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October 01, 2023

Feast of St Thérèse of Lisieux

“I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would no longer be enamelled with lovely hues. And so it is in the world of souls, Our Lord's living garden.”

St Thérèse of Lisieux


September 29, 2023

Feast of St Michael the Archangel

The prayer to St Michael the Archangel, so familiar to generations of Catholics, was composed by Pope Leo XIII in response to a vision he had of an assault against the Church by the powers of darkness. Its recitation was mandatory after Low Mass until the liturgical changes of the 1960s when the practice was dropped.


Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell Satan and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.


• The image is part of a stained glass window in the Oasis of Peace chapel, Medjugorje.

• Michaelmas in Irish Folklore


September 26, 2023

The Cause of Modernism

40. To penetrate still deeper into Modernism and to find a suitable remedy for such a deep sore, it behoves Us, Venerable Brethren, to investigate the causes which have engendered it and which foster its growth. That the proximate and immediate cause consists in a perversion of the mind cannot be open to doubt. The remote causes seem to us to be reduced to two: curiosity and pride. Curiosity by itself, if not prudently regulated, suffices to explain all errors. Such is the opinion of Our Predecessor, Gregory XVI., who wrote: A lamentable spectacle is that presented by the aberrations of human reason when it yields to the spirit of novelty, when against the warning of the Apostle it seeks to know beyond what it is meant to know, and when relying too much on itself it thinks it can find the fruit outside the Church wherein truth is found without the slightest shadow of error (Ep. Encycl. Singulari nos, 7 Kal. Jul. 1834).

But it is pride which exercises an incomparably greater sway over the soul to blind it and plunge it into error, and pride sits in Modernism as in its own house, finding sustenance everywhere in its doctrines and an occasion to flaunt itself in all its aspects. It is pride which fills Modernists with that confidence in themselves and leads them to hold themselves up as the rule for all, pride which puffs them up with that vainglory which allows them to regard themselves as the sole possessors of knowledge, and makes them say, inflated with presumption, We are not as the rest of men, and which, to make them really not as other men, leads them to embrace all kinds of the most absurd novelties; it is pride which rouses in them the spirit of disobedience and causes them to demand a compromise between authority and liberty; it is pride that makes of them the reformers of others, while they forget to reform themselves, and which begets their absolute want of respect for authority, not excepting the supreme authority. No, truly, there is no road which leads so directly and so quickly to Modernism as pride. When a Catholic laymen or a priest forgets that precept of the Christian life which obliges us to renounce ourselves if we would follow Jesus Christ and neglects to tear pride from his heart, ah! but he is a fully ripe subject for the errors of Modernism. Hence, Venerable Brethren, it will be your first duty to thwart such proud men, to employ them only in the lowest and obscurest offices; the higher they try to rise, the lower let them be placed, so that their lowly position may deprive them of the power of causing damage. Sound your young clerics, too, most carefully, by yourselves and by the directors of your seminaries, and when you find the spirit of pride among any of them reject them without compunction from the priesthood. Would to God that this had always been done with the proper vigilance and constancy.

41. If we pass from the moral to the intellectual causes of Modernism, the first which presents itself, and the chief one, is ignorance. Yes, these very Modernists who pose as Doctors of the Church, who puff out their cheeks when they speak of modern philosophy, and show such contempt for scholasticism, have embraced the one with all its false glamour because their ignorance of the other has left them without the means of being able to recognise confusion of thought, and to refute sophistry. Their whole system, with all its errors, has been born of the alliance between faith and false philosophy.

PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS Encyclical of Pope Pius X on the Doctrines of the Modernists


September 25, 2023

Medjugorje message, September 2023

Dear children! I am calling you to strong prayer. Modernism wants to enter into your thoughts and steal from you the joy of prayer and of meeting with Jesus. That is why, my dear little children, renew prayer in your families, so that my motherly heart may be joyful as in the first days, when I had chosen you, and day and night prayer resounded -- and Heaven was not silent but abundantly bestowed peace and blessing on this place of grace. Thank you for having responded to my call

Medjugorje message, September 25, 2020


September 16, 2023

Pray, pray, pray...

Dear children! This is a time of grace. I am with you and anew am calling you, little children: return to God and to prayer until prayer will be a joy for you. Little children, you do not have a future or peace until your life begins with a personal conversion and a change to the good. Evil will cease and peace will begin to reign in your hearts and in the world. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray. I am with you and intercede before my Son Jesus for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message, August 25, 2020


September 15, 2023

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Traditionally, the Seven Sorrows are:

1 The Prophecy of Simeon in Luke 2;

2 The Flight into Egypt in Matthew 2;

3 The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, also in Luke 2;

4 Mary meeting Jesus on the Via Dolorosa, the Fourth station of the Cross which is not found in Bible;

5 The Crucifixion of Jesus on Mount Calvary in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and especially John 19;

6 Jesus's Descent from the Cross in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19;

7 The Burial of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea also in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19;

Image source: Franciscan Media


September 14, 2023

The story of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Early in the fourth century, Saint Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem in search of the holy places of Christ’s life. She razed the second-century Temple of Aphrodite, which tradition held was built over the Saviour’s tomb, and her son built the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre on that spot. During the excavation, workers found three crosses. Legend has it that the one on which Jesus died was identified when its touch healed a dying woman.

The cross immediately became an object of veneration. At a Good Friday celebration in Jerusalem toward the end of the fourth century, according to an eyewitness, the wood was taken out of its silver container and placed on a table together with the inscription Pilate ordered placed above Jesus’ head: Then “all the people pass through one by one; all of them bow down, touching the cross and the inscription, first with their foreheads, then with their eyes; and, after kissing the cross, they move on.”

Source: Franciscan Media


September 12, 2023

The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an optional memorial celebrated in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church on 12 September. It has been a universal Roman Rite feast since 1684, when Pope Innocent XI included it in the General Roman Calendar to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Vienna in 1683. It was removed from the Church calendar in the liturgical reform following Vatican II but restored by Pope John Paul II in 2002, along with the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. (Wikipedia)


September 12, 2023

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind  (Eph 4:23)

“Man is renewed by contrition, confession, and taking on or accepting penance, and by making satisfaction, and forgiving injuries. And to the extent the injury is greater, to that extent the merit of remission is greater.”

St Vincent Ferrer... image: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 


September 08, 2023

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian piety. According to this account, Anna and Joachim are infertile but pray for a child. They receive the promise of a child who will advance God’s plan of salvation for the world. Such a story, like many biblical counterparts, stresses the special presence of God in Mary’s life from the beginning.

Saint Augustine connects Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.” The opening prayer at Mass speaks of the birth of Mary’s Son as the dawn of our salvation, and asks for an increase of peace.

Source: Franciscan Media


September 08, 2023

The Holy Cordon

In the year 1008, the plague ravaged Valenciennes (Belgium). According to the chronicles, the inhabitants, terrified, relied on divine hands and prayed to the Virgin Mary to come to their aid. On the last day of August, the hermit monk called Bertholin was visited by the Virgin Mary who asked him to gather the inhabitants to pray near the church dedicated to him. After seven days, Our Lady appeared, accompanied by many angels, wearing a scarlet cord. She asked the angels to surround the city and its suburbs with this cord, then all disappeared when it was done. She immediately reappeared to the monk Bertholin and asked him to organise the next day, and every year, a procession along the route of the cordon. The contagion ceased and all the sick were cured. The following year, the pilgrimage was set up to take place on September 8, the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, and has continued throughout the centuries to this day.

Source: Wikipedia


August 30, 2023

New role for Fr Marinko Šakota

Fr Marinko Šakota, the former parish priest at Medjugojre, has been appointed head of the Croatian Catholic Mission in St. Gallen (Switzerland). After serving as pastor in Medjugorje, Fr Marinko worked in the parish of Čerin for a little less than a year before his new role in Switzerland.



August 28, 2023

Feast of St Augustine of Hippo

Trust the past to God’s mercy,

The present to God’s love,

And the future to God’s providence.


St Augustine


August 25, 2023

Medjugorje message August 2023

Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling you to prayer with the heart. May your hearts, little children, be raised in prayer towards Heaven, so that your heart may feel the God of love who heals you and loves you with immeasurable love. That is why I am with you, to lead you on the way of conversion of heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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