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
Dear children! Today I am looking at you and calling: return to God because He is love and out of love has sent me to you to lead you on the way of conversion. Leave sin and evil, decide for holiness and joy will begin to reign; and you will be my extended hands in this lost world. I desire that you be prayer and hope to those who have not come to know the God of love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Dear children! Today I am calling you to witness your faith in the colors of spring. May this be a faith of hope and courage. May your faith, little children, not waver in any situation , not even in this time of trial. Go courageously with the risen Christ towards Heaven, which is your goal. I am accompanying you on this way of holiness and am placing all of you in my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Dear Children! Also today I am with you to tell you: Little children, who prays does not fear the future and does not lose hope. You are chosen to carry joy and peace, because you are mine. I have come here with the name ‘Queen of Peace’ because the devil wants peacelessness and war, he wants to fill your heart with fear of the future – but the future is God’s. That is why, be humble and pray, and surrender everything into the hands of the Most High Who created you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Dear children! God has permitted me to be with you also today, to call you to prayer and fasting. Live this time of grace and be witnesses of hope, because I repeat to you, little children, that with prayer and fasting also wars can be suppressed. Little children, believe and live this time of grace in faith and with faith; and my Immaculate Heart does not leave any of you in peacelessness if you have recourse to me. I intercede for you before the Most High and I pray for peace in your hearts and for hope for the future. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Dear children! I am calling you at this time to prayer, fasting and renunciation, that you may be stronger in faith.This is a time of awakening and of giving birth. As nature which gives itself, you also, little children, ponder how much you have received. Be joyful bearers of peace and love that it may be good for you on earth. Yearn for Heaven; and in Heaven there is no sorrow or hatred. That is why, little children, decide anew for conversion and let holiness begin to reign in your life. 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. Through Jakov, Our Lady gave the following message:
Also today Jesus is here beside you, even when you think that you are alone and that light does not exist in your life. He is here and has never left you or distanced Himself from you. The light of His birth illuminates this world and your life. His Heart is always open towards you, to receive your every pain, every trial, fear and need. His arms are extended towards you, that as a father, He may embrace you and tell you how important you are for Him, how much He loves you and cares for His children. Children, is your heart open towards Jesus? Have you completely surrendered your life into His hands? Have you accepted Jesus as your father, to whom you can always turn and in Him find consolation and everything you need to live true faith? That is why, my children, surrender your hearts to Jesus and permit Him to begin to rule your lives, because only in this way, will you accept the present and be able to face the world in which you live today. With Jesus, every fear, suffering and pain disappear, because your heart accepts His will and everything that comes into your life. Jesus will give you the faith to accept everything and nothing will distance you from Him — because He firmly holds you by the hand and does not permit for you to distance and lose yourselves in difficult moments — because He has become the Lord of your life. I bless you with my motherly blessing.”