On January 25, 2008, we will mark 21 years of Our Lady giving Her monthly message to the world. For twenty-one years, Our Lady has given each month, without fail, Her monthly message. Our Lady’s messages are referenced in the last chapter of the Bible, in the book of Revelation. The messages are bringing healing to all the nations. The messages are simple, crystal clear and Our Lady said that they are conveyed from God. She has come to heal the nations, and that these messages are to flow out as a river to the world.
As much as we try to comprehend the significance of these words each month, we realize that they are filled with mystery. It will be for those who live in future generations to grasp the greater significance of the times in which we all are so privileged to be living. Medjugorje is still so mysterious, even after over 26 years of daily apparitions of the Mother of God. We still feel like infants just learning to take their first steps in trying to grasp what Our Lady is trying to accomplish in the world today for the salvation of man. It strikes amazement in our hearts when She tells us that Her plan is succeeding, especially when we sometimes see so little of that reality in our own world.
June 25, 2004
Six years prior to the first monthly message given, Our Lady had initiated first the visionaries and then the parish of Medjugorje on an intense spiritual course, preparing them to be witnesses to the world. She began giving the parish a special message, through Marija, every Thursday evening in the church, asking the village to follow Her instructions and become tools in Her hands that would lead the world to conversion. Despite many obstacles, attacks and a number of villagers whose initial fervor cooled off, on January 8, 1987, Our Lady announced that part of God’s plan had been fulfilled and now a new step was beginning for Medjugorje.
January 8, 1987
Beginning January 25, 1987, the first monthly message of Our Lady Queen of Peace was given to the world, and Her call went out to all mankind, Her voice seeking every human heart, in every little corner of the world. She called, and is still calling, these hearts to Medjugorje, requesting of them to join the ranks of Her children, to become witnesses within their own homes, neighborhoods, churches and communities, the world over. She reminds us all that we are important to Her plan’s success. There is purpose to Her calling, all of which is leading to the fulfillment of Her plans.
January 25, 1987
We are in the midst of a plan, in which each of us has been asked to participate. Each day that passes, this plan is reaching towards its fulfillment. satan is against the plan because, of course, it ultimately means the destruction of his own plans. So he fights all those who have answered “yes” to Our Lady, who are willing to shoulder his attacks so that they can become the sacrifices given to Jesus in order that everything is fulfilled the way He has planned it.
January 9, 1986
February 12, 1990
As we get ready to begin this year of 2008, it would be good for us to spend some time in reflection on the plan that Our Lady is constantly urging and encouraging us to help Her fulfill. She has told us many times to pray for Her intentions. In Alabama, She repeatedly gave this message during the first apparitions here in 1988. Below is just one.
November 26, 1988
Our Lady has Her intentions. She has Her desires, Her wishes, Her wants, and She asks us to pray for those intentions to be fully realized. Through Her messages, especially Her monthly messages to the world, we do not have to guess at what Her intentions are…She boldly proclaims to us what She wants on our behalf. As we get ready to begin the New Year, let us ponder how successful Our Lady has been in accomplishing the fulfillment of those desires in our own lives. Though the temptation is always to look and judge whether or not your husband or your wife, your children or your neighbor, your co-worker or your priest, your friend or your enemy is living Our Lady’s call to holiness – you know when the message comes in each month, as you hold Her words in your hands that those words are directed towards Her “dear children,” who we all claim to be. So the question is not whether others have answered Her call, but have you answered Her call? Not have others decided for holiness, but have you decided for holiness? Not are others fulfilling Her plans, but are you fulfilling Her plans? The following is not a complete list of Our Lady’s “wants” as revealed to us in Her messages. It suffices, however, to lead us towards reflection in prayer. Avoid the temptation to rapidly read through this list of messages. Spend some quiet time meditating on Our Lady’s words. These are the things She wants for you. These are the things She is praying to be accomplished in your life. We know that ultimately Our Lady’s victory will be accomplished. We know the “end of the story,” so to speak. But how very sad if Our Lady doesn’t succeed in having Her wants, Her desires, Her wishes, Her intentions fulfilled in your own life. Will you be in the story? Keep this Caritas Newsletter near you throughout the New Year. Refer to it often in your prayer and ask yourself that if Our Lady wants these things for you, what is stopping you from obtaining them? Make it your aim, for 2008, to make Our Lady happy by giving Her what She desires on Her “want list” for you.
Our Lady’s New Year’s Resolution “Want” List
“…I want each one of you to be happy, but in sin nobody can be happy…” (2-25-87)
“…pray, and in prayer you shall realize a new way of joy. Joy will manifest in your hearts and thus you shall be joyful witnesses of that which I and My Son want from each one of you…” (2-25-87)
“…I do not want you, dear children, to live the message and be committing sin which is displeasing to me…” (3-25-87)
“…I am your Mother and, therefore, I want to lead you all to complete holiness. I want each one of you to be happy here on earth and to be with me in Heaven…” (5-25-87)
“…today I thank you and I want to invite you all to God’s peace. I want each one of you to experience in your heart that peace which God gives. I want to bless you all today…” (6-25-87)
“…I love you and, therefore, I want you to be holy. I do not want satan to block you on that way…” (7-25-87)
“…today also I want to call you all to prayer…” (9-25-87)
“…today I want to call all of you to decide for Paradise…” (10-25-87)
“…I am with you and I want you to believe me, that I love you…” (11-25-87)
“…My heart is rejoicing because of Jesus and today I want to give Him to you. Dear children, I want each one of you to open your heart to Jesus and I will give Him to you with love. Dear children, I want Him to change you, to teach you, and to protect you…” (12-25-87)
“…Day by day, I am praying for you and I want to draw you ever closer to God; but I cannot if you don’t want it…” (1-25-88)
“…I want you to obey me and not permit satan to seduce you…” (2-25-88)
“Dear children, God wants to make you holy…” (4-25-88)
“…I desire that through you the whole world may get to know the God of joy…I want you to love all men with my love, both the good and the bad. Only that way will love conquer the world…” (5-25-88)
“…I want to draw you closer to the Heart of Jesus…I want you to consecrate yourselves as individuals, families, and parishes so that all belongs to God through my hands…I do not want anything for myself, rather, all for the salvation of your souls…” (10-25-88)
“…unceasingly I desire to lead you into the joy of life. I desire that each one of you discovers the joy and the love which is found only in God and which only God can give. God wants nothing else from you but your surrender…” (5-25-89)
“…I desire that the grace of God be great for every single one of you…” (6-25-89)
“…I invite you to give thanks to God for all the gifts you have discovered in the course of your life and even for the least gift you have received. I give thanks with you and want all of you to experience the joy of these gifts, and I want God to be everything for each one of you…” (9-25-89)
“…I desire that your decisions be free before God, because He has given you freedom…” (11-25-89)
“…I especially want you to renounce all the things to which you are attached but are hurting your spiritual life…” (2-25-90)
“…I want to protect you from everything that satan offers you and through which he wants to destroy you…God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature, and so many things which can only help you to understand that you must change the direction of your life…” (3-25-90)
“…I desire that each one of you discover the way of holiness and grow in it until eternity…” (4-25-90)
“…I desire to help you grow in renunciation and mortification that you may be able to understand the beauty of the life of people, who go on giving themselves to me in a special way…” (5-25-90)
“…I desire to help you with my prayers and I desire to guide you on the path of peace…” (10-25-90)
“…I am with you and I desire to help each of you to live and, by living, to witness the good news…” (5-25-91)
“…I desire to take you into my heart and protect you…” (1-25-92)
“…I wanted to create of you an oasis of peace, love and goodness. God wanted you with your love and with His help to do miracles and thus give an example…” (3-25-92)
“…I wish to reveal to you and show you the God who loves you…” (8-25-92)
“…have more trust in me, because I am here in order to help you and to guide you on a new path towards a new life…” (10-25-92)
“…I wish that each of you decides himself for a change of life and that each of you works more in the Church, not through words and thoughts but through example, so that your life may be a joyful testimony for Jesus…” (2-25-93)
“…I desire you to awaken love in your families so that where there is unrest and hatred, love will reign…” (4-25-93)
“…I want your life to be bound to me…” (7-25-93)
“…I do not want satan to deceive you, for he wants to lead you the wrong way…” (7-25-93)
“…I want you to understand that I am your Mother, that I want to help you and call you to prayer…” (8-25-93)
“…I want you to be children of the light and not of the darkness…” (8-25-93)
“…I love you and wish to protect you from every evil, but you do not desire it. Dear children, I cannot help you if you do not live God’s Commandments, if you do not live the Mass, if you do not abandon sin…” (10-25-93)
“…I desire, little children, that all of you who have felt the fragrance of holiness, through these messages which I am giving you, to carry it in this world, hungry for God and God’s love…” (3-25-94)
“…I love you and want to lead you all with me to Paradise…” (4-25-94)
“…I am your Mother and I wish that your hearts be similar to my heart…” (11-25-94)
“…I wish to make of you a most beautiful bouquet prepared for eternity…” (7-25-95)
“…I wish that each of you become a carrier of my messages…” (2-25-96)
“…I also wish that you all become active during this time that is through me connected to Heaven in a special way…I wish that all people convert and see me and my Son, Jesus, in you…” (5-25-96)
“…I wish to speak to you and to invite you to have more faith and trust in God, who loves you immeasurably…” (8-25-96)
“…I wish to renew you…” (10-25-96)
“…I desire to reveal to you the God of love and the God of peace. I do not desire for your life to be in sadness but that it be realized in joy for eternity, according to the Gospel…” (12-25-96)
“…I desire, dear children, that during this time you find a corner for personal prayer. I desire to lead you towards prayer with the heart…” (7-25-97)
“…I desire for you to become carriers of peace and of God’s joy to today’s world without peace…” (10-25-97)
“…I desire that each of you reflect and carry peace in your heart and say: I want to put God in the first place in my life…” (12-25-97)
“…Little children, tell everyone, I want the good for you and He will respond with the good and, little children, good will come to dwell in the heart of each man…” (12-25-97)
“…Little children, I desire that you become apostles of love…” (3-25-98)
“…I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus’ and your heart to become one heart of love and peace…” (7-25-99)
“…I desire to thank you and to inspire you to work even more for God and His Kingdom with love and the power of the Holy Spirit…” (8-25-2000)
We all have certainly fallen short of fulfilling Our Lady’s desires for us at times, but that is the beauty of a New Year. It is a new beginning; an opportunity to become “resolute” in tackling bad habits, sinful patterns, or negative attitudes. May Our Lady’s words be the incentive you need to decide, and get on your knees even at this moment, for a change in your life.
“I want you to be Jesus’ joy.”October 31, 1997
Our Lady’s Peace to You,
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