Letter to my friends n°5
Medjugorje, May 16, 2020
My dear friends, Christ is risen, alleluia!
Message of April 25th, 2020, entrusted to Marija
“Dear children! May this time be an incentive for personal conversion for you. Pray, little children, in solitude, to the Holy Spirit to strengthen you in faith and trust in God, that you may be worthy witnesses of the love which God bestows upon you through my presence. Little children, do not permit trials to harden your heart and for prayer to be like a desert. Be a reflection of God’s love and witness the Risen Jesus by your lives. I am with you and I love all of you with my motherly love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Some news from Medjugorje…
It seems that the coronavirus has disappeared from Medjugorje, let’s hope it does not come back!
Great news! Father Marinko, the parish priest of Medjugorje, has announced that the Youth Festival will take place (during the 1st week of August), if the borders are open. Already Slovenia has opened its borders.
Evening mass is once again being celebrated at St James’s Parish, while complying with mandatory social distancing. Thanks to live streaming, this mass is always very well attended. The hours of adoration have also been restored, to everyone’s joy, as well as morning masses in Croatian, English and Italian. Confessions will resume next week, with adequate protection between the priest and penitent. Everything has become almost “normal” again, except that our dear pilgrims are still absent. Let us pray for a swift reopening of the borders!
The villagers have gone back to doing some farming, something they had partially abandoned in favor of working in the hotels, restaurants and shops. We are seeing many small shoots popping up in the fields around the houses. The pomegranate trees are in bloom, and the vines are giving forth their fragrance. Walnut trees are forming their baby leaves, with the promise of a good harvest.
Has the Blue Cross disappeared? Yes, for the time being. It will be back, but work is being done at this location in order to facilitate a better prayer space for the pilgrims.
The young people from the Cenacolo Community are actively working to make this space beautiful and better utilized. The work being done here does not prevent people from going there to pray faithfully. You are always in our prayers, and it seems that Mary, during this long silence, is sharing with us her eagerness to see you come back to see her, back to your Mother!
Our old shoes? I would like to share with you a thought that came to me in the face of certain pitfalls that may tarnish the joy of a newfound freedom, since confinement will soon be coming to an end. The media is showering us with information of all kinds, often contradictory, sometimes terrifying, some of it unfounded, some well-crafted but not necessarily enlightening. There is a great temptation to be distracted and scattered. It would be a shame to lose the values we were able to acquire during this confinement, and to just put our old shoes back on to walk as we did before.
What are these values? Many of us have understood that storms like these are a sign of the times, able as they are to rattle all of humanity with a tiny virus that is invisible to the naked eye. A sign that has roused awareness and challenged people’s landmarks, which have now become obsolete. Some of the Blessed Mother’s messages, which we had not read or had misread, have become illuminated with a prophetic light, and we see in them a salutary common thread. She is a Mother who loves her children too much to let them go adrift.
This pandemic, so costly to human lives, suffering and tragedy – not to mention the economic turmoil – is not part of Medjugorje’s secrets. These secrets have not yet been revealed, and are still yet to be realized. According to Mirjana, the events they mention will happen after being revealed by the visionaries through a priest of their choice. Please note, however, that a secret does not necessarily mean a disaster!
A CT scan? This pandemic has caught us off guard, and we can see it as a kind of CT scan of our society. A CT scan is revealing. It can reveal both deep trouble in one organ and an absence of problems in another. In her maternal tenderness, Mary is warning us of these troubles, but always gives hope for the future! I will first mention some of the troubles mentioned in her messages, then her positive messages of hope:
“Dear children, I am with you all these years to lead you on the way of salvation. Return to my Son; return to prayer and fasting. Little children, permit for God to speak to your heart, because Satan is reigning and wants to destroy your lives and the earth on which you walk.” (3/25/2020)
“Dear children, Satan deviates you through materialism, selfishness and modernism.”
“Dear children, I invite you to reflect on your future. You are creating a new world without God, only through your own strength, which is why you are not satisfied, and you do not have joy in your heart.” (1/25/97)
“In families there must be holiness because, little children, without love and without holiness, there is no future for the world,for it is in holiness and joy that you give yourself to God the Creator who loves you with immeasurable love. That is why he sends me to you.” (1/25/2020)
Saint John Mary Vianney, the Cure of Ars, had a true heart of a shepherd and lived in constant prayer and sacrifice, to the point of heroism. In doing so, he snatched many souls from Satan’s hands and brought them back to the path of salvation. But in his fury against the Saint, the enemy let slip this words: “If there were only three like you in France, I would not be able to set foot there!” That makes things perfectly clear… What reduces the enemy to impotence are neither the weapons of the world, nor endless political discussions, nor petitions born of anger, nor violence, nor the plans for control devised by the powerful leaders in our nations, nor even indifference… What saves us from the dangers of death that threaten us today more than ever before, is the man who prays, fasts and above all does everything for the love of Love. For Love bears the name of the living God, Love is God!
In other words, let us be clear: what will save us is the holiness of all who have understood what an extraordinary destiny awaits us, already here on earth with divine peace in our hearts, and then with God in eternity. The “elite” and the “powerful” are like everyone else, they will die one day, perhaps even tomorrow, and their plans will die with them; so why be afraid of them? If two more saints like the Cure of Ars would have been enough to kick Satan out of my country, then here is the true power, the immense power of holiness!
Then Mary, who sees everything in the light of God, warns us maternally:
“Dear children, you are ready to sin and to put yourself in the hands of Satan without thinking. I call upon you: let everyone decide in conscience for God and against Satan! (4/25/87)
“Without Jesus, you have no joy, no peace, no future, no eternal life.”
“I cannot help you if you do not live the commandments of God, if you do not live the Mass, if you do not abandon sin.” (10/25/93)
“Many seek happiness where it gets lost.”
“Trials are coming, and you will not be strong. Sin will reign…” (7/25/2019)
That is why, with all the strength of her tenderness towards us, Mary is calling us:
“Dear children, I invite you to radically change the direction of your life (Let us not take back our old shoes, because everything has changed!)
“Dear children, as of today, live a new life. Understand that God has chosen each of you to be used in a great plan of human salvation. You cannot understand the importance of your role in God’s plans. Therefore, dear children, pray so that you may understand God’s plan through you. I am with you to enable you to achieve it in its fullness.” (1/25/87) (Who among us trusts her enough to believe that she will succeed in guiding us, since she is with us to carry out God’s plan for us?)
“Know, dear children, that God is testing you because He loves you. Always give up your burdens to God and do not worry. (8/11/84) (What peace flows to us when we abandon our burdens to God! Why carry burdens that are too heavy for us?)
“Dear children, through love you can obtain everything, even what you find impossible. (2/28/85) (Getting it all? Then I want to love! Why miss such a promise from Heaven?)
“Dear children, this is MY time! [1/25/97) (Since it is HER time, she has tons of graces in store for us. I do not want to disappoint her love for me nor miss the showering of graces!)
“I ask you to open your hearts to the Lord of all hearts. Give me your feelings and your problems. I want to comfort you in your trials. I want to fill you with peace, joy and divine love. (6/20/85) (Consoling me in my trials? That is very timely, for my trials are many and I am so very thirsty for this divine love that does not disappoint!)
“Do not be afraid! He who prays is not afraid of the future and the one who fasts is not afraid of evil.”
“Dear children, today I call you to holiness. Without holiness, you cannot live. Therefore, through love, be victorious over all sin. Through love overcome all the difficulties that come to you. Dear children, please live love in you! (7/10/86) (I am going to have to really start loving God and my neighbor. If Mary asks me, for sure, she will help me!)
“If you are mine, you will win, for your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus.” (7/2/2019) (She points me to a safe haven, so I want to seize it, especially since there are no more shelters in this world!)
“Dear children, I wish to share my joy with you. In my Immaculate Heart, I feel that there are many who have come closer to me and who, in a particular way, carry in their hearts the victory of my Immaculate Heart by praying and converting. I want to thank you and motivate you to work more for God and His Kingdom, with love and the strength of the Holy Spirit. (8/25/2000) (When I arrive in heaven and stand before my Savior, what a joy if He tells me that I am one of them! One of those who carried in their hearts the victory of His Mother’s heart… I will not have failed to glorify Him and make Him happy!)
Today, before we leave our confinement, we can choose our main direction: To belong to Mary as fully as possible and to carry in our hearts the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart.
Let us turn off our electronic devices for a while if they do not bring us peace. Let us leave aside any agitation that causes us to lose our inner serenity. Of course, the actions of a believer are always a kind of struggle, but this struggle consists first and foremost in letting God act, in listening to him: “Listen, Israel!” Only His plan will succeed! Let us enter the silence of our hearts and listen to God cry out. He cries out His rejected love, He cries out His desire to see us happy at last, He dreams of helping us and fulfilling us, He cries from our tears and suffers from our illnesses, He is in us more intimately than we ourselves are! He is our DNA in a way. Let us not let His Heart be despised and rejected any longer for the sake of some fleeting false happiness!
“Dear children, the love of my Son is great. If you knew the greatness of his love, you would never cease to adore and thank Him. He is still alive with you in the Eucharist, for the Eucharist is His Heart. The Eucharist is the heart of faith. He never abandoned you, even when you tried to get away from Him.” (2/8/2019)
Dearest Gospa, with you we are not afraid! You exceed all our expectations and we love you immensely!
Your sister, Emmanuel +
(Community of the Beatitudes)
PS1 – Ivan the visionary received this message on May 4th during a prayer meeting, and he passed it on to all those who pray with him: “Dear children, this is a time of thanksgiving. Today I expect love from you; do not look for mistakes and flaws in others or judge them. I ask you to love and spread the truth. For the truth is eternal, immutable and always present. Carry the light of my Son. In doing so, you will eliminate the darkness that wants to seize you ever more and distance you from my Son. Do not be afraid, I am with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
PS2 – The day of prayer with Our Lady of All Nations will be held at Pentecost, on May 30 in Amsterdam. It will be in German, translated and streamed in English, Italian, Spanish, Slovak and French. The purpose of this day is to help us not to be afraid and to overcome the ordeal by trusting and abandoning ourselves to the Love of God as Mary teaches us to do by her example. She has indeed received from God the mission to fight the enemy and ensure the victory of Christ.
Information at www.de-vrowe.info
There you will find the link for the live stream.
Every one of us can come together in their heart on this day, by praying the following prayer which is proving more necessary than ever in our time, given all the evils that are weighing on the world:
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disasters and war. May the Lady of All Nations, the Blessed Virgin Mary, be our advocate! Amen.”
What is the Church’s position on the apparitions in Amsterdam? Public devotion was authorized by Bishop Bomers on 31 May 1996, and the supernatural nature of the apparition was established on 31 May 2002 by Bishop Josef Punt, both of them in succession being the bishops of Haarlem-Amsterdam.
To discover these apparitions, there is a very good video made by the Family of Mary.
PS3 – Documentary film about Fatima, don’t miss it!
For the anniversary of the 1st apparition, we recommend this film entitled “Fatima, The Ultimate Mystery”
You may see the trailer: https://youtu.be/ETLXOpQGo2E
It can be streamed with subtitles in various languages:
Or on DVD here:
When you buy this film, distributed by Goya Producciones, you are supporting the ministry of this small Catholic film production company.
Videos of Sister Emmanuel
Here are the new videos that we have filmed in Medjugorje to reach out to you in your semi-confinement:
Sister Emmanuel videos on Youtube or on our website: www.sremmanuel.org
– “I had an Appointment with Death at 5 pm.” NEW!
– The Miracle Hidden in Your Rosary (21:12) NEW!
– The Forgotten Power of Fasting (23:03)
– Let Peace Flow to your Heart Like a River (21:43)
– Come to Me! My Name is Mercy (34:59)
– Maïsa Arraf sings in arabic “Resurrection”(3:20)
– Paul, the Prayer of a Poor (13:31)
– Three Days to Defeat Death (37:54)
– don’t Miss Our Second Chance! Fra Daniele Natale (20:47)
– The 24 hours of the Gospa (12:15)
– Medjugorje in Confinement (4:36)
– Consecrate your Death and Heal from Fear (13:18)
– Choose your Future; Heaven, Purgatory or Hell (25:18)
– Gratitude: the Secret to Happiness (13:43)
Sister Emmanuel Prays to Saint Joseph (13:37)
– Forgive and be Free! (9:23)
– Prayer to Jesus in the Womb of Mary (7:00)
– Jealousy: Commentary of Nov. 25 message, 2019 (6:24)
– The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (8:39)
– You had an Abortion? I have Something to Share with you! (4:50)
– The Power of Fasting in 10 minutes (9:26)
– Help your Priests! (5:35)
– The Miracle of Baby Jesus (5:44)
– How to Deal with Suffering (1:09:53)