As early as 4:00 a.m. this morning in Medjugorje at the Blue Cross pilgrims were gathered, some bundled in blankets in the chilly weather, praying rosaries in preparation for Our Lady’s Good Friday apparition to Mirjana.
Many more pilgrims began to gather as it was still dark, some even laid down covered in blankets. Daylight came shortly after 6:00 a.m. and the praying continued, accompanied by singing. Mirjana arrived at 8:37 a.m. and knelt in front of statue of Our Lady by the Blue Cross at the foot of Apparition Hill. Our Lady stayed with us today for six minutes, from 8:49 a.m. to 8:54 a.m.
Mirjana greeted Our Lady with a few tears and a smile. She also looked serious at some points, and spoke with Our Lady a few times, nodding and shrugging her shoulders at different times.
After a few minutes, Mirjana spoke the words from Our Lady for us today and they were written down.
As Our Lady was leaving, Mirjana saw a large golden Cross behind Our Lady.
Be ready for a noble way coming – whether we are ready for it or not. The ways of the culture contradict the ways of God. This is a conflict. A conflict by way of a war. For Joan of Arc to win the 100 year war, she put her soldiers on a ‘way’ of perfecting their souls. She required of her men no swearing or cussing, daily attendance at Mass, to be more proper, ennobling their bodies in order to perfect their souls. This was the first step she took to win the conflict. Only then did she step out and lead her men into battle. She understood the special way to a noble victory is to ennoble and perfect one’s self. Conflict with the human self is the first confrontation that must be won. The victory comes when the enemy of self surrenders its “imperfections,” and its restrictive “limitations” which keep it bound to transient, momentary ways of error. Leading it in the wrong way with the culture. Only with much prayer is your surrender possible, a surrender which requires your entire past, all the evil accumulated in your heart, to be given up to our Lord. Only when that happens will you find the “right way.” Once you confront and then surrender yourself to the right way, the second conflict with the wayward culture can then be confronted and crushed into surrender by the new way. This is the special way Our Lady of Medjugorje is blessing us with – the way of joy, a joy which is to manifest through our witness. Joan of Arc got it. She knew the surrender of and noble victory over the enemy of her nation could not be achieved without the surrender of wayward ways of her own men first. She ennobled them to fight for a higher purpose through her own witness.
The culture’s surrender of its wrong direction, righting its path cannot come, will not come, without the first conflict and surrender of self and your wayward ways. In conflict, when an enemy refuses to surrender and is defeated, he is wounded or killed. We must realize society, the culture as we know it, will die and what remains is going to be radically changed. All who refuse to surrender from it, who desires to stay attached to their way, will be killed with it. The erred ways of the culture is leading to the death of society, while Our Lady constructs, with Her children, a new society. Our Lady’s ways to bring life to the culture and society cannot co-exist with the erred ways. The culture of death or of life is not speaking in the context of restricting ourselves to pro-life issues, but all issues of godlessness, everything and action human vs. Godliness and Christ-like actions. Our Lady of Medjugorje is readying us for this conflict and we must decide what “way” we want to stay attached to. The decision is the old human way inspired by darkness or the new special way inspired by Our Lady, given by Her Son, being re-ushered in by Her. A new way involving both the physical and spiritual life is coming. It is in great conflict with the human way that dominates society today. One will win. One will dominate. One will be the casualty. It cannot be avoided. You must decide. If you wish to remain as you are and let the culture remain as it is, you will become a casualty of this conflict. Or you can change the way you are, change the way of the culture and bring the victory Our Lady seeks. Joan of Arc got it. Do you?
August 2, 1981
In the Readiness for the New Special
“Right Way” of the Culture,
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Some have asked us to explain the budget of Medjugorje.com, such as the following feedback we received:
Dear Maintainers of Medjugorje Site,
I congratulate you for making such a professional work and for making the messages available. I was interested in knowing why does it take $208,000 to make the site available. Please don’t take me wrong. I’m just curious and want to make your campaign as clear as possible, because costs for keeping a site online are very cheap. If you could specify extra costs it would be easier to be supported, I think. Best regards and congratulations,
Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil
On Tuesday, April 6, the questions asked about Medjugorje.com’s $208,000 budget will be answered.
The following definitions are to make the message clearer:
way: 1. n a. thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place; b. an opening for passage; 2. the course traveled from one place to another: route; 3. a course (as a series of actions or sequence of events) leading in a direction or toward an objective; 4. adj. of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route
transient: adj 1. a. passing especially quickly into and out of existence: transitory b. passing through or by a place with only a brief stay or sojourn; 2. affecting something or producing results beyond itself
infinite: 1. subject to no limitation or external determination 2. extending indefinitely: endless 3. immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive: inexhaustible 4. extending beyond, lying beyond, or being greater than any pre-assigned finite value however large
ennoble: 1. to make noble: elevate 2. to raise to the rank of nobility