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May 25, 2024

Over the hill and far away...

For me, personally, it’s somewhat of a contradictory message from Our Lady given today through the seer Marija.

 

After 43 years of apparitions and messages, we are told that we are still far away – yet she thanks her children for responding to her call.

 

It’s not the first ever message that Our Lady has pronounced that her children are “far away”. Even as far back as March 25, 1989 (26 years ago) she said: “Already for years you are invited to holiness but you are still far away.”

 

And on March 25, 1992, Our Lady said: “Satan is playing with you and your souls and I cannot help you because you are far away from my heart.”

 

However, in a later message (January 25, 1998) Our Lady said: “I am close to you and intercede before God for each of you.”

 

Maybe I’ll feel better in the morning.

Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling you to prayer with the heart. Little children, create prayer groups where you will encourage each other to the good and grow in joy. Little children, you are still far away. That is why continue to convert anew and choose the way of holiness and hope so that God may give you peace in abundance. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, May 25, 2024

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May 25, 2024

Saint Bede, the Venerable

Bede is one of the few saints honored as such even during his lifetime. His writings were filled with such faith and learning that even while he was still alive, a Church council ordered them to be read publicly in the churches.

At an early age, Bede was entrusted to the care of the abbot of the Monastery of St Paul, Jarrow. The happy combination of genius and the instruction of scholarly, saintly monks, produced a saint and an extraordinary scholar, perhaps the most outstanding one of his day. He was deeply versed in all the sciences of his times: natural philosophy, the philosophical principles of Aristotle, astronomy, arithmetic, grammar, ecclesiastical history, the lives of the saints and especially, holy Scripture.

From the time of his ordination to the priesthood at 30—he had been ordained a deacon at 19—till his death, Bede was ever occupied with learning, writing, and teaching. Besides the many books that he copied, he composed 45 of his own, including 30 commentaries on books of the Bible.

His Ecclesiastical History of the English People is commonly regarded as of decisive importance in the art and science of writing history. A unique era was coming to an end at the time of Bede’s death: It had fulfilled its purpose of preparing Western Christianity to assimilate the non-Roman barbarian North. Bede recognized the opening to a new day in the life of the Church even as it was happening.

Although eagerly sought by kings and other notables, even Pope Sergius, Bede managed to remain in his own monastery until his death. Only once did he leave for a few months in order to teach in the school of the archbishop of York. Bede died in 735 praying his favorite prayer: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As in the beginning, so now, and forever.”

source: Franciscan Media

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May 22, 2024

Saint Rita, patroness of lost causes

Today the Church remembers Saint Rita. She is known as patroness of lost causes. First a wife and exemplary mother, then an Augustinian nun, she asked Christ to share his Passion with her, and had the sign of a thorn on her forehead. Her remains are lodged in the Basilica of Cascia.  More details at this link.

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May 17, 2024

Fulfilment of the “secrets” will authorise Medjugorje

Just 38 days short of the 43rd anniversary of the Medjugorje apparitions of Our Lady (June 24, 1981), the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) published new norms for assessing and judging alleged supernatural phenomena.

 

What is interesting to note is, as a rule, “neither the local bishop nor the Holy See will declare that these phenomena are of supernatural origin, but will only authorise and promote devotion and pilgrimages”.

 

Seemingly, as it stands, the claimed apparitions at Medjugorje will not be declared as of supernatural origin, by either the local bishop or the Holy See.

 

At today’s press conference outlining the new norms document, Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, Prefect of the Dicastery, was asked about Medjugorje. He told journalists that no decision had been reached about its status. 

 

So where does this leave the six Medjugorje seers who all claim to have received “secrets” from Our Lady, especially Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo who has publicly declared she has been chosen to announce ten secrets to the world?

 

If this happens then what need for the local bishop or even the Holy See to authorise the apparitions? However, if Mirjana does not reveal the so-called “secrets” then what will that say about the claim of apparitions and supernatural phenomena?

 

In truth there never has been a need for the Holy See to verify the claim of apparitions. Any announcement and fulfilment of the so-called “ten secrets” should speak louder than approval or not from the local bishop or the CDF.

 

“In Medjugorje the miracle is not so much in Our Lady’s apparitions, nor in the words she speaks to us, but in the pilgrim’s reply, who accepts to change his heart and life. That is the great miracle!” Fr Jozo Zovko OFM

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May 17, 2024

New norms on alleged supernatural phenomena

Today, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith published a document detailing new norms regarding cases of reported supernatural phenomena.

 

The dicastery began revising the norms in 2019, leading to the current text approved by Pope Francis on May 4.

 

The norms come into force on Sunday, May 19, the feast of Pentecost.

 

Details at the Vatican News website.

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May 15, 2024

Feast of St Dymphna, Lily of Eire

St Dymphna is the 7th century patron saint of anxieties and mental health who was martyred at the age of 14.

 

Her story can be read at this link.

 

The image above is an altar dedicated to her in the Church of St Dymphna, Geel, Belgium, where her remains are preserved in a silver reliquary.

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May 13, 2024

Perpetual love

Some say: “Leave Medjugorje aside, the messages are all the same.” Imagine, for eight years I attend school. Every day when I go to school my mother says to me, “mind yourself”. So imagine eight times 300 days my mother spoke the same words to me. No wonder, then, Our Lady says once, says ten times, one hundred times: “Children, make your life better.” My mother used to say to us in our family, not 1,000 times, but 10,000 times, “behave yourself, be good, behave properly.” I want to emphasise that it is very normal that the mother repeats the same thing hundreds and hundreds of times.

 

Fr Branimir Musa OFM

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May 11, 2024

Open your eyes and look at Love

Each day is a first creation. Not one is like another. I never stop creating. And it is all for you. If you have eyes to see, every hour of the day holds its splendour. It comes from Me, from a fragment of Me. For you, of course – so that you may learn the lure of praise, the joy of adoration, the love of Love. I vary my spectacles every morning to rejuvenate your hearts […] Open your eyes and look at Love. It is He who is passing by.

 

Source: He and I, Gabrielle Bossis

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May 10, 2024

David’s victory

I pursued and overtook my foes,

Never turning back till they were slain.

I crushed them so they could not rise;

They fell beneath my feet.

 

Psalm 18 : 38-39

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May 09, 2024

Feast of the Ascension

While the apostles looked on, Jesus was lifted up and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two me in white were standing near them and they said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, the same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.” Acts 1 : 9-11

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May 07, 2024

The Advocate

Jesus said to his disciples: “Now I am going to the one who sent me. Not one of you has asked, ‘Where are you going?’ Yet you must be sad at heart because I have told you this. Still, I must tell you the truth: it is for your own good that I am going because unless I go, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I do go, I will send him to you. John 16 : 5-7

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May 06, 2024

A true believer

One of these women was called Lydia, a devout woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade. She listened to us, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptised she sent us an invitation: “If you really think me a true believer in the Lord,” she said “come and stay with us”; and she would take no refusal. Acts 16 : 14-15

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May 05, 2024

“Receive the Holy Spirit”

Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them. With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing. For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice, came out of many possessed people, and many paralysed or crippled people were cured. There was great joy in that city.

 

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Acts 8 : 5-8, 14-17

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May 04, 2024

Feast of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales

The feast of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales honours the hundreds of British men and women who suffered persecution and died for their Catholic faith during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the wake of the dispute between the Pope and King Henry VIII. Countless loyal Catholics were tortured and killed between 1535 and 1679.

 

On 4th May 1535, the first of these many martyrs of the English Reformation were hanged, drawn and quartered on the gallows at Tyburn. Although some have been canonised or beatified, the true number of those who died on the scaffold, perished in prison, or were tortured or persecuted for their faith – the ancient faith of their country – is not known. Thousands of others were driven into exile or deliberately reduced to penury under merciless penal laws.

 

The martyrs celebrated today came from every walk of life: rich and poor; married and single; men and women; priests, religious and lay people. They are remembered for the example they gave of constancy in their faith, and courage in the face of persecution which lasted almost a hundred and fifty years and left a permanent mark on English culture.

When King Henry VIII, after his break with Rome, proclaimed himself “the only Supreme head on earth of the Church of England”, Catholics felt that he had appropriated a supremacy in spiritual matters that belonged only to the Pope. While they wished to remain loyal subjects of the Crown, as the legitimately constituted authority, for reasons of
conscience they refused to recognise the ‘spiritual supremacy’ of the King. When the Act of Supremacy was passed in 1534, many faced a serious dilemma, and even death, rather than act against their conscience and deny their Catholic faith.

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May 03, 2024

Give me your hand

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. 
August 2, 200

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May 02, 2024

Feast of St Athanasius

Athanasius led a tumultuous but dedicated life of service to the Church. He was the great champion of the faith against the widespread heresy of Arianism, the teaching by Arius that Jesus was not truly divine. The vigour of his writings earned him the title of doctor of the Church.

Born of a Christian family in Alexandria, Egypt, and given a classical education, Athanasius became secretary to Alexander, the bishop of Alexandria, entered the priesthood and was eventually named bishop himself. His predecessor, Alexander, had been an outspoken critic of a new movement growing in the East—Arianism.

Five times Athanasius was exiled for his defence of the doctrine of Christ’s divinity. During one period of his life, he enjoyed 10 years of relative peace—reading, writing, and promoting the Christian life along the lines of the monastic ideal to which he was greatly devoted. His dogmatic and historical writings are almost all polemic, directed against every aspect of Arianism.

Among his ascetical writings, his Life of St. Anthony achieved astonishing popularity and contributed greatly to the establishment of monastic life throughout the Western Christian world.

source: Franciscan Media

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April 30, 2024

RIP Jim Browne

The death has taken place of James (Jim) Browne, Killadoon, Louisburgh. He died suddenly on Saturday at Galway University Hospital.

 

Widely known for his charity work and leading pilgrimages to Medjugorje, a place that helped change his own life, news of his passing is widely regretted by everybody who knew him.

Midwest Radio broadcast a documentary about his life some years ago entitled “A Little Miracle at Medjugorje.”

Jim will repose at Mir House, Killadoon, Louisburgh on Wednesday, from 3:00pm until 8:00pm. Private removal on Thursday morning at 10:00am to St Mary's Church, Westport, for Funeral Mass at 11:00am.Burial takes place afterwards in Aughavale Cemetery, Westport.

source: Connaught Telegraph

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April 28, 2024

The True Vine

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit of in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing.

 

John 15 : 5

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April 26, 2024

God sends his love... again and again!

We search incessantly for the new to satisfy our hunger and appetite... new

experiences, new thrills and excitement, new books, new films, new friends, new relationships, new jobs, new flavours, new tastes, new fashions, new theories, new ways, new technology, new horizons, new environments, new projects, new ideas, new success, new days, new weeks, new news, new posts, new blogs, and even new messages...  We constantly hunger to be renewed by the ‘new’ in our life.

 

In a message from Our Lady to the seer Mirjana we are reminded that it is God who renews the face of the earth, and makes new children of us all. 

 

Our Lady says: “When you become cognisant of the Father, you will comprehend that he is all you need.” (June 2, 2013)

 

Our hunger to be satisfied can only be truly fulfilled by God. We are fed by the Lord when we place our trust in him to provide for our needs. Then, as Pope Francis once reminded us, we have no need to leave the company of Jesus to go into the neighbouring villages and search for food. God provides. 

 

We understand and set out and follow Jesus, Son of Mary, knowing and accepting he is the true source for our happiness and peace. He feeds us. He feeds his sheep. He feeds all his flocks, so wonderfully described by Pope Francis when he said: 

 

“God can bring forth what is necessary for everyone. Jesus trusts completely in the heavenly Father, He knows that in him all things are possible. So he tells the disciples to have the people sit down in groups of fifty – this is not accidental: this means that they are no longer a crowd, but they become communities, nourished by the bread of God.” (June 2013)

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April 25, 2024

Medjugorje message, April 2024

Dear children! I am with you to tell you that I love you and to encourage you to prayer; because Satan is strong and every day his strength is stronger through those who have chosen death and hatred. You, little children, be prayer and my extended hands of love for all those who are in darkness and seek the light of our God. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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April 25, 2024

Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist

Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. When Saint Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark’s mother.

 

Paul and Barnabas took him along on the first missionary journey, but for some reason Mark returned alone to Jerusalem. It is evident, from Paul’s refusal to let Mark accompany him on the second journey despite Barnabas’s insistence, that Mark had displeased Paul. Because Paul later asks Mark to visit him in prison, we may assume the trouble did not last long.

 

The oldest and the shortest of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus’s rejection by humanity while being God’s triumphant envoy. Probably written for gentile converts in Rome—after the death of Peter and Paul sometime between A.D. 60 and 70—Mark’s Gospel is the gradual manifestation of a “scandal”: a crucified Messiah.

 

A winged lion is Mark’s symbol. The lion derives from Mark’s description of John the Baptist as a “voice of one crying out in the desert” (Mark 1:3), which artists compared to a roaring lion. The wings come from the application of Ezekiel’s vision of four winged creatures to the evangelists.

 

Source: Franciscan Media

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April 23, 2024

Pray for peace and protection

Dear children, put God in the first place in your families, so that he may give you peace and may protect you not only from war, but also in peace protect you from every satanic attack.

Part message, December 25, 1991

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April 22, 2024

Waiting for water to move

Now at the Sheep Pool in Jerusalem there is a building called Bethzatha in Hebrew, consisting of five porticos; and under these were crowds of sick people – blind, lame, paralysed – waiting for the water to move; for at intervals the angel of the Lord came down into the pool, and the water was disturbed, and the first person to enter the water after this disturbance was cured of any ailment he suffered from.

John 1 : 2-4

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April 20, 2024

Conflict

1. A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.

2. A state of disagreement or disharmony between persons or ideas; a clash.

3. An emotional or mental disturbance resulting from the opposition or simultaneous functioning of mutually exclusive impulses, desires, or tendencies.

 

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

 

The Lord God said to the serpent: “Be accursed beyond all cattle, all wild beasts. You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust everyday of your life. I will make you enemies of each other: you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring. It will crush your head and you will strike its heel.

 

Genesis 3 : 15

 

Dear children! Today I call you to pray in a special way that you offer up sacrifices and good deeds for peace in the world. Satan is strong and with all his strength, desires to destroy the peace which comes from God. Therefore, dear children, pray in a special way with me for peace. I am with you and I desire to help you with my prayers and I desire to guide you on the path of peace. I bless you with my motherly blessing. Do not forget to live the messages of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.

 

Medjugorje message, October 25, 1990

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April 19, 2024

Jesus is the Son of God

“Brother Saul, I have been sent by the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on your way here so that you may recover your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediatlely it was as though the scales fell away from Saul’s eyes and he could see again. […] After he had spent only a few days with the disciples in Damascus, he began preaching in the synagogues, “Jesus is the Son of God.”

 

Acts 9 : 17-18, 20

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April 19, 2024

Trust in God’s will

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Trust in God’s will, and trust in me.

There are many rooms in my Father’s house;

If there were not, I should have told you.

 

John 14 : 1-2

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April 18, 2024

Seven words to ponder

Go in peace. Your sins are forgiven.

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April 18, 2024

The Living Bread

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven;

Anyone who eats this bread will live forever;

And the bread that I shall give

Is my flesh, for the life of the world.

 

John 6 : 51

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April 17, 2024

The Bread of Life

Jesus said to the crowd:

 

I am the bread of life.

He who comes to me will never be hungry;

He who believes in me will never thirst.

 

John 6 : 35

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