This blog was started on July 21st, 2015, after my Mary, Our Mother blog had mysteriously disappeared. I will post only Marian items, especially regarding Medjugorje and other Marian apparitions. Thank you for reading this blog. May it give great glory to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
QUEEN OF PEACE
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Vicka, Joel's Story, Embracing Jesus in Priests, and a Message to the Youth from Cardinal Schonborn
From the Desk of Sr. Emmanuel Maillard
August 15, 2015
Feast of the Assumption of Mary
Dear Children of Medjugorje, praised be Jesus and Mary!
1. On August 2, 2015 Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross in the presence
of an immense crowd, which had gathered for the Youth Festival. After
the apparition, she conveyed the following message:. After the apparition, she conveyed the following message:
"Dear children! I,
as a mother who loves her children, see how difficult the time in which
you live is. I see your suffering, but you need to know that you are
not alone. My Son is with you. He is everywhere. He is invisible, but
you can see Him if you live Him. He is the light which illuminates your
soul and gives you peace. He is the Church which you need to love and to
always pray and fight for - but not only with words, instead with acts
of love. My children, bring it about for everyone to come to know my
Son, bring it about that He may be loved, because the truth is in my Son
born of God - the Son of God. Do not waste time deliberating too much;
you will distance yourselves from the truth. With a simple heart accept
His word and live it. If you live His word, you will pray. If you live
His word, you will love with a merciful love; you will love each other.
The more that you will love, the farther away you will be from death.
For those who will live the word of my Son and who will love, death will
be life. Thank you.Pray to be able to see my Son in your shepherds. Pray to be able to embrace Him in them."
2.Embrace Jesus in priests?
Here Our Lady uses an expression that asks for reflection.
Obviously Our Lady does not ask us to embrace priests physically! It is
about another very profound interior reality!
Being able to embrace Jesus, what more can we wish? And it is
Mary who invites us to do so! If we had Jesus in front of us, we would
run to kiss Him and we would not want to leave that embrace. And if He
showed Himself to us as suffering Jesus, we would put even more love
into that embrace, because we would want to console Him. Yet, it is us
who would be consoled by this sweet exchange of love, and it would be
joyful. But let us return to priests that we know: right away, without
any effort, our thoughts fly to those in whom we can see Jesus without
difficulty. We see their tiredness, their zeal, the sacrifice of their
lives, their words. It is easy for us to love them and want to relieve
them from their fatigue with fervent prayer.
But how do we go about praying and sacrificing for priests in
whom we find it difficult to see Jesus? There again, faith comes to our
rescue. Mary tells us that "Jesus is the Church". My God! The Church of
today is Him? We should embrace Him like that? It is true that the
Church is the Bride who brings forth new saints, hidden in the eyes of
men, but She Herself is so wounded and bleeding! Rather than run to
embrace Her, wouldn't we be overcome with disgust?
words from Our Lady confirm that prayer for priests and the sacrifice
of our lives for them is infinitely pleasing to God and represents a
real embrace with Jesus. These words renew in us the enthusiasm and the
strength to pray for them and offer our lives as a sacrifice for
priests' sanctification. And I notice that Heaven does not expect this
commitment only from a few privileged souls in the last century like
Teresa Musco, Padre Pio, Conchita, Little Fower, etc, but he asks this
from all of us, today! And Mary explains it to us: Praying for priests,
offering ourselves totally for them is equivalent to embracing Jesus!
Jesus is in all of His priests, the holy ones, the pure
ones, those who take us on the way to Heaven, but also in those who are
not good-looking, even those who hurt and repel us. I, a sinner, how
dare I complain, but I often wonder at how Jesus lives in those priests,
He being the innocent one. What torments, what pains, what agony is He
living in priests who commit sins of impurity, sins of greed, sins of
victimizing others. No, we do not want to run away in front of those
putrid wounds! We want to pray for them!
do not know any other way of embracing Jesus in a priest, apart from
praying for them and the Church, and sacrificing ourselves for their
sake. Within the Church, we see so many beautiful examples of Spiritual
motherhood! May we support one another in loving the Church! May we
fight for Her as we fight against our own corruption. This fight is all
about an interior battle, because the embrace that we can offer to Jesus
through his priests is interior.
3. The Medjugorje Case. Nothing new for the moment, it is summer in Rome also!
Let's remember an Interview with Mirjana about St John Paul II. She said, "A
priest told me that from the very beginning, the Pope was very fond of
Medjugorje because two months before the apparitions in Medjugorje
started, he was praying to Our Lady, asking her to come again on earth.
He said, 'I cannot do it all alone because Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia,
Poland etc, are all communist countries. I cannot do it on my own. I
need you.' And later he heard that in a little village,
Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, a communist country, Our Lady was appearing and
he said, 'that is the response to my prayers.'"(Adapted from a question and answer session with Mirjana in Oct. 2009.)
During the Youth Festival, Cardinal Schönborn, from Vienna,(pictured above) sent this message in support of the thousands of young people gathered in Medjugorje:
"Dear young people, who gathered in Medjugorje again in great
numbers! I am with you, intensively united in one heart with you and
and in prayer the last few days. Today we are celebrating the memorial
of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He had only one desire: to completely place
himself at God's disposal for the spreading of His Kingdom! That
readiness brought so many great fruits. Finally, we have our dear Holy
Father Francis, the first pope from the Jesuit order. Let us entrust him
and his service to the Gospa!
Jesus tells us what St. Ignatius was saying: 'Here I am!' In communion with You. I would like to go in my life!'
May the Lord bless you and your days
that you will spend there with Him and His Mother in Medjugorje! Please
pray for the Synod on the Family!Yours, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn!"
For my part, Pope Francis' silence about Medjugorje is positive. I
think he is waiting for the appropriate moment to express his views.
A small, but
meaningful anecdote that is worth sharing here: on Wednesday June 17th,
Douglas, an old friend of mine who often comes to Medjugorje, met Pope
Francis during the general audience following his catechesis about
Family. On that day the Gospel inspired Douglas in a special way - it
was about the young man who was being taken to the cemetery and whose
mother was widowed (Luke 7:11-15). Douglas said to Pope Francis: "Holy
Father, this is exactly what is happening in Medjguorje: some priests
arrive, and they are dead inside. And in Medjugorje Jesus resurrects
them and gives them back to His Mother." The Pope answered with deep
conviction, "I know, I know!"
4. The key episode that changed Joel's life:
"I was going to Medjugorje with little enthusiasm," Joel
tells us. "I was taking with me, in the twilight of a long and busy
life, my troubles, my regrets, quite a few betrayals, all the
ingredients that point to a rather pessimistic future.
A young seminarian went with us. He was very nice but still a
little annoying, with all his certainties. I am a lawyer, steeped in
Cartesian logic, and I am used to resolving my problems on my own,
without taking others into account. As soon as we arrived, I felt this
maternal presence, enveloping, very sweet but also very powerful and
definitive. So I allowed myself to be taken by the hand, so to speak,
and at every step, I experienced love from others. The Holy Mother had
taken over, she knows us perfectly, and knows what we need.
Back in France, the Blessed Mother sent me to school. I
wanted to serve, so I helped out here and there, little things that did
not seem very important to me but surely did to God. Notwithstanding all
my clumsiness, I received a great deal from others, indulgences,
leniency, love. Increasingly, during Mass, at the elevation, I felt this
intense need to watch the host with great attention and fervor.
The young seminarian I was talking about became a priest, and
came to celebrate his first Mass in my parish. I knelt and closed my
eyes. When I opened my eyes during the elevation, I was astounded: the
priest gradually blended away, and instead I saw our Lord Jesus,
surrounded by His disciples. In addition, all the people attending the
Mass, including myself, were still there. And I saw many Angels who, by
their presence, were blessing this scene which was none other than the
Lord's Supper! What struck me most is that this Supper was animated, it
wasn't static! In addition to great beauty, this scene exuded a feeling
of love and immeasurable peace, far away from all the trials of our
lives! So I really never wanted to leave this place where one feels so
wonderful. This was not a hallucination, I have no doubt about that,
this was real.
Gradually, everything went back to the way it was, but I will
never forget this encounter with the living Jesus, and I will always
experience the Holy Eucharist in a different, much fuller way."
What Joel tells us here is a wakeup call to welcome the great
gift that Christ is offering us through His real presence. Adoration of
Jesus in the Host is what will save the world today from all its
horrors and straying! It is no coincidence that perpetual adoration
chapels are increasing in numbers in the Church. When we worship Jesus,
He is the one who first looks at us, and His gaze of a Creator rebuilds
our innermost being. He takes all the scattered pieces of our hectic
lives, and recreates within us that intimate unity and wholeness that
makes us unique, beautiful and able to love. In doing so He restores our
inner peace by making us become what we truly are, in God's magnificent
plan. In a word, He recreates us, with an infinitely delicate touch. It
is the same look that Christ turned toward Peter after his denial, and
which enabled this beloved Apostle to become "Saint" Peter. One glance
was enough with those eyes!
On this link, you may find a 40 minute video we produced in French called, "How to live Mass?"
Vicka was no longer to be seen in Medjugorje. In fact, she had to have
an operation in Rome. It is the fourth time that surgeons are trying to
repair her back which underwent many shocks (blows and falls), and is in
a bad condition; but she still does not seem to have recovered. For the
moment she is undergoing therapy in Croatia, and no one knows what the
outcome will be. So let us unite our hearts and voices so that her
health may recover, if it is God's plan for her! May she continue her
wonderful ministry as a witness! She who prays so much for the sick and
obtains so many graces and healings for us all through her powerful
prayer, let us not forget her, it is now our turn to support her!
7. Good news! It is now possible to get a new app
for your smartphone and receive all the official messages of Our Lady
since 1984. This app is free and available in many languages. It can
be found in the app store. In the search menu, type "Medjugorje Friends
of Mary". Share this super news with your friends! What a beautiful
means of evangelization!
Dearest Gospa, you are the cause of our joy, you are the
dawn of true Light and the Door of Heaven! You are never tired to love!
How blessed we are to have you as a Mother!
P.S. 2. Watch what Sister Emmanuel had to say in St. Louis (Missouri) last month: http://sremmanuel.org/video/. Also find there short
videos on several topics like 'Pearls of the Gospel with Sr Emmanuel',
what happens in Medjugorje, the monthly message of the 2nd, etc. They
are all in English, especially for you!
P.S. 3. Maryam of Bethlehem (1846-1878) Learn
about this sublime child of God who was just canonized in Rome on April
17th! Read "Maryam of Bethlehem, the little Arab" by Sr. Emmanuel,
available at www.sremmanuel.org and click on "store".
P.S. 4. On August 11th, the visionaries and the Franciscan priests of St. James met in order to speak together about the actual situation of Medjugorje.
Marija told us, "We are living in a moment of confusion and we need to
find a common line. As for me," she said. "Whatever decision Rome is
going to take, I'll be happy. We have nothing to fear, because in
Medjugorje, there are 3 things that no one can take away: Mount
Krizevac, Apparition Hill of Podbrdo and prayer!"
P.S. 5. Sister Emmanuel's next live broadcast in French will be on Sept. 3rd at 9:00 pm Medjugorje time.