August 14, 2009 A.D.
We are not able to grasp the greatness of the times in which we live. Time is a word Our Lady in Medjugorje has repeatedly used. “You are in a time of Grace.” “Use this time well.” She refers to time in various ways. In tonight’s Medjugorje message Our Lady refers to time again by saying, “also today,” three separate times. What is Our Lady saying from this Medjugorje mountain? What does this mean? With all our daily actions of life we are not to forget “also today” Our Lady is here with us, calling us to make Her part of our daily life, but also so is satan. Are we accepting Her? Or are we allowing satan’s illusions to deceive us into thinking, we are ok in our spiritual life? The reality is satan does exist, and he is active. Our Lady in Medjugorje said,
May 12, 1989
While satan is often hidden, he cannot hide during Our Lady’s presence. The exposure of satan during the moment of apparition is often a sign that reminds us of the Church’s teaching that there are two ways to make it to heaven – the fear of hell or the love of God. Our Lady’s message tonight clearly states the one She desires for us to be is the “love of God.” But if that’s not enough to motivate the slothful soul, the apparitions exposing the reality of satan can serve to motivate souls in the “fear of hell” in order to convert and to be saved.
In The Love of Our Lady,
From Medjugorje Tonight, August 14, 2009, Ivan’s Prayer Group on Apparition Mountain
Tonight is the Vigil of Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven, a very beautiful feast of Our Lady, and one that is particularly beautiful to celebrate in Medjugorje. In 1988, it was on this feast day that Our Lady named the following year the Year of the Young People, from August 15, 1988 to August 15, 1989. Just before that year was completed, Our Lady said that She wanted one more year dedicated to young people, but not just for the youth, but also that it be a year of the family. That was 20 years ago this year and we can’t help but wonder what was accomplished in Heaven during those two years that Our Lady specifically asked to be dedicated for the youth and the family.
After the immense crowds left from the Youth Festival just over a week ago, Medjugorje became somewhat quiet again, but the swell of crowds have returned for Our Lady’s feast of the Assumption, though not quite so large as a few weeks ago. It is beautiful to be here in the village for a few months and see the ebb and flow of pilgrims, just like the ocean waves that are constantly coming in and then receding. Medjugorje’s seasons are marked not only by the changing weather patterns, but by the feasts that are celebrated in the church that moves pilgrims’ hearts to be present to share in the joy of these different feast days And so there is a constant changing of faces, from one week to the next, but each new set of faces bring with them the same enthusiasm and longing to encounter the Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Tonight on the mountain of apparitions in Medjugorje, there were many thousands of pilgrims present. Toward evening there were some clouds gathering that threatened rain, but the rain never materialized, and in fact most of the sky was filled with bright stars throughout the evening. Singing began at 9:00 p.m., and then Ivan led his prayer group and the thousands present in the Rosary up until apparition time at 10:00 p.m. Immediately upon Our Lady’s arrival there were four to five different people, all separate from each other, that began to howl, scream or pitifully moan. This was frightening to many people who had never been exposed to anyone under demonic influence, but for those who have been coming to Medjugorje over the years, it was not surprising. Click to play audio of possessed people during the moment of tonight's apparition in Medjugorje Click to stop audio of possessed people during the moment of tonight's apparition in Medjugorje (0 / 92 seconds) What was particularly unsettling was the fact that most of the crowd was not aware when the apparition began as it was dark and Ivan could not be seen. Only those who are right up next to Ivan can tell the moment the apparition begins. The howling and screaming from these different people in the crowd began simultaneously, at the exact moment Our Lady began to appear. And almost all diminished by the end of the apparition, with the exception of one who continued to scream and cry until a priest came and began praying over her. And then there was silence and peace making it possible for everyone to hear Ivan and the translators explain what had happened in the apparition tonight. But even with the agitation caused by these individual demonics, the apparition was beautiful and Our Lady’s presence was strongly felt by many people.
Our Lady came around 10:00 PM and stayed for almost 8 and a half minutes. Following is Ivan’s description of tonight’s apparition on the Vigil of Our Lady’s Assumption, August 14, 2009:
“Most important from the meeting with Our Lady tonight is that Our Lady came very joyful and happy and She came with three angels. In the beginning She greeted all of us with Her motherly greeting, “Praised be Jesus, my dear children.” Then, for a long time, Our Lady especially prayed over all of you present who are sick. She then blessed us with Her motherly blessing and blessed all that you brought for blessing. Then Our Lady prayed here over all of us with Her hands extended, I repeat once again, with great joy. Then I recommended to Her all of you, your needs, your intentions, your families and in a special way the sick. Our Lady then said:
Then I prayed an Our Father and a Glory Be with Our Lady. And Our Lady left, in prayer, in an illuminated Sign of the Cross with a greeting: “Go in peace, my dear children.”
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