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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER - MEDJUGORJE CENTRE ( NORTH
NUMBER 298 : March 2016 : FREE
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
MEDJUGORJE CENTRE NORTH EAST
(Established since 1989)
www.medjugorjene.co.uk
OUR MINISTRY
To spread the messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus,
given through the visionaries in Medjugorje.
PEACE CONVERSION
FAITH PRAYER FASTING
OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE
PRAY FOR US
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MEDJUGORJE
AFTERNOON OF PRAYER
led by Fr. Martin Morris
( 2nd Sunday of the Month )
Sunday 10th April 2016
Sunday 8th May 2016
4.00pm to 5.00pm Adoration
5.00pm to 6.00pm Rosary, Benediction and Reflection
ST ALOYSIUS CHURCH
PRINCE CONSORT ROAD
HEBBURN, TYNE AND WEAR
NE31 1BE
Medjugorje Centre North East
Invites you to celebrate the
35th Anniversary of
The Apparitions at Medjugorje
VIGIL
7pm Friday 24th June 2016
Rosary, Mass and Adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament
Led by Fr. Shaun O’Neil
St. Andrews Church
Worswick Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6UW
Medjugorje Centre (North East)
ANNUAL DAY OF PRAYER
Led by Fr. Martin Morris
Saturday 9th April 2016
Coffee from 9.45 am
Rosary, and Talk 10.30
Shared lunch,
Followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
and Holy Mass
SACRED HEART Church
North Gosforth, NE3 5EB
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OUR LADY’S MESSAGE—To the World
Given 25th March 2016 to Marija Pavlovic
ear children! “ Today I am carrying my love to
you. God permitted me to love you and, out of
love, to call you to conversion. You, little children, are
poor in love and you still have not comprehended that my
Son Jesus, out of love, gave His life to save you and to
give you eternal life. Therefore pray, little children, pray
so that in prayer you may comprehend God‘s love. Thank you for
having responded to my call.”
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Fr. Martin Morris’s Reflection
Spiritual Director of Medjugorje Centre NE
Dear Brothers and Sisters of
Medjugorje North East and Beyond,
let us begin our reflection on this
month’s message of Our Lady Queen
of Peace by turning to the Holy
Scriptures for guidance. For in the
Holy Scriptures we are told that God
Our Father has taken the initiative in
loving man and that he has loved us
first. “In this is love, not that we have
loved God, but that that he has loved
us. (1 John:4:) and “We love, because
he loved us first.” (1 John:19) Just as
the soil is daily exposed to the sun to
get light, warmth and nourishment
from it, and as the flower open up to
the rays of the sun, so Mary in this
month’s message invites us to open
ourselves to the revelation of God’s
merciful saving love. Who, else, other
than God himself can assure us of
unconditional love? The whole Bible
tells us from beginning to end of the
assurance of the Father’s love. The
love of God, is the answer to all the
“whys” in the Bible, W hy Creation?
Why the Incarnation? Why the Cross?
Mary asks us to receive the grace of
“Comprehending” the self-emptying
of her Son’s love for us, by giving his
life that we might have eternal life.
“The Father loves you.” (John:16:27)
From 1987 Our Lady entrusted to
Mirijana the daily intention of
praying for those who have not yet
discovered the love of God. This is
what Our Lady speaks of in this
month’s message to all of us. In
revealing his love for us, from the
Cross, God reveals his humility too.
It is God, who, Mary reminds us, is
seeking us, with his merciful face,
and pardons us. To love is always an
act of humility. God the Father loves
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us because “Goodness loves to spread
itself.” (St. Augustine) and St.
Irenaeus said, “Gods Glory is living
Man.” So when Mary says ‘we are
poor in love,’ then we need to open
our lives to the path of humility, Jesus
shows us, and pray for the grace of
sacrificial love. In order to love we
have to draw close to love, and God
is love. He is great in each of his
creatures, in every human life, that is
why we must bow before him. So in
this month’s message Mary asks each
of us to, “Comprehend, that my
Son, out of love, gave his life to
save you, and to give you
eternal life.” (Repeat this phrase
to yourself several times, ask the
Holy Spirit to help you
Comprehend this Truth.)
Let us think about Max Turkauf,
an atomic Physicist who helped with
the building of the first atomic bomband after the explosion in 1945, had a
profound moral crisis. He eventually
found his way to Faith and said,
“Next to every laboratory where
scientists are discovering and
touching the laws of life, there should
be a chapel of Adoration. Then we
could first kneel down before God the
creator, and only then touch the laws
of nature and of all life. We would be
able to touch them with love, for
when we touch out of egoism, or
pride, we can so easily destroy
ourselves.”
Mary says the way to comprehend the
saving love of Jesus is through
prayer. Prayer is the path of humility.
We must take time for prayer,
especially before the Tabernacle.
There we must learn to stay silently
with him, heart speaking unto heart.
In the silence of being with Christ the
grace of comprehension is given. St.
Therese of Lisieux once cried out in
the silence of Prayer, “Love is not
Loved.” In the silence of this prayer
we can return to the source of
holiness, and enter into His loving
heart. For He is within each one of us,
in the sanctuary of our baptised souls,
the life of the Blessed Trinity resides.
Here we will discover the dignity of
being a child of God, rooted in his
Fatherly love. Then true Peace can
really come to all of us. Love is the
condition for holiness, and if we grow
in holiness we also grow in love. The
Saints did not grow in holiness
because they Prayed, Fasted and
made Sacrifices alone, they
became more loving by doing
these things. They comprehended
the utter gratuitousness of God’s
love. Let us gaze on Jesus on his
Cross, let us look at him in the Holy
Eucharist, let us allow him to lead us
deeply into his love, and then
everything will change for us.
We are not alone,
We are on the path of love,
Our Lady is with us,
Yes she is truly with us.
Happy Easter, Fr . Mar tin
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Global Catholic TV Network
Founder Mother Angelica has
died Aged 92
Mother Angelica (born Rita
Antoinette Rizzo on April
20, 1923 in Canton, Ohio;
died March 27th 2016
in Hanceville) was founder
and Abbess of the Our Lady
of the Angels Monastery,
and founder of the Eternal
Word Television Network
EWTN. Through her frequent on-air
appearances, she became a wellknown personality. ‘TIME’ magazine
once described her as one of the most
influential Roman Catholic women in
the United States.
She was known to the wider world, as
the first woman in the history of
broadcast to found and lead a network
for over 20 years.
In 1944, she entered the Poor Clares
of Perpetual Adoration, a Franciscan
religious order for women, as a
postulant, and a year later she was
admitted to the order as a novice. She
went on to find a new house for the
order in 1962 in Irondale, Alabama,
where the EWTN is headquartered,
and in 1996 she initiated the building
of the Shrine of the Most Blessed
Sacrament and Our Lady of the
Angels monastery in Hanceville,
Alabama.
With only $200, the nun began
broadcasting a religious talk show
from a TV studio put together in the
monastery garage in suburban
Birmingham in 1981. That
show grew into Eternal
Word Television Network,
EWTN a global religious
media empire, which has
long had the blessing of the
Vatican.
Despite
its
humble
beginnings, EWTN Global
Catholic Network calls itself the
world's largest religious media
network. It has 11 TV networks that
broadcast Catholic programming to
more than 258 million households in
more than 145 counties and
territories.
Mother Angelica hosted shows on
EWTN until she suffered a stroke in
2001. She is a recipient of the Pro
Ecclesia et Pontifice Award granted
by Pope Benedict XVI
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said in
a statement Sunday that Mother
Angelica will live on forever in the
hearts of those touched by her
sermons.
She‘s in heaven
Pope Francis
2016
(Mt 5:7)
World Youth Day 25th—31st July 2016
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REPORT FROM SISTER EMMANUEL
of The Community of The Beatitudes
www.childrenofmedjugorje.com
Medjugorje, March 16, 2016
Dear Children of Medjugorje, Praised
be Jesus and Mary!
1. On March 2, 2016 Mirjana
received her monthly apparition at
the Blue Cross. After
the
apparition, she shared her message:
2. On
March
18th,
2016,
Mirjana received her annual
apparition. On this occasion, many
pilgrims come and pray with her in
Medjugorje. Remember that, from the
Blessed Virgin, Mirjana received the
special mission of praying for
unbelievers (those who do not yet
know the love of God). She tells us
about the pain our Heavenly Mother
feels for her children who live
without God. "If you only once saw
the tears flowing from the eyes of the
Gospa because of unbelievers, you
wouldn't forget to pray for them!
When you pray for unbelievers, you
are wiping off the tears that are
flowing down the cheeks of the
Blessed Virgin. The evil that happens
in the world is because of
unbelievers: wars, conflicts, crimes,
divisions,
divorces,
abortions,
suicides, drugs... When you pray for
unbelievers, you are praying for your
own future and the future of your
children.
Intercession
for
the
unbelievers is the most important."
All those who will not be in
Medjugorje for the 18th of March can
join our prayer around Mirjana
(around 4pm), in order to comfort the
Virgin! She will use our fervent
prayers to enlighten her children and
give them the immense joy of
knowing Christ. Why not in our own
families...!
3. She is only 5 years old! Small
children brought up in families that
pray melt our hearts with their
generosity and their seriousness in
expressing their love for Jesus. In
Rome, little Chiara, 5 years old, is a
fine example. Before Christmas, she
learned from her mother how to
prepare the manger of the infant Jesus
by sprinkling it with fioretti (little
pieces of straw). They had collected
some twigs, and she was invited to
place them little by little in the
manger to warm Jesus when he came
into the world. Each twig represented
an effort on her part, or a sacrifice
offered to Jesus.
One day, Chiara said to her mother:
"You know, mommy, tonight, I will
say the entire Rosary, that way I can
put a twig in Jesus' manger!" In fact,
Chiara had the habit of falling asleep
fairly quickly during the prayer, so
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her mom congratulated her for her
good intention.
As every night after dinner, the
family gathered to pray the Rosary.
Remembering her decision, Chiara
prayed the entire Rosary, and even on
her knees! Her parents saw her fight
against sleep and holding back her
yawns with courage. Incredible!
Then, radiating with joy, she went to
place 3 twigs in Jesus' manger. Her
mother asked her, why 3 twigs and
not one? Chiara explained:
1.
Because I said the entire
Rosary.
2.
Because I said it on my knees.
3.
Because I forgave Luigi" (her 7
year old brother).
image of Saint Joseph. When she
opened the bag and saw the image,
she immediately gave the purse back
to its owner, saying: 'I couldn't take it
because it contains the image of St.
Joseph.' "
During this Lent, Luigi and Chiara
did a similar thing, but with a
different material: for every sacrifice,
every effort, they remove a thorn
from a cushion that represents the
heart of Jesus. What about me? What
about you? How many thorns are we
going to remove from the Crown of
Jesus
before
celebrating
His
resurrection at Easter?
Sister Briege told us about another
significant episode: "I knew a man
who kept an image of Saint Joseph in
his briefcase, to avoid having it
stolen. He had learned to enjoy the
favors of this Saint! One day, upon
returning from his holiday abroad, he
came out of the airport and began to
stack his luggage on a trolley to take
it to his car. Without realizing it,
while he was putting his bags in his
trunk, he left his briefcase on the
trolley. Once he got home, he realized
what had happened, but it was too
late! A few days went by, and lo and
behold, an airport employee found the
briefcase in the middle of a road not
far from the airport, completely
abandoned. She opened it and saw
that its owner prayed to Saint Joseph.
There was a prayer card inside. She
looked for the owner's details and
found them inside the briefcase. You
can guess the rest: a simple phone
call and everything was returned to
the owner, who was very thankful for
being a fan of St. Joseph!"
4. Protection of St. Joseph. On 19th
March, we celebrate Saint Joseph.
Our household has prepared this feast
day with a thirty-day novena, because
we have many intentions to entrust to
him. Here is one of his specialties that
Sr. Briege McKenna told us about,
let's adopt this excellent way of being
protected from theft!
"Always have an image of Saint
Joseph in your hand bag or your
briefcase", she tells us, "and it will
never be lost or stolen. And if it were,
it will be returned. One day, a Gypsy
stole a hand bag from an Irish friend
of mine, in which she carried an
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I take the opportunity of his feast day
to slip this prayer into the heart of
Saint Joseph: "You, the spouse of the
Mother of God, pray with us for
Mary's plan to be carried out in all the
communities that are called to be
present at Medjugorje. Protect them
as you were able to protect your
family!"
Dearest Gospa, you who told us to
"Be
enthusiastic
about
the
Resurrection!", help us to live Holy
Week and the Easter feast in deep
communion with you, Mother of the
Crucified One, Mother of the Risen
One!
Sister Emmanuel +
Priest from Poland “Medjugorje is a Blessed place”
(www.medjugorje.hr)
Many pilgrims choose this quiet time
to come to Medjugorje for more
peaceful pilgrimage. So recently we
had groups from France, England,
Hungary, Korea, Italy, Spain, the
United States and Poland. Fr.
Krystian Strycharski was our guest at
the radio Mir, he has been a priest for
4 years and belongs to the parish of
Divine Providence from Wilanow. He
came with a group of pilgrims, but it
was 17 years ago when he came for
the first time: “I came for New Year’s
Eve, we spent those days in prayer
and in praise and ever since then, I
come here every year. The most important is that we have the Holy Spirit
with us, this is the place of peace and
whenever I am here, I feel the presence and protection of the Blessed
Virgin Mary. When I come here I try
to deepen my relationship with Jesus.
I climb Cross Mountain and I pray
Way of the Cross, while every station
touches me profoundly. Medjugorje
is a blessed place, many hearts are
opening here and people receive their
vocations here. We priests can
strengthen our faith here, especially
by looking at so many pilgrims who
are gift from God. We can really feel
God’s mercy at work, so evident in
confessions. People who are here
with me refer to Medjugorje as to the
European Holy Land. Many of them
witness that their lives were changed
here. I usually pray one Rosary with
my group, but while here, we pray
three Rosaries a day, we are all trying
to come to Jesus through Blessed Virgin Mary. I would like to invite you
all to come to this holy place, to really get to know Jesus who will change
your lives. We all need the fullness of
grace that Mary had in order for us to
become people who will bear fruits.
That is why you should come here,
take rosaries in your hands, take the
Holy Bible and you will have time for
yourselves here. You will discover
your mission, as this is indeed a holy
place.“
Peace, Peace, Peace
and only Peace!
Peace must reign
between God and man
and between men
(Our Lady’s Message
June 1981)
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Our Lady of Czestochowa
Poland
Located in the central region of
southern Poland, the city
of
Czestochowa (pronounced 'Chen-stoho-vah') and its Marian shrine of Jasna
Gora (meaning Bright Mountain) are
the spiritual heart of Poland and the
country's national shrine. Jasna Gorna
also a pilgrimage site of international
importance. Attracting more than 4.5
million pilgrims a year from
80 countries it has a spiritual
magnetism comparable to
the other great Christian holy
sites of Jerusalem, Rome,
Lourdes, Fatima, Santiago,
Guadalupe and Medjugorje.
This icon, imported from
Russia and already the focus
of cultic veneration, is
shrouded in mystery. A
painting on a wooden panel
measuring 122 x 82 cm, the image has
stylistic similarities to early Byzantine
icons but it is not known when and
where it was created. Legends say St.
Luke the Evangelist was the painter
(and he is also linked to the Madonna
of Santiago) but scholars put its
creation later, sometime between the
5th and 14th centuries with a
provenance ranging from Byzantium
and the Middle East to Italy and
Hungary. The present appearance of the
"Black Madonna" - as the icon is
generally known - dates to the 15th
century when the picture was damaged,
repaired and repainted.
The miracles attributed to Our Lady of
Czestochowa are many and most
spectacular. The original accounts of
these and some of the cures, are
archived by the Pauline Fathers at Jasna
Gora. Later, Papal recognition of the
miraculous image was made by Pope
Clement XI in 1717.
Jasna Gorna and the miraculous icon
became the most venerated pilgrimage
site in the country.
Within the shrine, thousands of votives
left by pilgrims over the centuries attest
to the miraculous healing powers of the
site, and this tradition also accounts for
a large percentage of the visitors.
Additionally, in recent years the shrine
has gained even wider appeal because
of its being the favored pilgrimage site
of the Polish Pope, John Paul II.
Since the year 1717, a
walking pilgrimage has set
out each year for Jasna Gora
from all the regions of
Poland. More than two
hundred thousand pilgrims
arrive at the shrine in this
way..
During the Nazi occupation
of Poland in WW II, Hitler
ordered
all
religious
pilgrimages closed. In a
demonstration of love and trust in Our
Lady, half a million Poles defied
Hitler’s orders and visited the shrine.
Following the liberation of Poland in
1945, a million and a half people
expressed their gratitude to their
Madonna by praying before the
miraculous image.
And today, free from Communism,
Czestochowa continues to be the
religious heartbeat of Poland. To the
miraculous, fearless Lady of Jasna
Gora, the Polish go with their needs
and petitions, their sorrows and their
joys. Indeed she is their embattled,
victorious, miraculous queen.
Pray and be
carriers of peace
(Our Lady’s Message)
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Maximilian Kolbe
Polish priest
died as prisoner 16770 in Auschwitz, on August 14, 1941
The death camp Auschwitz became
Poland, where he was very active in
the killing centre during WWII where
promoting the veneration of the
the largest numbers of European Jews
Immaculate Virgin Mary, founding
were murdered by the Nazis. One
and supervising the monastery of
Christian man who died here became
Niepokalanów near Warsaw, a
a martyr to the truth of evils of
seminary, a radio station, and several
Nazism - a true hero for our time, a
other organizations and publications.
saint who lived what he preached,
In Kracow he initiated issuing the
total love toward God and man ...
monthly
magazine
"Rycerz
Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest
Niepokalanej" (The Knights of the
who died as prisoner 16770 in
Immaculate) in 1922, and in 1927
Auschwitz, on August 14, 1941.
founded a Conventual Franciscan
The story begins
monastery
at
on 8 January, 1894
Niepokalanow, which
Maximilian Kolbe
- Raymond Kolbe
became
a
major
was born the second was beatified as Confessor publishing centre.
son of a poor weaver by Paul VI in 1970, and In 1930 he went to
at Zdunska Wola near canonized as Martyr by Asia,
establishing
Lodz in Poland. In his
Friaries in Nagasaki
Pope John Paul II
infancy
Raymond
Japan and India.
in 1981.
seems to have been
In 1936 he was
normally mischievous
recalled
to
but one day, after his
supervise
the
mother had scolded him for some
original Friary near Warsaw.
mischief or other, her words took
World War II started with the
effect and brought about a radical
invasion of his nation by Nazi
change in the child's behavior. Later
Germany. Kolbe provided shelter to
Raymond explained this change:
refugees from Greater Poland,
'That night I asked Mary the Mother
including 2,000 Jews whom he hid
of God what was to become of me?
from Nazi persecution in his Friary in
Then she came to me holding two
Niepokalanów.
crowns, one white, the other red. She
Inevitably, the community came
asked if I was willing to accept either
under suspicion and was watched
of these crowns. The white one meant
closely. On 17th February 1941, he
that I should persevere in purity, and
was arrested by the German Gestapo
the red that I should become a martyr.
and imprisoned in the Pawiak prison.
I said that I would accept them both.'
On 28th May, he was transferred to
In 1910 he became a Franciscan,
the Auschwitz death camp, as
taking the name Maximilian. He
prisoner no. 16670.
studied in Rome and was ordained a
Prisoners at Auschwitz were slowly
priest 28th April 1918. In 1919. He
and systematically starved, their
returned to the newly independent
pitiful rations were barely enough to
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sustain a child. When food was
brought, everyone struggled to get his
place and be sure of a portion. Father
Maximilian Kolbe however, stood
aside in spite of the ravages of
starvation, frequently there would be
none left for him. At other times he
shared his meager ration of soup or
bread with others.
In the harshness of the slaughterhouse
Father
Kolbe
maintained
the
gentleness of Christ. At night he
seldom would lie down to rest. He
moved from bunk to bunk, saying: 'I
am a Catholic priest. Can I do
anything for you?'
A prisoner later recalled how he and
several others often crawled across
the floor at night to be near the bed of
Father Kolbe, to make their
confessions and ask for consolation.
Father Kolbe pleaded with his fellow
prisoners to forgive their persecutors
and to overcome evil with good.
When he was beaten by the guards,
he never cried out. Instead, he prayed
for his tormentors.
In order to discourage escapes,
Auschwitz had a rule that if a man
escaped, ten men would be killed in
retaliation. In July 1941 a man from
Kolbe's bunker escaped. The dreadful
irony of the story is that the escaped
prisoner was later found drowned in a
camp latrine, so the terrible reprisals
had been exercised without cause.
But the remaining men of the bunker
were led out.
The ten were selected, including
Franciszek Gajowniczek, imprisoned
for helping the Polish Resistance. He
couldn't help a cry of anguish. 'My
poor wife!' he sobbed. 'My poor
children! What will they do?' When
he uttered this cry of dismay,
Maximilian stepped silently forward,
took off his cap, and stood before the
commandant and said, 'I am a
Catholic priest. Let me take his place.
I am old. He has a wife and children.'
In his prison cell, Kolbe sang hymns
with the prisoners. He led the other
condemned men in song and prayer
and encouraged them by telling them
they would soon be with Mary in
Heaven.
One of the SS guards remarked: this
priest is really a great man. We have
never seen anyone like him.
Maximilian Kolbe was executed on
14th August, 1941 at the age of fortyseven years, a martyr of charity.
The cell where Father Kolbe died is
now a shrine. Maximilian Kolbe was
beatified as Confessor by Paul VI in
1970, and canonized as Martyr by
Pope John Paul II in 1981.
Pray
for your shepherds.
They belong to my Son.
He called them.
Pray that they may
always have the
strength and the courage
to shine with the light of
my Son.
(June 2, 2015)
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EDITH STEIN
Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Auschwitz 9th August 1942
Edith Stein, saintly Carmelite,
profound philosopher and brilliant
writer, had a great influence on the
women of her time, and is having a
growing influence in the intellectual
and philosophical circles of today’s
Germany and of the whole world. She
is an inspiration to all Christians
whose heritage is the Cross, and her
life was offered for her own Jewish
people in their sufferings and
persecutions.
Born on October 12, 1891,
of Jewish parents, Siegried
Stein and Auguste Courant,
in Breslau, Germany, Edith
Stein from her earliest years
showed a great aptitude for
learning, and by the time of
the outbreak of World War
I, she had studied philology
and philosophy at the
universities of Breslau and
Goettingen.
In the midst of all her studies, Edith
Stein was searching not only for the
truth, but for Truth itself and she
found both in the Catholic Church,
after reading the autobiography of
Saint Teresa of Avila. She was
baptized on New Year’s Day, 1922.
Edith received the Habit of Carmel
and the religious name of "Teresia
Benedicta ac Cruce," and on Easter
Sunday, 21 April 1935, she made her
Profession of Vows.
When the Jewish persecution
increased in violence and fanaticism,
Sister Teresa Benedicta soon realized
the danger that her presence was to
the Cologne Carmel, and she asked
and received permission to transfer to
a foreign monastery. On the night of
31 December 1938, she secretly
crossed the border into Holland
where she was warmly received in the
Carmel of Echt. There she wrote her
last work, The Science of the Cross.
Her own Cross was just ahead of her,
for the Nazis had invaded neutral
Holland, and when the Dutch bishops
issued a pastoral letter protesting the
deportation of the Jews and the
expulsion
of
Jewish
children from the Catholic
school system, the Nazis
arrested all Catholics of
Jewish
extraction
in
Holland. Edith was taken
from the Echt Carmel on
2nd August 1942, and
transported by cattle train to
the
death
camp
of
Auschwitz, the conditions
in the box cars being so
inhuman that many died or
went insane on the four day trip. She
died in the gas chambers at
Auschwitz on 9th August 1942.
We no longer seek her on earth, but
with God Who accepted her sacrifice
and will give its fruit to the people for
whom she prayed, suffered, and died.
In her own words: "One can only
learn the science of the Cross by
feeling the Cross in one’s own
person." We can say that in the fullest
sense of the word, Sister Teresa was
"Benedicta a Cruce" -- blessed by the
Cross.
Pope John Paul II beatified Sister
Teresa Benedicta of the Cross on 1st
May 1987, and canonizes her on 11th
October 1998.
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Saint
Faustina Kowalska
Poland
On October 5, 1938, a young
religious by the name Sister Faustina
(Helen Kowalska) died in a convent
of the Congregation of Sisters of Our
Lady of Mercy in Cracow, Poland.
She came from a very poor family
that had struggled hard on their little
farm during the terrible years of
WWI. Sister had had only three years
of very simple education. Hers were
the humblest of tasks in the convent,
usually in the kitchen or the vegetable
garden, or as a porter.
On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this
simple nun, bringing with Him a
wonderful message of Mercy for all
mankind. Saint Faustina tells us in
her
diary
under
this
date:
"In the evening, when I was in my
cell, I became aware of the Lord
Jesus clothed in a white garment.
One hand was raised in blessing,
the other was touching the garment at
the breast. From the opening
of the garment at the breast there
came forth two large rays, one
red and the other pale. In silence I
gazed intently at the Lord;
my soul was overwhelmed with fear,
but also with great joy. After
a while Jesus said to me, 'paint an
image according to the pattern
you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I
trust in You.’"
the red ray stands for the Blood
which is the life of souls. These
two rays issued forth from the depths
of My most tender Mercy at
that time when My agonizing Heart
was opened by a lance on the
Cross....Fortunate is the one who will
dwell
in
their
shelter,
for
the just hand of God shall not lay
hold of him."
After her death from tuberculosis in
1938, even her closest associates
were amazed as they began to
discover what great sufferings and
deep mystical experiences had been
given to this Sister of theirs, who had
always been so cheerful and humble
THE CHAPLET
TO THE DIVINE MERCY
( for recitation on
ordinary rosary beads)
Begin with: Our Father ...Hail
Mary ...I believe in God
On the five large beads:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body
and
Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your
dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus
Christ, in atonement for our sins and
those of the whole world.
On the ten small beads:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the
whole world.
Sometime later, Our Lord again
spoke to her:
Conclude with ( 3 times ):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy
Immortal One, have mercy on us and
on the whole world.
"The pale ray stands for the Water
which makes souls righteous;
JESUS I TRUST IN YOU
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Our Lady’s message to Mirjana
2nd March 2016
“Dear children! My coming to you is a gift from the
Heavenly Father for you. Through His love I am coming to
help you to find the way to the truth, to find the way to my
Son. I am coming to confirm the truth to you. I desire to
remind you of the words of my Son. He pronounced words of
salvation for the entire world, the words of love for everyone
- that love which He proved by His sacrifice. But even today,
many of my children do not know Him, they do not want to
come to know Him, they are indifferent. Because of their
indifference my heart suffers painfully. My Son has always been in the Father.
By being born on earth He brought the divine and from me received the human.
With Him the word came among us. With Him came the light of the world
which penetrates hearts, illuminates them and fills them with love and
consolation. My children, all those who love my Son can see Him, because His
face can be seen through the souls which are filled with love for Him.
Therefore, my children, my apostles, listen to me. Leave vanity and selfishness.
Do not live only for what is earthly and material. Love my Son and make it so
that others may see His face through your love for Him. I will help you to come
to know Him all the more. I will speak to you about Him. Thank you.”
Our Lady’s Annual Apparition to Mirjana
18th March 2016 ( Mirjana’s Birthday )
“Dear children! with a motherly heart filled with love for you, my children, I
desire to teach you complete trust in God the Father. I desire for you to learn by
an internal gaze and internal listening to follow God's will. I desire for you to
learn to boundlessly trust in His mercy and His love, as I always trusted.
Therefore, my children, cleanse your hearts. Free yourselves from everything
that binds you to only what is earthly and permit what is of God to form your
life by your prayer and sacrifice so that God's Kingdom may be in your heart;
that you may begin to live proceeding from God the Father; that you may
always strive to walk with my Son. But for all of this, my children, you must be
poor in spirit and filled with love and mercy. You must have pure and simple
hearts and always be ready to serve. My children, listen to me, I speak for your
salvation. Thank you.”
Brief History: Medjugorje visionary Mirjana has received all 10
"Medjugorje Secrets." Having received all the secrets, Our Lady told
Mirjana she would now receive only one annual apparition a year on
March 18th. However for some years now, Mirjana is receiving a special
message on the 2nd of each month. Part of these messages are shared with
the world, the rest remains a secret.
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‘And there coming
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( Mathew 28:8 )
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