The Feast of the Transfiguration
Dear Family of Mary!
Today the 30th Youth Festival in Medjugorje ends with Holy Mass on Mount Krizevac (Cross Mountain)! The Mass begins at 5:00 am – sun rise! It is a fitting end to the Youth Festival! After five days of prayer, teachings, testimonies, Liturgies, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and singing and dancing as only young people can do, a Mass on a mountaintop expresses it all! Their hearts and souls have been lifted to God and they have climbed to meet Him on the mountain top!
I feel so full of joy even though Denis and I could only join through the internet on Mary TV. The grace just flowed to us from Medjugorje. So much peace! So much joy! So much truth and light! It was a true celebration of God.
Thank you, Medjugorje. Thank you, St. James Parish. Thank you, Archbishop Hoser and the Cardinals and Bishops who joined the young people there. Thank you, to the over 700 priests who ministered to the young people, through Holy Mass and especially through Confession! Thank you to the people of Medjugorje who housed and fed the over 50,000 young people who came from all over the world! And especially, thank you to you, Mother Mary, for creating such a beautiful oasis of peace in Medjugorje by your presence there. You are truly present. You have given evident signs of your presence for all to see!!
All the sessions of the Youth Festival are available at www.marytv.tv in a special archive window on the home page, directly under the Channel. The Youth Festival is worth watching again and again! And it is a great gift to share with others, especially young people. Thanks to our team for providing for these recordings and for streaming the live presentations so perfectly!! It was a labor of love!
Today is also the day to begin a novena to Our Lady for her Assumption into Heaven!! Archbishop Fulton Sheen predicted that within 30 years of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, God would send the cure for the ills of this present age due to modernism, egoism, and materialism. That cure would be through Our Lady. And it happened! The Dogma was proclaimed in 1950. And in 1981, Our Lady descended to Medjugorje to appear to the visionaries and create her oasis of peace there! And look at the fruit!!
The Youth Festival is an example of that cure! A huge example of the cure to all the ills of our age. Instead of modernism, she proclaims eternal truth! Instead of egoism, she teaches us love and self-gift. Instead of materialism, she imbues us with the simplicity of the spiritual life.
I found a beautiful prayer written by Pope Pius X to Our Lady which we could pray for these nine days before the feast. I will include it in my reflections.
Thank you to all of you who are responding to Our Lady’s call. She is the cure for all that afflicts us in these days. We are the most blessed of children!
Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
by Pope St. Pius X
O sweet Virgin Mary.
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