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!
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Monday, September 14, 2015
Synod on the Family, Restrictions in Medjugorje, and A Plea for France
From the Desk of Sr. Emmanuel Maillard
September 14, 2015
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
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. After the apparition, she conveyed the following message:
"Dear children! My
dear apostles of love, my carriers of truth, again I am calling you and
gathering you around me to help me, to help all of my children who
thirst for love and truth - who thirst for my Son. I am a grace from the
Heavenly Father, sent to help you to live the word of my Son. Love one
another. I lived your earthly life. I know that it is not always easy,
but if you will love each other, you will pray with the heart, you will
reach spiritual heights and the way to Heaven will be opened for you. I,
your mother, am waiting for you there because I am there. Be faithful
to my Son and teach others faithfulness. I am with you. I will help you.
I will teach you faith that you may know how to transmit it to others
in the right way. I will teach you truth that you may know how to
discern. I will teach you love that you may come to know what real love
is. My children, my Son will make it possible for Him to speak through
your words and your actions. Thank you."
2. A Few Welcome Restrictions in Medjugorje
Recently, we noticed that a few changes have taken place in Medjugorje: Marija no longer opens the Magnificat Center for her daily apparition. Ivan and Jakov still go to the Rotonda in the afternoon with Father Marinko to pray with the pilgrims, but without giving the messages. The Information Center
no longer releases the message received on the 2nd of the month by
Mirjana as it did previously. This Summer Ivan did not invite the
pilgrims to participate in the apparition at night on the mountain with
his prayer group, etc.
If the restrictions increase, let us remain in peace: the
Gospa has her plan and she will ensure that it happens. The visionaries
know it and they are serene. These restrictions are probably local and
prudent measures before Pope Francis' announcement on Medjugorje. In
addition, they also help pilgrims who are overly curious about the
visionaries and attracted to the extraordinary to avoid being drawn away
from the essential. For those who are far from God, and
who need signs in order to encounter Jesus and follow Him, the "gifts"
that Mary has offered us over the years have borne their fruit.
Fortunately, God goes where He wants and will never be limited by man.
His graces are not going to diminish; on the contrary, they constantly
increase during times of adversity!
Pope Francis has not given his word yet on Medjugorje, therefore no declaration, even from a "Vatican insider", holds any authority. They are simply personal opinions. Beware
of falling into the trap of agitation! The announcement will be given
on the official Vatican websites. Let us pray in peace for Pope Francis
who holds a grave responsibility, and for his entire entourage!
Let us increase our prayers of thanksgiving and stay away from bitterness, or worse, criticism, which would sadden Our Lady and delay Her plan. That is where she is waiting for us. Her Heart will triumph!
A Supplication plea for France.
I would like to share
here this beautiful prayer for my country that many other nations will
be able to adopt. It is very timely, especially in the West where we
have been so intent on rejecting God that we have ousted our own
happiness. But it is not too late!
"O Lord our God, we are appalled by what is happening in our
country but, confident in all your promises, we turn to you, because
help will come from you and without you we can do nothing. Jesus, you
said: 'ask and you shall receive', so we beseech you, please help us,
may France rise again!
Standing before you we recognize the sins of our leaders and
our elected officials, we recognize their sins as our own because we
chose them, and we bear responsibility. Standing before you, we
recognize the sins of the Church of which we are members, these sins are
our own because we are one in your Body. Standing before you, we
recognize our personal implication, because we allowed the ideas of the
world to fill our hearts, ensnaring them and squeezing out the sense of
truth and of the common good, making us convey the wrong messages!
us for having allowed ourselves to be disarmed without fighting!
Forgive us for not having done everything in our power to transmit our
Faith and stand firm in Hope and Charity, the only virtues which will
allow a civilization of love to be built up, and allow every person to
have his place!
We recognize that our hearts are cold,
full of selfishness, worried for themselves and for their own, having
generous love neither for You nor for our neighbor! We sin day after
day, in thought, in words, by commission and by omission, forgive us!
Lord, we kneel before you! Through our prayers and our fasting, our
tears, and through healing Adoration, we implore your mercy which alone
can save us!
Give us your Holy Spirit, keep our hearts in
humility and repentance, enlighten our thinking and inspire us to act
according to your will and not according to our wishes.
our God, we beseech you in the joyful assurance of your final victory:
welcome France and all its inhabitants into the Heart of Jesus, united
to that of Mary. May France stay there forever, so that your Kingdom may
come, that will renew our institutions with truth and justice! Help us
serve Your Will, out of love for You and for our brothers, and may peace
prevail! Glory and praise to You, in the Holy Spirit. Amen" (see PS1)
4. Many people ask, what can we expect from the Synod on the Family?
Are we going to put an end to the trajectory of the current
state of affairs? Good question! The quality of the fruit depends on
the quality of the root and of the source we'll use. For 34 years Our
Lady has been explaining to us how to obtain the cure for the breakdown
of the family and how to restructure it. In his beautiful book, The Theology of the Body,
St. John Paul II gives us essential and prophetic lights. We have all
the keys in our hands. But a key is of no use if it remains in a
Another voice was heard, that of Sr. Lucia's of Fatima. In
his remarkable interview of 2008, Cardinal Caffara from Bologna (Italy)
revealed some parts of a letter that he had received from Sr Lucia, as
an answer to his request for prayers for his ministry on the family. To
his great surprise, he received a long letter signed by Sr. Lucia (kept
in the archives of his Pontifical Institute). In the letter she
"The Most Holy Virgin told me that the devil is in the mood
for engaging in a decisive battle with the Virgin. And a decisive battle
is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the other
side will suffer defeat. Also from now on we must choose sides. Either
we are on the side of God or we are on the side of the devil. There is
no other possibility [...] The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don't
be afraid," she added. "Because anyone who operates for the sanctity of
marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every
way, because this is the decisive issue." Then she concluded: "However,
Our Lady has already crushed its head."
"My Son promised me that evil will never win because you, the souls of the just, are here," said Our Lady in Medjugorje(Nov. 2, 2014).
Confusion seizes us in front of the collapse of the family,
well manipulated by the "evil doers" who serve the enemy of mankind. St.
John Paul II said, "when the sustaining pillar is touched (the nest of
the family), the whole building collapses."
To answer strong attacks, we need strong weapons! Hence the repeated visitations of Mary, who shows us the path to take. "The world is in a moment of trial," she tells us. "Because it forgot and abandoned God. Therefore you, little children, be those who seek and love God above all. I am with you..." (Aug.
25, 2015). Her messages will always be there, confirming the Gospel.
Mary will always be there, eager to help us, eager to see us become
saints! So we already have everything!
Dear brothers and sisters, do everything she says, and she will do everything for you! (See PS 2, our CDs on the Family)
5. Vicka is now back home, but she is still too weak to receive pilgrims.
She offers all her sufferings to Jesus for Our Lady's plans
and for us, her children, because she knows the precious fruit of that
offering. In 1983 Our Lady told her, "very few people have understood
the great value of suffering when it is offered to Jesus." Since then
Vicka has always kept an extraordinary smile, even in the midst of her
6. On the (inspired) request of Sr. Briege Mc Kenna, I am preparing a book on Mercy for the Year of Mercy. Please
send me (in your mother tongue) your witnesses and testimonies that may
glorify the Divine Mercy and nurture our brothers who do not know yet
the love of God! Thank you in advance ! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dearest Gospa, you are the cause of our joy, you are the
Morning Star which announces the coming of the true Light! We take your
hand again today!
Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French)
Excerpt from France, get on your knees! by Axelle, Ed. du Parvis, Switzerland. www.parvis.ch -