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For Immediate Release
March 15, 2016 A.D.
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Important information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy,
an opportunity you will want to take part in,
as well as a Special Announcement 

 

Medjugorje
Prepare the World for My Final Coming

by the Community of Caritas
with Special Contributions from
A Friend of Medjugorje


A young Carmelite nun by the name of Sr. Mary of St. Peter, in Tours, France in the 1840’s, received a series of revelations from Jesus about a powerful devotion He wanted established, starting in France, and spread throughout the world. It became known as the devotion to His Holy Face, which included a prayer that Jesus dictated to Sr. Mary, the Golden Arrow.  This devotion was eventually approved by the Church, the purpose of which was:
 

“…to make reparation for the blasphemies and outrages of ‘Revolutionary men’ (the Communists)—through whom God is allowing the world to be chastised for its unbelief—as well as for the blasphemies of atheists and freethinkers and others, plus, for blasphemy and the profanation of Sundays by Christians.” 1


Jesus made this chosen nun understand that this was an urgent matter, as God could not endure the endless assault against His Name and the day He commanded to be kept Holy. Jesus gave her instructions to relay His requests to her superiors and to Her bishop. He wanted the prayers He dictated to her to be spread and prayed by the faithful. He told Sr. Mary that the prayers needed more than just having them printed and given out. Souls needed their interest “stimulated.” Sr. Mary of St. Peter wrote to her superiors:


“Our Lord made me understand that a mere printing of the prayers alone would never suffice, but that it was necessary to add an explanation throwing light on the end which the Work had in view. The Savior told me that in order to stimulate [rouse or excite to action] the interest of the Faithful to say these prayers to the glory of the Holy Name of God, it was essential to instruct them concerning the designs of God in this great Work, for only then when this would be done through the means of adequate printed matter would we see pious souls feasting themselves on these prayers as bees feast upon flowers. He then revealed to me that these prayers would be very instrumental in obtaining the conversion of sinners.2


We have entered the Extraordinary Year of Mercy that Pope Francis initiated on December 8, 2015. Yet the majority of Catholics know nothing, or understand little, concerning the great graces available in this Jubilee Year, namely, that by receiving a very special plenary indulgence, you receive a complete remission of all temporal punishment due to sin. Using the words of Jesus to Sr. Mary, the faithful’s “interest has not been stimulated.” It is “necessary to add an explanation throwing light on the end which the Work [in this case, Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje and the Divine Mercy revelations] had in view.” Even we, the apostles of Our Lady, must stop and seriously reflect, not only on what opportunity is being given to us in this moment of time for the conversion of ourselves and our families, but what our responsibility is before God and Our Lady to be interceding “unceasingly” for mercy for our nations and our world. Before we can “instruct the ignorant,” which is one of the seven spiritual works of mercy, in “the designs of God in this great Work,” it is essential that we, ourselves, become the “pious souls feasting themselves on these prayers [and revelations] as bees feast upon flowers.” In our time, it is the messages of Our Lady, first and foremost, that we are to be “feasting” upon, living and spreading Our Lady to all we meet, as She is the ultimate gift of Mercy for mankind today.


What happens when we don’t answer the call of Heaven, or answer it, but without great fervor? What happens when man fails to recognize the time of God’s visitation, fails to recognize the signs of the times? History has many examples we can ponder, of which only a few will be mentioned here.
 

Our Lady’s Apparitions in Rwanda — 1989


In 2012, Caritas published A Friend of Medjugorje’s book, They Fired the First Shot 2012™, in which he reflected upon the great danger of ignoring Heaven’s warnings. An excerpt from the book follows:


“Do you think that apparitions every day for 31 years, as of June 25, 2012, are for insignificant reasons concerning the future of the world? Can we say, ‘Well, Our Lady is here. She will take care of everything?’ Then why does Our Lady say:

March 21, 1985

“Dear children, I wish to keep on giving messages and, therefore, today I call you to live and accept my messages…I call on you – accept me, dear children, that it might go well with you…”


Did you know that before the Rwanda massacre, Our Lady was there, appearing in the small village of Kibeho in Rwanda? Do you think when Our Lady of Kibeho appeared in 1982 to seven visionaries, and gave a warning to pray and repent, repeatedly warning them of the blood bath coming, that She did so to save everyone physically? Did you know the Catholic Church approved these apparitions, yet three of the seven visionaries were killed in the genocide? Being a visionary did not spare them. Did you know that Our Lady, during the Kibeho apparitions, taught one of the visionaries a song, and when she got to one part of the song, Our Lady stopped her to teach and emphasize the following words? Our Lady made her repeat the following words seven times:

“There will be fire that will come from beneath the earth and consume everything on earth…The day You will come to take those who have served You, God, we beg You to have mercy on us…”


Fire did come out of the ground, the fire of hell by the sword. Do you think this song just applies to Rwanda? Will it also apply to a world now gone mad? Stop and seriously consider the following words Our Lady gave in Medjugorje recently:

August 2, 2011

“…As individuals, my children, you cannot stop the evil that wants to begin to rule in this world and to destroy it…”


…Our Lady warned both the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, through Her apparitions in Kibeho, telling them not to hate. It was foreshown by Her in the Medjugorje apparitions…but Our Lady could not help them. On April 24, 1994, 19 days into what would be more than 100 days of the Rwanda genocide, Our Lady gave Her monthly message to Medjugorje visionary Marija. Our Lady said:
 

“…if you do not pray and if you are not humble and obedient to the messages I am giving you, I cannot help you…” 3

End of Excerpt from They Fired the First Shot 2012


What was written above by A Friend of Medjugorje concerning Rwanda can also be applied to the many other times Our Lady and/or Our Lord appeared to individuals over the past several centuries to repeatedly warn man to return to God. Consider a few other examples:
 

St. Margaret Mary & France — 1689–1789


Jesus appeared to Sr. Margaret Mary in the year 1689 requesting the King of France to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He warned that great harm would come if the consecration did not take place. Nonetheless, Heaven’s request was ignored. Exactly 100 years later, in 1789, the citizens of France, in an act of mutiny, took upon themselves legislative powers, apart from the King, which gave birth to the French Revolution. As has happened so many times before in Church history, her shepherds were “a day late and a dollar short.” Even Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, were publicly dethroned, imprisoned and guillotined, as were thousands of bishops, priests, religious and laity. King Louis, after he was imprisoned, promised to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart if he regained his freedom, but it was too late to avert the tidal wave of terror and bloodshed that swept through France, in which the Church, itself, became targeted for destruction.


Sr. Mary of St. Peter & France — 1843 to 1848


Sr. Mary was warned that if enough prayers were not said for reparation against the sins of blasphemy and the breaking of the Sabbath, France, again, would experience divine punishment. Shortly after this warning was given, a great flood almost destroyed the city of Tours. That was only the beginning. Sr. Mary said, after the flood:


“Our Lord communicated to me that this time He would use as the instruments of punishment, not the elements, but ‘the malice of revolutionary men.’” On February 13, 1848, Jesus again spoke to Sr. Mary saying that “terrible woes were impending…Pray, pray, for the Church is threatened by a fearful tempest!’ The Savior made me understand that His justice was greatly irritated against mankind for its sins but particularly for those that directly outrage the Majesty of God—that is, Communism, Atheism, cursing, and the desecration of Sundays.”
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On February 20, 1848, “a serious revolution in Paris shook the very foundations of the French government and all of Europe. King Louis Philippe, who after eighteen years felt himself securely established as monarch of France, was forced to flee with his family into exile.5


St. Faustina & Poland — 1924–1938


Jesus chose St. Faustina to be His apostle of Divine Mercy, as well as a victim soul to offer reparation for the sins of Poland and of the world. Pope John Paul II said:


“Right from the beginning of my ministry in St. Peter’s See in Rome, I considered this message [of Divine Mercy] my special task. Providence has assigned it to me in the present situation of man, the Church and the world. It could be said that precisely this situation assigned that message to me as my task before God.”
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Jesus taught Sr. Faustina the depth of His great mercy for all His creatures, yet there were consequences if man did not pay heed to His entreaties. Of Poland, Sr. Faustina wrote:

“I saw the anger of God hanging heavy over Poland. And now I see that if God were to visit our country with the greatest chastisements that would still be great mercy because, for such grave transgressions, He could punish us with eternal annihilation. I was paralyzed with fear when the Lord lifted the veil a little for me…”[1533] 7


St. Faustina actually revealed part of the 3rd Secret of Fatima, concerning the angel sending fire to the earth, which is deflected by the splendor of Our Lady. St. Faustina explains:


“In the evening, I saw the Mother of God, with Her breast bared and pierced with a sword. She was shedding bitter tears and shielding us against God’s terrible punishment. God wants to inflict terrible punishment on us, but He cannot because the Mother of God is shielding us. Horrible fear seized my soul. I kept praying incessantly for Poland, for my dear Poland, which is so lacking in gratitude for the Mother of God. If it were not for the Mother of God, all our efforts would be of little use…” [686] 8


Again, Jesus speaks of raining fire down, like what Sodom and Gomorrah received:


“One day Jesus told me that He would cause a chastisement to fall upon the most beautiful city in our country [probably Warsaw]. This chastisement would be that with which God had punished Sodom and Gomorrah. …After a moment, Jesus said to me, ‘My child, unite yourself closely to Me during the Sacrifice and offer My Blood and My Wounds to My Father in expiation for the sins of that city…” 9


Lucia, Jacinta & Francesco—Fatima, Russia & the World — 1917


In Portugal, in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta & Francesco, while World War I continued to rage on. On July 13, 1917, Our Lady said to the three children:


“…If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end, but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out…When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes by means of wars, famine, and persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father.”


Our Lady continued on how to avoid the perils facing the earth:


“To prevent this I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated…”


True to Her word, Our Lady appeared to Lucia, then a cloistered nun, on June 13, 1929, in which She came to ask for the consecration of Russia:


“The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father, in union with all the bishops of the world, to make the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means. There are so many souls whom the Justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me, that I have come to ask reparation: sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray.” 10


Expressing Our Lady’s wish to her spiritual father, Sr. Lucia also revealed what Our Lady had promised if the consecration was fulfilled by the Holy Father:


“The Good Lord promises to end the persecution in Russia (the Bolshevik revolution) if the Holy Father will himself make a solemn act of reparation and consecration of Russia to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, as well as ordering all the bishops of the Catholic world to do the same, and if the Holy Father promises that upon the ending of this persecution he will approve and recommend the practice of the reparatory devotion already described.” 11


We know, of course, that the Consecration was not done when Our Lady requested it. One hundred million deaths and the annihilation of nations all could have been avoided. We know this as a result of the lack of obedience to Our Lady’s words. In the same year that the above message was given by Our Lady to Sr. Lucy, in 1929, Josef Stalin began to starve to death the people of the Ukraine. This alone led to 10,000,000 to 15,000,000 deaths. Stalin enacted a new Communist law, the separation of Church and State, which was used to justify not only high taxes but the arrest, imprisonment, exile and even execution of priests and bishops. This purification did not have to happen. Can it happen again? Our Lady of Medjugorje is ignored by most of the Church structure. In 1917, there were 6,000,000 Catholics in Russia; by 1939 there were less than half a million. According to The Red Book of the Persecuted Church, “The years 1929-1932 saw the total liquidation of the Catholic hierarchy in the Soviet Union.” Between July 1 and September 1, 1936, approximately eight thousand religious were murdered: 12 bishops, over 5,000 priests, more than 2,000 monks, and hundreds of nuns and novices. Our Lady of Medjugorje, as in the past, is yet again trying to avoid the future purification of those in the Church. Yet, the very ones who will be the first to suffer, will be the last to realize they could have avoided their demise by fully endorsing what Our Lady is directing through Medjugorje.


There was still worse to come with the advent of World War II. When the Nazi’s invaded the Ukraine and Russia in the early 1940’s, they began a systematic elimination of the entire Jewish population, in which more than 1.5 million Jews were killed. This was the precursor of what was to happen throughout all of Europe, in which more than six million Jews were martyred. The world had never seen such hatred and disregard of human life. Mankind crossed a line and the spread of evil ideologies, of which Our Lady had warned, as Our Lady in Medjugorje warns today, unleashed unrest, fear, hatred, division, destruction, war, unbelief, death, the rejection of moral absolutes, which led to the destruction of the highest form of social living, the family. Above all, it led to hatred towards and rejection of God. The famous Soviet dissident, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who had spent eight years in a Soviet gulag (prison), and who eventually escaped to the United States, for years studied to find the root cause that led to the immense atrocities committed against humanity in his beloved Motherland, Russia. All his study and research led him to one defining conclusion. He wrote:


“Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’ Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’ 12


In Medjugorje, Our Lady said of our day:


October 25, 2006

“…You are not conscious, little children, that God is giving you a great opportunity to convert and to live in peace and love. You are so blind and attached to earthly things and think of earthly life. God sent me to lead you toward eternal life. I, little children, am not tired, although I see that your hearts are heavy and tired for everything that is a grace and a gift…


But This is the Time of Mercy, Why Speak of Judgement Now?


How well we live the time of Mercy will directly impact what will happen in the time of God’s Justice. St. Faustina was told by Jesus:


“In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy.” 13


Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said:


“A man may stand for the justice of God, but a woman stands for His Mercy.”
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This is who Our Lady is; She is the Mercy of God, the Mother of Mercy—our life, our sweetness and our hope. She, who has been sent everyday for almost 35 years, has revealed the love and mercy of God as no other has, yet She also warns of a time of justice coming. But God’s justice is also mercy because it prevents men from going to hell when they call out to God for His mercy in the midst of great crisis and turmoil. However, the point of this writing is not to focus on God’s coming justice, but to motivate and inspire believers in this time of Mercy to bend God to our hearts in begging for mercy now and for the future. As we have studied nations under judgement in past history, such as France and Poland, consider one other nation, namely Portugal. It was in this country that Our Lady appeared in Fatima, and Our Lady spoke to her young visionaries about Portugal’s future.


Concerning Fatima’s three visionaries of Portugal, Jacinta, one of the three, before her death, informed her bishop that the Blessed Virgin prophesied “a civil war of an anarchist or communist character” that would erupt in Portugal unless “there were souls who would do penance and make reparation for the offenses done to God…” 15


Notice in the following
What results when Bishops Respond Immediately to Our Lady


On May 13, 1931, all of Portugal’s bishops consecrated Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This was at a time when freemasonry and bolshevism were battling to gain supremacy over Catholicism’s influence on the nation.


Following the Consecration, a Catholic man born of peasant stock, Antonio Salazar, won the 1933 election to become the head of the Portuguese government. It was considered a miracle that he won. Not only Salazar, but many believed that it was through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, through the consecration of Portugal’s bishops, in obedience to Heaven’s command that led to this victory in defeating freemasonry and bolshevism. In 1935, Salazar banned freemasonry from Portugal, which almost cost him his life. Would Our Lady not have done the same for Russia, had the Consecration been done as She asked? In the summer of 1931, Our Lord told Lucy concerning Russia’s consecration:


They did not want to heed My request. Like the King of France, they will repent and do so, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer.” 16


The Queen of Peace of Medjugorje is here, yet many in the Church continue to see it as inconsequential. Do we now understand what opportunity is before us in this Year of Mercy? Yet another chance. Consider this specific time we are living in:


The Extraordinary Year of Mercy is the culmination of events that began with the revelations of Divine Mercy to St. Faustina in the 1930’s. In the whole history of the Church, there have only been three other times in which an “Extraordinary Jubilee” was named—which makes one understand that Pope Francis, himself, understands the significance of this time. Pope Francis, when addressing the priests of the Diocese of Rome on March 6, 2014, stated:
 

“Listen to the voice of the Spirit that speaks to the whole Church in this our time, which is, in fact, the time of mercy. I am certain of this…We have been living in the time of mercy for 30 or more years, up to now. It is the time of mercy in the whole Church. It was instituted by St. John Paul II. He had the ‘intuition’ that this was the time of mercy. We think of the beatification and canonization of Sister Faustina Kowalska; then he introduced the Feast of Divine Mercy. He moved slowly, slowly, and went ahead with this.


Pope Francis continues:


“In the homily for the Canonization, which took place in 2000, John Paul II stressed that Jesus Christ’s message to Sister Faustina was placed in time between two World Wars and is very linked to the history of the 20th century. How will the future of man be on earth, [John Paul] says.


Pope Francis then quoted Pope John Paul II concerning what man’s future will be on earth:


“‘It is not given to us to know it. It is true, however, that along with the new progresses we will not lack painful experiences. However, the light of Divine Mercy, which the Lord wished virtually to give again to the world through the charism of Sister Faustina, will illumine the path of the men of the third millennium.’


Pope Francis continues:


“It is clear. It was explicit in 2000, but it was something that had been maturing in [John Paul’s] heart for some time. He had this intuition in his prayer…Today we forget everything too hastily, also the Magisterium of the Church! It is inevitable in part, but we cannot forget the great contents, the great intuitions and the consignment left to the People of God. And that of the Divine Mercy is one of these. It is a consignment that [John Paul] gave us, but which comes from on High. It is up to us, as ministers of the Church, to keep alive this message…”


Jesus attached great graces, like never before, to the three o’clock Hour of Mercy,** Prayer of Divine Mercy, Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Feast of Divine Mercy (first Sunday after Easter), the Divine Mercy Image & the Novena of Divine Mercy all of which Pope John Paul II gave the Church’s blessing upon. The Extraordinary Year of Mercy, as announced by Pope Francis, adds turbo-fire to all the above.
 

  • Following the Year of Mercy is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 2017—possibly ending the 100 years that satan had requested of God to try the Church, as revealed by Our Lady in Medjugorje to visionary Mirjana. Our Lady said that when the secrets begin to take place, of which three are admonishments to the world because the world did not repent, satan’s power will be destroyed. But the upheaval caused by the systems of man falling, which satan has spent more than a century building up, will cause much chaos and crisis in the world.
     

  • On record for over 25 years, A Friend of Medjugorje has believed that Our Lady’s “daily” apparitions in Medjugorje will last for 40 years—the time it took for Moses to lead his people through the desert. Our Lady is leading us, also, into a new time. The year 2021 is the 40th year of the apparitions—just five years from now. We believe these are critical years for the fulfillment of Our Lady’s plans through Medjugorje.
     

  • The “Signs of the Time” compel us to believe that God is on the move, and that we must ready ourselves for great events to take place in the world.


This Year a Critical Opportunity Is Within Your Grasp

What Is This Year of Mercy About?


It is yet another effort of Heaven to “stimulate our interest” in the work of reparation for the sins of the world—for our own future. Our Lady told Mirjana that when you pray for nonbelievers, you are praying for your own future. Mirjana said to a group of English pilgrims in Medjugorje on October 17, 2007:
 

Our Lady is asking from us to put in our daily prayers in the first place the prayer for unbelievers because Our Lady has been emphasizing that most of the bad things in the world like wars, crime, abortion, are coming from unbelievers. Because of that, Our Lady says that when you pray for them, you in fact are praying for yourselves and your own futures.


Through our prayers, our sacrifices, our begging Our Lady’s intercession for mercy, we are giving God what is necessary to lessen the penalties of sin for our own nations. Jesus said to St. Faustina, as she was praying for Poland one day:

‘I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.” 17


Poland was devastated during the war, but God resurrected Poland and used her, through her son, Pope John Paul II, to give freedom to the movements of God that is allowing His mercy to be recognized and embraced today. Yes, this is through the Divine Mercy revelations, but also, Pope John Paul II saved Medjugorje on more than one occasion, and throughout his entire pontificate always encouraged the faithful to go there, while counseling the bishops and priests to give freedom to Medjugorje as it was producing conversions by the millions. And there can be no question, as A Friend of Medjugorje has voiced since the 1980’s, that Our Lady of Medjugorje has come to “prepare the world for Her Son’s final coming.” While some may have started to believe it, A Friend of Medjugorje has paved the way for many to begin to open their hearts to see it as preparation for Her Son’s return. When A Friend of Medjugorje was asked when will it be, he responded:


“It may be 5 years, 50 years or 500 years from now. We do not know. But one thing we do know is that Our Lady is here in Medjugorje preceding and preparing the world for the Second Coming of Her Son.”


In the interim, there is a lot of work to be done and a redoubling of our efforts for prayer and reparation in repentance for our own sins and the sins of the world.


In the case of Sister Mary of St. Peter, when Christ warned of the trouble coming to France, she redoubled her zeal in making reparation, to the point she was praying almost unceasingly. She wrote:


“The Lord has told me that in consequence of the initial efforts made to establish somewhat the Work of Reparation, our country which was to be almost entirely destroyed by the darts of His justice, would now only be partly punished by the terrible flames of His anger. Oh, how I long to entreat all the Bishops to establish the Work of the Reparation in their dioceses.”
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And Our Lady told the Fatima visionaries that when the Consecration of Russia takes place and through the prayers of expiation that Her followers continually recite that:


“In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.” 19


Believers often use Our Lady’s above words as an excuse to remain complacent and inactive in working for the salvation of souls, knowing that “in the end” Our Lady will be given the victory. A Friend of Medjugorje becomes indignant when he hears this. He responds, “But how many souls will be lost eternally in the meantime because of not having enough generous souls willing to sacrifice, witness to and pray for their conversion?” St. Faustina once asked Jesus how He could tolerate so many sins and crimes and not punish them? The Lord answered her:


“I have eternity for punishing [these], and so I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of [sinners]. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation.” 20


We know the Year of Mercy has grace attached to it that is unbounded. It is tied to the understanding of Jubilee—designated years in which all spiritual debts are remitted, where forgiveness and reconciliation is sought after and granted, and where prisoners are set free. Yet few really understand the spiritual ramifications of Jubilee years. It is up to those who understand—to spread this knowledge in every way imaginable. We must also be willing to take upon ourselves the expiation of the sins of nonbelievers, to help win for them the grace of reconciliation with God. The Church gives the formulas, the “rules” for how to obtain an indulgence—but this isn’t sufficient to set souls on fire in begging God for His mercy, which needs to happen as never before. It is we who trust in the Mercy of God and who intercede for His Mercy that holds back the hand of His judgment. On more than one occasion, Jesus said to St. Faustina:
 

“For your sake I withhold the hand which punishes; for your sake I bless the earth.”

 


Conditions that must be present to obtain the Plenary Indulgence for The Year of Mercy


Pope Francis has called for an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which is only the 4th Extraordinary Jubilee Year in the history of the Church. Francis has said that his wish is “that the Jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened and thus testimony to it be ever more effective.” During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the faithful can receive a plenary indulgence that will wipe away all of your sins and the atonement for your sins. The plenary indulgence can be obtained once each day for yourself or for a soul in purgatory, if along with the indulgenced act for the Jubilee Year, you follow the prescribed conditions:
 

1.  Be in the state of grace at the time of the indulgenced act.

2.  Confession. Confession must be within about 20 days before or after the indulgenced act.

3. Receive the Holy Eucharist. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions are required for each plenary indulgence. It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope’s intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days, about 20, before or after the indulgenced act.

4. Make a Profession of Faith (The Apostle’s Creed)

5.  Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, an Our Father and Hail Mary.

 


In the following ways, the faithful may obtain the Jubilee Indulgence during the Year of Mercy:

1.  Make a brief pilgrimage, as a sign of the deep desire for true conversion, to the Holy Doors that are open in every Cathedral or in churches designated by the bishop in each diocese.

2.  For those who are sick, elderly or alone where it is not possible for them to enter the Holy Door, the Jubilee Indulgence can be obtained by “living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving Communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer,” as Pope Francis stated.

3.  For those who are incarcerated, whose freedom is limited, they may obtain the Indulgence in the chapels of the prisons. Francis also said, “May the gesture of directing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the threshold of their cell signify for them their passage through the Holy Door, because the mercy of God is able to transform hearts, and is also able to transform bars into an experience of freedom.”

4.  The Jubilee Indulgence may also be obtained by the faithful by performing one or more of the following corporal or spiritual works of mercy:

  • The corporal works of mercy are:

  • The spiritual works of mercy are:

  • To feed the hungry;

  • To instruct the ignorant;

  • To give drink to the thirsty;

  • To counsel the doubtful;

  • To clothe the naked;

  • To admonish sinners;

  • To shelter the homeless;

  • To bear wrongs patiently;

  • To visit the sick;

  • To forgive offenses willingly;

  • To visit the imprisoned;

  • To comfort the afflicted;

  • To bury the dead.

  • To pray for the living and the dead.

 

5.  The Jubilee Indulgence can also be obtained for the deceased. When we remember them in the Eucharistic celebration, we pray for them “that the merciful Face of the Father free them of every remnant of fault and strongly embrace them in the unending beatitude.”

 6. For those who have had an abortion, the Holy Father “concedes to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfill this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father.”

7. The Jubilee Indulgence can also be obtained for all those who help to spread the Year of Mercy and in encouraging others on how to live the Year of Mercy. (Spreading this small book is an easy way to obtain this grace.)


A Special Invitation by A Friend of Medjugorje & the Community of Caritas To Help You Live the Year of Mercy

1. Join the Caritas Community in a 54-Day Rosary Novena—Beginning March 22 and ending May 14, 2016—to prepare for the Jubilee Indulgence. In order to live this special Year of Mercy in prayer and penance, A Friend of Medjugorje and the Community of Caritas wish to invite our friends and supporters across the world to join us in praying a special 54-Day Rosary Novena in preparation for going through the Holy Doors to obtain the Jubilee indulgence. This is open to everyone, even if you have already gone through the Holy Doors this year. Remember, you can get the Plenary Indulgence several times during the year, even on a regular basis, for others besides yourself. Experience has taught us that the more we put into preparing to receive a grace, the more powerful the grace is that we receive. Our Lady has said, even when an intention is granted the more prayer attached to it, the greater the grace will be.


August 18, 1982

“…The more you believe firmly, the more you pray and fast for the same intention, the greater is the grace and the mercy of God…”


The novena will begin on Tuesday, March 22 and end on Saturday, the Vigil of Pentecost, May 14. To end the novena, the Community will go through the Holy Doors of our diocese, but everyone participating in the novena may choose the Holy Doors closest to their homes. Special intentions will be offered during the novena that you can read on pages 18-19. We were given a beautiful affirmation of the importance of initiating this 54-Day Rosary Novena in this Year of Mercy when, just as this publication was ready to go to press, on Saturday morning, February 20, the Community randomly picked the following message at Morning Prayer. The Words from Heaven book stated:


June 2, 1984


Today is ‘Saturday’
, one of the days during which the Novena to the Holy Spirit (prior to Pentecost) is being conducted. The message to Marija is:


“Dear children, tonight I wish to tell you during the days of this novena to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on your families and on your parish. Pray, and you shall not regret it. God will give you gifts by which you will glorify Him till the end of your life on this earth. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


This should be a big encouragement for everyone to put their heart in this novena for what Our Lady desires to give in return. Though we would like as many people as possible to pray the novena with us that we can all benefit from the power of united prayer, if anyone receives this small book after the novena has started, you are still encouraged to pray the novena on your own.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

A Special Grace:
Opening of the Bedroom of Apparitions


Make a Pilgrimage to Caritas and go through the “holy doors” of the Bedroom of Apparitions. Along with the 54 day Rosary novena, the Community of Caritas is inviting friends and followers of the Queen of Peace of Medjugorje to make a pilgrimage to the Bedroom and Field of Apparitions during this Holy Year! A Friend of Medjugorje and his wife are graciously allowing their home to be opened for the first time on designated dates, once each month, starting in April through November for the year 2016 so that pilgrims may come and pray in the Bedroom of Apparitions! For the Community of Caritas, the double doors that open into the Bedroom are “holy doors” as well, not by way of the Church designating them as holy, as at shrines and in basilicas and cathedrals, but by way of knowing we have entered into a room, through these doors, where the Queen of Heaven has visited this room 144 times over the past 28 years. It is Her presence that has made them holy. There is powerful grace present within the walls of this special room that Our Lady, Herself, chose to manifest a special plan of God. Thousands*** have been intimately touched, not only in the heart, but within their very soul while praying in the Bedroom. During this Year of Mercy, when the Bedroom is opened, pilgrims will have the opportunity to consecrate or re-consecrate themselves to Our Lady when they will be present in the Bedroom.


The Bedroom of Apparitions will be opened on the first or
second Saturday of the following months, with the exception of the month of
April, which will be opened on the first Friday

12:00 P.M. (after Rosary in the Field) to 6:00 P.M. (CST) Saturday, August 6, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016  Saturday, September 3, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016  Saturday, November 5, 2016
Saturday, July 9, 2016   



While making a pilgrimage to Caritas, St. Paul’s Cathedral in Birmingham is the location of the Holy Doors in the Birmingham diocese and we would strongly encourage everyone to make that a part of their pilgrimage in order to obtain the Jubilee Indulgence.

2.Spread the Year of Mercy through special materials provided by Caritas that will help to “stimulate interest” in the graces of the Holy Year as “bees feast upon flowers.” To make it as easy as possible to spread the information about the Year of Mercy, we have produced this small book containing all the essential information. It can be ordered in bulk and we encourage you to spread them to everyone you know. As previously stated, Pope Francis recently added yet another way to gain the Jubilee Indulgence. It can be gained by anyone who helps to spread knowledge about the Year of Mercy under the same conditions and requirements of the Holy Doors. Just by handing out these short books, you can gain an indulgence!
 

Intentions for the 54-Day Rosary Novena for the Year of Mercy
Tuesday, March 22 – Saturday, May 14, 2016


Pray these five intentions Daily during the 54-Day Rosary Novena:

1. Dear Mother, with this novena, we pray for the grace to enter into deep prayer and reflection to prepare to make a holy Confession and obtain true sorrow for the sins we have committed and deep gratitude for the grace being received in this Year of Mercy. Before going through the Holy Doors, we pray for a complete detachment from sin, even venial sins, so that we may have a full remittance of the penalty of the sins of our past.


2. We come also, dear Mother, to plead the mercy of God upon our nation. We pray this Year of Mercy will lead to a GREAT outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our nation—in every individual, family, community, and church. We pray this grace especially for our own loved ones, for those who have left the Church, and those who are far from the Heart of God.


3. In this Year of Mercy, we give to you, our Queen, the presidential election in the United States and beg your intercession in choosing the man best capable of seeing the plans of God fulfilled in our nation. We know you said that peace will not come through the presidents, but we also recognize the significance of these next years of your apparitions and who is at the helm of this nation, as president, will have great bearing on all events that will unfold through Medjugorje and here. Bring to conversion this next president, that his reign will benefit Your plans. We pray for protection over him and ask that You would lead and guide his heart, to prepare him for the grave responsibilities he will inherit, and the heavy cross that will be placed upon his shoulders. As You did with George Washington and Ronald Reagan, give him supernatural signs of Your Motherly presence, that he will be filled with the confidence of God in leading this nation out of the shadows of death and into an era of peace, a peace that will spread from this nation to the rest of the world.


4. Lastly, our Queen, we pray for the grace to be ready, when the time of trial descends, that we may fulfill all that you desire of us as Your apostles in leading hearts to You, who will lead them to the Salvation of Your Son.


5. Personal intentions…


Important Links

Download:

You can Download Prepare the World for My Final Coming in Manual Form for the Jubilee Year of Mercy Free Here

You can Download the 54-day Rosary Novena Book Free Here


Order:

You can Order Prepare the World for My Final Coming in Printed Manual Form for the Jubilee Year of Mercy Here

You can Order the 54-Day Novena Book in Regular Print Here


You can Order the 54-Day Novena Book in Large Print Here


 



Endnotes:

1. Golden Arrow: The Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus & Revelations of Sr. Mary of St. Peter, 2010, Tan Books & Publishers
2. Ibid.
3. They Fired the First Shot 2012, A Friend of Medjugorje, 2012, Caritas of Birmingham, AL
4. Golden Arrow, 2010, Tan Books & Publishers
5. Ibid.
6. Pope John Paul II at the Shrine of Merciful Love in Covalenza, Italy, on November 22, 1981.
7. Diary of Saint Maria Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, 1987, Marian Press
8. Ibid.
9. Ibid.
10. Documents on Fatima & the Memoirs of Sister Lucia; Fr. Antonio Maria Martins, S.J., 2002, Family Fatima Apostolate
11. Ibid.
12. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn
13. Diary of Saint Maria Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul,1987, Marian Press
14. https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2412.Fulton_J_Sheen
15. The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volume II, Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite, 1989, Immaculate Heart Publications
16. Ibid.
17. Diary of Saint Maria Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul,1987, Marian Press
18. Golden Arrow, 2010, Tan Books & Publishers
19. Documents on Fatima & the Memoirs of Sister Lucia, Fr. Antonio Maria Martins, S.J., 2002, Family Fatima Apostolate
20. Diary of Saint Maria Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul,1987, Marian Press
21. Ibid.

* As Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by the falling of “brimstone and fire from the Lord out of Heaven” (see Gen 19:24), so Warsaw was indeed destroyed during World War II, as were many Polish towns, by incendiary and demolition bombs dropped from aircraft

** Medjugorje visionary Marija came to Caritas in September, 2014 to celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, September 14, 2014, one year after the Cross was constructed and then consecrated on June 30, 2013. On the vigil of the feast day of the Exaltation of the Cross, September 13, 2014, Marija asked Our Lady in the apparition, “If it is possible to have some special apparition over at Cross Mountain?’” and to bless the Cross. To the great surprise and awe of everyone present, Marija said, “Our Lady smiled and said, ‘Yes, She will come tomorrow at 3 o’clock.’” It was Our Lady’s request that we meet at the Cross at 3:00 P.M. for Her apparition—the Hour of Divine Mercy. Though Our Lady has had 189 apparitions here on the grounds of Caritas, and has appeared at many various times throughout the days, never had there been an apparition at 3:00 P.M. This has great significance of the time and recognition of Christ’s death at 3:00 P.M.

*** Well over 100,000 people have prayed in the Bedroom of Apparitions through Marija’s stays at the home, which the number of apparitions has amounted to nearly 2/3 of a year altogether. A lot of history has happened in regards to the last apparitions on earth.

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