Ivan and Marija greet Our Lady at St. Stephen’s Cathedral at a previous Evening of Prayer. J.M.J. October 24, 2017 St. Anthony Mary Claret Dear Family of Mary! 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.” Today a very special prayer event is taking place in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. There will be testimonies, the prayer of the Rosary, Holy Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, all in response to Our Lady’s call from Medjugorje to pray for peace. Here is a description of the event and the speakers: The 10th Prayer for Peace in Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral Since 2008, and under the patronage of Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, the “Message for you” – Prayer for Peace in Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral has taken place once each year. This year, too, our Cardinal will join together with thousands of people in the cathedral to pray for peace and to celebrate the Holy Mass. At the beginning of August 2017, Cardinal Schönborn, who himself spent New Year’s Eve (2009/2010) in Medjugorje, wrote a message to the thousands of young people who had gathered from all over the world at the Marian pilgrimage site in Herzegovina. There they had come together for a youth prayer meeting and the address the Cardinal wrote for them was translated into many languages: Dear young friends, Once more you have come to Medjugorje in such great numbers. No one commanded you to travel here in the heat of summer. You do it because it is a matter close to your heart. Otherwise, you would have not have taken this effort upon yourself! What moves you to travel to Medjugorje? It is not something fashionable, a trend, a fleeting excitement. It is a special closeness, it is the closeness of the Gospa, which draws you here. … With great joy, we look forward to having Ernest Cardinal Simoni at this year’s prayer for peace on October 24th. Cardinal Simoni came to give Pope Francis’s blessing to the thousands of young people who gathered in Medjugorje from sixty-nine countries at the beginning of August. His Eminence was ordained to the priesthood in 1956 in Albania, was imprisoned by the atheistic persecution of the Church in 1963, and in the following eighteen years was twice condemned to death. After he was released in 1981, he worked as a canal worker and exercised his priestly ministry in secret. When the communist regime collapsed in 1990, he was allowed for the first time officially to take up his priestly ministry. During the apostolic pilgrimage of Pope Francis to Albania in 2014, then Fr. Simoni had the chance to meet the Pope. After the Pope heard his testimony, he embraced him with the words: you are my saint! On November 19th, 2016, Pope Francis appointed him to the College of Cardinals. The visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti will participate in the prayer for peace this year as a special guest from Medjugorje. Marija attests to seeing the Mother of God daily since June 25th, 1981. Since March, 1984, Marija regularly brings messages for the parish of Medjugorje and the whole world, every Thursday at the beginning and since January of 1987 on every 25th of the month. The content of the messages is an invitation and at the same time an introduction to the spiritual life. Fr. Marinko Sakota, O.F.M., studied theology in Sarajevo, Zagreb, and Fulda, and since 2010 fulfills the role of spiritual director in Medjugorje. Beginning in 2013, he was made pastor of the pilgrimage site and has up to this point implemented countless measures to deepen the spiritual life there. At the prayer for peace, Fr. Marinko will give us an insight into his responsibilities and his encounter with Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Prague, whom Pope Francis commissioned as delegate for pastoral care at the pilgrimage site. The Swiss artist Hubert Theler has visited Medjugorje on a regular basis since 2003. In numerous photographs, he has captured the stones on Cross Mountain and Apparition Mountain, and his conviction grows ever deeper that here a transformation in the hears of men is taking place, in the sense that Fr. Jozo Zovko once expressed: The Mother of God takes our heart of stone and lays it on the Podbrdo, and gives us a new hart. Thus, a new man comes down from the mountain. The fascination with the stones of the two mountains is captured in his book, Living Stones of Medjugorje, which was presented in January of this year in the parish of Medjugorje. Through the events in Medjugorje, great humanitarian works have been inspired in the past several years. Mary’s Meals, an initiative addressing hunger and nutrition and placed under the protection of the Mother of God, today feeds over 1.2 million children on every school day in fourteen of the poorest countries of the world. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, who first visited Medjugorje as a fourteen-year old and then founded Mary’s Meals as a young adult, will report on the efforts of this initiative in several countries of east Africa, which are particularly afflicted with drought and civil war. This year the Cenacolo Community celebrates the twenty-year anniversary of its establishment in Austria. At the prayer for peace, the boys of the community will, as in past years, put forward a joyful sign of their gratitude concerning life gifted to them anew. For more information: www.friedensgebet.at Because Mary TV will live-stream this wonderful event, our schedule will change. There will be no Hour of Mercy today, to make way for the Daily Rosary which will be live at 3:00 pm Medjugorje time. The Vienna prayer event will begin at 4:00 pm Medjugorje time on our channel. Here is the broad outline of the program from Vienna: Schedule of Events: 4:00 pm- Songs and reports, testimonies and prayer 6:00 pm- Rosary 7:00 pm- Holy Mass with Dr. Christoph Cardinal Schönborn – Followed by Eucharistic adoration and praise and worship I hope you can join us at www.marytv.tv for this evening of prayer for peace from Vienna!! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2017 PS. Marija’s daily apparition will probably take place during the Rosary from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Our Lady will bless us all during that time!!
Day: October 23, 2017
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017 J.M.J. October 23, 2017 St. John of Capistrano Dear Family of Mary! As most of you know, Denis and I were on pilgrimage to Medjugorje for the first two weeks of October. It was a beautiful time of prayer and fellowship. On October 13, 2017 we wondered if Our Lady would show us any signs of her presence and her plan. It was the 100th anniversary of the “Dancing” Sun in Fatima! Would that amazing event happen again, this time in Medjugorje? During the Evening Program on October 13, I noticed that the setting sun was very bright. I could not look at it. But many people were turned toward it, looking unguardedly at it. This is not unusual in Medjugorje. Today we received an email from Beth S. – a pilgrim from our group, and an old friend. Here is what she said: I wanted to share this photo with you. Ali, Cheryl, and I were near our Blessed Mother statue in front of the church on October 13, praying and waiting for the time of Our Lady’s apparition. Just a couple of minutes before she came, Ali told me to look at the sun. I did, and we both saw the host in front of the sun with beautiful changing colors pulsating around it. (This is how it appeared to me 6 years ago when I was blessed to see it). This continued as we watched it continuously for about 15 minutes. Then, as the sun was beginning to set, the whole sun just began pulsating and I told Ali that it looked like a beating heart and she said this is what she was seeing too! Cheryl was not able to look into the sun this time. It was too bright, but she took a picture anyway. The newer iPhone has a live photo option, which has a couple of seconds of video before it snaps the still photo. After we got home, Cheryl clicked on this photo on her phone and it wouldn’t stop repeating the motion. It won’t go to the still photo but just keeps repeating so it really looks like a beating heart!!! This is what Ali and I were watching that day! It is amazing that it is captured so well in this photo! Still praying with you every day on Mary TV! Hoping for you to feel better, Cathy and hope to see you both again soon! God Bless! Beth The iPhone “live option” photo the Cheryl took on October 13, 2017 in Medjugorje! What a beautiful gift Beth, Ali, and Cheryl received from Our Lady on October 13!! She was telling them, and us, that she is still with us, still active in our lives, still working out her plan for the salvation of souls. Our Lady has spoken about signs to us many times in her messages. We need to understand the signs we are being given! They are a way for God to open our hearts to prayer and repentance. Here are three messages to ponder. July 25, 2014 “Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God’s will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” June 2, 2007 “Dear children! Also in this difficult time God’s love sends me to you. My children, do not be afraid, I am with you. With complete trust give me your hearts, that I may help you to recognize the signs of the time in which you live. I will help you to come to know the love of my Son. I will triumph through you. Thank you.” March 18, 2006 “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.” We need to pray to recognize the signs which God is sending to us, out of love. He wants us to turn completely towards Him, giving Him our open and contrite hearts, letting Him be the Lord of our lives. He wants us to then become little signs of His love in this very broken and loveless world. As Our Lady said: “…in this difficult time God’s love sends me to you.” She is the biggest and most powerful sign we have been given. Let’s not miss it! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2017 PS. Announcing a weekend retreat in South Bend, Indiana: Jim Brown (Fruit shows 29, 44 and 199) “Surrender and Accept Jesus’ Invitation to the Banquet” Friday, November 10 to Sunday November 12, 2017 Hosted by Queen of Peace Ministries PO Box 761, Notre Dame, IN 46556 Call for more information: 574-288-8777 Seating is limited!! Sign up today!