all the demons of hell put together? This is understandable, because a Guardian Angel has God with him, and the demons do not. The task that I am gifted with is a delight for me: “To make the Guardian Angels known”. So let’s start right here!
As a child, my parents taught me to speak with my Angel and confide in him to be guided and protected. As a little girl, I gave him a name, Raphael, just to make my relationship with him easier. This name was not a revelation, I chose it thinking that he would be happy to bear the name of an Archangel! I thank my parents for having been able to tell me about angels, because I have developed a great and simple friendship with him, without any big mystical experiences. The “little way” of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, without any extraordinary manifestations, is the safest path for me…
One event struck me considerably when I lived in Nazareth. Sylvie, one of the sisters in my Community, came from Protestantism and was still struggling to pray to the saints and angels. Whenever I shared my stories with my Guardian Angel during meals, how he had protected me or how he had helped me in a difficult times, this sister would murmur to herself that this was all hooey. But because these events were real, she decided in secret to test it all herself, just to get to the bottom of this business.
One morning, she prayed this prayer: “Raphael, if we really have to pray to the angels and take them on as friends, give me a sign. I am going to tell you something that you will have to pass on to Sr. Emmanuel. If I see that she picks up the message, you will have won, and I will pray to the angels.” The morning went by, and for lunch, I went home and told the sisters right away: “Guess what the Lord gave me to understand today!” And I quoted the message that Sylvie had given to my Guardian Angel, verbatim. At the time, she didn’t tell me anything as she first had to recover from the shock. But eventually, she became one of the greatest “fans” of the Guardian Angels!
3. Is Your Angel Unemployed?
We are living way below our means. Yes, I said well below! We are suffering from loneliness, misunderstandings, powerlessness in communicating with our loved ones, we are unclear as to which direction to take… and we don’t turn to the celestial friends that God posted at our side! And yet, the more we ask of them, the more they help us. They are given the responsibility of placing us on, or bringing us back to, the path of God, leading us to choose God’s will instead of seeking to please people. Every Guardian Angel knows God’s special plan for his protégé. Angels are so infinitely precious to us when we live with them in the invisible realm!
Many parents complain about not being listened to by their children, because they prefer to listen to friends of their own age and conform to their way of life. But are these parents forgetting that their child too has an Angel eager to keep him or her emotionally and physically? When there is no more dialogue or when it becomes too difficult, angels help us out divinely. They suggest to the conscience of their protégé the things that please God. And their way of suggesting is so humble and subtle that their charge believes that these are his own thoughts, and therefore acts according to what was suggested to him. Of course this is not automatic, but with a confident prayer to the Angels, we obtain surprising results. Padre Pio was a great friend of angels, to such a degree that his angels would answer his overabundant mail for him! How could he write so many letters when he spent all his time in the confessional?!
From the beginning of the apparitions, the Blessed Mother asked every member of the prayer group to make friends with his Guardian Angel and write him a letter. She would collect these letters during the apparition on the next day. They didn’t really know how to do this, but they wrote the letter and placed it at the feet of the Mother of God the next day. As a result, they developed a good relationship with the Angels! This was very enriching for them, especially under the Communist oppression where any protection was a Godsend. Remember that, in case of possible new oppressions today!
4. That was close!
Martha is a young girl who is very connected to Medjugorje. Here is what she told us:
“I live in Normandy and I had just turned 22. I successfully passed my exam as a French teacher and above all I had experienced a strong conversion to the Catholic faith. In short, I was living a happy and very promising year! One evening, after I had spent a wonderful weekend with friends, I was getting ready to go home. I had 3 hours driving ahead of me, and it was already after midnight! My friends strongly advised me not to leave until the next morning. But for me, that was out of the question because I was working the next day.
So I set off, and after a quarter of an hour, I started feeling sleepy. To get home faster, I started speeding at 93 mph (150 km/hr) for about an hour on the highway when I fell asleep at the wheel. Then something truly extraordinary happened. In the space of a few split seconds, I had a vision of a very bright Angel, and in my heart I knew that it was my Guardian Angel.
He was very big, as if to tell me that he was protecting me and his light was so intense that it woke me up suddenly! I was racing straight for a security railing at 93mph! I had just enough time to swerve to avoid it and get back on the road! That was close… a split second! God is good.
Because of my carelessness, my life could have ended there, at the age of 22, all bloody on the side of the road! But God took pity on me and allowed my Guardian Angel to save me. As Psalm 91 says: “For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways.” I give thanks to God for having protected me and for giving me a Guardian Angel who watches over me. Don’t forget that you too have a Guardian Angel who watches over you and your loved ones!”
Here is a simple prayer you could say to your Angel:
“Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen”
6. Don’t forget to pick up a saint as your pal for 2018As every year, we offer you a list of saints so that you may draw one. (Cut out the names, place the leaflets with the names in a basket, and have each person draw a paper to find out which Saint chose him to be his special pal for the year).
Dearest Gospa, please keep us as the apple of your eye. If “love tends to disappear on Earth, and if we cannot find the path to salvation,” don’t leave us in the dark! Who better than you can draw us to your Son Jesus who is and will remain forever, the Way, the Truth and the Life!
Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French)
PS 1. Why did Martha’s Guardian Angel save her from the fatal accident, when so many others die on the road? Here is her answer to this question: “Only God knows. It wasn’t my time, I think He still needed me on this earth.” Also, Martha was praying a great deal. This is one of the mysteries, because God’s time is not our own. That is why the Blessed Mother tells us: “Be ready!” and again, “Dear Children, do not forget that the aim of your life is heaven!” It is a good thing to consecrate one’s death ahead of time, as well as that of our loved ones, so that when the time comes, God can come and fetch us in peace and allow us to be born in Heaven.
PS 2. Another Prayer to the Guardian Angels:
“Angel of God’s light, whom God sends as a companion for me on earth, protect me from the snares of the devil, and help me walk always as a child of God, my Creator. Angel of God’s truth, whose perfect knowledge serves what is true, protect me from deceits and temptations. Help me to know the truth, and always to live the truth. Angel of God’s love, who praises Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, who sacrificed His life for love of us, sustain me as I learn the ways of Divine love, of sacrificial generosity, of meekness and lowliness of heart. Thank You, my heavenly friend, for your watchful care. At the moment of my death, bring me to heaven, where the one true God, Who is light, Truth and Love, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen!”
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