Sor Emmanuel's Diary
Dear Children of Medjugorje, Praised be Jesus and Mary!
1. On Christmas day, Marija said that, exceptionally,
Our Lady kept quiet the whole length of the apparition. But, she said that to
her amazement, Baby Jesus started speaking!!! She was so overwhelmed that, after
the apparition, she could hardly speak to us (a little group of translators
Have you ever heard a newborn speak? This is an amazing event for Medjugorje! It has never happened before, during 31 years of apparitions. Marija said that Baby Jesus spoke with authority, though he was a real newborn.
"I am your peace. Live my commandments!"
This is serious! Now we can't help but ask ourselves, "Why all this?" I don't know. But one thing all of us should know is that if God, as a baby, had to speak out so clearly, it is because the whole world needs to hear him! The world won't have any peace until we put Him, Jesus, at the first place. And in order to have that precious peace we yearn for so desperately, we need to go back to living the commandments of God. Simple!
After this special event of December 25th, many people started to extrapolate with all sorts of interpretations, even apocalyptic ones. No one actually knows - not even the visionaries - if the end of the apparition is close. Of course, every 24 hours brings us closer to that day. Let us not be distracted by unsure interpretations; let's rather go right to Jesus' words, because His call is short, simple and crystal clear! I guess my role is to tell people: "Just do it!"
In order not to miss the point, I wish to quote the major commandments of God, starting with what Jesus said in the Gospel:
A scribe asked Jesus:
- Which is the first commandments of all?
Jesus answered him:
The first of all the commandments is 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12, 28-34)
"Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matt. 5:19)
The 10 Commandments of God transmitted by Moses, Deuteronomy 5,7-21
1. I am the LORD your God, you shall have no other gods before
2. You shall have no other gods, nor bow down or worship any other than I.
3. You shall not use the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4. Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor's house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Our Lady said: "Dear Children, I cannot help you if you do not live the commandments of God, if you do not renounce sin, and if you do not live holy Mass"
2. On the evening of December 28, we gathered at
the Blue Cross for prayer with Ivan's group. When Our Lady appeared, she gave
this message: "Dear children, also today I desire to call you to joy. Anew
I call you to joy! I call you at the same time to responsibility. Dear children,
accept my messages responsibly and live my messages, because in the living of
my messages I desire to lead you to my Son. All of these years that I have been
together with you my finger has been directed toward the Son, towards Jesus.
I have a desire to lead all of you to Him. Therefore these days that are upcoming,
may your question also be - and I pose this question to you - 'What can I do
that my heart may be closer to Jesus?' May this question lead you. Say to yourselves,
'What must I leave behind? What must I reject that my heart may be closer to
Jesus? Pray dear children, and I will pray for all of you that your answer in
your hearts may be 'Yes, I desire to be closer to Jesus!' Thank you, dear children,
for also today having responded to my call."
3. Another tradition in our home in Medjugorje is that on 31 December or on 1 January, each one of us thanks the Lord and the Virgin Mary for the gifts, gifts of grace, and blessings received during the year. We do this by writing down 50 precise reasons for thanking Them. Newcomers all react by exclaiming, "What?!! 50??!!" But they do it willingly, and after having given the first 50 reasons, they usually find even more to be thankful for! Try it, because your angel will inspire you with reasons for gratitude, in case you run out of thoughts.
4. Have you welcomed your Saint of the year?
You probably know our New Year tradition, which is to receive a Saint who becomes our Companion for the duration of the new year. We do not choose the Saints, they are the ones who choose us. There is a Saint in Heaven who is waiting for you to welcome him or her!
We invite you to print out the list of saints from our French website, www.enfantsdemedjugorje.fr
If you are just a small group, you can simply print out the 30 names of Saints
listed below, cut them out, put them into a basket, and then, after having prayed
to the Holy Spirit, let each one pick a piece of paper.
Now more than ever, having a new friend in Heaven to take special care of us is not just a nice thing, it is also necessary because there is no shortage of enemies! This tradition of welcoming, or receiving a Saint each year is an old one in the Church. Sister Faustina of Poland practiced it in her convent. How often has Our Lady reminded us, in Medjugorje, of the importance of reading the lives of the Saints, and adopting them as models for our own spiritual pathway.
The media and internet bombard us with all sorts of messages, but the message of the Saints is a solid one, it builds us up, it comforts us, it urges us on, it prevents us from straying from our road, because our true future is holiness.
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
Italy, feast day April 28th
"Love is the most beautiful sentiment the Lord has put into the soul of men and women"
Pray for the women who want to abort and the couples who want to have children.
Saint Catherine of Sienna
Italy, feast day April 29th
If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire.
Let the truth be your delight...proclaim it...but with a certain congeniality"
Pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Church
Blessed Mother Teresa
Feast day September 5th
"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
Pray for charity and love in your parish
Saint Francis of Assisi
Italy Feast day October 4th
"Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."
Pray for the priests
Saint Philip Neri
Italy Feast day May 26th
"Give me ten truly detached men, and I will convert the world with them".
Pray for a new Pentecost in the world
Saint Padre Pio
Italy Feast day September 23th
"Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God's heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact, on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart."
Pray for an increasing of contemplative prayer in your parish
Saint Anthony of Padua
"We spread the love of God by loving as he loves."
Pray for non-believers.
Saint Michael the Archangel
"Satan is strong and that is why I am seeking your prayers for those who are under his influence, so that they may be saved." (Mary in Medjugorje)
Pray that those who are under the influence of Satan may be saved
Saint Augustine of Hippo, bishop, Doctor of the Church
You have forgiven me my past sins and drawn a veil over them, and in this way You have given me happiness in yourself, changing my life by faith and Your sacrament. When others read of those past sins of mine their hearts are stirred so that they no longer lie listless. Instead their hearts are roused by the love of Your mercy and the joy of Your grace.
Pray for the conversion of sinners
Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, pilgrim recluse
"These things offend God and they are not good for you either. Try to work if you can. If you can't work, be good to the people who care for you."
Pray for the homeless
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes
"My weapons are prayer and sacrifice, to my dying breath. At death the weapon of sacrifice will fall away, but that of prayer will follow me to heaven."
Offer sacrifices to Mary for her intentions
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot, Doctor of the Church
"When God forgives a sinner who humbly confesses his sin, the devil loses his dominion over the heart he had taken."
Pray for those who are called and have not yet said "yes."
Saint Catherine Labouré
"My child, the Cross will be despised, thrown on the ground, and the Lord's side will be opened again" (Mary to St. Catherine).
Pray for the enemies of the Church
St Clare of Assisi
"Look daily into that spotless mirror, dear queen and spouse of Christ, and see your face in it. See how you are to adorn yourself, within and without, in all the blossoms of virtue, as befits a chaste daughter and spouse of that greatest of kings. In that mirror poverty, humility, and love beyond all telling shine radiantly."
Pray for consecrated virgins to grow ardently in love with Jesus
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
"I offer myself to your Father by you, to yourself by your Father and you to the Holy Spirit who is the mutual love of both."
Pray for an increase in women religious.
Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
"I know God is in my heart. With Him I go to work, with Him I go to recreation, with Him I suffer, with Him I rejoice; I live in Him and He in me. I am never alone, because He is my constant companion. He is present to me at every moment. Our intimacy is very close, through a union of blood and flesh."
Pray for deeper intimacy with God.
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
"We can do nothing of ourselves, for we are poor and miserable, but if we have faith and trust in him who comforts us,
then we can do all things."
Pray for an increase in women religious.
Blessed Jacinta of Fatima
"Tell everyone that God gives us grace through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She is the one we should ask."
Pray for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
Saint Joan of Arc
"If I am not in the state of grace, may God put me there; and if I am, may God keep me there!" (Joan during trial)
Pray for France and for the conversion of freemasons
Saint John of the Cross
"Would that men might come at last to see that is quite impossible to reach the thicket of the riches and wisdom of God except by first entering the thicket of much suffering, in such a way that the soul finds there its consolation and desire."
Pray for those who suffer, that they unite with Jesus and find joy
Saint Juan Diego
"I am only a poor man. I am not worthy of being there where you send me. Pardon me, my Queen, I do not want to make your noble heart sad, I do not want to fall into your displeasure." After much persuasion he agreed to go to the Bishop. He left her, calling her "my Dear One, my Lady."
Pray for unity among the nations
Saint Mary of Magdala
"And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment" (Luke 7:37ff.)
Pray that those lost in sin will come to know the great love of Jesus.
St. Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr
"Rejoice in the measure that you share Christ's sufferings. When His glory is revealed, you will rejoice exultantly. Happy are you when you are insulted for the sake of Christ, for then God's Spirit in its glory has come to rest on you."
Pray for purity of heart
Our Lady of Guadalupe
"Am I not here who am your Mother? Is there anything else that you need?"
Pray for greater dependence on the maternal love of Mary
Our Lady of Lourdes
"It is only though prayer that you will become my apostles of peace in this restless world."
(Our Lady in Medjugorje, Nov 25, 1999)
Pray for an increase of fervor in the spiritual life
Saint Maximilian Kolbe (Poland)
"What is essential is not to accomplish a great deal according to our own lights, but to be in the hands of the Immaculate Virgin."
Pray for a greater love and awareness of our Mother Mary
Blessed Cardinal Newman
England, feast day October 9th
"To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living."
Pray for the renewal of prayer with the heart
Blessed Mother Teresa
Feast day September 5th
"Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy - let us pray."
Pray for the broken families
Saint Catherine of Genoa, mystic, wife, hospital director
"Dear children, I ask you to pray every day for the souls in Purgatory. In this way you too will acquire intercessors who will be able to help you in life" (message of Mary in Medjugorje).
Pray for the souls in purgatory.
Saint Benedict, abbot and patriarch of western monks
"See how the Lord in His love shows us the way of life. Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom" (1 Thes 2:23) from the Rule of Saint Benedict.
Pray for the coming of the Kingdom of God.
"The one who looked like a man touched me again and strengthened me, saying, 'Fear not, beloved, you are safe; take courage and be strong.' When he spoke to me, I grew strong and said, 'Speak, my lord, for you have strengthened me.'" (Daniel's vision of the Archangel Gabriel) Daniel 10:18-19.
Pray that Divine love will conquer the world.
"I was sent to put you to the test. At the same time, however, God commissioned me to heal you and your daughter-in-law, Sarah. I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord...No need to fear; you are safe. Thank God now and forever. As for me, when I came to you it was not out of any favor on my part, but because it was God's will. So continue to thank him every day; praise him with song." (Tobit 12:14-18).
Pray for the healing of families
Saint Francis de Sales
"In all your affairs rely wholly on Divine Providence, through which alone you must look for success. Labor quietly on your part to co-operate with its designs. Amidst those ordinary affairs and occupations that require most so earnest an attention, you should look more on God than on them.
Pray for writers, journalists and editors of all kinds
I wish you all a very holy and happy
New Year of 2013!!!