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June 15, 2008
Dear Children of Medjugorje,
Praised be Jesus and Mary!
1 – On May 2nd, Mirjana shared the following message after her monthly apparition: “Dear children, I am with you by the grace of God, to make you great – great in faith and love – all of you! You whose heart has been made hard as a stone by sin and guilt.” (‘While she was saying that’, added Mirjana, ‘she looked at the people concerned by that with sorrow on her face and tears in her eyes’). “But you, devout souls, I desire to illuminate you with a new light. Pray that my prayer may meet open hearts, that I may be able to illuminate them with the strength of faith and open the ways of love and hope. Be persevering. I will be with you.”
2 – A coma of light? Father Tim Deeter’s witness, given last night, is going to comfort many who refuse to compromise with the culture of death! A sick person in a coma is a soul who lives mysterious experiences with God, and God sometimes allows these experiences to come to the light…
While serving as an assistant parish priest, Father Deeter was also assigned the night shift of chaplaincy at a large Catholic hospital directly behind the parish. The night shift was busy for him, and he would see many patients. It was a time when all the exams and tests had been completed by the doctors for the day, and all the visiting family members and friends had gone home. The patients were left alone, many of whom were awaiting surgery the next day. It was during this time, more than any other during the day, that patients requested the presence of a priest.
There was one person in particular whom Fr. Tim visited every evening. Helen had been in a coma for several weeks (comatose patients can often still hear, since hearing is the last sense to leave). He would pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be with her each night and then briefly fill her in about the latest happenings of the day: news, sports, weather, etc. One evening, Fr. Tim had a long list of people to visit, and so he thought he might not have time to see this particular woman. “Besides”, he thought, “she is not responsive, so would it really matter if I skipped a night? Would she really miss me?” Yet, when he finished his nightly rounds, he had this nagging feeling that he should still visit Helen.
It was about 3 o’clock in the morning. Father entered her room, not even turning on the lights, for the moon was bright and provided enough. Sitting in a chair next to Helen’s bed, he began to quickly recite the usual prayers, figuring that this would be enough. Still he had a feeling deep inside that he should do something more for her. Something then told him that he should give Helen the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation; perhaps she did not have the chance for absolution prior to her illness. So he explained to her that he would offer her sacramental absolution. He indicated that he would give her a short period of silence during which she could acknowledge her sins in her heart. He then recited an Act of Contrition and asked Helen to pray along with him silently. Following this he prayed over her, giving her absolution from all of her sins. (Remember: the word ‘absolution’ does not mean ‘forgiveness’, but ‘release’.)
As Father concluded the words of absolution, Helen sat bolt upright in her bed! With eyes wide open, she reached forward her arms and, with a smile on her face, cried out, “JESUS!” Shocked — and not afraid in the least — Fr. Tim quickly turned towards the wall that Helen was facing, and saw a small wooden crucifix hanging on the wall. He looked back at Helen, and saw that she had fallen back on her pillow, and died. It took Father several minutes to comprehend what had happened: something in Helen’s life had been tying her down to this life, but when she was released from that bond, she was freed to go to Jesus. Father said to us, “It was like being in my room, writing at my desk, and suddenly feeling someone is there. I turn, and see a shadow in the hallway, or the door quietly closing. I don’t actually see who it is, but I know someone was just there. In the same way, I did not see Jesus, but I am certain that He had been in that room.”
At Helen’s funeral, her sister approached Fr. Tim. She had heard that he had been with her sister at the time of her death. Father told her that he had given Helen sacramental absolution, even while she was comatose. The woman expressed her gratitude, and said, “When my sister and I were children, we were taught to pray every night for the grace of a happy death (dying in the state of God’s grace). Now I know that God heard our prayers, and I am so grateful that my sister was able to die in peace.”
Sometimes Father Tim asks comatose patients to hold his hand tight if they want to receive absolution. These patients would often respond with a light pressure of the hand, indicating that they hear and understand everything, and that they wish to receive the Sacrament. These testimonies should be shouted from the rooftops!
3 – Adopt a priest? On June 25th we’ll be celebrating the 27th Anniversary of the Apparitions. Yes, our Mother does not tire of giving us messages and blessings, and her huge tenderness!
Let’s present our Mother a novena! While we are preparing to celebrate her, let’s express to her our gratitude by a concrete action, for her greatest joy: since she insisted so much lately that we pray for our priests, we propose that each one of us adopt a priest in his heart.
We can imagine names that correspond to priests in crisis: for lack of support in prayer or some other reasons, they are thinking of leaving their beautiful vocation. Each one of us will take one of these names, and ask the Gospa to choose herself the priest in difficulty carrying that name. Then the priest will be our beloved child during all the days preceding June 25th. During this novena, we will multiply prayers, sacrifices and offerings, according to the generosity of our heart. Thus we will obtain tons of graces for that priest, helping him to remain a priest, even to become a holy priest!
To make sure we have the full 9 days, we may continue after June 25th if necessary. Some will take to heart to continue this adoption beyond the novena, praying a decade of the Rosary each day or offering God some renouncement. This is how Our Lady trained the young people of her prayer group in Medjugorje: when she had a plan to fulfill, she asked their concrete help and her requests were always specific.
Ideas of first names: Bernard, Louis, Gerard, Francis, Vittorio, Jimmy, Raphael, Charles, Stéphane, Alessandro, Michael, Frederic, Pascal, Antoine, William, Sergio, Michel, Henry, Claude, Boutros, Casimiro, Jozo, Marcello, Jean, Joseph, Eduardo, Daniel, Nicolas, James, Slavko, Dominic, Jakov, Karol, Agostino, Luka, Jonathan, Andrew, Petar, Richard, Eugene, Alvaro, Laurent, Enrico, Tony, Philippe, Christopher, Julien, Ulrich, Cyril, Benedict, Serafino, Simon, Yves, Joshua, Gianni, Tomek, Yan, Thomas, Marek, Matthiew, Piotr, Pawel, Sigmund, Baptist, Ephrem, Camille, Amadeus, Charbel, Joachim, Alfonso, Vianney, Frantz, Théophane, Thierry, Damiano, Vincent, Denis, John, Xavier, Sebastien, Jerome, Alexis, Di
mitri, Jaime, Stanislaus, Paul, Andreas, Timothee, Johan, Ruben, Alvise, Boulos, Mauro, David, Marius, Massimiliano, Karl, Benjamin…
These apparitions are unprecedented in history, what a privilege to live in our times and witness them! Let us be generous in our response! “Pray for the salvation of the world as long as God permits me to be with you”, Mary says to us! I have a suggestion: write a note to her with the name you have chosen for your “protégé” priest, and tell her what you are doing for him. Your letters will be laid at her feet during an apparition. (“Queen of Peace”, B.P. 2157; F – 06103 Nice cedex, France). Thank you!
Dear Gospa, you care so much about our eternity,
Please help us revise our values and adopt yours!
Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French)
PS 1 – Father Tim Deeter’s beautiful and inspiring journey from skeptical parish priest to good friend of Father Jozo and stalwart defender of Medjugorje can be found on the Children of Medjugorje website at: http://www.childrenofmedjugorje.com/cart/product.php?productid=16149&cat=105&page=1
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