(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016


August 4, 2016
St. John Vianney (Patron of Priests!)
Dear Family of Mary!
Today is Day 4 of the Youth Festival! The time goes by so quickly. Testimonies, Rosaries, Holy Mass, Meditations, Adoration, Dancing and Singing for the Lord, it all flows into one joyous moment! Thank you, dearest Gospa, for calling the youth to Medjugorje to be with you!!
On Tuesday evening, at the International Mass, the priest began his homily with these words. He is making an important point:
Brothers and sisters, before I break the Word that we just heard that we may be fed with the Word of God, as we look at this sea that we saw as we began the procession, this beautiful sea from up here at the altar, I wanted to say to all of you, “This is the Catholic Church! This is the Church!” This is the Church that Jesus Christ established when He said to Peter, “This is the rock, and upon this rock I will establish my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail over it.”
As we look at the brother priests behind me, around me, who come from all the nations, and looking at all of you with your flags, and we realize we were just looking at the ugly scenes in so-called united Europe, at the European championship where there were so many flags too. But there we saw violence, there we saw ugly things, because not everyone is rooted in Christ. But I see all of these flags and it is impossible to have this in other places. Only Christ is making this possible!! (Homily of Holy Mass, Aug 2, 2016 Medjugorje)

The joy, unity and peace that is experienced at the Youth Festival in Medjugorje, is the fruit of presence of Jesus and Mary! The love that is shared for all peoples from all over the world is because all are gathered in the name of Christ. This is the only way such peace and love could exist. It is a sign for us all. (Of course, World Youth Day was also such a sign, in Poland! Two beautiful signs of the future in one summer!!)

I want to mention the end of the message given through Mirjana on Tuesday:
“…Dear children, anew, in a motherly way I am imploring you, pray for the chosen ones of my Son, for their blessed hands – for your shepherds – that they may preach my Son with all the more love and in this way bring about conversions. Thank you.”  (August 2, 2016)
There are well over 400 priests at the Youth Festival this year. They are there to offer the sacraments to the young people, especially Confession. They bring Christ to the young people! They preach Christ, and through Confession they bring about conversions. They work very hard, listening to each person, one by one, and addressing all their needs. It is an incredible ministry of love. This is where the peace flows in Medjugorje!!
Here are some pictures of the shepherds ministering to their sheep this week. Let’s give thanks for them, and pray for them with all our hearts. Thank you Jesus for our priests. Bless our priests!

Pray for these beautiful priests!!!
St. John Vianney!  Pray for them!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016

Here is the Schedule for August 4:

Catechesis and Testimonies: 9.00 to 12.00 (Medj) (3:00 am EDT)
Daily Rosary 15.00 Medj – (9:00 am EDT)
Testimonies : 16.00 Medj – (10:00 am EDT)
Rosary: 18.00 Medj – (12:00 pm EDT)
Holy Mass: 19.00 Medj – (1:00 pm EDT)
Theatre and musical show – Cenacolo: Credo  21.15 Medj – (3:15 pm EDT) 

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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