Happy Pilgrims Deb and Gabriella, on Apparition Hill on Wednesday!!
We had just climbed with Marija to the statue to pray!
(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016
June 24, 2016
The Feast of St. John the Baptist
Dear Family of Mary!
This is my first attempt at a reflection from Medjugorje on this trip! Our Novena for the 35th Anniversary is finished, and we have arrived at the day when Our Lady first appeared to the children, 35 years ago. We celebrate the anniversary on June 25, at her request, but she came first on this day. She has been given a mission very much like John the Baptist. She has come to call us back to God, and to help us to convert, to pray, to fast, and to seek the will of God, a message very much like that of John the Baptist.
Tonight the parish will have all-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, in anticipation of Our Lady’s message. This Anniversary is a moment of great grace. Our Lady will be granted many graces on this day. The Mary TV Team will pray for all of your intentions tonight and tomorrow.
We have had many graces already on this pilgrimage. We flew out on Monday, arriving in Rome on Tuesday morning. We then immediately boarded a lovely bus which carried us across Italy to the port city of Ancona. Here is a shot of one of our pilgrims, Traci Veno, and the Adriatic coast near Ancona! We were happy travelers!!
In Ancona our group boarded a big ferry which took us across the Adriatic on an all night voyage. It was a very pleasant trip, with dinner, and a nice long sleep in our cabins. We awoke, rested and ready for the short bus ride from Split to Medjugorje.
Once we settled into our pension, Franjo Zubac gave us an introductory talk about the history of Medjugorje. Franjo was a young man when the Apparitions began. He shared about the social and political climate in this area at the time, and why it was such a difficult moment for the villagers when Our Lady first appeared. Being Catholics, the people were already disenfranchised from society. The fathers had to go to Germany to get work and provide for their families because they would not renounce their faith. The village was not included in the infrastructure of the country, no water, power, or roads for them. But now they would be further persecuted because of the Apparitions, which stirred up the faith of the people.
His talk gave us a deeper appreciation for the gift of Our Lady’s presence, because it has been provided for us through the courage of the visionaries and their families in Medjugorje. They stood firm under persecution, remaining faithful to Our Lady’s call. And now, 35 years later, we are blessed beyond measure! Thank you Blessed Mother, for 35 years of love!
Here is Franjo speaking to us!
Later we visited “Mary TV, Tea with Rosie”!!! We were greeted by Rosie and several friends from Wales and Scotland! What a joy it is to gather and share about Our Lady together in our new tea room. There is a screen playing the channel throughout the day! It is great! I wish you could all join us there. Rosie will be waiting!
On Thursday morning several of us climbed Apparition Hill, praying the Rosary with Marjia Pavlovic Lunetti. The Hill was filled with pilgrims, as you can see below. I took this moment to sit quietly and offer up all of your intentions to the Queen of Peace. May she answer all your prayers, and bring each of you great peace in these days!
Well that’s all for today! I will try to send much more tomorrow. We also have a window on the home page where Denis and I will share more of our pilgrimage events each day. Join us for mass and adoration tonight, starting at 6:00 pm Medjugorje time.
Our Lady said to us:
March 25, 2003 “Dear children! Also today I call you to pray for peace. Pray with the heart, little children, and do not lose hope because God loves His creatures. He desires to save you, one by one, through my coming here. I call you to the way of holiness. Pray, and in prayer you are open to God’s will; in this way, in everything you do, you realize God’s plan in you and through you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
May we all respond to Our Lady’s call and realize God’s plan for each of us in this time of grace!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2015