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Medjugorje WebSite Updates of year 2006

Added January 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear Children! My Son was born. Your Savior is here with you. What prevents your hearts from receiving him? What is in them that is all false? Purify your hearts through fasting and prayer. Recognize my Son and receive Him. True peace and true love, only He gives them to you. The path to Eternal Life, it is He, my Son! Thank you.
Added January 25, 2006 , Last update January 25, 2006, 9:37 PM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Also today I call you to be carriers of the Gospel in your families. Do not forget, little children, to read Sacred Scripture. Put it in a visible place and witness with your life that you believe and live the Word of God. I am close to you with my love and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added February 14, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews, Testimonies
What touches young people most in Medjugorje? What attracts them?

Their longing for peace, their thirst for the truth. The world deceives us so often. The media emphasise mostly negative things. Young people are very much manipulated in the area of sexuality, and attacked in their souls. This can lead to severe consequences if their faith has not been strengthened beforehand. The message of Medjugorje awakens in them a longing for true peace, and probably for God and for the family... for intact families. Many people come from broken families nowadays. It is very rare that one finds a family, where the love of the neighbour is really lived, where there is prayer, where parents do not divorce after the first difficulty. But, in my opinion, what draws them mostly to Medjugorje is their longing for God, and the longing to find a meaning to their lives. Here you can meet Mary and Christ more intensely than at home. Another important factor is that young people meet other young people, whom they perceive to have found peace, and to have immersed more deeply in the spiritual life.

Added February 25, 2006 , Last update February 25, 2006, 10:19 PM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! In this Lenten time of grace, I call you to open your hearts to the gifts that God desires to give you. Do not be closed, but with prayer and renunciation say ‘yes’ to God and He will give to you in abundance. As in springtime the earth opens to the seed and yields a hundredfold, so also your heavenly Father will give to you in abundance. I am with you and love you, little children, with a tender love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added March 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Our Lady was so sad that she was in tears. She prayed for the unbelievers, whom Our Lady calls 'those who do not yet know the love of God'. She then prayed and blessed all people present at the apparition and all of the religious articles that were among them. Our Lady spoke to Mirjana about the situation in the world and repeated three times:
God is love! God is love! God is love!
Mirjana was able to ask Our Lady about certain sick people, presenting their intentions to Mary. Our Lady gave answers but Mirjana was not able to share them with everyone present.
Added March 18, 2006 , Last update March 19, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
This year several thousand pilgrims gathered to pray the Rosary at the Cenacolo Community in Medjugorje. The apparition lasted from 13:59 to 14:04 and Our Lady gave the following message:
Dear children! In this Lenten time, I call you to interior renunciation. The way to this leads you through love, fasting, prayer and good works. Only with total interior renunciation will you recognize God’s love and the signs of the time in which you live. You will be witnesses of these signs and will begin to speak about them. I desire to bring you to this. Thank you for having responded to me.
Added March 25, 2006 , Last update April 1, 2006, 10:24 AM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Courage, little children! I decided to lead you on the way of holiness. Renounce sin and set out on the way of salvation, the way which my Son has chosen. Through each of your tribulations and sufferings God will find the way of joy for you. Therefore, little children, pray. We are close to you with our love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added April 2, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje News, Festival Mladifest

The 17th International Youth Festival - Mladifest 17 – will take place in Medjugorje from August 1st to August 6th, 2006. The theme of the encounter is, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps 119 [118]:105) ( “Dear children … witness with your life that you believe and live the Word of God.” - Message of January 25, 2006

Added April 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear Children, I am coming to you, because, with my own example, I wish to show you the importance of prayer for those who have not come to know the love of God. You ask yourself if you are following me? My children, do you not recognize the signs of the times? Do you not speak of them? Come follow me. As a mother I call you. Thank you for having responded.
Added April 11, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje.ws news / Author: Marek Gayer
Today I finished moving of the site to a new address, that should be more easy to remember and matches better to the name of the site: www.ourlady.eu. Although the old address www.olm.name should work also, I recommend of using the new address, because www.olm.name will work only until May 2007. The site was unavailable during whole the yesterday due to this change but should be up and running from today without further problems.
Added April 20, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Visionaries, Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic, Interviews

Vicka: ... Just entered, we have gone on, walking, perhaps three, four meters. We have not visited the whole Heaven, but the Gospa has made sense of it. We have seen a great space wound by a light that it doesn't exist here on the earth. We have seen the people that are neither fat, neither thin, but all equal ones and they have dresses of three colors: the grey , the yellow and the pink. The people walk, sing, pray. There were some small flying Angels. The Gospa has told us: "Look at how much the people are happy in the Heaven". And a joy that cannot be described and that here on the earth it doesn't exist.

Added April 21, 2006 , Originally published March, 2000 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Visionaries, Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic, Interviews

Vicka: ... When you look at Our Lady the beauty of her face is so wonderful that words can't describe it. She herself has said that she is beautiful because she loves. This is the way we must be beautiful - above all, beautiful inside - so that our faces can radiate this beauty too... Unfortunately, we hide our faces behind many types of masks; we hide everything inside.. We have to begin to love to be beautiful. With all our hearts we should begin by loving those in our homes, our family and then the others around us. True beauty is spiritual beauty.

Added April 25, 2006 , Last update April 25, 2006, 9:13 PM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Also today I call you to have more trust in me and my Son. He has conquered by His death and resurrection and, through me, calls you to be a part of His joy. You do not see God, little children, but if you pray you will feel His nearness. I am with you and intercede before God for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added May 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear children, I am coming to you as a mother. I am coming with an open heart full of love for you, my children. Cleanse your hearts from everything that prevents you from receiving me; from recognising the love of my Son. Through you, my heart desires to win -- desires to triumph. Open your hearts; I will lead you to this. Thank you!
Added May 5, 2006 , 11:25 AM , Originally published January, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Spiritual Life / Author: Cristina Palici

In Christian mysticism a victim soul is by no doubt the highest state one could aspire to. In a certain sense, one could say it was both a compendium of all vocations, and a crown upon them all. But we must understand the meaning of victim. A victim soul is a person who offers himself willingly, and even if he is to suffer, he does not offer himself to suffering itself, but to the Man of sorrows, out of love, to share in His passion of love. Yes, he is a person who sacrifices himself, but in the sense given by the Old Covenant: that is, to offer a sacred gift to God.

Added May 5, 2006 , 12:13 AM , Originally published January, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Spiritual Life / Author: Beverley K. Drabsch

In the message of 25 July 2005 Our Blessed Mother at Medjugorje said: “Dear Children! I call you to fill your day with short and ardent prayers.”

There are countless brief and ardent prayers. Perhaps we all have a favourite one we like to repeat more frequently. It would be an ardent task to find the origins of each, but I think it is fair to say that they are all inspired by God’s Spirit of Love; by Love for Love, for love of souls and love of us. One such inspiration was given to the Servant of God Sr. Maria Consolata Betrone (1903-1946, Italy) after reading St. Therese of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul. Consolata herself was granted mystical experiences, but she is particularly remembered for her “very small way” which can be summed up in the following three points which are the nucleus of Our Lord’s instructions to her:

Added May 9, 2006 , 11:13 AM , Originally published January, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Priests of Medjugorje, Interviews / Author: Fra Tomislav Vlašić, OFM
This year is the 25th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Medjugorje. You were a witness of the extraordinary events of the first years. In the light of your personal journey and your priestly experience, what memories awake in you today?

With regards to my past years in Medjugorje, not a lot of things come to mind right now. In 1985 I began gradually withdrawing from Medjugorje to live in contemplation. As my relationship with God grew deeper there was an awakening of the memory of my soul, that space where the Holy Spirit was able to assume the role of main actor, to reveal the Mystery. In this memory there’s not so much the phenomena of Medjugorje, but rather the divine truth of the living and true God, and the Mother of God who is present in and works in us. It is the truth of the Church.

Added May 9, 2006 , 11:14 AM , Originally published January, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Spiritual Life, Reflections / Author: Sr. Stefania Consoli

Beyond all possible thoughts and imagination. Beyond all possible capabilities and merits. Beyond all possible plans. Such is Mary’s presence at Medjugorje. She is present, beyond all possible human logic; beyond all possible will to keep or ignore her; beyond all possible human law and reasoning.
For nearly 25 years the Blessed Virgin has been visiting Medjugorje to visit her children who still belong to time and space, to help them cross the frontier; now, here on earth.

Added May 14, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje.ws news / Author: Marek Gayer
We added Dutch language, and we support most of the features in Messages section for the Dutch language.
Added May 15, 2006 , Originally published March, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje and Vatican, Theology reports / Author: Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict concludes his Encyclical with praise for Mary, “Mother of the Lord and mirror of all holiness.” To Mary, who knitted love into every moment of her life, who became the mother of Love, are dedicated the last words of his letter on love. His words are full of grace and tender love for the little woman of Nazareth.

Added May 15, 2006 , Originally published March, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje and Vatican, Theology reports / Author: Pope Benedict XVI

A pope’s first encyclical is said to be programmatic, a kind of manifesto of the style that Peter’s successor desires giving to the Church during his pontificate. And how could one not see in the title of Pope Benedict’s document the will to begin from the foundation of Christianity: God is love (1Jn 4:16), so that this humanity ever more divided amid the sea of options proposed by society might be shown the tracks that lead to God.

Added May 15, 2006 , Originally published March, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Visionaries, Jelena Vasilj, Interviews / Author: Sr. Stefania Consoli
Jelena, you have been absent from the pages of Echo for some time. What has been happening in your life lately? Who is Jelena today?

We’re expecting our third child, but the pregnancy hasn’t been going according to previsions, and I’ve been confined to total rest. But I’ve seen how this condition of immobility regards my body only, while my spirit has been able to broaden out continually. So this has been a time of grace for me, because love has two sides to it. There is the joy and the enthusiasm of giving, even though this is accompanied by the cross, but it is when the cross is accepted, that our joy is even deeper. Then, everything is okay. It seems as though life should be always downhill to be true – or that’s how we imagine it. However, I am coming to understand ever more how suffering is our true life. So I can say that right now I am living this “true life.”

Added May 21, 2006 , Originally published June 15, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Communities / Author: Sr. Emmanuel

They are the brothers and sisters of “Nuovi Orizzonti” (New Horizons). Founded in Italy, this community is comprised of "survivors”: young men and women who have made the descent into hell, (all too frequent among today’s youth), and have come back to life with Jesus and Mary. But how?

Added June 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Our Lady did not give a classical message. She blessed all of us who were present and all the religious articles that we brought with us for blessing. With a serious expression on her face, Our Lady emphasized again the priestly blessing. With pain and love at the same time Our Lady said:
Remember, children of mine, that it is my Son blessing you. Do not accept it so lightly.
After that Our Lady told me about some things that are supposed to happen and she said:
There is no way without my Son. Do not think that you will have peace and joy if you do not have Him in the first place.
Mirjana said: "I cannot say that Our Lady was sad or joyful; she was preoccupied, with loving care on her face.
Added June 4, 2006 , Originally published July 1, 2004 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Prayers / Author: Sr. Emmanuel

Large crowds of pilgrims came to Medjugorje for the 23rd Anniversary of the Apparitions.  What a pleasant surprise it was for all of us to hear this beautiful message given by the Gospa on this occasion (see PS.Message of June 25th ).  The joy of Heaven was in our midst and the faces were radiating!

Added June 4, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Prayers

Fr. Andrea Gasparino from Cuneo, Italy is famous for his teachings on prayer, which he has been holding for more than 40 years. He teaches the prayer of silence and of the heart, and has always called himself an enemy of oral prayer. In the following interview, held on Radio Maria, the Father clarifies some doubts.

Added June 11, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Reflections / Author: Giuseppe Ferraro

The Queen of Peace ends her every message by thanking us “for having responded to her call.” In fact, she has been calling us with endearing motherly passion every day for the last 25 years: “I am, my dear Children, untiring; I call you even when you are far from my heart...” ( Mess. 14.11.1985 ).

Added June 11, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Priests of Medjugorje / Author: Fra Tomislav Vlašić, OFM

On the evening of the 24th June 1981 at Bijakovici - a hamlet in the parish of Medjugorje - the sky was opened. No news. Yet extraordinary news. For Christian souls it was something familiar, yet it was also new. It brought new life: faith, hope and love were awoken, activating the divine life in persons.

This novelty for some became life, for others it was a stumbling block. Or rather, the living presence of Our Lady in our midst was for some joy, while others would have wanted to suppress it. As always, jubilation becomes inspiration and promotes the faith in God’s people - but when one doesn’t believe it creates fear in those “free-in-God-to-choose” people.

The Lord shows His face to His people, and this becomes a sign of contradiction. In this human vortex Mary comes as Mother of all, despite divisions and human reserve; she is, after all, Queen of Peace. As such she announces to every person the grandeur and nobleness of life in God. Despite the different responses to her call, she remains close to the people with her motherly love.

Added May 25, 2006 , Last update June 18, 2006, 11:05 PM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Also today I call you to put into praxis and to live my messages that I am giving you. Decide for holiness, little children, and think of heaven. Only in this way, will you have peace in your heart that no one will be able to destroy. Peace is a gift, which God gives you in prayer. Little children, seek and work with all your strength for peace to win in your hearts and in the world. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added June 25, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Ivanka
The apparition lasted 7 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, thank you for having responded to my call. Pray, pray, pray.
Our Lady was joyful and spoke about the seventh secret.
Added June 27, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews
How do you see the spirituality of Medjugorje - if there is a spirituality of Medjugorje at all?

I have been asking the question of myself and others if there is a distinct spirituality of Medjugorje. I do not think there is. I think it is more a call to deepen the spirituality that we already have. A new understanding of what we all received as children, in school and home; it is a reawakening of that, it is a renewal of that kind of uncomplicated faith, unembarrassed faith. As for the apparitions of Mary, at first you feel - if she is the Mother of God - her messages should be more theologically substantial. In fact they are deceptively simple. And I say to myself: I have been through theology courses, maybe this is the time for me to get back to the simple faith that we all have, and we grew up with. Time to look again at what Our Lady is saying, read the messages again, re-read them, and read between the lines, between the words.

Added June 28, 2006 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Medjugorje Photos - Pictures Gallery

Photos from winter times.

Added June 28, 2006 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Medjugorje Photos - Pictures Gallery

Photos taken during the Easter.

Added June 28, 2006 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Medjugorje Photos - Pictures Gallery

Celebration of Anniversary at the Exterior Altar before St. James Church Photos.

Added July 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear children, God created you with free will to comprehend and to choose: Life or Death. I as a mother, with motherly love, desire to help you to comprehend and to choose life. My children, do not deceive yourselves with false peace and false joy. Permit me, my children, to show you the true way, the way that leads to life – my Son. Thank you.
Added June 25, 2006 , Last update July 6, 2006, 10:13 PM /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! With great joy in my heart I thank you for all the prayers that, in these days, you offered for my intentions. Know, little children, that you will not regret it, neither you nor your children. God will reward you with great graces and you will earn eternal life. I am near you and thank all those who, through these years, have accepted my messages, have poured them into their life and decided for holiness and peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added July 16, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje News

The 25th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje was solemnly celebrated in the spirit of gratitude for all the graces received.

Spiritual preparation - Novena

The spiritual preparation for the Anniversary was the Novena, which was prayed on Apparition Hill by the parishioners and the pilgrims from all over the world. From June 15 to 23, great crowds flocked towards Podbrdo at any time of day or night. Every day at 4 pm, they prayed the Rosary together with the Franciscans, and the visionaries also climbed the hill to pray there with the faithful.

Added July 19, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje.ws news / Author: Marek Gayer
As you may already noticed they were some changes made to this site:
Added July 19, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje News, Reflections / Author: Sr. Stefania Consoli

The air of Medjugorje is bubbling with joy, faces are radiant, everyone is grateful for being here for this important and long awaited occasion: the 25th Anniversary of Mary’s apparitions at Medjugorje.

Everyone feels grateful, even privileged, as though each had received a personal invitation. Everyone certainly feels loved. It is as though the Gospa had “arranged things” in the life of each person to make it possible for him or her to be here. It hasn’t got to do with favouritism, but of being called. We are all called to become apostles, mediators of a grace that is too big to be contained. It is a gratuitous call by God that ought not make us feel better than others, but only responsible administrators of a good destined for all.

Added July 21, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje - Category: Section Documents

In the early days of the apparitions, Our Lady, called "Gospa" in Croatian, started to entrust to the six visionaries ten secrets which contain information on future events. These ten Medjugorje secrets, which will affect the Church and the world. To date, three visionaries, Mirjana, Ivanka, and Jakov report they have received all ten Medjugorje secrets, while Ivan, Marija and Vicka say they have received nine secrets.

Added July 25, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! At this time, do not only think of rest for your body but, little children, seek time also for the soul. In silence may the Holy Spirit speak to you and permit Him to convert and change you. I am with you and before God I intercede for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added August 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear children! In these peaceless times I am coming to you to show you the way to peace. I love you with an immeasurable love and I desire for you to love each other and to see in everyone my Son – the immeasurable love. The way to peace leads solely and only through love. Give your hand to me, your mother, and permit me to lead you. I am the Queen of peace. Thank you.
Mirjana added: "Again, after a long time, I saw the sky opening and then a sign of a Cross, a heart and the sun."
Added August 10, 2006 , Originally published August 15, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Visionaries, Jelena Vasilj / Author: Sr. Emmanuel

For years, Jelena was formed by the Gospa. For years, Jelena was trained by the Gospa directly and today she remains a well of light for whoever wants to understand Our Lady's maternal spirit. Here are a few words that I gleaned these days from Jelena:

"Before I was married, my life was easier. I was studying, I was free, actually, I was working on my personal formation. Now my life as a spouse and mother obligates me to practice everything I learned. That is to say, to give all of myself constantly and without counting the cost. My children - they are my superiors. Looking at my children teaches me a lot about God. God is relationship and we are created in His image. I can tell by looking at my children! When a child makes noise, cries, weeps, hits, it's because he wants to enter into a relationship with us. A child, just like God, is always seeking a relationship. For a child this relationship is vital because it is through this relationship that he is built up. The richness of life is communicated through relationships. We all live out of relationships.

"When a child is experiencing relationship, he doesn't need television. Rather, he is at peace. He is satisfied. I've noticed that with my children. They never want television and even when they go to the homes of their friends, they don't want it. Television is interruption of relationship and sharing that unites family and friends. Often, we erect walls of protection against life and we lock ourselves in. When I am in a room with someone and I turn on the television, it is as if I am telling him that he is not interesting enough for me and doesn't deserve my attention.

Added August 10, 2006 , Originally published September, 2002 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Visionaries, Jelena Vasilj / Author: Sr. Stefania Consoli

..brethren, exercise yourselves in charity! (St. Augustine)

With the musical version of the Litany, the Saints were called to witness at the wedding celebration between Jelena Vasilj and Massimiliano Valente on 24th August 2002 in the Shrine of the Queen of Peace at Medjugorje.

Over 500 guests (mostly from abroad) filled St. James church to join the parishioners to pray for this new family. "From his shrine may the Lord bless you.." read Fra Dragan Rucic at the start of the Mass. A choir of splend-id voices from Vicenza (Italy), and several soloists, helped make the cele-bration more sacred and solemn.

Added August 19, 2006 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Medjugorje Photos - Pictures Gallery, Youth Festival 'Mladifest', Medjugorje

Photos from the Medjugorje Festival during 1. - 6. August, 2006.

Added August 21, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje News, Festival Mladifest

"We have the same attitude towards God when we do not put Him in the first place and when we do not pray. We are far removed from the source of the spring and become frustrated. Grace is given to us through our relationship with God - in prayer."

The 17th International Youth Festival took place in Medjugorje from August 1 to 6, 2006. This year’s theme was, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps 119 [118]:105), in harmony with the theme, which the Holy Father Benedict XVI gave to the youth for this year’s World Youth Day that took place on Palm Sunday in local Churches.

Added August 25, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje - Category: Section Documents

Medjugorje is not located in Yugoslavia nor Croatia, such even today some people still think. Instead it is located in southern part of Bosnia Herzegovina, which used to be a former republic of Yugoslavia. Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in Southern Europe and it's capital city is Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina is surrounded by Croatia and Serbia. Medjugorje is located between the city of Mostar and coastside of Adriatic sea (part across the Peljesac Peninsula). It's in relative close location to Croatian coastal cities of Dubrovnik and Split.

Added August 25, 2006 , Last update August 31, 2006 /  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. Only in prayer will you be near to me and my Son and you will see how short this life is. In your heart a desire for Heaven will be born. Joy will begin to rule in your heart and prayer will begin to flow like a river. In your words there will only be thanksgiving to God for having created you and the desire for holiness will become a reality for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added September 1, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje and Vatican
Added September 2, 2006 , Originally published April 22, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje and Vatican
Added September 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Mirjana reported that Our Lady said the following:
You know that we have been gathering for me to help you to come to know the love of God.
She (Our Lady) then spoke about the future and said:
I am gathering you under my motherly mantle to help you to come to know God's love and His greatness. My children, God is great. Great are His works. Do not deceive yourselves that you can do anything without Him. Not even to take a step, my children. Instead set out and witness His love! I am with you. Thank you.
Added September 3, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Priests of Medjugorje, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church / Author: Dr. fra Tomislav Pervan, OFM

For the past twenty-five years, Medjugorje has been an actuality on the world scene. Today, it has its zealous advocates; however, it also has its fierce opponents. Opposing front lines in the battle are not likely to sue for peace any time soon. Advocates are tireless in their visits to Medjugorje all the while believing the authentic voice of Heaven is the starting point, namely, the appearance of the Gospa - Our Lady. Meanwhile, the opponents are fierce in their opposition and seek out elements of contention surrounding the entire set of events.

Added September 3, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Shepherds of Church, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church
Added September 4, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Shepherds of Church, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church

When, on the 24th-25th of June 1981, Our Lady's apparitions began in the parish of Medjugorje, in the diocese of Mostar-Duvno and Trebinje- Markanj, the bishop was Pavao Zanic (1971-1993). He was succeeded by dr. Ratko Peric.

Added September 5, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Shepherds of Church, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church
Added September 6, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Shepherds of Church, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church
Added September 7, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Shepherds of Church, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church
Added September 8, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Ivan
Dear Children, In these years that I have been with you I have sown the seed. I desire, my Children, that you grow from this seed to become my flowers. Be my flowers, spread the messages, pray for peace, pray together with your Mother for peace. Thank you, my Children, for responding to my call!
Added September 8, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Shepherds of Church, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church
Added September 16, 2006 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Medjugorje Photos - Pictures Gallery / Author: Marek Gayer

Photos of one of the Medjugorje visionaries, Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic during her short discourse to pilgrims before the house of her parents.

Added September 16, 2006 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Medjugorje Photos - Pictures Gallery / Author: Marek Gayer

Photos of Siroki Brijeg, which is located several kilometres from Medjugorje. Siroki Brijeg is the place of work of Fr. Jozo Zovko.

Added September 16, 2006 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Medjugorje Photos - Pictures Gallery / Author: Marek Gayer

Pilgrims came up the Cross Mountain Krizevac to participate the Holy Mass before the Cross. Folder contains photos from the event and links to descripting article with additional photos from the event.

Added September 16, 2006 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Medjugorje Photos - Pictures Gallery / Author: Marek Gayer

Pictures taken during late summer days.

Added September 17, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Priests of Medjugorje, Interviews, Festival Mladifest / Author: Alex Borlini

How did the Festival first begin? What was its aim?

This festival began 17 years ago when Fr. Slavko began to help a group of young people understand Medjugorje, also through the help of songs personal testimonies. I wasn’t here then, so I can’t tell you more about that. It was certainly a group of young people who had been touched by Medjugorje and by Our Lady’s presence and by her messages. So, gradually, this festival, this international meeting grew.

Added September 17, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje News, Festival Mladifest, Testimonies / Author: Francesco Cavagna

A song, warm and rhythmical, rises from their joyful hearts, as also their minds and bodies praise the King. In dozens of different languages and prayers, with hundreds of different colours and thousands of voices, there is something new and unique going on in Medjugorje. It cannot go unnoticed by anyone, but rather, the life it brings urges you to come and be part of this one body, which is the springtime of the Church, and the mystical body of Christ.

Added September 17, 2006 , Originally published September 1, 2003 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Testimonies

Colette is French, her husband, British and they have two girls born in America:

"We currently live in Pennsylvania. Our family is, or should I say, was not the religious type. Both my husband and I had had disgruntling experiences with the Catholic Church and we were happy to stay as far from it as we possibly could. And yet, in March 2003, something really weird happened.

Added September 17, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Reflections / Author: Pietro Squassabia

Maybe we tend to say: I’ve been able to do this or that, or: this work is mine, revealing a note of self-satisfaction, or even pride. So I ask: how will we see our life when it nears its end? I think we’ll have a serene and luminous recollection of what God has done in our lives and in the lives of others, and for us this will certainly be reason for joy and peace. Perhaps we shall have a distant and even indifferent recollection of what we will have done on our own; and we may also regret not having the ability and possibility of doing what we were once able to do. God, however, does not so much seek our doing – for in an instant He can create the universe – but He seeks our heart, for it is there that He finds His delight.

Added September 17, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Visionaries, Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic, Reflections / Author: Francesco Cavagna

I remember well the first time I came to Medjugorje. It was in 1997 and I was 14 years old. That pilgrimage marked a turning point in my life. It gave my life a definite direction. The journey, of course, is gradual, but at different moments I have been asked to give my response to God, and in total freedom I renewed my “yes” each time.

I was a boy at the time, and when I first came here to this blessed land I had no particular expectations or biased opinions of any type. As I look back I think I was simply led here by Our Lady. She took me by the hand and led me towards the God of Love. Till then I knew God only by hearsay, but I was soon to be seduced by Him.

Added September 19, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje News

In the Parish of Medjugorje, the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is called “Križevac” and is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday after the Feast of the Nativity of Mary. In honour of the Holy Year of Redemption 1933/34, and inspired by their pastor Fr. Bernardin Smoljan, the parishioners, despite their poverty, built a monumental cross, 8.5 m high and 3.5 m wide, on the hill above Medjugorje. Relics of the true cross of Jesus, received from Rome for the occasion, are embedded in the crossbar itself.

Added September 20, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Priests of Medjugorje / Author: Fra Tomislav Vlašić, OFM

After the apparition of the Blessed Virgin on November 30, 1983, Maria Pavlovic came to me and said, 'The Madonna says that the Supreme Pontiff and the Bishop must be advised immediately of the urgency and great importance of the message of Medjugorje.'

Added September 20, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje - Category: Section Documents

Scientific Research on the Medjugorje visionaries

Added September 21, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Medjugorje.ws news / Author: Marek Gayer
Added September 23, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje - Category: Section Documents

From the beginning, the Medjugorje apparitions were accompanied by many unusual phenomena, both in the sky and on the ground, especially by miraculous healings. I myself, with about a thousand pilgrims, experienced one unusual dance of the sun. That manifestation was so unusual and obvious, that everyone without exception classified it as a miracle. None of those present remained indifferent, which I myself was convinced of by questioning the others who were present. The joy, the tears, and the statements of those present strongly confirmed it. From their words, it could be seen that they understood that manifestation as a confirmation of the authenticity of the apparitions, and as an incentive to respond to the Medjugorje messages by accepting them. And that is the real purpose of miracles: to help people believe and live by faith because they stand in the service of the faith and of the salvation of people.

Added September 25, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Also today I am with you and call all of you to complete conversion. Decide for God, little children, and you will find in God the peace your heart seeks. Imitate the lives of saints and may they be an example for you; and I will inspire you as long as the Almighty permits me to be with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added October 1, 2006 , Originally published November, 1996 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Visionaries, Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo

On 7th October Mirjana was interviewed by a group from Foggia.

Q. Mirjana, do you continue to see Our Lady regularly?

Mirjana Dragicevic: Yes, Our Lady always appears to me on 18th March and 2nd of each month. With regards to the 18th March She told me that Her apparitions would last all my life. I do not know when those of the 2nd will finish. They are very different from those I experienced with the other visionaries up to Christmas 1982. While Our Lady appears for these at a set time (5.45 pm) I do not know when She will arrive. I begin to pray when it is about 5 am and at times Our Lady appears in the afternoon, or even in the late evening. The duration of the apparitions also differs: those of the visionaries last about 3 to 8 minutes, the ones I receive on the 2nd of each month from 15 to 30 minutes.

Added October 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Our Lady's message given to the visionary Mirjana at the community Cenacolo
Dear children, I am coming to you in this your time, to direct the call to eternity to you. This is the call of love. I call you to love, because only through love will you come to know the love of God. Many think that they have faith in God and that they know his laws. They try to live according to them, but they do not do what is the most important; they do not love Him. My children, pray and fast. This is the way which will help you to open yourselves and to love. Only through the love of God is eternity gained. I am with you. I will lead you with the motherly love. Thank you for having responded.
Added October 10, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Spiritual Life

Approximately 2,000 people inhabit the Hungarian speaking rural parish of Sts. Peter and Paul, in the town Male Pijace in Voivodina (Serbia). They have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in their church every Thursday. They listen to the meditations from the church in Medjugorje thanks to “Radio Maria” from Novi Sad, which, in turn, relays the broadcasts from Radio “Mir” Medjugorje. Whenever translation into the Hungarian language is not possible in Medjugorje itself, the translation is done in the studio in Novi Sad.

Added October 14, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Other, Music, Free downloads / Author: Marek Gayer

As the webmaster of a Medjugorje website, I am always interested in other sites and pages related to and inspired by Medjugorje. When I browse through them, I notice that only a minor part of them is able to offer a really unique and attractive content. Pages of Gospa Oratorio fortunately belongs to this category - on their pages they publish something very rare and unique - a quality spiritual music album that was inspired by Medjugorje, that we can download and listen to freely in high-quality encoded mp3 files. One can also download a booklet with all the lyrics of the songs in English language. After downloading, the music can be burned to a CD, copy to a mp3 player or played directly from the computer

Added October 25, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Monthly Messages / Author: Fra Ljubo Kurtović, OFM
Dear children! Today the Lord permitted me to tell you again that you live in a time of grace. You are not conscious, little children, that God is giving you a great opportunity to convert and to live in peace and love. You are so blind and attached to earthly things and think of earthly life. God sent me to lead you toward eternal life. I, little children, am not tired, although I see that your hearts are heavy and tired for everything that is a grace and a gift. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added November 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear children, My coming to you, my children, is God's love. God is sending me to warn you and to show you the right way. Do not shut your eyes before the truth, my children. Your time is a short time. Do not permit delusions to begin to rule over you. The way on which I desire to lead you is the way of peace and love. This is the way which leads to my Son, your God. Give me your hearts that I may put my Son in them and make my apostoles of you - apostoles of peace and love. Thank you!

Afterwards, in conclusion, Our Lady said for us not to forget our shepherds in our prayers.

Added November 6, 2006 , Originally published September, 2002 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Communities, Testimonies, Spiritual Life

"Thank you for responding to my call!" Mary always thanks. This had struck me, but only now do I comprehend!

Whatever the circumstances that bring us to Medjugorje, we are called. As a cloistered nun it was due to health problems that I was able to come (with due permission, of course). Providence saw that I found hospitality at the contemplative Community, Kraljice Mira (Queen of Peace, Wholly Thine...); and it is with immense gratitude that I ask myself why is this granted me, that the Mother of my Lord should call me.

Added November 7, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Early Medjugorje Reflections Books, Books, Priests of Medjugorje / Author: Dr. Fra Slavko Barbarić, OFM , Fra Tomislav Vlašić, OFM

This book is the third of the four volumes of sermons and discourses given by Fr. Slavko Barbaric and Fr. Tomislav Vlasic during 1984 - 1987 in Medjugorje, and contains discourses given from July to December 1985.

Not all chapters of this book are yet included

Added November 7, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Early Medjugorje Reflections Books, Books, Priests of Medjugorje / Author: Dr. Fra Slavko Barbarić, OFM , Fra Tomislav Vlašić, OFM

This book is the last of the four volumes of sermons and discourses given by Fr. Slavko Barbaric and Fr. Tomislav Vlasic during 1984 - 1987 in Medjugorje, and contains discourses from 1986, finishing with the early messages of 1987.

Not all chapters of this book are yet included

Added November 10, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje - Category: Section Documents
Added November 10, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje - Category: Section Documents
Added November 13, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Reflections / Author: Nuccio Quattrocchi

A reflection for Medjugorje Message of October 25, 2006

Dear children! Today the Lord permitted me to tell you again that you live in a time of grace. You are not conscious, little children, that God is giving you a great opportunity to convert and to live in peace and love. You are so blind and attached to earthly things and think of earthly life. God sent me to lead you toward eternal life. I, little children, am not tired, although I see that your hearts are heavy and tired for everything that is a grace and a gift. Thank you for having responded to my call.

This is an unusual message, not so much for its contents, but for its tone. The contents regard, as always, the need to convert, return to God, surrender to Him, and the need to undertake a journey towards the eternal life seriously, consciously, and with deter-mination. The tone, on the other hand, is not that of an invitation, but of reproach. Used as we are to being urged and spurred on, this message surprises us because rather than a call it appears more to capture a situation of distance between us and God.

Added November 13, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Shepherds of Church, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church

Quite to the contrary, Mons. Paul Hnilica was a courageous witness in the Church of the extraordinary grace of that blessed land. In 1997 he addressed a letter to Medjugorje-inspired prayer groups, a part of which we publish here to synthesize the immense value of the event known as Medjugorje.

Added November 14, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Reflections, Spiritual Life / Author: Cecilia Appugliese

We recently celebrated the Jubilee of Heaven: Our Lady’s presence in our midst for 25 years. Since that distant 25 June 1981, a good part of the world has been to Medugorje. Some pass through but once, but the greater majority return after the first visit, and continue to return as though to a special appointment that one is anxious for.

Medjugorje is known by now in every corner of the world, even if merely by hear-say. Every time one returns is though to drink fresh water from a well-spring which quenches our thirst for God and His love. This thirst is in the hearts of all, but at times is ignored, wittingly or unwittingly, and we often seek to quench it with “polluted water.” Mary came to awaken in us this thirst and to help us find at Jacob’s well Him who quenches every thirst: her Son Jesus. This then, explains the ongoing desire to make this pilgrimage, to begin the journey on which to encounter the Lord. At Medugorje, it is difficult not to encounter Him, not to hear the call to conversion, the need to pray, to reconcile with God through confession and begin a new life.

Added November 14, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Reflections / Author: Giuseppe Ferraro

There is an expression that is repeated very frequently in the messages of the Queen of Peace, perhaps so much so that her distracted children miss the importance of it and their hearts are unmoved by it. This expression is: “I am with you!”

When asked what he thought the most important message Heaven was offering us through Medjugorje, Padre Slavko would respond: “Mary’s special presence in our midst.”

Added November 21, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Spiritual Life / Author: Sr. Emmanuel

Last summer, a dear Croatian friend went back to the Lord, after a very painful cancer. At her bedside I met an Austrian woman who often came to see her, prayed with her, and helped her to prepare for the great meeting. I was so impressed with her tactfulness, her know-how by a dying person, and the appropriateness of her words that I asked her for her secret. She told me her story and how the Lord had countered her plans to put her in His service. The testimony of this woman, Elizabeth, is worth knowing. The month of November is the month of All Saints and also the month of the dead who are waiting to come into the Light. Therefore everything that can help us Christianize our vision of death is good to take on!

Added November 22, 2006 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Shepherds of Church, Medjugorje in the Catholic Church, Testimonies

Some years ago when I was first a bishop in Louisiana, it must have been 1988, I was making my first "ad limina" visit to the Holy Father in Rome.

The other bishops of Louisiana were with me and, as what the custom of John Paul II, we were invited in to enjoy a lunch with him. There were eight of us at the table with him.

Soup was being served. Bishop Stanley Ott of Baton Rouge, La., who has since gone to God, asked the Holy Father: "Holy Father, what do you think of Medjugorje?"

Added November 25, 2006 /  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. Little children, when you pray you are close to God and He gives you the desire for eternity. This is a time when you can speak more about God and do more for God. Therefore, little children, do not resist but permit Him to lead you, to change you and to enter into your life. Do not forget that you are travellers on the way toward eternity. Therefore, little children, permit God to lead you as a shepherd leads his flock. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Added December 2, 2006 /  Section: Our Lady of Medjugorje Messages - Category: Mirjana
Dear children, In this joyful time of expectation of my Son, I desire that all the days of your earthly life may be a joyful expectation of my Son. I am calling you to holiness. I call you to be my apostles of holiness so that, through you, the Good News may illuminate all those whom you will meet. Fast and pray, and I will be with you. Thank you!
Added December 2, 2006 , Originally published November, 2001 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Reflections / Author: Sr. Stefania Consoli

Love, sung, prayed, and proclaimed, has always been the object of man’s attention. To tell the truth, love is the only thing we seek and really need. Lack of love is the root of every conflict whether personal, or a family or world affair. If every person were to fully enjoy a portion of the love for which he was created, no one would ever bother to attack another, but he would simply love!

Added December 8, 2006 , Originally published June 2, 2005 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Interviews, Medjugorje and Vatican

For ten years now, the statue of Gospa in the town of Civitavecchia is weeping tears of blood

An interview with Mons. Girolamo Grillo from Civitavecchia – “The tree can be recognised by its fruits”, quotes Bishop Girolamo Grillo the words of Jesus from the Gospel, when somebody asks him about Gospa weeping tears of blood in the town of Civitavecchia. A little statue of Our Lady bought in Medjugorje more than ten years ago started to weep tears of blood about ten years ago, in the village of Pantano, near the town of Civitavecchia, 60 km from Rome.

Added December 8, 2006 , Originally published February 1, 2003 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Testimonies, Spiritual Life / Author: Sr. Emmanuel

...In the early years, Kathleen tells us, the church would be packed and the people - with great zeal - would always sing the "Ave" at the end of Mass. Marija said that very often Our Lady would reappear and she'd go above the people back and forth in the church, and she would be weeping. Marija once asked her why she wept. Our Lady said, "Because I didn't know so many people loved me!" (Kathleen's observation: She cried for joy because she didn't expect to be loved - which means she's not used to being loved by us

Added December 20, 2006 , Originally published June, 1984 /  Section: Medjugorje News & Articles - Category: Visionaries, Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez, Interviews / Author: Fr. Svetozar Kraljevic

Medjugorje, February, 1983

Svetozar Kraljevic: Ivanka, you and Mirjana were taking a walk together that day. Why were you walking together?

Ivanka Ivankovic: We regularly walked together in that area. We had been at my house; then we decided to take our walk.

Added December 20, 2006

Folder with old images and traditional pictures of Blessed Virgin Mary.

Added December 20, 2006

Folder with old images and traditional pictures of Jesus Christ.

Added December 20, 2006 /  Section: Picture & Photo Galleries - Category: Virgin Mary Pictures

Rosary Secrets Cards with Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries.

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