Addresses by Ivan and also by Colleen Willard who was cured of an inoperable brain tumour at Medjugorje.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
"Fire! Fire in my heart!
This morning it is burning......
Dear Jesus, I love you so much!
I shall endeavor always to love You;
I shall live to love You;
I shall die to love You! ....
Give me wings oh Jesus, so I can fly to Your throne! ...."
"Can You see that as soon as the day breaks I think of You?
As evening comes, I am near You.....
I am near You at every moment....
I love You, Jesus....."
"Jesus is the owner of my heart,
and belonging to Him I find that I can smile,
even in the midst of tears."
-St Gemma Galgani
Monday, September 24, 2012
Prohibited in workplaces and public places under British law religious symbols were nevertheless worn with pride during the Olympics. From the sign of the cross of Jamaican runner Usain Bolt ( invited to the Vatican for next April) to Victoria Douglas who praised God in an interview with NBC: many athletes, before or after the races, sought strength and courage in prayer- with a gesture, an image, a witness. Faith has certainly won this edition of the Olympics. Irish Olympic gold medal winner boxer Katie Taylor publicaly thanked God for her victory. Indeed she thanked God after all her fights.
While Shaherkani Wojdan,Saudi Arabia, was the first participant in the games wearing the veil during the 82 seconds of Olympic wrestling, for 27 year old Carlos Ballvé-a Spanish hockey player this was the last Olympics before joining the priesthood. In 2005, during the World Cup under-21 hockey competition, the athlete had become aware of the importance of God in his life, following a trip to Medjugorje. After hearing the Lord's call, Carlos made a wish to God: "Let me make my dream of participating in the Olympic Games" . So, he continued to train with his team as he began his studies at the seminary.
The team of Brazilian volleyball players together with the entire coaching staff, knelt to pray together an emotional "Our Father", after winning the gold medal. Meseret Defar of Ethiopia having crossed the finish line in the 5,000 meters race to win the gold, showed the image of the Virgin Mary pulled out of her shirt. Numerous other examples deserve mention. The coach of the Brazilian national volleyball team Jose Roberto Guimaraes told reporters that he was ready to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain whilst Leonel "Leo" Manzano who won a silver medal for the United States in the 1500 meters after crossing the finish line fell down on the track to pray and thank God. The Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte has offered the two silver medals won (800 meters freestyle and 200m butterfly) to Our Lady of Montserrat.
Indeed this was not confined to the Olympics. In 2011 Alex Giorgetti a member of the Italian national men's water polo team which won the world championships in the same year visited Medjugorje. Young Alex had meeting first with Fr. Miljenko Šteko, the Head of the Information Office in Medjugorje and gave him the water polo ball signed by all of the players of Italian team. He later shared his life experience with a journalist of Radio Station “Mir” Medjugorje. He spoke about the conversion that he experienced when he met Jesus and Mary and is very happy after having completely changed his life. He had lived without prayer and sacraments before his conversion: "Since Italy had not won the world championship since 1994 I decided that if we had a good result I would come to Medjugorje to thank Jesus for that. Well, we have not only become world champions, but I was also awarded as the best player in the league. That's why I decided to come and thank Jesus and Our Lady for all the graces He has given me. I climbed the Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain barefoot and it was a really nice experience for me. I feel happy and satisfied and can not wait to return to Italy to witness the beauty of this place." Returning to God was his greatest victory.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
The coarsening of our culture toward violent death has more consequences than even violent war. Tragically, this same culture has led to the death of 50 million unborn children in the last 40 years. I don't think a civilization can endure that does not have respect for all human life, born and unborn. We have many problems in this country to solve, but I believe there will come a time when we are all judged on whether or not we took a stand to defend all life, from the moment of conception until our last natural breath.... I will always take a stand for life. Though I believe in limited powers for the federal government, primary among these powers is the protection of life. The government cannot protect liberty if it does not first protect life....
The First Amendment is here to keep government out of religion, not to keep religious people out of government.... There's a crisis in our country and it's not just a fiscal crisis. I think it's a moral crisis. I think it's a spiritual crisis. I don't think the answer is in any politician. I don't think the answer is in any particular law. I think the answer is that we need to somehow find our way back to God, and I think we find that way by taking the time to reflect on what the important things in life really are. I hope we will find that, I hope we will reflect, and I hope we will find spiritual renewal as a country."
-Senator Rand Paul
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I debated with myself about writing this, as in this “trending” age, many skeptical comments will make their way to Facebook or Twitter. But ultimately, I decided that what people thought of me wasn’t important. This week the Church celebrates what it believes to be the birthday of Mama Mary, and what better gift can I give her than to share the story of my conversion? Since the news of my illness came out, a number of people who had come to visit me kept asking why I had become such a passionate Marian devotee. I have kept silent about this for almost 20 years, as I felt that there was so much more to say about the messages and history of Marian apparitions, and that what happened to me wasn’t important. But everything happens for a reason, and as Our Lady said, “What good is it if I keep coming to visit you and give you messages if you only hide these away in a drawer?” My illness made me realize that we must make use of whatever time we have left to continue to serve. My conversion started in Medjugorje, and continues to this day. Continue reading HERE. Make sure to read the story in its entirety.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Message to Mirjana
“Dear children, as my eyes are looking at you, my soul is seeking those souls with whom it desires to be one – the souls who have understood the importance of prayer for those of my children who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father. I am calling you because I need you. Accept the mission and do not be afraid, I will strengthen you. I will fill you with my graces. With my love I will protect you from the evil spirit. I will be with you. With my presence I will console you in difficult moments. Thank you for your open hearts. Pray for priests. Pray that the unity between my Son and them may be all the stronger, that they may be one. Thank you. ”
Thanks to the Madonna Denise Pucci has been cured of Crohn's Disease after years of useless therapies. She is 16 years old and lives in the Massa-Carrara province. Last August the town of Gragnana dedicated a celebration to her. Her recovery is believed to have occurred after her meeting with Father Beppino Cò, the parish priest of the Valleys of Zeri, who is the spiritual guide of the faithful followers of the Catholic Renovation movement. The parents of the little girl ascribe the new “life” of their daughter to faith.
After having abandoned the Church and starting to frequent some “bad companions”, the young girl started to have stomach and intestinal pains at the end of 2010. After tests and examinations she was diagnosed with an acute form of Crohn’s Disease, a chronic autoimmune illness. She was admitted to the hospital in Carrara, taking 10 pills a day in an attempt to stop the chronic diarrhea which the disease involves. “I returned to faith, going to Medjugorje with my mother. There I understood the road I had to follow and upon my return to Carrara I started the spiritual dialogue with Father Beppino”, confided Denise.
The miraculous Madonna of Medjugorje
Father Beppino told her “It is a disease resulting from an evil spell, which only a return to faith could remedy”. A journey of prayer at the Pietralba retreat in the Bolzano area last July would culminate in the prodigy of the cure. “During the invocation to the parish priest” the girl recounted, “the Madonna appeared, dressed as a farmer girl carrying a scythe, reassuring him of my well-being. She would cut my disease at its root with that instrument, freeing me from its demonic influence.” That evening itself, surrounded by the other faithful, Denise emitted “a white liquid” from her mouth. A few days later she was better and the laboratory analyses showed the disappearance of the of the disease a week later. A fact which was defined as “mysterious” by the doctors.
According to Denise, her family and Father Beppino Cò, it was an experience to be ascribed to her refound faith. Whether miracle or chance, a 16 year old has returned to a new life. And this is the only certain thing.(Affaritaliani.it)
Monday, September 3, 2012
An early but important documentary about Medjugorje made for the BBC in 1986. This was five years after the apparitions began but while the country was still living under communist rule.