The Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 7, 2010

PICTURE ON MY WALL by bernard gallagher

There’s a picture on my wall,
So serene, it’s beautiful,
And when I gaze, it seems to call
me to peace.

I’m told it comes from far away,
A place called Medjugorje.
I hope to travel there some day
and find peace.

This picture shows a lady’s face.
They say that she is full of grace,
And a mother to embrace.
She brings peace.

Gentle smile as she looks down,
Clothed in pink and sky-blue gown,
Upon her head a 12-star crown,
Queen of Peace.

Holy Lady on my wall,
Blessed woman beyond all,
I shall answer to your call,
‘Yes’ to peace.

There’s a picture on my wall,
So serene, it’s beautiful,
And when I gaze, it seems to call
me to peace.


Reaching out…

September 7, 2010

In yesterday’s Gospel Jesus asked the man to stretch out his withered hand. The man did as Jesus requested and his hand was healed.

In today’s Gospel “…everyone in the crowd was trying to touch Jesus because power came out of him that cured them all.”
Luke 6 : 19

Who can I reach out to and so give witness to the power of Jesus bringing healing to all of our lives? Can I stretch out my hand once more again today – to receive and to give?

Dear children! With all the strength of my heart, I love you and give myself to you. As a mother fights for her children, I pray for you and fight for you. I ask you not to be afraid to open yourselves, so as to be able to love with the heart and give yourselves to others. The more that you do this with the heart, the more you will receive and the better you will understand my Son and His gift to you. May everyone recognise you through the love of my Son and through me. Thank you. Medjugorje message, January 2, 2008

A place for prayer…

September 7, 2010

Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. Luke 6 : 12

Dear children! With great joy, also today, I desire to call you anew: pray, pray, pray. May this time be a time of personal prayer for you. During the day, find a place where you will pray joyfully in a recollected way. I love you and bless you all. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, August 25, 2010

“Again, I tell you to find a time and place for prayer. Do not look to others but begin yourself to pray. Our Lady first chose Apparition mountain to call us to come and pray. This was a problem for Fr Jozo, the pastor at the time. He would ask why Our Lady didn’t appear in the Church. He said that the living Jesus was present there. He could not understand why the throngs of people would choose to go to such a rugged, thorny mountain, day and night, to pray. Trust me; this is because the mountain, every thorn, every rock, and every bush have been blessed by the presence of Our Lady, because Our Lady chose that place to meet us and to talk to us and to pray with us… I was 16 at this time (when the apparitions began) and I wanted to learn to pray more and do good deeds. The six of us waited for Our Lady with great joy. Many nights we would gather together and spend the night in prayer. At daybreak, we would go home to meet our parents to work in the fields all day. It was a beautiful time.
Visionary Marija Pavlovic speaking recently to pilgrims in Medjugorje.

Dear children! The cross was also in God’s plan when you built it. These days, especially, go on the mountain and pray before the cross. I need your prayers. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, August 30, 1984

Stretch out your hand…

September 6, 2010

Then Jesus looked around at them all and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was better.
Luke 6 : 10

God blessed me with two hands, both to receive and to give. Which hand will I stretch out today? Will it be the hand that I have always kept to myself, the hand I refuse to offer to others, the hand that has withered in time.

Will today be a sabbath day for me, a time to allow Jesus to heal and make my withered hand better and so become a willing hand once more?

Give your hand to me, your mother, and permit me to lead you.
part message, August 2, 2006

Medjugorje slide show

September 4, 2010


September message of Our Lady to Mirjana

September 2, 2010

Dear children, I am beside you because I desire to help you to overcome trials, which this time of purification puts before you.

My children, one of those is not to forgive and not to ask for forgiveness. Every sin offends Love and distances you from it – and Love is my Son.

Therefore, my children, if you desire to walk with me towards the peace of God’s love, you must learn to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. Thank you.
Medjugorje message, September 2, 2010

Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 5 : 1-11) describes how Jesus, after speaking to the crowds from Simon Peter’s boat, instructed the disciples to cast their nets into deep water. The catch was a huge number of fish. So large was the catch that a call was put out to companions in another boat to come and assist. Peter, who had earlier doubted there would be any fish to find, fell on his knees, recognising his sinfulness, and wept.

This is a wonderful illustration of all that is happening at Medjugorje. The message of Our Lady is given to the people who gather to listen and have come in search of Jesus. The catch is significant. Many fall to their knees, recognising their sinfulness and weep openly. They repeat Peter’s words: “Lord I am a sinner.” And they desire to confess and reconcile with the Lord.

But the Franciscans who pastor the Medjugorje parish are few in number. They are unable to cope with the demand for confession and reconciliation that has resulted from the Gospel message brought by Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. They ask for help from companions in other boats, also fishers of men, to assist with the catch and reconcile the people to God.

Visiting priests to Medjugorje are often overcome by the volume of pilgrims seeking the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Nothing like this happens back home. They have fished all night, in darkness, and caught nothing. Their boat is empty and redundant, harboured in shallow water. Their call to the people is unheard.

But from Medjugorje, the call is heard, people are listening, the fish are hungry for the Word. Here Jesus continues with his miracles, especially renewal in faith. That is why Our Lady says: “Thank you for responding to my call.” This is why the boat of St James at Medjugorje is always full, even sometimes to sinking point.

Now he was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats – it was Simon’s – and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.” “Master,” Simon replied “we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.” And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when they came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.

When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, “Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.” For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made, so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. But Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on it is ment that you will catch.” Then bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.

Fr Neil Buchlein’s audio commentary on this message

Sent by God

September 1, 2010

Jesus answered: “I must proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, because that is what I was sent to do.” Luke 4 : 43

Dear children! God sent me among you out of love that I may lead you towards the way of salvation. Many of you opened your hearts and accepted my messages, but many have become lost on this way and have never come to know the God of love with the fullness of heart. Therefore, I call you to be love and light where there is darkness and sin. I am with you and bless you all. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, October 25, 2007