June 15, 2000
Dear Children of Medjugorje,
Praised be Jesus !
The Gospa always amazes us with her maternal touch when it comes
to helping her children and even remolding them if they abandon
themselves to her with trust. For example, Samuel, a French
hairdresser, came on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje last winter
and now testifies :
" I was a homosexual. Although I had received a Catholic education
as a child, I lived far from God. At 36, I was rushed to the
hospital where they found out that I had AIDS. There, I remembered
God, but once out of the hospital I continued for three years
to look for the man of my life. However, going from disappointment
to disappointment and from emptiness to emptiness, at last I
understood that I was on the wrong track. I actively tried to
redirect my life then towards God. He alone could give me the
love for which I was desperately thirsting. I was open to conversion
when a book on Medjugorje happened to fall into my hands and
I discovered to my amazement that all kinds of people had found
a new life there, a new hope. Though usually tears for me did
not come easy, I cried my eyes out, I was so overwhelmed!
"I decided to go to Medjugorje. There I was struck by the intense
presence of Mary, my Mother, all the more since she granted
me a deep inner peace. As a result I tried my best to convert
my heart everyday and to keep my eyes on God. One day Jesus
showed Himself to me on the Cross. From that moment on I totally
changed my life. Now I am a happy man! I told Our Lady that
I want to serve her and to work for her, and she often gives
me signs of her presence. In my struggles, she stands by my
side and teaches me how to live every situation with love. I
founded a prayer group with a friend. She too is on a path of
conversion. We all pray the Rosary. I am a new convert, still
weak and vulnerable, but each day my heart leaps with joy: I
have found my Creator and my Mother!
"This sickness could have killed me, but God used it instead
to give me life to give me a new birth! To those who are today
as I was before, let me say this: 'God exists, He is Truth!'
In Medjugorje it is exceptional that the pilgrims can be present
at two apparitions of Mary on the same day, and this was the
case on June 2nd. Pilgrims were able to join Ivan's prayer group
at the Blue Cross where Mary appeared at 10 PM.
Mirjana received her monthly apparition on the 2nd under the
tent of the Cenacle at 10 AM that same morning surrounded by
many pilgrims. We know that the Gospa comes on this day in order
to pray with us for those who do not yet know the love of God.
During the apparition, Mirjana's face was very expressive, and
the conversation with the Gospa seemed to be intense. Toward
the end, Mirjana opened her arms, which she doesn't usually
do. Later Mirjana shared that the Gospa invited all of us "to
bring the love of the Father to others. When you do that", she
said, "I am with you." Then she opened her arms, and while looking
at us said, "My apostles! My children!".
The Blessed Mother had concluded her message during her March
18th, 2000 apparition to Mirjana, by telling us: "I am inviting
you to be my apostles!" An apostle is a disciple sent out on
a mission. It's not by chance that the Gospa formally commissioned
us during a message for the first time at the beginning of the
Great Jubilee: John Paul II insists that each one of us now
must take to heart the new Evangelization. On June 2nd, Mirjana
shared that when Mary spoke the words "my apostles," she understood
them to mean: if YOU are not my apostles, who will be?!
Let this call enter the depths of our hearts, so that we may
answer not only with generosity - but with boldness! What a
beautiful present to offer our Mother this June 25th in celebration
of the 19th Anniversary of her coming for us to Medjugorje!
Dearest Gospa, so far we have done so little for you, but today
we say YES to being your apostles!
Children of Medjugorje
President: Denis Nolan
Vice President: Sister Emmanuel Maillard
Cardinal Jaime Sin
Cardinal B. Echeverria Ruiz, O.F.M.
Archbishop Frane Franic
Archbishop D. Peter Chung
Bishop Nicholas D'Antonio, O.F.M.
Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, O.M.I.
Bishop Donald Montrose
Bishop William Ellis
Fr. Daniel Ange