“Dear children! Today, on this day of grace, in a special way, I am calling you to pray for peace. Children, I came here as the Queen of Peace and how many times have I called you to pray for peace. But, children, your hearts are restless. Sin is preventing you from opening yourselves completely to grace and peace which God desires to give you. To live peace, my children, is to first have peace in your hearts and to be surrendered completely to God and to His will. Do not seek peace and joy in the things of this world, because this is all passing. Long for true mercy and peace which come only from God; and only in this way will your hearts be filled with true joy; and only in this way will you be able to become witnesses of peace in this peaceless world. I am your mother and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (December 25, 2016 Jakov)
Our Lady gave us a specific call through the December 25, 2016 message given to Jakov. I think she wants us to take very seriously the call to pray for peace in 2017. This is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima! The message of Fatima was clear, to convert and to pray the Rosary for peace. Our Lady wanted her children to pray the Rosary for peace in the world, first to end World War I and then to stabilize the descent into atheism that was gripping the world. She wanted her children to pray for peace to reign in the hearts of all peoples.
Though the response in 1917 helped to end that terrible war, the subsequent years have been filled with violence and war as well. And the loss of faith has gripped most countries. So in 1981 Our Lady returned to earth, to help us in this dire time of need. She has stayed with us for 36 years now, daily visiting us and speaking to us through her visionaries. Her message is the same: convert and pray the Rosary for peace! She has also called us to live a full life of faith, with fasting, Scripture reading, Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, and works of mercy. She has told us that her coming to Medjugorje is the continuation and fulfillment of Fatima.
This year, 2017, is pivotal. It has been 100 years since the Lord sent Our Lady to Fatima to intervene in our affairs, to bring peace. Through Our Lady’s presence in Fatima and now in Medjugorje, our hearts are bonded very strongly to Our Mother. She has taken us to herself in a special way. Now she needs our prayers for peace, since it is for peace that she has been sent to us.
I have gathered nine messages of Our Lady, in which she asks us to pray for peace. Denis and I propose to pray this novena for the entire year of 2017, taking a message a day to meditate on, and then to pray the Rosary in response to her call. We will do this in our Daily Rosary on Mary TV. But you can do it in your own way. We also recommend the Medjugorje Peace Chaplet, which is the Creed and 7 Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glory Bes. This chaplet can be said anywhere, it is simple. But Our Lady asked the visionaries to pray it in the beginning of the apparitions, and it is now said after the evening Mass in Medjugorje every day.
Let’s make 2017 a year of prayer for peace, in response to Our Lady’s call!
Our Lady speaks of peace:
September 25, 2002 “Dear children! Also in this peaceless time, I call you to prayer. Little children, pray for peace so that in the world every person would feel love towards peace. Only when the soul finds peace in God, it feels content and love will begin to flow in the world. And in a special way, little children, you are called to live and witness peace – peace in your hearts and families – and, through you, peace will also begin to flow in the world. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
April 25, 2009 “Dear children! Today I call you all to pray for peace and to witness it in your families so that peace may become the highest treasure on this peaceless earth. I am your Queen of Peace and your mother. I desire to lead you on the way of peace, which comes only from God. Therefore, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
December 25, 2003 “Dear children! Today, when in a special way, Jesus desires to give you His peace, I call you to pray for peace in your hearts. Children, without peace in your hearts you cannot feel the love and joy of the birth of Jesus. Therefore, little children, today in a special way, open your hearts and begin to pray. Only through prayer and complete surrender, will your heart be filled with the love and peace of Jesus. I bless you with my motherly blessing.”
December 25, 2008 “Dear children! Today, in a special way, I call you to pray for peace. Without God you cannot have peace or live in peace. Therefore, little children, today on this day of grace open your hearts to the King of peace, for Him to be born in you and to grant you His peace – and you be carriers of peace in this peaceless world. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
October 23, 1986 “Dear children! Today again I am calling you to pray. Especially, dear children, do I call you to pray for peace. Without your prayers, dear children, I cannot help you to fulfill the message which the Lord has given me to give to you. Therefore, dear children, pray, so that in prayer you realize what God is giving you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
December 25, 1990 “Dear children! Today I invite you in a special way to pray for peace. Dear children, without peace you cannot experience the birth of the little Jesus neither today nor in your daily lives. Therefore, pray the Lord of Peace that He may protect you with His mantle and that He may help you to comprehend the greatness and the importance of peace in your heart. In this way you shall be able to spread peace from your heart throughout the whole world. I am with you and I intercede for you before God. Pray, because satan wants to destroy my plans of peace. Be reconciled with one another and by means of your lives help peace reign in the whole earth. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
July 25, 1991 “Dear Children! Today I invite you to pray for peace. At this time peace is being threatened in a special way, and I am seeking from you to renew fasting and prayer in your families. Dear children, I desire you to grasp the seriousness of the situation and that much of what will happen depends on your prayers and you are praying a little bit. Dear children, I am with you and I am inviting you to begin to pray and fast seriously as in the first days of my coming. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
March 25, 1993 “Dear children! Today like never I call you to pray for peace, for peace in your hearts, peace in your families and peace in the whole world, because satan wants war, wants lack of peace, wants to destroy all which is good. Therefore, dear children, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
June 25, 1995 “Dear Children! Today I am happy to see you in such great numbers, that you have responded and have come to live my messages. I invite you, little children, to be my joyful carriers of peace in this troubled world. Pray for peace so that as soon as possible a time of peace, which my heart waits impatiently for, may reign. I am near to you, little children, and intercede for every one of you before the Most High. I bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”