The following is from a Caritas Words of the Harversters, and was originally published in 2005. We featured it in 2008 here on Medjugorje.com, and feel it is an appropriate and relevant reading at the beginning of this new year to help fulfill Our Lady's desires for you. - Medjugorje.com
January 7, 2014 A.D.
On January 25, 2014, we will mark 27 years of Our Lady giving Her monthly message to the world. For twenty-seven 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 2014, 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 2014, 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
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,
* A special message given by Our Lady in the Caritas Missino House in Medjugorje for the Community of Caritas.
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