13th August – Memorial of Our Lady

Recently I was speaking to a priest colleague who had just come back from a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. After morning Mass at St James, he had gone for a coffee with two other English speaking priests he had met at the Mass. None of the three really knew each other apart from that one encounter. It turned out that the other 2 priests had come as lay men to Medjugorje during a Holy Week in the late 1980s and had both received their call to priesthood at that same time. Another indicator of the good fruit that appears to come from that place.

Here is the August 2nd Message from Medjugorje.


Dear children, I have come to you – among you – for you to give me your concerns so that I may offer them to my Son; that I may intercede for you before Him for your good. I know that each of you has his concerns, his trials. Therefore I am inviting you in a motherly way: come to the table of my Son. He is breaking bread for you; He is giving Himself to you; He is giving you hope; He is asking for more faith, hope and serenity from you. He is seeking of you to battle within against egoism, judgement and human weaknesses. Therefore, as a mother, I am saying: pray; because prayer gives you strength for the interior battle. My Son, when He was little, often said to me that there will be many who will love me and call me ‘mother’. Among you, I feel love. Thank you. For the sake of that love I am imploring my Son that none of you, my children, will return home the same as he came; that you may take with you all the more hope, mercy and love; that you may be my apostles of love who will witness with their lives that the Heavenly Father is the source of life and not of death. Dear children, anew, in a motherly way I am imploring you, pray for the chosen ones of my Son, for their blessed hands – for your shepherds – that they may preach my Son with all the more love and in this way bring about conversions. Thank you.