Message for the Month - July 2004
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STATEMENT OF FAITH IN A TIME OF CRISIS WHEN PEACE IS FACED WITH EVEN
STRONGER CHALLENGES THAN THOSE THAT CONFRONTED THE CHURCH IN THE LAST CENTURY
In 1981 The Virgin Mary appeared miraculously to a group of teenagers in Medugorje in Bosnia Herzogovina. This has now become a famous place of pilgrimage and hundreds of thousands of people (Catholic and Non-Catholic) from all over the world flock to this place following the visions of these six young people. Messages are given by Our Lady on the 25 th of each month and disseminated to churches in all parts of the world. Whatever our religious persuasion may be, these messages provide deep spiritual hope and comfort for us in these times of war and troubles.
If we trust in the Mother of our Lord, Mary shows us Jesus and this opens up for us a whole new voyage of spiritual discovery with an awesome life-changing experience that chases away unbelief and doubt, replacing it with an explosion of certainty.
She intercedes to her Son, Jesus and The Father, imploring for us the gift of The Holy Spirit that will sweetly transform the whole of our lives
Here is the message given on 25 th June 2004
(Which is the twenty third anniversary of the first Apparition): -
" Dear Children,
Also today joy is in my heart. I desire to thank you for making my plan realisable. Each of you is important therefore, little children, pray and rejoice with me for every heart that has converted and become an instrument of peace in the World.
Prayer groups are powerful and through them I can see, little children, that the Holy Spirit is at work in the world.
Thank you for having responded to my call."
OUR LADY OF MEDJUGORJE .
This is a very troubled age, a time when evil is rampant. The Devil & his servants threaten the peace of the whole world. The Devil personifies the disobedience that refuses to acknowledge the sovereignty of God. Discord and conflict rear up wherever the Devil can persuade men's hearts not to follow God's true will but the devices and desires of their own hearts. We must only be obedient to God's holy will.
At this time in various parts of the world there is intractable conflict and threats of war with no reconciliation in sight. Peace is not possible because families are hungry, living in sub-standard conditions and children are dying because the richer nations cannot seem to be able to organise their priorities
Father, bless the family of the church and of the whole world. May we accept one another as brothers and sisters, finding strength and joy in our life together.
May we be a family open to all the families of mankind that, in the church and in all our lives, hostilities and prejudices may be overcome.