(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
October 4, 2017
St. Francis of Assisi
Dear Family of Mary!
Greetings from Medjugorje! Denis and i have been here for four days now, and we are still jet lagging. But the graces are flowing from our dear Mother’s heart. On Monday (October 2) we were able to walk over to the Blue Cross to be near when Our Lady appeared to Mirjana. It was a beautiful day. The walk through the fields was glorious. We prayed the rosary as we walked. And we arrived in time to pray a little bit with all the people gathered there.
This is a picture of the thousands of pilgrims who were gathered on the road near the Blue Cross. We are way in the back smashed against the wall. (Ha ha!)
Soon there was a great hush over the crowd, and we knew that Our Lady had come. As I prayed quietly, I felt such great peace come over me. Surely this was heaven that had fallen all around us. And as I soaked up the peace, I felt a voice speak within, saying something very simple to me. “Before you do anything, always pray to the Holy Spirit for direction, strength and light. Never do anything without prayer.” That was all. But it was for me a great light. How many times have i acted out of my own wisdom, my own desires, my own habits? How many times have I presumed i knew what God wanted me to do? Many.
I feel that in our day, we now need to rely on God’s leading more than ever! This is a time to stay close to Jesus and Mary, and let them lead us.
Later, as I read the message, I read these words from Our Lady:
“Dear children, I am speaking to you as a mother – with simple words, but words filled with much love and concern for my children who, through my son, are entrusted to me…”
I realized how very much Our Lady wants to speak simple words to us, words that will help us to change, to grow, to understand her Son, and to be useful disciples. I am thankful to her for her words to me that day, and I hope to follow her advice.
We are having a wonderful time these days, praying and experiencing Medjugorje. We have met many shipmates of Mary TV already, and what a joy!! I want to ask any of you who I have met already to please send me a quick email with your picture and name, so i can remember you all. It is such a joy to be together here in Our Lady’s village.
I will try to keep you updated on our experiences here in Medjugorje. It is heaven on earth. May you all receive the same graces we are receiving!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
(c)Mary TV 2017