MAY 20 (Medjugorje Today) - The season for more public apparitions on Apparition Hill has begun, brought about by visionary Ivan Dragicevic's return to Medjugorje for the Summer.
This year, the first such apparition took place on May 20 when pilgrims were invited to join Ivan's prayer group for an apparition at 10 pm on top of the hill.
MAY 10 (Medjugorje Today) – Another section of the road that leads to Cross Mountain in Medjugorje has been expanded, and paved with asphalt. On May 9, locals celebrated the finished project which they have awaited for years, the local news portal Brotnjo Online reports.
The road section has been expanded twice before, both times by the inhabitants of the village of Miletina. The main section of the new road is 700 meters long, six meters wide, and comes with a price tag of 90,000 KM ($60,000).
MAY 10 (Medjugorje Today) – Saint James Church in Medjugorje was full on May 9 when a Mass was said for Croatian football goalkeeper Ivan Turina who died from a heart attack during his sleep early on May 2.
Turina, who was 32, used to visit Medjugorje. He played one national game for Croatia and represented Dinamo Zagreb before moving to Stockholm, Sweden, where he played for the local League 1 side AIK by the time of his death
APR 21 (Medjugorje Today) - About 20,000 people gathered for a day of prayer on April 21 in Milan, Italy. Among them were Medjugorje visionaries Jakov Colo and Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti who both gave their testimony.
Marija's apparition was public, and Jakov sang songs inspired by his experiences as a visionary.
Led by Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic who became a popular priest during his stay in Medjugorje, Mass was concelebrated by 50 priests. Fr. Jozo Zovko, Medjugorje's parish priest by the time the apparitions began, was present on a video link from Zagreb.
APR 23 (Medjugorje Today) - Work on a new road to more smoothly connect Medjugorje to the Citluk-Ljubuski highway began on April 23 when caterpillars started paving work, local news portal Brotnjo Online reports.
Begun in 2012, the road will be 2,200 meters long and end in a new rotunda by Medjugorje's post office in the northern end of town.
APR 10 (Medjugorje Today) - For the third time, Medjugorje will deliver the Provincial of the Franciscans in Hercegovina. Fr. Miljenko Steko, the current director of Radio Mir Medjugorje, has been chosen for the task, the official parish website informs.
Fr. Miljenko replaces Fr. Ivan Sesar who served as parish priest in Medjugorje before becoming Provincial. Among his other predecessors is Fr. Tomislav Pervan, stationed in Medjugorje today and also former parish priest in Medjugorje.
“Dear children! Pray, pray, keep praying until your heart opens in faith as a flower opens to the warm rays of the sun. This is a time of grace which God gives you through my presence but you are far from my heart, therefore, I call you to personal conversion and to family prayer. May Sacred Scripture always be an incentive for you. I bless you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children! In this time of grace I call you to take the cross of my beloved Son Jesus in your hands and to meditate on His passion and death. May your suffering be united in His suffering and love will win, because He who is love gave Himself out of love to save each of you. Pray, pray, pray until love and peace begin to reign in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
"Dear children! I call you to, with complete trust and joy, bless the name of the Lord and, day by day, to give Him thanks from the heart for His great love. My Son, through that love which He showed by the Cross, gave you the possibility to be forgiven for everything; so that you do not have to be ashamed or to hide, and out of fear not to open the door of your heart to my Son. To the contrary, my children, reconcile with the Heavenly Father so that you may be able to come to love yourselves as my Son loves you. When you come to love yourselves, you will also love others; in them you will see my Son and recognize the greatness of His love. Live in faith! Through me, my Son is preparing you for the works which He desires to do through you – works through which He desires to be glorified. Give Him thanks. Especially thank Him for the shepherds - for your intercessors in the reconcilliation with the Heavenly Father. I am thanking you, my children. Thank you."
"Dear children! Anew, in a motherly way, I am calling you not to be of a hard heart. Do not shut your eyes to the warnings which the Heavenly Father sends to you out of love. Do you love Him above all else? Do you repent for having often forgotten that the Heavenly Father, out of His great love, sent his Son to redeem us by the Cross? Do you repent for not yet having accepted the message? My children, do not resist the love of my Son. Do not resist hope and peace. Along with your prayer and fasting, by His cross, my Son will cast away the darkness that wants to surround you and come to rule over you. He will give you the strength for a new life. Living it according to my Son, you will be a blessing and a hope to all those sinners who wander in the darkness of sin. My children, keep vigil. I, as a mother, am keeping vigil with you. I am especially praying and watching over those whom my Son called to be light-bearers and carriers of hope for you – for your shepherds. Thank you."
“Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. Sin is pulling you towards worldly things and I have come to lead you towards holiness and the things of God, but you are struggling and spending your energies in the battle with the good and the evil that are in you. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes a joy for you and your life will become a simple walk towards God. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
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