Dear children! Today I am calling you to return to personal prayer. Little children, do not forget that Satan is strong and that he wants to attract all the more souls to himself. That is why, you be vigilant in prayer and resolute in the good. I am with you and am blessing all of you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.
At the last daily apparition to Jakov Colo on September 12th, 1998, Our Lady told him that henceforth he would have one apparition a year, every December 25th, on Christmas Day. This is also how it was this year. The apparition began at 2:25 pm and lasted 9 minutes. Our Lady came with little Jesus in her arms.
Through Jakov, Our Lady gave the following message: Dear children, You are, and you are called, ‘children of God’. If only your hearts would feel that immeasurable love which God has for you, your hearts would adore and give thanks to Him at every instant of your life. Therefore, little children, today, on this day of grace, open your hearts and implore the Lord for the gift of faith; so that you could truly become worthy of the name ‘children of God’ who, with a pure heart, give thanks to and honor their Heavenly Father. I am beside you and am blessing you with my motherly blessing.
Dear children! Today I am carrying my Son Jesus to you, for Him to give you His peace. Little children, without peace you do not have a future or blessing; therefore return to prayer, because the fruit of prayer is joy and faith, without which you cannot live. Today’s blessing which we give you, carry to your families and enrich all those whom you meet, that they may feel the grace which you are receiving. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Dear children! I am with you in this time of mercy and I am calling all of you to be carriers of peace and love in this world where, through me, little children, God is calling you to be prayer and love, and an expression of Heaven here on earth. May your hearts be filled with joy and faith in God; that, little children, you may have complete trust in His holy will. That is why I am with you, because He, the Most High, is sending me among you to encourage you to the hope; and you will be peacemakers in this peaceless world. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Dear children! Return to prayer because who prays is not afraid of the future; who prays is open to life and respects the life of others; who prays, little children, feels the freedom of the children of God and in joy of heart serves for the good for his brother-man. Because God is love and freedom, therefore, little children, when they want to put you in bonds and to use you, it is not from God. Because God loves and gives His peace to every creature; and that is why He sent me to you to help you to grow in holiness. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Dear children! Pray, witness and rejoice with me because the Most High continues to send me to lead you on the way of holiness. Be aware, little children, that life is short and eternity is waiting for you to give glory to God with your being, with all the saints. Little children, do not worry about earthly things, but long for Heaven. Heaven will be your goal and joy will begin to reign in your heart. I am with you and bless all of you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Dear children! With joy I am calling all of you, little children, who have responded to my call: be joy and peace. Witness with your lives Heaven, which I am bringing to you. It is time, little children, that you be a reflection of my love for all those who do not love and whose hearts hatred has conquered. Do not forget: I am with you and intercede for all of you before my Son Jesus, that He may give you His peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Dear children! I am calling you to be prayer for all those who do not pray. Little children, witness with your lives the joy that you are mine and God will heed your prayers and give you peace in this peaceless world where pride and selfishness reign. Little children, you be generous and be the love of my love, so that pagans can feel that you are mine and convert to my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Dear children! My heart is joyful because through these years I see your love and openness to my call. Today I am calling all of you: pray with me for peace and freedom, because Satan is strong and by his deception, wants to lead away all the more hearts from my motherly heart. That is why decide for God so that it may be good for you on the earth which God gave you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Today, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our Lady’s Apparitions at Medugorje. These are indeed the longest apparitions in history of the world that I know of. Three of the visionaries no longer see our Lady, except on special occasions, and three continue to receive their daily apparitions. What does it all mean? When and how will it all end? That is a question that nobody can answer. It is all left to divine providence.
As we celebrated the 40th Anniversary, I was thinking that 40 is a Biblical number. The chosen people wandered in the desert for 40 years. The Israelites were in captivity to the Philistines for 40 years. Nineveh was given 40 days to repent. Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai two times. Kings David, Solomon and Joash each reigned 40 years over Israel. Moses, Elijah and our Lord all fasted 40 days. God fed the Israelites with manna in the desert for 40 years. And these are just a few of the instances where where 40 years or 40 days are mentioned in the Bible as having some significant importance. Are we coming up on something? Will our Lord and our Lady bring us out of the desert of sin, mediocrity and hopelessness? For that, I have no answer. Our Lady will on do what God wills and in His time. Until then, it’s up to us to make a difference in the world around us.
For the past 40 years, our Lady has been giving a consistent message. The messages can be summarized simply in the following six words. Prayer, fasting, conversion, faith, peace and reconciliation. As we celebrate, we also ought to take inventory. How well have I responded our Lady’s messages? It seems that our churches are much more empty than they were at the beginning of the apparitions in 1981. Am I different after following our Lady’s messages over the last 40, 20 5, 1 year(s)? many people were/ are excited when they first hear that the Blessed Virgin Mary is appearing in our times. They can’t wait to get the next message. But after some time, when the messages appear to be the same and nothing dramatic is happening, they fade away. You and I are only responsible for our own response. We can’t make others convert, pray, fast or change their lives. We are only responsible for our own prayer and sacramental life. As they say, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. If we share our Lady’s messages with other people, that is wonderful. However, the most important thing we can do is live the messages. To live our Catholic, Christian life with zeal and fervor means more than any message. Lord tells us: “You are the light of the world” and “You are the salt of the earth.” he changes the world with 11 faithful Apostles. We are many more.
Hopefully we don’t run to see what the new message is, without taking them to heart. If all of us who have visited Medugorje in the last 40 years lived the messages, the would be a much different place. Medugorje must not become a novelty that wears off like an old toy. The messages must be prayed, studied and lived. Every day offers new possibilities to grow in holiness. It is an opportunity to be more faithful than we were today. As St. Francis once said: “Let us begin again, my sisters and brothers, for up until now, we have done little or nothing.”
Fr. Jay Finelli