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January 01, 2024

Mary, the Theotokos

Mary is the Mother of God because she is the Mother of Jesus, true God and true Man. Because of this, she more than anyone else can lead us to her Son, for no other like her knows who Jesus is, and no one knows how to relate with Him as well as she does. Mary is the Mother who, on hearing the shepherd’s words, understood immediately that the Child was not just “her Son”. “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice” Jesus would say one day (Lk. 8:19-21). She, who for nine months had borne Him in her womb, knew how to listen to everyone the Lord allowed her to meet: the shepherds, the magi, Simeon and Anna… because each of them would “reveal” something about Jesus’ identity and mission.



December 31, 2023

New Year resolutions

Considering quitting smoking, consuming less alcohol, dieting, or any of the many resolutions that top the lists at this time of year?


New Year Resolutions – promises made to be broken, as someone once said. But just why is it that so many people consider changing the way they live when January 1 comes around?


It’s encouraging for the world that there is this deep-rooted desire to change, to improve, in the hearts of all – a need to be at peace with ourselves and with each other.


Can it be a coincidence that this desire surfaces shortly after the birth of Jesus into the world? (continue reading at this link)


December 29, 2023

At the eleventh hour...

Lord, this year is almost done, 

Tired and weary I have come

With my burdens and distress

To rest inside your gentleness.


December 28, 2023

The labyrinth of our fears

“It is important to keep faring forward, to keep searching and growing in our understanding of the truth, overcoming the temptation to stand still and never leave the 'labyrinth' of our fears.”

Pope Francis to Roman Curia, Christmas 2023


December 25, 2023

Medjugorje message, December 2023

Dear children! I am carrying my Son Jesus to you to fill your hearts with peace, because he is peace. Little children, seek Jesus in the silence of your heart that he be born anew. The world needs Jesus, therefore seek him through prayer, because he gives himself daily to each of you.


December 25, 2023

traditional Christmas dish

Pigs in blankets is a dish served in the United Kingdom and Ireland consisting of small sausages wrapped in bacon. They are a popular and traditional accompaniment to roast turkey in a Christmas dinner and are served as a side dish. (Wikipedia)

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December 25, 2023

God’s love... greater than our sins

Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have may not be lost but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.

John 3 : 16-17


December 23, 2023

The Holy Souls and Christmas Day

The Medjugorje seer Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo is reported to have said that Our Lady once told her when souls leave Purgatory and go to Heaven, most go on Christmas Day.


The writer Susan Tassone also claims that two saints and doctors of the Church, Alphonsus Liguori and Teresa of Avila, have said most souls are released from Purgatory on Christmas Day.


I haven’t been able to verify any of these claims.


December 22, 2023

Heavenly blessings

He causes his sun to shine on bad men as well as good and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. Matthew 5 : 45

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December 21, 2023

Of blessings

It is the Sabbath; you are not allowed to carry your sleeping mat. […] Who is the man who said to you, “pick up your mat and walk”? – John 4 : 10, 12


Is not a blessing a request for help from God?Andrea Tornielli

Pray that your shepherds, with their blessed hands, may always give you the joy of God’s blessing. Medjugorje message to Mirjana, March 18, 2014


December 20, 2023

A brighter of darker future?

Why do Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus into the world? Is it because we believe and hope in a better world to come, that peace can reign in all hearts and overcome the darkness that shadows all lives?


In her Medjugorje messages Our Lady says that prayer is the key to know the love of Jesus and so overcome all the misery in this world of sorrows. She also states that Satan is strong and wants to destroy hope in our hearts, and affirms that our peace and hope are in God.


She asks that our hope be hope for those hearts who do not have Jesus and to be her extended hands of love for all those who have become lost, and have no more faith and hope.


Can one of our New Year resolutions be just this; that with hope in our hearts we are able to extend the love of God to others, no matter who they are or how we perceive or judge them to be? 


Dear children! In a special way, today I am calling you to prayer. Pray, little children, so that you may comprehend who you are and where you need to go. Be carriers of the good news and be people of hope. Be love for all those who are without love. Little children, you will be everything and will achieve everything only if you pray and are open to God’s will – to God who desires to lead you towards eternal life. I am with you and intercede for you from day to day before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message November 25, 2014


December 20, 2023

Advent – a joyful time of expectation

At every time and in every place, God draws close to humanity. He calls us to seek him, to know him, to love him with all our strength. 

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1


December 17, 2023

Two planks

“In my efforts to escape from the dangers of this life and the abyss of sin, support me by your prayers, as by a plank, that from this world I may escape as one does from a shipwreck, leaving all behind.”

Letter from Paulinus and Therasia to St Augustine of Hippo


1446: Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as "the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace."

Catechism of the Catholic Church


December 13, 2023

To whom does the sun belong?

A Slovak writer wrote a novel – To Whom Belongs the Sun? – which tells the story of a boy from a very poor family. 


However, he did not know that they were poor, because they lived happily. He discovered his poverty at school, when the others started to call him poor. 


So the boy asked his mother: “Why do people say that we are poor?” 


He received this explanation: “Because this house does not belong to us, because these things here and these things there are not ours...” 


The boy remained stunned. He did not know it.


He asked another, but decisive question: “And the sun, to whom does it belong?” 


His mother’s answer delighted him deeply: “The sun belongs to the good God.” 


This was the revelation of the fatherhood of God which, thereafter, carried him during his whole life.


December 13, 2023

“My yoke is easy...”

Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.

Matthew 11 :28-30

• Image is detail from the Singing Angels panel of the Ghent Altarpiece


December 09, 2023

A perfect wife...

A perfect wife – who can find her?

She is far beyond the price of pearls.


She holds out her hand to the poor,

She opens her arms to the needy.

Proverbs 31 : 10, 19


December 09, 2023

Like sheep without a shepherd

And when Jesus saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. 

Matthew 9 :3 6


December 08, 2023

The Lord who sets prisoners free

It is he who keeps faith for ever,

who is just to the kind and oppressed.

It is he who gives bread to the hungry,

the Lord who sets prisoners free.


Psalm 116 : 7


December 08, 2023

Dogma of the Immaculate Conception

The writings of the Church Fathers, from the time of the Apostles, indicate a tradition that this teaching has always been part of the Christian deposit of faith. The dogma states that, from the moment of her conception in the womb of her mother St Anne, Our Blessed Lady was preserved from the stain of original sin, which the rest of mankind inherits due to the sin of Adam and Eve. Mary was filled totally with God’s grace, and thus being sinless was the worthy mother of Jesus Christ, who came to defeat sin. Mary stands as a sign of hope to the Christian that, one day, we will be in the presence of God, filled with grace and cleansed from every sin.

The truth of the Immaculate Conception is inherent in Sacred Scripture. It is implied in the story of the Fall, when sinful Eve is told that one day, one of her descendants will crush the head of the serpent. In the Annunciation account, St Luke uses a specific word, which we interpret as ‘full of grace,’ in the angel Gabriel’s greeting to Mary. This Greek word is in a certain tense, meaning she was always full of grace and always will be full of grace. Mary is the ‘Holy light on earth’s horizon, star of hope to fallen man, light amid a world of shadows, dawn of God’s redemptive plan’ (F. Caswall).


Fr Anton Guziel


December 06, 2023

Medjugorje IT Congress 2024

The Medjugorje parish is staging an IT Congress ITM) in March (7-10) next year. It aims to provide an opportunity for spiritual growth and meeting people from the IT sector, and so invites software engineers and technology professionals who want to apply their skills, abilities and expertise in projects related to the permeation of the technological world and spirituality and the spread of evangelisation


Full details and registration via this link


December 06, 2023

A Golden Rose

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis will pay homage to the Blessed Virgin Mary with a Golden Rose placed at the feet of the ancient Roman icon of ‘Maria Salus Populi Romani’. He will travel to the Basilica on 8 December to accomplish this historic gesture which has not been performed in 400 years.


Source: Vatican News


December 05, 2023

Speaking of numbers...

“Has the Lord spoken to Moses only? Has he not spoken to us, too?


Numbers 12 : 2


And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.


Matthew 1 : 22


December 04, 2023

When I was a child...

I do it, so do countless others: that is, cast stones.


I still haven’t forgotten when, as a young child, I stoned another boy who lived across the street. It hurt him enough to report my rage to his parents, and for them to visit my home with a rightful complaint. But I can’t remember the reason why, as two young boys, we resorted to calling each other names and throwing stones.


Nowadays any stone throwing I resort to is of the accusative or judgmental kind, and that can be just as damaging, not only for the person I’m firing off at, but to my own self and soul as well. I guess there can be times for most people when we are plagued by destructive instincts and habits. 


It is said that all wars start in the heart.


“When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and think like a child, and argue like a child…” (1 Corinthians 13:11)… and though I am now a man I have still to leave some of my childish ways behind.


December 04, 2023

My December Rose

I know nothing about flowers, but this particular rose in my garden has intrigued me over the past couple of weeks. Why is it still in flower at this time of the year? I took this picture today on a very wet morning after several cold days, heavy frost and even a smattering of light snow. It’s the only flower on the bush. There are no signs of any others that may have bloomed recently. I hope it stays around until Friday.


December 04, 2023

Christmas colours

For Christians, the evergreen leaves, which don’t lose their colour or die during the winter, are seen as a powerful symbol of the eternal life promised by Jesus Christ in the gospels. The sharp, pointy leaves of holly call to mind the crown of thorns, and its red berries are seen as emblematic of the blood shed on the cross. The death and resurrection of Jesus has become associated with the vibrant red and green boughs.



December 03, 2023

First Sunday of Advent

Dear children! Wake up from the sleep of unbelief and sin, because this is a time of grace which God gives you. Use this time and seek the grace of healing of your heart from God, so that you may see God and man with the heart. Pray in a special way for those who have not come to know God's love, and witness with your life so that they also can come to know God and His immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message, February 25, 2000


December 02, 2023

Who can stand before His cold?

He gives snow like wool;

He scatters the frost like ashes.

He casts forth His ice as fragments;

Who can stand before His cold?

He sends forth His word and melts them;

He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.

Psalm 147:16-18


December 01, 2023

In praise of the Virgin Mother

In dangers, and difficulties and doubts, think of Mary. Call for Mary’s help. Do not let her name depart from your mind or your mouth, and to obtain the support of her prayer do not neglect the example of her life. Following her, you do not stray: asking her for help, you do not despair; thinking about her, you do not lose the way. You do not fall if she holds you; you have no anxiety if she protects you; with her for guide you do not grow tired; if she favours you, you arrive.


St Bernard of Clairvaux


December 01, 2023

Fr Svet to lead London weekend retreat

Fr Svetozar Kraljevic, a former pastor at Medjugorje, will lead a weekend retreat at Roehampton in February 2024.


The event is organised by the Medjugorje Apostolate for England and Wales, and will take place at  the Kairos Centre, Roehampton, London, Friday evening 23rd February to Sunday afternoon 25th February. 


The retreat will be residential although there are places for non-residents.


Full details available from Paul Spencer, email:


December 01, 2023

Know that the kingdom of God is near

Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Think of the fig tree and indeed every tree. As soon as you see them bud, you know that summer is now near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will never pass away.” Luke 21 : 29-33


November 30, 2023

A sign of God’s love

Dear children! Today, again, I invite you to pray, so that through prayer, fasting and small sacrifices you may prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus. May this time, little children, be a time of grace for you. Use every moment and do good, for only in this way will you feel the birth of Jesus in your hearts. If with your life you give an example and become a sign of God's love, joy will prevail in the hearts of men. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje Message, November 25, 1996


November 29, 2023

The flame of love

Dear children! As nature gives the most beautiful colours of the year, I also call you to witness with your life and to help others to draw closer to my Immaculate Heart, so that the flame of love for the Most High may sprout in their hearts. I am with you and I unceasingly pray for you that your life may be a reflection of Heaven here on earth. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje Message, April 25, 2011


November 28, 2023

Build the Hill of Apparitions

“When you return home… Build the Hill of Apparitions in one corner of your apartment or house. Furnish it with a small crucifix, a candle, the Bible, rosary beads and a kneeler. There you will understand your Krizevac, too, and your passage, and your passing. By the side of the Hill of Apparitions, Krizevac becomes a place of resurrection, for no Krizevac is there to destroy you, but to help you attain to salvation.” Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM


• More at this link.


November 27, 2023

Feast of the Miraculous Medal

On November 27, 1989, during an apparition at the Blue Cross to the visionary Marija Pavlovic, Our Lady gave this message: 

“These days, I want you to pray in a special way for the salvation of souls. Today is the feast day of the miraculous medal, and I want that you pray, in a special way, for the salvation of those people who are carrying this miraculous medal. I want you to spread the devotion and the carrying of this medal, so that more souls may be saved, and that you pray in a special way.”

On a personal note I was once very blessed to speak privately with Marija when she made a visit to the UK. At the end of the meeting, she put her hand in her purse and gave me several small, gold-coloured medals – Miraculous Medals – saying they had been blessed by Our Lady during one of her apparitions. I can vouch for several other blessings and miracles associated with those medals when they were passed on to other people.

• In November 1830, Mary appeared for a second time to St. Catherine at the Rue de Bac Chapel in Paris. This time she was standing on a globe, with dazzling rays of light streaming from her outstretched hands. Framing the apparition was an inscription: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” When Mary spoke to St. Catherine, she said “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck. Those who repeat this prayer with devotion will be, in a special manner, under the protection of the Mother of God. Graces will be abundantly bestowed upon those who have confidence.”

With approval of the Catholic Church, the first medals were made in 1832 and distributed in Paris. Source:


November 25, 2023

Medjugorje message, November 2023

Dear children! May this time be interwoven with prayer for peace and good deeds, so that the joy of the expectation of the King of Peace may be felt in your hearts, families and in the world which does not have hope. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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November 24, 2023

Christmas postage stamps

Royal Mail has issued five special stamps and collectible celebrating Britain’s favourite Christmas carols. They feature a lyric from the carols, O Holy Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Away in a Manger, and We Three Kings. The stamps are also the first Christmas issue to feature the head of King Charles and can be viewed and purchased on line at this Royal Mail link.


November 23, 2023

If you had only understood the message of peace

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem and came in sight of the city he she’d tears over it and said, “If you in your turn had only understood the message of peace! But, alas, it is hidden from your eyes! Yes, a time is coming when your enemies will raise fortifications all round you, when they will encircle you and hem you in from every side; they will dash you and the children inside your walls to the ground; they will leave no stone standing on another within you – and all because you did not recognise your opportunity when God offered it!”

Luke 19 : 41-44


November 22, 2023

Cecilia, patron saint of musicians

Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs. According to legend, she was a young Christian of high rank betrothed to a Roman named Valerian. Through her influence, Valerian was converted, and was martyred along with his brother. 

The legend about Cecilia’s death says that after being struck three times on the neck with a sword, she lived for three days, and asked the pope to convert her home into a church.


[Notice the serrated edge of the plate which the viola’s strings attach to, and how it points down to Cecilia’s neck.]

Since the time of the Renaissance she has usually been portrayed with a viola or a small organ.


The image above of St Cecilia is detail from the Musical Angels panel of the Ghent Altarpiece (also called the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb). Painted by by Jan and Hubert van Eyck, it was completed in 1432 and is displayed in St Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium.

Notes concerning St Cecilia


November 21, 2023

Mary’s Meals hosting art sale

Mary’s Meals will host an art sale at Frame Masters, Canal Road, Letterkenny, Donegal, on Thursday evening, November 23.


Over 150 paintings have been given to the charity which gratefully acknowledges the work and generosity of all the artists.


The sale will take place from 6.30-9pm. All are invited and light refreshments will be served. Any unsold paintings will be left on display at Frame Masters until the following Wednesday (29).



November 21, 2023

Presentation of Mary in the Temple

Eternal Father, we honour the holiness and glory of the Virgin Mary. May her prayers bring us the fullness of your life and love.


Hail Mary, full of grace…


November 20, 2023

Decide for conversion

Dear children! Today I thank you for all the sacrifices you have offered me these days. Little children, I invite you to open yourselves to me and to decide for conversion. Your hearts, little children, are still not completely open to me and therefore, I invite you again to open to prayer so that in prayer the Holy Spirit will help you, that your hearts become of flesh and not of stone. Little children, thank you for having responded to my call and for having decided to walk with me toward holiness. Medjugorje Message, June 25, 1996


November 20, 2023

I am the light of the world, says the Lord

Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the blind man to him, and when he came up, asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Sir,” he replied “let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.” And instantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God for what had happened. Luke 18 : 30-43


November 17, 2023

As it was in Noah’s day...

Jesus said to the disciples, “As it was in Noah’s day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the Flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 17 : 26-27


November 11, 2023

A favourite saint of mine...

A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk; a monk who was maneuvered into being a bishop; a bishop who fought paganism as well as pleaded for mercy to heretics—such was Martin of Tours, one of the most popular of saints and one of the first not to be a martyr. More at


November 11, 2023

Armistice Day

Armistice Day, also known as Veterans Day, is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War 1 and German at Compiègne, France, at 5:45am for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War 1, which took effect at eleven in the morning – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. (Wikipedia)

The feast of St Martin of Tours is celebrated on this day also, and sometimes referred to as Martinmas or St Martin’s Day.

In This Haven Of Stillness, I'll Find Repose,

As Serenity's Essence Around Me Flows,

A Moment Of Respite From The World's Demands,

Where Tranquility Thrives, Where Peace Expands.

Ahmad Jahangheer


November 10, 2023

A sign of the time

Peter went up to Jesus and said: “Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times? Jesus answered, “Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18 : 21-22)

Happy birthday Nonno!


November 10, 2023

St Leo the Great, pope and doctor of the Church

St Leo the Great was elected pope in 440. He consolidated the organisation of the Church and its government from Rome at a time of civil and doctrinal disorder. Many of his sermons and letters survive, and reveal him a man of clear and forceful intellect and faith.


• The graphic is from a poster advertising the West End show, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 


November 09, 2023

What is born of the Spirit is spirit...

“The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.”

John 3 : 8


November 08, 2023

Witnesses to the love of Jesus

Dear Children! Today I invite you to fall in love with the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Adore Him, little children, in your Parishes and in this way you will be united with the entire world. Jesus will become your friend and you will not talk of Him like someone whom you barely know. Unity with Him will be a joy for you and you will become witnesses to the love of Jesus that He has for every creature. Little children, when you adore Jesus you are also close to me. Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje Message, September 25, 1995


November 06, 2023

A time for turning

Dear children! Today I invite you to prayer because only in prayer can you understand my coming here. The Holy Spirit will enlighten you to understand that you must convert. Little children, I wish to make of you a most beautiful bouquet prepared for eternity but you do not accept the way of conversion, the way of salvation that I am offering you through these apparitions. Little children, pray, convert your hearts and come closer to me. May good overcome evil. I love you and bless you. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje Message, July 25, 1995


November 06, 2023

Who could ever know the mind of the Lord?

How rich are the depths of God – how deep his wisdom and knowledge – and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? Who could ever be his counsellor?

Romans 11 : 33-34


November 05, 2023

Pointing the way

The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do: since they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! (Matthew 23 : 4)

Hands behind the back


November 04, 2023

Seeking supernatural signs

Here’s a sign sometimes seen at Medjugorje – and in many other places around the world.


It is a supernatural sign of a sort because God can judge hearts by our response to it.


“For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” (Matthew 25 : 31-46)


“And when you come before my Son, in your hearts he will see how much love you had.” Part Medjugorje message to Mirjana, August 2, 2014 


November 04, 2023

Full of Grace

Dear children! Today also I invite you to prayer, a prayer of joy so that in these sad days no one amongst you may feel sadness in prayer, but a joyful meeting with God His Creator. Pray, little children, to be able to come closer to me and to feel through prayer what it is I desire from you. I am with you and each day I bless you with my maternal blessing so that Our Lord may fill you abundantly with His grace for your daily life. Give thanks to God for the grace of my being able to be with you because I assure you it is a great grace. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje Message, July 25, 1992


November 03, 2023

Feast of St Martin de Porres

“The measure of our love is determined by the extent of our giving.”

St Martin de Porres

Side by side with his daily work in the kitchen, laundry, and infirmary, Martin’s life reflected God’s extraordinary gifts: ecstasies that lifted him into the air, light filling the room where he prayed, bi-location, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures, and a remarkable rapport with animals. Source: Franciscan Media

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