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Medjugorje WebSite Updates of year 2005

Added January 25, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! In this time of grace again I call you to prayer. Pray, little children, for unity of Christians, that all may be one heart. Unity will really be among you inasmuch as you will pray and forgive. Do not forget: love will conquer only if you pray, and your heart will open. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added February 25, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Today I call you to be my extended hands in this world that puts God in the last place. You, little children, put God in the first place in your life. God will bless you and give you strength to witness Him, the God of love and peace. I am with you and intercede for all of you. Little children, do not forget that I love you with a tender love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added March 2, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear children! Do the same as I do! Come, share love and with your own example give my Son to everyone.
Added March 18, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
The apparition lasted from 14:09 to 14:14 and Our Lady gave the following message:
Dear children! I come to you as the mother who, above all, loves her children. My children, I desire to teach you to love also. I pray for this. I pray that you will recognize my Son in each of your neighbors. The way to my Son, who is true peace and love, passes through the love for all neighbors. My children, pray and fast for your heart to be open for this my intention.
Added March 25, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Today I call you to love. Little children, love each other with God’s love. At every moment, in joy and in sorrow, may love prevail and, in this way, love will begin to reign in your hearts. The risen Jesus will be with you and you will be His witnesses. I will rejoice with you and protect you with my motherly mantle. Especially, little children, I will watch your daily conversion with love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added April 5, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje - Category: Section Documents

From the beginning of Medjugorje apparitions in June 1981, Medjugorje (in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an Ex-Yugoslavia country in south Europe, see map) became an important place of pilgrimage and encouragement for faith and spiritual life for millions of people and thousands prayer groups. Many people experienced God's grace and presence in their hearts on this place and often receive motivation to lead a better, more valuable life. A life with love and opened heart for God and people, life of prayer and communion with God. Prayers, changed lives and humanitarian activities and projects influenced or inspired by Medjugorje without doubt help make this world a better place. Maybe more, than we would expect.

Added April 5, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje - Category: Section Documents
Added April 6, 2005 , 6:32 PM /  Section: About Medjugorje WebSite - Category: Section Documents

Beside of basic possibilities, that websites with Medjugorje Messages commonly offers, such as displaying latest messages, page with all messages suitable for printing and pages with annual messages and a separate page with available reflections, Medjugorje website offers following features:

Added April 6, 2005 , 6:33 PM /  Section: About Medjugorje WebSite - Category: Section Documents

Medjugorje

From its beginning in June 1981 up to now, Apparitions in Medjugorje has attracted attention of millions of people in the world. Medjugorje had become a place of important source of spiritual encouragement for many of them, including, but not limited to pilgrims that visited this place.

Added April 8, 2005 , 8:08 AM /  Section: About Medjugorje WebSite - Category: Section Documents

Every day on this website, a Quote of the day appears. All the quotes are taken from the Medjugorje messages. When extracting quotes from the messages, either beautiful, important or unique parts were selected. There are many such parts, so we have everyday many quotes to choose from. The quotes changes every day after the midnight (Central European Time, which corresponds with time in Medjugorje as well) on a random basis. The quotes are displayed in your preferred language, which you will choose on the introductory page of this Medjugorje website or in the top navigation bar. The preferred language should be remembered, whenever you return to Medjugorje website. To display the whole message, from which the quote has been taken, click on the date of the message below the quote.

Added April 9, 2005 , 7:13 PM /  Section: About Medjugorje WebSite - Category: Section Documents / Author: Marek Gayer

In this short article, we outline some of the possible features when using fulltext search for Medjugorje Messages in Medjugorje website.

Added April 10, 2005 , 7:11 PM /  Section: About Medjugorje WebSite - Category: Section Documents
Added April 25, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children ! Also today, I call you to renew prayer in your families. By prayer and the reading of Sacred Scripture, may the Holy Spirit, who will renew you, enter into your families. In this way, you will become teachers of the faith in your family. By prayer and your love, the world will set out on a better way and love will begin to rule in the world. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added May 2, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
This is the fourth time this year that Our Lady has given a message to Mirjana during her monthly apparitions. The apparition lasted five minutes, starting at 9:15am. The apparition took place in the Cenacolo Comunity in Bijakovici, Medjugorje.
Dear children, I am with you to take you all to my Son. I wish to bring you all to salvation. Follow me, because only in this way will you be able to find true peace and happiness. My dear children, come with me.
Added May 5, 2005 , 7:13 PM /  Section: About Medjugorje WebSite - Category: Section Documents / Author: Marek Gayer

Here we present sample ideas summarized to three examples that we can reach by statistical overview and full text search of Messages with some general considerations and analysis of Medjugorje messages. You can also use our Medjugorje Messages Keywords, Medjugorje Messages Toplist and Medjugorje Messages Concordance pages to verify or extend these ideas.

Since official Medjugorje website up to now did not approved messages given during 1981 - 1984, the analysis in these examples may slightly differ in numbers of messages refered in this text.

Added May 25, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Anew I call you to live my messages in humility. Especially witness them now when we are approaching the anniversary of my apparitions. Little children, be a sign to those who are far from God and His love. I am with you and bless you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added June 23, 2005
Added June 25, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Today I thank you for every sacrifice that you have offered for my intentions. I call you, little children, to be my apostles of peace and love in your families and in the world. Pray that the Holy Spirit may enlighten and lead you on the way of holiness. I am with you and bless you all with my motherly blessing.Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added June 25, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Ivanka
The apparition lasted 10 minutes. Ivanka had the apparition at home in the presence of her family, her husband and her three children.
Our Lady gave the following message:
Dear children, love each other with the love of my Son. Peace, peace, peace.
Our Lady was joyful and spoke to Ivanka about the 6th secret.
Added July 2, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear Children! As a mother I rejoice with you, for as a mother I invite you. I am bringing my Son to you; my Son, your God. Cleanse your hearts and bow your head before your only God. Let my motherly heart leap with joy. Thank you.
Added July 20, 2005 , Originally published July 10, 2002 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Prayers, Medjugorje News

This prayer has been made by the priests during the "7th International Meeting for Priests at the School of Mary" in Medjugorje.

Immaculate Virgin Mary, Our Mother, Queen of Peace! We, the priests, Your beloved sons, want to consecrate ourselves today to Your Immaculate Heart.

By this act of consecration, we wish to put into life - with You and with Your help – all of the obligations that we have taken upon ourselves through our Baptismal and Priestly consecration.

Added July 20, 2005 , Originally published June 25, 1997 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Priests of Medjugorje, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church

Dear Friends, Members of Medjugorie Prayer Groups,

This letter is an expression of the deep affection which unites us to the message of Medjugorie! Knowing that many people (bishops, priests, religious and laity) have gratefully testified to the abundant spiritual fruits of this message, we would like, through this letter, to make you participants in a group testimony. This testimony should contribute to the defense of this work of Mary, a work which is spread throughout the whole world and which continues to be threatened in many places.

Added July 20, 2005 , Originally published July, 1997 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje in the Catholic Church, Theology reports / Author: René Laurentin

The position of Medjugorje in the Church is a difficult, disputed subject, an object of confusion and ambiguities, that is important to dissipate.

Among us, Medjugorje does not need any explanations. It is a place of grace where Our Lady has manifested Herself by all the exceptional fruits: spiritual life, conversions, healings. "The tree is judged by its fruits," says the Lord, and it is the only criterion of discernment that comes from Him (Mt 7:20; 12:33).

Added July 20, 2005 , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje in the Catholic Church, Theology reports, Priests of Medjugorje / Author: Dr. fra Ljudevit Rupcic, OFM

The term "private" revelations has already for a long time become customary in theology. In contrast to it is public revelation. However, public revelation would be the one given in the Bible, and private the one given apart from the Bible. Accordingly, it would be more justifiable to speak of biblical and extra-biblical revelation. Assigning a greater honour and significance to the biblical than to the other has no real reason whatsoever. Because if they are both true, if they both come from God, according to their origin they are both divine and equally valuable. Both, the one and the other, God intends for people and wants them to accept both of them. Otherwise, there would be no reason for him to speak at all. If there may be some justifiable difference between them, it can never be in the sense that one is obligatory and the other is not. They are both obligatory. For every one that has been reached by them and for the one who has attained sufficient reasons and moral security regarding their authenticity, both of them oblige equally.

Added July 21, 2005 , 10:00 PM , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Theology reports, Priests of Medjugorje / Author: Dr. fra Ivan Dugandzic, OFM
(Theological possibility and significance of these unusual manifestations)

In 1973, there was a stormy discussion among theologians about the significance of Jesus' resurrection and the meaning of speech in the apparitions of the Risen One as the New Testament speaks of them. R. Pesch, a liberal Catholic biblical scholar, provoked that discussion with his assertion that talk about the resurrection is merely "the expression of the believers' recognition of Jesus' eschatological significance, his mission and authority, his legitimation in view of his death." Talk about apparitions would merely be the "legitimation" of the disciples, that is, their determination to proclaim that "significance of Jesus." His Protestant, very moderate colleague, M. Hengel, in his response particularly regrets that in present times visions are made equivalent to hallucinations and continues, "Since the rich mystical tradition of the Church has dried up, at least in our regions, theologians are then no longer in authority for these manifestations, but rather psychiatrists or drug experts. A vision is considered a pathological manifestation" (ThQ 3/1973, p. 255). It was as though it were a prophetic word for what will be shown also in the case of the apparitions in Medjugorje eight years later.

Added July 21, 2005 , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Priests of Medjugorje, Theology reports / Author: Dr. Fra Slavko Barbarić, OFM

To love and to be loved is the fundamental and the deepest desire of every man. We do not even need to discuss how important love and acceptance are in the family school of life. Lack of love and acceptance in the family leave deep scars. It is not unheard of that even the newly conceived child feels and knows if it is accepted with love or not. It is known from therapeutic practice, that deep fears, which can follow a person throughout his entire life, are often caused prior to birth, if the father and mother contemplated abortion.

Added July 21, 2005 , Originally published October 3, 2000 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje and Vatican / Author: Pope John Paul II

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS
POPE JOHN PAUL II
FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE
1 JANUARY 2001

1. At the dawn of a new millennium, there is growing hope that relationships between people will be increasingly inspired by the ideal of a truly universal brotherhood. Unless this ideal is shared, there will be no way to ensure a stable peace. There are many signs which suggest that this conviction is becoming more deeply rooted in people's minds. The importance of fraternity is proclaimed in the great "charters" of human rights; it is embodied in great international institutions, particularly the United Nations; and it is called for, as never before, by the process of globalization which is leading to a progressive unification of the economy, culture and society. For their part, the followers of the different religions are ever more conscious of the fact that a relationship with the one God, the common Father of all, cannot fail to bring about a greater sense of human brotherhood and a more fraternal life together. In God's revelation in Christ, this principle finds a radical expression: "He who does not love does not know God; for God is love" (1 Jn 4:8).

Added July 21, 2005 , Originally published August 5, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje and Vatican / Author: Pope John Paul II

"You are the salt of the earth, You are the light of the world" (Mt 5:13-14)

It is the nature of human beings, and especially youth, to seek the Absolute, the meaning and fullness of life. Dear young people, do not be content with anything less than the highest ideals! Do not let yourselves be dispirited by those who are disillusioned with life and have grown deaf to the deepest and most authentic desires of their heart. You are right to be disappointed with hollow entertainment and passing fads, and with aiming at too little in life. If you have an ardent desire for the Lord you will steer clear of the mediocrity and conformism so widespread in our society.

Added July 22, 2005 , Originally published September 20, 2002 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje and Vatican / Author: Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father John Paul II published on October 16, 2002 the Apostolic Letter on the Most Holy Rosary under the title, “Rosarium Virginis Mariae”, where he also proclaims a year of the Holy Rosary, beginning today and running through the same date next year. The Holy Father asks that the Rosary be prayed particularly for the causes of world peace and the strengthening of family life. In this document, the Pope proposes five new mysteries of the Rosary under the name “luminous mysteries” or “mysteries of light”.

Added July 25, 2005 , 4:57 PM , Originally published November 18, 2002 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

I have learned one thing from Mother Teresa: it is not important what we expect and what we desire. The only important is to confide oneself to the guidance of Jesus and of Mary. There are surely people who come with some big problem, but the biggest problem is always lack of holiness! We surely bring with us people who entrust themselves into our prayer, but we should not limit the Lord and Our Lady to the gifts they give us.

Added July 25, 2005 , 5:26 PM , Originally published December 3, 2002 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

What I like in Medjugorje is that visionaries are also witnesses. They accept to give witness, they accept to transmit Our Lady’s message. They are missionaries and this is the characteristic of Our Lady’s apparitions in last 30 years. Bernadette entered into a convent, but these visionaries are educated by Our Lady to be evangelisators. It was wonderful when I was in the USA, at the Notre-Dame University, with Ivan. I was giving talks, he was giving talks, and it was wonderful: myself as a catholic priest and he as a child of God in a direct connection with heaven. It is wonderful.

Added July 25, 2005 , 5:50 PM , Originally published March 25, 2003 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Mary says always again in her messages: Open your hearts! From the psychological point of view, I know that, because of our wounds, we develop mechanisms to defend ourselves. Out of fear, we have built up defence mechanisms that impede us to be able to trust blindly. If a person, as a child, has been rejected by the parents, he/she cannot believe that God will not reject him/her. Or if someone was beaten by the father, it is difficult to believe that God wants no harm on him/her. For people with these kinds of wounds, each step of the opening of the heart, each time, is an act of trust, a step in faith. In Medjugorje, Mary heals our hearts so that this path of opening and trust may become possible again, that we may receive a greater share of the fullness of the grace of God.

Added July 25, 2005 , Originally published May 22, 2004 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Mons. George Tracy: Medjugorje began to have a great influence when I came here for the first time and it has continued. It has taught me in the depth of my being to live in the Immaculate Heart of Mary along with the Sacred Heart of her Son, which are the two Hearts that are central in my work in the “Cor Christi”. I have developed in my heart a real sense for the teachings of Grignon de Montfort, who is Mary’s child: To put my heart into her heart when I have to get in the Heart of Christ. I want to be Mother Mary’s child.

Added July 25, 2005 , Originally published July 1, 1996 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews, Visionaries, Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic / Author: Marijan Sivric

Interview by Marijan Sivric

Vicka Ivankovic: "She would like us to accept the message with our hearts and to live them. Often we accept the message, we begin to live it, but then we get tired and we remain the way we were before. And Our Lady would like that everyday we live her messages a little bit and that we would make progress in our lives."

Added July 25, 2005 , Originally published July 1, 1996 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews, Priests of Medjugorje / Author: Miro Brcic

Fra Tomislav Pervan: Medjugorje began with the laity, with ordinary children, it was brought to the laity and it was they who first beleived and only then was it passed on to the priests. And today it is the laity who bring the Medjugorje movement to the whole world. It is really the laity who hundreds of times cross even oceans to come to Medjugorje. When I ask them why they come so often to Medjugorje, and why they bring pilgrims to these parts which aren't safe, they reply that they do it because they see changes in people. Spiritual changes.

Added July 26, 2005 , 4:35 PM , Originally published May 22, 2003 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Fr. Roman Grüter: I noticed that many people who come to Medjugorje seek healing of the body, of the soul, of the spirit. This is similar in all places of pilgrimages, but here it is especially strong. People seek to be transformed, renewed, healed in the deepest sense of the word; this is very important for people. I think that we should encourage them and help them in this process, and we need to give them good spiritual guides and help on this way.

Added July 26, 2005 , Originally published October 8, 2004 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

For me, Medjugorje is like a source of fresh water, where I come to drink, and to feel the power of God and the strength of Our Lady. The world we live in is different, very rough; there are so many things that surround us, that are offered to us, and that are happening, and there is so little presence of God in them. There are so many things that we still have to learn… Each time I come to Medjugorje, I learn something new.

Added July 26, 2005 , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Theology reports, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church / Author: Dirk Grothues

One thing we can do is that each one of us tries as best as he can to live the messages, which the Queen of Peace gives us so patiently and tirelessly. Another thing we can do is to take care that the original message is not being falsified or obscured in the Medjugorje centres and prayer groups. Medjugorje is not just any pious prayer movement. The program of Medjugorje is not simply that of any popular mission, as it is from time to time presented to our communities. It is good to pray, to fast, to go to holy mass, to go to confession regularly, to read Sacred Scriptures. But, if we do not understand that, despite all personal piety, we are dealing here with total peace and conversion, then we have not yet correctly understood the essence of the Medjugorje message.

Added July 26, 2005 , Originally published September 20, 2004 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews, Testimonies

Manuel Reato (23), a student of theology from Torino, has come several times to Medjugorje. Medjugorje has changed his life. Our Lady’s messages have deeply touched his heart and he believes that they are important for the whole world. Manuel is trying to live Our Lady’s message in his daily life. In Medjugorje, he has learned to seek God, here, he has learned how to pray. Although he is in a wheelchair since his early childhood, Manuel feels a call to become a priest.

Added July 26, 2005 , Originally published June 3, 2002 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Fr. John Cooper: I think that there is a strong connection between praying and faith. The more you pray, the more you grow in faith. But also, I encourage people to pray for the gift of faith. People pray for material things, but how many pray to have a strong faith, for ability to love their husband or wife? When we pray for the spiritual gifts, which are necessary, God always answers our prayers. Many people come to me and say their faith is growing weaker. I tell them to pray for a stronger faith, to get into the habit of daily prayer, to take daily prayer seriously, to pray about faults they have. We need to relate confession to daily life.

Added July 26, 2005 , Originally published June 3, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews
Lidija Paris-Brajša: What do you think about ecumenism? Sometimes it seems that it is easier in countries where there is a religion representing the majority, and several religions representing minorities… Where the number of the faithful is equal, it seems to be more difficult…

Abba Nicolas Hakim: I will tell you one thing: we have to pray! Meetings are not enough: we have to pray much. Prayer unites the whole Church. If the Holy Spirit leads me, I am united to all. One Spirit makes one Church. In the same Spirit, there are no enemies. You are my spirit - I am your spirit. Only if the Holy Spirit permeates the whole Church, will it be one. The superiors and those responsible have to invoke the Holy Spirit, and if they are filled with the Holy Spirit, the Church will be one ipso facto. The Pope said: if the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts, the Church becomes one. Unity is very simple: it is the Holy Spirit in our hearts. There is something, which splits the Church: it is sin. Pride. Authority.

Added July 26, 2005 , Originally published April 23, 2004 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Mario Vuknic: Medjugorje is an invitation to a change of life, to put prayer in life, to a change that requires great efforts… There is always a fear of losing old habits. However, in changing our life, we receive much, much more: a greater fullness of life. Medjugorje is a place where miracles do happen. This is a fact. We are witnesses. And I know many others.

Added July 27, 2005 , 8:15 AM , Originally published October 2, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church

Mgr. Hermann Reich: I was struck by the main theme of our Lady’s messages, which is peace. Then, there is always again the question of conversion and confession. These are the main themes. I am also struck by the fact that she always comes back to the theme of prayer: do not be tired; pray, pray; decide yourselves for prayer; pray better. I think that there is much prayer, but maybe people do not pray in the right way. There is much prayer, there is quantity but, in many ways, there is a lack of quality. I think that we have, according to the desire of Our Lady, not to pray less but to improve the quality. We have to pray better.

Added July 27, 2005 , 8:45 AM , Originally published September 25, 2002 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

To me it seems obvious that Medjugorje is a place where God dwells, where Heaven dwells. When people come here, something special takes place, they seem to be “tamed” by the presence of God and the presence of Mary, even if they are not aware of it. In this way, the two obstacles we are speaking about have a tendency to diminish or perhaps to even disappear. This is why I think that Medjugorje is an important place of healing and that it has to become even more so. In the times to come I think that Medjugorje has to live more and more this grace of healing.

Added July 27, 2005 , 8:58 AM , Originally published June 8, 2004 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews, Medjugorje News

From May 2 to 18, 2004, a group of musicians from Medjugorje participated in an apostolic journey in South Korea, during which they visited 13 parishes, among which the Bundang St. John’s Church, the biggest parish in Asia (15.000 parishioners). They also had two big encounters at Namjang, the only Korean Marian shrine. They played for his Eminence, Cardinal Su Hwan Stefano Kim. Korean friends of Medjugorje organized this trip, and Dr. Marta Nam, a Korean interpreter living in Rome, accompanied them.

Added July 27, 2005 , 9:35 AM , Originally published December 10, 2003 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Jim Caviezel: ... She said that Ivan Dragicevic was coming to Ireland… I met with him a couple of times, and during an apparition, I felt a physical presence. Ivan told me two things that really hit me: “Jim, man always makes time for what he loves”, and “The reason man does not make time for God is that he does not love God”. Then, he talked to me about praying from the heart. That became like a beginning of a mission for me – to always pray from my heart.

Added July 27, 2005 , 10:27 AM , Originally published July 17, 2003 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews / Author: René Laurentin

Those who go against God and against His law of love destroy themselves, individually and collectively. Today, there are some really immoral laws that destroy human beings, in some cases even proscribe to kill an unborn child. There are thousands of reasons for which we can say that human beings destroy themselves today. I would not say that this was God’s punishment; it is a self-destruction, and human beings are working on it themselves. When an alcoholic drinks too much, gets a lever disease and dies from it, it is not God who punished his lever, but the alcohol that destroyed it, that the person drunk with so much passion.

Added July 27, 2005 , 11:43 AM , Originally published August 2, 2002 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Hubert Liebherr: There are times when everything goes well, and times when I think that nothing functions for me! What had helped me personally was Our Lady’s answer given to the visionaries, when they asked Her why She had chosen them. She said that she had chosen neither the best ones nor the worst ones. When I saw that they were ordinary people, that each one of them has a character, a specificity, it helped me. They are ordinary, I am ordinary… it means that it is possible. If Our Lady had chosen some very holy people, very much advanced in spiritual life, I would have probably said that it was not my world, or that I will never make it. It helped me. There are periods when I have difficulties with prayer, but the Lord knows me and has understanding for my weaknesses. This is why I can trust Him, I can trust in His love and mercy.

Added July 27, 2005 , 3:31 PM , Originally published August 7, 2004 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Melinda Dumitrescu: I was studying music in Germany, at the Music Academy in Lübeck, where Brahms and others were also studying. I heard about Medjugorje, I read a book with Our Lady’s messages. Ever since my childhood, I was successful in music. I was – as people say – a Wunderkind, but success was not sufficient to fill my heart. I was always seeking something else. I was traveling a lot, and I was always asking myself: where do I really belong, where is my family? I was traveling because of my studies and because of the concerts. I was all the time leaving behind me people whom I loved. While reading the messages of Medjugorje, I felt that - here - I could find what my heart was seeking.

Added July 27, 2005 , 3:53 PM , Originally published November 1, 2003 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church

Sometimes God does not answer our prayers the way we want him to answer, but that is a part of being a Christian too: learning to carry the cross. Every one of us has a cross to carry. Maybe it is God’s will that we carry our cross. We have to be willing to accept that. That is all a part of the will of God. What we need to do and to know when we come to places like this is that we come and surrender to God; we accept His will whatever it may be. Even if our own personal requests are not granted in the way that we expect, nevertheless we are blessed if our faith is deepened, if we grow in our love for God and for his Mother.

Added July 27, 2005 , 4:04 PM , Originally published October 4, 2002 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church
We see that there is much tension in the world. America has felt the violence of the terrorism. How much America today can listen to the message of Peace and work on a just peace in the whole world?

I think that we have not got the message yet. There was a great turn to the Lord right after September 11th, but we need more then that, I think, before that country really turns to the Lord. So we just pray for that day, we hope we will turn to the Lord before we have to learn too many lessons, but this is also an act of the mercy of God. Everything is an act of the mercy of God. We know very well that God in his merciful love, in his permissive Providence, will take all the means possible that none of the least of his children will be totally lost. That’s all that really matters.

Added July 27, 2005 , 4:47 PM , Originally published December 11, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Rita Falsetto: I would just like to encourage people to come to Medjugorje, to open up their hearts, to God’s Love, to Our Lady. Even though they may feel that they are not worthy enough, that they are in problems… I wish to thank everybody here in Medjugorje and throughout this country for giving me the time and the chance to share in a part of this wonderful country and this wonderful place. And don’t give up on God, because he will never give up on you! Thank you.

Added July 27, 2005 , 5:41 PM , Originally published October 22, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Leon Dolenec: We do not watch television, we do not play with the computer, we do not go for useless parties; we are occupied with Jesus and Mary. We have about 100 collaborators. We also have a circle of friends who help us in different ways, a few thousands of them.

Added July 27, 2005 , 7:22 PM , Originally published May 23, 2003 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews

Dominique Delforge-Struyf: I could never be a psychotherapist as I am today without prayer. What Medjugorje brought to me – concerning my work – is the possibility to listen to people while uniting my intelligence and my heart. Prayer really makes it possible to me to create this link, and also not to allow people to eat me up, to overdo, to become ill in this work, which is wonderful, but extremely hard. When I have the occasion to come to Medjugorje, I also seek this atmosphere of prayer that allows me each time to find a new motivation to pray for my patients and to fast for them.

Added August 2, 2005 , 7:18 PM , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Theology reports, Priests of Medjugorje / Author: Dr. Fra Slavko Barbarić, OFM

Pilgrimages are known in all religions. They are an expression of a person who searches for God in places where He has revealed Himself in a special way; where He has offered persons the possibility to feel His presence more easily or with particularly gifted persons, who - through their gifts - have become a special sign of God's presence. This is why there are places of pilgrimage which attract people and where they come in their search to experience God in a new manner, that is, to experience peace, joy, love and hope. With each pilgrimage, a person leaves behind his everyday life, his work, his family, his friends, his security and - longing for a new encounter with God - starts on his journey to places and to people who have proven themselves as "gifted", so as to help him in his new experience with God.

Added August 2, 2005 , 8:55 PM , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Theology reports, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church / Author: Dr. fra Ivan Dugandzic, OFM

Medjugorje, in other words, that which is understood when the name of that small parish in Herzegovina is mentioned today, has already for seventeen-years a long and stormy, but above all, an unpredictable history. Because who seventeen years ago could have anticipated that the claim of the children to have seen Our Lady would reach to the furthermost parts of the world, and that the parish of Medjugorje would grow into one of the most distinctive shrines and develop such a dynamic spiritual movement before which no one can any longer remain indifferent.

Added August 2, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
I have come to you with open arms in order to take you into my embrace, under my mantle. I cannot do so as long as your heart is filled with false glitters and false idols. Clean your heart and allow my Angels to sing in it! At that time I'll take you under my mantle and I'll give you my Son, true peace and happiness. Do not wait, my children! I thank you!
Added August 10, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje in the Catholic Church

(1991-2001)

Ten years have passed since the Bishops’ Conference of former Yugoslavia published its Declaration on the events of Medjugorje.

The Declaration was preceded and prepared by long and painstaking work of several Commissions: two diocesan Commissions and a Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of former Yugoslavia had worked for seven years. Based on these studies, the Bishops’ Conference, published the following Declaration at its meeting in Zadar on April 11, 1991:

Added August 10, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje in the Catholic Church

The latest declaration on Medjugorje from the Catholic Bishops of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is a classic example of the centuries old practice of authentic ecclesiastical prudence. It demonstrates that the Church respects facts above all, that it carefully measures its competence and that in all matters it is mostly concerned for the spiritual welfare of the faithful.

Added July 25, 2005 , Last update August 11, 2005, 2:35 PM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Also today, I call you to fill your day with short and ardent prayers. When you pray, your heart is open and God loves you with a special love and gives you special graces. Therefore, make good use of this time of grace and devote it to God more than ever up to now. Do novenas of fasting and renunciation so that Satan be far from you and grace be around you. I am near you and intercede before God for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added August 20, 2005 , Originally published May, 2004 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Visionaries, Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti / Author: Marija Pavlovic Lunetti

Marija: Many young people decide to spend their nights in discotheques, on their Saturday nights for example, but we decided to spend this time with Jesus. And we think we received much more joy than they do. And if I could go back in time and again have to decide which of the two, in going to the discotheque or going to be with Jesus for the whole night, I would choose again to be with Jesus.

Added August 27, 2005 , 11:24 AM , Originally published October 30, 2004 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Charitable projects, Interviews

It is very helpful to be members of a praying community. The family life is under a lot of pressure. Children are bombarded all the time by messages from the media that are contrary to what our faith is teaching us. I see more and more the importance of living in a community with likeminded people. Perhaps especially at the time when children don’t want to listen to their parents, they are able to get the same message form the people that they respect within the community. Prayer is the key.

Added August 25, 2005 , Last update August 29, 2005, 11:49 AM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Also today I call you to live my messages. God gave you a gift of this time as a time of grace. Therefore, little children, make good use of every moment and pray, pray, pray. I bless you all and intercede before the Most High for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added September 2, 2005 , 10:33 AM /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje.ws news / Author: Marek Gayer

Dear friends of Medjugorje,

Today I open a multilingual website « Our Lady of Medjugorje », which contain pages about Medjugorje including Apparitions, Visionaries, News & Articles about Medjugorje and spiritual life, the Medjugorje Novena, Photo Gallery, Links to top Medjugorje websites.

The website also features the most advanced archive of Medjugorje Messages and Reflections on the Internet, allowing topics and words highlights, concordance, powerful fulltext search, easy comparison between different language versions, easy viewing and printing the messages upon various criteria's. The archive currently supports 7 languages, but I plan to add more languages. The website is accessible in various browsers, and also supports PDA's and other browsers with limited resources and connectivity.

I hope that this web can have contribution by offering both pleasant and feature rich environment allowing comfortable reading, studying and enjoying the Medjugorje messages on the Internet for all the people who like them, regardless of language preferences.

You can find more information about the website here.

Best regards,

Marek Gayer,
webmaster of website Our Lady of Medjugorje, https://www.ourlady.eu

Added September 2, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear Children, I, as a mother, am coming to you and showing YOU how much God, your Father, loves you. And you? Where are you, children of mine? What is in your heart in the first place? What is not permitting you to put my Son in the first place? My children, permit God’s blessing to fall upon you. May God’s peace permeate you, the peace that my Son, and He alone, gives.
Added September 15, 2005 , 12:11 AM , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Priests of Medjugorje, Theology reports / Author: Dr. Fra Slavko Barbarić, OFM

The fact is, without doubt, clear that many prayer groups that have started in the world have been founded by Medjugorje pilgrims. This has happened and is happening at the explicit desire of Our Lady to establish groups. It is difficult to find out the exact number, but there are already thousands of prayer groups.

Added September 15, 2005 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Medjugorje Photos - Pictures Gallery / Author: Marek Gayer

Photographs taken during the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Added September 25, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! In love I call you: convert, even though you are far from my heart. Do not forget, I am your mother and I feel pain for each one who is far from my heart; but I do not leave you alone. I believe you can leave the way of sin and decide for holiness. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added September 26, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje.ws news / Author: Marek Gayer
We added Slovak and Slovenian languages, and we support most of the features in Messages section for these languages.
Added September 26, 2005 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Medjugorje Photos - Pictures Gallery, Youth Festival 'Mladifest', Medjugorje

Photos from the International Youth Festival in Medjugorje, 2004 and 2005.

Added September 27, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Charitable projects / Author: Marek Gayer

When I was this September on a pilgrimage in Medjugorje, I visited some of the places, where pilgrims usually go and where I was already during my previous visits. I visited e.g. the St. James Church, Statue of the Risen Saviour, Apparition Hill, Oasis of Peace, Cenacolo community and other places. On this pilgrimage, I noticed another interesting place, which I will also gladly visit again on my next pilgrimages to Medjugorje.

Added October 2, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear children, I come to you as mother. I am bringing you my Son’s peace and love. Purify your hearts and take my Son with you. Give true peace and joy to others.
Added October 4, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Testimonies, Interviews

On other places of pilgrimage where Our Lady was appearing, some miracles have happened, and this is beautiful. But here, for such a long time, Our Lady is giving messages, is continuing to speak. I would say that, here, Our Lady continues to speak to the humanity. She is not doing it from a pulpit, but as a mother. Those who want to hear and to obey – they listen. Those who do not want – they don’t listen. Our Lady is continuing to speak here. I think that this is because the time, in which we live, is powerful and important as no time before. I our time, Our Lady is observing as a mother, seeing our reality and coming to help us to think again about our way of life and about the world in which we live.

Added November 2, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
After the apparition Mirjana said, "The Gospa gave no message, She was sad and sorrowful. She told me things that I cannot say. I prayed to her that she may enter our hearts. I asked her, 'How can we help you?' The Gospa gave no answer." At the end, Mirjana added, "the Gospa blessed the religious articles that we had brought."
Added November 7, 2005 , Originally published January 7, 2000 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje in the Catholic Church

The French Bishops

During the last assembly of the Bishops of France, a question put by a member of the Conference was the subject of a written response by Msgr. H. Brincard, Bishop of Puy-en-Velay, responsible for overseeing the Association of Marian organizations. This response was made at the request of the Permanent Council. Regarding some facts having a certain repercussion, Bishop Brincard wanted solely to bring an ecclesial light, which we can hope will contribute to strengthening the unity of the People of God. Is not the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, in a very particular way, the servant of this unity?

The text is taken from the official bulletin of the French Episcopal Conference (SNOP), No. 1064, printed in La Documentation Catholique of 7 January 2000.

Added November 8, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje in the Catholic Church

On June 24, 1981, six children in the town of Medjugorje, Yugoslavia (today, Bosnia-Herzegovina), began to experience phenomena which they alleged to be apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This apparition had a message of peace for the world, as well as a call to conversion, prayer and fasting. It also entrusted to the children secret messages about events to be fulfilled in the future. These "secrets," confided individually to different visionaries, have not been revealed to the public. The apparitions themselves have continued almost daily since 1981, with some of the now young adults continuing to experience them regularly (those who have not yet received all the secrets intended for them) and others not. Originally they occurred on a hilltop near the town where a large Cross commemorating the Redemption exists. They have since occurred in many other places, including the parish church, St. James, and wherever the visionaries happen to be located at the time of the apparition.

Added November 10, 2005 , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Theology reports / Author: Dr. fra Tomislav Pervan, OFM

Someone said that the problem of the meaning of history is precisely in this, does man know and is he at all aware and is it granted to him to discover the truth about himself while that history is still ongoing. Namely, does history, which offers so many signs of coincidences, so much irrationality, still reveal, in spite of everything, the necessity, which brings along some sort of justification for everything that has happened in the past?

Added November 10, 2005 , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Visionaries, Theology reports / Author: Dr. fra Josip Marcelic

While thinking about the theme assigned, the word of John comes to mind: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life -- the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us -- that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ." (1 Jn 1:1-3)

Added November 16, 2005 , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Theology reports / Author: Dr. Marianne Tigges

An Inquiry into the Calling and Mission of the Church Today

If one inquires about particularly conspicuous signs of hope in today's Church, the new spiritual communities or movements are very often being mentioned. This is certainly justified since, as a whole, they represent an authentic Christian answer to the challenge of the cultural situation of the faith (cp. Medard Kehl SJ, "Communio" - a Paling Vision? In Voices of the Times, Journal no. 7/1997,453).

The Council documents have always stressed the community of the entire People of God in the mission and calling of the Church in the midst of the world. Also the bishops' synods of the last decades have acknowledged the community of the Church as a gift of the Spirit in the multitude of charisms and forms of life: The Calling and Mission of the Laity> (1987), Priestly Formation in Relation to the Present Times (1990) and The Consecrated Life (1994).

Added November 16, 2005 , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Theology reports / Author: Kurt Knotziger

Thoughts to an Introduction

The request for us to read Holy Scripture can be found four times in the messages of Medjugorje. On October 18, 1984, a message said: "Today I call on you to read the Bible every day in your homes and let it be in a visible place so as always to encourage you to read it and to pray." A later message picks up on this one in a very specific manner: "Every family must pray family prayer and read the Bible!" (Message of February 14, 1985) Two further messages give reasons to why reading Sacred Scripture is so very important: "Pray and read the Sacred Scriptures so that through my coming you discover the message in the Sacred Scriptures for you.", and "Read Sacred Scripture, live it, and pray to understand the signs of the times." (June 25, 1991 and August 25, 1993)

Added October 25, 2005 , Last update November 21, 2005, 2:18 PM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Little children, believe, pray and love, and God will be near you. He will give you the gift of all the graces you seek from Him. I am a gift to you, because, from day to day, God permits me to be with you and to love each of you with immeasurable love. Therefore, little children, in prayer and humility, open your hearts and be witnesses of my presence. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added November 22, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje.ws news / Author: Marek Gayer
We added Bulgarian and Czech languages, and we support most of the features in Messages section for these languages.
Added November 22, 2005 , Originally published November 10, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Theology reports / Author: Hans Schotte

Nowhere in the world has Our Lady ever spoken for such a long time and through so many messages to the people of this earth. This fact alone is so unique that it makes us wonder. The Messages have nothing spectacular nor sensational in them, as we journalists expect and as we are used to in news broadcasting. Many Messages are repetitions, deepening of the same content, offering help to make even the smallest step in faith; they are repeated invitations finally to do and to live what Our Lady already invited us to live. She motivates us again and again to turn to her to learn how to believe, to find Jesus, to find ourselves. All this is not particularly interesting for the demands of a journalist. No wonder, because the Messages are not passing news which seem a sensation today and become "cold coffee" tomorrow, according to the proverb: "There is nothing as old as yesterday's newspaper." The Messages are not like that. They are supports and helps to grow continually and in simplicity.

Added November 25, 2005 , Last update November 26, 2005, 5:32 PM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Also today I call you to pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes life for you. Little children, at this time, in a special way, I pray before God to give you the gift of faith. Only in faith will you discover the joy of the gift of life that God has given you. Your heart will be joyful thinking of eternity. I am with you and love you with a tender love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added December 2, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje.ws news / Author: Marek Gayer
We added Russian language, and we support most of the features in Messages section for the Russian language.
Added December 3, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews
Lidija Paris: You are born in Vukovar, and your father was born in Posusje. So many years after the war, it is noticeable that you still carry a deep inner pain remembering all that has happened. You came here with an envelope containing some photographs and some papers. This is all that remains of the first 40 years of your life…

Mirjana Kovač: I came to be in Medjugorje during these days that are still so painful for me. With faith in God, it is much easier for us to carry our cross. We unite our cross to the cross of Jesus, we offer everything to Him. Jesus allowed us this dignity. Thanks to my father and my mother who educated us in faith in God, and with the Rosary in the hand, during those days that are unimaginable for a human intelligence, we had the impression that we were somehow mysteriously supported. We were conscious that the worst could happen at any moment, but thanks to our faith in God, everything had another dimension. Death was closer to us then life…

Added December 4, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Testimonies, Interviews, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church
Dragan Soldo: You went on pilgrimage to many other great Marian shrines. Can you say something about the specificity of Medjugorje?

Mons. José Domingo Ulloa: The specificity of Medjugorje is the gift of peace received here. This is what humanity is longing for today, and this gift is received in Medjugorje through our Mother Mary. It is not only about inner peace, but also about discovering that we are all brothers, and that conflicts and violence are not a solution. This peace should be shared with others.

Added December 25, 2005 , Last update December 25, 2005, 10:26 PM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Also today, in my arms I bring you little Jesus, the King of Peace, to bless you with His peace. Little children, in a special way today I call you to be my carriers of peace in this peaceless world. God will bless you. Little children, do not forget that I am your mother. I bless you all with a special blessing, with little Jesus in my arms. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added December 25, 2005 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Jakov
Dear children! Today, with Jesus in my arms, in a special way I call you to conversion. Children, through all this time which God permitted me to be with you, I continuously called you to conversion. Many of your hearts remained closed. Little children, Jesus is peace, love and joy; therefore now decide for Jesus. Start to pray. Pray to Him for the gift of conversion. Little children, only with Jesus can you have peace, joy and a heart filled with love. Little children, I love you. I am your mother and give you my motherly blessing.
Added September 18, 2005 , Last update October 10, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church, Shepherds of Church
- How would you summarise the messages of Medjugorje? What is distinguishing these messages from those in Lourdes or Fatima?

Bishop Hnilica – In all three places, Our Lady is inviting us to repentance, forgiveness and prayer. In this aspect of the message, these three apparitions are similar. However, the difference in Medjugorje is that the apparitions are lasting for 23 years now. The intensity of the continuation of the supernatural is neither declining nor diminishing during all these years, and the result is an even greater number of intellectuals that are converted here.

 


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