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Our Lady’s message, 25 April 2006:
“Dear Children, Also today I call
you to have more trust in me and in my
Son. He has conquered by His death and
resurrection and, through me, He calls
you to be a part of His joy.
You do not see God, my Children,
but if you pray you will feel His
closeness. I am with you and intercede
before God for each of you. Thank you
for responding to my call.”
Part of His Joy
“What is truth?” Pilate says (Jn 18:38),
asking himself rather than Jesus, for He
then, “went out to the Jews again” (ibid.)
without waiting for Jesus to reply. Yet Jesus
had only just said that He was born for this.
“For this I have come into the world, to
bear witness to the truth,”
and that everyone
who is of the truth hears His voice
. If Pilate
had listened perhaps he would not have
asked that question. Pilate, however, is not
willing to heed the words of Jesus. He is
closed up in himself, in his own culture and
power, and in his idolatry of Caesar and of
self. Closed up as he is in his own idea
about life, he loses the only chance to enter
into Life!
Are we so different? Today like then,
or perhaps even more so today, we adore
our idols and at times pass them off as
expressions of God’s will; and we thus
more or less abuse the Name of God. Mary
has always said to us that only sincere
surrender to God is an efficacious antidote
to the poison of the old serpent (cf. Nm 21:9
e Jn 3:14-15)
. We must look up to Jesus on
the Cross to be drawn to Him (Jn 12:32),
to be assumed in Him, to be - through Him
- surrendered to the Father. Crucified with
Jesus, we can hang up on the wood of the
Cross all that denies His Love. United to
Christ to be One in God, we can be one
with our brethren. To be everything in
, said Paul (1 Cor 9:19-23) for love
of Christ and of the Gospel.
“Dear Children, also today I call
you to have more trust in me and my
says Mary. This increased trust that
she asks for isn’t just another step ahead,
but demands radical change. It is
conversion to Christ, founded on faith in
Jesus and Mary and not on our own ideas.
So it isn’t a question of doing something
for Christ or for the Church, or even for
the world, but it means to be in Christ and
of Christ; to live in Him and of Him, to
breathe in Him and of Him, to be
assimilated into Him so that all our actions,
reactions and relationships are in Him.
Jesus is the Truth, and we ought to
testify to this with all our life. “He has
conquered by His death and
Our Lady’s message, 25 March 2006
“Courage, my Children! I have
decided to lead you on the way of
holiness. Renounce sin and set out on
the way of salvation, the way which my
Son has chosen. Through your
tribulations and sufferings God will find
the way of joy for you. Therefore, my
children, pray. We are close to you with
our love. Thank you for responding to
my call.”
Courage, my Children!
On the day the Catholic Church
celebrates the solemnity of the
Annunciation (Lk 1:26-38) Mary’s
message gives us hope while also urging
us to decide. The first words on their own
express an urgency: Courage my
Children! I have decided to lead you on
the way to holiness
. That “courage” is a
call to come out of our sepulchres.
“Awake, oh sleeper, and arise from the
dead, and Christ shall give you light”
5:14). Yet, it is more than a call. It is a
decision which Mary has already made,
that she is determined to fulfil.
It is not up to us to delay, by asking
how it is possible (cf. Lk 1:34), but only
to say “yes” – yes, I am ready to let myself
be led onto the way of holiness
; or if we
so choose we can respond: no thank you,
I prefer to remain where I am
. Mary,
however, doesn’t even seem to consider a
negative response, for she immediately
indicates this way: “renounce sin and set
out on the way of salvation, the way
chosen by my Son
It is the Lenten way proposed each
year by the Church, which leads to the
Resurrection. It is the way of the Cross
already taken by Jesus and which He freely
chose: I lay down my life of my own accord
(Jn 10:18). It is Love which lets itself be
nailed to the Cross to become a
of salvation: Body given for
us (Lk 22:19), Blood poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sins
(Mt 26:28)
. It is
on this Way that Mary desires leading us;
there is no other. Christ is the Lamb that
was slain, and we - assimilated into Him
with holy Baptism - are other lambs like
Him. Feed my sheep
(Jn 21:15)
Jesus ordered
to Peter.
Mary has decided; and we can no
longer delay. We must decide now. That
we may not weary our God (cf. Is 7:13),
let us hastily lay aside all feelings of
haughtiness, every spirit of arrogance,
tyranny, division, and pride, and every sin.
Let us stop contemplating ourselves, and
turn our eyes, heart and soul to God.
Wash yourselves, make yourselves
clean, remove the evil of your doings, cease
to do evil, learn to do good, to seek justice
(cf. Is 1:16-17).
It is time we set out on the
way of salvation. It is not an easy way,
but it is the only one that takes us to God.
The way of holiness is already traced out,
and is paved with the beatitudes (Lk 6:20–
We are all called to holiness (Catechism
of the Catholic Church, 2013)
. Be perfect
then, as your heavenly Father is perfect
(Mt 5:48).
On the way we shall encounter
tribulations and sufferings, but these are
companions of every man’s life; they are
not characteristic of the way of holiness.
Characteristic of this way, instead, is the
way one comes through the tribulations
and suffering. We can face them alone, or
we can face them with Jesus. We can seek
support and consolation from the world,
or from God. Through your tribulations
and sufferings God will find for you the
way of joy
Allow yourselves to be led by Mary.
As the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit
she will know how to lead us with the
Spirit’s Wisdom and with the sweetness
of her Immaculate Heart. So let us pray;
let us turn off the channels of our television,
and tune in to the Channel of Love. We,
says Mary, are close to you with our
, where “we” stands for God the
Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit,
and the Virgin Mary. Is there anything else
we could need?
Nuccio Quattrocchi
May - an entire month with Mary
May-June 2006 - Echo of Mary Assoc., Via M.te Grappa 26, I-31030 Bessica TV, Italy. Yr 22 # 3
Ph/fax 0423-470331 - Email: info@ecodimaria.net- A translation of the original Italian: Eco di Maria
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resurrection and, through me, He calls
you to be a part of His joy,”
Mary says
in her message. The victory of Christ is
absolute, decisive and definitive, and we
are called to be, with Mary, part of His
joy, by entering Heaven. The blessed
Virgin is the Door to Heaven, and we are
called to enter it through Her. Jesus is the
victor, and He opens the door to Heaven
for us, but Mary is the threshold, and she
introduces us.
This joy must shine in our hearts to
give the light of the knowledge of the glory
of God that shines in the face of Christ
Cor 4:6). This authentic joy is our witness.
We are always carrying in the body the
death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may
also be manifested in our bodies. For
while we live we are always being given
up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life
of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal
(2 Cor 4:10-11).
“You do not see God, my Children,
but if you pray you will feel His
continues our blessed Mother.
Prayer is necessary, not because it is
imposed by a God of vanities, but because
it puts us on the right wavelength where
we can tune in to God’s Heart. His heart
beats in tune with ours; our heartbeats
merge into His. It is in this consonance
that we can become aware of His
, of His presence. Peace and joy
in Jesus and Mary!
John Paul II
Priest and victim
At the first anniversary of the death
of John Paul II it was seen that people’s
love for him had not faded, but rather, that
his memory is firmly engraved in our
hearts. Pope Benedict said of his “beloved
predecessor” on the occasion:
“On 2 April last year the beloved Pope
John Paul II was living through the last
phase of his earthly pilgrimage. His agony
and death constituted almost a prolongation
of the Easter Triduum. … ‘God tested
them,’ it says in the Book of Wisdom, ‘and
found them worthy of himself; like gold in
the furnace he tried them, and like a
sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them’
The term ‘burnt offering’ refers to the
sacrifice in which the victim was entirely
burned, consumed by the flames;
consequently, it was a sign of total offering
to God. This biblical expression reminds
us of John Paul II’s mission. He made his
life a gift to God and to the Church and,
especially in the celebration of the
Eucharist, he lived out the sacrificial
dimension of his priesthood.
Among the invocations dear to him was
one that comes from the Litanies of Jesus
Christ, Priest and Victim: Jesus, High
Priest who gave yourself to God as offering
and victim
, have mercy on us
How frequently he repeated it! It
expresses clearly the profoundly priestly
character of his whole life. He never made
a mystery of his desire to become
increasingly one with Christ the Priest
through the Eucharistic Sacrifice, a source
of tireless apostolic dedication.”
Pope teaches us to celebrate Easter
across continents and cultures, a journey
through a world torn and tormented by
violence! Symbolically, it is like the
journey the prophet pointed out from sea
to sea, from the river to the ends of
the earth. It is the journey of the One who,
in the sign of the Cross, gives us peace
and makes us become messengers of
reconciliation and of his peace.”
A priest is: being a friend of Christ
The morning of Holy Thursday the
Church solemnly celebrates a Mass that
recalls the institution of the priesthood.
During this Mass the Chrism is blessed
(holy oil used for anointing in various
sacraments). It is a beautiful moment in
which the priests gather round their bishops
and renew their promises. “Being a priest
means becoming an ever closer friend of
Jesus Christ with the whole of our
existence. The world needs God - not just
any god but the God of Jesus Christ, the
God who made himself flesh and blood,
who loved us to the point of dying for us,
who rose and created within himself room
for man,” the Pope said in his homily. “This
God must live in us and we in him. This is
our priestly call: only in this way can our
action as priests bear fruit.”
Let us offer our own flesh
The Pope again stressed the value of
offering oneself as a privileged instrument
for those who desire collaborating with
Christ to form the Church: “One becomes
capable of salvation only by offering one’s
own flesh. The evil in the world must be
borne and the pain shared, assimilating it
into one’s own flesh as did Jesus. Jesus
assumed our flesh; let us give him our own.
In this way he can come into the world and
transform it.”
Rejection of love makes us unclean
“Only love has that purifying power
which washes the grime from us and elevates
us to God’s heights,” said the Pope at the
Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.
“The Lord’s love knows no bounds, but
man can put a limit on it.” ‘You are clean,
but not all of you,’
the Lord says (Jn 13:10).
What is it that makes man unclean? It is the
rejection of love, not wanting to be loved,
not loving. It is pride that believes it has no
need of any purification, that is closed to
God’s saving goodness. It is pride that does
not want to admit or recognize that we are
in need of purification.”
“Slaves” of love
“God descends and becomes a slave,
he washes our feet so that we may come to
his table… He is ceaselessly this love that
cleanses us; in the sacraments of
purification - Baptism and the Sacrament
of Penance - he is continually on his knees
at our feet and carries out for us the service
of a slave, the service of purification,
making us capable of God. His love is
inexhaustible, it truly goes to the very end.
Easter day actually lasts a week, and it
was in this Easter week that Benedict XVI
celebrated his first year as Pope. It was
the 19
April when he was elected. His
pontificate is still young compared to John
Paul’s, but has already shown clear signs
of strength and stability.
Naturally, any comparison with his
predecessor is arbitrary and superfluous
given the profound difference between the
two Pontiffs. Nonetheless, it cannot be
denied that there is a line of continuity
especially in basic decisions. Hence, we do
not lament his illustrious predecessor, but
rather, we are delighted in his style which
delves deeper into the contents of the faith
with wisdom and elegance.
His talks and interventions that deserve
our attention are numerous, but our little
paper does not have the space for them.
Thus, we have decided to dedicate this page
to the reflections Benedict XVI offered his
flock during the Easter celebrations which
are at the heart of the liturgical year and
fulcrum for our life in the faith.
Secret of life is in offering up oneself
The secret of life and of love is in
offering oneself, said the Pope at the Palm
Sunday Mass. “There was a time - and it
has not yet been completely surmounted -
in which Christianity was rejected precisely
because of the Cross. The Cross speaks of
sacrifice.. instead, we want life in its
entirety, without restrictions and without
sacrifices. We want to live, all we want is
to live,” said the Pope in realistic tones.
Then he added: “We do not find life by
possessing it, but by giving it. Love is a
gift of oneself, and for this reason it is the
way of true life symbolized by the Cross.”
God’s rainbow
“The prophet (Zech. 9) speaks of a king
of peace: he will cause chariots of war and
war horses to vanish... break bows and
proclaim peace. This is brought about in
Jesus through the sign of the Cross. The
Cross is the broken bow, in a certain way,
God’s new, true rainbow which connects
the heavens and the earth and bridges the
abysses between the continents. The new
weapon that Jesus places in our hands is
the Cross - a sign of reconciliation, of
forgiveness, a sign of love that is stronger
than death.
Every time we make the Sign of the
Cross we should remember not to confront
injustice with other injustice or violence
with other violence: let us remember that
we can only overcome evil with good and
never by paying evil back with evil.”
Cross consigned to young people
“Today, the Cross that was recently the
focus of the World Youth Day in Cologne
is being consigned to a special delegation
so that it may begin the journey to Sydney,
where in 2008 the youth of the world are
planning to meet again around Christ to
build with him the Kingdom of peace.
From Cologne to Sydney - a journey
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But there is another, deeper dimension.
The Lord removes the dirt from us with
the purifying power of his goodness.
Washing one another’s feet means above
all tirelessly forgiving one another,
beginning together ever anew, however
pointless it may seem. It means purifying
one another by bearing with one another
and by being tolerant of others...”
Find our place in Way of the Cross
“In the Way of the Cross, we cannot
merely be spectators. We too are involved,
so we must seek our place. In the Way of the
Cross, it is impossible to remain neutral.
Pilate, the sceptic intellectual, tried to be
neutral, to remain uninvolved; but precisely
in this way he took a stance against justice,
because of the conformism of his career,” said
Benedict XVI on the evening of Good Friday
at the Colosseum where the Way of the Cross
is traditionally relived, the place of
martyrdom for thousands of Christians.
“We have seen that on the Way of the
Cross, Paul found the zeal of his faith and
kindled the light of love. We have seen how
St Augustine found his way, as well as Francis
of Assisi, St Vincent de Paul, St Maximilian
Kolbe and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. So it
is that we too are invited to find our place, to
discover with these great, courageous saints
the way with Jesus and for Jesus: the way of
goodness and truth.”
Stations of consolation
When we think of the suffering Jesus
took upon Himself on the Way towards
Calvary we are often led to consider the
evil of man, and perhaps feel guilt, but we
also need to consider the positive figures
that remain close to Jesus. The Pope thus
pointed out other ‘stations’. “But we have
also seen stations of consolation. We have
seen the Mother, whose goodness stays
faithful unto death and beyond death… the
courageous women, who stood before the
Lord and were not afraid to show solidarity
with this Suffering One… (and) Simon the
Cyrenian, an African, who carried the
Cross with Jesus.” We see, then, that
“through these ‘stations,’ that consolation,
just as suffering, is never-ending.”
The way of mercy
The Pope thus invites us to change our
way of looking at the Way of the Cross that
is “not simply a collection of the obscure and
sad things of the world. Nor is it a form of
moralism, ineffective in the end. It is not a cry
of protest that changes nothing.” It is instead
the, “way of mercy that puts a limit on evil.
This is what we learned from John Paul II.
As the way of mercy it is the way of salvation.
Thus, we are invited to take the way of
mercy and with Jesus, put a limit on evil. Let
us pray to the Lord to help us be ‘infected’
by his mercy. Let us pray to the Holy Mother
of Jesus, the Mother of Mercy, that we too
can be men and women of mercy, and thereby
contribute to the world’s salvation,” he
What does ‘rising’ mean?
The Saturday night Mass is the
celebration of the great mystery on which is
founded our Christian faith: the Lord’s
resurrection from the dead: unheard-of,
decisive event!for the destiny of mankind.
In the homily of the Easter Vigil Benedict
XVI asked: “Of what exactly does this
“rising” consist? What does it mean for us?”
To reply the Holy Father borrows a word
from the theory of evolution: “It is the
greatest ‘mutation,’ absolutely the most
crucial leap into a totally new dimension that
there has ever been in the long history of
life and its development: a leap into a
completely new order which does concern
us, and concerns the whole of history.”
It sounds rather complicated, so the
Pope, to explain to us, continues to ask
questions: “What does it mean for us, for the
whole world and for me personally? Above
all: what happened? Jesus is no longer in the
tomb. He is in a totally new life. But how could
this happen? What forces were in operation?”
An explosion of light
Here is the answer: “His death was an act
of love. At the Last Supper he anticipated
death and transformed it… Resurrection was
like an explosion of light, an explosion of
love… It ushered in a new dimension of
being, of life in which, in a transformed way,
matter too was integrated and through which
a new world emerges,” he continued. This
great explosion, as the Pope has called it, also
involves all of us: “The great explosion of
the Resurrection has seized us in Baptism so
as to draw us on… Baptism means that we
are not dealing with an event in the past, but
that a qualitative leap in world history comes
to me, seizing hold of me in order to draw me
on… The Resurrection is not a thing of the
past, the Resurrection has reached us and
seized us. We grasp hold of it, we grasp hold
of the risen Lord, and we know that he holds
us firmly even when our hands grow weak.
We grasp hold of his hand, and thus we also
hold on to one another’s hands, and we
become one single subject, not just one thing.
I, but no longer I is the formula of Christian
life rooted in Baptism, of Resurrection within
time. I, but no longer I: if we live in this way,
we transform the world.”
He is not here!
“The Son of God did not remain in the
tomb, because it was not possible for him to
be held prisoner by death, and the tomb could
not hold on to ‘the living one’ who is the
very source of life,” commented Pope
Benedict on a sunny Easter Sunday. “The
lifeless body was suffused with the living
breath of God and, as the walls of the tomb
were shattered, he rose in glory. That is why
the angels proclaim he is not here, he can no
longer be found in the tomb... (for) he
conquered death… and he opened the earth,
throwing it open towards Heaven.”
Benedict concluded: “May the Risen Lord
grant that the strength of his life, peace and
freedom be experienced everywhere. Today
the words with which the Angel reassured
the frightened hearts of the women on Easter
morning are addressed to all: ‘Do not be
afraid! ... He is not here; he is risen.’ … Let
the people of the third millennium not be
afraid to open their hearts to him. Christ is
now alive and he walks with us. What an
immense mystery of love!”
by Stefania Consoli
How can it be? How
can we bless a painful
sign caused by suffering?
How could we be happy with the
memory of a pain, we of a world that
teaches the contrary and attempts to
remove every trace of pain and sorrow?
Yet the signs on the body of the Risen One
are truly blessed. They tell of His passion,
His mission consumed on the cross; they
witness the unique act of eternal salvation.
They are there, still open on Christ’s
now glorified body, forever alive in a way
unimaginable for the human mind, but
perceivable by the senses possessed by the
soul. Yes, the soul can see, feel and touch
the things of heaven.
To Sr. M. Marta Chambon – French
mystic of the 19
century – Jesus one day
said: “My holy wounds support the world…
ask me that you may love them constantly,
because they are a source of every grace.
Invoke them often; cast your neighbour
into them; impress in souls devotion to
them. From my Wounds come fruits of
holiness. Through meditating upon them
you are newly nourished by Love.”
Then, we must invoke these wounds,
and pray for the grace to love these blessed
wounds. From them come salvation and
light, the same light that flooded the closed
sepulchre and broke the seals of death.
They are open fountains that offer beverage
to those who thirst for justice, peace and
Contemplation before the Crucifix
sharpens the memory of something
familiar that moves us to compassion – it
is the paradox of the cruelty of the passion
and the meekness of Jesus who permitted
When we fix our eyes on the Crucifix
grace touches our mind’s eyes and ears to
help us understand the Man who sustained
that horrendous act for us; to help us know
the King that wore the crown of thorns
that relentlessly pierced his head. As we
contemplate those hands and feet pierced
through for love of us our heart is touched
by God, moved by His Grace.
But there’s a wound that opens more
deeply, that goes straight to His Heart.
Christ calls us into this Wound, to place
ourselves on His Heart, to feel its warmth,
and hear it beating – for us, for love of us.
The poor are especially invited. Those
begging for salvation should rush to that
fount of forgiveness that will never dry
up. Rather, it is thrown wide open at every
Mass to pour forth the Blood that washes,
nourishes and purifies penitent hearts.
The weak, the fragile, the unsure are
called - we are all called - to find refuge
and protection in His side. There we shall
be hidden from vile gazes, and exposed to
one gaze only: that of Mercy.
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Justice to the body,
creation of God
What is the body? What is the
purpose of the body? Why do we have
a body?
Perhaps no one has asked these
questions which we probably take for
granted. The body is an immense gift of
God. It is a mystery and it is our
responsibility to know it. Years of study,
analysis and research are not the key that
enable one to understand the mystery of
the body, nor to live according to the
original dignity it was assigned.
When I say “justice” in reference to
the body I refer to that original
comportment, recuperated and elevated by
Christ to the dignity of being able to stay
in God’s presence. The unveiling of this
mystery belongs to each Christian. He has
full access to the knowledge of the
mystery, and to the rediscovery of this gift
of God which is the body.
The rediscovery of the body
accompanies the faith journey of the
Christian. It is, in fact, a consequence of
Christ’s bodily resurrection in which our
own bodily dimension assumes the
characteristics foreseen by grace, and our
obedience to this grace becomes an
important element of our life at the service
of the soul’s relationship with God.
These days the body has been idealized.
Man serves the body in many ways, to
the extent of becoming enslaved to its
appearance. At the opposite pole are those
consecrated persons who neglect their
bodies as though they were not part of the
mission to which they are called.
In between these extreme examples is
a wide range of relationships that people
have with their bodies. What we need to
ask is: what type of relationship does
God want us to have with our bodies?
My personal experience is that human
efforts are not enough to create a balance
within the body, because without faith the
body becomes a container where all the
disturbances and dramas of the soul
accumulate or are dumped. The answer
that leads to unity of the being, through
which a Christian can find fullness of truth
comes from the paschal passover of
Jesus in man.
The Lord came to reinstall balance and
unity there where division and lack of
harmony had lodged. Through coming into
the passion and death of Jesus with what
we have and are, the way is opened for
the resurrection of His life in our own flesh.
The body’s function is to serve as a temple
for the laws of life, and the body is given
the task of concelebrating that which the
soul celebrates in its union with Jesus
Christ. The body thus finds fullness and
“Let not sin therefore reign in your
mortal bodies… Do not yield your
members to sin as instruments of
wickedness, but offer yourselves to God
as men who have been brought from death
to life, and your members to God as
instruments of righteousness…”
(cf. Rom
Daniele Benatelli
Invoking God’s blessing
on donated blood
“We who are strong have a duty to put
up with the qualms of the weak without
thinking of ourselves. Each of us should
think of his neighbours and help them to
become stronger Christians. Christ did not
think of himself.” (
Rm 15:1-3)
Donating blood for me is always
meaningful. It’s a thing I try to do in Christ
and for Christ, thus I unite myself to Him
whilst my blood is being drawn. I wouldn’t
consider it a sacrifice, of course, but a
simple response of love to Jesus who gave
me life and health as a free gift, and through
donating my blood I become in a small
way a gift for others.
Nonetheless, when I give blood I do
not go without first preparing for it so that
this simple gesture may become a spiritual
offering. So I first go to Mass to receive
the Holy Eucharist. That way, Jesus is
present in my soul and my body and His
life and blood circulate in my own.
I also pray during the withdrawal,
blessing all the instruments, the
environment, the nurses, the other blood
donors, so that together with my own, all
the blood being donated is offered up to
the Father our creator. I pray that it be
united to the Most Precious Blood of the
Son who redeemed us, consecrating it to
the Holy Spirit, who inspires acts of
selflessness, so that the act may be
recapitulated in the Love of God.
I pray for the person who will
receive my blood, though I don’t know
who it will be, invoking upon him or her
spiritual health. I feel that my prayer is
answered, because this gesture is not just
a physical gift; through prayer I unite to
my blood my desire for God, the
unreserved offering of myself to Him.
This gesture, when lived with one’s gaze
turned to God, becomes a precious
appointment that I feel I could never
“…May he who helps us help you all
to be tolerant with each other, following
the example of Jesus Christ, so that united
in mind and voice you may give glory to
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
(Rm 15:5-6)
The day after the withdrawal of blood,
it is normal to feel a little weak, but this
also is something to offer, and procures
joy because I have given something of
myself. This awareness arouses gratitude,
and I am strengthened by the image of a
similar exchange in the spiritual field
Such should be the daily life of one who
desires offering his life. If we think that
everything is given us, and that that which
we renounce, which we feel the lack of,
goes to nourish and sustain a brother or
sister in need, it becomes easier to remove
our gaze from ourselves and raise our eyes
to the Lord, to thank Him for each of these
gestures whether they be ordinary or
mysterious, dark or even painful.
It is necessary to trust in the fact that
even if we were to deprive ourselves of
everything that we truly need to nourish a
needy brother, everything would be given
us again, when divine wisdom wills it.
The body itself, so harmoniously and
perfectly created, offers us a practical
example. A little of my own vital strength
goes with my blood to help and sustain
another person, but my body quickly
becomes active and makes new blood. This
mirrors our spiritual nature.
When we realize we are ready to make
a donation of our own lives, new spaces
are created within us to receive from the
Lord new gifts to share with growing joy
and gratitude. The blood that is re-formed
in my body is the same as the blood I
donated, yet it is also new. Likewise, the
grace that is given us after a renunciation
made out of love is always a new grace,
and is precious and unique. We shall thus
feel attracted to the Lord ever more
strongly; we shall feel the call to enter the
circulation of life in the Spirit that is never
interrupted: it is one of giving and
receiving, dying and rising, receiving love
and giving love, that we might be love.
As I contemplate this, donating blood
becomes for me a song of praise and
thanksgiving to God the Father, the Son
and the Holy Spirit, for the gift of physical
and spiritual health, and an external sign
of a reality that I desire living ever more
fully, without limits and without
interruption in my day-to-day living, my
prayer, and my vocation. “You received
without cost, give without charge.”
Francesco Cavagna
A Saint in Asia
with heaven and earth for the
birth of this man who joined
The friendship
offered us by those
in the triumphant
and suffering church
ought to be guarded
as one would a
treasure. They are no
longer weighed down by human limits or
interests and their love and concern for us
is real.
This is a special year for one of those
friends. There’s a birthday being
celebrated, and we’re all invited. An
abundance of grace and blessings are
being offered to all who care to rejoice
St. Ignatius of Loyola to become one of
the founding fathers of the Society of
Jesus, and who is likened to St. Paul for
his zeal and missionary success.
was born
in Spain 500 years ago on the 7th April.
In 1542 he began his work in Portuguese
India. He preached with great success in
Goa, then in southern India and Ceylon
(Sri Lanka), in Malacca, and Japan. Tens
of thousands of locals were converted,
and many Christian communities were
founded. His premature death impeded him
from reaching mainland China.
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devoted to Our Lady (his Rosary
beads were his constant companion) he
taught a Christianity based on love and
charity. “Everything that he did, he did with
intense joy,” it is said of him. He especially
sought to comfort the sick.
quickly spread that he could heal the sick
and even raise people from the dead, his
fame preceding him on his missionary
voyages, and the sick vied for his presence.
In a letter to St. Ignatius, Francis wrote:
“… it was impossible for me myself to
satisfy all, and at the same time to avoid
their quarrelling among themselves, every
one striving to be the first to get me to his
own house.”
Not unlike Our Lady, he instructed and
entrusted the good news to “children”
and these became valid witnesses: “So I
sent round children whom I could trust in
my place. They went to the sick persons,
assembled their families and neighbours,
recited the Creed with them, and
encouraged the sufferers to conceive a
certain and well-founded confidence of
their restoration… God was moved by the
faith and piety of these children and of
the others, and restored a great number of
sick persons to health, both of body and
According to witnesses, these
children would ask for his rosary beads to
place on the sick visited in his name.
Yet, the workers for the vast vineyard
were not enough. In his letters Francis
expressed his disappointment that too few
were willing to put their talents at the
service of God: “Many times I am seized
with the thought of going to the universities
of Europe and of crying out, like a man
who has lost his mind
to give them a
shaking, that someone might respond:
Here I am, Lord. What do you want me
to do?’ like Samuel in the Bible. Many,
many people hereabouts are not becoming
Christians for one reason only: there is
nobody to make them Christians
Together with St. Thérèse of Lisieux,
St. Francis Xavier is venerated as patron
of all missions. He died in 1552 on 3rd
December. His incorrupt body is enshrined
in the Church of the Good Jesus in Goa,
St. Francis Xavier, in this year of grace
(3-12-2005 to 3-12-2006) we entrust to
your intercession our hearts that they may
convert, leaving the rest to the infinite
mercy and generosity of Jesus.
B.K. Drabsch
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May, a Month Dedicated to Mary
the month of Kiahk (between December
and January) when Christ’s birth is
The Magisterium of the Church has
supplied us with a Directory on Popular
Piety, so that both personal or community
devotion is integrated into the apex of
Christian life: which is sacred Liturgy.
Everything must flow into sacred Liturgy,
and the harmony that comes of this helps
each person to reach maturity in the faith
and in the spiritual life.
Every healthy form of popular piety
witnesses the faith of the simple at heart,
while its roots are always deeply planted
in the mysteries of the Christian faith, and
will lead to a vital bond with Christ, based
on belief in Him. It will prepare the heart
and open the way to an encounter with
Christ in the liturgical celebration of the
Holy Mass.
Mary always leads to Jesus
The month of May provides for us the
time and occasion to reflect and to work
on our personal conversion, to find the
space for extra personal or communal
prayer. Many and varied are the initiatives
proposed. The important thing is that these
proposals are in harmony with the liturgical
time and feasts of the moment. Often May
is included in the fifty days of Easter, so
our pious exercises can reflect on the
participation of the Virgin Mary in both the
paschal mystery and Pentecost.
Furthermore, Marian devotion points
immediately to the Incarnation of the Son,
and it is here that we discover the true face
of Jesus, who received His humanity
through her. Through meditating on the
mystery of Mary’s life, we are encouraged
to feel that the encounter with Jesus, God-
with-us, who shared in our earthly life in
everything but sin, is more at
The Mother of God, as
the first disciple,
entered the fullness
of life because she
always lived in
perfect Grace as
a redeemed
person, and she
wants to ac-
company each of
us down this same
road. She is for us
the full of grace,
because it was through her
that we received Salvation and
that we continue to receive all the graces
necessary for our journey and our spiritual
life and so that we can open our hearts to
the love of the heavenly Father.
Each form of Marian devotion must
therefore help us to welcome into our lives
this Mother, as John did at the feet of the
Cross, so that Mary can be at our side in
our daily lives, and lead us to holiness.
Then, we will never be alone, for
wherever Mary is, there is also the Most
Holy Trinity.
Sabina Rosciano
In the month of May, dedicated to
Mary, our attention is drawn more closely
to the Mother of God. Many are the
initiatives that promote devotion to Mary:
prayers, processions, pilgrimages to
Marian shrines, homilies and reflections.
But not everyone is familiar with the
origins of these May devotions, so this
article intends to briefly consider these, that
we may acquire greater awareness and
appreciation of Mary’s month.
At the origins of Marian devotion
Marian devotion has developed over the
centuries. Liturgical feasts dedicated to
Mary were gradually introduced; but there
are also the various expressions of popular
piety that have been accepted and
encouraged by the Magisterium of the
Church. Already in the ninth century
Saturday was dedicated to Mary, and still
today it is possible to choose for the
Saturday liturgy a memorial of the Blessed
Virgin Mary. This choice no doubt recalls
the importance of Holy Saturday to
understand the role of Mary in the history
of salvation. Mary, who became the Mother
of the newly-born Church and of every
person, awaited with certainty the
Resurrection of her Son, and she was there
to confirm the apostles and disciples in their
unsteady faith. Just as she was present in
the newly formed Church, so is Mary close
to us in our earthly pilgrimage, and in the
Saturdays of our life and history; and even
if our salvation is already wrought by
Christ, it is uncompleted in this life and
the world.
Faith of the people
Popular piety has always been an
expression of the need of the faithful
to be accompanied by the love
of a Mother throughout
life’s ordeals. To her they
have entrusted their
own lives, their
families and their
nations. Marian
devotion has
developed over time,
and at the end of the
XVI century an entire
month was dedicated to
her. At the time an
efficacious apostolate for
the people was through pious
exercises, while the Liturgy of the
Church remained more difficult and distant
from the people.
May is associated with the blossoming
of flowers, with the rebirth of nature, with
the sweet scents of spring. This represents
an image of beauty and the splendour of
life - and this is how Mary has always been
perceived by the people.
The Byzantine rite dedicates the month
of August to Mary. It is in this month that
the solemnity of Mary’s Dormition (which
we call the Assumption) is celebrated,
while the Coptic Church dedicates to her
“God has arranged the body so that more
dignity is given to the parts which are
without it, and so that there may not be
any disagreements inside the body, but
that each part may be equally concerned
for all the others. If one part is hurt, all
parts are hurt with it. If one part is given
special honour, all parts enjoy it.”
(1 Co 12:25-27)
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La Piccola
(on Mary’s lowliness)
“My soul magnifies the Lord and my
spirit rejoices in God my saviour, for he
has looked upon his lowly handmaid”
Mary wasn’t considered a notable
person in her time. She didn’t count as
might a doctor of the law or a sage would.
As a young girl she was scarcely
considered, particularly for those times.
She didn’t even belong to a well-to-do
family, as when Jesus was presented at the
temple, she and Joseph offered two doves:
the offering of the poor. Not even when
she became the Mother of God was she
given any consideration. No one noticed
her, and not even Jesus appeared to show
her any particular attention.
As a person Mary is discreet, never
speaking much; but she is attentive when
she listens, keeping everything in her heart.
The gifts she received are not wasted, but
she makes them produce fruit. She doesn’t
impose herself, but lets herself be guided.
She is “la piccola” (the little one).
One might wonder how God chose her
for His mother, or what was it in her that
appealed to Him. What exam did Mary –
the little one – pass to be found worthy of
becoming the Mother of God? What
strategies did she use to become the
chosen one? Perhaps the secret is precisely
in her littleness. And if one asks what
qualities God found in her to be so pleased
with her, we come to the same conclusion.
The answer is always the same: her
littleness. Mary is the little one who allowed
God to work in her, and He was able to fill
her with gifts, with grace, and she became
the all pure, the all holy, the all love, totally
offered up to Him.
It is Mary’s lowliness that makes
her great; her lowliness that protects her
from evil, her lowliness that makes her the
Mother of God. It is her lowliness that
draws down God’s benevolence
, and He,
the all holy, all good, all righteous, is so
pleased with her lowly heart that He makes
her not only all beautiful but also
invincible… then and now.
We too can imitate Mary. We too can
choose to occupy the last place, the place
for lowly people. “I bless you Father, …
because you hid these things from the
learned and the clever, revealing them to
mere children”
(Mt 11:25). If we were
convinced of this, we would never
complain about our place in life. We would
accept, like Mary and the saints, the place
allotted us by Divine Providence. We would
be happy with our lowly state, and we’d
see the joys and sufferings of life with
different eyes. It is for this that the evil
one always tries to make us seek out the
first place, to make us desire greatness.
He, who is great in arrogance, would
drag us into the abyss. Jesus, instead,
says: “When you are a guest, make your
way to the lowest place and sit there, so
that when your host comes he may say:
friend, move up higher”
(Lk 14:10). God
invites us to choose the last place so He
can lift us up to Heaven.
Chiara Lubich once said very
eloquently: “when someone makes
himself little the devil cannot see him and
therefore he cannot harm him.” So Mary,
the little one, immunized herself against
The Lord’s action – the antidote to
sin – is thus efficacious in the lowly; and
it doesn’t seem to take effect in those who
prefer to be big.
Jesus too put himself last according to
the Father’s will. More than becoming
little, He let himself be totally destroyed,
and the Father exalted him and filled him
with glory. Mary too put herself last;
becoming little and was able to say: all
generations will call me blessed
. If we
make ourselves little – the opportunities
are there for all – we too would be happy
like Mary, now and in eternity.
If we try journeying along this same
way, we will come to realize that we’re
given the light we need to clearly discern
those things that procure us life from those
that procure us death.
If we ask Mary she will obtain for us
the wisdom of heart to understand that
being little is not bad, but is a good, and a
privileged way to live life to the full. Then
perhaps we’ll know how to praise and
thank God, as Mary did, for the wonderful
things the Father works in us and in others.
Pietro Squassabia
News from the blessed land
25 Y
The 25
June 2006
marks the 25th year of
Our Lady’s apparitions
at Medjugorje.
It is an extraordinary fact
from many points of view
which has made and will continue to make
rivers of ink flow.
However, it’s not Our Lady’s purpose
to have books written or to have priests
discuss the matter. The purpose of Our
Lady’s presence amid us is to save the
world, or rather, each of God’s children
born into the world.
This 25 year marker brings to mind
another one: the Jubilee - which also falls
every 25 years and has been called “year
of grace” since Old Testament times. In
particular I’m thinking of a verse from
Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon
me, because the Lord … has sent me to
bring good tidings to the afflicted, to bind
up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty
to the captives, to proclaim the year of the
Lord’s favour”
(Is 61:1).
This verse seems to echo what is
going on in Medjugorje. Who more than
Mary has received the gift of the Lord’s
Spirit? She is His bride; she conceived of
Him; she was overshadowed by Him, and
so that this may not appear a singular case,
she shared the gift of the Spirit with the
Apostles at Pentecost, that is, with the
dawning Church.
Mary is hailed as a “pre-eminent and
singular member of the Church” (LG 53
– a Vatican Council II document), and as
such she possesses in super abundance all
the characteristics and functions that
Jesus, Head of the Mystical Body,
transmitted to God’s people: prophetic,
priestly and regal functions.
A prophet is a prophet because he is
sent, and Mary has said often that these
apparitions are not an initiative of hers,
but that it is God who sends her – when
and where He wills. So, it makes no sense
when some ironically complain of Our
Lady being “overly talkative.” A prophet
sent by God is a watchman and as such
cannot remain silent before danger,
otherwise he would burden himself with
enormous responsibility.
As a prophet, Mary comes to bring
the good tidings. It is significant that the
Blessed Virgin should call the words
addressed to the visionaries and to us “her
messages.” The words of Mary, at times
so tender and sweet, at times severe or
veiled by sadness, are in any case an echo
of the Good News, of Jesus’ Gospel, for
she too is at the service of the Gospel, or
rather, as JPII called her, she is the “star
of the new evangelization.”
The messages of Medjugorje are
good tidings because they come to console
the poor and the miserable, and to bind up
the wounds of broken hearts. A broken
heart equals conversion, and conversion is
the underlying theme of all the messages.
Conversion is neither impossible nor
mortifying, but is the only right thing man
can do: that is, give first place to God.
Those who go to Medjugorje today
can still breathe a sense of peace, simply
because things are exactly the way God
desires. First comes God and the things of
God; then the rest. Spiritual harmony is
reflected in the harmony of the entire
environment, and Mary – who is still the
faithful servant of God – is justly called
the Queen of Peace.
Shalom means peace/fullness of
God. Mary enjoys this fullness in Heaven,
and by the will of God she spreads it to
the earth. If all men heeded Mary’s
messages, truly the entire world would
enjoy the benefits of the sabbatical year,
of the Jubilee, with the gift of forgiveness,
offered and received, and the retribution
of earthly goods according to justice. The
fruit of justice is peace.
As all prophets, Mary is not heeded,
not even in her homeland the Church.
This time is definitely marked by Satan’s
work, and on many occasions our blessed
Mother has warned us about him. If the
Lord permits this it is for a greater good.
May this mystery of grace unfold
in time, until and in the manner He wills.
And may we, who have been touched by
Our Lady, obtain in this jubilee year an ever
greater fidelity to her messages, the gift
of prayer and profound peace of heart.
Fr. Nicolino Mori
17th Int’l Youth Festival at Medjugorje
1-6 August 2006. Theme: “Your word is a
lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
Further info at: http://medjugorje.hr
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The Sky was Opened!
by Fr. Tomislav Vlasic
On the evening of the 24
June 1981
at Bijakovici - a hamlet in the parish of
Medjugorje - the sky was opened. No
news. Yet extraordinary news. For
Christian souls it was something familiar,
yet it was also new. It brought new life:
faith, hope and love were awoken,
activating the divine life in persons.
This novelty for some became life, for
others it was a stumbling block. Or rather,
the living presence of Our Lady in our
midst was for some joy, while others would
have wanted to suppress it. As always,
jubilation becomes inspiration and
promotes the faith in God’s people - but
when one doesn’t believe it creates fear in
those “free-in-God-to-choose” people.
The Lord shows His face to His people,
and this becomes a sign of contradiction.
In this human vortex Mary comes as
Mother of all, despite divisions and human
reserve; she is, after all, Queen of Peace.
As such she announces to every person the
grandeur and nobleness of life in God.
Despite the different responses to her call,
she remains close to the people with her
motherly love.
The people recognize Gospa
This is what happened. The six
visionaries witness having seen the Queen
of Peace and the people are immediately
favourable. Drawn as though by a magnet,
the people obey Our Lady and begin to
journey on the way to God. The Lord, on
His part, generously affirms the presence
of his Mother with graces and signs. The
people accept the reality of this special
presence of Our Lady who came to settle
in the parish of Medjugorje, and Medjugorje
begins to spread out to the world.
It is impossible to mention the
countless testimonies of parishioners.
Nonetheless, I will point out some.
In August of 1981 I asked a man who
had just come back from a vacation in
Germany: “Ivan, what do you say: did Our
Lady appear?” He responded with surprise:
“Reverend, you don’t doubt, do you?” “I
want to know what you think,” I told him,
and he said: “How could one not believe
after all these graces and signs?” I then
asked: “What would you say if tomorrow
the visionaries said they were lying?” and
he responded: “I would say: now you are
lying, because Our Lady did appear!”
God thus impressed in the receptive
soul of the people a seal. Padre Jozo, as
parish priest, walked behind the Virgin and
with him the entire parish. It was an
honour to be taken off to prison for a night-
long interrogation. Joyful testimony lights
up the face of a believer, and fear cast
away by a soul generates unfailing faith!
The people did not remain on the
threshold, but began to live the authentic
life of the Church: confession, participation
at Holy Mass, prayer and fasting became
a reality. It was truly a pleasure to lead
the liturgy. One of the events that I will never
forget is the way the people participated
at the prayer in the autumns of 1981 and
1982, when the work in the fields is less
intense. The church was overflowing: two
Rosaries, holy Mass and Eucharistic
adoration, and no one in the church as
much as moved! Silence! The entire parish
was like a true and proper convent.
The people were drawn to God. All it
took was the slightest sign to get the people
to gather. To live for God was their life!
No one had to force them.
The voice echoes
A parapsychologist from Slovenia, of
whom I can’t recall the name, wrote down
an experience of his in August 1981:
“Yesterday I hid out on Podbrdo amongst
the thorns. I couldn’t go to the site of the
apparitions because the police were
controlling me. It was about 9 pm. The
birds were already quiet. One thing could
be noticed: from all the houses rang out
prayer and song. Life here is immersed in
God. For one who studies this type of
phenomenon, this is unique, unrepeatable.
A particular dimension of life is manifested
Like a radio station, each soul that
received the announcement transmitted it
to another. The news was for all mankind.
It entered through the pores of the spiritual
movements: adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament, reading of the Word of God
and devotion to Our Lady became the
basis for the reawakening of the people.
The messages touched even non-believers;
some converted; others - bound by their
fear of God – reported the news but gave
it a “hostile character.” The correct news,
however, reached those who thirsted for
God. Mankind was suddenly embraced by
the divine news.
The way is opened
Today we are left with the secrets, the
questions, the expectations. People’s
interpretations have changed. Some wander
in the desert and at times return to slavery,
despite the novelty. But everyone awaits the
promised signs!
The way opens up for men of good will.
Faithful to God and with the courage of the
Holy Spirit, they know how to access the
secrets and promises: they are aware that you
need to enter into participation of the
mystery and find the Light
. It will be late
for those who wait for the visionaries or
someone to tell them what to do: they will
be blind though they have eyes!
To enter the Light demands total
conversion that transforms us into sons and
daughters of God created in His image. To
be children of God is the aim of Our Lady
who calls all mankind that it might enter the
new heavens and new earth (cf. Rev 21:22).
This is the REALITY in which the signs
given by God that serve as orientation for
the journey, disappear.
History teaches that they who totally
consecrate themselves, also those who
radically live the Gospel are saints: a small
Often they are reserved, unseen,
persecuted, but God opens the way for them
in a silent way. And, He opens the way –
miraculously - for all the people, because it
is called to enter the promised REALITY.
There will be triumph and immense joy!
Courage, and journey onwards! Allow
God to lead you, and follow Him. He who
tries to close up divine revelations in narrow
frames and human interests will remain in
the desert or end up in slavery. He who
surrenders himself to God will have life in
Life in God
One day while I was talking to a nun I
asked her: “What do you ask God when you
pray?” She replied: “Nothing! What could I
ask for if I’ve already been given
everything… God brought me back to life.
I simply receive God’s gifts and hand them
out. The rest is a waste of time. Our Lady’s
behaviour with God is our model. What
more could she have asked for?”
Such is life for one who walks with God.
Such is life in the living God: despite life’s
challenges he is rich in goods - he has
everything and gives everything!
To witness means to transmit divine
life. God continues to create, to redeem and
to consecrate the soul that He finds willing.
One who transmits the life of God pours
into others living faith, hope and love. Light
casts away darkness and opens up for
mankind the way which offers a response
to every question - so that mankind knows
where it’s going.
“I desire showing myself to pilgrims on
the face of each parishioner,” said the
visionaries in Gospa’s name in 1981. May
the new graces of 2006 make all the elected
luminous, that they may be light to light the
way for mankind enclosed in darkness.
There is much darkness in the world, but
God’s Light is greater. It is the time for
consciences to re-awaken; time for us to be
bold, that our pride in the mission may show
salvation to men. If we are authentic
intercessors, as is the Queen of Peace, the
open skies will be every day clearer, and the
secrets will exist no longer because the Light
clarifies every mystery!
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“Thank you for responding to my call!”
by Giuseppe Ferraro
from her Immaculate Heart: that same love
able to change at the last hour on Calvary
the heart of the centurion, head of the
crucifiers. Today, with that same love, she
desires working the full transfiguration of
the world, making it receptive to the
uncreated light of the new heavens and new
Mary’s “thank you” each time
surprises us, while also inspiring in us
sentiments of filial love, and… a certain
degree of uneasiness for the ambiguity of
our response to the ineffable gift of her
pure love. We know only too well how
much obstinate indifference and subtle
treason sits deep in the folds of our ailing
hearts, that continue to resist to the
Mother’s tender and faithful love.
Nonetheless, her motherly heart – more
attentive to a spark of good than to an ocean
of evil present in the hearts of her children
– knows how to recognize and give worth
to every little gesture of response to the
heavenly gift of Her call. For this she
thanks us
, implicitly entrusting us with
keeping it and developing it. It is Mary’s
desire to bring it to maturation, so that it
will produce currents of life and salvation
for ourselves and others.
Mary today is the hand and heart
of the Father who is calling His children
to the heavenly wedding banquet of the
Lamb, to unite them eternally to his regal
gift that lights up the new creation: “Dear
Children, decide and believe that God
offers Himself to you in fullness. You are
The Queen of Peace ends her every
message by thanking us “for having
responded to her call.” In fact, she has been
calling us with endearing motherly passion
every day for the last 25 years: “I am, my
dear Children, untiring; I call you even
when you are far from my heart…”
Only fathomless love, that same love
that enflamed the Heart of the Son so much
that it led Him to the “folly of the cross,”
can explain this incomprehensible
“lowering” of the Queen of Heaven and
earth, who isn’t afraid to remain lengthily
at the door, knocking upon the stone hearts
of her children: it is because they are so
sick that they are loved even more. Only
this inexpressible love urges her to immerse
herself totally in the mystery of “kenosis”
of her Son who did not consider his
equality with God a thing to be grasped
jealously. Instead, “he emptied himself,
taking the form of a servant… and humbled
himself” (Phil 2:6-8). This is the true root
of Mary’s humility. Though she weeps
tears of blood for her children that are lost
through sin
(cf. mess. 24.05.1984), she
submits herself to the precious yet terrible
gift of freedom given to each of her
children, which is a divine seal: “…God
gave everyone freedom which I respect
with love; and I submit myself, in humility,
to your freedom”
(Mess. 25.10.1987).
The only weapon Mary uses in this de-
cisive battle against the powers of darkness
is the pure love of God that gushes forth
called, and you must respond to the Father
who is calling you through me.”
The unfolding of the enormous potential
of salvific grace that God desires spreading
over the world today through the
“handmaid of the Lord” depends –
incredibly – on our free response of love
to her call.
In this sense, we are
objectively responsible for the salvation of
a multitude of brothers and sisters
throughout the world. “Jesus... needs you.
Your hearts offered up to Him will help
Him save the world”
(Mess. 12.03.1984)
We ought not underestimate the deci-
sive importance of the present hour and of
our personal response to Mary’s calls!
Also the prophetic Magisterium of the Pope,
in perfect harmony with the message of
the Queen of Peace, warns us that the time
has come to make unambiguous and deci-
sive choices: “The Cross of the Lord
embraces the world; His Way to Calvary
crosses continents and time. In the Way
of the Cross there is no chance to be
neutral. We must look for our place.” (Pope
Benedict XVI, 14.04.06).
“Dear Children, Today as never before
I am calling you to prayer… Satan is strong
and desires destroying not only human life,
but also nature and the planet on which
you live… I bless you and I will remain
with you for as long as God wills. Thank
you because you will not betray my presence
here. Thank you because your response is
serving the good and the peace.”
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GOSPA’S Messages to Mirjana & Ivan
who asked prayer of you. Our
Lady then said: ‘Dear
MIRJANA, 2 April 2006:
“Dear Children, I come to you because
I wish to show you, by my own example,
the importance of prayer for those who have
not known God’s love. Do you ask
yourselves if you are following me? My
children, can’t you perhaps recognize the
signs of the times? Don’t you talk about
them? Come along with me. As your
Mother I am calling you! Thank you for
IVAN, 2 April 2006, Milano:
(A translation of) a transcription of a
recording of Ivan who gave witness after
the apparition of Our Lady at a day-long
prayer conference in Milan:
“This evening Our Lady came and was
particularly joyous, very joyous. She
greeted everyone and said: ‘Praised be
Jesus Christ my dear Children.’ After this
Our Lady prayed over all of us here with
her hands outstretched. She blessed us all
with her motherly blessing. She also
blessed all the objects, holy objects that you
brought for the blessing. Then, she
particularly prayed over the priests that are
here present. After this I commended all
of you here present, all your needs, your
families, your parishes and your priests. I
particularly commended all of you present
here today who are sick, and also all those
Children, also today your Mother
rejoices with you. I am joyful, joyful.
As your Mother I will intercede with
my son for you all. Also today I am
calling you, Children, to live my
messages. Pray, pray, pray, my
Children. Thank you, my Children, for
responding to my call.’ ”
MIRJANA, 2 May 2006:
“Dear Children, I come to you as a
mother. I come with an open heart, full of
love for you. Purify your heart of
everything that impedes you from
receiving me. That way you will know my
love and the love of my Son. My heart
desires winning through you and thus to
triumph. It is to this that I am calling you.”
Beloved young people, it is only
through assiduous reading of the
Word of God
that you can learn to
love Jesus Christ; only in Him that you
can come to know the truth and
freedom; only through participation in
His Easter can you give meaning and
hope to your life. (Benedict XVI)
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May God bless you, and Our Lady protect
you, in the Name of the Father, and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit!
7 May 2006 (St. John of Beverley)